A new integration of hot pressing and carbon partition process to produce high strength steel components with better toughness
1 Advanced Metal Forming Group, Institute of Metal Research, CAS, Shenyang, China
2 School of Aeronautical Manufacturing Engineering, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang, China
3 RIST, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China
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A novel one step method for hot pressing and quench & partition (Q&P) integration – hot Pressing-dynamic partitioning (HP-DP) process is presented, which can be processed by regular hot pressing equipment and process. The HP-DP formed steel is an upgrade of the existing hot pressed steel especially suitable for making high strength components with superior crashworthiness due to better toughness. Corresponding steel sheet based on conventional 22MnB5 is designed and prepared. After that, the physical simulation experiments for HP-DP are carried out on thermal-mechanical simulator. Microstructure of the steel subjected to HP-DP treatment, with a typical Q&P treated feature, is mainly composed of initial quenched martensite phase, final quenched martensite phase and retained austenite phase, which indicate the occurrence of carbon diffusion concomitantly with martensite transformation. Compared with conventional hot pressed samples, the HP-DP samples show both better tensile property especially elongation and impact energy absorption ability. The effect of HP-DP parameters on the stability of retained austenite and mechanical property is also discussed. The paper illustrates the promising application potential of the HP-DP process.
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