Softening behaviour of Fe-6.5%Si steel during warm deformation process
State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, 110819 Shenyang, PR China
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To investigate the softening behaviour during warm deformation process, thermal compression experiment of Fe-6.5%Si silicon steel was conducted. To study the relationship between stress and strain at different strain rate, the investigation of the microstructure, hardness as well as ordered phase constituent of the rolled parts was carried out, respectively. At strain less than or equal to 0.3, micro-hardness was observed to increase with increasing strain. For strain greater than 0.3, the micro-hardness decreased with increasing strain. Indentation morphology of Vickers hardness reveals that the sink-in deformation occurs as the steel has a higher strain-hardening exponent, while pile-up deformation takes place at a lower strain-hardening exponent. Brittle B2 (FeSi) and DO3 (Fe3Si) ordered phases exists in Fe-6.5%Si steel. With the increasing strain, the diffraction spot strength of B2 and DO3 ordered phase is decreased, resulting in the softening behaviour of the Fe-6.5%Si steel during warm deformation process.
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