Mechanical properties of ultra fine grained steels

Setsuo Takaki, Kenji Kawasaki, Yuji Kimura

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    Mechanical milling (MM) of iron powder is one of the useful techniques to achieve ultra grain refining to nanosize. For instance, MM treatment using high energy ball-mill makes the grain refining to 20-30nm possible and such an ultra grain refining results in marked hardening of iron powder to around Hv 9.5GPa. On the annealing of the powder with MM treatment (MM powder), very fine oxide particles (Fe3O4) play an important role to keep the grain size fine through the effect of grain boundary pinning. Thus, MM powder with sufficient initial hardness can be successfully consolidated at around 950K with keeping the grain size below 1μm. Tensile strength of consolidated bulk iron increases with grain refining and Hall-Petch relationship was realized to about 0.2μm as to 0.2% proof stress (σ0.2(MPa) = 100+0.6d-1/2; d (m)). In the test pieces with the grain size less than 1μm, uniform elongation completely disappears due to the marked strengthening. On the hardness, Hall-Petch relationship was also confirmed to around 0.1μm at least (Hv(MPa) = 330+2.0d-1/2). In the grain size range below 0.1μm, however, experimental data tended to deviate toward lower side from the Hall-Petch line and hardening was seemed to level off at around Hv 12GPa. Ductile brittle transition temperature was lowered with grain refining (DBTT(K) = 330-0.33d-1/2) but upper shelf energy becomes smaller when the grain size was refined below 5μm.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)359-363
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 23 2001

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Ceramics and Composites
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Metals and Alloys
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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