Analysis of deformation behavior and workability of advanced 9Cr-Nb-V ferritic heat resistant steels

Wen Feng Zhang, Wei Sha, Wei Yan, Wei Wang, Yi Yin Shan, Ke Yang

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    Hot compression tests were carried out on 9Cr–Nb–V heat resistant steels in the temperature range of 600–1200 °C and the strain rate range of 10−2–100 s−1 to study their deformation characteristics. The full recrystallization temperature and the carbon-free bainite phase transformation temperature were determined by the slope-change points in the curve of mean flow stress versus the inverse of temperature. The parameters of the constitutive equation for the experimental steels were calculated, including the stress exponent and the activation energy. The lower carbon content in steel would increase the fraction of precipitates by increasing the volume of dynamic strain-induced (DSIT) ferrite during deformation. The ln(εc) versus ln(Z) and the ln(σc) versus ln(Z) plots for both steels have similar trends. The efficiency of power dissipation maps with instability maps merged together show excellent workability from the strain of 0.05 to 0.6. The microstructure of the experimental steels was fully recrystallized upon deformation at low Z value owing to the dynamic recrystallization (DRX), and exhibited a necklace structure under the condition of 1050 °C/0.1 s−1 due to the suppression of the secondary flow of DRX. However, there were barely any DRX grains but elongated pancake grains under the condition of 1000 °C/1 s−1 because of the suppression of the metadynamic recrystallization (MDRX).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)207–214
    Number of pages8
    JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
    Early online date05 Mar 2014
    Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2014


    • steel
    • Mechanical Characterization
    • Martensite
    • Thermomechanical processing
    • Recrystallization
    • Phase transformation


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