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dc.contributor.advisorVan Tyne, C. J.
dc.contributor.authorSyammach, Sami M.
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-16T16:42:35Z
dc.date.accessioned2022-02-03T12:57:14Z
dc.date.available2016-05-16T16:42:35Z
dc.date.available2022-02-03T12:57:14Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifierT 8008
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11124/170090
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description2016 Spring.
dc.description.abstractAdvanced high strength steels (AHSS) are continually being developed in order to reduce weight and improve safety for automotive applications. There is need for economic steels with improved strength and ductility combinations. These demands have led to research and development of third generation AHSS. Third generation AHSS include steel grades with a bainitic and tempered martensitic matrix with retained austenite islands. These steels may provide improved mechanical properties compared to first generation AHSS and should be more economical than second generation AHSS. There is a need to investigate these newer types of steels to determine their strength and formability properties. Understanding these bainitic and tempered martensitic steels is important because they likely can be produced using currently available production systems. If viable, these steels could be a positive step in the evolution of AHSS. The present work investigates the effect of the microstructure on the mechanical properties of steels with a microstructure of bainite, martensite, and retained austenite, so called TRIP aided bainitic ferrite (TBF) steels. The first step in this project was creating the desired microstructure. To create a microstructure of bainite, martensite, and austenite an interrupted austempering heat treatment was used. Varying the heat treatment times and temperatures produced microstructures of varying amounts of bainite, martensite, and austenite. Mechanical properties such as strength, ductility, strain hardening, and hole-expansion ratios were then evaluated for each heat treatment. Correlations between mechanical properties and microstructure were then evaluated. It was found that samples after each of the heat treatments exhibited strengths between 1050 MPa and 1350 MPa with total elongations varying from 8 pct to 16 pct. By increasing the bainite and austenite volume fraction the strength of the steel was found to decrease, but the ductility increased. Larger martensite volume fraction increased the strength of the steel. Strain hardening results showed that increasing the martensite volume fraction increased the strain hardening exponent while bainite decreased the strain hardening behavior. Austenite was found to slightly increase the strain hardening behavior. Hole-expansion tests showed hole expansion ratios ranging from 20 pct to 45 pct. Increasing the bainite volume fraction was found to increase the hole-expansion ratio. Increasing the martensite volume fraction was found to decrease the hole-expansion ratio. Overall, each of the heat treatments resulted in a steel with attractive properties, and the results showed how the microstructure of bainite, martensite, and austenite influences the mechanical properties of this type of steels.
dc.format.mediumborn digital
dc.format.mediummasters theses
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherColorado School of Mines. Arthur Lakes Library
dc.relation.ispartof2010-2019 - Mines Theses & Dissertations
dc.rightsCopyright of the original work is retained by the author.
dc.subjectadvanced high strength sheet steels
dc.subjectmechanical properties
dc.subjectquench and partitioned steels
dc.subjectTBF
dc.subjecttransformation induced plasticity aided bainitic ferritic steels
dc.titleMechanical properties of steels with a microstructure of bainite/martensite and austenite islands
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dc.contributor.committeememberDe Moor, Emmanuel
dc.contributor.committeememberSpeer, J. G.
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.S.)
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineMetallurgical and Materials Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorColorado School of Mines


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