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Effect of quenching strategy and Nb-Mo additions on phase transformations and quenchability of high-strength boron steels

Autores: Zurutuza, I.; Isasti Gordobil, Nerea; Detemple, E.; Schwinn, V.; Mohrbacher, H.; Uranga Zuaznabar, Pedro (Autor de correspondencia)
Título de la revista: JOM
ISSN: 1047-4838
Volumen: 73
Número: 11
Páginas: 3158 - 3168
Fecha de publicación: 2021
The application of direct quenching after hot rolling of plates is being employed in the production of ultra-high-strength hot rolled plates. When heavy gauge plates are produced, the complexity involve in achieving high cooling rates in the plate core is increased and the formation of undesirable soft phases within martensite is common. In the current paper, both direct quenching and conventional quenching (DQ and CQ) processing routes were reproduced by dilatometry tests and continuous cooling transformation (CCT) diagrams were built for four different high-strength boron steels. The results indicate that the addition of Mo and Nb-Mo suppresses the ferritic region and considerably shifts the CCT diagram to lower transformation temperatures. The combination of DQ strategy and the Mo-alloying concept provides the best option to ensure hardenability and the formation of a fully martensitic microstructure, and to avoid the presence of soft phases in the center of thick plates.