High-strength low-carbon ferritic steel containing Cu-Fe-Ni-Al-Mn precipitates

Semyon Vaynman*, Dieter Isheim, R. Prakash Kolli, Shrikant P. Bhat, David N. Seidman, Morris E. Fine

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An investigation of a low-carbon, Fe-Cu-based steel, for Naval ship hull applications, with a yield strength of 965 MPa, Charpy V-notch absorbed impact-energy values as high as 74 J at -40 °C, and an elongation-to-failure greater than 15 pct, is presented. The increase in strength is derived from a large number density (approximately 1023 to 1024 m-3) of copper-iron-nickel-aluminum-manganese precipitates. The effect on the mechanical properties of varying the thermal treatment was studied. The nanostructure of the precipitates found within the steel was characterized by atom-probe tomography. Additionally, initial welding studies show that a brittle heat-affected zone is not formed adjacent to the welds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-373
Number of pages11
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys

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