In situ observation of strain and phase transformation in plastically deformed 301 austenitic stainless steel

Y. B. Das, A. N. Forsey, T. H. Simm, K. M. Perkins, Michael E. Fitzpatrick, S. Gungor, R. J. Moat

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To inform the design of superior transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) steels, it is important to understand what happens at the microstructural length scales. In this study, strain-induced martensitic transformation is studied by in situ digital image correlation (DIC) in a scanning electron microscope. Digital image correlation at submicron length scales enables mapping of transformation strains with high confidence. These are correlated with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) prior to and post deformation process to get a comprehensive understanding of the strain-induced transformation mechanism. The results are compared with mathematical models for enhanced prediction of strain-induced martensitic phase transformation. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Materials & Design. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Materials & Design, 112, (2016) DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2016.09.057 © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-116
JournalMaterials & Design
Early online date16 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2016

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  • TRIP steel
  • DIC
  • EBSD
  • Martensite
  • SEM
  • MTEX


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