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Microstructure of martensite in chromium-nickel steel


The structure of the martensite in steel of the transition type depends on the conditions under which it was produced: when martensite results from treatment at −70°C there is a predominance of plate-like crystals containing twins. Cooling from high temperature tempering, leads to the formation of needle-like crystals alone without any sign of internal twinning.

The ultimate strength and the yield strength of martensite formed as the result of treatment at −70° are higher.

Stacking defects may be areas of preferential nucleation of martensite crystals and at the same time limit the growth of martensite crystals.

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Translated from Metallovedenie i Termicheskaya Obrabotka Metallov, No. 10, pp. 49–51, October, 1964

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Spiridonov, V.B., Skakov, Y.A. & Iordanskii, V.N. Microstructure of martensite in chromium-nickel steel. Met Sci Heat Treat 6, 630–632 (1964).

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  • Microstructure
  • Martensite
  • Yield Strength
  • Time Limit
  • Ultimate Strength