Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 17, pp 6020–6023 | Cite as

Production of an austenitic steel matrix composite reinforced by in-situ nodular eutectic: the role of Si

  • Zhenming XuEmail author
  • Gaofei Liang

Particle-reinforced metal matrix composites have higher strength and wear resistance than that of its matrix material because the particle phases impart resistance to abrasive wear [1, 2, 3, 4]. However, these materials are generally not widely used due to the complex manufacturing processes required coupled with high costs. Austenitic steel has been widely used as a wear-resistant material because austenite exhibits excellent strain hardening under high energy impact wear [5]. Yet, it has poor wear resistance under low-to-medium energy impact wear. White cast iron has high wear resistance because the eutectic carbide can strongly resist abrasive wear but it suffers from low strength and poor toughness. To overcome these deficiencies, a new type of austenitic steel matrix wear-resistant composite reinforced by in situ nodular eutectics, was created [6]. These composites possess the advantages of an austenite matrix coupled with the wear resistant of white cast iron. This composite...


Austenite Activity Coefficient Fluid Phase Abrasive Wear Eutectic Reaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Environmental Science and EngineeringShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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