Effect of N and Zr on as-cast microstructure and properties after annealing of a high-speed steel

  • Hao-ran Cui
  • Jian-ping Lai
  • Qing-lin Pan
  • Xiang-dong Wang
Original Paper


Effects of N and Zr on the as-cast microstructure and properties after annealing of high-speed steel (HSS) were investigated by using electronic probe micro-analysis, Rockwell hardness test, X-ray diffractometry and differential scanning calorimetry with combination of microstructure analysis. The results indicate that the addition of N and Zr will refine the eutectic structures and enhance the stability of carbides which are mainly MC, M2C and M7C3. The coarse dendritic structures decrease significantly and most of the carbides are distributed in the microstructure uniformly. Moreover, a kind of Zr–Si compound which only exists in VC is discovered, and this new phase is speculated to be related with the spheroidization of VC. The annealing process is set up to 6 different time periods which are 1, 3, 6, 10, 15 and 20 h, respectively. In different annealing processes at 750 °C which is lower than austenitizing temperature, the addition of N and Zr makes the decrease of hardness more obvious and restrains the precipitation of secondary carbides with the extension of time. Moreover, when the annealing time reaches 20 h, some clusters appear in the matrix of the two samples, and the density of clusters in HSS1 is lower, but the matrix of HSS1 contains more C and alloying elements which indicate more carbides precipitate.


N addition Zr addition High-speed steel As-cast microstructure Precipitation Annealing 



This work is financially supported by the Innovation Foundation of Central South University (No. 2016zzts028).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hao-ran Cui
    • 1
  • Jian-ping Lai
    • 1
  • Qing-lin Pan
    • 1
  • Xiang-dong Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaChina

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