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Fe, C 0.75 (wt%) steel, quenched and tempered

By University of Cambridge DoITPoMS and University of Leeds Department of Materials Dr R F Cochrane


This is an example of a quenched and tempered steel. The steel is initially quenched from the austenite phase field to form hard and brittle martensite. Subsequently the steel is reheated to allow diffusion of the interstitially trapped carbon and hence reduction of the lattice strain. This results in a softer and tougher steel.

Topics: alloy, carbon, iron, martensite, metal, quenching, steel, tempered, doitpoms, university of cambridge, micrograph, corematerials, ukoer, Engineering, H000
Publisher: University of Leeds
Year: 2010
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