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Effect of electroslag refining on the fracture toughness and fatigue crack propagation rates in heat treated AISI 4340 steel

Hebsur, Mohan G and Abraham, KP and Prasad, YVRK (1980) Effect of electroslag refining on the fracture toughness and fatigue crack propagation rates in heat treated AISI 4340 steel. In: Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 13 (4). pp. 851-864.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0142-1123(80)90041-9

Abstract

The AISI 4340 steel has been electroslag refined and the improvement in mechanical properties has been assessed. Electroslag refining (ESR) has improved tensile ductility, plane strain fracture toughness, Charpy fracture energy, and has decreased fatigue crack growth rates. The KIC values for the ESR steel are nearly twice those estimated in the unrefined steel and higher than those obtained in the vacuum arc remelted steel. Fatigue crack growth rates in region I and in region III are found to be decreased considerably in the ESR steel, while they are unaffected in region II. Measurements on heat treated samples have shown that the ESR steel has a better response to heat treatment. Both the suggested heat treatments namely austenitizing at 1140–1470 K as well as the conventional heat treatment of austenitizing at 1140 K have been followed. The improvement in the mechanical properties of ESR steel has been explained on the basis of removal of nonmetallic inclusions and reduction in sulfur content in the steel.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2009 05:33
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2012 05:11
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/20352

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