Decarburizing behavior and its effect on mechanical properties of ultrahigh strength steel sheets

Kuwata Kentaro, Takemoto Yoshito, Okayasu Mitsuhiro, Bian Jian, Senuma Takehide

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Abstract

In this study, the decarburization behavior, and its effect on mechanical properties of 2 000 MPa class martensitic steel were investigated with the purpose of collecting the basic data to realize the further strengthening of structural members for automobiles. Concerning the decarburization behavior, the maximum of the decarburization rate of 2 000 MPa class martensitic steel with a basic chemical composition of 0.35%C-1.2%Mn was found around 750°C and the thickness of the decarburized zone grew proportional to the square root of time. The addition of Nb reduced the decarburization rate. Concerning the effect of decarburization on mechanical properties, the decarburization significantly improved bendability even though the thickness of the decarburized layer is relatively thin. An observation of the crack behavior revealed that the initiation and propagation of the crack were suppressed by the decarburization layer. The resistance to delayed fracture was improved by decarburization. This improvement is presumed to be based on a similar mechanism for the improvement of bendability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1300-1308
Number of pages9
Journalisij international
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Bendability
  • Decarburization
  • Delayed fracture
  • Hot stamping
  • Ultrahigh strength steel sheet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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