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Influence of the Salt Bath Agitation and Austempering Temperature on the Microstructure of Austempered Ductile Iron

Version 1 : Received: 11 October 2017 / Approved: 13 October 2017 / Online: 13 October 2017 (15:44:58 CEST)

How to cite: Čatipović, N.; Živković, D.; Dadić, Z.; Viceić, M. Influence of the Salt Bath Agitation and Austempering Temperature on the Microstructure of Austempered Ductile Iron. Preprints 2017, 2017100090 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201710.0090.v1). Čatipović, N.; Živković, D.; Dadić, Z.; Viceić, M. Influence of the Salt Bath Agitation and Austempering Temperature on the Microstructure of Austempered Ductile Iron. Preprints 2017, 2017100090 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201710.0090.v1).

Abstract

In this paper the influence of austempering temperature and salt bath agitation on the final microstructure and mechanical properties of the ferritic ductile iron were studied. 17 samples had been subjected to different heat treatment parameters. Different microstructures were recorded upon the completion of the tests. From the obtained micro images, it is obvious that both the austempering temperature and salt bath agitation affect the final microstructure of the austempered ductile iron. Lower austempering temperatures and salt bath agitation produce more ausferrite in the microstructure, hence the harder and tougher phases are present. This was confirmed with hardness and toughness test of the 17 heat-treated samples. Lower austempering temperatures give more ausferrite phase and therefore higher hardness, but hardness decreases with increasing austempering temperatures. Toughness rises with rising austempering temperatures, but drops significantly with temperatures above 395°C because of the final microstructure.

Subject Areas

austempered ductile iron; austempering parameters; microstructure; mechanical properties; salt bath agitation

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