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Experimental Methodologies for Analyzing Austenite Recrystallization in Martensitic Tool Steels
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Revealing the prior austenite grain boundaries from a martensitic structure is well known to be very difficult and dependent on the chemical composition and the thermomechanical processing of the steel. In the present study, four different chemical etching reagents and additional thermal etching have been conducted for thermomechanical simulated tool steels Orvar Supreme and Stavax ESR. The etching results have been characterized using light optical microscopy and electron backscattered diffraction.

The obtained results show that saturated aqueous picric acid, oxalic and sodium bisulfite based acid reveals prior austenite grain boundaries well for Orvar Supreme. For Stavax ESR, only aqueous CrO3-NaOH-picric acid provides good results in revealing the prior austenite grain boundaries. Thermal etching shows good potential and if conducted properly, thermal etching is a good alternative to the chemical reagents from a health- and environmental perspective.

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2015. , 62 p.
Keyword [en]
Tool steels, Recrystallization, Prior austenite grain boundaries, Martensite, EBSD, Chemical etching, Thermal etching
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Other Materials Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-176091OAI: diva2:866215
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Materials Science and Engineering
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Materials Design and Engineering
Available from: 2015-11-23 Created: 2015-10-30 Last updated: 2015-11-23Bibliographically approved

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