Light-weight isometric-phase steels with superior strength-hardness-ductility combination

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  • Shan Cecilia Cao
  • Linli Zhu
  • Ge Wu
  • Wenxuan Huang


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-235
Journal / PublicationScripta Materialia
Online published15 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


An optimal proportion of austenitic and martensitic phases is achieved in isometric-phase steels through meticulously designed and elaborately calculated surface nanotechnology. Such isometric-phase steels with nanolamellaed structures and nanograins, exhibit surpassing combinations of strength, hardness and ductility (with yield strength of 1215 MPa, surface hardness of 8.6 GPa, and favorable ductility of 31%). A microstructure-based constitutive model is developed to investigate the deformation mechanism and mechanical performance in isometric-phase steels. We believe the light-weight isometric-phase steels in this work can be regarded as a finer counterpart of dual phase steels for applications in automobile, aircraft and nuclear industry.

Research Area(s)

  • Constitutive model, Isometric-phase steel, Light-weight steel, Nanolamellae, Surface nanotechnology