Moderating strain hardening rate to produce high ductility and high strength in a medium carbon TRIP steel

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-75
Journal / PublicationMaterials Research Letters
Issue number1
Online published22 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2023



High strain hardening rate is usually pursued for high ductility. Here we report that moderate strain hardening rate is desired for producing better ductility and high yield strength, which is demonstrated in a medium carbon TRIP steel. By adjusting the temperature for bainitic transformation, the morphology, carbon content and residue stress of retained austenite were tuned to tailor the TRIP kinetics during tensile tests, which produced moderated but long-lasting strain hardening for high ductility while at the same time resulted in high yield strength. This strategy should work well for most materials, which usually have a limited ultimate strength.

Research Area(s)

  • ductility, mechanical properties, strain hardening rate, strength, TRIP

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