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Two-step deformation-induced martensitic transformation in additively manufactured High-Si stainless steel

by Nitish Bibhanshu, Maxim N Gussev, Thak Sang Byun
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Materials Science and Engineering: A
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Deformation-induced phase transformation in the additively manufactured (AM) Fe–18Cr–8Ni-5.5Si (in wt.%) alloy was analyzed using the in-situ electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) record during uniaxial tensile testing in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Analysis of EBSD data was focused to investigate phase transformation behavior during deformation with consideration of mechanical interactions among phases and grains in the ultrafine AM microstructure. The initial EBSD phase map illustrated that the as-built microstructure was a duplex structure consisting of major austenite (γ) and minor ferrite phases, some of which showed non-traditional orientation relationship since the rapid solidification in the AM process has produced non-equilibrium state in phase formation. In the deformed as-built AM alloy, the two-step martensitic transformation (γ→ε→α′) was identified as the main deformation-induced transformation mechanism. Martensitic transformation steps were found to be associated with glides of Shockley partial dislocations on closed packed (111) planes under the influence of atomic disturbance in the γ and ε phases, respectively. Using the closed-packed plane pole figures and unit cell orientations, their evolutions and mechanisms accompanying with the transformation were analyzed. The results indicate that one variant of ε-martensite forms from their parent γ phase, while two variants of α′ form from their parent ε phase.