Characterization of microstructural changes in near pearlitic steels using orientation imaging microscopy - influence of pre-deformation on local sensitivity to thermal degradation
Paper in proceedings, 2015
The focus of this study is the degradation of a near pearlitic microstructure under combined mechanical and thermal loadings leading to changes in mechanical properties. More specifically, it is examined how the orientation gradients inside the pearlite colonies, affect the spheroidisation. Samples were extracted from virgin near pearlitic railway wheels and prestrained, thereafter heat treated at different temperatures. Microstructural characterization by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Electron Backscatter Diffraction Analysis (EBSD) was performed and evaluated. Results showed that spheroidised areas appear to have lost their initial orientation gradients after spheroidisation and obtain a more uniform orientation. More sub-grain boundaries are present after exposure to higher temperatures.