Controlling the kinetics of austenite decomposition by controlled partitioning of alloying elements, in particular carbon and manganese, is the key factor for optimizing the microstructures of advanced high-strength steels. In this study, a systematic set of computational and experimental cyclic partial phase transformations in low to medium manganese steels revealed a critical manganese concentration range of 1.5–2.5 mass% at which designated manganese partitioning at moving austenite–ferrite interfaces can be used to locally increase the effective Mn concentration and temporarily suspend further transformation during subsequent cooling. Most interestingly, this critical concentration only becomes visible in cases of reversed partial transformations in the intercritical regime and is un-noticeable in continuous cooling or conventional isothermal treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1313 - 1321
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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