E3S Web Conf.
Volume 184, 20202nd International Conference on Design and Manufacturing Aspects for Sustainable Energy (ICMED 2020)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||19 August 2020|
Optimization of post weld heat treatment cycle of fiber laser welded bainitic steel
a Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India
b SEST, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
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Automobile industry has always been in look out for advanced materials that would account for greater crash resistance, high fatigue strength, optimum ductility and longer service life despite heavy mechanical loads applied on these engine components. These critical requirements are met through maintaining the complex microstructures and optimum phase constituents. The retention of microstructural constituents has always been a key parameter while fabricating these advanced automobile materials by fusion welding process. Carbide free bainitic steels are emerging out to be the candidate materials for automobile applications. Owing to their microstructure consisting fine bainitic ferrite laths that are interwoven with retained austenite in their lath boundaries. The fine Bainitic laths provide enough strength and the retained austenite phase facilitates the desired ductility. The current paper critically discusses the microstructural and microhardness variation across the zones during Fiber Laser welding of bainitic steel sheets. Keeping the phase transformations during welding in view, post weld heat treatments were undertaken. The welded steel was austenitized at 820 OC, rapidly cooled to 390 OC, and soaked at different durations before furnace cooing. The microstructure variation and microhardness profiling were done at all these heat treatment conditions. Basing on the analyses, the heat treatment cycle has been optimized.
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