ABSTRACT The effect of precipitation hardening on microstructure and hardness of Austenitic Manganese
Steel has been studied. Samples of the steel were machined, autenitized at 1000℃ and held for
one hour, water quenched and then aged at different temperatures and holding times. The
samples were artificially aged at 600℃ and 700℃ and were held for one, two and three hours.
Microstructures and hardness values of the samples were taken. It was found out that sample
aged at 700℃ for 2 hours has its carbide particles finely dispersed on the austenite matrix. This
led to an increase in the hardness.
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S. Aribo, K. Alaneme, D. Folorunso and F. Aramide, "Effect of Precipitation Hardening on Hardness and Microstructure of Austenitic Manganese Steel," Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering, Vol. 9 No. 2, 2010, pp. 157-164. doi: 10.4236/jmmce.2010.92014.
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