Adventures in Physical Metallurgy of Steels

During July 2013 I attended Adventures in Physical Metallurgy of Steels hosted by the Phase Transformations and Complex Properties research group of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

The programme looked like this, videos are appearing on bhadeshia123’s channel on youtube (links). There is also a playlist available.

Introduction to Adventure. H. Bhadeshia

Architectured Steels, T. Koseki

Magneto-structural coupling. I. Abrikosov

Quench and partitioning. J. Speer

Crystallographic variant selection. S. Kundu

Secondary hardened bainite, J. R. Yang

Welding of high carbon steel, K. Fang

Isotropy and Fatigue: P. Ölund

Atoms in bainite, atomic mechanisms. F. Caballero

Pulsed steels, R. Qin

Fullerenes & buckyballs in steel: I. V. Shchetinin

Boron: Type IV cracking, F. Abe

Low-density steel, H-L. Yi

Friction stirring of steel, T. Debroy

Flash Processing, G. Cola

Reliable first principles calculations for iron: A. Paxton

Steels composites for energy applications, C. Capdevila-Montes

Microstructures without contact, C. Davis

Pop-in deformation, H. N. Han

Plausibility of fine bainite, C. García-Mateo

Reduced Activation, K. Wu

Architectured microstructures, G. Anand

Flash microstructure, S. Babu

Energetic TWIP, D. Dye

Mass production of fine bainite: A. Rose

Voids and 30000 atoms, S. Munetoh

Soft Particles, T. Tsuchiyama

Mechanochemistry, F. Miani

Simplex and Kappa steels, I. Gutierrez-Urrutia

Innoculated high-speed steel, A. Chaus

Non-cubic ferrite, D-W. Suh

Montage of events



Structure of superbainite. Inset is a same-scale image of a carbon nanotube. [1]

Structure of superbainite. Inset is a same-scale image of a carbon nanotube. [1]

According to archaeologists, the Iron Age began in 1300 BC and lasted for around two millennia. Today, steels (alloys of iron and carbon) comprise 95% of global metal consumption and this trend shows no sign of declining.

Glancing at the media, however, one would be forgiven for assuming that steel is now a has-been. We are bombarded with stories of novel materials: carbon nanotubes, metallic glasses, graphene, carbon fibre, nickel superalloys. . . all of which are “stronger than steel”.

“Now we can construct space elevators!” claim the articles. “Let’s build a climbing frame to the moon! We’ll use this stuff to make everything!”

The observant among us, however, will note that most cars, trains and buildings still don’t feature superalloys, metallic glass or magic nanotubes. Neither are they invisible; nor do they fly; nor do they do any of the other things that journalists tend to ‘predict’.

Instead, steels somehow remain the best — and cheapest — materials for the job. Also, they are stronger than steel. This is because ‘steel’ is a vague construct used by sensationalists, with an unspecified strength guaranteed to be less than that of a novel material. Metallurgists rarely refer to ‘steel’, just as the Inuit have fifty words for snow, not one of which is ‘snow’.

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Naked Scientists on Super Bainite — Harry Bhadeshia Naked with Alan Bagg

Harry Bhadeshia and Alan Bagg appeared with the Naked Scientists (interviewed live on BBC Cambridgeshire) to talk about ‘Super Bainite’. and it’s potential applications for bearings A transcript of the interview can be read and the interview downloaded as an mp3. A seperate transcript is available for the part of the interview with Alan Bagg.

Later on in the program (around 45 mins–53 mins) there is an interview with Prof. Peter Brown about the use of Super Bainite as a armour. After which Harry and Alan field tweeted questions.

Photos of the BBC studio used for the interview can be seen on Harry Bhadeshia’s website.

Surface relief at 200 Centrigrade, 392 F, gas mark 6

My paper has received page numbers and been published on paper, it also now has a page on phase transformations website.

This strange video appeared discussing the so-called bainite controversy.

Shear Relief

I’m very happy that my paper was accepted for publication in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A. It took a long time from performing the experiment to presenting the results, mainly because I needed to repeat the analysis which was something I wasn’t able to make time for until I had to submit the thesis.

Surface relief caused by shear transformation of bainite

Surface relief caused by shear transformation of bainite

In the paper atomic force microscopy is used to measure the shear component of extremely thin plates of bainitic ferrite in superbainite. The shear component is surprisingly large compared to the value we expected of 0.23–0.28 based on previous experiments carried out after transformation at higher temperatures (such as the results by Swallow and Bhadeshia).

It seems like the higher strain may help to explain why the bainitic ferrite plates are so thin and slender. It would now be really interesting to test if that is true or not, which is something I couldn’t really do by looking at the TEM and SEM images I have already.

More details on my web-page at Mathew Peet| Papers| Surface Relief Due to Bainite Transformation at 200°C

Article is currently available electronically by using DOI

MS Calculator Android App

A researcher at GIFT has produced an metallurgical application for android phones for calculation of MS, ε-MS, Ae3, Ae1, and conversion of weight percent to atomic percent.

MS Calculator Android App

MS Calculator Android App, screen shot 1

Android App

MS Calculator Android App

MS Calculator App webpage

Steel Poll 2

To maximise clear up any confusion I bring you the second poll. Please justify your selection in the comments section.

Second Steel Poll

Second Steel Pole
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