Factors Influencing Fracture Toughness of High-Carbon Martensitic Steels - January/February 1989
The article "Factors Influencing Fracture Toughness of High-Carbon Martensitic Steels" appeared in the January/February 1989 issue of Gear Technology.
Plane strain fracture toughness of twelve high-carbon steels has been evaluated to study the influence of alloying elements, carbon content and retained austenite. The steels were especially designed to simulate the carburized case microstructure of commonly used automotive type gear steels. Results show that a small variation in carbon can influence the K IC significantly. The beneficial effect of retained austenite depends both on its amount and distribution. The alloy effect, particularly nickel, becomes significant only after the alloy content exceeds a minimum amount. Small amounts of boron also appear beneficial.
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