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On the primary solidification of compacted graphite iron: Microstructure evolution during isothermal coarsening
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Materials and Manufacturing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6339-4292
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Materials and Manufacturing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3024-9005
2018 (English)In: Materials Science Forum, ISSN 0255-5476, E-ISSN 1662-9752, Vol. 925, p. 90-97Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is widely accepted that in most commercial hypoeutectic alloys, both static mechanicalproperties and feeding characteristics during solidification, are extremely linked to the coarseness ofthe primary phase. It is therefore of critical importance to provide tools to control and predict thecoarsening process of the dendritic phase present in hypoeutectic melts. The characterization of theprimary phase, a product of the primary solidification, has traditionally been neglected whencompared to the eutectic solidification characterization in cast iron investigations. This workpresents the morphological evolution of the primary austenite present in a hypoeutectic compactedgraphite cast iron (CGI) under isothermal conditions. To that purpose, a base spheroidal graphitecast iron (SGI) material with high Mg content is re-melted in a controlled atmosphere and reversedinto a CGI melt by controlling the Mg fading. An experimental isothermal profile is applied to thesolidification process of the experimental alloy to promote an isothermal coarsening process of theprimary austenite dendrite network during solid and liquid coexistence. Through interruptedsolidification experiments, the primary austenite is preserved and observed at room temperature. Byapplication of stereological relations, the primary phase and its isothermal coarsening process arecharacterized as a function of the coarsening time applied. The microstructural evolution observedin the primary austenite in CGI and the measured morphological parameters show a similar trend tothat observed for lamellar graphite cast iron (LGI) in previous investigations. The modulus of theprimary austenite, Mγ, and the nearest distance between the centre of gravity of neighbouringaustenite particles, Dγ, followed a linear relation with the cube root of coarsening time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trans Tech Publications, 2018. Vol. 925, p. 90-97
Keywords [en]
Primary austenite, Microstructure evolution, Dendritic coarsening, Compacted Graphite Iron, CGI
National Category
Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40548DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.925.90ISI: XYZScopus ID: 2-s2.0-85050029582OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40548DiVA, id: diva2:1220613
Available from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-06-19 Last updated: 2019-04-29Bibliographically approved
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1. The role of primary austenite morphology in cast iron
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of primary austenite morphology in cast iron
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Automotive industry products portfolio includes a wide variety of complex-shaped cast iron products, such as truck engine components. Urged by strict environmental regulations on emissions, these components constantly need to combine higher demands on performance with lighter designs. As a result, cast iron industry continuously faces new challenges related to solidification of new alloys, component designs and casting processes.

Complex shapes, variations in the thickness of the casting and the molding material strongly influence the solidification time for a component, thus varying its microstructural coarseness and hence showing different properties depending on the local shape of the casting.

This work increases our understanding of the morphological evolution of primary austenite occurring during isothermal coarsening at the semi-solid state. New experimental techniques have been developed to show that primary austenite coarsens according to the Ostwald ripening model in lamellar (LGI), compacted (CGI)and spheroidal (SGI) graphite iron. Significant morphological changes occur after long coarsening times, including dendrite fragmentation and coalescence. The quantitative characterization of the morphological changes during coarsening is accurately described by morphological parameters, i.e., Mγ, DIDHyd and DγNN.

Subsequently, the impact of primary austenite morphology on the eutectic microstructures in CGI and SGI has been investigated. It was observed that the eutectic microstructures are not significantly affected by the surface area of primary austenite and the size of the interdendritic regions. Fraction, nodularity, shape distribution of graphite particles and the number of nodules and eutectic cells are similar as a function of coarsening time. These results suggest that the nucleation frequency and growth of eutectic microstructures are not significantly influenced by the morphology of primary austenite.

Furthermore, miniaturized tensile tests demonstrated that the UTS in CGI is directly related to the primary austenite morphology. The UTS decreases with the increasing coarseness of primary austenite, showing an inverse linear relation to Mγ, DIDHyd and DγNN. These results demonstrate the strong impact of primary austenite morphology on UTS when the eutectic and eutectoid microstructures are similar, emphasizing the importance of incorporating the morphology of primary austenite in our models.

Abstract [sv]

Fordonsindustrins produktportfölj innehåller en mängd olika gjutjärnskomponenter med komplicerad geometri, exempelvis komponenter till lastbilsmotorer. Skärpt lagstiftning beträffande olika miljöpåverkande utsläpp har höjt kraven på sådana komponenter vad gäller både mekaniska egenskaper och vikt. Gjutjärnsgjuterierna måste ständigt hantera nya utmaningar beträffande stelning av ny legeringar, komponentkonstruktion och gjutprocesser.

Den lokala stelningstiden kommer att variera med varierande tjocklek på såväl gjutstycke som formmaterial vilket ger stora variationer i mikrostrukturens grovlek. Denna mikrostrukturvariation leder till väsentliga skillnader i mekaniska egenskaper inom ett gjutstycke med komplex geometri.

I detta arbete studeras hur den primära austenitens morfologi förändras under så kallad isoterm förgrovning i gjutjärn i delvis stelnat tillstånd. Nyutvecklade experimentella metoder har använts för att visa att austeniten i gjutjärn med lamellärgrafit (LGI), vermikulär/kompakt grafit (CGI) samt sfärisk grafit (SGI) förgrovas i enlighet med Ostwalds modell för förgrovning. Austenitmorfologin förändras högstavsevärt efter långa hålltider vid relevanta temperaturer för förgrovning, även genom dendritfragmentering och koalescens. Morfologiförändringarna kankvantifieras tämligen väl med morfologiparametrarna Mγ, DIDHyd och DγNN.

Vidare har den primära austenitens påverkan på den eutektiska mikrostrukturen i CGI och SGI studerats. En observation var att den eutektiska mikrostrukturen inte påverkas av ytarean av den primära austeniten eller av storleken av de interdendritiska områdena. Fraktionen grafit, nodulariteten, grafitens formfördelning, antalet noduler samt antalet eutektiska celler påverkas på likartat sätt av förgrovningsprocessen. Detta antyder att kärnbildningsfrekvensen och tillväxten av eutektisk struktur inte påverkas i någon större utsträckning av den primära austenitens morfologi.

Dragprovning av stavar i miniatyrformat visade att dragbrottgränsen (UTS) hos CGI är direkt beroende av den primära austenitens morfologi. UTS är linjärt avtagande med ökande Mγ, DIDHyd och DγNN vilket visar att den primära austenitens morfologi har en stark påverkan på gjutjärns mekaniska egenskaper. Alltså bör de modeller som används för att prediktera gjutjärns egenskaper innehålla den primära austenitens morfologi.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering, 2019. p. 74
Series
JTH Dissertation Series ; 040
Keywords
Solidification, Cast Iron, Primary Austenite, Microstructure Evolution, Coarsening, LGI, CGI, SGI, UTS, stelning, gjutjärn, primär austenit, mikrostrukturbildning, förgrovning, LGI, CGI, SGI, UTS
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Materials Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43553 (URN)978-91-87289-42-2 (ISBN)
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2019-05-21, E1405, School of Engineering, Jönköping, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-04-29 Created: 2019-04-29 Last updated: 2019-04-29Bibliographically approved

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