3D structural and atomic-scale analysis of lath martensite: Effect of the transformation sequence

Title3D structural and atomic-scale analysis of lath martensite: Effect of the transformation sequence
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMorsdorf, L, Tasan, CC, Ponge, D, Raabe, D
JournalActa Materialia
Volume95
Pagination366 - 377
Date Published2015/08/15/
Abstract

To improve the fundamental understanding of the multi-scale characteristics of martensitic microstructures and their micro-mechanical properties, a multi-probe methodology is developed and applied to low-carbon lath martensitic model alloys. The approach is based on the joint employment of electron channeling contrast imaging (ECCI), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atom probe tomography (APT) and nanoindentation, in conjunction with high precision and large field-of-view 3D serial sectioning. This methodology enabled us to resolve (i) size variations of martensite sub-units, (ii) associated dislocation sub-structures, (iii) chemical heterogeneities, and (iv) the resulting local mechanical properties. The identified interrelated microstructure heterogeneity is discussed and related to the martensitic transformation sequence, which is proposed to intrinsically lead to formation of a nano-composite structure in low-carbon martensitic steels. (C) 2015 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.