Hot-Strength of Creep-Resistant Ferritic Steels and Relationship to Creep-Rupture Data

R. C. Dimitriu and H. K. D. H. Bhadeshia


Experimental data on the tensile strength of ferritic steels designed for prolonged service at elevated temperatures have been assessed as a function of many variables, including the testing temperature. The resulting model has been combined with other data on the intrinsic strength of pure ferritic-iron and substitutional solute strengthening to show that there is a regime in the temperature range 780-845 K beyond which there is a rapid decline in the microstructural contribution to strength. This decline cannot be attributed to changes in microstructure, but possibly to the ability of dislocations to overcome obstacles with the help of thermal activation. There is evidence of an approximate relationship between the temperature dependence of hot--tensile strength and creep-rupture stress.

Materials Science and Technology, Vol. 23, 2007, 1127--1131

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