2005 Volume 45 Issue 3 Pages 380-387
A model for predicting the conditions for ferrite/pearlite band prevention in dual phase and TRIP steels has been developed. The competition between processing parameters such as the austenitisation time and temperature, the transformation temperature and microchemical segregation wavelength is explored. The effects of alloy composition in the tendency to form ferrite/pearlite bands are quantified. A simple formula combining processing parameters and compositions for describing band formation is presented. The calculations show that the most prominent factor for preventing banding is the control of the microchemical wavelength. In addition to C and Mn, Al and Si concentrations have shown to play a smaller but significant role in band formation behaviour.