2007 Volume 47 Issue 10 Pages 1458-1464
The sensitivity and limitations of magnetic coercive field, hardness, metallographic measurements and electron back scattered diffraction analysis are studied and discussed in terms of monitoring recovery and the onset and evolution of recrystallization in a cold rolled low carbon steel. The magnetic coercive field shows much higher resolution than hardness measurements when measuring recovery. Hardness is almost insensitive to the microstructural changes taking place in the material during annealing treatments performed at low temperatures. The conditions under which the magnetic coercive field measurements can also be used to monitor recrystallized fraction are also discussed.