2008 Volume 48 Issue 9 Pages 1270-1275
This paper (part 1 of a two part study) deals with the influence of N in its combination with V, as V(C, N) precipitates, on the decomposition of austenite into acicular ferrite. Likewise, the intragranular nucleation potency of V(C, N) precipitates is analyzed through the continuous cooling transformation diagrams (CCT) of two C–Mn–V steels with different contents of N under two different austenitising temperatures, i.e. different austenite grain sizes. The results clearly show that for austenite to decompose into acicular ferrite is necessary, first to have a representative fraction of V(C, N) precipitates within austenite, and second to decorate the austenite grain boundaries with proeutectoid ferrite so bainite can not form. Part 2 of the study concerns with the influence that those precipitates have on the kinetics of acicular ferrite formation during austenite isothermal decomposition.