2014 Volume 54 Issue 11 Pages 2627-2636
A model was developed to describe the microstructure evolution during intercritical annealing of a low-carbon steel suitable for industrial production of DP600 grade dual-phase steel on a hot-dip galvanizing line. The microstructure evolution model consists of individual submodels for ferrite recrystallization, austenite formation and decomposition constructed using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov approach and the additivity principle. The submodels for recrystallization and austenite formation are adopted from a previous study. The present paper provides a detailed analysis of the model development for the decomposition of intercritical austenite. The overall microstructure evolution model is validated using simulated industrial thermal paths for intercritical annealing. Model validation is expedited by in-situ measurements of the recrystallization completion temperature using laser ultrasonics and the intercritical austenite formation and decomposition using dilatometry.