2004 Volume 44 Issue 11 Pages 1918-1923
A rapid method was used to identify kinetics of the recrystallization for two IF (Interstitial Free) steels which have different phosphorous and boron contents. The static and metadynamic softening behaviour of the materials for a range of strain rates and temperatures were quantified. The critical strain for initiation of strain independent softening was estimated for the IF steels in respect to the time for 50 percent softening after deformation. The results showed that the strain for the initiation of strain independent softening (often referred to as metadynamic recrystallization) varies with the Zener Hollomon parameter. Classic static recrystallization was observed at strains below the strain independent softening for all processing conditions and the strain rate had a strong effect on the time for strain independent softening. Results also revealed that static and metadynamic recrystallization was delayed owing to the phosphorous and boron alloying elements. Hence, the large strain at above no-recrystallization temperature may be required for the early stage of Finishing Stands Unit (FSU) in hot strip rolling mills to initiate austenite grain refinement of phosphorous and boron added IF steels.