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H. H. Pan & G. J. Weng
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H. H. Pan and G. J. W e n g
D e p a r t m e n t of M e c h a n i c a l a n d Aerospace E n g i n e e r i n g
Rutgers University
N e w B r u n s w i c k , N e w Jersey 08903
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With the aid of a phase diagram, a theoretical principle is developed to calculate

the stress in the matrix phase and the overall volume change of dual-phase metals
during a cooling process involving martensitic transformation. The cooling process
may start from a pure austenite phase or from a mixture of austenite and ferrite.
resulting in a two- u r a three-phase system during the phase transformation. The
transformed martensites in the former case are taken to be randomly oriented spher-
oids. I n the latter case, ferrite is taken as the matrix, whereas austenite w i l l trans-
form into martensite, both existing as randomly oriented spheroidal inclusions. The
theory is developed using Eshelby's inhomogeneity and transformation principle, by
which the influence uf elastic heterogeneity, thermal expansion coeflcients, phase-
transformation strain, and inclusion shape can a l l be accounted for. When applied
to the iron-carbon system, i t is found that, for a typical cooling path, the thermal
stress developed in tlre matrix is hydrostatically tensile in both nvo- and three-phase
systems, with a magnitude that is strongly sensitive to the inclusion shape and car-
bon content. After th.: martensite transformation starts, the volume of the system is
found to increase first, indicating the stronger contribution of the phase-transfor-
mation strain over the thermal contractiotl. Subsequently, the transformation rate
decreases and thermt-rl contraction becomes a more dominant factor to the volume
change. Finally, it is demonstrated that the theory can be used to predict the tran-
sition of martensite morphology from the lath to the nvinned structure as the carbon
content increases.


When austenite is quenched down from above the eutectoid temperature (723OC), it
may transform into martensite. If the initial temperature is high enough, such as at
point A in the phase diagram of Fig. la, the quenching process will result in the

Invited Paper: Dedicated to Bruno A. Boley and presented at the Sixty-Fifth Birthday of Bruno A.
Boley Symposium. Winter Annual Meeting, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Atlanta. Geor-
gia. December 1-6, 1991.
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation, Solid and Geo-Mechanics Program.
under grants MSS-8918235 and MSS-9114745.

Journal of Thermal Stresses, 15:l-23. 1992

Copyright O 1992 by Hemisphere Publishing Corporation

91. k i " ( nustenite )

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Weight per cent carban (96 C )

Fig. I (a) Typical phase diagram of carbon steel: (b) continuous cooling transformation diagram of a
4043 stccl.

formation of martensite/austenitc dual-phase steel, with austenite serving as the ma-

trix. On the other hand, if the initial temperature is slightiy lower where, as at point
13, both ferrite (a phase) and austenite (y phase) coexist, the austenite will transform
into martensite, with ferrite remaining unchanged. The resulting product is a three-
phase solid during transformation, and in this case ferrite will be taken as the matrix,
with austenite and martensite serving as inclusions. The amount of martensite at a
given temperature during the quenching process depends on the cooling rate. As
shown in the continuous cooling transformation diagram (the CCT diagram), Fig.
Ib, for a 4340 steel, martensitic transformation occurs when the rate is faster than

8.4"C/s. At a slower rate of 0.33"C/s, bainitic transformation will take place first,
and at the even slower 0.023"C/s, austenite + ferrite transformation can also be
expected. (Both figures have been generated using the information given in Reed-
Hill [ I ] . ) We will be concerned primarily with the martensitic transforniation under
a quenching process, which commences at the martensitic start temperature (M,) and
may end at the martensitic finish temperature (Mf),so that at a temperature T below
M,, the transformed fraction of austenite is a known quantity.
Two important proble~nsassociated with such a physical process are the devel-
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opment of thermal stress in the matrix and the volume change of the system. To be
sure, martensitic transforrr~ationoccurs not only in carbon steels, but also in many
nonferrous alloys (e.g., Au-Cd, Cu-AI, and Cu-Zn). Regardless of whether the
system is a two- or a three-phase solid, the individual phases may possess different
elastic moduli, thermal expansion coefficients, and crystal structures, which in turn
can influence the magnitude of phase-transformation strain. If the habit planes are
randomly oriented in the matrix, the dual or three-phase metal will display an overall
isotropy. The objective of this article is to develop a theoretical principle with which
to examine the two stated problems. The inclusions will be taken to be perfectly
bonded with the matrix and, during the cooling process, no plastic deformation is
assumed to occur. While ductile metals tend to undergo plastic flow at higher stress,
the pure hydrostatic nature of thermal stress developed in the matrix of the isotropic
systems considered here niay render this assumption more acceptable. The deter-
mination of local yielding and its influence on the stated problems is not a simple
problem; we hope to be able to look into it in the future.

For generality we shall consider the three-phase solid, which corresponds to an initial
condition of point B in Fig. la. A schematic representation of such a solid is depicted
in Fig. 2, where phase 0 is the matrix phase (ferrite here), phase I is the martensite
inclusions, and phase 2 is the other type of inclusions (austenite here). For simplicity,
the randomly oriented inclusions are assumed to be spheroidal in shape, each type
with a common aspect ratio a . If the system is a two-phase solid, such as the one
with an initial condition of point A , the matrix phase would become austenite, and
phase 2 disappears completely. During phase transformation, the phase-transfor-
mation strain in each inclusion as measured from the habit plane can be taken to be
constant. This implies that, in the local, oriented axes along the principal direction
of the spheroid, each martensite island possesses a constant phase-transforma-
tion strain ~ 5 The
~ magnitude
. of E P , ~can be determined from the crystal structure of
the parent and transformed phases, as outlined in the Appendix. For now, E G ~is
taken as a known quantity in the local axes, with direction 1 chosen along the sym-
metric axis of the spheroid.. It becomes an orientation-dependent value &fh(0,+)
when transformed to the external axes, (0, +) being the angles specifying its ori-
While several methods could be called upon to consider the present problem,
the simplest one that can account for both the inclusion-shape effect and the distinct
inclusion/matrix microgeornetry is probably the Eshelby [2] and Mori-Tanaka [3]
4 H. H. PAN AND G . J . WENG

- phase 2
(austenite in the
3-phase system)
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phase 0 (austenite in the 2-phase system,
and ferrile in the 3-phase one)
Fig. 2 Schematic representation of the three-phase system.

theory. This approach has been comprehensively formulated by Weng [4] to study
the effective elastic moduli of a composite material, and it will be extended here to
include the effect of phase transformation and thermal strain. The initial state at A
or B will be taken as the reference state, without any stress or strain.
Suppose the quenching process starts from an initial temperature Ti, and reaches
a temperature T below M,. The volume fraction c, of the rth phase then can be
determined from the initial condition at B (or A ) , and the CCT diagram or the Kois-
tinen and Marburger 151 equation [see Section 5, Eq. (37)j. Denoting the coefficient
of thermal expansion of the rth phase by a,, we have the uniform thermal strain in
the absence of other constituents:

where Su is the Kronecker delta. For phase 1, the martensite region, it is given by

as it had not existed until the temperature reached M , (a, should be replaced by a,
in the two-phase case). The phase I region further possesses a phase-transformation
strain E $ ~ ( o , +) when expressed in the global coordinates. The value of a, may de-
crease with decreasing temperature; its average value may be used if it does not
remain constant over the temperature range considered.
To determine the average stress and strain state of each phase at a given tem-
perature T, we may first bring both phase I and phase 2 out of the matrix, and then
let all three phases undergo separate stress-free thermal expansion (or contraction)
and, in the case of phase I, an additional phase transformation. The inclusions are

then brought back to fit into the deformed holes. This is Eshelby's [6] inhomoge-
neity-transformation problem, but involving finite concentration of inclusions. Fol-
lowing Weng's [4] symbolic notation, the corresponding mean stress in the matrix
can be written as

in the absence of an externally applied stress, where L,(T) is the elastic moduli tensor
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of the matrix [and L,(T) for phase r] at temperature T , and is the generated internal
strain in the fitting proce:is. For a phase 1 , martensite inclusion oriented with ( 0 ,
+), its average stress and :itrain will experience an additional "perturbedn value with
respect to its surrounding matrix, so that its mean stress can be written as

where ~ * ( 0+)
, is the equivalent eigenstrain introduced into the considered inclusion
region so that its moduli I,,(T) can be replaced by Lo(T) to yield the same ~ " ' ( 0 ,
4). Likewise, for a phase 2 inclusion one has

m e 'perturbed" portion of the strain is connected to the total stress-free strain through
Eshelby's S tensor; this, however, must be done in the local, oriented axes as

where E~~ is a constant value in each local coordinate.

Since no stress is applied externally, the weighted mean of u")vanishes. De-
noting the volume fraction of phase r by c,, we have

leading to
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where the brackets ( ) signify the three-dimensional, orientational average of the said
quantity, and 1 is the symmetric, fourth-order tensor.
The average stress-or the thermal stress of the titled problem-in the matrix
then follows as
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which is purely hydrostatic due to the isotropic nature of the material. The overall
strain of the system, which is contributed by both the thermal expansion (actually
contraction) and the phase transformation, is given by

which. after some algebra, leads to a pure dilatational strain,

representing the volume change. The strain E'*"' is included in Eq. (I 1) as the matrix
had undergone such a stress-free deformation before the inclusions were brought
back into the deformed holes. This is our second titled problem.
While E'~"', E"", and c, are known quantities, E*"' and E * ' ~ ' are not, and need
to be solved from the last equation of (4) and (5), incollaboration with ( 6 ) ,(7), and
For a spheroidal inclusion, S is a transversely isotropic tensor; its components
depend on the aspect ratio a and can be found from Eshelby [2] or Mura 171. A
simple scheme to evaluate the inner product and orientational average of a trans-
versely isotropic tensor, for instance, can be found in Qiu and Weng [8]. Following
this scheme and writing L, = ( 3 ~ , ,2p,) in terms of its bulk and shear moduli, we
finally arrive at

It must be noted that, ever1 though E? possesses the shear components, their influ-
ence disappears after the orientational average. The constants p , , p2, p,, p:;',
p depend on the elastic moduli and the S tensor; they are listed in the
p:;', and ; '$
Appendix. Furthermore, p, = 1 + cIp:" + c2pi2'.These relations furnish the required
information for Fkkin (12).
The average stress of the matrix, which has only the hydrostatic component, can
be subsequently evaluated from Eq. (10) as
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where the additional coefficients g,,, g2,, and g3, are also listed in the Appendix.
If L,(T) = Lo(T), then E*"' = 0; evaluation of the orientational average in Eqs.
(10) and (12) could proceed by taking E*'" = 0 at the outset. One may also use
these established results by taking

as K, = K~ and F, = FO.


Of considerable interest are the simplified results of a two-phase system (c, = O),
which corresponds to the ini~:ialcondition at A (without any fenite) in Fig. la. Equa-
tions (15) and (12), (13) then become

with p, = py'. More explicit results can be found when the inclusions possess the
following three types of shapes.
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Sphere: a = 1
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Needles: a + m
If the randomly oriented inclusions are of the needle shape, we have


where p,, p l l , p,,, p,, correspond to pi1),pl:', p:\), p::', respectively, in Eq. (13)

Disks: a 6 1
Especially pertinent to the ferrous system is the disk shape of the martensitic plates,
with the aspect ratio of much less than one, but not equal to zero. Again with c, =
0, the pertinent coefficients in Eqs. (15) and (13) take the following forms:


11 = 8 1 % k ( ~ 1- I(O)(CLI - C L O ) ( ~ ~ ) ~ %(PI
f - k ) [ 4 k ( k + 3%)

-3~1(3% + 7&)]514 - 1 2 ~ 0 k ( 3 ~+0 4 k ) ( 3 ~ 1+ 4 ~ ~ 1 ) (24)

In a two-phase solid, is simply equal to -(1 - pl)/cl. Furthermore,

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PII = (3% + 4 k ) { 4 k [ 3 ~ 1 % + ~ C L I ( C O % + CIKI)]

+ ~[KI(~KoCLI + 3p1P-u + pi) - - +

~ K I K O ~

P22 = P 3 3 = (3% ( K2o1 ~ 1 )- ~ C L I ( C O ~+ CIKI)]

+~ ~ ) { ~ P o [ ~ K I+
+ -k)+ ~KICLO(PO - PI) + ~ ) L I ~ ( C O K +
O ~ ~ ~ ~ ) l n a } (25)


12 = - 2 7 c o % k ( ~ 1 - KO)(PI - P o ) ( ~ a )+
~ P PI - ~ ) [ ~ K I K O ( ~fK 7O k ) - 4 k

(3% + k ) ( c o K O + C I K : ) ~ +~ ~ P O ( ~ K O+ ~ C L O ) [ ~ K I +% ~ C L I ( C O K O+ CIKI)] (26)

In the limiting case of a thin flake, a -* 0, the results carry the simple values


The formulae derived in Section 2 also deliver a side product: the effective thermal
expansion coefficient of a two-phase composite containing randomly oriented sphe-
roidal inclusions. By assuming phase transformation not to occur (c, = 0 and E~~ =
O), and reassigning the original phase 2 (austenite) as phase 1, the effective strain
of the composite during the cooling process reduces to
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from Eqs. (12) and (14), where p2 is the original pi2' term in Eq. (14). In terms of
the effective coefficient of thermal expansion a, this translates into
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The p2/plcomponent in Eq. (30) depends strongly on the shape of inclusions, and
therefore so does the effective thermal expansion coefficient a of the composite. We
may recall from Tandon and Weng [9] that the effective elastic moduli of a two-
phase isotropic composite also depends strongly on the shape of inclusion, and for
the effective bulk modulus K , it is given by

Relations (30) and (3 1) can be rearranged to yield the connection

between a and K . This connection coincides with Rosen and Hashin's [ l o ] exact
connection between the two, indicating the self-consistency of the Mori-Tanaka the-
ory for this class of composite. Thus, if K is derived from Tandon and Weng's
formula (31), the effective coefficient a follows from Eq. (32), and vice versa. Takao
I I I I also used Mori and Tanaka's method to calculate the effective thermal expansion
of a composite with randomly oriented spheroidal inclusions, but its precise con-
nection with K apparently was not realized. Such a connection has also been estab-
lishcd by Benveniste and Dvorak 1 121 with aligned inclusions, the effective thermal
expansion in this case being first derived by Takao and Taya [13].


The theory developed in Sections 2 and 3 will now be applied to estimate the thermal
, stress in the matrix and overall volume change of the two- and three-phase systems
during a cooling process involving phase transformation. T o this end we choose the
iron-carbon system as an example, and refer to Fig. la as the phase diagram.
We shall first consider a two-phase system. The initial temperature at point A
is taken as 100O0C, and the system is cooled down rapidly to room temperature 25°C.
To see the influence of carbon content, we here consider two cases: one at 0.1 wt%,
and the other at 0.4 wt%. The elastic moduli and thermal expansion coefficients of
both phases are 1141

Austenite: KO = 164 GPa CI, = 74 GPa a, = 16.2 X IO-~/"C

Martensite: K, = 173 GPa p, = 77 GPa a,= 10.98 X IO-~/"C (33)

at room temperature. The 'r'oung's modulus of martensite decreases by 0.032 GPa/

"C with increasing temperature; by assuming the Poisson ratio to remain constant,
K , and p, can be calculated. at a given T. The same decreasing ratio is also assumed
for austenite (and later ferrite). Using the platelet shape as the basis for the deter-
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mination of habit plane, the nonvanishing components of phase-transformation strain

are €7: and €7;. The €7: cc~mponenthas no effect here, and the €7: components at
these two carbon contents are found to be (see the Appendix)

,, - 0.0323
ph with 0. I wt% carbon (34)

€7: = 0.0459 with 0.4 wt% carbon (35)

assuming the martensite to possess the lath and the twin structure, respectively. Such
a distinction is made as various morphological studies on martensite 115, 161 have
disclosed the lath structure at low carbon content and the twinned structure at a higher
The M , temperature generally decreases with increasing carbon and other alloy-
ing contents. A useful relacion has been provided by Andrews 1171:

in "C and wt% of the alloy content. Based on this formula and considering the plain
carbon steels, the martensi1:e start temperatures are 497°C and 370°C, respectively,
at these two carbon contents. The martensite finish temperature M, is usually not
definitive, as the manensitic transformation becomes more and more difficult when
the total amount of remaining austenite is small. This in many cases results in re-
tained austenite even at room temperature. The rate of transformation is faster when
the temperature just passes below M,; following Koistinen and Marburger's [5] study,
the volume fraction of martensite after T has fallen below M , can be represented by

where the rate constant b for most plain carbon steels was found to be 0.01 l/"C.
This is taken in our calculations.
With 0.1 wt% carbon, the average hydrostatic stress, ui!'/3, developed in the
austenite matrix during the cooling process is shown by the three curves of Fig. 3a,
when the randomly oriented martensite inclusions take the three selected shapes. The
needle shape is not included here, as at this carbon content such a shape is not
commonly found. Furthemlore, the invariant plane would not be perpendicular to
the local axis I , which is required to give rise to Eq. (34) or (35) for E $ ~ .At a higher
carbon content, say, above 1 wt%, Marder and Krauss [I51 have found the needle-
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0.1 w t % carbon
\ 0.1
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e,, . 7.6

0.1 wl YO

Fig. 3 (a) Average thermal stress in the aus-

tenire matrix; (b) volume change of the two-
phase system, during the cooling from lOOOuC
0 200 400 600 RrQ I1no to room temperature with a lath martensite
(b) 'I'. "C structure at 0.1 w t l carbon.

shaped martensite, the so-called acicular structure. As austenite cools down from
1000°C to 497'C before phase transformation starts, no thermal stress develops in
the matrix. When the temperature further decreases from M , (moving from the right
to the left along the abscissa), tensile thermal stress rapidly develops in the austenite
matrix. The tensile nature of the hydrostatic stress is apparently due to the volume
expansion of the inclusion associated with phase transformation, by which a com-
pressive stress is induced in itself. This figure indicates that, when the martensite
takes the form of spheres, thermal stress develops more rapidly, and with disks, its
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development is much slower. It may be noted that as T decreases to room temperature

(2S°C), the retained austenite, as calculated from Eq. (37), is only about 0.6%.
The corresponding voiume change of the system is shown in Fig. 3b. From
1000°C to 497"C, the volume decreases by the simple thermal contraction, but, as
the temperature enters the phase-transformation stage, the volume expansion asso-
ciated with the phase transformation outweighs the thermal contraction, giving a net
volume expansion for the dual-phase steel. The maximum occurs at 278"C, after
which the thermal contraction regains its dominance. This curve is for all inclusion
shapes, as the separately plotted curves with different aspect ratios of inclusions
literally coincide. The insensitivity of the inclusion shape to F, is due to the very
mild difference in the elastic moduli of both phases. (When both phases share the
same moduli, the shape effect disappears completely.)
With 0.4 wt% of carbon, the corresponding results are depicted in Fig. 4. The
thermal stress developed is higher as compared to the previous case, even though
the phase transformation started at a lower temperature. This is attributable to the
higher phase-transformation strain associated with a twinned martensite structure.
For the three-phase system, we start with an initial temperature of Ti = 750°C
at point B, and also consider the same two carbon contents. The application of the
lever rule at these two carbon contents provides the initial volume fractions for ferrite
(phase 0, matrix) and austenite (phase 2, inclusions):

At 0. l wt% carbon: c,, = 0.848 c, = 0 c, = 0.152 initially (38)

At 0.4 wt% carbon: c,,= 0.298 C, =0 c2 = 0.702 initially (39)

Such a distribution remains unchanged until the temperature reaches M,, after which
the austenite evolves as

with c, remaining constant. At 750°C, the carbon content is 0.5625 wt% in austenite
and 0.0171 1 wt% in ferrite, regardless whether the total carbon content is 0.1 wt%
or 0.4 wt%. This gives rise lo a M , temperature of 301°C in both cases for the plain
carbon steels. At this carbon content in austenite, the e.Pt is calculated based on the
twinned structure, and this gives E';: = 0.0455. At room temperature the bulk and
shear moduli of ferrite are K, = 171.6 GPa, po = 76.5 GPa, and its thermal ex-
14 H. H. PAN AND G . J . WENG

0.4 w t % carbon
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Fig. 4 (a) Average thermal stress in the aus-

tenite matrix; (b) volume change of the two-
phase system, during the cooling from 1000°C
:a to room temperature with a twinned mar-
f . 'c tensite structure at 0.4 wt% carbon.

pansion coefficient is a, =: 12.06 X ~o-~/"c. Both austenite and martensite inclu-

sions are taken to be of the same shape, with a common aspect ratio u .
The corresponding thermal stress in the matrix at 0.1 wt% carbon is shown in
Fig. 5a when the inclusions take the three indicated shapes, whereas the volume
strain is given in Fig. 5b. Compressive thermal stress in ferrite develops before phase
transformation starts, as its coefficient of thermal expansion is less than that of aus-
tenite inclusions. The volume change initially increases after M,, but drops rapidly
later. It reaches a maximum at about T = 234°C.
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These general features are also observed in Fig. 6 with the carbon content of
0 . 4 wt%. The difference between the 0. I wt% and 0.4 wt% in the three-phase case
is quite significant, even though both possess the same E P , ~ .This is due to the sig-
nificantly different initial volume fractions of austenite. Though in the two-phase
case the higher carbon content also leads to a higher thermal stress, it is not as
dramatic as it is here (even with different E $ ~values). This comparison shows that,
when quenched down from the A and B regibns, some fundamental differences such
as this may be expected.
While the morphology of martensite tends to display the lath structure at low
carbon content and the twinned structure at a higher one, it is possible that both
types of microstructure can coexist over a wide range of carbon content. The theory
developed here also allows us to predict how the fraction of twinned martensite may
increase (or the lath martensite may decrease) with increasing carbon content.
To this end, we note that various experiments have been carried out to measure
the volume change by a dilatometer during phase transformation. In particular, Moyer
and Ansell [I81 have measured such volume change for an Armco steel (a two-phase
metal, or point A case) at five different carbon contents: 0.19, 0.38, 0.60, 0.80, and
1 .O1 wt%. The specimens were quenched down from 982°C to room temperature,
and the data were given as the ratio of specific volume change to the specific volume
of austenite at room temperature. Such measured data are equivalent to removing
the thermal contraction term of pure austenite matrix, and are exactly equal to the
second term in Eq. (18):

At these five carbon contents and the contained alloying elements, they also reported
that the corresponding M, temperature are 479"C, 412"C, 334"C, 264"C, and 202"C,
with the retained austenite 0, 0.9%, 1.7%, 2.8%, 4.0%, respectively at room tem-
perature. The thermal exparision coefficient of austenite a, was found to be nearly
constant with temperature a, = 23 X ~o-~/"c. The a,for martensite was found to
increase with increasing temperature and decreasing carbon content. By extrapolating
the data given in their Table V from 25°C to M,, the average values of a at these
five wt% of carbon are found to be approximately 15.13 X IO-~/"C, 14.50 X low6/
"C, 13.34 x IO-~/"C, 12.80 X IO-~/"C, and 12.26 X IO-~/"C, respectively; these
average values are taken here to calculate the thermal strains of martensite from M,
to 25°C.
The experimentally measured volume changes at these five carbon contents are
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d:/3 , h4Pa

400 - 0.1 w t L70 carbon
300 - \a-I
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200 -
- ........_._..._.__.
i hfs=301°~

0 200 400 600 800
(8) T.'C

ent, %

0.1 WI % carb011


Fig. 5 (a) Average thermal stress in the fer-

rite matrix; (b) volume change of the three-
-3.0. phase system, from 750°C to room temper-
0 2Cm 400 6M RIY) ature with a twinned martensite structure at
(b) '1'9 "C 0.1 wt% carbon.

d:/3. MPa
2WO ~

\. 3-phase
0.4 WI % carbon
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En;. Q
1 .o

0 . 4 wl % carbon


j Mrs301 OC
Fig. 6 (a) Average thermal stress in the

0 21NJ
I/ ,
ferrite matrix; (b) volume change of the
three-phase system, from 750°C to room
temperature with a twinned martensite
(b) 'I" "' structure at 0.4 wt% carbon.
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shown by the filled circles in Fig. 7. The volume change tends to increase with
increasing carbon content, but generally lies around 3.5%. We first took all mar-
tensite inclusions to possess the lath structures, and this results in 0.0199, 0.021 l ,
0.0224, 0.0235, 0.0246, respectively, for E';: at these five carbon contents (E;: =
E ~ -,,
h 0). The independently calculated volume changes by the developed theory are

given by the bottom five triangular points, with a result lying around 3% (regardless
of inclusion shapes). We then took all martensitic inclusions to possess the twinned
structure, and this gives rise to 0.0340, 0.0346, 0.0353, 0.0359, 0.0364, respec-
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tively, for E:':. The calculated volume changes are given by the five top octagonal
points, with a value lying between 4 and 4.5%. The underestimate of volume change
from the assun~ptionof all lath martensite and the overestimate associated with all
twinned martensite made it clear that the microstructure of martensite in this steel
could possess a mixture of twinned and lath morphology. It was found that, at 0.19
wt% carbon, the theory would give rise to the experimental value of 3.37% if we
assume the martensite inclusions to possess 21.6% of twinned structures and 79.4%
of lath structures, whereas at 1.01 wt% carbon, the theory would yield the desired
volun~echange of 3.73% for the system if the twinned portion of martensite is 72%
and the lath portion is 28%. (This is strictly a three-phase problem, but since the
twinned martensite and lath martensite are taken to possess the same elastic moduli
and thermal expansion coefficient, it could be treated as a two-phase problem where

D..... All I w i ~ l n c J

?. I

0.2 0.4 0.6

1.0 1.2
phase system assuming

Carlwn c o ~ t l c n l( w l %)
- 1
Fig. 7 Comparison between experiment and
theory for the total volume change of a two-
a linearly increasing
twinned martensite structure with carbon con-

the E $ ~of the inclusion is given by the proportional mixture of the two.) The increase
of twinned structure with increasing carbon content is then apparent, and this is
consistent with known martensitic morphology [IS, 161. By assuming a linear in-
crease of twinned structure as a function of carbon content, we then calculated the
volume change of the system at the three intermediate carbon contents (0.38 wt%,
0.60 wt%, 0.80 wt%). The results are shown by the three open diamond-shaped
points (one barely visible). These three points are seen to agree closely with the
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three experimental data. This calculation suggests that a linear increase of twinned
structure with carbon content could be a reasonable expectation of the martensite
structures here.


Constants P,,, PZZ,pJ3,PI, PZ,p3, g l l , gzz, and g3,

Without any summation over any repeated indices and with i, j , k always following
the 1, 2, 3 even permutation, the &), glj' components are
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= (a';l+ a2 + al;' + 0:;' + a:;' + a:;' + a:;' + a:;' + a:;')/3

= by' + 2(bY' + 6:'' + b:' + b:")]/3
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b(!" - (') S
I - all( - 1 ) + o:;)S1122+ a:;)S1133,
by' = [(a:: + a l ' : ) ( ~- ~1 ~) +~ (a:;' + (a:;' + a : ; ' ) ~ ~ ~ ~ , 1 / 2
~ + a:;')S1122

by' = ( u : ~ / ( S+~ S3311)

~~ + ~g(S2222+ S3322 - 1 ) + ~ : ; ) ( ~ 3 3 3 3f S2213 - 1 )1/2

by) = ((30:;' + u:;')(S~~,,- 1 ) + ( 3 ~ : ; ' + a:;')S3322+ (30:;' + a';:)S33,1

+ ( 3 ~ : ; '+ ~:;')~2233+ (30:;' + ~ : ; ' ) ( S 2 2 2 2 - 1 ) + ( 3 ~ : ' :+ al;')S2211

+ 2(1 - I*.?/k)(2S2323 - 1 ) / [ 1 + 2s2323(I*.r/~O - 1)11/8

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Calculation of from
E $ ~ :Lattice Constants
According to Khachaturyan's [I91 theory, the phase-transformation strain E:* can be
calculated from the lattice parameters of the parent and transformed phases. These
parameters are dependent on the carbon content in the iron-carbon system. The the-
ory is briefly outlined here for twinned and lath martensites, by taken the martensite
to be of the platelet shape.

Twinned martensite. The vector n normal to the habit plane as measured in the
crystal lattice of the parent phase and the shear E J are determined by

where the lattice rearrangement parameters 7 , and q3 are given by

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where u,, are the lattice constants of the face-centered-cubic austenite, and a , anc
c,,,are those of the tetmgonal martensite. The eigenvectors el and e, are calculatec
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e, = (0.0, I)

Lath martensite. The second type of morphology is the so-called dislocated (o

slipped) lath martensite. The normal vector n and the shear &,I are obtained from

The phase-transformation strain ePhin the local axes is given by


The lattice constants depend on the wt% carbon content x, and are given by [18

The a, value corresponds to that of the retained austenite. These values have been
used to calculate the E:~ fix both lath and twinned martensites in Figs. 3 through 6.
The a, value in Fig. 7 ha:; been taken as

a, (A) = 3.573 + 0.033 x

since Moyer and Ansell's [I81 data have shown that the lattice constant of austenite
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in Armco steel is quite similar to that of the equilibrium austenite, given above.


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