The role of nitrogen on the deformation response of hadfield steel single crystals Academic Article uri icon


  • We studied the role of nitrogen content on the stress-strain response of Hadfield steel (HS) single crystals under compressive loading. Two different nitrogen concentrations were examined for each orientation (0.05 wt pct and 1.06 wt pct) with drastic increase in critical resolved shear stresses (CRSSs) and strain-hardening coefficients compared to HS without nitrogen. The stress-strain response was strongly dependent on both the crystallographic orientation and the nitrogen concentration. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results revealed that, for the HS with 1.06 wt pct nitrogen, the hardening is influenced by the coexisting deformation twins and precipitates, which both act as strong obstacles against dislocation motion. A visco-plastic self-consistent (VPSC) model was modified to account for precipitation and twinning length scales in HS with 1.06 wt pct nitrogen for selected crystallographic orientations. Incoherent precipitates in the hardening formulation were treated as factors affecting the mean free path of dislocations. The model also accounts for plastic relaxation of precipitates with increasing strain and accurately predicts the stress-strain response.

author list (cited authors)

  • Canadinc, D., Sehitoglu, H., Karaman, I., Chumlyakov, Y. I., & Maier, H. J.

citation count

  • 29

publication date

  • September 2003