WIT Press


Heat Treatment–microstructure– Mechanical/tribological Property Relationships In Austempered Ductile Iron

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SECM110141

Volume

71

Pages

12

Page Range

159 - 170

Published

2011

Size

5,257 kb

Author(s)

T. Nasir, D. O. Northwood, J. Han, Q. Zou, G. Barber, X. Sun & P. Seaton

Abstract

Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) can offer an excellent combination of low cost, design flexibility, good machinability, high strength-to-weight ratio, good toughness, good wear resistance and fatigue strength. Although ADI has found quite wide application in some industries, its use in automotive parts production has been limited. The properties of ADI can be tailored by changing the heat treatment schedule. In this research a Ni-Cu-Mo ADI was subjected to heat treatment schedules involving various austenitizing and austempering process times and temperatures. The mechanical (hardness, toughness) and tribological (scuffing) properties were determined and they were related to both the microstructures and the heat treatment procedures. The highest scuffing resistance is obtained in ADI with a feathery ausferrite microstructure. Such a microstructure also produces the highest toughness but hardness values are only at the Grade I or II levels. Keywords: austempered ductile iron, microstructure, hardness, toughness, scuffing, plastic deformation. 1 Introduction Austempered ductile iron (ADI) has recently appeared as an important engineering material owing to its exceptional combination of high strength,

Keywords

austempered ductile iron, microstructure, hardness, toughness, scuffing, plastic deformation