Shock wave characterization of precipitate strengthening of PH 13–8 Mo stainless steel

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The shear stresses required for dislocations passage of highly coherent NiAl-based precipitates, formed in commercial PH 13–8 Mo steel after homogenization, quenching and aging for different duration of time at 510 °C, were determined in a series of planar impact experiments using samples with different thickness. The experiments revealed two regimes of decay of the elastic precursor waves: a fast one, at the shear stress τ greater than some threshold τ*, associated with the interaction of moving dislocations with lattice phonons, and a slow one, at τ < τ*, corresponding to the precipitates' cutting with the help of thermal fluctuations. Consequently, the stress τ* can be regarded as the stress which permits the passage of the precipitate by a dislocation without thermal support. Precipitates' geometry and size, determined based on the activation volume at thermally-activated regime, are in a reasonable agreement with precipitates dimensions estimated from High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-185
Number of pages10
JournalActa Materialia
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • PH steel
  • Planar impact testing
  • Precipitate strength
  • Shock wave
  • TEM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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