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Enhancement of ballistic performance enabled by boron-doping in subzero-treated (ferrite+austenite+martensite) triplex lightweight steel

  • Kim, Dae Woong
  • Kim, Selim
  • Yang, Junha
  • Lee, Sunghak
  • Sohn, Seok Su
Publication Date
Jun 03, 2022
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Investigations of dynamic deformation and ballistic performance of ultra-high-strength lightweight steels for steel armor applications have not been conducted to date. In this study, effects of boron(B)-doping on ballistic performance were explored in subzero-treated Fe-0.3C-9Mn-5Al and Fe-0.3C-9Mn-5Al-0.005B (wt%) lightweight steels in relation to band structures and B segregation. The dynamic deformation and adiabatic shear band (ASB) formation behaviors were examined by a Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB). The band structure is critical in inhibiting ASB propagation, as it is continuously blocked at tempered-martensite/ferrite boundaries. The crack propagates along the embrittled ASB and penetrates into tempered-martensite/ferrite boundaries, producing delamination of elongated grains in the undoped steel. On the other hand, the delamination does not occur in the B-doped steel because the segregation of solute B at prior austenite grain boundaries enhances the grain-boundary cohesion. Thus, the B-doped steel outperforms conventional rolled homogeneous armor steels and the undoped steel as well, providing a significant deal of potential for developing excellent ballistic-performance lightweight steel armors. / 1 / 1 / N / scie / scopus

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