Internal microporosity formation in stainless steel powders: kinetics and mechanism
Keywords:Powder metallurgy, Atomizing, Stainless steel powders, Microporosity, Decarburisation annealing
The internal microporosity of stainless steel powders is obtained by a technology developed in the Metallurgical Research Center (CIME) in collaboration with ISPETP, which consists of carbon enrichment of alloy during the fusion process, and after powder atomization a subsequent decarburization annealing. The internal microporosity, which can reach up to 10 volume percent of the steel particle, reduces powder density and improves powder compressibility, while costs for technology installation are also reduced. In this paper the technology for obtaining the microporosity, the mathematical models of the process, and the structural transformations undergone by stainless steel powder are shown. It is concluded that for carbon contents lower than 0.05% internal microporosity tends to disappear.
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