The dynamic behaviour of a twinning induced plasticity steel

K.M. Rahman, V.A. Vorontsov, D. Dye

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The influence of strain rate on the twinning behaviour and microstructure of an Fe–15Mn–2Al–2Si–0.7C twinning induced plasticity (TWIP) steel has been investigated. A Hopkinson pressure bar setup was used in addition to blast testing to perform the high strain rate testing. The yield stress exhibited a positive strain rate sensitivity with increasing strain rate. However, the failure strain of the material was relatively unaffected. Post-deformation microscopy indicated that deformation twinning was less profuse at higher strain rates. Electron backscatter diffraction also indicated the activation of multiple twin systems at strain rates below 1000 s−1 although this did not occur at the higher strain rates tested. A large intragranular misorientation was found to exist in the material tested at lower strain rates indicating a relatively larger dislocation density existing in the material tested at lower strain rates. In addition selected grains in the blast tested material exhibited a 'wavy' structure which was determined not to be due to a phase transformation. It is suggested that this was caused by the complex loading experienced by the material during testing. High resolution transmission electron microscopy also indicated a large density of intrinsic stacking faults in the material subjected to blast testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-261
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Early online date7 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • austenite
  • mechanical characterisation
  • steel
  • twinning
  • yield phenomena
  • twinning induced plasticity (TWIP)


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