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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Martensite


v. Martensite:
          Martensite is magnetic and hard brittle mass of fibrous or needle like structure, it contains carbon upto 2% and it is main constituent of hardened steel. This is a body-centered, tetragonal meta-stable iron phase produced by entraping carbon on decomposition of austenite when the rapid quenching of high carbon steel from a slightly higher temperature than the maximum temperature of critical interval.
          We may note that the decomposition of austenite below 320°C starts the formation of martensite. It is not as tough as austenite. It is differs from austenite in being magnetic.

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