For the last 18 months the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has been working on the development of a revised PM Roadmap called 'Vision 2025'. The purpose of the Vision 2025 booklet is to be a tool to aid in the promotion of the PM industry to government, third parties and end users. It is also envisaged that the information contained in the booklet will provide some useful insight into key trends and development areas for the different sectors of the European powder metal industry.

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Factorial design was used to investigate the contribution effect of cooling rate of stage between rolling and coiling and cooling rate after coiling on grain size, pearlite lamellar spacing, mechanical properties and hardness of hot rolled narrow 65Mn strip. The contribution of both cooling rates before and after coiling process, and the interaction combination effect of both rates were determined for each measured property. The regression models were built up to identify grain size, pearlite lamellar spacing, mechanical properties and hardness as a function in cooling rates before and after coiling process.
It was found that the contribution effect of cooling rate before coiling on grain size growth, enlargement of pearlite lamellar spacing, Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS) and elongation is negative with different magnitude and it has positive effect on Yield Strength (YS) and hardness. Cooling rate after coiling has negative effect on grain size growth, enlargement of pealite lamellar spacing and elongation while it has positive contribution on UTS, YS, and hardness. The interaction combination effect of both two rates has very small positive contribution on YS and elongation, it has small positive effect on grain size growth, enlargement pearlite lamellar spacing, and it has large negative contribution on UTS and hardness. Factorial design technique is a successful technique to analysis the effecting parameters.

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This work aims at studying the change in constituent phases of High Manganese High Aluminum content steel through isothermal ageing and their effect on the plastic behavior of the produced steels. Optical and scanning electron microscope were employed for observing the significant change in microstructure at different heat treatment regime. XRD was applied to detect the major phases after isothermal process. Three samples with different phase consitituents were subjected to compression test. The results refer to the decomposition of γ-austenite into β-phase (B2, DO3), β-Mn, K-carbide is widely changed as a result of isothermal ageing process. The plastic behavior and strain-hardening property are improved linearly with k-carbide fraction. A bit enhancement of hardness has been observed with increasing k-carbide fraction after isothermal ageing process.

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