The aims of this study is to analyze failure of two types of high‐strength low‐alloy (HSLA) steels which are used in wheel bolts 10.9 grade, boron steel and chromium‐molybdenum steel, before and after heat treatment.
The optimum heat treatment to obtain the best tensile behavior was determined and Charpy impact and Rockwell hardness tests were performed on the two steel types before and after the optimum heat treating.
Fractographic studies show a ductile fracture for heat‐treated boron steel while indicate a semi‐brittle fracture for heat‐treated chromium‐molybdenum steel. Formation of a small boron carbide amount during heat treating of boron steel results in increment the bolt's tensile strength while the ductility did not changed significantly. In the other hand, formation of chromium and molybdenum carbides during heat treating of chromium‐molybdenum steel increased the bolt's tensile strength with a considerable reduction in the final ductility.
This paper evaluates failure analysis of HSLA wheel bolt steels and compares their microstructure before and after the loading regime.
Nazari, A. and Riahi, S. (2010), "Failure analysis of heat treated HSLA wheel bolt steels", Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 373-382. https://doi.org/10.1108/15736101011080114Download as .RIS
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