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Acta Metall Sin  2020, Vol. 56 Issue (4): 549-557    DOI: 10.11900/0412.1961.2019.00453
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Research and Application Progress in Ultra-HighStrength Stainless Steel
LIU Zhenbao(),LIANG Jianxiong,SU Jie,WANG Xiaohui,SUN Yongqing,WANG Changjun,YANG Zhiyong
Division of Special Steels, Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081, China
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In the present work, the development and research on ultra-high strength stainless steels (UHSSS) have been systematically reviewed. Specifically, the focus was primarily placed on the precipitation hardening and austenite phase toughening mechanisms. And, the hydrogen-induced stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and hydrogen embrittlement (HE) behaviors of high-strength stainless steels were also retrospected. It is suggested that the future development of UHSSS is on the basis of computer-aided alloy designing system, strengthening via multiple high-coherency precipitates and toughening by filmy high-stability austenite phase. Besides, verification of the SCC and HE underlying mechanisms is vital to further optimizing the performance of UHSSS.

Key words:  ultra-high strength stainless steel      strengthening and toughening mechanism      hydrogen embrittlement      stress corrosion      precipitate      reverted austenite     
Received:  27 December 2019     
ZTFLH:  TG142.71  
Fund: National Key Research and Development Program of China(2016YFB0300104)
Corresponding Authors:  Zhenbao LIU     E-mail:

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LIU Zhenbao,LIANG Jianxiong,SU Jie,WANG Xiaohui,SUN Yongqing,WANG Changjun,YANG Zhiyong. Research and Application Progress in Ultra-HighStrength Stainless Steel. Acta Metall Sin, 2020, 56(4): 549-557.

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Table 1  Chemical compositions of typical high strength stainless steels[13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21]
SteelRp0.2 / MPaRm / MPaKIC / (MPa·m1/2)AKU / JStrengthening phase
Table 2  Mechanical properties of typical high strength stainless steels[13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21]
Fig.1  Atom probe tomography (APT) map within a selected cube (box size is 70 nm×70 nm×240 nm) of a newly developed ultra-high strength steel aged specimenColor online
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