The effect of heating rate on reverse transformations in steels and Fe-Ni-based alloys
An overview of the mechanisms, kinetics and crystallography of austenite formation in rapidly heated steels and Fe-Ni-based alloys is given. A particular focus is on the morphology of austenite microstructure and the conditions under which the phenomenon of structural inheritance takes place. The possible reasons for it are listed and discussed. The effects of rapid heat treatments on the mechanical properties of steels are briefly addressed and some examples of industrial applications are provided.