Micromechanical finite element analysis of strain partitioning in multiphase medium manganese TWIP+TRIP steel

Marat I. Latypov, Sunmi Shin, Bruno C. De Cooman, Hyoung Seop Kim

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In the present contribution, a phenomenological constitutive model of medium manganese steels, in which both twinning-induced (TWIP) and transformation-induced (TRIP) plasticity enhancing mechanisms are activated, is implemented in the finite element framework. The implementation is utilized for the analysis of the full-field strain partitioning in dual-phase microstructure maps obtained from electron backscattering diffraction. The results of the finite element analysis suggest that the strain localization in the studied steel has an alternating character. Specifically, in the low strain region, most of the externally imposed deformation is accommodated by the initially softer austenite. The higher strain hardening rate of austenite due to deformation twinning (TWIP effect) and the mechanically-induced transformation to martensite (TRIP effect) results in a shift of the strain localization to ferrite. This alternating strain localization is a key feature that distinguishes the medium manganese TWIP+TRIP steel. It is shown that this alternating strain localization contributes to the superior mechanical behavior of medium manganese TWIP+TRIP steel reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-228
Number of pages10
JournalActa Materialia
StatePublished - Apr 15 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Finite element methods
  • Medium Mn steel
  • Strain partitioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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