Some Properties of Plain Carbon Steels Containing Uranium

Medium and low carbon steels, modified with uranium, were studied in order to evaluate the influence of uranium on forgeability, mechanical properties, response to heat treatment and microstructure. Uranium contents ranged up to 0.70 per cent. The medium carbon steels are hot short if the uranium content exceeds about 0.35 per cent. More uranium can be tolerated in low carbon steels. The hot shortness is caused by the formation of intergranular phase UFe1.
Keywords: austenite, heat treating, induction furnace, Physical Metallurgy of Uranium, uranium carbide, Carbon, Carbon steel, metals, Phase, steel, Steels, Structure, Temperature, uranium
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