PerspectiveMaterials Science

A Synchrotron Look at Steel

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Science  01 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5595, pp. 975-976
DOI: 10.1126/science.1078210

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The superior properties of new high-strength steels derive from the presence of a multiphase microstructure in the steel. In his Perspective, Militzer argues that a detailed knowledge of the phase transformations that lead to this microstructure are crucial for the development of novel high-quality steels. He highlights the report by Offerman et al., whose synchrotron x-ray diffraction study sheds light on the nucleation and growth of the ferrite phase in steel.