One of the most topical challenges within the field of microstructure analysis is the identification of martensite in steels. While the identification of martensite platelets in an austenitic matrix is quite straightforward by EBSD, the discrimination between ferritic and martensitic phases with this technique is more difficult. Latest advances by Oxford Instruments have resulted in much-enhanced reliability. In this study, a 1.8715-steel was analysed using combined EBSD/EDS-analysis with the aim of identifying
martensite and retained austenite regions in a ferrite matrix.
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