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High-strength, high-toughness steel articles for ballistic and cryogenic applications, and method of making thereof

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According to exemplary practice of the present invention, a steel composition includes, by weight, 0.07 to 0.15% C, 9 to 11% Ni, 0.8 to 1.2% Mo, 0.05 to 0.10% V, and further includes additives and/or impurities, with the balance being Fe. An iron alloy having such composition is produced and then undergoes heat treatment that includes quenching, lamellarization according to a 30 minute holding duration and a temperature span of 625° C. to 665° C., and tempering according to a 60 minute holding duration and a temperature span of 575° C. to 605° C. Exemplary embodiments of the inventive steel afford superior material properties including yield strength of at least 129 ksi, tensile strength of at least 157 ksi, elongation of at least 23%, and Charpy impact energy of at least 112 foot-pounds at −120° F.

Zhang, Xian Jie
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