The effect of strain rates ranging from 10−4 to 10 in/in/sec on the yield strengths of several high strength alloy steels is investigated. Quenched and tempered-type alloys exhibit two regions of strain-rate sensitivity with the strain rate dividing the sensitive and insensitive regions varying from 0.5 to greater than 10 in/in/sec, depending on composition, microstructure and grain size. At the higher rates a power-law relationship is found which is consistent with a yielding model involving breakaway of dislocations from solute atmospheres. Maraging steel exhibits a continuous power law-strain rate sensitivity over the entire range.

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