A new approach is presented for calculating the parent orientation from sets of variants of orientations produced by phase transformation. The parent austenite orientation is determined using the orientations of bainite variants that transformed from a single parent austenite grain. In this approach, the five known orientation relationships are used to back transform each observed bainite variant to all their potential face-centered-cubic (f.c.c.) parent orientations. A set of potential f.c.c. orientations has one representative from each bainite variant, and each set is assembled on the basis of minimum mutual misorientation. The set of back-transformed orientations with the minimum summation of mutual misorientation angle (SMMA) is selected as the most probable parent (austenite) orientation. The availability of multiple sets permits a confidence index to be calculated from the best and next best fits to a parent orientation. The results show good agreement between the measured parent austenite orientation and the calculated parent orientation having minimum SMMA.
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