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Post-treatment of Alloy 718 produced by electron beam melting
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5676-7903
2019 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Electron beam melting (EBM), a metal additive manufacturing (AM) process, has received considerable industrial attention for near net shape manufacture of complex geometries with traditionally difficult-to-machine materials. This has fuelled considerable academic interest in investigating EBM of Alloy 718, a nickel ironbased superalloy possessing an exciting combination of good mechanical behaviour and cost effectiveness. EBM production of Alloy 718 is particularly promising for aerospace and other sectors which value rapid production of components with large scope for design flexibility. The EBM builds are characterized by presence of inevitable defects and, anisotropy within a build is also a concern. Consequently, as-built Alloy 718 has to be subjected to post-build thermal-treatments (post-treatments) to ensure that the parts eventually meet the critical service requirements. Not withstanding the above, limited knowledge is available about optimal post-treatments for EBM-built Alloy 718. Therefore, the main focus of the work presented in this thesis was to systematically investigate the response of EBM-built material to post-treatments, which include hotisostatic pressing (HIPing), solution treatment (ST), and aging.

HIPing of EBM-built Alloy 718 led to more than an order of magnitude reduction in defect content, which was reduced from as high as 17% to < 0.2% in samples built with intentionally introduced porosity to investigate limits of defect closure achievable through HIPing. In addition, HIPing also caused complete dissolution of δ and γ" phases present in the as-built condition, with the latter causing dropin hardness of the material. HIPing had no effect on the carbides and inclusions such as TiN, Al2O3 present in the built material. The evolution of microstructure during ST and aging was systematically investigated. Growth of potentially beneficial grain boundary δ phase precipitates was found to cease after a certain duration of ST, with samples subjected to prior-HIPing exhibiting lesser precipitation of the δ phase during ST. While the specimen hardness increased onaging, it was observed to plateau after a duration significantly shorted than the specified ASTM 'standard' aging cycle. Therefore, prima facie there are promising prospects for shortening the overall heat treatment duration. A combination of HIPing, ST, and aging treatments in a single uninterrupted cycle was also explored. Future work involving incorporation of a shortened heat treatment schedule in a combined cycle can have significant industrial implications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: University West , 2019. , p. 73
Series
Licentiate Thesis: University West
Keywords [en]
Additive Manufacturing, Electron Beam Melting; Alloy 718; HIP; Heat Treatment; Solutionizing; Aging; HIP+HT; Microstructure; γ"; δ
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Production Technology; ENGINEERING, Manufacturing and materials engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13547ISBN: 978-91-88847-25-6 (print)ISBN: 978-91-88847-24-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13547DiVA, id: diva2:1289341
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2019-02-18, F206, University West, Trollhättan, 10:00 (English)
Supervisors
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Articles submitted to journals and unpublished manuscripts are not included in this registration

Available from: 2019-02-18 Created: 2019-02-18 Last updated: 2019-02-18Bibliographically approved
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1. The Effect of Location and Post-treatment on the Microstructure of EBM-Built Alloy 718
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2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Superalloy 718 & Derivatives: Energy, Aerospace, and Industrial Applications / [ed] Ott, E., Liu, X., Andersson, J., Bi, Z., Bockenstedt, K., Dempster, I., Groh, J., Heck, K., Jablonski, P., Kaplan, M., Nagahama, D. and Sudbrack, C., Springer, 2018, p. 115-129Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Additive manufacturing (AM) of Ni-based superalloys such as Alloy 718 may obviate the need for difficult machining and welding operations associated with geometrically intricate parts, thus potentially expanding design possibilities and facilitating cost-effective manufacture of complex components. However, processing AM builds completely free from defects, which may impair mechanical properties such as fatigue and ductility, is challenging. Anisotropic properties, microstructural heterogeneities and local formation of undesired phases are additional concerns that have motivated post-treatment of AM builds. This work investigates the microstructural changes associated with post-treatment of Alloy 718 specimens produced by Electron Beam Melting (EBM) for as-built microstructures at 3 build heights: near base plate, in the middle of build and near the top of the build. Two different post-treatment conditions, hot isostatic pressing (HIP) alone and a combined HIP with solutionising and two-step aging were examined and compared to the results for the as-built condition. The influence of various post-treatments on minor phase distributions (δ, γ″, carbides), overall porosity, longitudinal grain widths and Vickers microhardness was considered. The HIP treatment led to significant reduction in overall porosity and dissolution of δ phase, which led to appreciable grain growth for both post-treatment conditions. The variation in hardness noted as a function of build height for the as-built specimens was eliminated after post-treatment. Overall, the hardness was found to decrease after HIP and increase after the full HIP, solutionising and aging treatment, which was attributed to dissolution of γ″ during HIP and its re-precipitation in subsequent heat treatment steps.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2018
Series
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series, ISSN 2367-1181, E-ISSN 2367-1696
Keywords
Additive manufacturing, Electron beam melting, Alloy 718, HIP, Heat treatment, Microstructure, XRD, Hardness, δ, γ″, Carbide
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
ENGINEERING, Manufacturing and materials engineering; Production Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12346 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-89480-5_6 (DOI)978-3-319-89479-9 (ISBN)978-3-319-89480-5 (ISBN)
Conference
9th International Symposium on Superalloy 718 & Derivatives, Energy, Aerospace, and Industrial Applications, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 3-6 June, 2018
Available from: 2018-10-26 Created: 2018-10-26 Last updated: 2019-02-18Bibliographically approved
2. Effect of Different Post-treatments on the Microstructure of EBM-Built Alloy 718
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Effect of Different Post-treatments on the Microstructure of EBM-Built Alloy 718
2019 (English)In: Journal of materials engineering and performance (Print), ISSN 1059-9495, E-ISSN 1544-1024, Vol. 28, no 2, p. 673-680Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Electron beam melting (EBM) of Alloy 718 is of rapidly growing interest as it allows cost-effective production of complex components. However, the inherent flaws in the component in as-built state are of concern in view of the severe working conditions in which Alloy 718 components typically operate. The present work entails an investigation of changes in microstructure that accompany some post-treatments that are being widely considered to address defects in EBM processed Alloy 718. The effect of two different post-treatments, namely hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and a combined HIP + heat treatment (HT) carried out inside the HIP vessel, have been studied and results from as-built and post-treated specimens were compared in terms of porosity/lack-of-fusion, microstructure, phase constitution (NbC content, ÎŽ-phase) and micro-hardness. Post-treatment resulted in reduction in defect content by more than an order of magnitude. HIPing led to complete dissolution of ÎŽ phase. In comparison to as-built material, HIPed specimens exhibited significant drop in hardness. However, a sharp ‘recovery’ of hardness to yield values higher than in as-built condition was observed after HIP + HT and can be attributed to precipitation of γ′′ phase. © 2018, The Author(s).

Keywords
3D printers, Cost effectiveness, Defects, Electron beam melting, Electron beams, Hardness, Heat treatment, Hot isostatic pressing, Microhardness, Microstructure, Alloy 718, Complete dissolution, Complex components, Cost-effective production, Defect contents, Phase constitution, Post treatment, Yield value, Niobium compounds
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
ENGINEERING, Manufacturing and materials engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13133 (URN)10.1007/s11665-018-3712-0 (DOI)000458782100012 ()2-s2.0-85055983075 (Scopus ID)
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Knowledge Foundation, 20160281
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First Online: 29 October 2018

Available from: 2018-11-19 Created: 2018-11-19 Last updated: 2019-06-12Bibliographically approved

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