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Influence of Heat Input on Grain Structure in Thin-Wall Deposits using Laser Metal Powder Deposition
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1472-5489
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9065-0741
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2560-0531
2016 (English)In: The 7th International Swedish Production Symposium, SPS16, Conference Proceedings: 25th – 27th of October 2016, Lund: Swedish Production Academy , 2016, p. -7Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Laser metal deposition (LMD) is an additive manufacturing method which is used to deposit material directly onto a metal surface layer upon layer until a final component is achieved. The material used in this study is the nickel iron based superalloy Alloy 718. There is a strong thermal gradient associated with this method which generally produces columnar grains growing in the build-up direction. The preferred solidification orientation of the FCC matrix is in the (001) direction which makes it possible to build directionally solidified structures with epitaxial grains growing through the layers. In this study LMD with powder as additive has been used to build thin walled samples, multiple layers high. The main objectives of this research are to assess the influence of the heat input on the grain structure in LMD builds and evaluate how the morphology and texture of the grains are affected by the changes in process parameters. Two different parameter sets are compared where a high and a low heat input have been used. The two samples with different heat inputs have been evaluated using a scanning electron microscope coupled to an electron back scatter diffraction detector in order to obtain quantitative grains size measurements as well as crystallographic information. It was shown that the grain structure was considerably affected by the heat input where the high heat input produced a strong texture with columnar grains growing in the build-up direction. With a low heat input the grains became finer and, although elongated, the grains became more equiaxed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Swedish Production Academy , 2016. p. -7
Keywords [en]
Laser metal deposition, additive manufacturing, crystallography, iron-nickel superalloy
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Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10248OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-10248DiVA, id: diva2:1053124
Conference
7th International Swedish Production Symposium, SPS16, Lund, Sweden, October 25–27, 2016
Available from: 2016-12-08 Created: 2016-12-08 Last updated: 2018-08-12Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Laser Metal Deposition using Alloy 718 Powder: Influence of Process Parameters on Material Characteristics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Laser Metal Deposition using Alloy 718 Powder: Influence of Process Parameters on Material Characteristics
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a general name used for manufacturing methods which have the capabilities of producing components directly from 3D computeraided design (CAD) data by adding material layer-by-layer until a final componentis achieved. Included here are powder bed technologies, laminated object manufacturing and deposition technologies. The latter technology is used in this study. Laser Metal Powder Deposition (LMPD) is an AM method which builds components by fusing metallic powder together with a metallic substrate, using a laser as energy source. The powder is supplied to the melt-pool, which is created by the laser, through a powder nozzle which can be lateral or coaxial. Both the powder nozzle and laser are mounted on a guiding system, normally a computer numerical control (CNC) machine or a robot. LMPD has lately gained attentionas a manufacturing method which can add features to semi-finished components or as a repair method. LMPD introduce a low heat input compared to conventional arc welding methods and is therefore well suited in, for instance, repair of sensitive parts where too much heating compromises the integrity of the part. The main part of this study has been focused on correlating the main process parameters to effects found in the material which in this project is the superalloy Alloy 718. It has been found that the most influential process parameters are the laser power, scanning speed, powder feeding rate and powder standoff distance.These process parameters have a significant effect on the temperature history ofthe material which, among others, affects the grain structure, phase transformation, and cracking susceptibility of the material. To further understand the effects found in the material, temperature measurements has been conducted using a temperature measurement method developed and evaluated in this project. This method utilizes a thin stainless steel sheet to shield the thermocouple from the laser light. This has proved to reduce the influence of the laser energy absorbed by the thermocouples.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: University West, 2017. p. 104
Series
PhD Thesis: University West ; 12
Keywords
Additive manufacturing; Laser metal deposition; Powder; Superalloy; Material characterization
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Production Technology; ENGINEERING, Manufacturing and materials engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11842 (URN)978-91-87531-68-2 (ISBN)978-91-87531-67-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-12-18, F104, Trollhättan, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-11-29 Created: 2017-11-29 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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