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  • 1.
    Björklund, Stefan
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Goel, Sneha
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Joshi, Shrikant V.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Function-dependent coating architectures by hybrid powder-suspension plasma spraying: Injector design, processing and concept validation2018In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 142, p. 56-65Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The attractive properties achieved by Suspension Plasma Spraying (SPS), combined with the availability of high throughput capable plasma spray systems that permit axial feeding, provide encouragement to explore use of suspensions for next generation functional applications. This paper deals with realization of coatings with various pre-determined function-dependent architectures by employing a hybrid powder-suspension feedstock. Some illustrative application-relevant coating architecture designs are discussed, along with the specific benefits that can accrue by deploying a multi-scale powder-suspension feedstock combination. An elegant feedstock delivery arrangement to enable either simultaneous or sequential feeding of powders and suspensions to enable convenient processing of coatings with desired architectures is presented. As proof-of-concept, deposition of layered, composite and functionally graded coatings using the above system is also demonstrated using appropriate case studies

  • 2.
    Ganvir, Ashish
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Joshi, Shrikant V.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Vassen, Robert
    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEK-1, Jülich, Germany.
    Tailoring columnar microstructure of axial suspension plasma sprayed TBCs for superior thermal shock performance2018In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 144, p. 192-208Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper investigates the thermal shock behavior of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) produced by axial suspension plasma spraying (ASPS). TBCs with different columnar microstructures were subjected to cyclic thermal shock testing in a burner rig. Failure analysis of these TBCs revealed a clear relationship between lifetime and porosity. However, tailoring the microstructure of these TBCs for enhanced durability is challenging due to their inherently wide pore size distribution (ranging from few nanometers up to few tens of micrometers). This study reveals that pores with different length scales play varying roles in influencing TBC durability. Fracture toughness shows a strong correlation with the lifetime of various ASPS TBCs and is found to be the prominent life determining factor. Based on the results, an understanding-based design philosophy for tailoring of the columnar microstructure of ASPS TBCs for enhanced durability under cyclic thermal shock loading is proposed. © 2018 The Authors

  • 3.
    Hosseini, Vahid A.
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Wessman, Sten
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes. Swerea KIMAB AB, Kista, Sweden.
    Hurtig, Kjell
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Karlsson, Leif
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Nitrogen loss and effects on microstructure in multipass TIG welding of a super duplex stainless steel2016In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 98, no May, p. 88-97Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nitrogen loss is an important phenomenon in welding of super duplex stainless steels. In this study, a super duplex stainless steel was autogenously TIG-welded with one to four bead-on-plate passes with low or high heat inputs using pure argon shielding gas. The goal was to monitor nitrogen content and microstructure for each weld pass. Nitrogen content, measured by wavelength dispersive X-ray spectrometry, was after four passes reduced from 0.28 wt% in the base metal to 0.17 wt% and 0.10 wt% in low and high heat input samples, respectively. Nitrogen loss resulted in a more ferritic structure with larger grains and nitride precipitates. The ferrite grain width markedly increased with increasing number of passes and heat input. Ferrite content increased from 55% in base metal to 75% at low and 79% at high heat inputs after four passes. An increasing amount of nitrides were seen with increasing number of weld passes. An equation was suggested for calculation of the final nitrogen content of the weld metal as functions of initial nitrogen content and arc energy. Acceptable ferrite contents were seen for one or two passes. The recommendation is to use nitrogen in shielding gas and proper filler metals.

  • 4.
    Hosseini, Vahid
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology.
    Karlsson, Leif
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology.
    Hurtig, Kjell
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology.
    Choquet, Isabelle
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology.
    Engelberg, Dirk
    The University of Manchester, School of Materials, Manchester M13 9PL, UK.
    Roy, Matthew J.
    The University of Manchester, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering,Manchester M13 9PL, UK.
    Kumara, Chamara
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    A novel arc heat treatment technique for producing graded microstructures through controlled temperature gradients2017In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 121, no May, p. 11-23Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper introduces a novel arc heat treatment technique to produce samples with graded microstructures through the application of controlled temperature gradients. Steady state temperature distributions within the sample can be achieved and maintained, for times ranging from a few seconds to several hours. The technique reduces the number of samples needed to characterize the response of a material to thermal treatments, and can consequently be used as a physical simulator for materials processing. The technique is suitable for conventional heat treatment analogues, welding simulations, multi-step heat treatments, and heat treatments with controlled heating and cooling rates. To demonstrate this technique, a super duplex stainless steel was treated with a stationary TIG arc, to confirm the relationship between generated steady-state temperature fields, microstructure development, hardness, and sensitization to corrosion. Metallographic imaging and hardness mapping provided information about graded microstructures, confirming the formation of secondary phases and microstructure sensitization in the temperature range 850–950 °C. Modelling of temperature distributions and thermodynamic calculations of phase stabilities were used to simulate microstructure development and associated welding cycles.

  • 5.
    Islavath, Nanaji
    et al.
    Centre for Solar Energy Materials, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad 500005, India; School of Engineering Sciences and Technology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046, India.
    Das, Dibakar
    School of Engineering Sciences and Technology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046, India.
    Joshi, Shrikant V.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Ramasamy, Easwaramoorthi
    Centre for Solar Energy Materials, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad 500005, India.
    Seed layer-assisted low temperature solution growth of 3D ZnO nanowall architecture for hybrid solar cells2017In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 116, p. 219-226Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aligned metal oxide nanostructures carry electrons efficiently, and are therefore ideal building blocks for next-generation optoelectronic devices. Herein, we report the seed-layer-assisted low-temperature solution growth of aligned 3D ZnO nanowall architecture on arbitrary substrates. By introducing a controlled amount of Al into a seed-layer, the morphology of ZnO nanostructure is gradually changed from nanowire to 3D nanowalls. Time-dependent growth experiments suggest that hydroxyl-ions present in growth solution react with Al to form Al(OH)4 which in turn binds to the positively charged Zn2 +surface and partially blocking ZnO growth along the (0001) direction and promoting lateral growth. Such aligned 3D ZnO nanowall architecture, with the unique combination of high surface-area and cage-like pores, grown on seed-layer coated transparent conductive substrate is found to be beneficial for electron transporting material (ETM) in perovskite solar cells and a maximum photocurrent density (JSC) of 7.5 mA.cm− 2 and a power conversion efficiency (η) of 2.4% are demonstrated. Our facile approach readily allows further growth of ZnO nanowires on 3D ZnO nanowall surface; thereby improving the perovskite-ZnO interface and increasing the JSC and η to 9.7 and 3.3%, respectively. This 3D ZnO nanowall-nanowire architecture opens up a novel configuration for designing high-performance optoelectronic devices.

  • 6.
    Karimi Neghlani, Paria
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Sadeghimeresht, Esmaeil
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Åkerfeldt, Pia
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Luleå, 971 87, Sweden.
    Ålgårdh, Joakim
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing. Powder Materials & Additive Manufacturing, Swerea KIMAB AB, Kista, 164 40, Sweden.
    Andersson, Joel
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology.
    Influence of successive thermal cycling on microstructure evolution of EBM-manufactured alloy 718 in track-by-track and layer-by-layer design2018In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 160, p. 427-441Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Successive thermal cycling (STC) during multi-track and multi-layer manufacturing of Alloy 718 using electron beam melting (EBM) process leads to a microstructure with a high degree of complexity. In the present study, a detailed microstructural study of EBM-manufactured Alloy 718 was conducted by producing samples in shapes from one single track and single wall to 3D samples with maximum 10 longitudinal tracks and 50 vertical layers. The relationship between STC, solidification microstructure, interdendritic segregation, phase precipitation (MC, δ-phase), and hardness was investigated. Cooling rates (liquid-to-solid and solid-to-solid state) was estimated by measuring primary dendrite arm spacing (PDAS) and showed an increased cooling rate at the bottom compared to the top of the multi-layer samples. Thus, microstructure gradient was identified along the build direction. Moreover, extensive formation of solidification micro-constituents including MC-type carbides, induced by micro-segregation, was observed in all the samples. The electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique showed a high textured structure in 〈001〉 direction with a few grains misoriented at the surface of all samples. Finer microstructure and possibility of more γ″ phase precipitation at the bottom of the samples resulted in slightly higher (~11%) hardness values compared to top of the samples. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd

  • 7.
    Sadeghimeresht, Esmaeil
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Reddy, Liam
    The University of Nottingham, Faculty of Engineering, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
    Hussain, Tanvir
    The University of Nottingham, Faculty of Engineering, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
    Huhtakangas, Matti
    M. H. Engineering AB, Karlskoga, Sweden.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Joshi, Shrikant V.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Influence of KCl and HCl on high temperature corrosion of HVAF-sprayed NiCrAlY and NiCrMo coatings2018In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 148, p. 17-29Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The oxidation performance of NiCrAlY and NiCrMo coatings thermally sprayed by high velocity air-fuel (HVAF) technique has been investigated in a chloridizing-oxidizing environment, with and without a KCl deposit, at 600 °C for up to 168 h. Both coatings protected the substrate in the absence of KCl due to formation of a dense Cr-rich oxide scale. In the presence of KCl, Cl−/Cl2 diffused through a non-protective and porous NiCr2O4 scale formed on NiCrAlY, leading to formation of volatile CrCl3. On the other hand, Mo in NiCrMo stimulated the formation of a more protective Cr-rich oxide scale which increased the corrosion resistance by reducing Cl−/Cl2 diffusion.

  • 8.
    Tricarico, L.
    et al.
    DMMM – Politecnico di Bari, viale Japigia 182, Bari, Italy.
    Ancona, Antonio
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. CNR-IFN UOS Bari, via Amendola 173, 70126 Bari, Italy.
    Palumbo, G.
    DMMM – Politecnico di Bari, viale Japigia 182, Bari, Italy.
    Sorgente, D.
    CNR-IFN UOS Bari, via Amendola 173, Bari, Italy.
    Spina, R.
    DMMM – Politecnico di Bari, viale Japigia 182, Bari, Italy.
    Lugarà, P.M.
    CNR-IFN UOS Bari, via Amendola 173, Bari, Italy.
    Discrete spot laser hardening and remelting with a high-brilliance source for surface structuring of a hypereutectoid steel2017In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 115, p. 194-202Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work the single-pulse laser irradiation of a hypereutectoid steel was investigated using a fiber laser source, in a range of process parameters enabling surface hardening and remelting. Effects of laser power, pulse energy and defocusing distance were investigated using a numerical/experimental approach. Laser surface treatments were conducted on uncoated samples without any gas shielding, changing both the laser power and the pulse energy, and exploring a wide range of defocusing distances. Numerical simulations were conducted using a finite element model calibrated by means of an optimization procedure based on a specific calculation algorithm and using a subset of experimental data producing surface melting. Using both simulations and experiments, the process operating windows of the discrete spot laser treatment were determined: it was found that, when varying the laser power between 250 W and 750 W, melt-free hardened zones are produced with a maximum extension between 0.7 mm and 1.0 mm; on the contrary, in case of more tightly beam focusing conditions, surface melting occurred with a size of the re-melted areas ranging between 1.0 mm and 1.4 mm. Results further showed that a small change (generally 2–3 mm) of the defocusing distance suddenly brings the material from melting to a non-hardening condition. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd

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