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Linear friction welding of AD730TM Ni-base superalloy: process-microstructure-property interactions


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Masoumi, F., Shahriari, D., Monajati, H., Cormier, J., Flipo, B. C. D., Devaux, A. and Jahazi, M.. 2019. « Linear friction welding of AD730TM Ni-base superalloy: process-microstructure-property interactions ». Materials and Design, vol. 183.
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Linear friction welding (LFW) is a near net shape solid state joining technology for aerospace applications. In this study LFW of a recently introduced Ni-based superalloy, AD730™, with superior properties for use in the hot section of gas turbines was studied. In order to minimize the number of experiments for achieving sound welds, an analytical method was developed that allowed to determine the optimum process parameters with a limited number of experiments. The predictions of the method were validated by LFW experiments, and sound samples without defects were produced. Microstructure evolution of the as-welded samples from the weld center to the base metal was investigated using laser confocal and field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM) including electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and backscattered imaging (BSE). Post-weld heat treatment (PWHT), consisting of a γ′ sub-solvus solutionizing followed by aging, was conducted on LFWed blocks. Then, microstructure evolution and mechanical testing were conducted on PWHTed samples and compared with the as welded blocks. The obtained results were correlated with microhardness as well as tensile testing at room temperature and 650 °C, and interpreted in terms of fundamental metallurgical processes. Macroscopic examination of the PWHTed joints revealed that the samples failed out of the weld zone, further demonstrating the appropriate selection of LFW processing parameters using the proposed analytical method. PWHTed samples exhibited better room and high temperature tensile properties compared to those of the as-welded samples. Microscopic examination of the fracture zones of the samples showed that the higher levels of reprecipitation of γ′ particles in the thermomechanically-affected zone (TMAZ) of the PWHT samples were associated to their higher tensile properties compared to the as welded ones.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
Jahazi, Mohammad
Affiliation: Génie mécanique
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 19:31
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2023 16:08

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