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  1. Advanced microcharacterization of nickel-base superalloys

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    Anderson, I.M.; Miller, M.K.; Pike, L.M.; Klarstrom, D.L.

    2000-02-01

    The purpose of this project was to characterize the microstructural and microchemical effects of a process revision on HAYNES{reg{underscore}sign} 242{trademark}, a polycrystalline Ni-base superalloy used principally for high temperature applications, such as seal and containment rings in gas turbine engines. The process revision from the current one-step heat treating cycle to a two-step heat treatment would result in savings of energy and ultimately cost to the consumer. However, the proposed process revision could give rise to unforeseen microstructural modifications, such as a change in the size distribution of the ordered particles responsible for alloy strength or the formation of additional phases, which could affect alloy properties and hence performance. Advanced microcharacterization methods that allow images of the microstructure to be acquired at length scales from one micrometer down to the atomic level were used to reveal the effect of the process revision on alloy microstructure. Energy filtered imaging was used to characterize the size distribution and morphology of ordered precipitates and other phases, as well as the partitioning behavior of major elements (Ni, Mo, Cr) among these phases. The compositions of individual ordered particles, including fine-scale compositional variations at precipitate-matrix interfaces, and solute segregation behavior at grain boundaries were characterized at the atomic level by atom probe tomography. The atomic site distributions of selected elements in the ordered precipitates were characterized by atom-location by channeling-enhanced microanalysis (ALCHEMI). The results of these advanced microcharacterization methods were correlated with mechanical testing of similar alloys to address structure-property relationships.

  2. Successful Surface Treatments for Reducing Instabilities in Advanced Nickel-base Superalloys for Turbine Blades

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    Locci, Ivan E.; MacKay, Rebecca A.; Garg, Anita; Ritzert, Frank J.

    2004-01-01

    An optimized carburization treatment has been developed to mitigate instabilities that form in the microstructures of advanced turbine airfoil materials. Current turbine airfoils consist of a single crystal superalloy base that provides the mechanical performance of the airfoil, a thermal barrier coating (TBC) that reduces the temperature of the base superalloy, and a bondcoat between the superalloy and the TBC, that improves the oxidation and corrosion resistance of the base superalloy and the spallation resistance of the TBC. Advanced nickel-base superalloys containing high levels of refractory metals have been observed to develop an instability called secondary reaction zone (SRZ), which can form beneath diffusion aluminide bondcoats. This instability between the superalloy and the bondcoat has the potential of reducing the mechanical properties of thin-wall turbine airfoils. Controlled gas carburization treatments combined with a prior stress relief heat treatment and adequate surface preparation have been utilized effectively to minimize the formation of SRZ. These additional processing steps are employed before the aluminide bondcoat is deposited and are believed to change the local chemistry and local stresses of the surface of the superalloy. This paper presents the detailed processing steps used to reduce SRZ between platinum aluminide bondcoats and advanced single crystal superalloys.

  3. Nickel Base Superalloy Turbine Disk

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    Gabb, Timothy P. (Inventor); Gauda, John (Inventor); Telesman, Ignacy (Inventor); Kantzos, Pete T. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    A low solvus, high refractory alloy having unusually versatile processing mechanical property capabilities for advanced disks and rotors in gas turbine engines. The nickel base superalloy has a composition consisting essentially of, in weight percent, 3.0-4.0 N, 0.02-0.04 B, 0.02-0.05 C, 12.0-14.0 Cr, 19.0-22.0 Co, 2.0-3.5 Mo, greater than 1.0 to 2.1 Nb, 1.3 to 2.1 Ta,3.04.OTi,4.1 to 5.0 W, 0.03-0.06 Zr, and balance essentially Ni and incidental impurities. The superalloy combines ease of processing with high temperature capabilities to be suitable for use in various turbine engine disk, impeller, and shaft applications. The Co and Cr levels of the superalloy can provide low solvus temperature for high processing versatility. The W, Mo, Ta, and Nb refractory element levels of the superalloy can provide sustained strength, creep, and dwell crack growth resistance at high temperatures.

  4. Techniques Optimized for Reducing Instabilities in Advanced Nickel-Base Superalloys for Turbine Blades

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    MacKay, Rebecca A.; Locci, Ivan E.; Garg, anita; Ritzert, Frank J.

    2002-01-01

    is a three-phase constituent composed of TCP and stringers of gamma phase in a matrix of gamma prime. An incoherent grain boundary separates the SRZ from the gammagamma prime microstructure of the superalloy. The SRZ is believed to form as a result of local chemistry changes in the superalloy due to the application of the diffusion aluminide bondcoat. Locally high surface stresses also appear to promote the formation of the SRZ. Thus, techniques that change the local alloy chemistry or reduce surface stresses have been examined for their effectiveness in reducing SRZ. These SRZ-reduction steps are performed on the test specimen or the turbine blade before the bondcoat is applied. Stressrelief heat treatments developed at NASA Glenn have been demonstrated to reduce significantly the amount of SRZ that develops during subsequent high-temperature exposures. Stress-relief heat treatments reduce surface stresses by recrystallizing a thin surface layer of the superalloy. However, in alloys with very high propensities to form SRZ, stress relief heat treatments alone do not eliminate SRZ entirely. Thus, techniques that modify the local chemistry under the bondcoat have been emphasized and optimized successfully at Glenn. One such technique is carburization, which changes the local chemistry by forming submicron carbides near the surface of the superalloy. Detailed characterizations have demonstrated that the depth and uniform distribution of these carbides are enhanced when a stress relief treatment and an appropriate surface preparation are employed in advance of the carburization treatment. Even in alloys that have the propensity to develop a continuous SRZ layer beneath the diffusion zone, the SRZ has been completely eliminated or reduced to low, manageable levels when this combination of techniques is utilized. Now that the techniques to mitigate SRZ have been established at Glenn, TCP phase formation is being emphasized in ongoing work under the UEET Program. The

  5. The Tensile Properties of Advanced Nickel-Base Disk Superalloys During Quenching Heat Treatments

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    Gabb, Timothy P.; Gayda, John; Kantzos, Pete T.; Biles, Tiffany; Konkel, William

    2001-01-01

    There is a need to increase the temperature capabilities of superalloy turbine disks. This would allow full utilization of higher temperature combustor and airfoil concepts under development. One approach to meet this goal is to modify the processing and chemistry of advanced alloys, while preserving the ability to use rapid cooling supersolvus heat treatments to achieve coarse grain, fine gamma prime microstructures. An important step in this effort is to understand the key high temperature tensile properties of advanced alloys as they exist during supersolvus heat treatments. This could help in projecting cracking tendencies of disks during quenches from supersolvus heat treatments. The objective of this study was to examine the tensile properties of two advanced disk superalloys during simulated quenching heat treatments. Specimens were cooled from the solution heat treatment temperatures at controlled rates, interrupted, and immediately tensile tested at various temperatures. The responses and failure modes were compared and related to the quench cracking tendencies of disk forgings.

  6. Role of cobalt in nickel base superalloys

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    Jarrett, R.; Barefoot, J.; Tien, J.; Sanchez, J.

    1982-01-01

    The effect of cobalt or substituting for cobalt on the mechanical properties of nickel-based superalloys is discussed. Waspaloy, UDIMET 700, and NIMONIC 115, which are representative of Ni-Cr-Co-Al-Ti-Mo superalloys having different gamma prime contents which are strengthened by a heavily alloyed matrix, coherent gamma prime precipitates, and carbides at the grain boundaries. Microstructure and in situ and extracted phase STEM micro-analysis were used to evaluate the three alloys.

  7. On the creep deformation mechanisms of an advanced disk nickel-base superalloy

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    Unocic, Raymond R.

    The main objective of this research was aimed at investigating the fundamental relationship between microstructure and creep deformation mechanisms using a variety of electron microscopy characterization techniques. The alloy used in this research, Rene 104, is a newer generation powder metallurgy Ni-base superalloy that was developed specifically for aircraft gas turbine disk applications with extended service durability at temperatures exceeding 650°C. The influence of stress and temperature was studied first and it was found that during creep deformation at temperatures between 677--815°C and stresses between 345--724MPa a variety of distinctly different creep deformation mechanisms were operative. In addition to identifying the creep deformation mechanisms an attempt was made to determine the creep rate limiting process so that an improved understanding of the fundamental processes that control deformation can be better understood. Microtwinning was found to the dominant deformation mechanism following creep at 677°C/690MPa and 704°C/724MPa. Microtwins form by the motion of paired a/6<112> Shockley partial dislocations that shear both the gamma matrix and gamma' precipitates. The rate limiting process in this mechanism is diffusion mediated atomic reordering that occurs in the wake of the shearing, twinning partial dislocations in order to maintain the ordered L12 structure of the gamma' precipitates. This reordering process helps to fundamentally explain the temperature and rate dependence of microtwinning under creep conditions within this temperature and stress regime. At a slightly higher temperature but lower stress (760°C and 345MPa), a stacking fault related shearing mechanism, which typically spanned only a few micrometers in length, was the principle deformation mode. The faults left behind in the gamma' precipitates determined to be extrinsic in nature. During creep at the highest temperature and lowest stress (815°C and 345MPa) a thermally

  8. High weldability nickel-base superalloy

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    Gibson, Robert C.; Korenko, Michael K.

    1980-01-01

    This is a nickel-base superalloy with excellent weldability and high strength. Its composition consists essentially of, by weight percent, 10-20 iron, 57-63 nickel, 7-18 chromium, 4-6 molybdenum, 1-2 niobium, 0.2-0.8 silicon, 0.01-0.05 zirconium, 1.0-2.5 titanium, 1.0-2.5 aluminum, 0.02-0.06 carbon, and 0.002-0.015 boron. The weldability and strength of this alloy give it a variety of applications. The long-time structural stability of this alloy together with its low swelling under nuclear radiation conditions, make it especially suitable for use as a duct material and controlling element cladding for sodium-cooled nuclear reactors.

  9. The Effect of Alloying on Topologically Close Packed Phase Instability in Advanced Nickel-Based Superalloy Rene N6

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    Ritzert, Frank; Arenas, David; Keller, Dennis; Vasudevan, Vijay

    1998-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to describe topologically close packed (TCP) phase instability as a function of composition in the advanced Ni-base superalloy Rene N6. TCP phases are detrimental to overall high-temperature performance of Ni-base superalloys because of their brittle nature and because they deplete the Ni-rich matrix of potent solid solution strengthening elements. Thirty-four variations of polycrystalline Rene N6 determined from a design-of-experiments approach were cast and homogenized at 1315"C for 80 hours followed by exposure at 10930C for 400 hours to promote TCP formation. The alloys had the following composition ranges in atomic percent: Co 10.61 to 16.73%, Mo 0.32 to 1.34%, W 1.85 to 2.52%, Re 1.80 to 2.1 1 %, Ta 2.36 to 3.02%, Al 11.90 to 14.75%, and Cr 3.57 to 6.23%. Physical and chemical characteristics of all n-ticrostructures obtained were described using various analytical techniques. From these observations, a mathematical description of TCP occurrence (omega and P phase) was generated for polycrystalline Rene N6.

  10. Directionally solidified eutectic gamma plus beta nickel-base superalloys

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    Jackson, M. R. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    A directionally solidified multivariant eutectic gamma + beta nickel-base superalloy casting having improved high temperature strength and oxidation resistance properties is provided. This comprises a two phase eutectic structure containing, on a weight percent basis, 5.0-15.0 tungsten, 8.5-14.5 aluminum, 0.0-35.0 cobalt and the balance being nickel. Embedded within the gamma phase nickel-base matrix are aligned eutectic beta phase (primarily (NiCo)Al reinforcing lamellae.

  11. Quench Crack Behavior of Nickel-base Disk Superalloys

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    Gayda, John; Kantzos, Pete; Miller, Jason

    2002-01-01

    There is a need to increase the temperature capability of superalloy turbine disks to allow higher operating temperatures in advanced aircraft engines. When modifying processing and chemistry of disk alloys to achieve this capability, it is important to preserve the ability to use rapid cooling during supersolvus heat treatments to achieve coarse grain, fine gamma prime microstructures. An important step in this effort is an understanding of the key variables controlling the cracking tendencies of nickel-base disk alloys during quenching from supersolvus heat treatments. The objective of this study was to investigate the quench cracking tendencies of several advanced disk superalloys during simulated heat treatments. Miniature disk specimens were rapidly quenched after solution heat treatments. The responses and failure modes were compared and related to the quench cracking tendencies of actual disk forgings. Cracking along grain boundaries was generally observed to be operative. For the alloys examined in this study, the solution temperature not alloy chemistry was found to be the primary factor controlling quench cracking. Alloys with high solvus temperatures show greater tendency for quench cracking.

  12. The continuing battle against defects in nickel-base superalloys

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    Dreshfield, R. L.

    1986-01-01

    In the six decades since the identification of age hardenable nickel-base superalloys their compositions and microstructures have changed markedly. Current alloys are tailored for specific applications. Thus their microstructures are defined for that application. This paper briefly reviews the evolution of superalloy microstructures and comments on the appearance and implications of microstructural defects in high performance superalloys. It is seen that new alloys and proceses have generated new types of defects. Thus as the industry continues to develop new alloys and processes it must remain vigilant toward the identification and control of new types of defects.

  13. On The Creep Behavior and Deformation Mechanisms Found in an Advanced Polycrystalline Nickel-Base Superalloy at High Temperatures

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    Deutchman, Hallee Zox

    Polycrystalline Ni-base superalloys are used as turbine disks in the hot section in jet engines, placing them in a high temperature and stress environment. As operating temperatures increase in search of better fuel efficiency, it becomes important to understand how these higher temperatures are affecting mechanical behavior and active deformation mechanisms in the substructure. Not only are operating temperatures increasing, but there is a drive to design next generation alloys in shorter time periods using predictive modeling capabilities. This dissertation focuses on mechanical behavior and active deformation mechanisms found in two different advanced polycrystalline alloy systems, information which will then be used to build advanced predictive models to design the next generation of alloys. The first part of this dissertation discusses the creep behavior and identifying active deformation mechanisms in an advanced polycrystalline Ni-based superalloy (ME3) that is currently in operation, but at higher temperatures and stresses than are experienced in current engines. Monotonic creep tests were run at 700°C and between 655-793MPa at 34MPa increments, on two microstructures (called M1 and M2) produced by different heat treatments. All tests were crept to 0.5% plastic strain. Transient temperature and transient stress tests were used determine activation energy and stress exponents of the M1 microstructure. Constant strain rate tests (at 10-4s-1) were performed on both microstructures as well. Following creep testing, both M1 and M2 microstructures were fully characterized using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) for basic microstructure information, and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) to determine active deformation mechanism. It was found that in the M1 microstructure, reorder mediated activity (such as discontinuous faulting and microtwinning) is dominant at low stresses (655-724 MPa). Dislocations in the gamma matrix, and overall planar

  14. Nickel-Based Superalloy Resists Embrittlement by Hydrogen

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    Lee, Jonathan; Chen, PoShou

    2008-01-01

    A nickel-based superalloy that resists embrittlement by hydrogen more strongly than does nickel alloy 718 has been developed. Nickel alloy 718 is the most widely used superalloy. It has excellent strength and resistance to corrosion as well as acceptably high ductility, and is recognized as the best alloy for many high-temperature applications. However, nickel alloy 718 is susceptible to embrittlement by hydrogen and to delayed failure and reduced tensile properties in gaseous hydrogen. The greater resistance of the present nickel-based superalloy to adverse effects of hydrogen makes this alloy a superior alternative to nickel alloy 718 for applications that involve production, transfer, and storage of hydrogen, thereby potentially contributing to the commercial viability of hydrogen as a clean-burning fuel. The table shows the composition of the present improved nickel-based superalloy in comparison with that of nickel alloy 718. This composition was chosen to obtain high resistance to embrittlement by hydrogen while maintaining high strength and exceptional resistance to oxidation and corrosion. The most novel property of this alloy is that it resists embrittlement by hydrogen while retaining tensile strength greater than 175 kpsi (greater than 1.2 GPa). This alloy exhibits a tensile elongation of more than 20 percent in hydrogen at a pressure of 5 kpsi (approximately equal to 34 MPa) without loss of ductility. This amount of elongation corresponds to 50 percent more ductility than that exhibited by nickel alloy 718 under the same test conditions.

  15. Advanced defect characterization via electron microscopy and its application to cyclically deformed nickel-based superalloy R104

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    Phillips, Patrick J.

    Ni-based superalloys continue to be used in the hot sections of turbine engines due to their superior high temperature properties and retained strength. The present document will focus specifically on the polycrystalline alloy R104, and the deformation substructure observed during and following cyclic mechanical testing. Both low cycle fatigue (LCF) and sustained peak low cycle fatigue (SPLCF) tests are considered. Two chapters on electron microscopy technique development follow a brief introduction on general properties of Nickel superalloys. Almost exclusively, scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) was performed for defect characterization. Furthermore, through a systematic study of STEM-based diffraction contrast methods, including experimental and computational results, STEM is presented as a valid means of defect analysis. The second chapter in this set also uses STEM, but in a non-traditional setting: the microscope is configured for high resolution imaging, i.e., the sample is aligned along a low index zone axis and a large convergence angle is used. In this low angle annular dark field (LAADF) mode, an annular detector accepts low-angle scattering, which allows one to obtain atomic resolution images while retaining defect contrast. Both techniques described in these two chapters were used extensively throughout this research. The remaining chapters discuss the application of the microscopy techniques developed in the proceeding chapters to cyclically deformed specimens of R104. Both interrupted and failed samples were deformed in LCF at 427°C and 704°C, and interrupted SPLCF samples were tested at 704 and 760°C. The deformation mechanisms observed will be discussed at length in this document. In general, dislocation activity dominates under LCF conditions while stacking faults and stacking fault ribbons are most prominent under SPLCF conditions. Time and temperature components will be discussed in regards to the operative mechanisms. A point

  16. Modeling creep behavior in a directionally solidified nickel base superalloy

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    Ibanez, Alejandro R.

    Directionally solidified (DS) nickel-base superalloys provide significant improvements relative to the limitations inherent to equiaxed materials in the areas of creep resistance, oxidation, and low and high cycle fatigue resistance. Since these materials are being pushed to the limits of their capability in gas turbine applications, accurate mathematical models are needed to predict the service lives of the hot-section components to prevent unscheduled outages due to sudden mechanical failures. The objectives of this study are to perform critical experiments and investigate the high temperature tensile, fracture toughness, creep deformation, creep rupture and creep crack growth behavior of DS GTD111 as well as to apply creep deformation, rupture and crack growth models that will enable the accurate representation of the life times of the DS GTD111 superalloy gas turbine components that are exposed to high temperatures under sustained tensile stresses. The applied models will be capable of accurately representing the creep deformation, rupture and crack growth behavior as a function of stress, time and temperature. The yield strength and fracture toughness behavior with temperature is governed by the gamma particles. The longitudinal direction showed higher ductility and strength than the transverse direction. The TL direction exhibited higher fracture toughness than the LT orientation because the crack follows a more tortuous path. The longitudinal direction showed higher creep ductility, lower minimum strain rates and longer creep rupture times than the transverse direction. The results in the transverse direction were similar to the ones for the equiaxed version of this superalloy. Two models for creep deformation have been evaluated. The power-law model includes a secondary and a tertiary creep term with the primary creep represented by a constant. A theta-projection model has also been evaluated and it appears to provide a more accurate representation of creep

  17. Directionally solidified eutectic gamma-gamma nickel-base superalloys

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    Jackson, M. R. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    A directionally solidified multivariant eutectic gamma-gamma prime nickel-base superalloy casting having improved high temperature properties was developed. The alloy is comprised of a two phase eutectic structure consisting essentially of on a weight percent base, 6.0 to 9.0 aluminum, 5.0 to 17.0 tantalum, 0-10 cobalt, 0-6 vanadium, 0-6 rhenium, 2.0-6.0 tungsten, and the balance being nickel, subject to the proviso that the sum of the atomic percentages of aluminum plus tantalum is within the range of from 19-22, and the ratio of atomic percentages of tantalum to aluminum plus tantalum is within the range of from 0.12 to 0.23. Embedded within the gamma nickel-base matrix are aligned eutectic gamma prime phase (primarily nickel-aluminum-tantalum) reinforcing fibers.

  18. Effects of cobalt in nickel-base superalloys

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    Tien, J. K.; Jarrett, R. N.

    1983-01-01

    The role of cobalt in a representative wrought nickel-base superalloy was determined. The results show cobalt affecting the solubility of elements in the gamma matrix, resulting in enhanced gamma' volume fraction, in the stabilization of MC-type carbides, and in the stabilization of sigma phase. In the particular alloy studied, these microstructural and microchemistry changes are insufficient in extent to impact on tensile strength, yield strength, and in the ductilities. Depending on the heat treatment, creep and stress rupture resistance can be cobalt sensitive. In the coarse grain, fully solutioned and aged condition, all of the alloy's 17% cobalt can be replaced by nickel without deleteriously affecting this resistance. In the fine grain, partially solutioned and aged condition, this resistance is deleteriously affected only when one-half or more of the initial cobalt content is removed. The structure and property results are discussed with respect to existing theories and with respect to other recent and earlier findings on the impact of cobalt, if any, on the performance of nickel-base superalloys.

  19. Fiber laser welding of nickel based superalloy Inconel 625

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    Janicki, Damian M.

    2013-01-01

    The paper describes the application of single mode high power fiber laser (HPFL) for the welding of nickel based superalloy Inconel 625. Butt joints of Inconel 625 sheets 0,8 mm thick were laser welded without an additional material. The influence of laser welding parameters on weld quality and mechanical properties of test joints was studied. The quality and mechanical properties of the joints were determined by means of tensile and bending tests, and micro hardness tests, and also metallographic examinations. The results showed that a proper selection of laser welding parameters provides non-porous, fully-penetrated welds with the aspect ratio up to 2.0. The minimum heat input required to achieve full penetration butt welded joints with no defect was found to be 6 J/mm. The yield strength and ultimate tensile strength of the joints are essentially equivalent to that for the base material.

  20. Effects of cobalt in nickel-base superalloys

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    Tien, J. K.; Jarrett, R. N.

    1982-01-01

    A study has been carried out to assess the role of cobalt in Udimet 700, a representative nickel-base superalloy containing 17 percent or more cobalt. The study spans the spectrum of microstructural, microchemical, and mechanical behavior aspects which together form a basis for superalloy performance in jet engines. The results suggest that cobalt affects the solubility of elements in the gamma matrix, which leads to enhanced gamma-prime volume fraction and to the stabilization of MC-type carbides and sigma phase. However, these microstructural and microchemical changes are too slight to significantly affect the strength and ductile properties. Depending on the heat treatment, the creep and stress rupture resistance can be cobalt-sensitive. In the coarse-grained, fully solutioned and aged condition, all of the alloy's 17 percent Co can be replaced by nickel without decreasing the creep and stress rupture resistance. These findings are discussed with reference to existing theories and experimental data obtained by other workers.

  1. Anisotropy of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.; Maier, R. D.; Dreshfield, R. L.

    1980-01-01

    The effects of crystal orientation on the mechanical properties of single crystals of the nickel-based superalloy Mar-M247 are investigated. Tensile tests at temperatures from 23 to 1093 C and stress rupture tests at temperatures from 760 to 1038 C were performed for 52 single crystals at various orientations. During tensile testing between 23 and 760 C, single crystals with high Schmid factors were found to be favorably oriented for slip and to exhibit lower strength and higher ductility than those with low Schmid factors. Crystals which required large rotations to become oriented for cross slip were observed to have the shortest stress rupture lives at 760 C, while those which required little or no rotation had the longest lives. In addition, stereographic triangles obtained for Mar-M247 and Mar-M200 single crystals reveal that crystals with orientations near the -111 had the highest lives, those near the 001 had high lives, and those near the 011 had low lives.

  2. Bithermal fatigue of a nickel-base superalloy single crystal

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    Verrilli, Michael J.

    1988-01-01

    The thermomechanical fatigue behavior of a nickel-base superalloy single crystal was investigated using a bithermal test technique. The bithermal fatigue test was used as a simple alternative to the more complex thermomechanical fatigue test. Both in-phase and out-of-phase bithermal tests were performed on (100)-oriented coated and bare Rene N4 single crystals. In out-of-plane bithermal tests, the tensile and compressive halves of the cycle were applied isothermally at 760 and 982 C, respectively, while for the in-phase bithermal tests the temperature-loading sequence was reversed. The bithermal fatigue lives of bare specimens were shorter than the isothermal fatigue lives at either temperature extreme when compared on an inelastic strain basis. Both in-phase and out-of-phase bithermal fatigue life curves converged in the large strain regime and diverged in the small strain regime, out-of-phase resulting in the shortest lives. The coating had no effect on life for specimens cycled in-phase; however, the coating was detrimental for isothermal fatigue at 760 C and for out-of-phase fatigue under large strains.

  3. Fiber laser welding of nickel based superalloy Rene 77

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    Janicki, Damian M.

    2013-01-01

    The study of laser bead-on-plate welding of nickel based superalloy Rene 77 using single mode high power fiber laser has been undertaken to determine the effect of process parameters, such as laser power, welding speed and laser beam defocusing, on the weld geometry and quality. Non-porous and crack-free welds can be achieved for a relatively wide range of fiber laser welding parameters. The welding speed has a major effect on the weld aspect ratio. The laser beam defocusing significantly affects the weld bead geometry, the stability of the keyhole and pore formation. The transition from keyhole mode to conduction mode welding occurs between focal point position +2.0 mm and +4.0 mm. The high porosity was observed at the focal point position of +2.0 mm. The heat input higher than18 J/mm results to hot cracking in the heat affected zone (HAZ). Moreover, it was found that the welds with the weld aspect ratio higher than 1.5 contain cracks, which propagate from the HAZ into the weld metal.

  4. Compositional Effects on Nickel-Base Superalloy Single Crystal Microstructures

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    MacKay, Rebecca A.; Gabb, Timothy P.; Garg,Anita; Rogers, Richard B.; Nathal, Michael V.

    2012-01-01

    Fourteen nickel-base superalloy single crystals containing 0 to 5 wt% chromium (Cr), 0 to 11 wt% cobalt (Co), 6 to 12 wt% molybdenum (Mo), 0 to 4 wt% rhenium (Re), and fixed amounts of aluminum (Al) and tantalum (Ta) were examined to determine the effect of bulk composition on basic microstructural parameters, including gamma' solvus, gamma' volume fraction, volume fraction of topologically close-packed (TCP) phases, phase chemistries, and gamma - gamma'. lattice mismatch. Regression models were developed to describe the influence of bulk alloy composition on the microstructural parameters and were compared to predictions by a commercially available software tool that used computational thermodynamics. Co produced the largest change in gamma' solvus over the wide compositional range used in this study, and Mo produced the largest effect on the gamma lattice parameter and the gamma - gamma' lattice mismatch over its compositional range, although Re had a very potent influence on all microstructural parameters investigated. Changing the Cr, Co, Mo, and Re contents in the bulk alloy had a significant impact on their concentrations in the gamma matrix and, to a smaller extent, in the gamma' phase. The gamma phase chemistries exhibited strong temperature dependencies that were influenced by the gamma and gamma' volume fractions. A computational thermodynamic modeling tool significantly underpredicted gamma' solvus temperatures and grossly overpredicted the amount of TCP phase at 982 C. Furthermore, the predictions by the software tool for the gamma - gamma' lattice mismatch were typically of the wrong sign and magnitude, but predictions could be improved if TCP formation was suspended within the software program. However, the statistical regression models provided excellent estimations of the microstructural parameters based on bulk alloy composition, thereby demonstrating their usefulness.

  5. Methodology Developed for Modeling the Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior of Single-Crystal, Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    1996-01-01

    Because of their superior high-temperature properties, gas generator turbine airfoils made of single-crystal, nickel-base superalloys are fast becoming the standard equipment on today's advanced, high-performance aerospace engines. The increased temperature capabilities of these airfoils has allowed for a significant increase in the operating temperatures in turbine sections, resulting in superior propulsion performance and greater efficiencies. However, the previously developed methodologies for life-prediction models are based on experience with polycrystalline alloys and may not be applicable to single-crystal alloys under certain operating conditions. One of the main areas where behavior differences between single-crystal and polycrystalline alloys are readily apparent is subcritical fatigue crack growth (FCG). The NASA Lewis Research Center's work in this area enables accurate prediction of the subcritical fatigue crack growth behavior in single-crystal, nickel-based superalloys at elevated temperatures.

  6. Optimization of Weld Conditions and Alloy Composition for Welding of Single-Crystal Nickel-Based Superalloys

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    Vitek, John Michael; David, Stan A; Babu, Sudarsanam S

    2007-01-01

    Calculations were carried out to identify optimum welding conditions and weld alloy compositions to avoid stray grain formation during welding of single-crystal nickel-based superalloys. The calculations were performed using a combination of three models: a thermal model to describe the weld pool shape and the local thermal gradient and solidification front velocity; a geometric model to identify the local active dendrite growth variant, and a nucleation and growth model to describe the extent of stray grain formation ahead of the advancing solidification front. Optimum welding conditions (low weld power, high weld speed) were identified from the model calculations. Additional calculations were made to determine potential alloy modifications that reduce the solidification temperature range while maintaining high gamma prime content. The combination of optimum weld conditions and alloy compositions should allow for weld repair of single-crystal nickel-based superalloys without sacrificing properties or performance.

  7. In Situ Micro-mechanical Testing of a PM Nickel-Base Superalloy Weld

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    Oluwasegun, K. M.; Olawale, J. O.; Oyatogun, G. M.; Shittu, M. D.; Ige, O. O.; Malomo, B. O.

    2014-10-01

    Microstructural variations between the bond line and the base alloy of welds have been reported in various nickel-base superalloys that have found their applications as structural materials in aero- and land-based engines. This microstructural variation occurs within 50 to 100 μm of majority of welds. Thus, in order to characterize the strength variations between the weld and the base alloy, mechanical testing at micron level is required. This paper presents the use of a newly developed microtensile testing system for an in situ micro-mechanical testing of a powder metallurgy nickel-base superalloy, RR1000 performed in a focused ion beam scanning electron microscope.

  8. Surface Roughness, Areal Topographic Measurement, and Correlation to LCF Behavior in a Nickel-Based Superalloy

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    Ardi, D. T.; Li, Y. G.; Chan, K. H. K.; Bache, M. R.

    2014-10-01

    Surface roughness often determines fatigue performance of advanced engineering components making definition of this parameter essential subsequent to manufacture. Traditionally, topography measurements employ an average amplitude parameter, R a, obtained from a two-dimensional contact measurement. This parameter, however, is highly localised making it relatively unreliable. This study attempts to correlate areal (3D) topographic, measurements with the low cycle fatigue (LCF) performance defined for a nickel-based superalloy (Waspaloy). Three different surface finishes, namely longitudinal polished, circumferential ground, and longitudinal ground were applied to fatigue specimens. The height and orientation of the topographic features with respect to the loading axis were found to affect LCF performance. Results indicate a close correlation between cycles to failure and the maximum height ( S z) and ten-point height ( S 5z) parameters. A power fit to account for the topographic effect was generated based on the experimental data.

  9. Exploration of Local Strain Accumulation in Nickel-based Superalloys

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    Carter, Jennifer Lynn Walley

    Deformation in polycrystalline nickel-based superalloys is a complex process dependent on the interaction of dislocations with both the intra-granular γ'' particles and the grain boundaries. An extensive body of work exists on understanding the interaction between dislocations and the γ'' particles, but understanding the interaction between dislocations and grain boundaries has been historically hindered by the experimental techniques. In this work a full field strain mapping technique was developed and utilized to explore surface strain accumulation at grain boundaries of René 104 samples with different microstructures. The full field strain mapping technique utilized Correlated Solutions VIC-2D software for digital image correlation to measure strain accumulation from secondary electron images taken during constant load tests at elevated temperature. This technique indicated that the two different microstructures of René 104, one with microscopically flat grain boundaries and the other with serrated grain boundaries, accumulate strain by different methods. Analysis of discrete offsets in grid lines placed prior to deformation indicate that grain boundary sliding (GBS) is an active deformation mechanism at these temperature and strain rate regimes, and that the development of serrated high angle grain boundaries can decrease the activity of this mechanism by 30%. Slip transmission parameters, which mathematically assess the ease of slip transmission across a grain boundary, were calculated based on grain boundary misorientation and grain boundary trace. These parameters proved unsuccessful at predicting strain localization sites in these materials, indicating that slip transmission is not the only factor dictating strain localization sites. AAA Full field strain maps were used to site-specifically extract grain boundaries of interest to study dislocation interaction and sub-surface grain boundary neighborhood. Representative from each of four types of

  10. Understanding the roles of the strategic element cobalt in nickel base superalloys

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    Stephens, J. R.; Dreshfield, R. L.

    1983-01-01

    The United States imports over 90% of its cobalt, chromium, columbium, and tantalum, all key elements in high temperature nickel base superalloys for aircraft gas turbine disks and airfoils. Research progress in understanding the roles of cobalt and some possible substitutes effects on microstructure, mechanical properties, and environmental resistance of turbine alloys is discussed.

  11. Understanding the roles of the strategic element cobalt in nickel base superalloys

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    Stephens, J. B.; Dreshfield, R. L.

    1984-01-01

    Research progress in understanding the effects of cobalt and some possible substitute on microstructure, mechanical properties, and environmental resistance of turbine alloys is discussed. The United States imports over 90 percent of its cobalt, chromium, tantalum and columbium, all key elements in high temperature nickel base superalloys for aircraft gas turbine disks and airfoils. NASA, through joint government/industry/university teams, undertook a long range research program aimed at reducing or eliminating these strategic elements by examining their basic roles in superalloys and identifying viable substitutes.

  12. Manufacturing of nickel-base superalloys with improved high-temperature performance

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    McKamey, C.G.; George, E.P.; Liu, C.T.; Horton, J.A.; Carmichael, C.A.; Kennedy, R.L.; Cao, W.D.

    2000-01-01

    This report summarizes the results of research conducted as part of CRADA ORNL95-0327 between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Teledyne Allvac (now Allvac, an Allegheny Teledyne Co.). The objective was to gain a better understanding of the role of trace elements in nickel-based superalloys, with the ultimate goal of enhancing performance without significantly increasing production cost. Two model superalloys, IN 718 and Waspaloy, were selected for this study, and the synergistic effects of P and B additions on creep and stress rupture properties were determined. Wherever possible the underlying physical mechanisms responsible for the observed effects were investigated.

  13. Process of welding gamma prime-strengthened nickel-base superalloys

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    Speigel, Lyle B.; White, Raymond Alan; Murphy, John Thomas; Nowak, Daniel Anthony

    2003-11-25

    A process for welding superalloys, and particularly articles formed of gamma prime-strengthened nickel-base superalloys whose chemistries and/or microstructures differ. The process entails forming the faying surface of at least one of the articles to have a cladding layer of a filler material. The filler material may have a composition that is different from both of the articles, or the same as one of the articles. The cladding layer is machined to promote mating of the faying surfaces, after which the faying surfaces are mated and the articles welded together. After cooling, the welded assembly is free of thermally-induced cracks.

  14. Niobium enrichment and environmental enhancement of creep crack growth in nickel-base superalloys

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    Gao, M.; Wei, R.P.; Dwyer, D.J.

    1995-04-15

    In this paper, the possible role of niobium in the environmental enhancement of creep crack growth in nickel-base superalloys is further examined. The examination included (1) surface enrichment of Nb in a commercial Inconel 718; (2) a source of niobium and its interaction with oxygen; (3) preferential oxidation of Nb at the crack tip, and (4) correlations between environmental sensitivity and niobium concentration of nickel-base superalloys from the literature. The role of niobium was suggested by recent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) studies. The XPS studies show a significant increase in the concentration of niobium on the (001) surface of an Inconel 718 single crystal after heating at temperatures above 775 K. Considerable segregation of niobium was also found on the grain boundaries of a thermally aged commercial (polycrystalline) Inconel 718. The CCGR data showed significant enhancement by oxygen and water vapor at temperatures of 800--975 K where niobium enrichment occurred.

  15. Welding of nickel-base superalloys having a nil-ductility range

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    Smashey, Russell W. (Inventor); Kelly, Thomas J. (Inventor); Snyder, John H. (Inventor); Sheranko, Ronald L. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    An article made of a nickel-base superalloy having a nil-ductility range from the solidus temperature of the alloy to about 600.degree. F. below the solidus temperature is welded, as for example in the weld repair of surface cracks, by removing foreign matter from the area to be welded, first stress relieving the article, adjusting the temperature of the article to a welding temperature of from about 1800.degree. F. to about 2100.degree. F., welding a preselected area in an inert atmosphere at the welding temperature, and second stress relieving the article. Welding is preferably accomplished by striking an arc in the preselected area so as to locally melt the alloy in the preselected area, providing a filler metal having the same composition as the nickel-based superalloy of the article, and feeding the filler metal into the arc so that the filler metal is melted and fused with the article to form a weldment upon solidification.

  16. Strainrange partitioning behavior of the nickel-base superalloys, Rene' 80 and in 100

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    Halford, G. R.; Nachtigall, A. J.

    1978-01-01

    A study was made to assess the ability of the method of Strainrange Partitioning (SRP) to both correlate and predict high-temperature, low cycle fatigue lives of nickel base superalloys for gas turbine applications. The partitioned strainrange versus life relationships for uncoated Rene' 80 and cast IN 100 were also determined from the ductility normalized-Strainrange Partitioning equations. These were used to predict the cyclic lives of the baseline tests. The life predictability of the method was verified for cast IN 100 by applying the baseline results to the cyclic life prediction of a series of complex strain cycling tests with multiple hold periods at constant strain. It was concluded that the method of SRP can correlate and predict the cyclic lives of laboratory specimens of the nickel base superalloys evaluated in this program.

  17. Near-Surface Residual Stress Assessment in Inhomogeneous Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Yu, F.; Nagy, P. B.

    2006-03-01

    Recently, it has been shown that shot-peened nickel-base superalloys exhibit an approximately 1% increase in apparent eddy current conductivity at high inspection frequencies, which can be exploited for nondestructive subsurface residual stress assessment. Unfortunately, microstructural inhomogeneity in certain as-forged and precipitation hardened nickel-base superalloys, like Waspaloy, can lead to significantly larger electrical conductivity variations of as much as 4-6%. This intrinsic conductivity variation adversely affects the accuracy of residual stress evaluation in shot-peened and subsequently thermal-relaxed specimens, but does not completely prevent it. Experimental results are presented to demonstrate that the conductivity variation resulting from volumetric inhomogeneities in as-forged engine alloys do not display significant frequency dependence. This characteristic independence of frequency can be exploited to distinguish these inhomogeneities from near-surface residual stress and cold work effects caused by surface treatment, which, in contrast, are strongly frequency-dependent.

  18. Near-Surface Residual Stress Assessment in Inhomogeneous Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Yu, F.; Nagy, P. B.

    2006-03-06

    Recently, it has been shown that shot-peened nickel-base superalloys exhibit an approximately 1% increase in apparent eddy current conductivity at high inspection frequencies, which can be exploited for nondestructive subsurface residual stress assessment. Unfortunately, microstructural inhomogeneity in certain as-forged and precipitation hardened nickel-base superalloys, like Waspaloy, can lead to significantly larger electrical conductivity variations of as much as 4-6%. This intrinsic conductivity variation adversely affects the accuracy of residual stress evaluation in shot-peened and subsequently thermal-relaxed specimens, but does not completely prevent it. Experimental results are presented to demonstrate that the conductivity variation resulting from volumetric inhomogeneities in as-forged engine alloys do not display significant frequency dependence. This characteristic independence of frequency can be exploited to distinguish these inhomogeneities from near-surface residual stress and cold work effects caused by surface treatment, which, in contrast, are strongly frequency-dependent.

  19. Tool wear mechanisms in the machining of Nickel based super-alloys: A review

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    Akhtar, Waseem; Sun, Jianfei; Sun, Pengfei; Chen, Wuyi; Saleem, Zawar

    2014-06-01

    Nickel based super-alloys are widely employed in aircraft engines and gas turbines due to their high temperature strength, corrosion resistance and, excellent thermal fatigue properties. Conversely, these alloys are very difficult to machine and cause rapid wear of the cutting tool, frequent tool changes are thus required resulting in low economy of the machining process. This study provides a detailed review of the tool wear mechanism in the machining of nickel based super-alloys. Typical tool wear mechanisms found by different researchers are analyzed in order to find out the most prevalent wear mechanism affecting the tool life. The review of existing works has revealed interesting findings about the tool wear mechanisms in the machining of these alloys. Adhesion wear is found to be the main phenomenon leading to the cutting tool wear in this study.

  20. Microstructural evolution and castability prediction in newly designed modern third-generation nickel-based superalloys

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    Naffakh-Moosavy, Homam

    2016-05-01

    The present research aims to establish a quantitative relation between microstructure and chemical composition (i.e., Ti, Al, and Nb) of newly designed nickel-based superalloys. This research attempts to identify an optimum microstructure at which the minimum quantities of γ/γ' and γ/γ″ compounds are achieved and the best castability is predicted. The results demonstrate that the highest quantity of intermetallic eutectics (i.e., 41.5wt%) is formed at 9.8wt% (Ti + Al). A significant quantity of intermetallics formed in superalloy 1 (with a composition of γ - 9.8wt% (Ti + Al)), which can deteriorate its castability. The type and morphology of the eutectics changed and the amount considerably decreased with decreasing Ti + Al content in superalloy 2 (with a composition of γ - 7.6wt% (Ti + Al), 1.5wt% Nb). Thus, it is predicted that the castability would improve for superalloy 2. The same trend was observed for superalloy 4 (with a composition of γ - 3.7wt% (Ti + Al), 4.4wt% Nb). This means that the amount of Laves increases with increasing Nb (to 4.4wt%) and decreasing Ti + Al (to 3.7wt%) in superalloy 4. The best castability was predicted for superalloy 3 (with a composition of γ - 5.7wt% (Ti + Al), 2.8wt% Nb).

  1. Synthetic Microstructure-Based Lifing of Nickel-Based Superalloys

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    Tucker, Joseph C.

    This work focuses on the root cause of life limiting behavior in Ni-based superalloys for high pressure and temperature turbine disks applications in low cycle fatigue (LCF) by generating statistical volume elements (SVEs) of directly measured 3D microstructures for finite element method (FEM) simulations with crystal plasticity. Synthetic microstructures with experimentally determined microstructurally small fatigue crack (MSFC) weakest link features of as large as (ALA) grains and long annealing twins comprise the test cases. Upper limit truncated log-normal distributions account for the log-normal upper tail departure in grain size distributions of Ni-based superalloys more accurately representing ALA grains. Probability plots quantify the log-normality of grain sizes more effectively than traditional histograms. Twins are inserted into synthetic microstructures according to the coherent Sigma3 orientation relationship. A 3D measured dataset of the Inconel 100 (IN100) validates the Saltykov method stereology technique for estimating 3D grain size distributions from 2D; the 3D grain size distribution mean field and upper tail of IN100 is accurately predicted. The Saltykov method gave 3D grain sizes from a Rene 88 Damage Tolerant (R88DT) 2D dataset resulting in fatigue SVEs of approximately 1.5 million elements and 200 grains from FEM sensitivity studies. Changing mesh resolution minimally impacted global damage response, but converging locally requires significantly higher refinement. Fatigue interrogating FEM studies evolved hot spots in the local MSFC environment in one SVE, but not in another SVE with different crystallographic orientations, suggesting strong 3D full-field neighbor effects. The study revealed a need for slip line length considerations in crystal plasticity to better capture life limiting behavior. The findings point towards strictly limiting the ALA grain size in Ni-based superalloys to extend service life.

  2. Evolution of Microstructure in a Nickel-based Superalloy as a Function of Ageing Time

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    Chen, Wei-Ren; Smith, Gregory Scott; Porcar, L.; Liaw, Peter K; Kai, Ji-Jung; Ren, Yang

    2011-01-01

    An experimental investigation, combining synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, small-angle neutron-scattering, and transmission electron microscopy, has been undertaken to study the microstructure of nanoprecipitates in a nickel-based superalloy. Upon increasing the ageing time during a heat-treatment process, the average size of the precipitates first decreases before changing to a monotonical growth stage. Possible reasons for this observed structural evolution, which is predicted thermodynamically, are suggested.

  3. Mechanism of beneficial effect of tantalum in hot corrosion of nickel-base superalloys

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    Fryburg, G. C.; Stearns, C. A.; Kohl, F. J.

    1977-01-01

    X-ray diffraction and electron microprobe analyses were used to examine a prominent NaTaO3 pattern formed in a number of nickel-base superalloys. It is found that a beneficial effect of tantalum with respect to hot corrosion attack arises from the ability of Ta2O5 to tie up Na2O and prevent the formation of a molten Na2MoO4 phase.

  4. Modelling short crack growth behaviour in nickel-base superalloys

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    Grabowski, L.; King, J. E.

    1992-06-01

    This paper provides a description of the features and mechanisms of facetted short crack growth in Ni-base superalloys and briefly reviews existing short crack growth models in terms of their application to Ni-base alloys. The concept of soft barriers is introduced to produce a new two-phase model for local microstructural effects on short crack growth in Waspaloy. This is derived from detailed observations of crack growth through individual grains. The model differs from all previous approaches in highlighting the importance of crack path perturbations within grains. Potential applications of the model in alloy development are discussed.

  5. Wave propagation in an anisotropic nickel-based superalloy

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    Amulele; Every

    2000-03-01

    The effects of elastic anisotropy on ultrasound propagation in a nickel-based single crystal test component are studied using a 25 MHz focused probe in a water immersion system. Anisotropy gives rise to directionally dependent acoustic wavespeeds, beam steering, acoustic energy focusing and mode conversion for normal incidence. Transverse mode echoes are particularly strong in the vicinity of crystallographic directions in which the Gaussian curvature of the slowness surface is zero and divergence of the echo amplitude is predicted on the basis of the stationary phase approximation. There are other directions where the transverse mode echoes vanish for symmetry reasons. The longitudinal mode echo amplitude also shows significant variation with direction. Overall there is good agreement between the echo signal arrival times and amplitudes we measure and calculation. Progress in applying this technique to gas turbine blades is reported. PMID:10829669

  6. A concept for the EQ coating system for nickel-based superalloys

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    Kawagishi, K.; Sato, A.; Harada, H.

    2008-07-01

    Nickel-based single-crystal superalloys with high concentrations of refractory elements are prone to generate a diffusion layer called a secondary reaction zone (SRZ) beneath their bond coating during long exposure to high temperatures. The SRZ causes a reduction of the load-bearing cross section and it is detrimental to the creep properties of thin-walled turbine airfoils. In this study, a new bond coat system, “EQ coating,” which is thermodynamically stable and suppresses SRZ has been proposed. Diffusion couples of coating materials and substrate alloys were made and heat treated at 1,100°C for 300 h and 1,000 h. Cyclic oxidation examinations were carried out at 1,100°C in air and the oxidation properties of EQ coating materials were discussed. High-velocity frame-sprayed EQ coatings designed for second-generation nickel-based superalloys were deposited on fourth-and fifth-generation nickel-based superalloys, and the stability of the microstructure at the interface and creep property of the coating system were investigated.

  7. Thermally induced grinding damage in cast equiaxed nickel-based superalloys

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    Kovach, J.A.

    1986-01-01

    The overall objective of this program was to increase the understanding and productivity of conventional grinding operations utilized in the finishing of cast equiaxed nickel-based superalloy components. To achieve this overall goal a four phase approach was employed. Initially, a grinding energy partition relationship for conventional grinding of superalloys was developed. Secondly, the mechanisms and conditions that influence superalloy microcracking during abusive grinding were determined. Third, building on the above relationships, a means of readily predicting the onset of grinding damage in cast Rene-77 and B-1900 superalloys was established. Finally, the results were implemented in production surface grinding operations to increase superalloy grinding quality and productivity. Finite element analyses were utilized to determine the superalloy grinding zone temperatures and residual stresses. The results indicated that Rene-77 microcracks are not formed by the residual stresses alone. The effects of constitutional liquation or weakening of the grain boundaries due to rapid heating to such temperatures were shown to be significant. It was then demonstrated that workplace damage would occur when the combined conducted and convected heat flux exceeded a critical limit.

  8. Mechanical properties of nanostructured nickel based superalloy Inconel 718

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    Mukhtarov, Sh; Ermachenko, A.

    2010-07-01

    This paper will describe the investigations of a nanostructured (NS) state of nickel based INCONEL® alloy 718. This structure was generated in bulk semiproducts by severe plastic deformation (SPD) via multiple isothermal forging (MIF) of a coarse-grained alloy. The initial structure consisted of γ-phase grains with disperse precipitations of γ"-phase in the forms of discs, 50-75 nm in diameter and 20 nm in thickness. The MIF generated structures possess a large quantity of non-coherent plates and rounded precipitations of δ-phase, primarily along grain boundaries. In the duplex (γ+δ) structure the grains have high dislocation density and a large number of nonequilibrium boundaries. Investigations to determine mechanical properties of the alloy in a nanostructured state were carried out. Nanocrystalline Inconel 718 (80 nm) possesses a very high room-temperature strength after SPD. Microcrystalline (MC) and NS states of the alloy were subjected to strengthening thermal treatment, and the obtained results were compared in order to determine their mechanical properties at room and elevated temperatures.

  9. Development of a hydrogen-based annealing process for desulfurization of single crystalline, nickel-based superalloy. Final report

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    Smith, M.; Mickle, T.H.; Frazier, W.E.; Waldman, J.

    1994-11-05

    The presence of minor amounts of sulfur (1-10 ppm) in nickel-based superalloys has been associated with reduced oxidation resistance and premature spallation of protective coatings. A hydrogen annealing process has been developed by NAWCADWAR which effectively reduces the sulfur content of superalloys. The conditions which allow effective desulfurization are delineated. Diffusion of sulfur through the superalloy is found to be the rate controlling step for the process.

  10. Characterization of fatigue mechanisms in nickel-based superalloys

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    Yablinsky, Clarissa A.

    Ni-based superalloys are important for turbine engine airfoil applications. Historically, creep has been the main failure mode and thus creep mechanisms have been the subject of numerous studies. However, modern airfoil designs maintain cooler temperatures, and consequently creep is no longer the primary failure mode. Rather, in the cooled components, experience and experimental studies have shown that fatigue is the life-limiting factor. The changing cause of failure highlighted the need for a comprehensive study of fatigue deformation mechanisms. Information about crack propagation and the associated deformation mechanisms has allowed appropriate design changes based on fatigue as a life-limiting factor. The focus of the study will be on a monocrystalline Ni-based superalloy, Rene N5, which is currently used for airfoils. Compact tension specimens were tested under cyclic loading conditions to determine the influence of microstructure and material properties on crack propagation and fatigue failure. The crack growth rate as a function of temperature, environment, frequency, and crystallographic orientation was determined. High resolution scanning electron microscopy was used to examine the fracture surface on length scales from nano to macro. Deformation mechanisms in the plastic zone ahead of the crack tip and within the plastic wake of the crack were studied using TEM and FIB techniques. Environment and frequency seem to have a larger effect on fatigue crack growth rates and threshold stress intensity factor ranges, while temperature and orientation effects are present, but not as dramatic. In the normal blade orientation, (001)[100], mode I crack propagation was prevalent, with mode II crack propagation found at higher DeltaK values. Interdendritic particles appear to be slowing crack growth rates in the threshold region of specimens tested in air. Microstructural analysis showed no change in gamma' precipitate size or morphology with temperature or stress

  11. Nondestructive evaluation of near-surface residual stress in shot-peened nickel-base superalloys

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    Yu, Feng

    Surface enhancement methods, which produce beneficial compressive residual stresses and increased hardness in a shallow near-surface region, are widely used in a number of industrial applications, including gas-turbine engines. Nondestructive evaluation of residual stress gradients in surface-enhanced materials has great significance for turbine engine component life extension and their reliability in service. It has been recently found that, in sharp contrast with most other materials, shot-peened nickel-base superalloys exhibit an apparent increase in electrical conductivity at increasing inspection frequencies, which can be exploited for nondestructive residual stress assessment. The primary goal of this research is to develop a quantitative eddy current method for nondestructive residual stress profiles in surface-treated nickel-base superalloys. Our work have been focused on five different aspects of this issue, namely, (i) validating the noncontacting eddy current technique for electroelastic coefficients calibration, (ii) developing inversion procedures for determining the subsurface residual stress profiles from the measured apparent eddy current conductivity (AECC), (iii) predicting the adverse effect of surface roughness on the eddy current characterization of shot-peened metals, (iv) separating excess AECC caused by the primary residual stress effect from intrinsic conductivity variations caused by material inhomogeneity, and (v) investigating different mechanisms through which cold work could influence the AECC in surface-treated nickel-base superalloys. The results of this dissertation have led to a better understanding of the underlying physical phenomenon of the measured excess AECC on nickel-base engine alloys, and solved a few critical applied issues in eddy current nondestructive residual stress assessment in surface-treated engine components and, ultimately, contributed to the better utilization and safer operation of the Air Force's aging

  12. Effects of cobalt on the hot workability of nickel-base superalloys

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    Jarrett, R. N.; Collier, J. P.; Tien, J. K.

    1984-01-01

    The effect of cobalt on the workability of nickel-base superalloys is examined with reference to experimental results for four heats of alloys based on the Nimonic 115 composition with varying amounts of nickel substituted for the nominal 14 percent cobalt. It is shown that Co lowers the gamma-prime solvus, which in turn lowers the Cr23C6 carbide solvus. It is further shown that these solvus temperatures bracket the hot working range for the alloys. However, thermomechanical processing modifications reflecting the effect of Co on the gamma-prime and carbide solvi are shown to restore the workability and the properties of alloys with little or no cobalt.

  13. Gamma prime shape changes during creep of a nickel-base superalloy

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    Nathal, M. V.; Ebert, L. J.

    1983-01-01

    Changes in the shape of the gamma-prime phase in the single-crystal nickel base alloy NASAIR 100 during tensile and compressive creep have been investigated experimentally by Laue X-ray diffractometry. It is found that under tensile loading, gamma-prime changes from the initial cubic shape to plates perpendicular to the applied stress. This change occurs during primary creep at 1000 C, 148 MPa. Prolonged creep exposures result in a thickening of the gamma-prime plates that is similar to Ostwald ripening often observed in other superalloys during creep. Under compressive loading, two sets of gamma-prime plates parallel to the applied stress are formed.

  14. Microstructure of the Nickel-Base Superalloy CMSX-4 Fabricated by Selective Electron Beam Melting

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    Ramsperger, Markus; Singer, Robert F.; Körner, Carolin

    2016-03-01

    Powder bed-based additive manufacturing (AM) processes are characterized by very high-temperature gradients and solidification rates. These conditions lead to microstructures orders of magnitude smaller than in conventional casting processes. Especially in the field of high performance alloys, like nickel-base superalloys, this opens new opportunities for homogenization and alloy development. Nevertheless, the high susceptibility to cracking of precipitation-hardenable superalloys is a challenge for AM. In this study, electron beam-based AM is used to fabricate samples from gas-atomized pre-alloyed CMSX-4 powder. The influence of the processing strategy on crack formation is investigated. The samples are characterized by optical and SEM microscopy and analyzed by microprobe analysis. Differential scanning calorimetry is used to demonstrate the effect of the fine microstructure on characteristic temperatures. In addition, in situ heat treatment effects are investigated.

  15. Microstructure-property relationships in directionally solidified single crystal nickel-base superalloys

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    Mackay, R. A.; Nathal, M. V.

    1986-01-01

    Some of the microstructural features which influence the creep properties of directionally solidified and single crystal nickel-base superalloys are discussed. Gamma precipitate size and morphology, gamma-gamma lattice mismatch, phase instability, alloy composition, and processing variations are among the factors considered. Recent experimental results are reviewed and related to the operative deformation mechanisms and to the corresponding mechanical properties. Special emphasis is placed on the creep behavior of single crystal superalloys at high temperatures, where directional gamma coarsening is prominent, and at lower temperatures, where gamma coarsening rates are significantly reduced. It can be seen that very subtle changes in microstructural features can have profound effects on the subsequent properties of these materials.

  16. Replacing critical and strategic refractory metal elements in nickel-base superalloys. [NASA's COSAM program

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    Stephens, J. R.; Dreshfield, R. L.; Nathal, M. V.

    1983-01-01

    Because of the import status and essential nature of their use, cobalt, chromium, tantalum, and niobium were identified as strategic and critical in the aerospace industry. NASA's Conservation of Strategic Aerospace Materials (COSAM) program aims to reduce the need for strategic materials used in gas turbine engines. Technological thrusts in two major areas are under way to meet the primary objective of conserving the use of strategic materials in nickelbase superalloys. These thrusts consist of strategic element substitution and alternative material identification. The program emphasizes cooperative research teams involving NASA Lewis Research Center, universities, and industry. The adoption of refractory metals in nickel-base superalloys is summarized including their roles in mechanical strengthening and environmental resistance; current research activities under way in the COSAM Program are presented as well as research findings to date.

  17. Stereological characterization of {gamma}' phase precipitation in CMSX-6 monocrystalline nickel-base superalloy

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    Szczotok, Agnieszka; Richter, Janusz; Cwajna, Jan

    2009-10-15

    The purpose of this investigation was to study in detail the means to quantitatively evaluate {gamma}' phase precipitation. Many of the mechanical properties of superalloys are directly influenced by the presence of the {gamma}' (gamma prime) precipitate phase dispersed in a {gamma} matrix phase. The {gamma}' precipitates act as effective barriers to dislocation motion and restrict plastic deformation, particularly at high temperatures. Due to this, it is essential to accurately quantify the {gamma}' precipitate size, volume fraction and distribution. Investigations based on quantitative metallography and image analysis were performed on a monocrystalline nickel-base superalloy taking into consideration various {gamma}' precipitate sizes present in that alloy microstructure. The authors of the present paper propose a new method of quantifying the total volume fraction of the {gamma}' phase applying images of the microstructure with {gamma}' phase precipitates registered using light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (at two different magnifications) and scanning transmission electron microscopy.

  18. Development of a unified constitutive model for an isotropic nickel base superalloy Rene 80

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    Ramaswamy, V. G.; Vanstone, R. H.; Laflen, J. H.; Stouffer, D. C.

    1988-01-01

    Accurate analysis of stress-strain behavior is of critical importance in the evaluation of life capabilities of hot section turbine engine components such as turbine blades and vanes. The constitutive equations used in the finite element analysis of such components must be capable of modeling a variety of complex behavior exhibited at high temperatures by cast superalloys. The classical separation of plasticity and creep employed in most of the finite element codes in use today is known to be deficient in modeling elevated temperature time dependent phenomena. Rate dependent, unified constitutive theories can overcome many of these difficulties. A new unified constitutive theory was developed to model the high temperature, time dependent behavior of Rene' 80 which is a cast turbine blade and vane nickel base superalloy. Considerations in model development included the cyclic softening behavior of Rene' 80, rate independence at lower temperatures and the development of a new model for static recovery.

  19. Microstructural indicators of transition mechanisms in time-dependent fatigue crack growth in nickel base superalloys

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    Heeter, Ann E.

    Gas turbine engines are an important part of power generation in modern society, especially in the field of aerospace. Aerospace engines are design to last approximately 30 years and the engine components must be designed to survive for the life of the engine or to be replaced at regular intervals to ensure consumer safety. Fatigue crack growth analysis is a vital component of design for an aerospace component. Crack growth modeling and design methods date back to an origin around 1950 with a high rate of accuracy. The new generation of aerospace engines is designed to be efficient as possible and require higher operating temperatures than ever seen before in previous generations. These higher temperatures place more stringent requirements on the material crack growth performance under creep and time dependent conditions. Typically the types of components which are subject to these requirements are rotating disk components which are made from advanced materials such as nickel base superalloys. Traditionally crack growth models have looked at high temperature crack growth purely as a function of temperature and assumed that all crack growth was either controlled by a cycle dependent or time dependent mechanism. This new analysis is trying to evaluate the transition between cycle-dependent and time-dependent mechanism and the microstructural markers that characterize this transitional behavior. The physical indications include both the fracture surface morphology as well as the shape of the crack front. The research will evaluate whether crack tunneling occurs and whether it consistently predicts a transition from cycle-dependent crack growth to time-dependent crack growth. The study is part of a larger research program trying to include the effects of geometry, mission profile and environmental effects, in addition to temperature effects, as a part of the overall crack growth system. The outcome will provide evidence for various transition types and correlate those

  20. Effect of crystallographic orientation on plastic deformation of single crystal nickel-base superalloys

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    Westbrooke, Eboni F.

    Nickel-base superalloys, with gamma/gamma' microstructure, are the primary material used in turbines for aerospace applications. The blades in the hottest region of the turbine engine are made of single crystal Ni-base superalloys. It has been shown that the critical resolved shear stress (CRSS) of these materials is orientation dependent (also known as non-Schmid effect). The purpose of this research was to investigate the plastic deformation mechanisms of single crystal Ni-base superalloys as a function of crystallographic orientation in order to understand the factors that contribute to the non-Schmid effect. The superalloys in this study possessed alloying elements in amounts which defined them as 1st and 2nd generation superalloys. Tensile samples of various orientations were loaded to different strain levels. The mechanisms of plastic deformation were characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations of deformation bands as well as the dislocation structures using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was confirmed that the CRSS of the single crystals did not follow Schmid's law and the near <111> specimens showed the lowest values. The degree of non-Schmid behavior in the <111> specimens was diminished by HIP'ing, which resulted in closure of solidification pores. Furthermore, it was shown that the CRSS for the <100> loaded samples was smallest when loaded along the secondary dendrite arms. The slip analysis by optical microscopy showed that the deformation bands did not follow the expected {111} slip planes for all samples. Studies in SEM proved that those slip bands that followed the {111} planes were associated with extensive shearing of gamma' particles. In addition, it was found that the presence of tri-axial stress states within the macrostructure influenced the deformation path significantly. The TEM observations of deformed specimens revealed that plastic deformation took place mainly in the gamma channels in specimens

  1. Eddy Current Nondestructive Residual Stress Assessment in Shot-Peened Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Blodgett, M.P.; Yu, F.; Nagy, P.B.

    2005-04-09

    Shot peening and other mechanical surface enhancement methods improve the fatigue resistance and foreign-object damage tolerance of metallic components by introducing beneficial near-surface compressive residual stresses and hardening the surface. However, the fatigue life improvement gained via surface enhancement is not explicitly accounted for in current engine component life prediction models because of the lack of accurate and reliable nondestructive methods that could verify the presence of compressive near-surface residual stresses in shot-peened hardware. In light of its frequency-dependent penetration depth, the measurement of eddy current conductivity has been suggested as a possible means to allow the nondestructive evaluation of subsurface residual stresses in surface-treated components. This technique is based on the so-called piezoresistivity effect, i.e., the stress-dependence of electrical resistivity. We found that, in contrast with most other materials, surface-treated nickel-base superalloys exhibit an apparent increase in electrical conductivity at increasing inspection frequencies, i.e., at decreasing penetration depths. Experimental results are presented to illustrate that the excess frequency-dependent apparent eddy current conductivity of shot-peened nickel-base superalloys can be used to estimate the absolute level and penetration depth of the compressive residual stress layer both before and after partial thermal relaxation.

  2. Hydrogen induced fracture characteristics of single crystal nickel-based superalloys

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    Chen, Po-Shou; Wilcox, Roy C.

    1990-01-01

    A stereoscopic method for use with x ray energy dispersive spectroscopy of rough surfaces was adapted and applied to the fracture surfaces single crystals of PWA 1480E to permit rapid orientation determinations of small cleavage planes. The method uses a mathematical treatment of stereo pair photomicrographs to measure the angle between the electron beam and the surface normal. One reference crystal orientation corresponding to the electron beam direction (crystal growth direction) is required to perform this trace analysis. The microstructure of PWA 1480E was characterized before fracture analysis was performed. The fracture behavior of single crystals of the PWA 1480E nickel-based superalloy was studied. The hydrogen-induced fracture behavior of single crystals of the PWA 1480E nickel-based superalloy was also studied. In order to understand the temperature dependence of hydrogen-induced embrittlement, notched single crystals with three different crystal growth orientations near zone axes (100), (110), and (111) were tensile tested at 871 C (1600 F) in both helium and hydrogen atmospheres at 34 MPa. Results and conclusions are given.

  3. The impact of carbon on single crystal nickel-base superalloys: Carbide behavior and alloy performance

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    Wasson, Andrew Jay

    Advanced single crystal nickel-base superalloys are prone to the formation of casting grain defects, which hinders their practical implementation in large gas turbine components. Additions of carbon (C) have recently been identified as a means of reducing grain defects, but the full impact of C on single crystal superalloy behavior is not entirely understood. A study was conducted to determine the effects of C and other minor elemental additions on the behavior of CMSX-4, a commercially relevant 2nd generation single crystal superalloy. Baseline CMSX-4 and three alloy modifications (CMSX-4 + 0.05 wt. % C, CMSX-4 + 0.05 wt. % C and 68 ppm boron (B), and CMSX-4 + 0.05 wt. % C and 23 ppm nitrogen (N)) were heat treated before being tested in high temperature creep and high cycle fatigue (HCF). Select samples were subjected to long term thermal exposure (1000 °C/1000 hrs) to assess microstructural stability. The C modifications resulted in significant differences in microstructure and alloy performance as compared to the baseline. These variations were generally attributed to the behavior of carbide phases in the alloy modifications. The C modification and the C+B modification, which both exhibited script carbide networks, were 25% more effective than the C+N modification (small blocky carbides) and 10% more effective than the baseline at preventing grain defects in cast bars. All C-modified alloys exhibited reduced as-cast gamma/gamma' eutectic and increased casting porosity as compared to baseline CMSX-4. The higher levels of porosity (volume fractions 0.002 - 0.005 greater than the baseline) were attributed to carbides blocking molten fluid flow during the final stages of solidification. Although the minor additions resulted in reduced solidus temperature by up to 16 °C, all alloys were successfully heat treated without incipient melting by modifying commercial heat treatment schedules. In the B-containing alloy, heat treatment resulted in the transformation of

  4. A new method to predict the metadynamic recrystallization behavior in a typical nickel-based superalloy

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    Lin, Y. C.; Chen, Xiao-Min; Chen, Ming-Song; Zhou, Ying; Wen, Dong-Xu; He, Dao-Guang

    2016-06-01

    The metadynamic recrystallization (MDRX) behaviors of a typical nickel-based superalloy are investigated by two-pass hot compression tests and four conventional stress-based conventional approaches (offset stress method, back-extrapolation stress method, peak stress method, and mean stress method). It is found that the conventional stress-based methods are not suitable to evaluate the MDRX softening fractions for the studied superalloy. Therefore, a new approach, `maximum stress method,' is proposed to evaluate the MDRX softening fraction. Based on the proposed method, the effects of deformation temperature, strain rate, initial average grain size, and interpass time on MDRX behaviors are discussed in detail. Results show that MDRX softening fraction is sensitive to deformation parameters. The MDRX softening fraction rapidly increases with the increase of deformation temperature, strain rate, and interpass time. The MDRX softening fraction in the coarse-grain material is lower than that in the fine-grain material. Moreover, the observed microstructures indicate that the initial coarse grains can be effectively refined by MDRX. Based on the experimental results, the kinetics equations are established and validated to describe the MDRX behaviors of the studied superalloy.

  5. Single-crystal superalloy drives turbine advances

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    Harris, K.

    1995-04-01

    In searching for ways to improve power-to-weight ratios and fuel efficiency, gas turbine engine manufacturers invest heavily in the development and testing of new alloys. Their goal is to find turbine airfoil materials that can handle the higher operating temperatures, increased component stresses, and faster rotational speeds that are needed to increase turbine performance. Major turbine engine manufacturers find they can achieve these objectives through ultra-high performance, single-crystal superalloys -- a group of nickel-base materials that exhibit outstanding strength and surface stability at temperatures up to 85{percent} of their melting points. One such superalloy is CMSX-4, co-engineered by ingot maker Cannon-Muskegon and turbine engine manufacturers Rolls-Royce and Allison Engine Company. It is currently being used in such applications as Allison`s advanced airfoil programs.

  6. Mechanical properties of white layers formed by different machining processes on nickel-based superalloy

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    Proust, Edouard

    Nickel-based superalloys are widely used in the aerospace industry in the production of turbine discs and blades because of their good mechanical properties and great corrosion resistance at high temperature. Although very useful, these alloys are hard to machine. Their structure is responsible for rapid wear of cutting tools. Moreover, under certain machining conditions, near-surface regions of the material undergo a phase transformation resulting in the formation of a thin layer called "white etching layer" at the surface of the machined workpiece. Because turbine discs are safety critical components, no defects can be tolerated on the workpiece. Therefore, efforts should be made to ensure that this white etching layer can't influence the operating life of the workpiece and make its operation unsafe. Even if the existence of the white etching layer is well known, its mechanical properties have never been assessed in detail. In this thesis, we present a study of the mechanical (hardness and Young's modulus) and microstructural properties of white etching layers formed at the surface of nickel-based superalloy IN100 turbine discs fabricated by different machining processes. This work aims at evaluating the impact of the machining process and of fatigue on the properties of the white etching layers under study. The originality of this study primarily lies in the employed characterization technique. Using nanoindentation has allowed us to very precisely assess the variations of both the hardness and the Young's modulus along the white etching layers. Also, the use of a sophisticated indentation system has enabled the acquisition of very precise surface images of the samples and therefore to study the microstructure of the white etching layers. This research has demonstrated that the mechanical and microstructural properties of the white etching layers are closely linked to the machining conditions of the material. Therefore, our study will help researchers gain a

  7. Solidification process control for advanced superalloys

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    Gray, H. R.; Dreshfield, R. L.

    1982-01-01

    The importance of understanding and controlling the basic solidification process in high temperature alloy technology as applied to gas turbine engine production is discussed. Resultant tailoring of the superalloy macro- and microstructure offers significant potential for continued advances in superalloy use temperatures in turbine engines. Atomized superalloy powders, rapidly solidified superalloys, microstructural control, and advanced superalloys are discussed.

  8. Effects of cobalt on structure, microchemistry and properties of a wrought nickel-base superalloy

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    Jarrett, R. N.; Tien, J. K.

    1982-01-01

    The effect of cobalt on the basic mechanical properties and microstructure of wrought nickel-base superalloys has been investigated experimentally by systematically replacing cobalt by nickel in Udimet 700 (17 wt% Co) commonly used in gas turbine (jet engine) applications. It is shown that the room temperature tensile yield strength and tensile strength only slightly decrease in fine-grained (disk) alloys and are basically unaffected in coarse-grained (blading) alloys as cobalt is removed. Creep and stress rupture resistances at 760 C are found to be unaffected by cobalt level in the blading alloys and decrease sharply only when the cobalt level is reduced below 8 vol% in the disk alloys. The effect of cobalt is explained in terms of gamma prime strengthening kinetics.

  9. Microstructure and residual stress of laser rapid formed Inconel 718 nickel-base superalloy

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    Liu, Fencheng; Lin, Xin; Yang, Gaolin; Song, Menghua; Chen, Jing; Huang, Weidong

    2011-02-01

    The microstructure and residual stress of laser rapid formed (LRFed) nickel-base superalloy Inconel 718 was investigated. The as-deposited microstructure of an LRFed Inconel 718 alloy is composed of columnar dendrites growing epitaxially along the deposition direction, and the columnar dendrites transformed to unevenly distributed equiaxed grains after annealing treatment at high temperature. Residual stress evaluation in microstructure scale by Vickers micro-indentation method indicates that the residual thermal stress is unevenly distributed in the LRFed sample, and it has a significant effect on the recrystallization during solution annealing treatment. The residual stress is introduced by rapid heating and cooling during laser rapid forming. There is an alternative distribution between high residual stress regions and low residual stress regions, within a single deposited layer, resulting in a similar distribution of recrystallized grain size.

  10. Yielding and deformation behavior of the single crystal nickel-base superalloy PWA 1480

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    Milligan, W. W., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    Interrupted tensile tests were conducted to fixed plastic strain levels in 100 ordered single crystals of the nickel based superalloy PWA 1480. Testing was done in the range of 20 to 1093 C, at strain rate of 0.5 and 50%/min. The yield strength was constant from 20 to 760 C, above which the strength dropped rapidly and became a stong function of strain rate. The high temperature data were represented very well by an Arrhenius type equation, which resulted in three distinct temperature regimes. The deformation substructures were grouped in the same three regimes, indicating that there was a fundamental relationship between the deformation mechanisms and activation energies. Models of the yielding process were considered, and it was found that no currently available model was fully applicable to this alloy. It was also demonstrated that the initial deformation mechanism (during yielding) was frequently different from that which would be inferred by examining specimens which were tested to failure.

  11. The high temperature deformation in cyclic loading of a single crystal nickel-base superalloy

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    Gabb, T. P.; Welsch, G.

    1989-01-01

    The high temperature cyclic stress softening response of the single crystal nickel-base superalloy PWA 1480 was investigated. Specimens oriented near the 001- and 111-lines were tested at 1050 C in low-cycle fatigue and then microstructurally evaluated. The 001- and 111-line specimens had dissimilar flow behavior in monotonic tensile tests, but comparable softening in low-cycle fatigue. This softening was accompanied by rapid generation of dislocation networks at the gamma-gamma-prime interfaces and by a slower time-dependent coarsening of gamma-prime precipitates. Due to the rapid formation of a dislocation substructure at the gamma-gamma-prime interfaces, the cyclic stress softening could be modeled with an existing theory which related cyclic stress to the evolving microstructure and dislocation structure.

  12. Nickel based superalloy containment case design: constitutive modeling and computational analysis

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    Ruggiero, Andrew; Bonora, Nicola; Torrice, Giovanni; di Sciuva, Marco; Degiovanni, Marco; Mattone, Massimiliano; Gherlone, Marco; Frola, Carlo

    2007-06-01

    Quasi-static and dynamic characterization of nickel based superalloy Waspaloy has been performed at the University of Cassino. Quasy-static tensile tests have been carried out on both round bar specimens, to obtain the flow stress curve at low strain rates, and hourglass specimens, to investigate damage evolution with plastic strain. The mechanical behavior at high strain rates has been obtained by means of a direct tension split Hopkinson Bar, which allows the characterization of the material up to failure. Experimental results show that when strain rates increases, the failure strain increases while the yield strength decreases, in some intervals of the range considered. This singular behavior has been modeled and implement in a Finite Element Method commercial code in order to perform numerical simulations of experimental ballistic tests carried out at the Polytechnics of Turin, using an airgun facility. Good agreement has been found between FEM simulations and experimental results..

  13. Nickel Based Superalloy Containment Case Design: Constitutive Modeling and Computational Analysis

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    Ruggiero, A.; Bonora, N.; Torrice, G.; Di Sciuva, M.; Degiovanni, M.; Mattone, M.; Gherlone, M.; Frola, C.

    2007-12-01

    Quasi-static and dynamic characterization of nickel based superalloy Waspaloy® has been performed at the University of Cassino. Quasi-static tensile tests have been carried out on both round bar specimens, to obtain the flow stress curve at low strain rates, and hourglass specimens, to investigate damage evolution with plastic strain. The mechanical behavior at high strain rates has been obtained by means of a direct tension split Hopkinson Bar, which allows the characterization of the material up to failure. Experimental results show that when strain rates increases, the failure strain increases while the yield strength decreases, in some intervals of the range considered. This singular behavior has been modeled and implement in a Finite Element Method commercial code in order to perform numerical simulations of experimental ballistic tests carried out at the Politecnico di Torino, using an airgun facility. Good agreement has been found between FEM simulations and experimental results.

  14. Resonance ultrasound spectroscopy forward modeling and inverse characterization of nickel-based superalloys

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    Biedermann, Eric; Jauriqui, Leanne; Aldrin, John C.; Goodlet, Brent; Pollock, Tresa; Torbet, Chris; Mazdiyasni, Siamack

    2015-03-01

    The objective of this paper is to investigate Resonance Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS) measurement models to more precisely connect changes in the resonance frequencies of nickel-based super-alloy material to the macro/microscopic state. RUS models using analytical solutions and the finite element method (FEM) were developed to address varying elastic properties, grain structures and creep. Experimental studies were performed investigating the effect of exposure to high temperatures and stress for varying part shape and three grain structure classes: single crystals, directionally-solidified and polycrystalline structures. Inversion using both traditional analytical models was enhanced in order to simultaneously estimate varying material properties and changes in part geometry due to creep. Inversion using surrogate models from FEM simulations was also developed, addressing varying crystal orientation and complex geometries. Results are presented comparing the forward model trends and inversion results with nickel alloy parts under various test conditions.

  15. Behavior of nickel-base superalloy single crystals under thermal-mechanical fatigue

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    Fleury, E.; Rémy, L.

    1994-12-01

    The thermal-mechanical fatigue behavior of AM1 nickel-base superalloy single crystals is studied using a cycle from 600 °C to 1100 °C. It is found to be strongly dependent on crystallo-graphic orientation, which leads to different shapes of the stress-strain hysteresis loops. The cyclic stress-strain response is influenced by variation in Young’s modulus, flow stress, and cyclic hardening with temperature for every crystallographic orientation. The thermalmechanical fatigue life is mainly spent in crack growth. Two main crack-initiation mechanisms occur, depending on the mechanical strain range. Oxidation-induced cracking is the dominant damage mechanism in the lifetime of interest for turbine blades.

  16. Temperature dependence of gamma-gamma prime lattice mismatch in nickel-base superalloys

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    Nathal, M. V.; Mackay, R. A.; Garlick, R. G.

    1985-01-01

    High temperature X-ray diffraction techniques were used to determine the gamma-gamma prime lattice mismatch of three different nickel-base superalloys at temperatures between 18 and 1000 C. The measurements were performed on oriented single-crystal disks which had been aged to produce a semicoherent gamma-gamma prime structure. The thermal expansion of the lattice parameters of the gamma and gamma-prime phases was described by a second-order polynomial expression. The expansion of the gamma-prime phase was consistently smaller than that of the gamma phase, which caused the lattice mismatch to become more negative at higher temperatures. It was also shown that high values of lattice mismatch resulted in increased rates of directional gamma-prime coarsening during elevated temperature creep exposure.

  17. On the Detection of Creep Damage in a Directionally Solidified Nickel Base Superalloy Using Nonlinear Ultrasound

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    Kang, Jidong; Qu, Jianmin; Saxena, Ashok; Jacobs, Larry

    2004-02-01

    A limited experimental study was conducted to investigate the feasibility of using nonlinear ultrasonic technique for assessing the remaining creep life of a directionally solidified (DS) nickel base superalloy. Specimens of this alloy were subjected to creep testing at different stress levels. Creep tests were periodically interrupted at different creep life fractions to conduct transmission ultrasonic tests to explore if a correlation exists between the higher order harmonics and the accumulated creep damage in the samples. A strong and unique correlation was found between the third order harmonic of the transmitted wave and the exhausted creep life fraction. Preliminary data also show an equally strong correlation between plastic deformation accumulated during monotonic loading and the second harmonic of the transmitted ultrasonic wave while no correlation was found between plastic strain and the third order harmonic. Thus, the nonlinear ultrasonic technique can potentially distinguish between damage due to plastic deformation and creep deformation.

  18. Thermal stability of the nickel-base superalloy B-1900 + Hf with tantalum variations

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    Harmon, B. S.; Pletka, B. J.; Janowski, G. M.

    1987-01-01

    The microstructure of the solutionized and aged nickel-base superalloy B-1900 + Hf was examined after additional aging at 982 C for 72, 250, and 1000 hours. Alloy compositions that were examined contained the normal 1.34 at. pct (4.3 wt pct) Ta as well as 0.67 at. pct and zero Ta levels. The gamma-prime phase agglomerated, became platelike in morphology, and decreased in volume fraction for all three alloys throughout the aging treatments. Changes which occurred in the gamma and gamma-prime phase compositions were nearly complete after 72 hours of aging while changes in the MC carbide composition continued throughout the aging. Blocky M6C carbides precipitated along the grain boundaries of all three alloys in the first 72 hours of aging. In addition, an acicular form of this Mo/Cr/Ni-rich carbide developed in the intragranular regions of the Ta-containing alloys.

  19. Shock wave loading of Nickel based superalloy and microstructural features of the compacts

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    Sharma, A. D.; Sharma, A. K.; Thakur, N.

    2015-02-01

    Explosive shock wave loading has been employed to consolidate micro-sized nickel based IN718 superalloy powder. Cylindrical geometry configuring the various critical parameters with optimized detonation pressure has been used to consolidate the powder with desirable means. The thrust on the work is to compact the powder nearer to theoretical density having almost negligible density gradient and without melting the core of the specimen. XRD study indicates that the crystal structure of the post compacts remains the same. Shock wave loading deformed the particles as has been inferred from SEM. The variation in particle size has been measured from Laser Diffraction based Particle Size Analyzer (LDPSA). It is found that this is a rapid fast technique to produce larger and crack free compacts of metal powders without their melting and with less particle size variation.

  20. Fatigue and creep-fatigue deformation of several nickel-base superalloys at 650 C

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    Miner, R. V.; Gayda, J.; Maier, R. D.

    1982-01-01

    Transmission electron microscopy has been used to study the bulk deformation characteristics of seven nickel-base superalloys tested in fatigue and creep-fatigue at 650 C. The alloys were Waspalloy, HIP Astroloy, H plus F Astroloy, H plus F Rene 95, IN 100, MERL 76, and NASA IIB-7. The amount of bulk deformation observed in all the alloys was low. In tests with inelastic strain amplitudes less than about 0.003, only some grains exhibited yielding and the majority of those had the 110 line near the tensile axis. Deformation occurred on octahedral systems for all of the alloys except MERL 76 which also showed abundant primary cube slip. Creep-fatigue cycling occasionally produced extended faults between partial dislocations, but otherwise deformation was much the same as for fatigue cycling.

  1. Nucleation in a nickel-based superalloy utilizing computational thermodynamics and diffusion kinetics

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    Boutwell, Brett Allen Rohrer

    A model for predicting nucleation kinetics of coherent, homogeneous precipitates using thermodynamic and diffusion kinetic data calculated by computer modeling software was developed. The nucleation model incorporated classical nucleation theory along with derivations of the incubation time using the theory of time reversal symmetry. An atomic mobility database was developed for a seven-element nickel-based superalloy to allow for the calculation of multicomponent diffusivities to be used in the incubation time calculations. The seven elements modeled in the database were: nickel (Ni), iron (Fe), chromium (Cr), niobium (Nb), titanium (Ti), aluminum (Al), and carbon (C). The process of assessing an atomic mobility database is discussed, and the difficulties of assembling such a database are reviewed. The nucleation model and atomic mobility database were then applied to modeling the nucleation kinetics of gamma' in two nickel-aluminum binary alloys. The results of the nucleation model were in good agreement with one binary alloy but did not agree well with the results for the second alloy. Enhanced diffusion due to excess vacancy concentrations was identified as the most probable reason for the discrepancy with the second nickel-aluminum alloy. The nucleation model and atomic mobility database were then tested on an industrial, multicomponent nickel-based superalloy, Inconel alloy 706. The precipitation kinetics of two coherent precipitates, gamma' and gamma'', were modeled and compared to Time-Temperature-Transformation diagrams and Time-Temperature-Hardness diagrams for the alloy. The calculated incubation times for gamma ' and gamma'' were faster than the experimentally observed transformation start times. The results of the gamma' incubation time calculations were in close approximation to the experimental data at higher temperatures. The results of the gamma'' calculations did not agree well with the experimental data.

  2. Effects of Cobalt on Structure, Microchemistry and Properties of a Wrought Nickel-Base Superalloy

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    Jarrett, Robert N.; Tien, John K.

    1982-06-01

    Cobalt in a 17 pct cobalt containing wrought nickel-base superalloy is systematically substituted for by nickel in order to determine the role of cobalt. The eventual goal is to reduce the levels of cobalt, a critical strategic element, in superalloys. It is found that the strengthening γ microstructure is highly heat treatment sensitive. Reducing cobalt did not result in a reduction of the fine γ precipitates after a coarse grain type (blading) heat treatment, but did after a fine grain type (disk) heat treatment. Representative mechanical properties were determined for each case to isolate microstructural and microchemistry effects. Ambient yield strength and tensile strength were seen to decrease by no more than 15 pct and 7 pct, respectively, even when all the cobalt was removed. The decrease in strength is quantitatively discussed and shown to be consistent with the observed microstructural results and microchemistry results obtained using STEM/EDS. Elevated temperature creep and stress rupture resistances were concluded to be affected by alloy cobalt content through its effect on strengthening γ volume fraction. Significant decreases in these properties were observed for the lower cobalt content alloys. Long term aging, precipitate coarsening, and carbide stability results are also presented and discussed.

  3. Method of improving fatigue life of cast nickel based superalloys and composition

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    Denzine, Allen F.; Kolakowski, Thomas A.; Wallace, John F.

    1978-03-14

    The invention consists of a method of producing a fine equiaxed grain structure (ASTM 2-4) in cast nickel-base superalloys which increases low cycle fatigue lives without detrimental effects on stress rupture properties to temperatures as high as 1800.degree. F. These superalloys are variations of the basic nickel-chromium matrix, hardened by gamma prime [Ni.sub.3 (Al, Ti)] but with optional additions of cobalt, tungsten, molybdenum, vanadium, columbium, tantalum, boron, zirconium, carbon and hafnium. The invention grain refines these alloys to ASTM 2 to 4 increasing low cycle fatigue life by a factor of 2 to 5 (i.e. life of 700 hours would be increased to 1400 to 3500 hours for a given stress) as a result of the addition of 0.01% to 0.2% of a member of the group consisting of boron, zirconium and mixtures thereof to aid heterogeneous nucleation. The alloy is vacuum melted and heated to 250.degree.-400.degree. F. above the melting temperature, cooled to partial solidification, thus resulting in said heterogeneous nucleation and fine grains, then reheated and cast at about 50.degree.-100.degree. F. of superheat. Additions of 0.1% boron and 0.1% zirconium (optional) are the preferred nucleating agents.

  4. A continuum model for the creep of single crystal nickel-base superalloys

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    Prasad, Sharat C.; Rao, I.J.; Rajagopal, K.R. . E-mail: krajagopal@mengr.tamu.edu

    2005-02-01

    In this paper, we develop a constitutive theory within a thermodynamic setting to describe the creep of single crystal superalloys that gainfully exploits the fact that the configuration that the body would attain on the removal of the external stimuli, referred to as the 'natural configuration', evolves, with the response of the body being elastic from these evolving natural configurations. The evolution of the natural configurations is determined by the tendency of the body to undergo a process that maximizes the rate of dissipation. Here, the elastic response is assumed to be linearly elastic with cubic symmetry associated with the body which remains the same as the configuration evolves. A form for the inelastic stored energy (the energy that is 'trapped' within dislocation networks) is utilized based on simple ideas related to the motion of the dislocations. The rate of dissipation is assumed to be proportional to the density of mobile dislocations and another term that takes into account the damage accumulation due to creep. The model developed herein is used to simulate uniaxial creep of <0 0 1> oriented single crystal nickel-base superalloys. The predictions of the theory agree well with the available experimental data for CMSX-4.

  5. Alloying-Element Loss During High-Temperature Processing of a Nickel-Base Superalloy

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    Semiatin, S. L.; Shank, J. M.; Saurber, W. M.; Pilchak, A. L.; Ballard, D. L.; Zhang, F.; Gleeson, B.

    2014-02-01

    The effect of exposure at temperatures commonly used for wrought processing/heat treatment of nickel-base superalloys on the loss of alloying elements at the free surface has been determined. For this purpose, LSHR superalloy samples were exposed at 1408 K (1135 °C) for 0.25 to 4 hours in a vacuum or air furnace. Samples heat treated in the air furnace were either bare or enclosed in quartz capsules that had been evacuated or backfilled with argon. Following heat treatment, the alloy composition as a function of depth below the surface was determined by wavelength dispersive spectroscopy. Samples that had been heat treated in the vacuum furnace exhibited significant depletion of only chromium, a behavior explained on the basis of its high activity in nickel solid solution and corresponding rapid rate of evaporation. By contrast, samples heat treated in air exhibited an irregular scale at the surface and an underlying grain-coarsened, gamma-prime-depleted metal layer lean in aluminum, titanium, and chromium. A yet different behavior characterized primarily by aluminum loss at the surface was noted for samples that had been heat treated in evacuated or argon-backfilled capsules. These observations were interpreted in the context of a reaction between the quartz capsule and the aluminum evaporant.

  6. Effect of Crystal Orientation on Fatigue Failure of Single Crystal Nickel Base Turbine Blade Superalloys

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.; Swanson, Gregory R.

    2000-01-01

    High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) induced failures in aircraft gas-turbine engines is a pervasive problem affecting a wide range of components and materials. HCF is currently the primary cause of component failures in gas turbine aircraft engines. Turbine blades in high performance aircraft and rocket engines are increasingly being made of single crystal nickel superalloys. Single-crystal Nickel-base superalloys were developed to provide superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys previously used in the production of turbine blades and vanes. Currently the most widely used single crystal turbine blade superalloys are PWA 1480/1493 and PWA 1484. These alloys play an important role in commercial, military and space propulsion systems. PWA1493, identical to PWA1480, but with tighter chemical constituent control, is used in the NASA SSME (Space Shuttle Main Engine) alternate turbopump, a liquid hydrogen fueled rocket engine. Objectives for this paper are motivated by the need for developing failure criteria and fatigue life evaluation procedures for high temperature single crystal components, using available fatigue data and finite element modeling of turbine blades. Using the FE (finite element) stress analysis results and the fatigue life relations developed, the effect of variation of primary and secondary crystal orientations on life is determined, at critical blade locations. The most advantageous crystal orientation for a given blade design is determined. Results presented demonstrates that control of secondary and primary crystallographic orientation has the potential to optimize blade design by increasing its resistance to fatigue crack growth without adding additional weight or cost.

  7. Influence of composition on microstructural parameters of single crystal nickel-base superalloys

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    MacKay, R.A.; Gabb, T.P.; Garg, A.; Rogers, R.B.; Nathal, M.V.

    2012-08-15

    Fourteen nickel-base superalloy single crystals containing a range of chromium (Cr), cobalt (Co), molybdenum (Mo), and rhenium (Re) levels, and fixed amounts of aluminum (Al) and tantalum (Ta), were examined to determine the effect of bulk composition on basic microstructural parameters, including {gamma} Prime solvus, {gamma} Prime volume fraction, topologically close-packed (TCP) phases, {gamma} and {gamma} Prime phase chemistries, and {gamma}-{gamma} Prime lattice mismatch. Regression models describing the influence of bulk alloy composition on each of the microstructural parameters were developed and compared to predictions by a commercially-available software tool that used computational thermodynamics. Co produced the largest change in {gamma} Prime solvus over the wide compositional range explored and Mo produced the biggest effect on the {gamma} lattice parameter over its range, although Re had a very potent influence on all microstructural parameters investigated. Changing the Cr, Co, Mo, and Re contents in the bulk alloy had an impact on their concentrations in the {gamma} matrix and to a smaller extent in the {gamma} Prime phase. The software tool under-predicted {gamma} Prime solvus temperatures and {gamma} Prime volume fractions, and over-predicted TCP phase volume fractions at 982 Degree-Sign C. However, the statistical regression models provided excellent estimations of the microstructural parameters and demonstrated the usefulness of such formulas. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Effects of Cr, Co, Mo, and Re on microstructure in new low density superalloys Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Co produced a large change in {gamma} Prime solvus; Mo had a large effect on lattice mismatch. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Re exhibited very potent influence on all microstructural parameters was investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {gamma} and {gamma} Prime phase chemistries both varied with temperature and alloy composition. Black

  8. The Effects of Stress Triaxiality, Temperature and Strain Rate on the Fracture Characteristics of a Nickel-Base Superalloy

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    Wang, Jianjun; Guo, Weiguo; Guo, Jin; Wang, Ziang; Lu, Shengli

    2016-05-01

    In this work, to study the effects of stress triaxiality, temperature, and strain rate on the fracture behaviors of a single-crystal Nickel-base superalloy, a series of experiments over a temperature range of 293 to 1373 K, strain rate range of 0.001 to 4000/s, and stress triaxiality range of -0.6 to 1.1 are conducted. Anomalous peak of stress is noticed in the yield stress versus temperature curves, and strain rate effect on the anomalous peak of yield stress is analyzed. The anomalous peak shifts to higher temperature as the strain rate increases. Then the effects of stress triaxiality, temperature, and strain rate on its fracture behaviors, including strain to fracture, path of crack propagation, and fracture surface, are observed and analyzed. A valley of the fracture strain is formed in the fracture strain versus temperature curve over the selected temperature range. The micrograph of fracture surface is largely dependent on the temperature, stress triaxiality, and strain rate. Finally, the original Johnson-Cook (J-C) fracture criterion cannot describe the effect of stress triaxiality and temperature on the fracture behaviors of single-crystal Nickel-base superalloy. A modified J-C fracture criterion is developed, which takes the anomalous stress triaxiality and temperature effects on the fracture behaviors of single-crystal Nickel-base superalloy into account.

  9. Modern fiber laser beam welding of the newly-designed precipitation-strengthened nickel-base superalloys

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    Naffakh Moosavy, Homam; Aboutalebi, Mohammad-Reza; Seyedein, Seyed Hossein; Goodarzi, Massoud; Khodabakhshi, Meisam; Mapelli, Carlo; Barella, Silvia

    2014-04-01

    In the present research, the modern fiber laser beam welding of newly-designed precipitation-strengthened nickel-base superalloys using various welding parameters in constant heat input has been investigated. Five nickel-base superalloys with various Ti and Nb contents were designed and produced by Vacuum Induction Melting furnace. The fiber laser beam welding operations were performed in constant heat input (100 J mm-2) and different welding powers (400 and 1000 W) and velocities (40 and 100 mm s-1) using 6-axis anthropomorphic robot. The macro- and micro-structural features, weld defects, chemical composition and mechanical property of 3.2 mm weldments were assessed utilizing optical and scanning electron microscopes equipped with EDS analysis and microhardness tester. The results showed that welding with higher powers can create higher penetration-to-width ratios. The porosity formation was increased when the welding powers and velocities were increased. None of the welds displayed hot solidification and liquation cracks in 400 and 1000 W welding powers, but liquation phenomenon was observed in all the heat-affected zones. With increasing the Nb content of the superalloys the liquation length was increased. The changing of the welding power and velocity did not alter the hardness property of the welds. The hardness of welds decreased when the Ti content declined in the composition of superalloys. Finally, the 400 and 1000 W fiber laser powers with velocity of 40 and 100 m ms-1 have been offered for hot crack-free welding of the thin sheet of newly-designed precipitation-strengthened nickel-base superalloys.

  10. Carbon additions and grain defect formation in directionally solidified nickel-base superalloys

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    Tin, Sammy

    Over the past fifty years, technological advances leading up to the development of modern high-performance turbine engines for aircraft and power generation applications have coincided with significant engineering accomplishments in the area of Ni-base superalloy metallurgy. As the levels of refractory alloying additions to these Ni-base superalloys increase to enhance high-temperature mechanical properties, grain defect formation, particularly the development of freckle chains, during directional solidification has become an increasingly important problem. In this dissertation, the effect of carbon additions on the solidification characteristics of single crystal Ni-base superalloys has been investigated over a wide range of composition. Using statistically designed experiments, carbon additions of 0.1 to 0.125 wt. % were shown to be beneficial in stabilizing against the formation of grain defects due to thermosolutal convective instabilities. Detailed analyses were performed on the single crystal castings to identify the underlying mechanisms by which the carbon additions improve the solidification characteristics. In addition to forming Ta-rich MC carbides during solidification, the carbon additions were also revealed to influence the segregation behavior of the constituent elements in a manner that was beneficial in suppressing the formation of freckle defects during solidification. Using a segregation mapping technique, less segregation of rhenium, tungsten and tantalum was measured in the carbon containing alloys. Carbide formation during solidification was studied using differential thermal analysis. The influence of carbon additions on the solidification characteristics of the experimental single crystal alloys was assessed using a dimensionless Rayleigh analysis. Based on these analyses, the physical presence of carbides during the initial stages of solidification was also shown to inhibit the formation of freckle defects. In this investigation, carbon

  11. The characteristics of gamma-prime dislocation pairs in a nickel-base superalloy

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    Gabb, T. P.; Miner, R. V.; Welsch, G.

    1987-01-01

    The gamma-prime dislocation pairs of a single crystal nickel-base superalloy, PWA 1480, after tensile and fatigue loading at 650 C are analyzed. The existence and extent of cube cross slip in octahedral slip, and the nature of gamma-prime dislocation pairs in primary cube slip are investigated. It is observed that the PWA 1480 specimens oriented near (001) and (-3 6 10) line directions deform by octahedral slip and specimens oriented near (-1 1 1) and (-2 3 4) lines deform by primary cube slip. It is determined that the overall dislocation distributions are more homogeneous in low cycle fatigue (LCF) loading than in monotonic tensile loading; however, the gamma-prime dislocation pair characteristics are similar for tensile and LCF test specimens. The data reveal that the gamma-prime dislocation pairs of octahedral slip specimens are near-screw and on the cube cross slip plane and for the cube slip specimens, the dislocation pairs are of various characters and on the primary cube slip plane.

  12. Oxidation of a Commercial Nickel-Based Superalloy under Static Loading

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    Foss, B. J.; Hardy, M. C.; Child, D. J.; McPhail, D. S.; Shollock, B. A.

    2014-12-01

    The current demands of the aviation industry for increased gas-turbine efficiency necessitate higher turbine entry temperatures, requiring that alloys exhibit superior oxidation resistance. The synergistic effects of oxidation and mechanical stresses pose a complex issue. The purpose of the current research was to examine the effects of stress on the oxidation and oxygen transport in a commercial nickel-based superalloy. Fine grain RR1000 in both polished and shot-peened conditions was studied for classic (zero load) and statically loaded conditions using integrated two-stage isotopic tracing combined with focused-ion-beam secondary ion mass spectrometry (FIB-SIMS). Cr2O3 external oxide formed with semicontinuous TiO2 above and below. Preferential grain boundary Al2O3 internal oxide formation, γ'-dissolution, and recrystallization occurred subsurface. Oxidation mechanisms were dominated by anionic/cationic growth in the external oxide with inward oxygen transport, initially through the partially unprotective external oxide, then along internal oxide/alloy interfaces. Loading did not influence the oxidation products formed but did bring about expedited oxidation kinetics and changes to the oxide morphology. The oxygen diffusivity D {O/ * } (×10-13 cm2s-1) ranged from 0.39 for the polished alloy to 3.7 for the shot-peened condition under compressive stress. Arguably, the most significant effects took place in the subsurface regions. Increased oxidation kinetics were attributed to the development of fast cation diffusion paths as the alloy deformed by creep.

  13. Tensile Behavior of Long-term Aged Nickel-base Superalloy

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    Xia, P. C.; Chen, F. W.; Xie, K.; Yu, J. J.

    2015-07-01

    The microstructural change of directionally solidified nickel-base superalloy which was aged at 900 °C for 1500 hours and tensile behavior at different temperatures were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). γ' phase of the alloy coarsens and rafts in the course of aged treatment. The driving force of rafting is the decrease of interface energy and elastic strain energy. The stress of aged alloy increases slightly with the testing temperature. This arises from a few dislocations shearing the γ' precipitates. There is a peak stress value at 760 °C, which is attributed to the high strength of the γ' phase, the homogeneous deformation structure, and dislocation-γ' precipitate and dislocation-dislocation interactions. The stress then decreases rapidly with increased temperature. The low stress of the γ' phase and γ' rafting at high temperature contribute to the drop of alloy strength. The change of elongation is inverse to that of the stress.

  14. Fatigue crack propagation of nickel-base superalloys at 650 deg C

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    Gayda, J.; Gabb, T. P.; Miner, R. V.

    1985-01-01

    The 650 C fatigue crack propagation behavior of two nickel-base superalloys, Rene 95 and Waspaloy, is studied with particular emphasis placed on understanding the roles of creep, environment, and two key grain boundary alloying additions, boron and zirconium. Comparison of air and vacuum data shows the air environment to be detrimental over a wide range of frequencies for both alloys. More in-depth analysis on Rene 95 shows at lower frequencies, such as 0.02 Hz, failure in air occurs by intergranular, environmentally-assisted creep crack growth, while at higher frequencies, up to 5.0 Hz, environmental interactions are still evident but creep effects are minimized. The effect of B and Zr in Waspaloy is found to be important where environmental and/or creep interactions are presented. In those instances, removal of B and Zr dramatically increases crack growth and it is therefore plausible that effective dilution of these elements may explain a previously observed trend in which crack growth rates increase with decreasing grain size.

  15. Fatigue crack propagation of nickel-base superalloys at 650 deg C

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    Gayda, J.; Gabb, T. P.; Miner, R. V.

    1988-01-01

    The 650 C fatigue crack propagation behavior of two nickel-base superalloys, Rene 95 and Waspaloy, is studied with particular emphasis placed on understanding the roles of creep, environment, and two key grain boundary alloying additions, boron and zirconium. Comparison of air and vacuum data shows the air environment to be detrimental over a wide range of frequencies for both alloys. More in-depth analysis on Rene 95 shows at lower frequencies, such as 0.02 Hz, failure in air occurs by intergranular, environmentally-assisted creep crack growth, while at higher frequencies, up to 5.0 Hz, environmental interaction are still evident but creep effects are minimized. The effect of B and Zr in Waspaloy is found to be important where environmental and/or creep interactions are presented. In those instances, removal of B and Zr dramatically increases crack growth and it is therefore plausible that effective dilution of these elements may explain a previously observed trend in which crack growth rates increase with decreasing grain size.

  16. Fatigue crack propagation of nickel-base superalloys at 650 deg C

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    Gayda, J.; Gabb, T.P.; Miner, R.V.

    1985-10-01

    The 650 C fatigue crack propagation behavior of two nickel-base superalloys, Rene 95 and Waspaloy, is studied with particular emphasis placed on understanding the roles of creep, environment, and two key grain boundary alloying additions, boron and zirconium. Comparison of air and vacuum data shows the air environment to be detrimental over a wide range of frequencies for both alloys. More in-depth analysis on Rene 95 shows at lower frequencies, such as 0.02 Hz, failure in air occurs by intergranular, environmentally-assisted creep crack growth, while at higher frequencies, up to 5.0 Hz, environmental interactions are still evident but creep effects are minimized. The effect of B and Zr in Waspaloy is found to be important where environmental and/or creep interactions are presented. In those instances, removal of B and Zr dramatically increases crack growth and it is therefore plausible that effective dilution of these elements may explain a previously observed trend in which crack growth rates increase with decreasing grain size.

  17. Studies on the hot corrosion of a nickel-base superalloy, Udimet 700

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    Misra, A. K.

    1984-01-01

    The hot corrosion of a nickel-base superalloy, Udimet 700, was studied in the temperature range of 884 to 965 C and with different amounts of Na2SO4. Two different modes of degradation were identified: (1) formation of Na2MoO4 - MoO3 melt and fluxing by this melt, and (2) formation of large interconnected sulfides. The dissolution of Cr2O3, TiO2 in the Na2SO4 melt does not play a significant role in the overall corrosion process. The conditions for the formation of massive interconnected sulfides were identified and a mechanism of degradation due to sulfide formation is described. The formation of Ns2MoO4 - MoO3 melt requires an induction period and various physiochemical processes during the induction period were identified. The factors affecting the length of the induction period were also examined. The melt penetration through the oxide appears to be the prime mode of degradation whether the degradation is due to the formation of sulfides or the formation of the Na2MoO4 - MoO3 melt.

  18. Elevated temperature creep-rupture behavior of the single crystal nickel-base superalloy NASAIR 100

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    Nathal, M. V.; Ebert, L. J.

    1985-01-01

    The creep and rupture behavior of 001-line-oriented single crystals of the nickel-base superalloy NASAIR 100 was investigated at temperatures of 925 and 1000 C. In the stress and temperature ranges studied, the steady state creep rate, time to failure, time to the onset of secondary creep, and the time to the onset of tertiary creep all exhibited power law dependencies on the applied stress. The creep rate exponents for this alloy were between seven and eight, and the modulus-corrected activation energy for creep was approximately 350 kjoule/mole, which was comparable to the measured activation energy for Ostwald ripening of the gamma-prime precipitates. Oriented gamma-prime coarsening to form lamellae perpendicular to the applied stress was very prominent during creep. At 1000 C, the formation of a continuous gamma-gamma-prime lamellar structure was completed during the primary creep stage. Shear through the gamma-gamma-prime interface is considerd to be the rate limiting step in the deformation process. Gradual thickening of the lamellae appeared to be the cause of the onset of tertiary creep. At 925 C, the fully developed lamellar structure was not achieved until the secondary or tertiary creep stages. At this temperature, the gamma-gamma-prime lamellar structure did not appear to be as beneficial for creep resistance as at the higher temperature.

  19. High cycle fatigue and fracture behaviour of a hot isostatically pressed nickel-based superalloy

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    Qiu, Chunlei; Wu, Xinhua

    2014-01-01

    Powder of a nickel-based superalloy, RR1000, has been hot isostatically pressed (HIPped) at a supersolvus temperature and post-HIP heat treated to produce different microstructures. Microstructures were investigated using a scanning electron microscope together with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer and a wave-length dispersive X-ray spectrometer. High cycle four-point bending fatigue and tension-tension fatigue tests have been performed on the fabricated samples. It was found that HIPped and aged samples showed the best four-point bending fatigue limit while HIPped and solution-treated and aged samples had the lowest fatigue limit. The four-point bending fatigue crack initiations all occurred from the sample surfaces either at the sites of inclusion clusters or by cleavage through large grains on the surfaces. The tension-tension fatigue crack initiation occurred mainly due to large hafnia inclusion clusters, with lower fatigue lives for samples where inclusions were closer to the surface. Crack initiation at the compact Al2O3 inclusion cluster led to a much higher fatigue life than found when cracks were initiated by large hafnia inclusion clusters. The tension-tension fatigue limits were shown to decrease with increased testing temperature (from room temperature to 700 °C).

  20. Deformation and fatigue behavior of the nickel-base superalloy KM4

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    Shyam, Amit

    2002-01-01

    The fatigue threshold behavior, in the high cycle regime, for two microstructures (grain size 6 mum and 55 mum) of the nickel-base superalloy KM4 was studied. The threshold values were found to be a complicated function of temperature, microstructure and frequency. Increasing the load ratio, however, always led to a decrease in the threshold values. Measurements of crack closure could not explain all the observed variations in the threshold value. A physically relevant roughness parameter was defined. This parameter reproduced the complicated trends in the variation of the high temperature threshold values with frequency. Roughness of the fracture surface was found to be merely an indicator of the intrinsic deformation/fracture mechanisms and associated environmental interactions which determine the threshold value, and not the cause of threshold variations. The most important factor determining roughness was found to be the heterogeneity of deformation. The heterogeneity of slip was characterized using atomic force and transmission electron microscopy. A new parameter was developed to quantify slip irreversibility. Microstructural differences in slip irreversibility were determined, and slip heterogeneity was quantified. Based on these observations, a model was developed to predict the roughness of the fracture surface from parameters which determine the heterogeneity of deformation. The quantification of environmental interactions along with the slip irreversibility parameter led to the development of another model in which the fatigue threshold resulted from a summation of the above two contributions.

  1. Fatigue crack growth behavior of a solid solution-strengthened nickel-base superalloy (Incoloy 825)

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    Bartosiewicz, L.; Krause, A. R.; Spis, A.; Raghavan, J.; Putatunda, S. K.

    1992-02-01

    Fatigue crack growth behavior of a solid solution-strengthened nickel-base superalloy (Incoloy 825)* was investigated. The investigation also examined the influence of heat treatment on resultant microstructures and the near-threshold fatigue crack growth behavior. In addition, the influence of load ratios (R), material strength, and grain size on fatigue threshold was studied. Compact tension specimens prepared from Incoloy 825 with transverse-longitudinal (TL) orientation in the as-received, as well as two different heat treated conditions, were used. The heat treatment studies revealed a peak hardness condition after solution treatment at 1200 °C for 1/2 hr, followed by aging at 600 °C for 434 hr. Among all the heat treated conditions, the fatigue threshold was the highest and the near-threshold crack growth rate was lowest in this peak aged condition. Fatigue threshold values were observed to decrease with an increase in load ratio, whereas an increased grain diameter resulted in a higher fatigue threshold. An earlier mathematical model was found applicable to characterize the relationship between load ratio and fatigue threshold. Preferential etching of grain boundary suggests formation of a thin film of carbide precipitation along the grain boundary region in the aged specimens. This carbide precipitation facilitated intergranular crack growth in these samples, resulting in higher roughness-induced crack closure. The highest fatigue threshold in the peak aged condition can be attributed to this large roughness-induced crack closure process.

  2. Effect of casting geometry on mechanical properties of two nickel-base superalloys

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    Johnston, J. R.; Dreshfield, R. L.; Collins, H. E.

    1976-01-01

    An investigation was performed to determine mechanical properties of two rhenium-free modifications of alloy TRW, and to evaluate the suitability of the alloy for use in a small integrally cast turbine rotor. The two alloys were initially developed using stress rupture properties of specimens machined from solid gas turbine blades. Properties in this investigation were determined from cast to size bars and bars cut from 3.8 by 7.6 by 17.8 cm blocks. Specimens machined from blocks had inferior tensile strength and always had markedly poorer rupture lives than cast to size bars. At 1,000 C the cast to size bars had shorter rupture lives than those machined from blades. Alloy R generally had better properties than alloy S in the conditions evaluated. The results show the importance of casting geometry on mechanical properties of nickel base superalloys and suggest that the geometry of a component can be simulated when developing alloys for that component.

  3. High-Temperature Oxidation Behavior of Two Nickel-Based Superalloys Produced by Metal Injection Molding for Aero Engine Applications

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    Albert, Benedikt; Völkl, Rainer; Glatzel, Uwe

    2014-09-01

    For different high-temperature applications like aero engines or turbochargers, metal injection molding (MIM) of superalloys is an interesting processing alternative. For operation at high temperatures, oxidation behavior of superalloys produced by MIM needs to match the standard of cast or forged material. The oxidation behavior of nickel-based superalloys Inconel 713 and MAR-M247 in the temperature interval from 1073 K to 1373 K (800 °C to 1100 °C) is investigated and compared to cast material. Weight gain is measured discontinuously at different oxidation temperatures and times. Analysis of oxidized samples is done via SEM and EDX-measurements. MIM samples exhibit homogeneous oxide layers with a thickness up to 4 µm. After processing by MIM, Inconel 713 exhibits lower weight gain and thinner oxide layers than MAR-M247.

  4. Experimental Design for Evaluation of Co-extruded Refractory Metal/Nickel Base Superalloy Joints

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    ME Petrichek

    2005-12-16

    a critical thickness (0.0005 in.). A diffusion barrier that exceeded this thickness would likely fail. The joint fabrication method must therefore mechanically bond the two materials causing little or no interdiffusion upon formation. Co-extrusion fits this description since it forms a mechanical joint between two materials by using heat and pressure. The two materials to be extruded are first assembled and sealed within a co-extrusion billet which is subsequently heated and then extruded through a die. For a production application, once the joint is formed, it is dejacketed to remove the outer canister. The remaining piece consists of two materials bonded together with a thin diffusion barrier. Therefore, the long-term stability of the joint is determined primarily by the kinetics of interdiffusion reaction between the two materials. An experimental design for co-extrusion of refractory metals and nickel-based superalloys was developed to evaluate this joining process and determine the long-term stability of the joints.

  5. Creep and stress rupture of a mechanically alloyed oxide dispersion and precipitation strengthened nickel-base superalloy

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    Howson, T. E.; Tien, J. K.; Mervyn, D. A.

    1980-01-01

    The creep and stress rupture behavior of a mechanically alloyed oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) and gamma-prime precipitation strengthened nickel-base alloy (alloy MA 6000E) was studied at intermediate and elevated temperatures. At 760 C, MA 6000E exhibits the high creep strength characteristic of nickel-base superalloys and at 1093 C the creep strength is superior to other ODS nickel-base alloys. The stress dependence of the creep rate is very sharp at both test temperatures and the apparent creep activation energy measured around 760 C is high, much larger in magnitude than the self-diffusion energy. Stress rupture in this large grain size material is transgranular and crystallographic cracking is observed. The rupture ductility is dependent on creep strain rate, but usually is low. These and accompanying microstructural results are discussed with respect to other ODS alloys and superalloys and the creep behavior is rationalized by invoking a recently-developed resisting stress model of creep in materials strengthened by second phase particles.

  6. Environment-assisted cracking of a nickel-based superalloy in hydrogen-producing solutions

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    Lillard, Jennifer Anne

    The environment assisted cracking (EAC) of nickel-based superalloy 718 was characterized in acidic chloride solutions under hydrogen-producing conditions using a rising-load fracture mechanics method. The stress intensity at the onset of crack growth (KTH) was used to measure EAC susceptibility as a function of applied electrode potential and solution chemistry. For all test conditions KTH was reduced from the air fracture initiation toughness (KICi). EAC susceptibility depended on both the electrode potential and solution pH. When the electrode potential was constant, susceptibility increased as the solution pH decreased. When the solution pH was constant, there was a minimum in KTH at intermediate electrode potentials. The appearance of the fracture surface gradually changed from voids and transgranular facets to voids with transgranular and intergranular facets as KTH decreased. The amount of plasticity associated with the voids and transgranular facets decreased as KTH decreased. Transgranular cracking dominated the onset of crack growth and occurred primarily by slip band fracture. A ductile fracture model, based on a critical fracture strain as measured by void growth, accurately predicted KTH and microstructure effects, suggesting that absorbed hydrogen lowered KTH from K ICi by promoting secondary microvoid nucleation which lead to intravoid strain localization and transgranular cracking. An empirical model of hydrogen production and absorption, based on a local crack chemistry that was less acidic than the bulk, was developed and used to predict the pH dependence of KTH at -1.0 VSCE . Gaseous hydrogen embrittlement data from the literature, hydrogen charging results, potentiostatic and potentiodynamic polarization data, and data from a buffered solution were combined to predict KTH of Alloy 718 as a function of solution pH at -1.0 VSCE in acidic chloride environments. The model accurately predicted KTH over the pH range studied.

  7. Investigation of the final stages of solidification and eutectic phase formation in Re and Ru containing nickel-base superalloys

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    Heckl, A.; Rettig, R.; Cenanovic, S.; Göken, M.; Singer, R. F.

    2010-07-01

    The microstructure resulting from the final stages of solidification—commonly referred to as eutectic islands—has been analysed in detail for three nickel-base superalloys containing Re and Ru. Focused ion beam 3-D reconstruction and EBSD-analysis were used to clarify the origin of different eutectic structure types. One common type of parent 3-D eutectic structure was identified. The solidification process of the final solidifying liquid has been further investigated by electron probe microanalysis mappings along with DICTRA simulations. Two models for diffusion controlled phase transformations are shown to present a fair description of the solidification sequence.

  8. Analysis of the Influence of Laser Welding on Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior in a Newly Developed Nickel-Base Superalloy

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    Buckson, R. A.; Ojo, O. A.

    2015-01-01

    The influence of laser welding on fatigue crack growth (FCG) behavior of a newly developed nickel-base superalloy, Haynes 282 was studied. Laser welding resulted in cracking in the heat affected zone (HAZ) of the alloy during welding and FCG test results show that this produces deleterious effect on the fatigue crack growth behavior of Haynes 282. However, two post weld heat treatments, including a new thermal treatment schedule developed in this work, are used to significantly improve the resistance of the Haynes 282 fatigue crack growth after laser welding. The effects of laser welding and thermal treatments are discussed in terms of HAZ cracking and heterogeneity of slip, respectively.

  9. Ta effect on oxidation of a nickel-based single-crystal superalloy and its sputtered nanocrystalline coating at 900-1100 °C

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    Wang, Jinlong; Chen, Minghui; Zhu, Shenglong; Wang, Fuhui

    2015-08-01

    Sputtering nanocrystalline coating was prepared on a nickel-based single-crystal superalloy N5. The oxidation behavior of the superalloy substrate and its nanocrystalline coating was investigated at 900-1100 °C. Results indicated that the nanocrystalline coating enhanced the oxidation and scale spallation resistance of the single-crystal superalloy. Elements interdiffusion has not occurred between the substrate and coating. Refractory element, Ta, inherently contained in N5, had a significant effect on the scale microstructure and oxidation behavior of both the single-crystal superalloy substrate and its sputtering nanocrystalline coating.

  10. Effects of silicon on the oxidation, hot-corrosion, and mechanical behavior of two cast nickel-base superalloys

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    Miner, R. V., Jr.

    1977-01-01

    Cast specimens of nickel-base superalloys 713C and Mar-M200 with nominal additions of 0, 0.5, and 1 wt% Si were evaluated for oxidation and corrosion resistance, tensile and stress-rupture properties, microstructure, and phase relations. Results are compared with those of an earlier study of the effects of Si in B-1900. Si had similar effects on all three superalloys. It improves oxidation resistance but the improvement in 713C and Mar-M200 was considerably less than in B-1900. Hot-corrosion resistance is also improved somewhat. Si is, however, detrimental to mechanical properties, in particular, rupture strength and tensile ductility. Si has two obvious microstructural effects. It increases the amount of gamma-prime precipitated in eutectic nodules and promotes a Mo(Ni,Si)2 Laves phase in the alloys containing Mo. These microstructural effects do not appear responsible for the degradation of mechanical properties, however.

  11. Hot corrosion resistance of high-velocity oxyfuel sprayed coatings on a nickel-base superalloy in molten salt environment

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    Sidhu, T. S.; Prakash, S.; Agrawal, R. D.

    2006-09-01

    No alloy is immune to hot corrosion attack indefinitely. Coatings can extend the lives of substrate materials used at higher temperatures in corrosive environments by forming protective oxides layers that are reasonably effective for long-term applications. This article is concerned with studying the performance of high-velocity oxyfuel (HVOF) sprayed NiCrBSi, Cr3C2-NiCr, Ni-20Cr, and Stellite-6 coatings on a nickel-base superalloy at 900 °C in the molten salt (Na2SO4-60% V2O5) environment under cyclic oxidation conditions. The thermogravimetric technique was used to establish kinetics of corrosion. Optical microscope, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy/electron dispersive analysis by x-ray (SEM/EDAX), and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) techniques were used to characterize the as-sprayed coatings and corrosion products. The bare superalloy suffered somewhat accelerated corrosion in the given environmental conditions. whereas hot corrosion resistance of all the coated superalloys was found to be better. Among the coating studied, Ni-20Cr coated superalloy imparted maximum hot corrosion resistance, whereas Stellite-6 coated indicated minimum resistance. The hot corrosion resistance of all the coatings may be attributed to the formation of oxides and spinels of nickel, chromium, or cobalt.

  12. Competing fatigue mechanisms in Nickel-base superalloy Rene 88DT

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    Chang, Paul N.

    Nickel base superalloys exhibit superior high temperature mechanical properties required for aircraft engine components. It has been known that the processing of these alloys by the powder metallurgy route introduces inclusions inside the material. The presence of such inclusions often leads to competing failure modes in fatigue that is described by a step-wise or two distinct S-N curves involving both the surface and internally-initiated cracks, resulting in large uncertainties of fatigue life. A clear understanding of such behavior is yet to be established. The principal objective of this research is to examine the effect of inclusions on the extent of fatigue failure competition from surface and internal initiators at two different specimen test volumes. Experimental fatigue testing has been performed to explore how the presence of inclusions affects the competing fatigue failure modes. In addition, how the competing failure modes will behave with changes in the specimen size was also studied. Two groups of material each with two different specimen sizes were used in this study. It has been shown that the two crack initiation mechanisms occurred in the small unseeded Rene 88DT specimens tested at 650ºC over the stress range tested. Additionally, the fatigue lives were reduced with increase in specimen volume. All fatigue failures in seeded material occurred due to crack initiations from the seeded inclusions. In the fatigue life of seeded material, two competing and separate S-N curves were found in small test volume, whereas, in the large test volume, the regions were separated by a "step" in S-N curve. It has been found that the largest inclusion size observed in metallographic surfaces was smaller than the size determined from the fatigue failure origin. An analysis method based on extreme value statistics developed by Murakami was used to predict the largest size of inclusion in the test volume. The results of this study clearly show that competition for

  13. Creep-rupture in powder metallurgical nickel-base superalloys at intermediate temperatures

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    Law, C. C.; Blackburn, M. J.

    1980-03-01

    To gain insight into the factors which control the creep-rupture properties of powder metallurgical nickel-base superalloys at intermediate temperatures (650 to 775°C), a comparative study was conducted on the alloys AF115, modified MAR-M432 (B6) and modified IN100 (MERL76). Creep-rupture properties in these alloys were characterized in terms of the stress and temperature dependence of the secondary creep rate, ɛS, andrupture time, t R . Within the limited stress ranges used, the stress dependence of both ɛS and t R at 704°C can be represented by power laws ɛS and C n and t R = Mσ -p ; where C, M, n, and p are constants. The stress exponents n and p are approximately equal for both AF115 and B6 with values of 16 and 7, respectively. In the case of MERL76, n and p are different, with values of 15 and 5, respectively. The apparent activation energies, Q, are 700, 370 and 520 KJ mol-1 for AF115, B6 and MERL76, respectively. For these alloys, long creep-rupture lives are associated with large values of n and Q. The sig-nificant differences in n and Q values between AF115 and B6 were related to creep re-covery processes for which the lattice misfit between the gamma and the gamma prime was identified to be an important parameter. However, the unequal n and p values in MERL76 compared with those in AF115 and B6, were traced to differences in fracture mode. Failures in AF115 and B6 were initiated at carbide particles at grain boundaries. In contrast, fracture in MERL76 was initiated at grain boundary triple junctions. The rupture lives of AF115 and B6 can be modeled reasonably well by the growth of cavities during secondary creep and propagation of a surface-nucleated crack during the tertiary creep.

  14. Fatigue-crack-propagation thresholds in a nickel-base superalloy at high frequencies and temperatures

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    Shyam, A.; Milligan, W. W.; Padula, S. A.; Marras, S. I.

    2002-07-01

    Fatigue-crack-propagation (FCP) tests were conducted on the powder metallurgy nickel-base superalloy KM4 at temperatures of 20 °C, 550 °C, and 650 °C. Two different heat treatments were investigated, one yielding a relatively coarse grain size of 55 µm and another yielding a fine grain size of 6 µm. Tests were conducted at 100 Hz and 1000 Hz and at load ratios between 0.3 and 0.7. In the Paris regime, trends observed at high frequencies for KM4 were identical to those observed by earlier investigators at lower frequencies: coarse grains, low load ratios, low temperatures, and higher frequencies generally resulted in lower crack-propagation rates. However, in contrast to the Paris-regime behavior, thresholds were a complicated function of microstructure, load ratio, temperature, and frequency, and the only variable that resulted in a consistent trend in threshold was the load ratio. For example, thresholds increased from 100 to 1000 Hz for the fine-grained material at 550 °C, but decreased with the same frequency variation at 650 °C. One reason for this complexity was a change to intergranular fracture in the fine-grained microstructure at 650 °C, which was beneficial for high-frequency thresholds. Higher load ratios and lower frequencies promoted intergranular fracture. However, not all of the complexity could be explained by changing fracture mechanisms. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) stereofractography was utilized to determine quantitative measures of fracture-surface roughness. The most useful quantitative measure was found to be the standard deviation of the fracture-surface height, which is a physically meaningful length parameter and which corresponded to about half the grain size during room-temperature fatigue at near-threshold Δ K levels. The roughness of the fracture surface was found to increase as the load ratio was increased for both microstructures. For the coarse-grained microstructure, there was a direct correlation between fracture

  15. Microstructure Evolution and Analysis of A [011] Orientation, Single-Crystal, Nickel-Based Superalloy During Tensile Creep

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    Tian, Sugui; Zhang, Shu; Li, Chenxi; Yu, Huichen; Su, Yong; Yu, Xingfu; Yu, Lili

    2012-10-01

    By means of the elastic-plastic finite-element method (FEM) for calculating the distribution features of the von Mises stress and strain energy density, the influences of the applied stress on the von Mises stress of the γ'/ γ phases and the rafting of the γ' phase for the [011] orientation, single-crystal, nickel-based superalloy are investigated. The results show that, after being fully heat treated, the microstructure of the [011] orientation, single-crystal, nickel-based superalloy consists of the cuboidal γ' phase embedded coherently in the γ matrix, and the cuboidal γ' phase on (100) plane is regularly arranged along a 45 deg angle relative to the [011] orientation. Compared with the matrix channel of [010] orientation, the bigger von Mises stress is produced within the [001] matrix channel when the tensile stress is applied along the [011] orientation. Under the action of the larger principal stress component, the bigger expanding lattice strain occurs on the (001) plane of the cuboidal γ' phase along the [010] direction, which may trap the Al, Ti atoms with a bigger atomic radius for promoting the directional growth of the γ' phase into the stripe-like rafted structure along the [001] orientation. The changes of the interatomic potential energy, misfit stress, and interfacial energy during the tensile creep are thought to be the driving forces of promoting the elements' diffusion and directional growth of the γ' phase.

  16. Microstructure-mechanical property relationships in transient liquid phase bonded nickel-based superalloys and iron-based ODS alloys

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    Aluru, Sreenivasa Charan Rajeev

    The research work presented here discusses the microstructure-mechanical property relationships in wide gap transient liquid phase (TLP) bonds, between the single crystal nickel-base superalloy CMSX-4 and two polycrystalline superalloys, IN 738 and IN 939, using wide-gap style composite interlayers. Fabrication of complicated geometries and successful repair development of gas turbine engine components made of superalloys requires a high performance metallurgical joining technique and a complete understanding of microstructure-mechanical property relationships. A number of joining processes have been investigated, but all of them have significant disadvantages that limit their ability to produce sound joints. TLP bonding has proved to be a successful method and is the most preferred joining method for nickel-based superalloys, with microstructures and compositions of the joint similar to that of the bulk substrates resulting in mechanical properties close to that of the parent metal. The current joining process used two proprietary wide-gap style composite interlayers, Niflex-110 and Niflex-115, consisting of a nickel-based core with boron-rich surfaces, and a conventional rapidly solidified metallic glass foil interlayer BNi-3 was chosen for comparison. When composite interlayers were employed, competition between wetting of the faying surfaces and formation of the eutectic along the grain boundaries was observed to lead to non-bonded regions at the faying surfaces, unless a boron-rich interlayer was employed. Composite interlayers resulted in the suppression of bondline boride formation. With the exception of this competition, adequate wetting of the substrates occurred for all interlayers. Two factors dominated the room temperature mechanical properties of the wide-gap bonds. The first was the extent of gamma-prime formation at the bondline. Results from shear testing and fractography of the bonds indicated ductile shear failure at the bondline. This was due to

  17. Computational Thermodynamic Study to Predict Complex Phase Equilibria in the Nickel-Base Superalloy Rene N6

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    Copland, Evan H.; Jacobson, Nathan S.; Ritzert, Frank J.

    2001-01-01

    A previous study by Ritzert et al. on the formation and prediction of topologically closed packed (TCP) phases in the nickel-base superalloy Rene' N6 is re-examined with computational thermodynamics. The experimental data on phase distribution in forty-four alloys with a composition within the patent limits of the nickel-base superalloy Rene' N6 provide a good basis for comparison to and validation of a commercial nickel superalloy database used with ThermoCalc. Volume fraction of the phases and partitioning of the elements are determined for the forty-four alloys in this dataset. The baseline heat treatment of 400 h at 1366 K was used. This composition set is particularly interesting since small composition differences lead to dramatic changes in phase composition. In general the calculated values follow the experimental trends. However, the calculations indicated no TCP phase formation when the experimental measurements gave a volume percent of TCP phase less than 2 percent. When TCP phases were predicted, the calculations under-predict the volume percent of TCP phases by a factor of 2 to 8. The calculated compositions of the gamma and gamma' phases show fair agreement with the measurements. However, the calculated compositions of the P Phase do not agree with those measured. This may be due to inaccuracies in the model parameters for P phase and/or issues with the microprobe analyses of these phases. In addition, phase fraction diagrams and sigma and P phase solvus temperatures are calculated for each of the alloys. These calculations indicate that P phase is the primary TCP phase formed for the alloys considered here at 1366 K. Finally, a series of isopleths are calculated for each of the seven alloying elements. These show the effect of each alloying element on creating TCP phases.

  18. Effect of microstructure on high-temperature mechanical behavior of nickel-base superalloys for turbine disc applications

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    Sharpe, Heather Joan

    2007-05-01

    Engineers constantly seek advancements in the performance of aircraft and power generation engines, including, lower costs and emissions, and improved fuel efficiency. Nickel-base superalloys are the material of choice for turbine discs, which experience some of the highest temperatures and stresses in the engine. Engine performance is proportional to operating temperatures. Consequently, the high-temperature capabilities of disc materials limit the performance of gas-turbine engines. Therefore, any improvements to engine performance necessitate improved alloy performance. In order to take advantage of improvements in high-temperature capabilities through tailoring of alloy microstructure, the overall objectives of this work were to establish relationships between alloy processing and microstructure, and between microstructure and mechanical properties. In addition, the projected aimed to demonstrate the applicability of neural network modeling to the field of Ni-base disc alloy development and behavior. The first phase of this work addressed the issue of how microstructure varies with heat treatment and by what mechanisms these structures are formed. Further it considered how superalloy composition could account for microstructural variations from the same heat treatment. To study this, four next-generation Ni-base disc alloys were subjected to various controlled heat-treatments and the resulting microstructures were then quantified. These quantitative results were correlated to chemistry and processing, including solution temperature, cooling rate, and intermediate hold temperature. A complex interaction of processing steps and chemistry was found to contribute to all features measured; grain size, precipitate distribution, grain boundary serrations. Solution temperature, above a certain threshold, and cooling rate controlled grain size, while cooling rate and intermediate hold temperature controlled precipitate formation and grain boundary serrations. Diffusion

  19. Evidence of multimicrometric coherent γ' precipitates in a hot-forged γ-γ' nickel-based superalloy.

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    Charpagne, M-A; Vennéguès, P; Billot, T; Franchet, J-M; Bozzolo, N

    2016-07-01

    This paper demonstrates the existence of large γ' precipitates (several micrometres in diameter) that are coherent with their surrounding matrix grain in a commercial γ-γ' nickel-based superalloy. The use of combined energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) analyses allowed for revealing that surprising feature, which was then confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Coherency for such large second-phase particles is supported by a very low crystal lattice misfit between the two phases, which was confirmed thanks to X-ray diffractograms and TEM selected area electron diffraction patterns. Dynamic recrystallization of polycrystalline γ-γ' nickel-based superalloys has been extensively studied in terms of mechanisms and kinetics. As in many materials with low stacking fault energy, under forging conditions, the main softening mechanism is discontinuous dynamic recrystallization. This mechanism occurs with preferential nucleation on the grain boundaries of the deformed matrix. The latter is then being consumed by the growth of the newly formed grains of low energy and by nucleation that keeps generating new grains. In the case of sub-solvus forging, large γ' particles usually pin the migrating boundaries and thus limit grain growth to a size which is determined by the distribution of second-phase particles, in good agreement with the Smith-Zener model. Under particular circumstances, the driving force associated with the difference in stored energy between the growing grains and the matrix can be large enough that the pinning forces can be overcome, and some grains can then reach much larger grain sizes. In the latter exceptional case, some intragranular primary γ' particles can be observed, although they are almost exclusively located on grain boundaries and triple junctions otherwise. In both cases, primary precipitates have no special orientation relationship with the surrounding matrix grain(s). This

  20. Effect of Crystal Orientation on Fatigue Failure of Single Crystal Nickel Base Turbine Blade Superalloys

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    Arakere, N. K.; Swanson, G.

    2002-01-01

    High cycle fatigue (HCF) induced failures in aircraft gas turbine and rocket engine turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Single crystal nickel turbine blades are being utilized in rocket engine turbopumps and jet engines throughout industry because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance, and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys. Currently the most widely used single crystal turbine blade superalloys are PWA 1480/1493, PWA 1484, RENE' N-5 and CMSX-4. These alloys play an important role in commercial, military and space propulsion systems. Single crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the part geometry a significant factor in the overall analysis. The failure modes of single crystal turbine blades are complicated to predict due to the material orthotropy and variations in crystal orientations. Fatigue life estimation of single crystal turbine blades represents an important aspect of durability assessment. It is therefore of practical interest to develop effective fatigue failure criteria for single crystal nickel alloys and to investigate the effects of variation of primary and secondary crystal orientation on fatigue life. A fatigue failure criterion based on the maximum shear stress amplitude /Delta(sub tau)(sub max))] on the 24 octahedral and 6 cube slip systems, is presented for single crystal nickel superalloys (FCC crystal). This criterion reduces the scatter in uniaxial LCF test data considerably for PWA 1493 at 1200 F in air. Additionally, single crystal turbine blades used in the alternate advanced high-pressure fuel turbopump (AHPFTP/AT) are modeled using a large-scale three-dimensional finite element model. This finite element model is capable of accounting for material orthotrophy and variation in primary and secondary crystal orientation. Effects of variation in crystal orientation on blade stress response are studied based on 297

  1. The influence of cobalt on the microstructure of the nickel-base superalloy MAR-M247

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    Nathal, M. V.; Maier, R. D.; Ebert, L. J.

    1982-01-01

    Nickel was substituted for Co to produce 0, 5, and the standard 10% versions of MAR-M247, a cast nickel-base superalloy. The microstructures of the alloys were examined in as-cast, heat treated, aged, and stress-rupture tested conditions using a variety of metallographic techniques and differential thermal analysis. As cobalt concentration was reduced from 10 to 0 wt %, the gamma-prime weight fraction decreased from 59 to 41%; W and Ti concentrations in the gamma-prime phase increased from 5 to 8 and 2 to 3 at.%, respectively; the mean gamma-prime particle size increased from 0.6 to 0.8 micron; Cr and Al concentrations in the gamma matrix decreased from 17 to 13 and 15 to 12 at.%, respectively; and the weight fraction of carbides increased by approximately 1%.

  2. Creep data analyses of a columnar-grained nickel-base superalloy by conventional and {beta}-envelope methods

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    Krishna, M.S.G.; Sriramamurthy, A.M.; Radhakrishnan, V.M.

    1998-08-01

    Creep-rupture properties of a columnar-grained nickel-base superalloy have been evaluated over a wide temperature range (1,033 to 1,311 K) and stress levels (80 to 850 MPa). Creep data analyses based on the conventional approach as well as on a new graphical method--the {beta}-envelope method--have been carried out for creep strain and life estimation purposes. The relation between minimum creep rate of the alloy with the applied stress obeys simple power law, whereas the rupture data of the alloy fits well to the Larson-Miller parameter. Also, the Monkman-Grant relation between the minimum creep rate and the rupture life produces a trend with some degree of scatter in the data. The latter relation in its generalized form by the {beta}-envelope method exhibited the best correlation with significantly reduced scatter in the data.

  3. Influence of cubic boron nitride grinding on the fatigue strengths of carbon steels and a nickel-base superalloy

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    Kawagoishi, N.; Chen, Q.; Kondo, E.; Goto, M.; Nisitani, H.

    1999-04-01

    The influence of cubic boron nitride (CBN) grinding on fatigue strength was investigated on an annealed carbon steel, a quenched and tempered carbon steel at room temperature, and a nickel-base superalloy, Inconel 718, at room temperature and 500 C. The results were discussed from several viewpoints, including surface roughness, residual stress, and work hardening or softening due to CBN grinding. The fatigue strength increased upon CBN grinding at room temperature, primarily because of the generation of compressive residual stress in the surface region. However, in the case of Inconel 718, this marked increase in the fatigue strength tended to disappear at the elevated temperature due to the release of compressive residual stress and the decrease of crack growth resistance at an elevated temperature.

  4. Hot corrosion studies of four nickel-base superalloys - B-1900, NASA-TRW VIA, 713C and IN738

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    Fryburg, G. C.; Kohl, F. J.; Stearns, C. A.

    1976-01-01

    The susceptibility to hot corrosion of four nickel-base superalloys has been studied at 900 and 1000 C in one atmosphere of slowly flowing oxygen. Hot corrosion was induced by coating the samples with known doses of Na2SO4 and oxidizing the coated samples isothermally on a sensitive microbalance. In order of decending susceptibility to hot corrosion, these alloys were ranked: B-1900, 713C, NASA-TRW VIA, IN738. This order corresponds to the order of decreasing molybdenum content of the alloys. Chemical evidence for B-1900 indicates that hot corrosion is instigated by acid fluxing of the protective Al2O3 coating by MoO3.

  5. Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior of Nickel-base Superalloy Haynes 282 at 550-750 °C

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    Rozman, K. A.; Kruzic, J. J.; Hawk, J. A.

    2015-08-01

    The fatigue crack growth rates for nickel-based superalloy Haynes 282 were measured at temperatures of 550, 650, and 750 °C using compact tension specimens with a load ratio of 0.1 and cyclic loading frequencies of 25 Hz and 0.25 Hz. Increasing the temperature from 550 to 750 °C caused the fatigue crack growth rates to increase from ~20 to 60% depending upon the applied stress intensity level. The effect of reducing the applied loading frequency increased the fatigue crack growth rates from ~20 to 70%, also depending upon the applied stress intensity range. The crack path was observed to be transgranular for the temperatures and frequencies used during fatigue crack growth rate testing. At 750 °C, there were some indications of limited intergranular cracking excursions at both loading frequencies; however, the extent of intergranular crack growth was limited and the cause is not understood at this time.

  6. LCF behavior and life prediction method of a single crystal nickel-based superalloy at high temperature

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    Zhang, Zhihua; Yu, Huichen; Dong, Chengli

    2015-12-01

    Low cycle fatigue tests were conducted on the single crystal nickel-based superalloy, DD6, with different crystallographic orientations (i.e., [001], [011], and [111]) and strain dwell types (i.e., tensile, compressive, and balanced types) at a certain high temperature. Given the material anisotropy and mean stress, both orientation factor and stress range were introduced to the Smith,Watson, and Topper (SWT) stress model to predict the fatigue life. Experimental results indicated that the fatigue properties of DD6 depend on both crystallographic orientation and loading types. The fatigue life of the tensile, compressive, and balanced strain dwell tests are shorter than those of continuous cycling tests without strain dwell because of the important creep effect. The predicted results of the proposed modified SWT stress method agree well with the experimental data.

  7. A study of fatigue mesoscopic elasto-plastic properties of a nickel-base superalloy by instrumented microindentation measurements

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    Ye, Duyi; Cha, Haibo; Xiao, Lei; Xu, Xuandong

    2012-01-01

    In this study the fatigue mesoscopic elasto-plastic properties of nickel-base superalloy GH4145/SQ were investigated using the instrumented microindentation testing coupled with the analytic calculation. The indentation characteristic parameters of low-cycle fatigue specimens, such as the indentation curvature ( C), the maximum penetration depth ( hmax), the initial unloading slope ( S), the residual depth of penetration ( h r), the recovered elastic work ( W e) and the residual plastic work ( W p), were determined from the experimental load-penetration depth ( P- h) curves, and the fatigue mesoscopic elasto-plastic properties ( E, σ y and n) were estimated using a well-developed analysis algorithm proposed by Dao et al. The distribution patterns of the fatigue mesoscopic mechanical properties were further verified in a statistical sense. The dependence of the fatigue mesoscopic elasto-plastic properties upon the imposed strain amplitude was discussed preliminarily in terms of microstructural examinations of fatigue failure specimens.

  8. In situ short fatigue crack characterization of a nickel-base superalloy at ambient and elevated temperature

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    Stephens, R.R.

    1991-01-01

    Fatigue experiments were performed using a nickel-base superalloy at various temperatures in a load frame attached to a scanning electron microscope. An elevated temperature stage was designed, constructed, and coupled to the apparatus, allowing temperatures in excess of 700 C. Experiments on Waspaloy at 25, 500, and 700 C showed similar crack nucleation characteristics. The dominant mechanism of fatigue crack growth for the short cracks at 25 and 500 C was one of mixed mode 1 and 2 by slip band cracking. At 700 C, crack growth proceeded by a stage II cracking process showing very little signs of crystallographic growth. Discontinuous crack growth rates at 25 and 500 C were attributed to microstructural barriers such as grain boundaries, twin boundaries, and carbides.

  9. Hot corrosion studies of four nickel-base superalloys: B-1900, NASA-TRW VIA, 713C and IN738

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    Fryburg, G. C.; Kohl, F. J.; Stearns, C. A.

    1976-01-01

    The susceptibility to hot corrosion of four nickel base superalloys has been studied at 900 deg and 1000 deg C in one atmosphere of slowly flowing oxygen. Hot corrosion was induced by coating the samples with known doses of NaSO4 and oxidizing the coated samples isothermally on a sensitive microbalance. In general, the order of susceptibility found was: B-1900 is greater than 713C is greater than NASA-TRW VIA and is greater than IN738. This order corresponds to the order of decreasing molybdenum content of the alloys. Chemical evidence for B-1900 indicates that hot corrosion is instigated by acid fluxing of the protective Al2O3 coating by MoO3.

  10. Recrystallization and the Development of Abnormally Large Grains After Small Strain Deformation in a Polycrystalline Nickel-Based Superalloy

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    Miller, Victoria M.; Johnson, Anthony E.; Torbet, Chris J.; Pollock, Tresa M.

    2016-04-01

    The formation of abnormally large grains has been investigated in the polycrystalline nickel-based superalloy René 88DT. Cylindrical specimens with a 15 μm grain size were compressed to plastic strains up to 11.0 pct and subsequently rapidly heated to above the γ' solvus at 1423 K (1150° C) and held for 60 seconds. All deformed samples partially recrystallized during the heat treatment, with the recrystallized grain size varying with the degree of deformation. The largest final grain size occurred in samples deformed to approximately 2 pct strain, with isolated grains as large as 700 μm in diameter observed. It is proposed that abnormally large grains appear due to nucleation-limited recrystallization, not abnormal grain growth, based on the high boundary velocities measured and the observed reduction in grain orientation spread.

  11. High temperature low-cycle fatigue mechanisms in single crystals of nickel-based superalloy Mar-M 200

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    Milligan, W. W.; Jayaraman, N.

    1984-01-01

    Twenty three high temperature low-cycle fatigue tests were conducted on single crystals of the nickel-based superalloy Mar-M 200. Tests were conducted at 760 and 870 C. SEM fractography and transmission electron microscopy were used to determine mechanisms responsible for the observed orientation dependent fatigue behavior. It has been concluded that the plastic characteristics of the alloy lead to orientation-dependent strain hardening and fatigue lives at 760 C. At 870 C, the elastic characteristics of the alloy dominated the behavior, even though the plastic strain ranges were about the same as they were at 760 C. This led to orientation-dependent fatigue lives, but the trends were not the same as they were at 760 C.

  12. A new approach to the weldability of nickel-base As-cast and power metallurgy superalloys

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    Haafkens, M.H.; Matthey, J.H.G.

    1982-11-01

    The repair of nickel-base superalloys such as those used in the first and second stages of the rotating sections of a gas turbine is examined. Welding is affected by stress and temperature levels of the blade, wall thickness, and material composition. Steps to achieve crack-free welds include preheating above 600C (1112F) for GTA and plasma arc welding and above 900C (1652F) for EB welding. It is concluded that crack formation can be prevented by controlling the cooling rate during welding; that hardness measurements provide useful results for crack-free welding using GTA, plasma, friction, and electron beams; and that small differences in chemical composition and homogeneity can have a decisive effect on weld behavior.

  13. Twinning Behaviors During Thermomechanical Fatigue Cycling of a Nickel-Base Single-Crystal TMS-82 Superalloy

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    Lv, X. Z.; Zhang, J. X.; Harada, H.

    2014-03-01

    This paper provides further insight into the formation of deformation twins at different stages during the whole thermomechanical fatigue cycling in a nickel-base single-crystal TMS-82 superalloy. In general, it is found that twinning behaviors can always be associated with the applied stress orientation. The preferred twinning direction at the primary stage is <001>-compression since the tangled dislocations which appear after the first plastic deformation provide an opportunity for twinning nucleation in compression. At the intermediate stage, the applied stress required for formation of twins in tension is much larger than that in compression; hence, twinning behaviors show distinct tension/compression asymmetry. A thick twin plate and a great many dislocations can be found after fatigue failure, and one can rationalize the reason for this twinning being associated with the TMF procedure. Twins at the tip of the crack in tension occur owing to the existence of compressive strain field.

  14. Effects of sigma-phase formation on some mechanical properties of a wrought nickel-base superalloy (IN-100)

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    Dreshfield, R. L.; Ashbrook, R. L.

    1974-01-01

    The effect of sigma phase formation on an extruded and forged nickel base superalloy with the composition of the casting alloy IN-100 was studied. By adding only aluminum and titanium to remelt stock, three compositions were produced which had varying propensities for sigma formation. These compositions were given a four step heat treatment and were stress-ruptured or tensile tested. The very sigma prone composition had a shorter rupture life than the sigma-free or moderately sigma prone compositions when tested at 843 and 885 C. Elongation in room temperature tensile tests was considerably lower for the very sigma prone composition than for the other two wrought compositions after prolonged exposure at 732 or 843 C.

  15. Modeling of abnormal mechanical properties of nickel-based single crystal superalloy by three-dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics

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    Yang, Hui; Li, Zhenhuan; Huang, Minsheng

    2014-12-01

    Unlike common single crystals, the nickel-based single crystal superalloy shows surprisingly anomalous flow strength (i.e. with the increase of temperature, the yield strength first increases to a peak value and then decreases) and tension-compression (TC) asymmetry. A comprehensive three-dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics (3D-DDD) procedure was developed to model these abnormal mechanical properties. For this purpose, a series of complicated dynamic evolution details of Kear-Wilsdorf (KW) locks, which are closely related to the flow strength anomaly and TC asymmetry, were incorporated into this 3D-DDD framework. Moreover, the activation of the cubic slip system, which is the origin of the decrease in yield strength with increasing temperature at relatively high temperatures, was especially taken into account by introducing a competition criterion between the unlocking of the KW locks and the activation of the cubic slip system. To test our framework, a series of 3D-DDD simulations were performed on a representative volume cell model with a cuboidal Ni3Al precipitate phase embedded in a nickel matrix. Results show that the present 3D-DDD procedure can successfully capture the dynamic evolution of KW locks, the flow strength anomaly and TC asymmetry. Then, the underlying dislocation mechanisms leading to these abnormal mechanical responses were investigated and discussed in detail. Finally, a cyclic deformation of the nickel-based single crystal superalloy was modeled by using the present DDD model, with a special focus on the influence of KW locks on the Bauschinger effect and cyclic softening.

  16. Sulfidation Characteristics of an Advanced Superalloy and Comparison with Other Superalloys Intended for Gas Turbine Use

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    Gurrappa, I.; Yashwanth, I. V. S.; Burnell-Gray, J. S.

    2013-11-01

    Sulfidation may occur even in an overall oxidizing environment beneath a corrosion product which assumes the role of a diffusion barrier allowing sulfur species transport at a faster rate when compared with that of oxygen species. The current paper presents sulfidation characteristics of an advanced single-crystal nickel-based superalloy (ANS) and compares performance with IN 792 and CMSX-4 superalloys. The results showed that all the superalloys were highly vulnerable to sulfidation and their lives were significantly reduced. Among them, the ANS was more susceptible to sulfidation and its life was reduced considerably. This is attributed to the changed chemistry of the advanced alloy. The results for ANS are compared with its oxidation data and the difference in its behavior is discussed. A degradation mechanism, which represents the deterioration of ANS under sulfidation conditions, is proposed based on the results obtained from different techniques. Finally, the necessity of protective coatings for shielding against high temperature sulfidation for potential application in enhanced efficiency of gas turbine engines is emphasized.

  17. Phase-contrast x-ray imaging of microstructure and fatigue-crack propagation in single-crystal nickel-base superalloys

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    Husseini, Naji Sami

    Single-crystal nickel-base superalloys are ubiquitous in demanding turbine-blade applications, and they owe their remarkable resilience to their dendritic, hierarchical microstructure and complex composition. During normal operations, they endure rapid low-stress vibrations that may initiate fatigue cracks. This failure mode in the very high-cycle regime is poorly understood, in part due to inadequate testing and diagnostic equipment. Phase-contrast imaging with coherent synchrotron x rays, however, is an emergent technique ideally suited for dynamic processes such as crack initiation and propagation. A specially designed portable ultrasonic-fatigue apparatus, coupled with x-ray radiography, allows real-time, in situ imaging while simulating service conditions. Three contrast mechanisms - absorption, diffraction, and phase contrast - span the immense breadth of microstructural features in superalloys. Absorption contrast is sensitive to composition and crack displacements, and diffraction contrast illuminates dislocation aggregates and crystallographic misorientations. Phase contrast enhances electron-density gradients and is particularly useful for fatigue-crack studies, sensitive to internal crack tips and openings less than one micrometer. Superalloy samples were imaged without external stresses to study microstructure and mosaicity. Maps of rhenium and tungsten concentrations revealed strong segregation to the center of dendrites, as manifested by absorption contrast. Though nominally single crystals, dendrites were misoriented from the bulk by a few degrees, as revealed by diffraction contrast. For dynamic studies of cyclic fatigue, superalloys were mounted in the portable ultrasonic-fatigue apparatus, subjected to a mean tensile stress of ˜50-150 MPa, and cycled in tension to initiate and propagate fatigue cracks. Radiographs were recorded every thousand cycles over the multimillion-cycle lifetime to measure micron-scale crack growth. Crack

  18. Methodological fundamentals of computer-assisted designing of nickel-based superalloys

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    Logunov, A. V.; Shmotin, Yu. N.; Danilov, D. V.

    2015-12-01

    The criteria that determine the operating ability of nickel superalloys are described. The binary Ni-W, W-Re, and Re-Ni phase diagrams are analyzed to find concentration characteristics and the probability of formation of β, α, and other undesirable phases based on refractory elements from a γ solid solution. The NewPhacomp method is corrected for single-crystal nickel superalloys. Additional criteria are introduced to estimate the probability of decomposition of the hardening γ' phase and the precipitation of embrittling lamellar η and δ compounds from this phase.

  19. Microstructure evolution and FEM analysis of a [111] oriented single crystal nickel-based superalloy during tensile creep

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    Tian, Sugui; Li, Qiuyang; Su, Yong; Yu, Huichen; Xie, Jun; Zhang, Shu

    2015-03-01

    By means of the elastic-plastic stress-strain finite element method (FEM), the distribution of the von Mises stress and strain energy density in the regions near the interfaces of the cuboidal γ/ γ' phases is calculated to investigate the rafted behaviors of γ' phase in a [111] oriented single crystal (SC) nickel-based superalloy. Results show that, after fully heat treated, the microstructure of the superalloy consists of the cuboidal γ' phase embedded coherently in the γ matrix and arranged regularly along the <100> orientation. And the parameters and misfits of γ'/ γ phases in the alloy increase with the temperature. After crept for 50 h, the γ' phase in alloy has transformed into the mesh-like rafted structure on (010) plane along [001] and [100] orientations. When the tensile stress is applied along [111] direction, the change of the strain energy on the planes of the cuboidal γ' phase results in the directional diffusion of the elements. Thereinto, compared with (010) plane, the bigger expanding strain occurs on (100) and (001) planes along the [010], [001] and [010], [100] directions, which may trap the Al and Ti atoms with bigger radius to promote the directional growth of γ' phase on (010) plane along [100] and [001] directions. This is thought to be the main reason for the γ' phase directionally growing into the mesh-like rafted structure on (010) plane.

  20. Effects of Solutioning on the Dissolution and Coarsening of γ' Precipitates in a Nickel-Based Superalloy

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    Wang, Xiaomeng; Zhou, Yu; Zhao, Zihua; Zhang, Zheng

    2015-04-01

    The dissolution and the coarsening of the γ' precipitates in a nickel-based superalloy GTD-111 solutionized under various solution heat treatment conditions were investigated. The γ' solvus temperature for the GTD-111 superalloy was about 1180.79 °C obtained by differential scanning calorimetry test. The dissolution and the coarsening of γ' in the dendrite core were simultaneously observed, but the γ' precipitates in the interdendritics only occurred to coarsen under the condition of 1125 °C/2 h. The γ' dissolution, including dendrite core and interdendritics, gradually played a dominant role in the competition between the dissolution and the coarsening of γ' during the solutioning with the increase of solution temperature and holding time, indicating that the elastic strain field of the alloy gradually reduced. The solution condition of 1225 °C/6 h or 1250 °C/2 h was the optimal solutioning schedule than the other schedules. For a lower solution temperature, the volume fraction of primary γ' precipitates can faster reach its equilibrium value which is larger than that for a higher solution temperature. With the increase of holding time, the γ' dissolution rate continuously decreased, and the dissolution activation energy of γ' gradually increased.

  1. Effects of processing and microstructure on the fatigue behaviour of the nickel-base superalloy Rene95

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    Miner, R. V.; Gayda, J.

    1984-01-01

    Forms of the nickel-base superalloy Rene95 produced by three processing methods were evaluated in tensile, low cycle fatigue and fatigue crack propagation tests at 540 and 650 C. Two powder-metallurgy (PM) forms, hot-isostatically-pressed and extruded-and-forged, and a conventionally cast-and-wrought form were all given the same heat treatment. The extruded-and-forged form showed superior fatigue life in low strain range tests though the two PM forms exhibited nearly identical mechanical behavior in all other respects. Further, this life difference could not be explained by significant differences in the types, sizes or shapes of the defects initiating failure. The cast-and-wrought Rene95, however, had lower strength, ductility and fatigue life, but higher fatigue crack propagation resistance because of a larger grain size. It did not exhibit the environmentally-assisted intergranular mode of propagation which occurs in PM Rene95 and other fine-grained superalloys at these test temperatures and frequencies.

  2. Local x-ray diffraction analysis of the structure of dendrites in single-crystal nickel-base superalloys

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    Brueckner, U.; Epishin, A.; Link, T.

    1997-12-01

    The structure of the dendrites in the single-crystal nickel-base superalloys SC16, SRR99 and CMSX4 with different refractory element levels (Mo + Ta + W + Re) has been investigated by local X-ray diffraction. A special technique was used to improve the spatial resolution of the X-ray diffraction and to enable the precise control of the X-ray spot position within the dendritic structure. A significant change of the {gamma}/{gamma}{prime}-lattice misfit was found within the dendrite in the superalloys with higher refractory element levels SRR99 and CMSX4. The observed misfit change is based on the change of the {gamma}-lattice parameter due to segregation of W and Re. The intensity of the X-ray beam reflected from the dendrite periphery was found to be weaker than that from the dendrite centre because of the mosaicity. Therefore misfit measurements without knowledge of the X-ray spot position in the dendritic structure lead to values that correspond more to the dendrite core.

  3. Directional solidification of superalloys

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    Schmidt, Deborah Diane (Inventor); Alter, Wendy Sue (Inventor); Hamilton, William David (Inventor)

    1990-01-01

    This invention relates to the directional solidification of superalloys, in particular nickel-based superalloys, by imposition of a predetermined temperature profile in the solidification front and, depending on the desired results, a predetermined rate of advance of said solidification front, whereas castings of markedly superior fatigue resistance are produced.

  4. Equilibrium partition ratios, densities, and transport phenomena in nickel-base superalloys

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    Sung, Pil Kyung

    To simulate transport phenomena, macrosegregation and segregation defects known as "freckles" during directional solidification of Ni-base superalloys, numerical modeling can be used; hence it is essential to have reasonably accurate values of the thermodynamic and transport properties for the alloys. In this research, therefore, the equilibrium partition ratios of the solutes in the Ni-Al-Ta-Cr quaternary system, as a model alloy, were measured, and the solid- and liquid-densities in Ni-base superalloys. were estimated. Also, the importance of these properties on the sensitivity of the results of numerical simulations was studied. The partition ratios apply to equilibria between melts and gamma-phase in the range of 1615 K to 1694 K, and it was found that the equilibrium partition ratio of Ta varies from approximately 0.6 at dilute Ta to 0.85 at 17 wt.% Ta. For the same range of Ta-contents, the partition ratios of Al and Cr vary much less and range from about 0.92 to 0.96. In addition to the partition ratios, the liquidus temperatures of the liquid in equilibrium with gamma in the Ni-Al-Ta-Cr system were estimated with a multidimensional regression analysis. To calculate the densities of solid Ni-base superalloys as functions of temperature and composition, lattice parameters at 20°C and coefficients of thermal expansion (CTEs) were estimated by combining available data. The CTEs calculated from the regressions result in densities that are within 0.5% error or less for seventeen alloys. To estimate the densities of liquid Ni-base superalloys, the densities and temperature coefficients of density of the liquid transition-metals, which are used as alloy elements in Ni-base superalloys, were applied to a simple correlation. By using this approach, the estimates of the liquid densities of five Ni-base superalloys agree with the measured values to +/-2.5%. Finally, the importance of using reasonably accurate estimates of the transport properties was illustrated by

  5. Exploratory Investigation of Advanced-Temperature Nickel-Base Alloys

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    Freche, John C.; Waters, William J.

    1959-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to provide an advanced-temperature nickel-base alloy with properties suitable for aircraft turbine blades as well as for possible space vehicle applications. An entire series of alloys that do not require vacuum melting techniques and that generally provide good stress-rupture and impact properties was evolved. The basic-alloy composition of 79 percent nickel, 8 percent molybdenum, 6 percent chromium, 6 percent aluminum, and 1 percent zirconium was modified by a series of element additions such as carbon, titanium, and boron, with the nickel content adjusted to account for the additives. Stress-rupture, impact, and swage tests were made with all the alloys. The strongest composition (basic alloy plus 1.5 percent titanium plus 0.125 percent carbon) displayed 384- and 574-hour stress-rupture lives at 1800 F and 15,000 psi in the as-cast and homogenized conditions, respectively. All the alloys investigated demonstrated good impact resistance. Several could not be broken in a low-capacity Izod impact tester and, on this basis, all compared favorably with several high-strength high-temperature alloys. Swaging cracks were encountered with all the alloys. In several cases, however, these cracks were slight and could be detected only by zyglo examination. Some of these compositions may become amenable to hot working on further development. On the basis of the properties indicated, it appears that several of the alloys evolved, particularly the 1.5 percent titanium plus 0.125 percent carbon basic-alloy modification, could be used for advanced- temperature turbine blades, as well as for possible space vehicle applications.

  6. Computational and experimental observations of welds in third-generation nickel-based superalloys

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    Naffakh-Moosavy, Homam

    2016-02-01

    The purpose of the present study is to introduce the weld quantitative solidification paths in the newly designed third-generation superalloys. The research has been conducted using both computational and experimental approaches. The model used the Scheil solidification relations to correlate the partitioning elements with their effects on the solidification paths. Accordingly, the k values were calculated for all the participating elements in the superalloy welds. The results of model demonstrated that these were very close to unity for austenite former elements, i.e. Ni, Co, Cr and Fe, while the other elements such as Ti, Nb and Mo displayed a significant tendency for segregation. The mathematical equations were calculated for weld solidification paths of superalloys. In all the welds, a remarkable segregation behaviour was observed, especially for Nb and Ti. The solidification path equations predicted type and amount of secondary phases. The solidification paths were compared with eutectic reactions ?, and ?, on the basis of the Ni-Ti-C and Ni-Nb-C ternary phase diagrams. Both the experimental measurements and microstructural observations of eutectics exhibited an appropriate accordance with the solidification paths obtained by model calculations.

  7. Resistivity-Microstructure Relationships in Nickel Base Superalloys Used in Gas Turbine Engines for Power Generation and as Interconnects in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Gerhardt, Rosario A.

    2012-02-20

    This report summarizes the results accomplished during this 3-year with funds from this grant. The most important new contribution was the development of a microstructural model, based on analysis of the small angle scattering spectra that can relate the measured electrical resistivity to the precipitate population present in a nickel base superalloy in a quantitative way. A total of 24 research articles were published or were in press at the time the final report was written.

  8. Selection of etching methods of primary carbides in MAR-M247 nickel-base superalloy for computer-aided quantitative metallography

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    Szczotok, Agnieszka . E-mail: agnieszka.szczotok@polsl.pl; Szala, Janusz . E-mail: janusz.szala@polsl.pl; Cwajna, Jan . E-mail: jan.cwajna@polsl.pl; Hetmanczyk, Marek . E-mail: marek.hetmanczyk@polsl.pl

    2006-06-15

    The usefulness of various etching methods for revealing the structure of MAR-M247 nickel-base superalloy and image acquisition methods were analyzed from a desire to estimate primary carbides quantitatively. The analysis was carried out on images registered using light and scanning electron microscopes. The analyzed images contained a complete range of primary carbides occurring in the matrix and on the grain boundaries of MAR-M247 alloy.

  9. Methodological fundamentals of computer-assisted designing of nickel-based superalloys

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    Logunov, A. V.; Shmotin, Yu. N.; Danilov, D. V.

    2015-12-01

    More than 180 Russian and foreign nickel superalloys are analyzed to develop regression models to find a relation between chemical composition and a number of the most important thermodynamic, structural, and strength parameters, which directly influence the high-temperature strength of the alloys. The high accuracy of constructing the characteristics of distribution of alloying elements between the γ and γ' phases under scarce experimental data conditions is ensured by the application of bunch map analysis of random characteristics, which allowed the reliability of the calculated results to be significantly increased.

  10. Processing and characterization of Nickel-base superalloy micro-components and films for MEMS applications

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    Burns, Devin E.

    Microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices are not capable of withstanding harsh operating environments, which may include high temperatures, pressures and corrosive agents. Ni-base superalloys have been used successfully in the hot stages of jet turbine engines despite the presence of these conditions. In my thesis work, I developed two techniques compatible with micro-processing methods to produce Ni-base superalloy micro-components for MEMS applications. The mechanical properties of these materials were accessed at room and elevated temperatures. Microstructural studies were performed, linking microstructural features to mechanical properties. The first technique modified LIGA Ni (LIGA is a German acronym for lithography, electroplating and molding) microtensile specimens using a vapor phase aluminization process. A subsequent homogenization heat treatment produced a two phase Ni-Ni3A1 microstructure characteristic of modern Ni-base superalloys. Al composition was used to tailor both the precipitate size and volume fraction. Aluminized LIGA Ni micro-components exhibited room temperature yield and ultimate strengths 3 to 4 times LIGA Ni micro-components subject to the same heat treatment. The second technique involved sputtering a commercial Ni-base superalloy, Haynes 718, to produce thick sputtered foils (up to 20 gam) on silicon and brass substrates. The as-deposited foils were nanocrystalline solid solutions with chemical compositions similar to the bulk material. Foils subject to ageing heat treatments exhibited unique precipitation mechanisms and good thermal stability. Strengths as high as 750 MPa at 700°C were observed with several percent ductility. This is a significant improvement over state of the art metallic MEMS materials. Furthermore, a new high temperature microtensile testing technique was developed. The technique embeds a displacement based force sensor into the hot zone of a furnace. This arrangement ensures temperature uniformity during testing

  11. Analysis of Grain Boundary Character in a Fine-Grained Nickel-Based Superalloy 718

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    Araujo, L. S.; dos Santos, D. S.; Godet, S.; Dille, J.; Pinto, A. L.; de Almeida, L. H.

    2014-11-01

    In the current work, sheets of superalloy 718 were processed via thermomechanical route by hot and cold rolling, followed by annealing below the δ phase solvus temperature and precipitation hardening to optimum strength. Grain boundary character distribution throughout the processing was mapped via EBSD and its evolution discussed. The results show that it is possible to process the alloy to a fine grain size obtaining concomitantly a considerably high proportion of special boundaries Σ3, Σ9, and Σ27. The precipitation of δ phase presented a strong grain refining role, without significantly impairing the twinning mechanism and, consequently, the Σ3, Σ9, and Σ27 boundary formations.

  12. Characterization of Plastic Flow Pertinent to the Evolution of Bulk Residual Stress in Powder-Metallurgy, Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Semiatin, S. L.; Fagin, P. N.; Goetz, R. L.; Furrer, D. U.; Dutton, R. E.

    2015-09-01

    The plastic-flow behavior which controls the formation of bulk residual stresses during final heat treatment of powder-metallurgy (PM), nickel-base superalloys was quantified using conventional (isothermal) stress-relaxation (SR) tests and a novel approach which simulates concurrent temperature and strain transients during cooling following solution treatment. The concurrent cooling/straining test involves characterization of the thermal compliance of the test sample. In turn, this information is used to program the ram-displacement- vs-time profile to impose a constant plastic strain rate during cooling. To demonstrate the efficacy of the new approach, SR tests (in both tension and compression) and concurrent cooling/tension-straining experiments were performed on two PM superalloys, LSHR and IN-100. The isothermal SR experiments were conducted at a series of temperatures between 1144 K and 1436 K (871 °C and 1163 °C) on samples that had been supersolvus solution treated and cooled slowly or rapidly to produce starting microstructures comprising coarse gamma grains and coarse or fine secondary gamma-prime precipitates, respectively. The concurrent cooling/straining tests comprised supersolvus solution treatment and various combinations of subsequent cooling rate and plastic strain rate. Comparison of flow-stress data from the SR and concurrent cooling/straining tests showed some similarities and some differences which were explained in the context of the size of the gamma-prime precipitates and the evolution of dislocation substructure. The magnitude of the effect of concurrent deformation during cooling on gamma-prime precipitation was also quantified experimentally and theoretically.

  13. Multiscale Characterization of Deformation Mechanisms in the Weld Joint of a Nickel-based Superalloy

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    Barabash, Oleg M.; Horton, Joe; Babu, Suresh; Vitek, John; David, Stan; Ice, Gene; Barabash, Rozaliya

    2007-12-19

    Multiscale plastic deformation in the heat affected zone (HAZ) of a Ni-based single crystal superalloy has been characterized using white microbeam synchrotron diffraction measurements together with OIM imaging, electron and optical microscopy. Characteristic length scales on the macro, meso and nano scale are determined. Dissolution of the {gamma} - phase particles during heating and secondary precipitation of {gamma} - phase during cooling is found, as well as formation and multiplication of dislocations. This process is more intense as one approaches the fusion line (FL). In the regions immediately neighboring the FL, {gamma} - phase particles dissolve completely and re-precipitate from the solid solution in the form of very small (50-70nm) particles. In the immediate vicinity of the FL, the temperature gradient and the rate of it's change reaches maximal values and causes the formation of large amounts of dislocations. Dislocations are concentrated in the ? matrix of the single crystal superalloy. X-ray Laue diffraction (both conventional and microbeam) and electron microscopy show that alternating dislocations slip systems dominate in the HAZ with typical Burgers vector b=[110]. Local lattice rotations in different zones of the weld joint are linking with the microslip events in different zones of the weld.

  14. Multiscale Characterization of Deformation Mechanisms in the Weld Joint of a Nickel-based Superalloy

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    Barabash, Oleg M

    2005-01-01

    Multiscale plastic deformation in the heat affected zone (HAZ) of a Ni-based single crystal superalloy has been characterized using white microbeam synchrotron diffraction measurements together with OIM imaging, electron and optical microscopy. Characteristic length scales on the macro, meso and nano scale are determined. Dissolution of the {gamma}{prime} - phase particles during heating and secondary precipitation of {gamma}{prime} - phase during cooling is found, as well as formation and multiplication of dislocations. This process is more intense as one approaches the fusion line (FL). In the regions immediately neighboring the FL, {gamma}{prime} - phase particles dissolve completely and re-precipitate from the solid solution in the form of very small (50-70nm) particles. In the immediate vicinity of the FL, the temperature gradient and the rate of it's change reaches maximal values and causes the formation of large amounts of dislocations. Dislocations are concentrated in the {gamma} matrix of the single crystal superalloy. X-ray Laue diffraction (both conventional and microbeam) and electron microscopy show that alternating dislocations slip systems dominate in the HAZ with typical Burgers vector b=[110]. Local lattice rotations in different zones of the weld joint are linking with the microslip events in different zones of the weld.

  15. Multiscale characterization of deformation mechanisms in the weld joint of a nickel-based superalloy

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    Barabash, Oleg M; Horton Jr, Joe A; Babu, Sudarsanam S; Vitek, John Michael; David, Stan A; Ice, Gene E; Barabash, Rozaliya

    2005-01-01

    Multiscale plastic deformation in the heat affected zone (HAZ) of a Ni-based single crystal superalloy has been characterized using white microbeam synchrotron diffraction measurements together with OIM imaging, electron and optical microscopy. Characteristic length scales on the macro, meso and nano scale are determined. Dissolution of the gamma' - phase particles during heating and secondary precipitation of gamma' during cooling is found, as well as formation and multiplication of dislocations. This process is more intense as one approaches the fusion line (FL). In the regions immediately neighboring the FL, gamma' - phase particles dissolve completely and re-precipitate from the solid solution in the form of very small (10-20nm) particles. In the immediate vicinity of the FL, the temperature gradient and the rate of it's change reaches maximal values and causes the formation of large amounts of dislocations. Dislocations are concentrated in the gamma matrix of the single crystal superalloy. X-ray Laue diffraction (both conventional and microbeam) and electron microscopy show that alternating dislocations slip systems dominate in the HAZ with Burgers vector b=[110] and dislocation lines [1-12] and [1-1-2] ; or b=[-110], dislocation lines [112] and [11-2] . Each of these two dislocation groups forms two Z-shaped dislocation lines fluctuating around two cubic directions [100] and [010]. Local lattice rotations in different zones of the weld joint are linking with the microslip events in different zones of the weld.

  16. The influence of cobalt, tantalum, and tungsten on the elevated temperature mechanical properties of single crystal nickel-base superalloys

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    Nathal, M. V.; Ebert, L. J.

    1985-01-01

    The influence of composition on the tensile and creep strength of 001-line oriented nickel-base superalloy single crystals at temperatures near 1000 C was investigated. Cobalt, tantalum, and tungsten concentrations were varied according to a matrix of compositions based on the single crystal version of MAR-M247. For alloys with the baseline refractory metal level of 3 wt pct Ta and 10 wt pct W, decreases in Co level from 10 to 0 wt pct resulted in increased tensile and creep strength. Substitution of 2 wt pct W for 3 wt pct Ta resulted in decreased creep life at high stresses, but improved life at low stresses. Substitution of Ni for Ta caused large reductions in tensile strength and creep resistance, and corresponding increases in ductility. For these alloys with low Ta-plus-W totals, strength was independent of Co level. The effects of composition on properties were related to the microstructural features of the alloys. In general, high creep strength was associated with high levels of gamma-prime volume fraction, gamma-gamma-prime lattice mismatch, and solid solution hardening.

  17. The influence of cobalt, tantalum, and tungsten on the microstructure of single crystal nickel-base superalloys

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    Nathal, M. V.; Ebert, L. J.

    1985-01-01

    The influence of composition on the microstructure of single crystal nickel-base superalloys was investigated. Co was replaced by Ni, and Ta was replaced by either Ni or W, according to a matrix of compositions based on MAR-M247. Substitution of Ni for Co caused an increase in gamma-prime solvus temperature, an increase in gamma-gamma-prime lattice mismatch, and the precipitation of W-rich phases in the alloys with high refractory metal levels. Substitution of Ni for Ta caused large decreases in gamma-prime solvus temperature, gamma-prime volume fraction, and gamma-gamma-prime lattice mismatch, whereas substitution of W for Ta resulted in smaller decreases in these features. For the alloys with gamma-prime particles that remained coherent, substitution of Ni for Co caused an increase in gamma-prime coarsening rate. The two alloys with the largest magnitude of lattice mismatch possessed gamma-prime particles which lost coherency during unstressed aging and exhibited anomalously low coarsening rates. Creep exposure at 1000 C resulted in the formation of gamma-prime lamellae oriented perpendicular to the applied stress axis in all alloys.

  18. Fatigue Crack Growth Mechanisms for Nickel-based Superalloy Haynes 282 at 550-750 °C

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    Rozman, Kyle A.; Kruzic, Jamie J.; Sears, John S.; Hawk, Jeffrey A.

    2015-10-01

    The fatigue crack growth rates for nickel-based superalloy Haynes 282 were measured at 550, 650, and 750 °C using compact tension specimens with a load ratio of 0.1 and cyclic loading frequencies of 25 and 0.25 Hz. The crack path was observed to be primarily transgranular for all temperatures, and the observed effect of increasing temperature was to increase the fatigue crack growth rates. The activation energy associated with the increasing crack growth rates over these three temperatures was calculated less than 60 kJ/mol, which is significantly lower than typical creep or oxidation mechanisms; therefore, creep and oxidation cannot explain the increase in fatigue crack growth rates. Transmission electron microscopy was done on selected samples removed from the cyclic plastic zone, and a trend of decreasing dislocation density was observed with increasing temperature. Accordingly, the trend of increasing crack growth rates with increasing temperature was attributed to softening associated with thermally assisted cross slip and dislocation annihilation.

  19. The Cyclic Stress-Strain Behavior of a Single Crystal Nickel-Base Superalloy. Ph.D. Thesis

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    Gabb, Timothy P.

    1988-01-01

    The cyclic stress-strain response and similar deformation structures of the single crystal nickel based superalloy was described under a specific set of conditions. The isothermal low cycle fatigue response and deformation structures were described at a typical intermediate temperature and at high temperature. Specimens oriented near the (001) and (111) crystallographic orientations were tested at 1050 C, where more moderate orientation effects were expected. This enabled the description of the deformation structures at each of the 2 temperatures and their relationship to the observed cyclic stress-strain behavior. The initial yield strength of all specimens tested at 650 C was controlled by the shearing of the gamma prime precipitates by dislocation pairs. Low cycle fatigue tests at 650 C had cyclic hardening, which was associated with dislocation interactions in the gamma matrix. The initial yield strength of specimens tested at 1050 C was associated with dislocation bypassing of the gamma prime precipitates. Low cycle fatigue tests at 1050 C had cyclic softening, associated with extensive dislocation recovery at the gamma-gamma prime interfaces along with some gamma prime precipitate coarsening.

  20. Fatigue and creep-fatigue deformation of several nickel-base superalloys at 650 °c

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    Miner, R. V.; Gayda, J.; Maier, R. D.

    1982-10-01

    Specimens of seven nickel-base superalloys for gas turbine disk application that had been failed in fatigue and creep-fatigue at 650 °C were examined by transmission electron microscopy to observe the effects of composition and microstructure on the deformation characteristics of the alloys. The alloys were Waspaloy, HIP Astroloy, H+F Astroloy, H+F René 95, IN 100, MERL 76, and NASA IIB-7. The amount of bulk deformation observed in all the alloys was low. At inelastic strain amplitudes less than about 10-3 only favorably oriented grains exhibited yielding, and the majority of those had <110> near the tensile axis. Deformation occurred on octahedral systems for all the alloys except MERL 76, which also exhibited primary cube slip. The difference in slip behavior between MERL 76 and its parent composition, IN 100, was attributed to the addition of Nb. Deformation occurred in well-defined slip bands in the alloys that contained only fine aging γ', 0.01 to 0.06 μm in size. Alloys which also contained a population of larger aging γ' particles, 0.1 to 0.3 μm, exhibited more homogeneous deformation. Deformation in the creep-fatigue cycle, which employed a 15 minute dwell at the maximum tensile strain of the cycle, was not greatly different from fatigue deformation except that a few extended faults were formed.

  1. On the Feasibility of Eddy Current Characterization of the Near-Surface Residual Stress Distribution in Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Blodgett, Mark P.; Nagy, Peter B.

    2004-02-01

    In light of its frequency-dependent penetration depth, the measurement of eddy current conductivity has been suggested as a possible means to allow the nondestructive evaluation of subsurface residual stresses in shot-peened specimens. This technique is based on the so-called electroelastic effect, i.e., the stress-dependence of the electrical conductivity. Unfortunately, the relatively small (˜1%) change in electrical conductivity caused by the presence of compressive residual stresses is often distorted, or even completely overshadowed, by the accompanying conductivity loss caused by cold work and surface roughness effects. Recently, it was observed that, in contrast with most other materials, shot-peened Waspaloy and IN100 specimens exhibit an apparent increase in electrical conductivity at increasing inspection frequencies. This observation by itself indicates that in these materials the measured conductivity change is probably dominated by residual stress effects, since both surface roughness and increased dislocation density are known to decrease rather than increase the conductivity and the presence of crystallographic texture does not affect the electrical conductivity of these materials, which crystallize in cubic symmetry. Our preliminary experiments indicate that probably there exists a unique "window of opportunity" for eddy current NDE in nickel-base superalloys. We identified five major effects that contribute to this fortunate constellation of material properties, which will be reviewed in this presentation.

  2. Description of a high temperature quenching furnace for the study of the directional solidification of nickel-base superalloys

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    Schmale, D.T.; Kelley, J.B.; Damkroger, B.K.

    1994-06-01

    A high temperature resistance furnace has been modified for the study of directional solidification of nickel-base superalloys such as alloys 718 and 625. The furnace will be used to study segregation and solidification phenomena that occur in consumable-electrode melting processes such as vacuum arc remelting and electro-slag remelting. The system consists of a water cooled high temperature furnace (maximum temperature {approximately}2900 C), roughing vacuum,system, cooling system, cooled hearth, molten metal quenching bath, and a mechanism to lower the hearth from the furnace into the molten metal bath. The lowering mechanism is actuated by a digital stopping motor with a programmable controller. The specimen (1.9 cm dia {times} 14 cm long) is melted and contained within an alumina tube (2.54 cm dia {times} 15.24 cm long) which is seated on a copper hearth cooled with {approximately}13 C water. Directional solidification can then be accomplished by decreasing the furnace temperature while holding the specimen in position, maintaining the temperature gradient in the furnace and lowering the specimen at a controlled rate or a combination of both. At any point the specimen can be lowered rapidly into the 70 C molten metal bath to quench the specimen, preserve the solidification structure, and minimize solid state diffusion, enhancing the ability to study the localized solidification conditions.

  3. Effect of hydrogen on deformation structure and properties of CMSX-2 nickel-base single-crystal superalloy

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    Dollar, M.; Bernstein, I. M.; Walston, S.; Prinz, F.; Domnanovich, A.

    1987-01-01

    Material used in this study was a heat of the alloy CMSX-2. This nickel-based superalloy was provided in the form of oriented single crystals, solutionized for 3 hrs at 1315 C. It was then usually heat treated as follows: 1050 C/16h/air cool + 850 C/48h/air cool. The resulting microstructure is dominated by cuboidal, ordered gamma precipitates with a volume fraction of about 75% and an average size of 0.5 microns. In brief, the most compelling hydrogen induced-changes in deformation structure are: (1) enhanced dislocation accumulation in the gamma matrix; and (2) more extensive cross-slip of superdislocations in the gamma precipitates. The enhanced dislocation density in gamma acts to decrease the mean free path of a superdislocation, while easier cross slip hinders superdislocation movement by providing pinning points in the form of sessile jobs. Both processes contribute to the increase of flow stress and the notable work hardening that occurs prior to fracture.

  4. An Investigation of High-Temperature Precipitation in Powder-Metallurgy, Gamma/Gamma-Prime Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Semiatin, S. L.; Kim, S.-L.; Zhang, F.; Tiley, J. S.

    2015-04-01

    The high-temperature-precipitation behavior of a typical powder-metallurgy, gamma-gamma-prime, nickel-base superalloy (LSHR) was determined and used to develop and validate a quantitative fast-acting model. To this end, a series of experiments comprising supersolvus solution treatment followed by continuous cooling at rates typical of those experienced during the manufacture of full-scale components was conducted for LSHR. The nucleation and growth of secondary-gamma-prime precipitates were deduced via metallography on samples water quenched at various temperatures during the cooling cycle. Further insight on nucleation and the extent of retained supersaturation during cooling was obtained from in situ synchrotron (X-ray diffraction) experiments involving cooling of LSHR samples at identical rates with or without a hold time at an intermediate temperature. The observations were interpreted using a fast-acting (spreadsheet) model which incorporated the important aspects of classical, homogeneous-nucleation theory and growth by bulk diffusion. In this regard, particular attention was paid to the determination of model input parameters such as the composition, free energy of formation, and surface energy of precipitates, and an effective diffusivity; the values so determined contrasted with those from existing thermodynamic and diffusion databases. It was demonstrated that fast-acting-model calculations based on a nickel-chromium pseudo-binary system gave good agreement with measurements of the evolution of precipitate volume fraction, number density, and size during continuous cooling.

  5. Effect of B, Zr, and C on Hot Tearing of a Directionally Solidified Nickel-Based Superalloy

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    Grodzki, J.; Hartmann, N.; Rettig, R.; Affeldt, E.; Singer, R. F.

    2016-06-01

    The effect of the minor elements B, Zr, and C on the castability of a Nickel-based γ'-strengthened superalloy has been investigated. Tube-like specimens were prepared by directional solidification where the rigid ceramic core leads to hoop stresses and grain boundary cracking. It was found that an important improvement in castability can be achieved by adjusting the minor elemental composition. Too low C (≤0.15 pct) and too high B and Zr contents (≥0.05 pct) lead to material that is very prone to solidification cracking and should be avoided. The results cannot be rationalized on the basis of the current models for solidification cracking. Instead, pronounced hot tearing is observed to occur at high amounts of γ/ γ'-eutectic and high Zr contents. The critical film stage where dendrites at the end of solidification do not touch and are separated by thin liquid films must be avoided. How Zr promotes the film stage will be discussed in the paper.

  6. Microstructural Characterization of a Polycrystalline Nickel-Based Superalloy Processed via Tungsten-Intert-Gas-Shaped Metal Deposition

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    Clark, Daniel; Bache, Martin R.; Whittaker, Mark T.

    2010-12-01

    Recent trials have produced tungsten-inert-gas (TIG)-welded structures of a suitable scale to allow an evaluation of the technique as an economic and commercial process for the manufacture of complex aeroengine components. The employment of TIG welding is shown to have specific advantages over alternative techniques based on metal inert gas (MIG) systems. Investigations using the nickel-based superalloy 718 have shown that TIG induces a smaller weld pool with less compositional segregation. In addition, because the TIG process involves a pulsed power source, a faster cooling rate is achieved, although this rate, in turn, compromises the deposition rate. The microstructures produced by the two techniques differ significantly, with TIG showing an absence of the detrimental delta and Laves phases typically produced by extended periods at a high temperature using MIG. Instead, an anisotropic dendritic microstructure was evident with a preferred orientation relative to the axis of epitaxy. Niobium was segregated to the interdendritic regions. A fine-scale porosity was evident within the microstructure with a maximum diameter of approximately 5 μm. This porosity often was found in clusters and usually was associated with the interdendritic regions. Subsequent postdeposition heat treatment was shown to have no effect on preexisting porosity and to have a minimal effect on the microstructure.

  7. The fracture morphology of nickel-base superalloys tested in fatigue and creep-fatigue at 650 C

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    Gayda, J.; Miner, R. V.

    1981-01-01

    The fracture surfaces of compact tension specimens from seven nickel-base superalloys fatigue tested at 650 C were studied by scanning electron microscopy and optical metallography to determine the nature and morphology of the crack surface in the region of stable growth. Crack propagation testing was performed as part of an earlier study at 650 C in air using a 0.33 Hz fatigue cycle and a creep-fatigue cycle incorporating a 900 second dwell at maximum load. In fatigue, alloys with a grain size greater than 20 micrometers, HIP Astroloy, Waspaloy, and MERL 76, exhibited transgranular fracture. MERL 76 also displayed numerous fracture sites which were associated with boundaries of prior powder particles. The two high strength, fine grain alloys, IN 100 and NASA IIB-7, exhibited intergranular fracture. Rene 95 and HIP plus forged Astroloy displayed a mixed failure mode that was transgranular in the coarse grains and intergranular in the fine grains. Under creep-fatigue conditions, fracture was found to be predominantly intergranular in all seven alloys.

  8. Effects of composition and testing conditions on oxidation behavior of four cast commercial nickel-base superalloys

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    Lowell, C. E.; Probst, H. B.

    1974-01-01

    Four cast nickel-base superalloys were oxidized at 1000 and 1100 C for times up to 100 hr in static air and a Mach 1 gas stream. The oxidation resistance was judged by weight change, metal thickness loss, depletion-zone formation, and oxide formation and morphology. The alloys which formed mostly nickel aluminate (NiAl2O4) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) (B-1900, VIA, and to a lesser extent 713C) were more oxidation resistant. Poorer oxidation resistance was associated with the appearance of chromium sesquioxide (Cr2O3) and chromite spinel (738X). Refractory metal content had little effect on oxidation resistance. Refractory metals appeared in the scale as tapiolite (NiM2O6, where M represents the refractory metal). Thermal cycling in static air appeared to supply sufficient data for the evaluation of oxidation resistance, especially for alloys which form oxides of low volatility. For alloys of higher chromium levels with high propensities toward forming a chromium-bearing scale of higher volatility, testing under conditions of high gas velocity is necessary to assess fully the behavior of the alloy.

  9. On the Feasibility of Eddy Current Characterization of the Near-Surface Residual Stress Distribution in Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Blodgett, Mark P.; Nagy, Peter B.

    2004-02-26

    In light of its frequency-dependent penetration depth, the measurement of eddy current conductivity has been suggested as a possible means to allow the nondestructive evaluation of subsurface residual stresses in shot-peened specimens. This technique is based on the so-called electroelastic effect, i.e., the stress-dependence of the electrical conductivity. Unfortunately, the relatively small ({approx}1%) change in electrical conductivity caused by the presence of compressive residual stresses is often distorted, or even completely overshadowed, by the accompanying conductivity loss caused by cold work and surface roughness effects. Recently, it was observed that, in contrast with most other materials, shot-peened Waspaloy and IN100 specimens exhibit an apparent increase in electrical conductivity at increasing inspection frequencies. This observation by itself indicates that in these materials the measured conductivity change is probably dominated by residual stress effects, since both surface roughness and increased dislocation density are known to decrease rather than increase the conductivity and the presence of crystallographic texture does not affect the electrical conductivity of these materials, which crystallize in cubic symmetry. Our preliminary experiments indicate that probably there exists a unique 'window of opportunity' for eddy current NDE in nickel-base superalloys. We identified five major effects that contribute to this fortunate constellation of material properties, which will be reviewed in this presentation.

  10. Effect of Notches on Creep-Fatigue Behavior of a P/M Nickel-Based Superalloy

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    Telesman, Jack; Gabb, Timothy P.; Ghosn, Louis J.; Gayda, John, Jr.

    2015-01-01

    A study was performed to determine and model the effect of high temperature dwells on notched low cycle fatigue (NLCF) and notch stress rupture behavior of a fine grain LSHR powder metallurgy (PM) nickel-based superalloy. It was shown that a 90 second dwell applied at the minimum stress (min dwell) was considerably more detrimental to the NLCF lives than similar dwell applied at the maximum stress (max dwell). The short min dwell NLCF lives were shown to be caused by growth of small oxide blisters which caused preferential cracking when coupled with high concentrated notch root stresses. The cyclic max dwell notch tests failed mostly by a creep accumulation, not by fatigue, with the crack origin shifting internally to a substantial distance away from the notch root. The classical von Mises plastic flow model was unable to match the experimental results while the hydrostatic stress profile generated using the Drucker-Prager plasticity flow model was consistent with the experimental findings. The max dwell NLCF and notch stress rupture tests exhibited substantial creep notch strengthening. The triaxial Bridgman effective stress parameter was able to account for the notch strengthening by collapsing the notched and uniform gage geometry test data into a singular grouping.

  11. The Role of Cold Work in Eddy Current Residual Stress Measurements in Shot-Peened Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Yu, F.; Nagy, P. B.

    2006-03-06

    Recently, it was shown that eddy current methods can be adapted to residual stress measurement in shot-peened nickel-base superalloys. However, experimental evidence indicates that the piezoresistivity effect is simply not high enough to account for the observed apparent eddy current conductivity (AECC) increase. At the same time, X-ray diffraction data indicates that 'cold work' lingers even when the residual stress is fully relaxed and the excess AECC is completely gone. It is impossible to account for both observations with a single coherent explanation unless we assume that instead of a single 'cold work' effect, there are two varieties of cold work; type-A and type-B. Type-A cold work (e.g., changes in the microscopic homogeneity of the material) is not detected by X-ray diffraction as it does not significantly affect the beam width, but causes substantial conductivity change and exhibits strong thermal relaxation. Type-B cold work (e.g., dislocations) is detected by X-ray, but causes little or no conductivity change and exhibits weak thermal relaxation. Based on the assumption of two separate cold-work variables and that X-ray diffraction results indicate the presence of type-B, but not type-A, all observed phenomena can be explained. If this working hypothesis is proven right, the separation of residual stress and type-A cold work is less critical because they both relax much earlier and much faster than type-B cold work.

  12. Multi-objective constrained design of nickel-base superalloys using data mining- and thermodynamics-driven genetic algorithms

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    Menou, Edern; Ramstein, Gérard; Bertrand, Emmanuel; Tancret, Franck

    2016-06-01

    A new computational framework for systematic and optimal alloy design is introduced. It is based on a multi-objective genetic algorithm which allows (i) the screening of vast compositional ranges and (ii) the optimisation of the performance of novel alloys. Alloys performance is evaluated on the basis of their predicted constitutional and thermomechanical properties. To this end, the CALPHAD method is used for assessing equilibrium characteristics (such as constitution, stability or processability) while Gaussian processes provide an estimate of thermomechanical properties (such as tensile strength or creep resistance), based on a multi-variable non-linear regression of existing data. These three independently well-assessed tools were unified within a single C++ routine. The method was applied to the design of affordable nickel-base superalloys for service in power plants, providing numerous candidates with superior expected microstructural stability and strength. An overview of the metallurgy of optimised alloys, as well as two detailed examples of optimal alloys, suggest that improvements over current commercial alloys are achievable at lower costs.

  13. Microstructural Changes of a Creep-Damaged Nickel-Based K002 Superalloy Containing Hf Element under Different HIP Temperatures

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    Wang, Xiaomeng; Zhou, Yu; Dong, Jian; Wang, Tianyou; Zhao, Zihua; Zhang, Zheng

    2016-02-01

    Effects of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) temperature on the microstructural evolution of a nickel-based K002 superalloy containing Hf element after long-term service were investigated using three different soaking temperatures during HIP. The degraded γ' precipitates represented coarse and irregular morphology after long-term service. These γ' precipitates still were of coarse and irregular shape, but the size and volume fraction of γ' precipitates were markedly reduced under HIP condition of 1,190°C/200 MPa/4 h, indicating that the γ' precipitates were experiencing a dissolution process. Meanwhile, the concentrically oriented N-type γ' rafting structure around the cavities was formed. With HIP temperature increase to 1,220°C and 1,250°C, the small-sized, cubic and regular γ' precipitates were re-precipitated, and the concentrically oriented γ' structure vanished. The unstable morphology induced by the nucleation and growth of γ matrix was found near the creep cavities, indicating that the solute atoms diffused inward the creep-induced cavities during HIP. However, at HIP temperature of 1,220°C and 1,250°C, a large number of blocky MC(2)-type carbides containing amounts of Hf elements were precipitated, demonstrating that HIP treatment at higher temperatures can result in the formation of a large number of blocky MC(2)-type carbides.

  14. High-temperature measurements of lattice parameters and internal stresses of a creep-deformed monocrystalline nickel-base superalloy

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    Biermann, Horst; Strehler, Marcus; Mughrabi, Haël

    1996-04-01

    High-temperature X-ray line profile measurements were performed to maximal temperatures of 1050 °C on samples of the nickel-base superalloy SRR 99. The samples with rod axes near the [001] direction were investigated in the initially undeformed state and after creep deformation at different temperatures and stresses. For the measurements of the (002) and (020) line profiles, a special X-ray double crystal diffractometer with negligible line broadening was used which was equipped with a high-temperature vacuum chamber. The line profiles were evaluated for the lattice parameters of the matrix phase γ and the precipitated γ' phase and for values of the lattice mismatch parallel and perpendicular to the stress axis, respectively, which were found to be different. Elastic, tetragonal distortions of the phases γ and γ' could be determined between room temperature and about 900 °C. These distortions are thermally induced due to the different thermal expansion coefficients of the two phases and deformation induced due to interfacial dislocation networks which were built up during deformation. At the high temperatures of the X-ray measurements, at least partial recovery of the deformation-induced internal stresses occurred, depending on the temperature of the X-ray measurements. The results are discussed and compared with data obtained by complementary techniques.

  15. Effect of oxidation kinetics on the near threshold fatigue crack growth behavior of a nickel base superalloy

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    Yuen, J.L.; Roy, P.; Nix, W.D.

    1984-09-01

    The influence of oxidation kinetics on the near threshold fatigue crack growth behavior of a nickel base precipitation hardened superalloy was studied in air from 427 to 649 C. The tests were conducted at 100 Hz and at load ratios of 0.1 and 0.5. The threshold values of the alternating stress intensity factor were found to increase with temperature. This behavior is attributed to oxide deposits that form on the freshly created fracture surfaces which enhance crack closure. As determined from secondary ion mass spectrometry, the oxide thickness was uniform over the crack length and was of the order of the maximum crack tip opening displacement at threshold. Oxidation kinetics were important in thickening the oxide on the fracture surfaces at elevated temperatures, whereas at room temperature, the oxide deposits at near threshold fatigue crack growth rates and at low load ratios were thickened by an oxide fretting mechanism. The effect of fracture surface roughness-induced crack closure on the near threshold fatigue crack growth behavior is also discussed. 27 references.

  16. Effect of oxidation kinetics on the near threshold fatigue crack growth behavior of a nickel base superalloy

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    Yuen, J. L.; Roy, P.; Nix, W. D.

    1984-09-01

    The influence of oxidation kinetics on the near threshold fatigue crack growth behavior of a nickel base precipitation hardened superalloy was studied in air from 427° to 649 °C. The tests were conducted at 100 Hz and at load ratios of 0.1 and 0.5. The threshold ΔK values were found to increase with temperature. This behavior is attributed to oxide deposits that form on the freshly created fracture surfaces which enhance crack closure. As determined from secondary ion mass spectrometry, the oxide thickness was uniform over the crack length and was of the order of the maximum crack tip opening displacement at threshold. Oxidation kinetics were important in thickening the oxide on the fracture surfaces at elevated temperatures, whereas at room temperature, the oxide deposits at near threshold fatigue crack growth rates and at low load ratios were thickened by an oxide fretting mechanism. The effect of fracture surface roughness-induced crack closure on the near threshold fatigue crack growth behavior is also discussed.

  17. Formation of Minor Phases in a Nickel-Based Disk Superalloy

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    Gabb, T. P.; Garg, A.; Miller, D. R.; Sudbrack, C. K.; Hull, D. R.; Johnson, D.; Rogers, R. B.; Gayda, J.; Semiatin, S. L.

    2012-01-01

    The minor phases of powder metallurgy disk superalloy LSHR were studied. Samples were consistently heat treated at three different temperatures for long times to approximate equilibrium. Additional heat treatments were also performed for shorter times, to then assess non-equilibrium conditions. Minor phases including MC carbides, M23C6 carbides, M3B2 borides, and sigma were identified. Their transformation temperatures, lattice parameters, compositions, average sizes and total area fractions were determined, and compared to estimates of an existing phase prediction software package. Parameters measured at equilibrium sometimes agreed reasonably well with software model estimates, with potential for further improvements. Results for shorter times representing non-equilibrium indicated significant potential for further extension of the software to such conditions, which are more commonly observed during heat treatments and service at high temperatures for disk applications.

  18. Stress dependence of the Hall coefficient of a nickel-base superalloy

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    Kosaka, Daigo; Frishman, Anatoli; Nakagawa, Norio

    2016-02-01

    This paper reports on the Hall Effect and their stress dependence, observed experimentally on the superalloy Inconel® 718. The work is motivated by the desire to develop a nondestructive method of characterizing the near-surface protective residual stress in metals. Our approach is based on Hall Effect measurements, because it is anticipated that these measurements are less contaminated by cold work and other effects than conductivity-based measurements such as eddy current. The challenge is that, in metals, the Hall coefficient is very small. To achieve the required sensitivity, the Hall coefficient was measured with an AC injected current and an AC magnetic field. The measurements were performed on a thin film sample. The Hall coefficient was found to be positive, and varies proportionally to the applied tension. The proportionality coefficient is significantly larger than estimated from the volumetric effect in a free carrier model.

  19. Structure-property effects of tantalum additions to nickel-base superalloys

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    Heckel, R. W.; Pletka, B. J.; Koss, D. A.; Jackson, M. R.

    1982-01-01

    The characterization of the effect of Ta on the structure of Ni base superalloys, the determination of the effects of Ta (structure) variations on the mechanical, thermal, and oxidation behavior, and the identification of alloying elements which have potential as substitutes for Ta are investigated. Mar M247 type alloys are emphasized; nominal and analyzed compositions of ten alloys under study are given. X-ray and composition analysis are being used to determine the partitioning of alloying elements between gamma, gamma primes, and MC (cubic) as a function of Ta content. The diffusional interactions of the Mar M247-type alloys with as cast beta + gamma alloys are studied to determine the effects of Ta on alloy/coating degradation.

  20. Fatigue crack growth and low cycle fatigue of two nickel base superalloys

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    Stoloff, N. S.; Duquette, D. J.; Choe, S. J.; Golwalkar, S.

    1983-01-01

    The fatigue crack growth and low cycle fatigue behavior of two P/M superalloys, Rene 95 and Astroloy, in the hot isostatically pressed (HIP) condition, was determined. Test variables included frequency, temperature, environment, and hold times at peak tensile loads (or strains). Crack initiation sites were identified in both alloys. Crack growth rates were shown to increase in argon with decreasing frequency or with the imposition of hold times. This behavior was attributed to the effect of oxygen in the argon. Auger analyses were performed on oxide films formed in argon. Low cycle fatigue lives also were degraded by tensile hold, contrary to previous reports in the literature. The role of environment in low cycle fatigue behavior is discussed.

  1. Creep property and microstructure evolution of a nickel-base single crystal superalloy in [011] orientation

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    Han, G.M. Yu, J.J.; Hu, Z.Q.; Sun, X.F.

    2013-12-15

    The creep property and microstructure evolution of a single crystal superalloy with [011] orientation were investigated at the temperatures of 700 °C, 900 °C and 1040 °C. It is shown that there exist stages of primary, steady-state, and tertiary creep under the lower temperature 700 °C. As the temperature increases to high temperatures of 900 °C and 1040 °C, steady-state creep stage is reduced or disappears and the shape of creep curves is dominated by an extensive tertiary stage. The minimum creep strain rate exhibits power law dependence on the applied stress; the stress exponents at 700 °C, 900 °C and 1040 °C are 28, 13 and 6.5, respectively. Microstructure observation shows that the morphologies of γ′ phase almost keep original shape at the lower temperature 700 °C and high applied stress. With the increasing creep temperature, γ′ precipitates tend to link together and form lamellar structure at an angle of 45° inclined to the applied stress. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigations reveal that multiple < 110 > (111) slip systems gliding in the matrix channels and shearing γ′ precipitates by stacking faults or bending dislocation pairs are the main deformation mechanism at the lower temperature of 700 °C. At the high temperatures of 900 °C and 1040 °C, dislocation networks are formed at γ/γ′ interfaces and the γ′ rafts are sheared by dislocation pairs. - Highlights: • Creep properties of < 011 >-oriented single crystal superalloys were investigated. • γ′ phases become rafting at an angle of 45° inclined to the applied stress. • Creep deformation mechanisms depend on temperature and stress.

  2. The stability of lamellar gamma-gamma-prime structures. [nickel-base superalloy

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    Nathal, M. V.; Mackay, R. A.

    1987-01-01

    The stability of stress-annealed gamma/gamma-prime lamellar structures were investigated using three nickel-base single-crystal alloys (the NASAIR 100 and two similar alloys, E and F, containing 5 and 10 wt pct Co, respectively) stress-annealed at 1000 C to form lamellae perpendicular to the applied stress. The rate of the lamellar thickening under various thermal and creep exposures was examined by SEM. For unstressed aging at 1100 C, the lamellar structures of the NASAIR and the E alloys exhibited continuous but slow lamellar coarsening, whereas the lamellae of the alloy F showed pronounced thickening plus spheroidization. Resistance to lamellar thickening was correlated with high magnitudes of lattice mismatch, which promoted a more regular lamellar structure and a finer spacing of misfit dislocations. Specimens which were tension-annealed prior to compressive creep testing exhibited an earlier onset of tertiary creep in comparison with only heat-treated specimens. This was associated with accelerated lamellar coarsening in the stress-annealed specimens.

  3. Quantitative characterization and comparison of precipitate and grain shape in Nickel -base superalloys using moment invariants

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    Callahan, Patrick Gregory

    A fundamental objective of materials science and engineering is to understand the structure-property-processing-performance relationship. We need to know the true 3-D microstructure of a material to understand certain geometric properties of a material, and thus fulfill this objective. Focused ion beam (FIB) serial sectioning allows us to find the true 3-D microstructure of Ni-base superalloys. Once the true 3-D microstructure is obtained, an accurate quantitative description and characterization of precipitate and/or grain shapes is needed to understand the microstructure and describe it in an unbiased way. In this thesis, second order moment invariants, the shape quotient Q, a convexity measure relating the volume of an object to the volume of its convex hull, V/Vconv, and Gaussian curvature have been used to compare an experimentally observed polycrystalline IN100 microstructure to three synthetic microstructures. The three synthetic microstructures used different shape classes to produce starting grain shapes. The three shape classes are ellipsoids, superellipsoids, and the shapes generated when truncating a cube with an octahedron. The microstructures are compared using a distance measure, the Hellinger distance. The Hellinger distance is used to compare distributions of shape descriptors for the grains in each microstructure. The synthetic microstructure that has the smallest Hellinger distance, and so best matched the experimentally observed microstructure is the microstructure that used superellipsoids as a starting grain shape. While it has the smallest Hellinger distance, and is approaching realistic grain morphologies, the superellipsoidal microstructure is still not realistic. Second order moment invariants, Q, and V/V conv have also been used to characterize the γ' precipitate shapes from four experimental Ru-containing Ni-base superalloys with differences in alloying additions. The superalloys are designated UM-F9, UM-F18, UM-F19, and UM-F22. The

  4. Oxidation behavior of several chromia-forming commercial nickel-based superalloys

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    Chen, J.H.; Rogers, P.M.; Little, J.A.

    1997-06-01

    Several commercially available Ni-base superalloys were exposed isothermally in air at temperatures between 750{degrees} and 1000{degrees}C and also under cyclic conditions at 1000{degrees}C The kinetics of oxidation were determined and the scales were analyzed by electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Thin adherent chromia-rich scales formed on the alloys at 750{degrees}C after 1000 hr. Although Waspaloy showed the lowest weight gain in this test, it also showed the deepest internal corrosion due to oxidation of the grain-boundary carbides. At temperatures up to 1000{degrees}C the external scales were also chromia-rich but there was greater internal corrosion. Titanium in the alloys oxidized, diffusing through the chromia scale to form faceted rutile (TiO{sub 2}) grains at the surface as well as forming TiO{sub 2} and TiN internally. The amount of rutile at the oxide surface increased with temperature and alloy Ti concentration. Alumina formed as discrete internal oxides below the chromia scale, although Astroloy when oxidized isothermally at 1000{degrees}C developed a semicontinuous internal layer of alumina due to its higher Al content. Under cyclic conditions Astroloy formed a thicker, less-protective scale of transition oxides probably due to its lower Cr content.

  5. Creep-Environment Interactions in Dwell-Fatigue Crack Growth of Nickel Based Superalloys

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    Maciejewski, Kimberly; Dahal, Jinesh; Sun, Yaofeng; Ghonem, Hamouda

    2014-05-01

    A multi-scale, mechanistic model is developed to describe and predict the dwell-fatigue crack growth rate in the P/M disk superalloy, ME3, as a function of creep-environment interactions. In this model, the time-dependent cracking mechanisms involve grain boundary sliding and dynamic embrittlement, which are identified by the grain boundary activation energy, as well as, the slip/grain boundary interactions in both air and vacuum. Modeling of the damage events is achieved by adapting a cohesive zone (CZ) approach which considers the deformation behavior of the grain boundary element at the crack tip. The deformation response of this element is controlled by the surrounding continuum in both far field (internal state variable model) and near field (crystal plasticity model) regions and the intrinsic grain boundary viscosity which defines the mobility of the element by scaling up the motion of dislocations into a mesoscopic scale. This intergranular cracking process is characterized by the rate at which the grain boundary sliding reaches a critical displacement. A damage criterion is introduced by considering the grain boundary mobility limit in the tangential direction leading to strain incompatibility and failure. Results of simulated intergranular crack growth rate using the CZ model are generated for temperatures ranging from 923 K to 1073 K (650 °C to 800 °C), in both air and vacuum. These results are compared with those experimentally obtained and analysis of the model sensitivity to loading conditions, particularly temperature and oxygen partial pressure, are presented.

  6. Temporal Evolution of Nanostructures in a Model Nickel-Base Superalloy: Experiments and Simulations

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    Sudbrack, Chantal K.; Yoon, Kevin E.; Mao, Zugang; Noebe, Ronald D.; Isheim, Dieter; Seidman, David N.

    2003-01-01

    The temporal evolution of the nanostructure of a model Ni-base superalloy (Ni-5.2 at.% Al-14.2 at.% Cr) is studied experimentally employing three-dimensional atom-probe (3DAP) microscopy in conjunction with kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations at 600 C. It is demonstrated that not only can the mean compositions of individual gamma' (Ni3Al with the Li2 structure) precipitates be measured but the Ni, Al, and Cr concentration profiles within the precipitates can also be determined for precipitates with a mean radius () as small as 0.85 nm. The three asymptotic tinie dependencies of the Lifshitz-Slyzov-Wagner (LSW) theory of coarsening (Ostwald ripening) are measured and found to deviate from its theoretical predictions: possible explanations for these discrepancies are discussed. At 0.25 hr. there is 3DAP microscope evidence for the presence of precipitates of another nickel-rich phase. ="Ni3Cr" (Ni3Cr(1-x)Al(x)), which exhibits short-range order (SRO) and that is metastable with respect to Ni3Al. This metastable phase is also found by KMC simulations and has the composition Ni3Cr(1-x)Al(x), which is Ni-2.91 at.% Al-21.98 at.% Cr at 16 hours. Our results demonstrate that the decomposition of gamma the primary gamma (FCC) phase results in the concurrent formation of an ordered phase and a disordered phase by 0.25 hours.

  7. Effect of Crystal Orientation on Analysis of Single-Crystal, Nickel-Based Turbine Blade Superalloys

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    Swanson, G. R.; Arakere, N. K.

    2000-01-01

    High-cycle fatigue-induced failures in turbine and turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Single-crystal nickel turbine blades are used because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance, and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities. Single-crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the part geometry a significant and complicating factor. A fatigue failure criterion based on the maximum shear stress amplitude on the 24 octahedral and 6 cube slip systems is presented for single-crystal nickel superalloys (FCC crystal). This criterion greatly reduces the scatter in uniaxial fatigue data for PWA 1493 at 1,200 F in air. Additionally, single-crystal turbine blades used in the Space Shuttle main engine high pressure fuel turbopump/alternate turbopump are modeled using a three-dimensional finite element (FE) model. This model accounts for material orthotrophy and crystal orientation. Fatigue life of the blade tip is computed using FE stress results and the failure criterion that was developed. Stress analysis results in the blade attachment region are also presented. Results demonstrate that control of crystallographic orientation has the potential to significantly increase a component's resistance to fatigue crack growth without adding additional weight or cost.

  8. Microstructure and Creep Behavior of a Directional Solidification Nickel-based Superalloy

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    Tian, Ning; Tian, Sugui; Yu, Huichen; Li, Ying; Meng, Xianlin

    2015-07-01

    By means of creep property measurement and microstructure observation, an investigation has been made into microstructure and creep behavior of a directional solidification Ni-based superalloy at high temperatures. Results show that after full heat treatment, small cuboidal γ' precipitates distribute in the dendrite regions, while coarser ones distribute in the inter-dendrite regions. In the primary stage of creep, the γ' phase in alloy is transformed into the rafted structure along the direction vertical to stress axis, and then the creep of alloy enters the steady state stage. And dislocations slipping in the g matrix and climbing over the rafted γ' phase are thought to be the deformation mechanism of the alloy during steady creep stage. At the latter stage of creep, the alternate slipping of dislocations may shear and twist the rafted γ'/γ phases, which promotes the initiation and propagation of the micro-cracks along the boundaries near the coarser rafted γ' phase. And the bigger probability of the creep damage occurs in the grain boundaries along 45° angles relative to the stress axis due to them bearing relatively bigger shearing stress.

  9. Advanced nickel base alloys for high strength, corrosion applications

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    Flinn, J.E.

    1998-11-03

    Improved nickel-base alloys of enhanced strength and corrosion resistance, produced by atomization of an alloy melt under an inert gas atmosphere and of composition 0--20Fe, 10--30Cr, 2--12Mo, 6 max. Nb, 0.05--3 V, 0.08 max. Mn, 0.5 max. Si, less than 0.01 each of Al and Ti, less than 0.05 each of P and S, 0.01--0.08C, less than 0.2N, 0.1 max. 0, bal. Ni. 3 figs.

  10. Advanced nickel base alloys for high strength, corrosion applications

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    Flinn, John E.

    1998-01-01

    Improved nickel-base alloys of enhanced strength and corrosion resistance, produced by atomization of an alloy melt under an inert gas atmosphere and of composition 0-20Fe, 10-30Cr, 2-12Mo, 6 max. Nb, 0.05-3 V, 0.08 max. Mn, 0.5 max. Si, less than 0.01 each of Al and Ti, less than 0.05 each of P and S, 0.01-0.08C, less than 0.2N, 0.1 max. 0, bal. Ni.

  11. Effects of Microstructural Parameters on Creep of Nickel-Base Superalloy Single Crystals

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    MacKay, Rebecca A.; Gabb, Timothy P.; Nathal, Michael V.

    2013-01-01

    Microstructure-sensitive creep models have been developed for Ni-base superalloy single crystals. Creep rupture testing was conducted on fourteen single crystal alloys at two applied stress levels at each of two temperatures, 982 and 1093 C. The variation in creep lives among the different alloys could be explained with regression models containing relatively few microstructural parameters. At 982 C, gamma-gamma prime lattice mismatch, gamma prime volume fraction, and initial gamma prime size were statistically significant in explaining the creep rupture lives. At 1093 C, only lattice mismatch and gamma prime volume fraction were significant. These models could explain from 84 to 94 percent of the variation in creep lives, depending on test condition. Longer creep lives were associated with alloys having more negative lattice mismatch, lower gamma prime volume fractions, and finer gamma prime sizes. The gamma-gamma prime lattice mismatch exhibited the strongest influence of all the microstructural parameters at both temperatures. Although a majority of the alloys in this study were stable with respect to topologically close packed (TCP) phases, it appeared that up to approximately 2 vol% TCP phase did not affect the 1093 C creep lives under applied stresses that produced lives of approximately 200 to 300 h. In contrast, TCP phase contents of approximately 2 vol% were detrimental at lower applied stresses where creep lives were longer. A regression model was also developed for the as-heat treated initial gamma prime size; this model showed that gamma prime solvus temperature, gamma-gamma prime lattice mismatch, and bulk Re content were all statistically significant.

  12. Laser Clad Nickel Based Superalloys: Microstructure Evolution And High Temperature Oxidation Studies

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    Sircar, S.; Ribaudo, C.; Mazumder, J.

    1988-10-01

    Application of alloy coatings with superior oxidation resistance at elevated temperatures (1200°C) on superalloy components is of interest at present. There is a general consensus that the addition of rare earths such as hafnium (Hf) to these alloys has a pronounced effect on their performance. An in situ laser cladding technique was used to produce Ni-Al-Cr-Hf alloys on a nickel alloy substrate. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) attached with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyzers were employed for microstructural evolution studies of alloys produced during the laser cladding process. The microstructure of these alloys mainly consists of dendrites of Y' of the Ni3Al type with about 11-14 wt% Hf and an interdendritic eutectic phase. Electron microscopy in the dendritic zones reveals ordered domains whose morphology depends on laser cladding process parameters. Variation in these parameters produced only subtle changes in the composition and cell spacing of the dendritic phase. The eutectic constituent consists of a Hf-rich phase and a Hf-lean phase in an alternating lamellar structure. Convergent beam diffraction and x-ray spectroscopy techniques were used to characterize the constituents. A possible phase transformation sequence has been suggested. Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) work indicates that the Y' dissolution temperature for the claddings is at least as high as the substrate material (Rene 80). Single cycle oxidation tests of eight hours at 1200°C in slowly flowing air reveal that the claddings have a lower weight gain rate than the substrate itself. Microchemistry and microstructure of the oxidized samples are examined using SEM attached with EDX and Auger Electron Spectroscopic (AES) techniques. The improvement in the oxidation resistance is believed to be at least partially due to the mechanical pegging between alumina coated hafnia protrusions and the

  13. A Comparison of Residual Stress Development in Inertia Friction Welded Fine Grain and Coarse Grain Nickel-Base Superalloy

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    Iqbal, N.; Rolph, J.; Moat, R.; Hughes, D.; Hofmann, M.; Kelleher, J.; Baxter, G.; Withers, P. J.; Preuss, M.

    2011-12-01

    The effect of the base material microstructure on the development of residual stresses across the weld line in inertia friction welds (IFWs) of high-strength nickel-base superalloy RR1000 was studied using neutron diffraction. A comparison was carried out between tubular IFW specimens generated from RR1000 heat treated below (fine grain (FG) structure) and above (coarse grain (CG) structure) the γ'-solvus. Residual stresses were mapped in the as-welded (AW) condition and, after a postweld heat treatment (PWHT), optimized for maximum alloy strength. The highest tensile stresses were generally found in the hoop direction at the weld line near the inner diameter of the tubular-shaped specimens. A comparison between the residual stresses generated in FG and CG RR1000 suggests that the starting microstructure has little influence on the maximum residual stresses generated in the weld even though different levels of energy must be input to achieve a successful weld in each case. The residual stresses in the postweld heat treated samples were about 35 pct less than for the AW condition. Despite the fact that the high-temperature properties of the two parent microstructures are different, no significant differences in terms of stress relief were found between the FG and CG RR1000 IFWs. Since the actual weld microstructures of FG and CG RR1000 inertia welds are very similar, the results suggest that it is the weld microstructure and its associated high-temperature properties rather than the parent material that affects the overall weld stress distribution and its subsequent stress relief.

  14. Liquation Microfissuring in the Weld Heat-Affected Zone of an Overaged Precipitation-Hardened Nickel-Base Superalloy

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    Ojo, O. A.; Chaturvedi, M. C.

    2007-02-01

    The effect of preweld overaging heat treatment on the microstructural response in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of a precipitation-hardened nickel-base superalloy INCONEL 738LC subjected to the welding thermal cycle ( i.e., rapid) was investigated. The overaging heat treatment resulted in the formation of an interfacial microconstituent containing M23X6 particles and coarsening of primary and secondary γ' precipitates. The HAZ microstructures around welds in the overaged alloy were simulated using the Gleeble thermomechanical simulation system. Microstructural examination of simulated HAZs and those present in tungsten inert gas (TIG) welded specimens showed the occurrence of extensive grain boundary liquation involving liquation reaction of the interfacial microconstituents containing M23X6 particles and MC-type carbides. In addition, the coarsened γ' precipitate particles present in the overaged alloy persisted well above their solvus temperature to temperatures where they constitutionally liquated and contributed to considerable liquation of grain boundaries, during continuous rapid heating. Intergranular HAZ microfissuring, with resolidified product formed mostly on one side of the microfissures, was observed in welded specimens. This suggested that the HAZ microfissuring generally occurred by decohesion across one of the solid-liquid interfaces during the grain boundary liquation stage of the weld thermal cycle. Correlation of simulated HAZ microstructures with hot ductility properties of the alloy revealed that the temperature at which the alloy exhibited zero ductility during heating was within the temperature range at which grain boundary liquation was observed. The on-cooling ductility of the alloy was significantly damaged by the on-heating liquation reaction, as reflected by the considerably low ductility recovery temperature (DRT). Important characteristics of the intergranular liquid that could influence HAZ microfissuring of the alloy in overaged

  15. Microstructural modeling during multi-pass rolling of a nickel-base superalloy

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    Subramanian, Kannan

    2009-08-01

    Microstructure present at the end of rolling and cooling operations controls the product properties. Therefore, control of grain size is an important characteristic in any hot-working. The narrow temperature range for hot working of Alloy 718 makes the grain size control more difficult. In the current work, a systematic numerical approach to predict the microstructure of Alloy 718 during multi-pass rolling is developed. This approach takes into account the severe deformation that takes place during each pass and also the possible reheating between passes. In order to predict the grain size at the end of rolling process, microstructural processes such as dynamic recrystallization (DRX), metadynamic recrystallization (MDRX), and static grain growth need to be captured at every deformation step for superalloys. Empirical relationships between the average grain size from various microstructural processes and the macroscopic variables such as temperature (T), effective strain 3¯ and strain rate 3¯˙ form the basis for the current work. The empirical relationships considered in this work are based on Avrami equations and utilize data taken from various forging analyses. The macroscopic variables are calculated using the Finite Element Method (FEM) by modeling the rolling process as a creeping flow problem. FEM incorporates a mesh re-zoning algorithm that enables the analysis to continue for several passes. A two-dimensional transient thermal analysis is carried out between passes that can capture the MDRX and/or static grain growth during the microstructural evolution. The microstructure prediction algorithm continuously updates two families of grains, namely, the recrystallized family and strained family at the start of deformation in any given pass. In addition, the algorithm calculates various subgroups within these two families at every deformation step within a pass. As the material undergoes deformation between the rolls, recrystallization equations are invoked

  16. Crack initiation modeling of a directionally-solidified nickel-base superalloy

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    Gordon, Ali Page

    Combustion gas turbine components designed for application in electric power generation equipment are subject to periodic replacement as a result of cracking, damage, and mechanical property degeneration that render them unsafe for continued operation. In view of the significant costs associated with inspecting, servicing, and replacing damaged components, there has been much interest in developing models that not only predict service life, but also estimate the evolved microstructural state of the material. This thesis explains manifestations of microstructural damage mechanisms that facilitate fatigue crack nucleation in a newly-developed directionally-solidified (DS) Ni-base superalloy components exposed to elevated temperatures and high stresses. In this study, models were developed and validated for damage and life prediction using DS GTD-111 as the subject material. This material, proprietary to General Electric Energy, has a chemical composition and grain structure designed to withstand creep damage occurring in the first and second stage blades of gas-powered turbines. The service conditions in these components, which generally exceed 600°C, facilitate the onset of one or more damage mechanisms related to fatigue, creep, or environment. The study was divided into an empirical phase, which consisted of experimentally simulating service conditions in fatigue specimens, and a modeling phase, which entailed numerically simulating the stress-strain response of the material. Experiments have been carried out to simulate a variety of thermal, mechanical, and environmental operating conditions endured by longitudinally (L) and transversely (T) oriented DS GTD-111. Both in-phase and out-of-phase thermo-mechanical fatigue tests were conducted. In some cases, tests in extreme environments/temperatures were needed to isolate one or at most two of the mechanisms causing damage. Microstructural examinations were carried out via SEM and optical microscopy. A continuum

  17. Microstructural, mechanical and weldability assessments of the dissimilar welds between γ′- and γ″-strengthened nickel-base superalloys

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    Naffakh Moosavy, Homam; Aboutalebi, Mohammad-Reza; Seyedein, Seyed Hossein; Mapelli, Carlo

    2013-08-15

    Dissimilar welding of γ′- and γ″-strengthened nickel-base superalloys has been investigated to identify the relationship between the microstructure of the welds and the resultant mechanical and weldability characteristics. γ′-Strengthened nickel-base Alloy 500 and γ″-strengthened nickel-base Alloy 718 were used for dissimilar welding. Gas tungsten arc welding operations were utilized for performing the autogenous dissimilar welding. Alloy 500 and Alloy 718 base metals showed various types of phases, carbides, intermetallics and eutectics in their microstructure. The results for Alloy 500 weld metal showed severe segregation of titanium to the interdendritic regions. The Alloy 718 weld metal compositional analysis confirmed the substantial role of Nb in the formation of low-melting eutectic-type morphologies which can reduce the weldability. The microstructure of dissimilar weld metal with dilution level of 65% wt.% displayed semi-developed dendritic structure. The less segregation and less formation of low-melting eutectic structures caused to less susceptibility of the dissimilar weld metal to the solidification cracking. This result was confirmed by analytic modeling achievements. Dissolution of γ″-Ni{sub 3}Nb precipitations took place in the Alloy 718 heat-affected zone leading to sharp decline of the microhardness in this region. Remelted and resolidified regions were observed in the partially-melted zone of Alloy 500 and Alloy 718. Nevertheless, no solidification and liquation cracking happened in the dissimilar welds. Finally, this was concluded that dissimilar welding of γ′- and γ″-strengthened nickel-base superalloys can successfully be performed. - Highlights: • Dissimilar welding of γ′- and γ″-strengthened nickel-base superalloys is studied. • Microstructural, mechanical and weldability aspects of the welds are assessed. • Microstructure of welds, bases and heat-affected zones is characterized in detail. • The type

  18. Effect of volume fraction and size of fine-gamma prime particles on raising the creep strength of a DS nickel-base superalloy

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    Lin, D. L.; Yao, D. L.; Lin, X. J.; Sun, C. Q.

    1986-01-01

    The creep behavior of a directionally solidifified nickel-base superalloy, DKS3, has been investigated as a function of the volume fraction and size of the gamma-prime phase at 760 and 950 C. The dislocation structure and morphology of gamma-prime was examined by transmission electron microscopy at the primary, secondary and tertiary creep stages at 73.8 kgf/sq mm. Experimental results are described in terms of a high temperature creep model in the range of temperatures and applied stresses where shearing of the gamma-prime phase does not control the straining process.

  19. A novel unified dislocation density-based model for hot deformation behavior of a nickel-based superalloy under dynamic recrystallization conditions

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    Lin, Y. C.; Wen, Dong-Xu; Chen, Ming-Song; Chen, Xiao-Min

    2016-09-01

    In this study, a novel unified dislocation density-based model is presented for characterizing hot deformation behaviors in a nickel-based superalloy under dynamic recrystallization (DRX) conditions. In the Kocks-Mecking model, a new softening item is proposed to represent the impacts of DRX behavior on dislocation density evolution. The grain size evolution and DRX kinetics are incorporated into the developed model. Material parameters of the developed model are calibrated by a derivative-free method of MATLAB software. Comparisons between experimental and predicted results confirm that the developed unified dislocation density-based model can nicely reproduce hot deformation behavior, DRX kinetics, and grain size evolution in wide scope of initial grain size, strain rate, and deformation temperature. Moreover, the developed unified dislocation density-based model is well employed to analyze the time-variant forming processes of the studied superalloy.

  20. Optimization of the Homogenization Heat Treatment of Nickel-Based Superalloys Based on Phase-Field Simulations: Numerical Methods and Experimental Validation

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    Rettig, Ralf; Ritter, Nils C.; Müller, Frank; Franke, Martin M.; Singer, Robert F.

    2015-12-01

    A method for predicting the fastest possible homogenization treatment of the as-cast microstructure of nickel-based superalloys is presented and compared with experimental results for the single-crystal superalloy ERBO/1. The computational prediction method is based on phase-field simulations. Experimentally determined compositional fields of the as-cast microstructure from microprobe measurements are being used as input data. The software program MICRESS is employed to account for multicomponent diffusion, dissolution of the eutectic phases, nucleation, and growth of liquid phase (incipient melting). The optimization itself is performed using an iterative algorithm that increases the temperature in such a way that the microstructural state is always very close to the incipient melting limit. Maps are derived allowing describing the dissolution of primary γ/ γ'-islands and the elimination of residual segregation with respect to temperature and time.

  1. On the development of a new pre-weld thermal treatment procedure for preventing heat-affected zone (HAZ) liquation cracking in nickel-base IN 738 superalloy

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    Ola, O. T.; Ojo, O. A.; Chaturvedi, M. C.

    2014-10-01

    Hot cracking in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of precipitation strengthened nickel-base superalloys, such as IN 738, during fusion welding remains a major factor limiting reparability of nickel-base gas turbine components. The problem of HAZ intergranular cracking can be addressed by modifying the microstructure of the pre-weld material through thermal treatment, which requires significant understanding of the critical factors controlling cracking behaviour. The decomposition of Mo-Cr-W-and Cr-rich borides in the alloy, among other factors, has been observed to contribute significantly to non-equilibrium intergranular liquation and, hence, intergranular liquation cracking during welding. Gleeble physical simulation of HAZ microstructure has also shown that non-equilibrium liquation is more severe in the vicinity of decomposed borides in the alloy and can occur at temperatures as low as 1,150 °C. Although currently existing pre-weld heat treatments for IN 738 superalloy minimize the contributions of dissolution of second phases, including borides, to HAZ intergranular liquation, these heat treatments are not industrially feasible due to process-related difficulties. Therefore, a new industrially feasible and effective pre-weld thermal treatment process, designated as FUMT, was developed during the present research by controlling both the formation of borides and the segregation of boron at the grain boundaries in the pre-weld heat-treated material. This thermal treatment was observed to very significantly reduce intergranular HAZ cracking in welded IN 738 superalloy. The details of the development process and developed procedure are presented in this paper.

  2. Quantitative experimental determination of the solid solution hardening potential of rhenium, tungsten and molybdenum in single-crystal nickel-based superalloys

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    Fleischmann, Ernst; Miller, Michael K.; Affeldt, Ernst; Glatzel, Uwe

    2015-01-31

    Here, the solid-solution hardening potential of the refractory elements rhenium, tungsten and molybdenum in the matrix of single-crystal nickel-based superalloys was experimentally quantified. Single-phase alloys with the composition of the nickel solid-solution matrix of superalloys were cast as single crystals, and tested in creep at 980 °C and 30–75 MPa. The use of single-phase single-crystalline material ensures very clean data because no grain boundary or particle strengthening effects interfere with the solid-solution hardening. This makes it possible to quantify the amount of rhenium, tungsten and molybdenum necessary to reduce the creep rate by a factor of 10. Rhenium is moremore » than two times more effective for matrix strengthening than either tungsten or molybdenum. The existence of rhenium clusters as a possible reason for the strong strengthening effect is excluded as a result of atom probe tomography measurements. If the partitioning coefficient of rhenium, tungsten and molybdenum between the γ matrix and the γ' precipitates is taken into account, the effectiveness of the alloying elements in two-phase superalloys can be calculated and the rhenium effect can be explained.« less

  3. Quantitative experimental determination of the solid solution hardening potential of rhenium, tungsten and molybdenum in single-crystal nickel-based superalloys

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    Fleischmann, Ernst; Miller, Michael K.; Affeldt, Ernst; Glatzel, Uwe

    2015-01-31

    Here, the solid-solution hardening potential of the refractory elements rhenium, tungsten and molybdenum in the matrix of single-crystal nickel-based superalloys was experimentally quantified. Single-phase alloys with the composition of the nickel solid-solution matrix of superalloys were cast as single crystals, and tested in creep at 980 °C and 30–75 MPa. The use of single-phase single-crystalline material ensures very clean data because no grain boundary or particle strengthening effects interfere with the solid-solution hardening. This makes it possible to quantify the amount of rhenium, tungsten and molybdenum necessary to reduce the creep rate by a factor of 10. Rhenium is more than two times more effective for matrix strengthening than either tungsten or molybdenum. The existence of rhenium clusters as a possible reason for the strong strengthening effect is excluded as a result of atom probe tomography measurements. If the partitioning coefficient of rhenium, tungsten and molybdenum between the γ matrix and the γ' precipitates is taken into account, the effectiveness of the alloying elements in two-phase superalloys can be calculated and the rhenium effect can be explained.

  4. Nickel base alloy. [for gas turbine engine stator vanes

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    Freche, J. C.; Waters, W. J. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    A nickel base superalloy for use at temperatures of 2000 F (1095 C) to 2200 F (1205 C) was developed for use as stator vane material in advanced gas turbine engines. The alloy has a nominal composition in weight percent of 16 tungsten, 7 aluminum, 1 molybdenum, 2 columbium, 0.3 zirconium, 0.2 carbon and the balance nickel.

  5. A study of reduced chromium content in a nickel-base superalloy via element substitution and rapid solidification processing. Ph.D. ThesisFinal Report

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    Powers, William O.

    1987-01-01

    A study of reduced chromium content in a nickel base superalloy via element substitution and rapid solidification processing was performed. The two elements used as partial substitutes for chromium were Si and Zr. The microstructure of conventionally solidified materials was characterized using microscopy techniques. These alloys were rapidly solidified using the chill block melt spinning technique and the rapidly solidified microstructures were characterized using electron microscopy. The spinning technique and the rapidly solidified microstructures was assessed following heat treatments at 1033 and 1272 K. Rapidly solidified material of three alloys was reduced to particulate form and consolidated using hot isostatic pressing (HIP). The consolidated materials were also characterized using microscopy techniques. In order to evaluate the relative strengths of the consolidated alloys, compression tests were performed at room temperature and 1033 K on samples of as-HIPed and HIPed plus solution treated material. Yield strength, porosity, and oxidation resistance characteristics are given and compared.

  6. The effects of tantalum on the microstructure of two polycrystalline nickel-base superalloys - B-1900 + Hf and MAR-M247

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    Heckel, R. W.; Pletka, B. J.; Janowski, G. M.

    1986-01-01

    The effect of changing the content of Ta on the gamma/gamma-prime carbide microstructure was investigated in two crystalline nickel-base superalloys: conventionally cast B-1900 + Hf, and both conventionally cast and directionally solidified MAR-M247. The changes occurring in the microstructure effects were similar in both alloys. The gamma-prime and carbide volume fractions increased linearly with Ta additions, while the gamma-prime phase compositions did not change. Bulk Ta additions increased the levels of Cr and Co (in addition to that of Ta) of the gamma phase, a result of the approximately constant partitioning ratios for these two elements. The addition of Ta led to a partial replacement of Hf in the MC carbides. In addition, Cr-rich M(23)C(6) carbides formed as a result of MC carbide decomposition during heat treatment.

  7. Effect of minor carbon additions on the high-temperature creep behavior of a single-crystal nickel-based superalloy

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    Wang, L. Wang, D.; Liu, T.; Li, X.W.; Jiang, W.G.; Zhang, G.; Lou, L.H.

    2015-06-15

    Different amounts of carbon were added to a single-crystal nickel-based superalloy. The microstructural evolution of these alloys before and after high-temperature creep tests was investigated by employing scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Upon increasing the carbon contents, the volume fraction and diameter of the carbides increased gradually: however, the creep lives of the alloys increased slightly at first and subsequently decreased. The formation of second-phase particles, such as the nano-sized M{sub 23}C{sub 6}, blocky and needle-shaped μ phase, was observed in the creep samples, which was closely related to the high-temperature creep behaviors. - Highlights: • Creep behaviors of alloys with different amounts of carbon were investigated. • The creep rupture lives increased and later decreased with more carbon. • Second-phase particles were responsible for the different creep behaviors.

  8. The role of the gamma/gamma-prime eutectic and porosity on the tensile behavior of a single-crystal nickel-base superalloy

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    Walston, W. S.; Bernstein, I. M.; Thompson, A. W.

    1991-01-01

    The microstructure of a single-crystal nickel-base superalloy, PWA 1480, has been varied by heat treatment and hot isostatic pressing in order to study the role of the gamma/gamma-prime eutectic and porosity on subsequent tensile behavior. The level of porosity was found not to affect any of the tensile properties, while the gamma/gamma-prime eutectic strongly influenced ductility. Eliminating the gamma/gamma-prime eutectic increased ductility which was attributed to the cleavage fracture of this constituent. It is proposed that such cleavage of the gamma/gamma-prime eutectic is initiated by the stress created from impinging slip bands, promoting shear localization, and final fracture along 111 slip planes. The precise nature of this fracture process is discussed, with emphasis on the role of the gamma/gamma-prime microstructure. The deformation structure of PWA 1480 was also studied, and while different in some respects from many other single-crystal superalloys, its fracture process appears to be similar.

  9. Orientation and temperature dependence of some mechanical properties of the single-crystal nickel-base superalloy Rene N4. I - Tensile behavior

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    Miner, R. V.; Gayda, J.; Gabb, T. P.; Voigt, R. C.

    1986-01-01

    Single crystal specimens of a nickel-base superalloy with axes near 001, 011, and -112 were tested in tension at room temperature, 760, and 980 C. The alloy Rene N-4, was developed for gas turbine engine blades and has the nominal composition 3.7 Al, 4.2 Ti, 4 Ta, 0.5 Nb, 6 W, 1.5 Mo, 9 Cr, 7.5 Co, balance Ni, (all in weight percent). Analysis of slip band traces, specimen axis rotation, and dislocation Burgers vectors showed that at 760 and 980 C primary cube slip supplanted normal octahedral slip for the -112 line-oriented specimens. The other two orientations, which have lower resolved shear stresses on the cube system, exhibited octahedral slip at all three temperatures. The critical resolved shear stress is considerably greater on the cube system than on the octahedral system at room temperature. However, at 760 and 980 C the critical resolved shear stresses on the two systems are about the same. While the room temperature and 980 C yield strengths for the two orientations exhibiting octahedral slip could be rationalized on the basis of resolved shear stress, those at 760 C could not. Such violations of Schmid's law have previously been observed in other superalloys and single phase gamma-prime.

  10. Investigation of the Formation of Topologically Close Packed Phase Instabilities in Nickel-Based Superalloy Rene N6

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    Ritzert, Frank; Keller, Dennis; Vasudevan, Vijay

    1999-01-01

    Topologically close packed (TCP) phase instability in third generation Ni-base superalloys is understood to hinder component performance when used in high-temperature jet engine applications. The detrimental effects on high temperature performance from these brittle phases includes weakening of the Ni-rich matrix through the depletion of potent solid solution strengthening elements. Thirty-four compositional variations of polycrystalline Rene N6 were defined from a design-of-experiments approach and then cast, homogenized, and finally aged to promote TCP formation. Our prior work reported on the results of the multiple retression modeling of these alloys in order to predict the volume fraction of TCP. This paper will present further regression modeling results on these alloys in order to predict the occurrence of TCP in third generation Ni-base superalloy microstructures. Kinetic results are also discussed.

  11. Oxidation behavior of nickel-base superalloys and High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steels at elevated temperatures

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    Talekar, Anjali S.

    Alloy C-22 (UNS N06022) and High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steels are candidate materials for use in outer layer of waste storage packages and as rock bolts in the underground roof supports at Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository respectively. Oxidation kinetics of three Ni-base Superalloys and two HSLA Steels, Split Set Friction Rock Stabilizers (SS-46) and Swellex Mn-24, have been determined by isothermal high temperature continuous measurement thermogravimetry at temperatures ranging between 600°C to 1100°C in pure oxygen atmosphere for predetermined periods of exposures (48 hours for the Superalloys and 100 hours for HSLA steels). The two other Ni-base Superalloys selected were Alloy-263 (UNS N07263) and Alloy-282. These are similar in their Cr composition to Alloy C-22 and have variations in the contents of other alloying elements namely Co and Mo. The alloys were selected for comparison of their oxidation resistance with C-22 as a baseline material. All three Superalloys are known chromia formers. All the superalloys were evaluated for determining their kinetic parameters and the activation energies for the superalloys were also calculated. The activation energy for the parabolic regime of Alloy-282 is found to be 232 kJ/mol. The slope of the curves on a plot of kp as a function of (1/T) show Alloy-282 to have better oxidation resistance up to 980°C and thereafter the rate constants are similar for all three alloys, but when activation energies over the whole temperature range are calculated, Alloy-263 shows the best average oxidation resistance. Surface characterization by means of microscopy as well as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed the nature of oxides formed. Based on the kinetics and the characterization, proposed mechanisms for oxidation of these alloys at high temperatures are put forth. Temperature modulated thermogravimetry was used for studies on HSLA steels. The imposed sinusoidal temperature modulations on the isothermal temperature

  12. The Microstructure Degradation of the IN 713C Nickel-Based Superalloy After the Stress Rupture Tests

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    Matysiak, Hubert; Zagorska, Malgorzata; Balkowiec, Alicja; Adamczyk-Cieslak, Boguslawa; Cygan, Rafal; Cwajna, Jan; Nawrocki, Jacek; Kurzydłowski, Krzysztof J.

    2014-09-01

    The aim of the work was to examine the degradation phenomena taking place in the microstructure of the as-cast IN 713C superalloy after stress rupture tests, performed at T = 980 °C under a tensile stress of 150 MPa. A directional growth of γ' phase (rafting) and decomposition of the NbC primary carbides accompanied by the precipitation of M23C6 secondary carbides rich in chromium and of γ' phase were observed. It was also indicated that the decomposition of the NbC primary carbides may be accompanied by the precipitation of M3B2 borides rich in Mo.

  13. Hydrogen environment embrittlement of astroloy and Udimet 700 (nickel-base) and V-57 (iron-base) superalloys

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    Gray, H. R.; Joyce, J. P.

    1975-01-01

    The sensitivity to hydrogen environment embrittlement of three superalloys was determined. Astroloy forgings were resistant to embrittlement during smooth tensile, notched tensile, and creep testing in 3.5-MN/sq m hydrogen over the range 23 to 760 C. The notched tensile strength of Udimet 700 bar stock in hydrogen at 23 C was only 50 percent of the baseline value in helium. Forgings of V-57 were not significantly embrittled by hydrogen during smooth tensile testing over the range 23 to 675 C; creep and rupture lives of V-57 were degraded by hydrogen. Postcreep tensile ductility of V-57 was reduced by 40 percent after creep exposure in hydrogen.

  14. The effect of hydrogen and microstructure on the deformation and fracture behavior of a single crystal nickel-base superalloy. Final Report Ph.D. Thesis

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    Walston, William S.

    1990-01-01

    A study was conducted on the effects of internal hydrogen and microstructure on the deformation and fracture of a single crystal nickel-base superalloy. In particular, room temperature plane strain fracture toughness and tensile tests were performed on hydrogen-free and hydrogen charged samples of PWA 1480. The role of microstructure was incorporated by varying the levels of porosity and eutectic gamma/gamma prime through hot isostatic pressing and heat treatment. The room temperature behavior of PWA 1480 was unusual because precipitate shearing was not the primary deformation mechanism at all strains. At strains over 1 percent, dislocations were trapped in the gamma matrix and an attempt was made to relate this behavior to compositional differences between PWA 1480 and other superalloys. Another unique feature of the tensile behavior was cleavage of the eutectic gamma/gamma prime, which is believed to initiate the failure process. Fracture occurred on (111) planes and is likely a result of shear localization along these planes. Elimination of the eutectic gamma/gamma prime greatly improved the tensile ductility, but pososity had no effect on tensile properties. Large quantities of hydrogen (1.74 at. percent) were gas-phase charged into the material, but surprisingly this was not a function of the amount of porosity or eutectic gamma/gamma prime present. Desorption experiments suggest that the vast majority of hydrogen is at reversible lattice trapping sites. This large, uniform concentration of hydrogen dramatically reduced the tensile strain to failure, but only slightly affected the reduction in area. Available hydrogen embrittlement models were examined in light of these results and it was found that the hydrogen enhanced localized plasticity model can explain much of the tensile behavior. K(IC) fracture toughness tests were conducted, but it was necessary to also perform J(IC) tests to provide valid data.

  15. Polycrystal plasticity modeling of nickel-based superalloy IN 617 subjected to cyclic loading at high temperature

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    Zhang, Xiang; Oskay, Caglar

    2016-06-01

    A crystal plasticity finite element (CPFE) model considering isothermal, large deformation and cyclic loading conditions has been formulated and employed to investigate the mechanical response of a nickel-based alloy at high temperature. The investigations focus on fatigue and creep-fatigue hysteresis response of IN 617 subjected to fatigue and creep-fatigue cycles. A new slip resistance evolution equation is proposed to account for cyclic transient features induced by solute drag creep that occur in IN 617 at 950 °C. The crystal plasticity model parameters are calibrated against the experimental fatigue and creep-fatigue data based on an optimization procedure that relies on a surrogate modeling (i.e. Gaussian process) technique to accelerate multi-parameter optimizations. The model predictions are validated against experimental data, which demonstrates the capability of the proposed model in capturing the hysteresis behavior for various hold times and strain ranges in the context of fatigue and creep-fatigue loading.

  16. Effect of Surface Preparation on the 815°C Oxidation of Single-Crystal Nickel-Based Superalloys

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    Sudbrack, Chantal K.; Beckett, Devon L.; MacKay, Rebecca A.

    2015-11-01

    A primary application for single-crystal superalloys has been jet engine turbine blades, where operation temperatures reach well above 1000°C. The NASA Glenn Research Center is considering use of single-crystal alloys for future, lower temperature application in the rims of jet engine turbine disks. Mechanical and environmental properties required for potential disk rim operation at 815°C are being examined, including the oxidation and corrosion behavior, where there is little documentation at intermediate temperatures. In this study, single-crystal superalloys, LDS-1101+Hf and CMSX-4+Y, were prepared with different surface finishes and compared after isothermal and cyclic oxidation exposures. Surface finish has a clear effect on oxide formation at 815°C. Machined low-stress ground surfaces after exposure for 440 h produce thin Al2O3 external scales, which is consistent with higher temperature oxidation, whereas polished surfaces with a mirror finish yield much thicker NiO external scales with subscale of Cr2O3-spinel-Al2O3, which may offer less reliable oxidation resistance. Additional experiments separate the roles of cold-work, localized deformation, and the extent of polishing and surface roughness on oxide formation.

  17. Effect of a supersolvus heat treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a powder metallurgy processed nickel-base superalloy

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    Stolz, Darryl Slade

    Powder Metallurgy (P/M) processed nickel-base superalloys are used as turbine disk materials in jet engines. The P/M processing results in a homogenous microstructure. Large amounts of strengthening elements can be incorporated into the chemistry of these P/M alloys. In addition, the ability to produce near net-shaped parts with powder consolidation may offer the potential for large cost savings. However, the fatigue properties of P/M superalloys in the as-consolidated form have suffered because of the defect sensitivity of the as-consolidated microstructure. Expensive, thermomechanical steps are necessary to break down defects, so that the P/M parts can be considered defect-tolerant. As a result, the true potential cost savings for using P/M superalloys in turbines have never been realized. This program was undertaken to examine the potential for utilizing an alternate heat treatment with P/M Alloy 720LI to generate a potentially defect-tolerant microstructure. This heat treatment had a soak above the gamma' solvus temperature followed by a controlled cool through the solvus. This produced gamma grains with a regular array of large dendritic-shaped secondary gamma' within the grains. Mechanical testing was carried out to fully evaluate the effect of this alternate heat treatment on the mechanical properties of Alloy 720LI. The standard heat treatment had longer lifetimes at the lower stress range conditions during high cycle fatigue; however, the alternate heat treatment was superior at the highest stress range. Fracture analysis suggests that this is due to the grain size difference. During tensile testing, the standard heat treatment had higher yield and ultimate strengths but lower ductility than the alternate heat treatment. This is thought to be due to the larger amounts of tertiary gamma ' present in the microstructure produced by the standard heat treatment. Finally, the standard heat treatment had longer creep lifetimes at the lowest test temperature. The

  18. High-Frequency Eddy Current Conductivity Spectroscopy for Near-Surface Residual Stress Profiling in Surface-Treated Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Abu-Nabah, Bassam A.; Nagy, Peter B.

    2007-03-01

    Recent research indicated that eddy current conductivity measurements can be exploited for nondestructive evaluation of subsurface residual stress in surface-treated components. This technique is based on the so-called piezoresistive effect, i.e., the stress-dependence of electric conductivity. Previous experimental studies were conducted on excessively peened (Almen 10-16A peening intensity levels) nickel-base superalloy specimens that exhibited harmful cold work in excess of 30% plastic strain. The main reason for choosing peening intensities above recommended normal levels was that the eddy current penetration depth could not be decreased below 0.2 mm without conducting accurate measurements above 10 MHz, which is beyond the operational range of most commercially available eddy current instruments. In this paper we report the development of a new high-frequency eddy current conductivity measuring system that offers an extended inspection frequency range up to 80 MHz with a single probe coil. In addition, the new system offers better reproducibility, accuracy, and measurement speed than the previously used conventional system.

  19. Orientation and temperature dependence of some mechanical properties of the single-crystal nickel-base superalloy Rene N4. II - Low cycle fatigue behavior

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    Gabb, T. P.; Gayda, J.; Miner, R. V.

    1986-01-01

    The low cycle fatigue (LCF) properties of a single-crystal nickel-base superalloy Rene N4, have been examined at 760 and 980 C in air. Specimens having crystallographic orientations near the 001, 011, -111, 023, -236, and -145 lines were tested in fully reversed, total-strain-controlled LCF tests at a frequency of 0.1 Hz. At 760 C, this alloy exhibited orientation dependent tension-compression anisotropies of yielding which continued to failure. Also at 760 C, orientations exhibiting predominately single slip exhibited serrated yielding for many cycles. At 980 C, orientation dependencies of yielding behavior were smaller. In spite of the tension-compression anisotropies, cyclic stress range-strain range behavior was not strongly orientation dependent for either test temperature. Fatigue life on a total strain range basis was highly orientation dependent at 760 and 980 C and was related chiefly to elastic modulus, low modulus orientations having longer lives. Stage I crack growth on 111 planes was dominant at 760 C, while Stage II crack growth occurred at 980 C. Crack initiation generally occurred at near-surface micropores, but occasionally at oxidation spikes in the 980 C tests.

  20. Susceptibility to hot corrosion of four nickel-base superalloys, NASA-TRW VIA, B-1900, 713C and IN-738

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    Stearns, C. A.; Kohl, F. J.; Fryburg, G. C.

    1977-01-01

    The susceptibility to hot corrosion of four nickel-base, cast superalloys has been studied at 900 and 1000 C. The test consisted of coating alloy samples with known amounts of Na2SO4 and oxidizing the coated samples isothermally in 1 atmosphere of slowly flowing oxygen, the weight-gain being monitored on a sensitive recording microbalance. Susceptibility to hot corrosion decreased in the order of decreasing molybdenum content of the alloys. Preoxidation of samples before hot-corrosion testing markedly increased the induction period observed prior to the inception of hot corrosion for all alloys tested. X-ray diffraction analyses of the oxide scales were made. All samples that underwent hot corrosion showed the presence of a (Ni,Co)MoO4 layer near the alloy-oxide interface. Several specimens displayed resistance to hot corrosion and these showed NaTaO3 as a prominent feature in their oxide scale. Our results may be interpreted as indicating that molybdenum in an alloy is detrimental, with respect to hot corrosion, while tantalum is beneficial.

  1. The formation of precipitate free zones and the growth of grain boundary carbides in the nickel-base superalloy NIMONIC PE16

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    Maldonado, R.; Nembach, E.

    1997-01-01

    The formation of precipitate free zones (PFZ) along large and small angle grain boundaries has been investigated for bi- and polycrystals of the nickel-base superalloy NIMONIC PE16. This material is strengthened by coherent precipitates of the {gamma}{prime}-phase. The most important result is that the PFZs are caused by the growth of titanium-rich carbides in the grain boundaries. Since titanium is a constituent of the {gamma}{prime}-precipitates, its depletion along the grain boundaries leads to the dissolution of the {gamma}{prime}-particles and hence to PFZs. The former belief that they are due to chromium-rich grain boundary carbides is disproved. The growth rate of the width W of the PFZs is controlled by the volume diffusion of titanium. Until W reaches its final value W{sub final}, W is proportional to the square root of the aging time. The growth rate of the PFZs yields the volume diffusion coefficient of titanium. The W{sub final} is probably governed by the grain boundaries` limited capacity to accommodate titanium-rich carbides.

  2. High-Frequency Eddy Current Conductivity Spectroscopy for Near-Surface Residual Stress Profiling in Surface-Treated Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Abu-Nabah, Bassam A.; Nagy, Peter B.

    2007-03-21

    Recent research indicated that eddy current conductivity measurements can be exploited for nondestructive evaluation of subsurface residual stress in surface-treated components. This technique is based on the so-called piezoresistive effect, i.e., the stress-dependence of electric conductivity. Previous experimental studies were conducted on excessively peened (Almen 10-16A peening intensity levels) nickel-base superalloy specimens that exhibited harmful cold work in excess of 30% plastic strain. The main reason for choosing peening intensities above recommended normal levels was that the eddy current penetration depth could not be decreased below 0.2 mm without conducting accurate measurements above 10 MHz, which is beyond the operational range of most commercially available eddy current instruments. In this paper we report the development of a new high-frequency eddy current conductivity measuring system that offers an extended inspection frequency range up to 80 MHz with a single probe coil. In addition, the new system offers better reproducibility, accuracy, and measurement speed than the previously used conventional system.

  3. The Effect of Solution Heat Treatment on an Advanced Nickel-Base Disk Alloy

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    Gayda, J.; Gabb, T. P.; Kantzos, P. T.

    2004-01-01

    Five heat treat options for an advanced nickel-base disk alloy, LSHR, have been investigated. These included two conventional solution heat treat cycles, subsolvus/oil quench and supersolvus/fan cool, which yield fine grain and coarse grain microstructure disks respectively, as well as three advanced dual microstructure heat treat (DMHT) options. The DMHT options produce disks with a fine grain bore and a coarse grain rim. Based on an overall evaluation of the mechanical property data, it was evident that the three DMHT options achieved a desirable balance of properties in comparison to the conventional solution heat treatments for the LSHR alloy. However, one of the DMHT options, SUB/DMHT, produced the best set of properties, largely based on dwell crack growth data. Further evaluation of the SUB/DMHT option in spin pit experiments on a generic disk shape demonstrated the advantages and reliability of a dual grain structure at the component level.

  4. The development of gamma-gamma-prime lamellar structures in a nickel-base superalloy during elevated temperature mechanical testing

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    Mackay, R. A.; Ebert, L. J.

    1985-01-01

    The kinetics of the formation and subsequent development of the directional coarsening of the gamma-prime precipitate in model Ni-Al-Mo-Ta superalloy single crystals are examined during tensile creep under various stress levels at 982 and 1038 C. Special attention is given to the gamma and gamma-prime relation to creep time and strain in order to trace the changing gamma-gamma-prime morphology. Directional coarsening of gamma-prime is found to begin during primary creep and its rate is shown to increase with an increase in temperature or stress level. The length of gamma-prime thickness increased linearly with time up to a plateau reached after the onset of steady state creep. The raft thickness, equal to the gamma-prime size, remained constant at this initial value up through the onset of the tertiary creep. The interlaminar spacing indicates the stability of directionally coarsened structure.

  5. Determination of solute site occupancies within γ' precipitates in nickel-base superalloys via orientation-specific atom probe tomography

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    Meher, Subhashish; Rojhirunsakool, Tanaporn; Nandwana, Peeyush; Tiley, Jamie; Banerjee, Rajarshi

    2015-04-28

    In this study, the analytical limitations in atom probe tomography such as resolving a desired set of atomic planes, for solving complex materials science problems, have been overcome by employing a well-developed unique and reproducible crystallographic technique, involving synergetic coupling of orientation microscopy with atom probe tomography. The crystallographic information in atom probe reconstructions has been utilized to determine the solute site occupancies in Ni-Al-Cr based superalloys accurately. The structural information in atom probe reveals that both Al and Cr occupy the same sub-lattice within the L12-ordered g precipitates to form Ni3(Al,Cr) precipitates in a Ni-14Al-7Cr(at.%) alloy. Interestingly, the addition of Co, which is a solid solution strengthener, to a Ni-14Al-7Cr alloy results in the partial reversal of Al site occupancy within g precipitates to form (Ni,Al)3(Al,Cr,Co) precipitates. This unique evidence of reversal of Al site occupancy, resulting from the introduction of other solutes within the ordered structures, gives insights into the relative energetics of different sub-lattice sites when occupied by different solutes.

  6. Determination of solute site occupancies within γ' precipitates in nickel-base superalloys via orientation-specific atom probe tomography

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    Meher, Subhashish; Rojhirunsakool, Tanaporn; Nandwana, Peeyush; Tiley, Jamie; Banerjee, Rajarshi

    2015-04-28

    In this study, the analytical limitations in atom probe tomography such as resolving a desired set of atomic planes, for solving complex materials science problems, have been overcome by employing a well-developed unique and reproducible crystallographic technique, involving synergetic coupling of orientation microscopy with atom probe tomography. The crystallographic information in atom probe reconstructions has been utilized to determine the solute site occupancies in Ni-Al-Cr based superalloys accurately. The structural information in atom probe reveals that both Al and Cr occupy the same sub-lattice within the L12-ordered g precipitates to form Ni3(Al,Cr) precipitates in a Ni-14Al-7Cr(at.%) alloy. Interestingly, the additionmore » of Co, which is a solid solution strengthener, to a Ni-14Al-7Cr alloy results in the partial reversal of Al site occupancy within g precipitates to form (Ni,Al)3(Al,Cr,Co) precipitates. This unique evidence of reversal of Al site occupancy, resulting from the introduction of other solutes within the ordered structures, gives insights into the relative energetics of different sub-lattice sites when occupied by different solutes.« less

  7. Effect of electrode potential on stress corrosion cracking and crack chemistry of a nickel-base superalloy

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    Lillard, J.A.; Kelly, R.G.; Gangloff, R.P.

    1997-12-01

    The aqueous environment assisted cracking (EAC) resistance of a superalloy, Alloy 718 (Ni-19Fe-18Cr-5Nb-1Ti-0.6Al), was characterized by a rising displacement fracture mechanics methods. This precipitation-strengthened alloy was susceptible to room-temperature EAC in acidified sodium chloride at cathodic and anodic potentials. The threshold for stable crack growth in chloride (K{sub TH}) was as low as 47 MPa{radical}m, reduced from the laboratory air crack initiation toughness (K{sub ICi}) of 81--85 MPa{radical}m. The fracture morphology changed from ductile microvoids in air to a mixture of voids, transgranular facets, and intergranular facets in acidic chloride. Subcritical crack growth rates were on the order of 5 x 10{sup {minus}9} m/s for rising displacement at a stress intensity of 70 MPa{radical}m and were an order of magnitude slower for constant displacement conditions. The degree of reduction in K{sub TH} from K{sub ICi}, the amount and type of fracture surface features, and the crack growth rate depended on the applied electrode potential. Microstructure produced by sub- or super-{delta} solvus heat treatment affected these dependencies. Ion analysis indicated that alloy dissolution occurred at the crack tip even at cathodic polarizations.

  8. Determination of solute site occupancies within γ' precipitates in nickel-base superalloys via orientation-specific atom probe tomography.

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    Meher, S; Rojhirunsakool, T; Nandwana, P; Tiley, J; Banerjee, R

    2015-12-01

    The analytical limitations in atom probe tomography such as resolving a desired set of atomic planes, for solving complex materials science problems, have been overcome by employing a well-developed unique and reproducible crystallographic technique, involving synergetic coupling of orientation microscopy with atom probe tomography. The crystallographic information in atom probe reconstructions has been utilized to determine the solute site occupancies in Ni-Al-Cr based superalloys accurately. The structural information in atom probe reveals that both Al and Cr occupy the same sub-lattice within the L12-ordered γ' precipitates to form Ni3(Al,Cr) precipitates in a Ni-14Al-7Cr (at%) alloy. Interestingly, the addition of Co, which is a solid solution strengthener, to a Ni-14Al-7Cr alloy results in the partial reversal of Al site occupancy within γ' precipitates to form (Ni,Al)3(Al,Cr,Co) precipitates. This unique evidence of reversal of Al site occupancy, resulting from the introduction of other solutes within the ordered structures, gives insights into the relative energetics of different sub-lattice sites when occupied by different solutes. PMID:25952611

  9. Effect of initial gamma prime size on the elevated temperature creep properties of single crystal nickel base superalloys

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    Nathal, M. V.

    1987-01-01

    The influence of initial gamma-prime size and shape on the high-temperature creep properties of two single-crystal Ni-base superalloys was investigated. The two alloys were chosen to represent different magnitudes of gamma/gamma-prime lattice mismatch. A range of initial microstructures was produced by various quenching and aging treatments. Creep-rupture testing at 1000 C was performed under stresses where gamma-prime directionally coarsens to form gamma/gamma-prime lamellae in the early portion of the creep life. Both alloys exhibited a peak in creep resistance as a function of initial gamma-prime size. The peak corresponded to an initial microstructure consisting of cuboidal precipitates aligned along 001 line directions. These aligned cuboidal gamma-prime particles directionally coarsened into a relatively perfect lamellar gamma/gamma-prime structure in the early stages of creep, whereas the more irregularly shaped and distributed gamma-prime particles in both under- and overaged material formed more irregular lamellae with more imperfections. The alloy with a lower magnitude of mismatch was less sensitive to initial gamma-prime size and shape.

  10. Modeling Long-term Creep Performance for Welded Nickel-base Superalloy Structures for Power Generation Systems

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    Shen, Chen

    2015-01-01

    We report here a constitutive model for predicting long-term creep strain evolution in ’ strengthened Ni-base superalloys. Dislocation climb-bypassing ’, typical in intermediate ’ volume fraction (~20%) alloys, is considered as the primary deformation mechanism. Dislocation shearing ’ to anti-phase boundary (APB) faults and diffusional creep are also considered for high-stress and high-temperature low-stress conditions, respectively. Additional damage mechanism is taken into account for rapid increase in tertiary creep strain. The model has been applied to Alloy 282, and calibrated in a temperature range of 1375-1450˚F, and stress range of 15-45ksi. The model parameters and a MATLAB code are provided. This report is prepared by Monica Soare and Chen Shen at GE Global Research. Technical discussions with Dr. Vito Cedro are greatly appreciated. This work was supported by DOE program DE-FE0005859

  11. Factors which influence directional coarsening of gamma-prime during creep in nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.; Ebert, L. J.

    1984-01-01

    Changes in the morphology of the gamma prime precipitate were examined as a function of the time during creep at 982 C in 001 oriented single crystals of a Ni-Al-Mo-Ta superalloy. In this alloy, which has a large negative misfit of -0.80 pct., the gamma prime particles link together during creep to form platelets, or rafts, which are aligned with their broad faces perpendicular to the applied tensile axis. The effects of initial microstructure and alloy composition of raft development and creep properties were investigated. Directional coarsening of gamma prime begins during primary creep and continues well after the onset of second state creep. The thickness of the rafts remains constant up through the onset of tertiary creep, a clear indication of the stability of the finely-spaced gamma/gamma prime lamellar structure. The thickness of the rafts which formed was equal to the initial gamma prime size which was present prior to testing. The single crystals with the finest gamma prime size exhibited the longest creep lives, because the resultant rafted structure had a larger number of gamma/gamma prime interfaces per unit volume of material. Reducing the Mo content by only 0.73 wt. pct. increased the creep life by a factor of three, because the precipitation of a third phase was eliminated.

  12. Factors which influence directional coarsening of Gamma prime during creep in nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.; Ebert, L. J.

    1984-01-01

    Changes in the morphology of the gamma prime precipitate were examined as a function of time during creep at 982 C in 001 oriented single crystals of a Ni-Al-Mo-Ta superalloy. In this alloy, which has a large negative misfit of -0.80 pct., the gamma prime particles link together during creep to form platelets, or rafts, which are aligned with their broad faces perpendicular to the applied tensile axis. The effects of initial microstructure and alloy composition of raft development and creep properties were investigated. Directional coarsening of gamma prime begins during primary creep and continues well after the onset of second state creep. The thickness of the rafts remains constant up through the onset of tertiary creep a clear indication of the stability of the finely-spaced gamma/gamma prime lamellar structure. The thickness of the rafts which formed was equal to the initial gamma prime size which was present prior to testing. The single crystals with the finest gamma prime size exhibited the longest creep lives, because the resultant rafted structure had a larger number of gamma/gamma prime interfaces per unit volume of material. Reducing the Mo content by only 0.73 wt. pct. increased the creep life by a factor of three, because the precipitation of a third phase was eliminated.

  13. The fatigue crack propagation behavior of a polycrystalline nickel-base superalloy in the near threshold region

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    Padula, Santo A., II

    Fatigue crack propagation tests were performed on the polycrystalline, powder metallurgy Ni-base superalloy, KM4. Two different heat treatments, producing grain sizes of 6 mum and 55 mum, were investigated. Tests were conducted at load ratios ranging from R = 0.3 to R = 0.7 at two different frequencies, 100 and 1000 Hz. Fatigue crack propagation behavior was studied at 20°C, 550°C and 650°C. Intermediate growth rate observations showed results similar to those observed by other researchers at frequencies lower than those employed in this study. The general observations showed that increasing the grain size, decreasing the load ratio, decreasing the temperature and increasing the frequency all had the effect of increasing the fatigue crack propagation resistance at intermediate growth rates. Threshold FCP behavior showed a much more complicated dependence on load ratio, grain size, frequency and temperature. In some cases, increased frequency resulted in decreased FCP threshold while in other cases, it produced the opposite effect. This complex behavior can, in part, be attributed to a transition in the mode of failure from transgranular to intergranular, however, analysis also revealed that system variable interactions (for instance frequency/temperature interactions or grain size/temperature interactions) must also be accounted for in order to understand the complex threshold behavior. Optical profilometry was utilized to obtain a quantitative assessment of the fracture surface roughness in an attempt to correlate measured threshold values. Typical roughness parameters such as RL, R a, and Rq (or RMS) were studied. An alternate parameter, the average microscopic slope ( m), was also investigated. No direct correlation was observed between fracture surface roughness, as defined by these parameters, and measured threshold. Compliance measurements did, however, reveal the presence of fatigue crack closure for some conditions at room temperature and 550°C. It was

  14. Modeling and optimization of laser beam percussion drilling of nickel-based superalloy sheet using Nd: YAG laser

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    Mishra, Sanjay; Yadava, Vinod

    2013-06-01

    The creation of small diameter holes in thin sheets (<3 mm) of superalloys using a laser beam is a challenging task. Knowledge of the effect of laser related process variables on hole related responses with respect to variation of sheet thickness is essential to obtain a hole of requisite quality. Therefore, in this paper a coupled methodology comprising of Finite Element Method (FEM) and Artificial Neural Network (ANN) has been used to develop a prediction model for the Laser Beam Percussion Drilling (LBPD) process. First, a 2D axisymmetric FEM-based thermal model for LBPD has been developed incorporating temperature-dependent thermal properties, optical properties and phase change phenomena of the sheet material. The developed FEM-based thermal model is validated with self-conducted experimental results in terms of hole taper which is further used to generate adequate input and output data for training and testing of the ANN model. Gray Relational Analysis (GRA) coupled with Principal Component Analysis (PCA) has been effectively used for the multi-objective optimization of the LBPD process utilizing the data predicted by the trained ANN model. The developed ANN model has been used to predict the performance characteristics of the LBPD process. The results predicted by the ANN model show that with the increase in pulse width and peak power the hole taper, material removal rate (MRR) and heat-affected zone (HAZ) increases. The acquired combination of optimal process variables produce a hole with good integral quality, i.e., a reduction of hole taper by 32.1%, increase of material removal rate by 28.9% and reduction of extent of HAZ by 4.5%.

  15. The Growth of Naturally-Generated Small Fatigue Cracks in a Nickel-Base Single-Crystal Superalloy

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    Yandt, Scott A.

    An experimental and analytical study on the formation and growth small fatigue cracks embedded in a notch in single-crystal superalloy has been investigated. The experimental program consisted of 12 constant amplitude fatigue tests performed on single-edge notch (SEN) fatigue specimens oriented with the loading axis along [010] and with a notch factor of 2.7. The fatigue tests concentrated on one temperature (650°C) and loading condition with the secondary crystallographic orientation---the notch orientation---being the primary variable. Two secondary crystallographic orientations were considered in the present study, [101] and [100]. In the analytical study, the distribution of stresses and strains in the notch region and the stress-intensity factors and the elastic-plastic J-integral for Mode-I semi-elliptical surface cracks embedded at the notch root were investigated using the finite element method (FEM). The anisotropic material properties were shown to have a significant effect on both the stress and strain distribution in the notch region and the crack-tip parameters. The results of the experimental study have shown that fatigue cracks formation occurs via expansion of elliptical subsurface interdendritic pores located at high stress regions in the notch. Once the subsurface crack intersected the notch surface, subsequent crack growth occurred as semi-elliptical surface cracks. The secondary crystallographic orientation had a marked effect on crack-initiation life (the number of cycles to form a crack with a surface length of 760 mum) but no effect on small crack propagation behaviour. Crack initiation life predictions were made using a holistic lifing approach that considers the size, distribution and local stresses acting at the subsurface pores and utilizes the small fatigue crack growth data obtained from the experimental study. The predictions were found to agree reasonably well with the experimental test results and to account for the crack initiation

  16. Detailed Analysis of the Solution Heat Treatment of a Third-Generation Single-Crystal Nickel-Based Superalloy CMSX-10K®

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    Pang, Hon Tong; D'Souza, Neil; Dong, Hongbiao; Stone, Howard J.; Rae, Catherine M. F.

    2016-02-01

    A detailed analysis of the response of as-cast third-generation single-crystal nickel-based superalloy CMSX-10K® to solution heat treatment (SHT) has been carried out, alongside an SHT optimization exercise. The analysis was conducted through microstructural characterization, differential scanning calorimetry, and compositional homogeneity measurements, quantifying (i) the dissolution and microstructural evolution of the inter-dendritic constituents, (ii) the shift in thermo-physical characteristics of the material, and (iii) the change in compositional homogeneity across the microstructure, in order to gain further understanding of these phenomena during the progression of the SHT. During the early stages of SHT, the coarse cellular γ'/narrow γ channel inter-dendritic constituents which were the last areas to solidify during casting, progressively dissolve; homogenization between these inter-dendritic areas and adjacent dendritic areas leads to a rapid increase in the incipient melting temperature T IM. The fine γ/γ' morphology which were the first inter-dendritic constituents to solidify after primary γ dendrite solidification were found to progressively coarsen; however, subsequent dissolution of these coarsened γ/γ' inter-dendritic areas did not result in significant increases in the T IM until the near-complete dissolution of these inter-dendritic areas. After the final SHT step, residual compositional micro-segregation could still be detected across the microstructure despite the near-complete dissolution of these remnant inter-dendritic areas; even so the T IM of the material approached the solidus temperature of the alloy.

  17. Moment invariants for two-dimensional and three-dimensional characterization of the morphology of gamma-prime precipitates in nickel-base superalloys

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    Macsleyne, Jeremiah P.

    The relation between microstructural features and a material's properties is central to materials science. Certain morphological features of a microstructure can only be determined by 3-D characterization techniques, e.g. the connectivity of precipitates, and the true precipitate shape; others require geometric assumptions for stereological estimates, e.g. precipitate size distribution and the number of precipitates. When these inherently 3-D features affect the properties of a specific material, experimental techniques are necessary to investigate the 3-D nature of the microstructure, and to provide a more complete microstructural characterization. The quantitative description of 2-D and 3-D shapes is of fundamental importance to microstructural characterization. One approach to describing a microstructure is to characterize the shapes of individual precipitates. This characterization has typically been limited to particle size, aspect-ratio, and other qualitative descriptors. In general, these are insufficient and do not provide an adequate characterization in a way that allows for a direct comparison between different microstructures. This is evident during microstructure evolution when changes in precipitate morphology occur or when precipitates exhibit complex shapes. In this thesis, we show how moment invariants (combinations of second order moments that are invariant w.r.t. affine or similarity transformations) can be used as sensitive shape discriminators in 2-D and 3-D. This work focuses on the characterization of the two phase microstructure of nickel base superalloys and specically the gamma-prime (Ni3Al) precipitate morphology. Experimental data is collected by means of automated Focused-Ion Beam (FIB) based serial sectioning. Techniques for automated image processing and segmentation are developed which allow for direct conversion of raw serial-sectioning data to 3-D microstructural data. The gamma-prime precipitate morphology is characterized using

  18. Multiscale study of the boron and carbon behavior in the fracture zone of the rapidly quenched nickel-based superalloy by the nuclear physics methods of the track and activation autoradiography

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    Shulga, A. V.

    2016-04-01

    The results of the study of the fracture zone of the rapidly quenched nickel-based superalloy after tensile tests are presented. The main attention was attended to the multiscale investigation of boron and carbon distribution in the area of the cracks propagation by the direct nuclear physics methods of the track and activation autoradiography. Tensile tests were performed at the temperatures up to 1150 °C. The nuclear reactor MEPhI IRT-2000 and cyclotron were applied for the autoradiography studies. Significant depleting of boron in the fracture zone which was revealed can be explained due to the intensive moving of the dislocation.

  19. A study on the role of grain boundary engineering in promoting high-cycle fatigue resistance and improving reliability in nickel base superalloys for propulsion systems

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    Gao, Yong

    High-cycle fatigue, involving the premature initiation and/or rapid propagation of small cracks to failure due to high-frequency (vibratory) loading, remains the principal cause of failures in military gas-turbine propulsion systems. The objective of this study is to examine whether the resistance to high-cycle fatigue failures can be enhanced by grain-boundary engineering, i.e., through the modification of the spatial distribution and topology of the grain boundaries in the microstructure. While grain boundary engineering has been used to obtain significant improvements in intergranular corrosion and cracking, creep and cavitation behavior, toughness and plasticity, cold-work embrittlement, and weldability, only very limited, but positive, results exist for fatigue. Accordingly, using a commercial polycrystalline nickel base gamma/gamma' superalloy, ME3, as a typical engine disk material, sequential thermomechanical processing, involving alternate cycles of strain and annealing, is used to (i) modify the proportion of special grain boundaries, and (ii) interrupt the connectivity of the random boundaries in the grain boundary network. The processed microstructures are then subjected to fracture-mechanics based high cycle fatigue testing to evaluate how the crack initiation and small- and large-crack growth properties are affected and to examine how the altered grain boundary population and connectivity can influence growth rates and overall lifetimes. The effect of such grain-boundary engineering on the fatigue-crack-propagation behavior of large (˜8 to 20 mm), through-thickness cracks at 25, 700, and 800°C was examined. Although there was little influence of an increased special boundary fraction at ambient temperatures, the resistance to near-threshold crack growth was definitively improved at elevated temperatures, with fatigue threshold-stress intensities some 10 to 20% higher than at 25°C, concomitant with a lower proportion (˜20%) of intergranular

  20. Strengthening Precipitate Morphologies Fully Quantified in Advanced Disk Superalloys

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    Gabb, Timothy P.

    1998-01-01

    Advanced aviation gas turbine engines will require disk superalloys that can operate at higher temperatures and stresses than current conditions. Such applications will be limited by the tensile, creep, and fatigue mechanical properties of these alloys. These mechanical properties vary with the size, shape, and quantity of the gamma precipitates that strengthen disk superalloys. It is therefore important to quantify these precipitate parameters and relate them to mechanical properties to improve disk superalloys. Favorable precipitate morphologies and practical processing approaches to achieve them can then be determined. A methodology has been developed at the NASA Lewis Research Center to allow the comprehensive quantification of the size, shape, and quantity of all types of gamma precipitates.

  1. Analyses of Elemental Partitioning in Advanced Nickel-Base Superalloy Single Crystals

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    Dreshfield, Robert L.; Thomas, Kimberly J.

    2005-01-01

    Aircraft propulsion engines for the High Speed Civil Transport which may be developed early in the 21st century will require significantly different durability requirements than those which currently power civil aircraft. The durability will be more difficult to achieve because it is expected that the new aircraft engines will have to operate at near maximum power for more than half of each flight compared to 5 to 10 percent for typical current aircraft. To meet this requirement, a team of NASA, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, and General Electric personnel have been formed to develop an appropriate alloy for the mission. This report summarizes the work performed by a part of that team up to the retirement of one of its members, R.L. Dreshfield. The prime purpose of the report is to assemble the data obtained in a single document so that it may be more accessible to those who may wish to pursue it at a later date.

  2. An Evaluation of the Use of X-ray Residual Stress Determination as a Means of Characterizing Oxidation Damage of Nickel-Based, Cr2O3-Forming Superalloys Subjected to Various Oxidizing Condition

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    Barnard, Bryan R; Watkins, Thomas R; Liaw, Peter K

    2010-01-01

    The use of X-ray residual stress determination as a technique for evaluating the damage incurred by nickel-based, Cr2O3-forming superalloy materials under various service conditions (isothermal heating, thermal cycling, applied stress, stressed and cycled) was investigated. Large and small compressive residual stresses were observed for the oxides and the near surface substrates, respectively. It was expected that the applied stresses and thermal cycling would cause an enhanced degree of oxidation damage that would translate into appreciable differences in residual stress values. Differences in the magnitude of residual stress values were not appreciable condition-to-condition, however. An increase in the severity of the oxidizing conditions in the form of longer oxidation times, higher oxidizing temperatures, and a much greater frequency of thermal cycling is suggested for future studies.

  3. Oxidation in oxygen at 900 deg and 1000 deg C of four nickel-base cast superalloys: NASA-TRW VIA, B-1900, alloy 713C, and IN-738

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    Fryburg, G. C.; Kohl, F. J.; Stearns, C. A.

    1977-01-01

    The oxidation at 900 and 1,000 C of four nickel-base superalloys in 1 atmosphere of slowly flowing oxygen was investigated. Thermogravimetric rate data were obtained for periods to 100 hours. The morphology and composition of the oxide scales formed after 100 hours were studied by optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, electron microprobe, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA). Alloys B-1900 and VIA were found to be primarily alumina formers, though probably 25 percent of their surface was covered by CR2O3-containing oxides at 900 C. Alloys 713C and IN-738 were primarily chromia formers, though the surface of 713C at 1,000 C was covered with NiO, and the surface of IN-738 at both temperatures was covered with a thin layer of TiO2.

  4. A nickel base alloy, NASA WAZ-16, with potential for gas turbine stator vane application

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    Waters, W. J.; Freche, J. C.

    1974-01-01

    A nickel-base superalloy based on the nickel-aluminum-tungsten system designated WAZ-16 was developed for high strength in the 1095 C (2000 F) to 1205 C (2200 F) range. Its tensile strength at the latter temperature is approximately 186 MN/m2 (27,000 psi). The combination of properties of the alloy suggest that it has potential as a stator vane material in advanced gas turbine engines.

  5. Heat treatment for superalloy

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    Harf, Fredric H. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    A cobalt-free nickel-base superalloy composed of in weight % 15 Cr-5 Mo-3.5 Ti-4 Al-0.07 (max) C-remainder Ni is given a modified heat treatment. With this heat treatment the cobalt-free alloy achieves certain of the mechanical properties of the corresponding cobalt-containing nickel-base superalloy at 1200 F (650 C). Thus, strategic cobalt can be replaced by nickel in the alloy.

  6. The influence of high thermal gradient casting, hot isostatic pressing and alternate heat treatment on the structure and properties of a single crystal nickel base superalloy

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    Fritzemeier, L. G.

    1988-01-01

    A development program has been conducted to improve the cyclic properties of the PWA 1480 single-crystal superalloy by reducing or entirely eliminating casting porosity at fatigue-initiation sites, through the use of improved casting process parameters and HIPing; potential mechanical property improvements in a high-pressure hydrogen environment were also sought in alternatives to the standard coating and heat-treatment cycle. High thermal gradient casting was found to yield a reduction in overall casting porosity density and pore sizes. The most dramatic mechanical property improvement resulted from HIPing.

  7. Subsurface characterization of an oxidation-induced phase transformation and twinning in nickel-based superalloy exposed to oxy-combustion environments

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    Zhu, Jingxi; Holcomb, Gordon R.; Jablonski, Paul D.; Wise, Adam; Li, Jia; Laughlin, David E.; Sridhar, Seetharaman

    2012-07-30

    In the integration of oxy-fuel combustion to turbine power generation system, turbine alloys are exposed to high temperature and an atmosphere comprised of steam, CO{sub 2} and O{sub 2}. While surface and internal oxidation of the alloy takes place, the microstructure in the subsurface region also changes due to oxidation. In this study, bare metal coupons of Ni-base superalloys were exposed in oxy-fuel combustion environment for up to 1000 h and the oxidation-related microstructures were examined. Phase transformation occurred in the subsurface region in Ni-based superalloy and led to twinning. The transformation product phases were analyzed through thermodynamic equilibrium calculations and various electron microscopy techniques, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), orientation imaging microscopy (OIM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The mechanism by which the phase transformation and the formation of the microstructure occurred was also discussed. The possible effects of the product phases on the performance of the alloy in service were discussed.

  8. Orientation and temperature dependence of some mechanical properties of the single-crystal nickel-base superalloy Rene N4. 3: Tension-compression anisotropy

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    Miner, R. V.; Gaab, T. P.; Gayda, J.; Hemker, K. J.

    1985-01-01

    Single crystal superalloy specimens with various crystallographic directions along their axes were tested in compression at room temperature, 650, 760, 870, and 980 deg C. These results are compared with the tensile behavior studied previously. The alloy, Rene N4, was developed for gas turbine engine blades and has the nominal composition 3.7 Al, 4.2 Ti, 4 Ta, 0.5 Nb, 6 W, 1.5 Mo 9 Cr. 7.5 Co, balance Ni, in weight percent. Slip trace analysis showed that primary cube slip occurred even at room temperature for the 111 specimens. With increasing test temperature more orientations exhibited primary cube slip, until at 870 deg C only the 100 and 011 specimens exhibited normal octahedral slip. The yield strength for octahedral slip was numerically analysed using a model proposed by Lall, Chin, and Pope to explain deviations from Schmid's Law in the yielding behavior of a single phase Gamma prime alloy, Ni3(Al, Nb). The Schmid's Law deviations in Rene N4 were found to be largely due to a tension-compression anisotropy. A second effect, which increases trength for orientations away from 001, was found to be small in Rene N4. Analysis of recently published data on the single crystal superalloy PWA 1480 yielded the same result.

  9. Mechanism of Na2SO4-induced corrosion of molybdenum containing nickel-base superalloys at high temperatures. I - Corrosion in atmospheres containing O2 only. II - Corrosion in O2 + SO2 atmospheres

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    Misra, A. K.

    1986-01-01

    Kinetics of the Na2SO4-induced corrosion of the molybdenum-containing nickel-base superalloys, B-1900 and Udimet 700, coated with Na2MoO4, has been studied in oxygen atmosphere at temperatures ranging from 750 to 950 C. Because the gas turbine atmosphere always contains some SO2 and SO3, the effect of atmospheric SO2 content on corrosion of Udimet-700 has also been studied. It was found that in the O2 atmosphere the melt in the catastrophic corrosion phase consists of Na2MoO4 plus MoO3, with the onset of the catastrophic corrosion coinciding with the appearance of MoO3. In the presence of low levels of atmospheric SO2 (below 0.24 percent), the melt during catastrophic corrosion contains, in addition to Na2MoO4 and MoO3, some quantities of Na2SO4. At the levels of SO2 above 1 percent, no catastrophic corrosion was observed. At these SO2 levels, internal sulfidation appears to be the primary mode of degradation.

  10. The Effect of Stabilization Heat Treatments on the Tensile and Creep Behavior of an Advanced Nickel-Based Disk Alloy

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    Gayda, John

    2003-01-01

    As part of NASA s Advanced Subsonic Technology Program, a study of stabilization heat treatment options for an advanced nickel-base disk alloy, ME 209, was performed. Using a simple, physically based approach, the effect of stabilization heat treatments on tensile and creep properties was analyzed in this paper. Solutions temperature, solution cooling rate, and stabilization temperature/time were found to have a significant impact on tensile and creep properties. These effects were readily quantified using the following methodology. First, the effect of solution cooling rate was assessed to determine its impact on a given property. The as-cooled property was then modified by using two multiplicative factors which assess the impact of solution temperature and stabilization parameters. Comparison of experimental data with predicted values showed this physically based analysis produced good results that rivaled the statistical analysis employed, which required numerous changes in the form of the regression equation depending on the property and temperature in question. As this physically based analysis uses the data for input, it should be noted that predictions which attempt to extrapolate beyond the bounds of the data must be viewed with skepticism. Future work aimed at expanding the range of the stabilization/aging parameters explored in this study would be highly desirable, especially at the higher solution cooling rates.

  11. Effects of alloy composition on cyclic flame hot-corrosion attack of cast nickel-base superalloys at 900 deg C

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    Deadmore, D. L.

    1984-01-01

    The effects of Cr, Al, Ti, Mo, Ta, Nb, and W content on the hot corrosion of nickel base alloys were investigated. The alloys were tested in a Mach 0.3 flame with 0.5 ppmw sodium at a temperature of 900 C. One nondestructive and three destructive tests were conducted. The best corrosion resistance was achieved when the Cr content was 12 wt %. However, some lower-Cr-content alloys ( 10 wt%) exhibited reasonable resistance provided that the Al content alloys ( 10 wt %) exhibited reasonable resistance provided that the Al content was 2.5 wt % and the Ti content was Aa wt %. The effect of W, Ta, Mo, and Nb contents on the hot-corrosion resistance varied depending on the Al and Ti contents. Several commercial alloy compositions were also tested and the corrosion attack was measured. Predicted attack was calculated for these alloys from derived regression equations and was in reasonable agreement with that experimentally measured. The regression equations were derived from measurements made on alloys in a one-quarter replicate of a 2(7) statistical design alloy composition experiment. These regression equations represent a simple linear model and are only a very preliminary analysis of the data needed to provide insights into the experimental method.

  12. Single-crystal nickel-based superalloys developed by numerical multi-criteria optimization techniques: design based on thermodynamic calculations and experimental validation

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    Rettig, Ralf; Ritter, Nils C.; Helmer, Harald E.; Neumeier, Steffen; Singer, Robert F.

    2015-04-01

    A method for finding the optimum alloy compositions considering a large number of property requirements and constraints by systematic exploration of large composition spaces is proposed. It is based on a numerical multi-criteria global optimization algorithm (multistart solver using Sequential Quadratic Programming), which delivers the exact optimum considering all constraints. The CALPHAD method is used to provide the thermodynamic equilibrium properties, and the creep strength of the alloys is predicted based on a qualitative numerical model considering the solid solution strengthening of the matrix by the elements Re, Mo and W and the optimum morphology and fraction of the γ‧-phase. The calculated alloy properties which are required as an input for the optimization algorithm are provided via very fast Kriging surrogate models. This greatly reduces the total calculation time of the optimization to the order of minutes on a personal computer. The capability of the multi-criteria optimization method developed was experimentally verified with two new single crystal superalloys. Their compositions were designed such that the content of expensive elements was reduced. One of the newly designed alloys, termed ERBO/13, is found to possess creep strength of only 14 K below CMSX-4 in the high-temperature/low-stress regime although it is a Re-free alloy.

  13. Morphological changes of gamma prime precipitates in nickel-base superalloy single crystals. Ph.D. Thesis - Case Western Reserve Univ., May 1984

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    Mackay, R. A.

    1984-01-01

    Changes in the morphology of the gamma prime precipitate were examined during tensile creep at temperatures between 927 and 1038 C in 001-oriented single crystals of a Ni-Al-Mo-Ta superalloy. In this alloy, which has a large negative misfit of -0.80%, the gamma prime particles link together during creep to form platelets, or rafts, which are aligned with their broad faces perpendicular to the applied tensile axis. The dimensions of the gamma and gamma prime phases were measured as directional coarsening developed in an attempt to trace the changing morphology under various stress levels. In addition, the effects of initial microstructure, as well as slight compositional variations, were related to raft development and creep properties. The results showed that directional coarsening of gamma prime began during primary creep, and under certain conditions, continued to develop after the onset of steady-state creep. The length of the rafts increased linearly with time up to a plateau region. The thickness of the rafts, however, remained equal to the initial gamma prime size at least up through the onset of tertiary creep; this is a clear indication of the stability of the finely-spaced gamma-gamma prime lamellar structure. It was found that the single crystals with the finest gamma prime size exhibited the longest creep lives, because the resultant rafted structure had a larger number of gamma-gamma prime interfaces per unit volume of material.

  14. The Application of Grain Boundary Engineering to a Nickel Base Superalloy for 973 K (700 °C) USC Power Plants

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    Chong, Yan; Liu, Zhengdong; Godfrey, Andy; Liu, Wei; Weng, Yuqing

    2014-02-01

    The microstructure of a Ni-base superalloy Inconel740H designed for the ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plants has been enhanced via grain boundary engineering. Single-step thermomechanical processing treatments were carried out to optimize the grain boundary character distribution (GBCD) and assessed based on the fraction of low-Σ (Σ ≤ 29) coincidence site lattice (CSL) boundaries, f csl, as well as on the interrupted high-angle grain boundary (HAGB) network. Solution-annealed samples were compressed by 3, 6, 10, and 15 pct at room temperature followed by annealing at 1373 K (1100 °C) for between 5 and 40 minutes. For samples deformed to strains of values of less than 10 pct, deformation-induced grain boundary migration occurs and high values of f csl, with large cluster sizes, are obtained. For samples deformed to strains larger than 10 pct, static recrystallization dominates, resulting in decreased value of f csl. The highest f csl value (≈80 pct) was obtained in the sample annealed at 1373 K (1100 °C) for 20 minutes after 6 pct cold deformation, in which the HAGB network was substantially interrupted. The triple junction distributions of samples before and after GBE were also studied. The introduction of large amounts of CSLBs after thermomechanical-processing treatment increased both fractions of J2 and J3 type junctions (triple junctions containing 2 or 3 CSL boundaries), therefore leading to a significant increase in the resistant triple junction fraction, defined as f J2 /(1 - f J3 ). In addition, the thermal stability of the GBCD-optimized microstructure was confirmed to be stable at 1023 K (750 °C) for 500 hours without significant decrease in f csl.

  15. The key role of dislocation dissociation in the plastic behaviour of single crystal nickel-based superalloy with low stacking fault energy: Three-dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics modelling

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    Huang, Minsheng; Li, Zhenhuan

    2013-12-01

    To model the deformation of single crystal nickel based superalloys (SCNBS) with low stacking fault energy (SFE), three-dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics (3D-DDD) is extended by incorporating dislocation dissociation mechanism. The present 3D-DDD simulations show that, consistent with the existing TEM observation, the leading partial can enter the matrix channel efficiently while the trailing partial can hardly glide into it when the dislocation dissociation is taken into account. To determine whether the dislocation dissociation can occur or not, a critical percolation stress (CPS) based criterion is suggested. According to this CPS criterion, for SCNBS there exists a critical matrix channel width. When the channel width is lower than this critical value, the dislocation tends to dissociate into an extended configuration and vice versa. To clarify the influence of dislocation dissociation on CPS, the classical Orowan formula is improved by incorporating the SFE. Moreover, the present 3D-DDD simulations also show that the yielding stress of SCNBSs with low SFE may be overestimated up to 30% if the dislocation dissociation is ignored. With dislocation dissociation being considered, the size effect due to the width of γ matrix channel and the length of γ‧ precipitates on the stress-strain responses of SCNBS can be enhanced remarkably. In addition, due to the strong constraint effect by the two-phase microstructure in SCNBS, the configuration of formed junctions is quite different from that in single phase crystals such as Cu. The present results not only provide clear understanding of the two-phase microstructure levelled microplastic mechanisms in SCNBSs with low SFE, but also help to develop new continuum-levelled constitutive laws for SCNBSs.

  16. Development of a fracture mechanics/threshold behavior model to assess the effects of competing mechanisms induced by shot peening on cyclic life of a nickel-base superalloy, Rene 88DT

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    Tufft, Marsha Klopmeier

    This research establishes an improved lower-bound predictive method for the cyclic life of shot peened specimens made from a nickel-base superalloy, Rene 88DT. Based on previous work, shot peening is noted to induce the equivalent of fatigue damage, in addition to the beneficial compressive residual stresses. The ability to quantify the relative effects of various shot peening treatments on cyclic life capability provides a basis for more economic use of shot peening, and selection of shot peening parameters to meet design and life requirements, while minimizing production costs. The predictive method developed consists of two major elements: (1) a Fracture Mechanics Model, which accounts for changes in microstructure, residual stress and topography induced by shot peening, and (2) a Threshold Behavior Map which identifies both crack nucleation and crack propagation thresholds. When both thresholds are crossed, life capability can be evaluated using the Fracture Mechanics model developed. When the crack propagation threshold is exceeded but the crack nucleation threshold is not, the FM method produces a conservative lower-bound estimate of life capability. A unique contribution is the characterization of damage induced by peening by an initial flaw size from microstructural observations of slip depth. Observations of crack formation along slip band in a model disk provide reinforcement for defining a flaw size from slip measurements. Supporting research includes: (1) metallurgical and microstructural evaluation of single impact dimples and production peened coupons, (2) instrumented Single Particle Impact Tests, characterizing changes in material response due to variations in impact conditions (particle size, incidence angle, velocity), (3) duplication of 16 peening conditions used in a designed experiment, characterizing slip depth, residual stress profiles, surface roughness and velocity measurements taken during production peening conditions.

  17. Elevated temperature mechanical behavior of new low CTE superalloys

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    Cowen, C.J.; Jablonski, P.D.

    2008-09-01

    This paper presents the high temperature mechanical properties of several experimental low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) alloys. The use of such alloys facilitate the extension of advanced ferritic stainless steels to higher use temperature in advanced power generation systems. We find that one of these alloys, J5 appears to be favorable for bridging ferritic alloys (operating up to ~600°C) to traditional nickel based superalloys (operating at 750°C).

  18. High strength nickel-base alloy with improved oxidation resistance up to 2200 degrees F

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    Freche, J. C.; Waters, W. J.

    1968-01-01

    Modifying the chemistry of the NASA TAZ-8 alloy and utilizing vacuum melting techniques provides a high strength, workable nickel base superalloy with improved oxidation resistance for use up to 2200 degrees F.

  19. Review of status and potential of tungsten-wire: Superalloy composites for advanced gas turbine engine blades

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    Signorelli, R. A.

    1972-01-01

    The current status of development of refractory-wire-superalloy composites and the potential for their application to turbine blades in land-based power generation and advanced aircraft engines are reviewed. The data indicate that refractory-wire-superalloy composites have application as turbine blades at temperatures of 2200 F and above.

  20. Superalloy material with improved weldability

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    Allen, David B.; Wagner, Gregg P.; Seth, Brij B.

    2004-02-24

    A fusion weldable superalloy containing 0.005-0.5 wt. % scandium. In one embodiment, the superalloy may have a composition similar to IN-939 alloy, but having added scandium and having only 0.005-0.040 wt. % zirconium. A gas turbine component may be formed by an investment casting of such a scandium-containing superalloy, and may include a fusion weld repaired area. A scandium-containing nickel-based superalloy coated with an MCrAlY bond coat will have improved cyclic oxidation resistance due to the sulfur-gettering effect of the scandium.

  1. Secondary orientation effects in a single crystal superalloy under mechanical and thermal loads

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    Kalluri, Sreeramesh; Abdul-Aziz, Ali; Mcgaw, Michael A.

    1991-01-01

    The nickel-base single crystal superalloy PWA 1480 is a candidate blading material for the advanced turbopump development program of the SSME. In order to improve thermal fatigue resistance of the turbine blades, the single crystal superalloy PWA 1480 is grown along the low modulus zone axes (001) crystal orientation by a directional solidification process. Since cubic single crystal materials such as PWA 1480 exhibit anisotropic elastic behavior, the stresses developed within the single crystal superalloy due to mechanical and thermal loads are likely to be affected by the exact orientation of the secondary crystallographic direction with respect to the geometry of the turbine blade. The effects of secondary crystal orientation on the elastic response of single crystal PWA 1480 superalloy were investigated.

  2. Development of two rhenium- containing superalloys for single- crystal blade and directionally solidified vane applications in advanced turbine engines

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    Harris, K.; Erickson, G. L.; Sikkenga, S. L.; Brentnall, W. D.; Aurrecoechea, J. M.; Kubarych, K. G.

    1993-08-01

    A team approach involving several turbine engine companies using the concepts of simultaneous engi-neering has been used to successfully develop CMSX-4 ® alloy for turbine blade applications. CMSX-4 al-loy is a second-generation, single-crystal cast nickel-base superalloy containing 3% Re and approximately 70% volume fraction of γ. The high level of balanced properties determined by labora-tory evaluation has been confirmed during field testing of the Solarγ Mars T-14000 industrial gas turbine with CMSX-4 single-crystal (SX) blades in both the coated and bare condition. A similar collaborative ap-proach has resulted in the successful development of CM 186 LCγ alloy for complex, directionally solidi-fied (DS) columnar grain vane segments. CM 186 LC alloy is a second-generation DS columnar grain cast nickel-base superalloy containing 3% Re and approximately 65% volume fraction of γ. Excellent com-ponent producibility and quality is demonstrated. Turbine engine testing is scheduled to commence by the end of 1993.

  3. Microstructural Stability and Hot Deformation of γ- γ'- δ Ni-Base Superalloys

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    Detrois, Martin; Helmink, Randolph C.; Tin, Sammy

    2014-11-01

    Nickel-base superalloys exhibit excellent high-temperature mechanical and physical properties and remain the first choice for structural components in advanced gas turbine engines for the aerospace propulsion and power generation applications. In response to the increasing demand for more efficient solutions and tighter requirements linked to gas turbine technologies, the properties of nickel-base superalloys can be improved by modification of their thermo-mechanical and/or compositional attributes. Recent investigations have revealed the potential use of ternary eutectic γ- γ'- δ Ni-base superalloys in advanced gas turbines due to high temperature mechanical properties that are comparable to state-of-the-art polycrystalline Ni-base superalloys. With properties largely dependent on microstructural strengthening mechanisms, both the composition and thermo-mechanical processing parameters of this novel class of alloys need to be optimized concurrently. The hot deformation characteristics of four γ- γ'- δ Ni-base superalloys with varying levels of Nb were evaluated at temperatures and strain rates between 1353 K and 1433 K (1080 °C and 1160 °C) and 0.01 to 0.001/s, respectively. Evidence of dislocation-based plasticity was observed following deformation at low temperatures and high strain rates, while high temperatures and low strain rates promoted superplasticity in these alloys. The extent of the microstructural changes and the magnitude of the cavitation damage which occurred during deformation was found to vary as a function of the alloy composition.

  4. Burst Testing of a Superalloy Disk with a Dual Grain Structure

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    Gayda, John; Kantzos, Pete

    2002-01-01

    Room temperature burst testing of an advanced nickel-base superalloy disk with a dual grain structure was conducted. The disk had a fine grain bore and a coarse grain rim. The results of this test showed that the disk burst at 39,100 rpm in line with predictions based on a 2-D finite element analysis. Further, significant growth of the disk was observed before failure which was also in line with predictions.

  5. Fabrication of tungsten wire reinforced nickel-base alloy composites

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    Brentnall, W. D.; Toth, I. J.

    1974-01-01

    Fabrication methods for tungsten fiber reinforced nickel-base superalloy composites were investigated. Three matrix alloys in pre-alloyed powder or rolled sheet form were evaluated in terms of fabricability into composite monotape and multi-ply forms. The utility of monotapes for fabricating more complex shapes was demonstrated. Preliminary 1093C (2000F) stress rupture tests indicated that efficient utilization of fiber strength was achieved in composites fabricated by diffusion bonding processes. The fabrication of thermal fatigue specimens is also described.

  6. NICKEL-BASE ALLOY

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    Inouye, H.; Manly, W.D.; Roche, T.K.

    1960-01-19

    A nickel-base alloy was developed which is particularly useful for the containment of molten fluoride salts in reactors. The alloy is resistant to both salt corrosion and oxidation and may be used at temperatures as high as 1800 deg F. Basically, the alloy consists of 15 to 22 wt.% molybdenum, a small amount of carbon, and 6 to 8 wt.% chromium, the balance being nickel. Up to 4 wt.% of tungsten, tantalum, vanadium, or niobium may be added to strengthen the alloy.

  7. In Situ Measurement of the γ/ γ' Lattice Mismatch Evolution of a Nickel-Based Single-Crystal Superalloy During Non-isothermal Very High-Temperature Creep Experiments

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    Le Graverend, Jean-Briac; Dirand, Laura; Jacques, Alain; Cormier, Jonathan; Ferry, Olivier; Schenk, Thomas; Gallerneau, Franck; Kruch, Serge; Mendez, José

    2012-11-01

    The evolution of the γ/ γ' lattice mismatch of the AM1 single-crystal superalloy was measured during in situ non-isothermal very high-temperature creep tests under X-ray synchrotron radiation. The magnitude of the effective lattice mismatch in the 1273 K to 1323 K (1000 °C to 1050 °C) temperature range always increased after overheatings performed at temperatures lower than 1403 K (1130 °C). In contrast, a decrease of its magnitude was observed after overheatings at temperatures greater than 1453 K (1180 °C) due to massive dislocation recovery processes occurring at very high temperature.

  8. The Effect of Heat Treatment on Residual Stress and Machining Distortions in Advanced Nickel Base Disk Alloys

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    Gayda, John

    2001-01-01

    This paper describes an extension of NASA's AST and IDPAT Programs which sought to predict the effect of stabilization heat treatments on residual stress and subsequent machining distortions in the advanced disk alloy, ME-209. Simple "pancake" forgings of ME-209 were produced and given four heat treats: 2075F(SUBSOLVUS)/OIL QUENCH/NO AGE; 2075F/OIL QUENCH/1400F@8HR;2075F/OIL QUENCH/1550F@3HR/l400F@8HR; and 2160F(SUPERSOLVUS)/OIL QUENCH/1550F@3HR/ 1400F@8HR. The forgings were then measured to obtain surface profiles in the heat treated condition. A simple machining plan consisting of face cuts from the top surface followed by measurements of the surface profile opposite the cut were made. This data provided warpage maps which were compared with analytical results. The analysis followed the IDPAT methodology and utilized a 2-D axisymmetric, viscoplastic FEA code. The analytical results accurately tracked the experimental data for each of the four heat treatments. The 1550F stabilization heat treatment was found to significantly reduce residual stresses and subsequent machining distortions for fine grain (subsolvus) ME209, while coarse grain (supersolvus) ME209 would require additional time or higher stabilization temperatures to attain the same degree of stress relief.

  9. The structural evolution of superalloy ingots during hot working

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    Forbes Jones, Robin M.; Jackman, Laurence A.

    1999-01-01

    This article provides an overview of structural changes that occur during the hot working of superalloys and provides insight into the use of precipitated particles and other thermomechanical factors to achieve desired structures. Examples will focus primarily on alloys 718 and 720, which are iron-nickel and nickel-based alloys, respectively. The availability of a second phase to control grain size is a characteristic of some iron-nickel-and nickel-based superalloys that is not usually available to cobalt-based superalloys; processing with and without the use of a precipitated phase that influences microstructures will be illustrated by the use of these examples.

  10. Oxidation and the Effects of High Temperature Exposures on Notched Fatigue Life of an Advanced Powder Metallurgy Disk Superalloy

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    Sudbrack, Chantal K.; Draper, Susan L.; Gorman, Timothy T.; Telesman, Jack; Gab, Timothy P.; Hull, David R.

    2012-01-01

    Oxidation and the effects of high temperature exposures on notched fatigue life were considered for a powder metallurgy processed supersolvus heat-treated ME3 disk superalloy. The isothermal static oxidation response at 704 C, 760 C, and 815 C was consistent with other chromia forming nickel-based superalloys: a TiO2-Cr2O3 external oxide formed with a branched Al2O3 internal subscale that extended into a recrystallized - dissolution layer. These surface changes can potentially impact disk durability, making layer growth rates important. Growth of the external scales and dissolution layers followed a cubic rate law, while Al2O3 subscales followed a parabolic rate law. Cr- rich M23C6 carbides at the grain boundaries dissolved to help sustain Cr2O3 growth to depths about 12 times thicker than the scale. The effect of prior exposures was examined through notched low cycle fatigue tests performed to failure in air at 704 C. Prior exposures led to pronounced debits of up to 99 % in fatigue life, where fatigue life decreased inversely with exposure time. Exposures that produced roughly equivalent 1 m thick external scales at the various isotherms showed statistically equivalent fatigue lives, establishing that surface damage drives fatigue debit, not exposure temperature. Fractographic evaluation indicated the failure mode for the pre-exposed specimens involved surface crack initiations that shifted with exposure from predominately single intergranular initiations with transgranular propagation to multi-initiations from the cracked external oxide with intergranular propagation. Weakened grain boundaries at the surface resulting from the M23C6 carbide dissolution are partially responsible for the intergranular cracking. Removing the scale and subscale while leaving a layer where M23C6 carbides were dissolved did not lead to a significant fatigue life improvement, however, also removing the M23C6 carbide dissolution layer led to nearly full recovery of life, with a

  11. Superalloy composition modeling

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    Barefoot, J.; Jarrett, R.; Sanchez, J.; Tien, J.

    1982-01-01

    Development of a predictive method for determination of the gamma/gamma prime phase fields, i.e., gamma prime volume fraction as a function of the multicomponent composition, is described. The cluster variation method used for binary alloys in which the precipitated phase is coherent with the matrix phase is extended for application to the multicomponent coherent gamma/gamma prime nickel-based superalloys. It is shown that the cluster variation method can accurately describe the equilibrium (incoherent) gamma/gamma prime phase fields in the binary Ni-Al phase diagram. The gamma/gamma prime phase field for the Ni-Cr-Al ternary phase diagram is computed as a function of temperature. A reasonable fit results between the calculated and the experimental diagrams. The modeling of the six-component Ni-Cr-Al-Co-Mo-Ti base superalloy and the effect of Ni substitution of Co are discussed.

  12. Strength enhancement of prealloyed powder superalloys

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    Freche, J. C.; Waters, W. J.

    1979-01-01

    Strengthening and forming process for prealloyed powder superalloys greatly increases material strength in the 900-1,200F temperature range. Process which involves superplastically-deforming compacted powders at controlled rates and temperature is most effective on nickel-base alloys.

  13. Mechanical Properties of a Superalloy Disk with a Dual Grain Structure

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    Gayda, John; Gabb, Timothy; Kantzos, Peter

    2003-01-01

    Mechanical properties from an advanced, nickel-base superalloy disk, with a dual grain structure consisting of a fine grain bore and coarse grain rim, were evaluated. The dual grain structure was produced using NASA's low cost Dual Microstructure Heat Treatment (DMHT) process. The results showed the DMHT disk to have a high strength, fatigue resistant bore comparable to a subsolvus (fine grain) heat treated disk, and a creep resistant rim comparable to a supersolvus (coarse grain) heat treated disk. Additional work on subsolvus solutioning before or after the DMHT conversion appears to be a viable avenue for further improvement in disk properties.

  14. Estimation of the engineering elastic constants of a directionally solidified superalloy for finite element structural analysis

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    Abdul-Aziz, Ali; Kalluri, Sreeramesh

    1991-01-01

    The temperature-dependent engineering elastic constants of a directionally solidified nickel-base superalloy were estimated from the single-crystal elastic constants of nickel and MAR-MOO2 superalloy by using Wells' method. In this method, the directionally solidified (columnar-grained) nickel-base superalloy was modeled as a transversely isotropic material, and the five independent elastic constants of the transversely isotropic material were determined from the three independent elastic constants of a cubic single crystal. Solidification for both the single crystals and the directionally solidified superalloy was assumed to be along the (001) direction. Temperature-dependent Young's moduli in longitudinal and transverse directions, shear moduli, and Poisson's ratios were tabulated for the directionally solidified nickel-base superalloy. These engineering elastic constants could be used as input for performing finite element structural analysis of directionally solidified turbine engine components.

  15. Fiber laser welding of nickel-based superalloy inconel 718

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    Oshobe, Omudhohwo Emaruke

    Inconel 718 (IN 718) is widely used in applications, such as aircraft and power turbine components. Recently, fiber laser welding has become an attractive joining technique in industry for fabrication and repair of service-damaged components. However, a major limitation in the laser welding of IN 718 is that liquation cracking occurs. In the present work, autogenous fiber laser welding of IN 718 was used to study the effects of welding parameters and different pre-weld heat treatments on liquation cracking. Contrary to previous studies, a dual effect of heat input on cracking is observed. A rarely reported effect of heat input is attributed to process instability. Liquation cracking increases with pre-weld heat treatment temperatures that increase grain size and/or, possibly, intregranular boron segregation. The study shows that pre-weld heat treatment at 950oC can be used for repair welding of IN 718 without significant loss in cracking resistance.

  16. Anisotropy of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.; Dreshfield, R. L.; Maier, R. D.

    1980-01-01

    The influence of orientation on the tensile and stress rupture behavior of 52 Mar-M247 single crystals was studied. Tensile tests were performed at temperatures between 23 and 1093 C; stress rupture behavior was examined between 760 and 1038 C. The mechanical behavior of the single crystals was rationalized on the basis of the Schmid factor contours for the operative slip systems and the lattice rotations which the crystals underwent during deformation. The tensile properties correlated well with the appropriate Schmid factor contours. The stress rupture lives at lower testing temperatures were greatly influenced by the lattice rotations required to produce cross slip. A unified analysis was attained for the stress rupture life data generated for the Mar-M247 single crystals at 760 and 774 C under a stress of 724 MPa and the data reported for Mar-M200 single crystals tested at 760 C under a stress of 689 MPa. Based on this analysis, the stereographic triangle was divided into several regions which were rank ordered according to stress rupture life for this temperature regime.

  17. Characterization of hydrogen embrittlement in nickel base superalloy single crystals

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    Chene, J.; Baker, C. L.; Bernstein, I. M.; Williams, J. C.

    1986-01-01

    In order to study the role of CMSX2 single crystal microstructure on the combined stress-hydrogen environment effects, hydrogen was introduced by cathodic charging. Concentration measurements were carried out to investigate the dependence of hydrogen solubility and trapping on microstructure. Mechanical properties were measured at room temperature on smooth tensile specimens as a function of heat treatment, crystal orientation and H charging conditions. SEM and TEM allow to study H induced cracks initiation and propagation. A large amount of hydrogen can be dissolved and trapped in CMSX2 single crystals when exposed to a high hydrogen fugacity environment. The strong H trapping evidenced in voids explains the predominant role of these defects as crack initiation sites. The strong detrimental effect of hydrogen on the material tenacity is discussed.

  18. Thermal-mechanical fatigue behavior of nickel-base superalloys

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    Pelloux, R. M.; Marchand, N.

    1986-01-01

    The main achievements of a 36-month research program are presented. The main objective was to gain more insight into the problem of crack growth under thermal mechanical fatigue (TMF) conditions. This program was conducted at M.I.T. for the period of September 1982 to September 1985. The program was arranged into five technical tasks. Under Task I, the literature of TMF data was reviewed. The goal was to identify the crack propagation conditions in aircraft engines (hot section) and to assess the validity of conventional fracture mechanics parameters to address TMF crack growth. The second task defined the test facilities, test specimen and the testing conditions needed to establish the effectiveness of data correlation parameters identified in Task I. Three materials (Inconel X-750, Hastelloy-X, and B-1900) were chosen for the program. Task II was accomplished in collaboration with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft engineers. Under Task III, a computerized testing system to measure the TMF behavior (LCF and CG behaviors) of various alloys systems was built. The software used to run isothermal and TMF tests was also developed. Built around a conventional servohydraulic machine, the system is capable of push-pull tests under stress or strain and temperature controlled conditions in the temperature range of 25C to 1050C. A crack propagation test program was defined and conducted under Task IV. The test variables included strain range, strain rate (frequency) and temperature. Task V correlated and generalized the Task IV data for isothermal and variable temperature conditions so that several crack propagation parameters could be compared and evaluated. The structural damage (mode of cracking and dislocation substructure) under TMF cycling was identified and contrasted with the isothermal damage to achieve a sound fundamental mechanistic understanding of TMF.

  19. Creep and residual mechanical properties of cast superalloys and oxide dispersion strengthened alloys

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    Whittenberger, J. D.

    1981-01-01

    Tensile, stress-rupture, creep, and residual tensile properties after creep testing were determined for two typical cast superalloys and four advanced oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloys. The superalloys examined included the nickel-base alloy B-1900 and the cobalt-base alloy MAR-M509. The nickel-base ODS MA-757 (Ni-16CR-4Al-0.6Y2O3 and the iron-base ODS alloy MA-956 (Fe-20Cr-5Al-0.8Y2O3) were extensively studied, while limited testing was conducted on the ODS nickel-base alloys STCA (Ni-16Cr-4.5Al-2Y2O3) with a without Ta and YD-NiCrAl (Ni-16Cr-5Al-2Y2O3). Elevated temperature testing was conducted from 114 to 1477 K except for STCA and YD-NiCrAl alloys, which were only tested at 1366 K. The residual tensile properties of B-1900 and MAR-M509 are not reduced by prior creep testing (strains at least up to 1 percent), while the room temperature tensile properties of ODS nickel-base alloys can be reduced by small amounts of prior creep strain (less than 0.5 percent). The iron-base ODS alloy MA-956 does not appear to be susceptible to creep degradation at least up to strains of about 0.25 percent. However, MA-956 exhibits unusual creep behavior which apparently involves crack nucleation and growth.

  20. Effects of Exposures on Superalloys for Space Applications

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    Gabb, Tim; Garg, Anita; Gayda, John

    2007-01-01

    The industry is demanding longer term service at high temperatures for nickel-base superalloys in gas turbine engine as well as potential space applications. However, longer term service can severely tax alloy phase stability, to the potential detriment of mechanical properties. Cast Mar-M247LC and wrought Haynes 230 superalloys were exposed and creep tested for extended times at elevated temperature. Microstructure and phase evaluations were then undertaken for comparisons.

  1. Superalloys with improved weldability for high temperature applications

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    Seth, Brij B.; George, Easo P.; Babu, Sudarsanum S.; Goodwin, Gene M.; David, Stanislaus A.; Moyer, Carol E.

    2001-01-01

    A cast nickel-base superalloy component (10) is made having a composition containing small amounts of both boron and zirconium which are effective in combination to provide increased weldability, where such alloy is adapted for welding by weld (18) to a second superalloy piece, where the two pieces are firmly bonded together and have a Sigmajig transverse stress value (16) greater than 137.9 million Newtons per square meter.

  2. Fretting Stresses in Single Crystal Superalloy Turbine Blade Attachments

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.; Swanson, Gregory

    2000-01-01

    Single crystal nickel base superalloy turbine blades are being utilized in rocket engine turbopumps and turbine engines because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys. Currently the most widely used single crystal nickel base turbine blade superalloys are PWA 1480/1493 and PWA 1484. These alloys play an important role in commercial, military and space propulsion systems. High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) induced failures in aircraft gas turbine and rocket engine turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Blade attachment regions are prone to fretting fatigue failures. Single crystal nickel base superalloy turbine blades are especially prone to fretting damage because the subsurface shear stresses induced by fretting action at the attachment regions can result in crystallographic initiation and crack growth along octahedral planes. Furthermore, crystallographic crack growth on octahedral planes under fretting induced mixed mode loading can be an order of magnitude faster than under pure mode I loading. This paper presents contact stress evaluation in the attachment region for single crystal turbine blades used in the NASA alternate Advanced High Pressure Fuel Turbo Pump (HPFTP/AT) for the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME). Single crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the part geometry a significant factor in the overall analysis. Blades and the attachment region are modeled using a large-scale 3D finite element (FE) model capable of accounting for contact friction, material orthotrophy, and variation in primary and secondary crystal orientation. Contact stress analysis in the blade attachment regions is presented as a function of coefficient of friction and primary and secondary crystal orientation, Stress results are used to discuss fretting fatigue failure analysis of SSME blades. Attachment stresses are seen to reach

  3. Dendritic microstructure in argon atomized superalloy powders

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    Tewari, S. N.; Kumar, Mahundra

    1986-01-01

    The dendritic microstructure of atomized nickel base superalloy powders (Ni-20 pct Cr, NIMONIC-80A, ASTROALOY, and ZHS6-K) was studied. Prealloyed vacuum induction melted ingots were argon-atomized, the powders were cooled to room temperature, and various powder-size fractions were examined by optical metallography. Linear correlations were obtained for the powder size dependence of the secondary dendrite arm spacing, following the expected d-alpha (R) to the m power dependence on the particle size for all four superalloy compositions. However, the Ni-20 pct Cr alloy, which had much coarser arm spacing as compared to the other three alloys, had a much larger value of m.

  4. A crystallographic model for nickel base single crystal alloys

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    Dame, L. T.; Stouffer, D. C.

    1988-01-01

    The purpose of this research is to develop a tool for the mechanical analysis of nickel-base single-crystal superalloys, specifically Rene N4, used in gas turbine engine components. This objective is achieved by developing a rate-dependent anisotropic constitutive model and implementing it in a nonlinear three-dimensional finite-element code. The constitutive model is developed from metallurgical concepts utilizing a crystallographic approach. An extension of Schmid's law is combined with the Bodner-Partom equations to model the inelastic tension/compression asymmetry and orientation-dependence in octahedral slip. Schmid's law is used to approximate the inelastic response of the material in cube slip. The constitutive equations model the tensile behavior, creep response and strain-rate sensitivity of the single-crystal superalloys. Methods for deriving the material constants from standard tests are also discussed. The model is implemented in a finite-element code, and the computed and experimental results are compared for several orientations and loading conditions.

  5. Oxidation and thermal fatigue of coated and uncoated NX-188 nickel-base alloy in a high velocity gas stream

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    Johnson, J. R.; Young, S. G.

    1972-01-01

    A cast nickel-base superalloy, NX-188, coated and uncoated, was tested in a high-velocity gas stream for resistance to oxidation and thermal fatigue by cycling between room temperature and 980, 1040, and 1090 C. Contrary to the behavior of more conventional nickel-base alloys, uncoated NX-188 exhibited the greatest weight loss at the lowest test temperature. In general, on the basis of weight change and metallographic observations a coating consisting of vapor-deposited Fe-Cr-Al-Y over a chromized substrate exhibited the best overall performance in resistance to oxidation and thermal fatigue.

  6. A New Approach of Designing Superalloys for Low Density

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    MacKay, Rebecca A.; Gabb, Timothy P.; Smialek, James L.; Nathal, Michael V.

    2010-01-01

    New low-density single-crystal (LDS) alloy, have bee. developed for turbine blade applications, which have the potential for significant improvements in the thrust-to-weight ratio over current production superalloys. An innovative alloying strategy was wed to achieve alloy density reductions, high-temperature creep resistance, microstructural stability, and cyclic oxidation resistance. The alloy design relies on molybdenum as a potent. lower-density solid-solution strengthener in the nickel-based superalloy. Low alloy density was also achieved with modest rhenium levels tmd the absence of tungsten. Microstructural, physical mechanical, and environmental testing demonstrated the feasibility of this new LDS superalloy design.

  7. Environmentally enhanced crack growth in nickel-based alloys at elevated temperatures

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    Gao, M.; Chen, S.F.; Chen, G.S.; Wei, R.P.

    1997-12-31

    A recent understanding of environmentally enhanced sustained-load crack growth in nickel-based superalloys at elevated temperatures is presented. This understanding is based on the results of coordinated studies of crack growth kinetics, surface chemistry, and microstructure in a commercial Inconel 718. The results suggest that environmental enhancement of sustained-load crack growth in Inconel 718 is associated with the formation and rupture of niobium oxides at grain boundary surfaces and is controlled mainly by the rate of oxidation and decomposition of niobium carbides at the grain boundaries. Data on other nickel-based alloys in the literature appear to support this suggested role of niobium. Initial results from a study of a niobium-free Ni-18Cr-18Fe alloy (its base composition is identical to Inconel 718) confirm the possible influence of niobium and the proposed mechanism. Some open issues for further investigation are discussed.

  8. Evaluation of powder metallurgy superalloy disk materials

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    Evans, D. J.

    1975-01-01

    A program was conducted to develop nickel-base superalloy disk material using prealloyed powder metallurgy techniques. The program included fabrication of test specimens and subscale turbine disks from four different prealloyed powders (NASA-TRW-VIA, AF2-1DA, Mar-M-432 and MERL 80). Based on evaluation of these specimens and disks, two alloys (AF2-1DA and Mar-M-432) were selected for scale-up evaluation. Using fabricating experience gained in the subscale turbine disk effort, test specimens and full scale turbine disks were formed from the selected alloys. These specimens and disks were then subjected to a rigorous test program to evaluate their physical properties and determine their suitability for use in advanced performance turbine engines. A major objective of the program was to develop processes which would yield alloy properties that would be repeatable in producing jet engine disks from the same powder metallurgy alloys. The feasibility of manufacturing full scale gas turbine engine disks by thermomechanical processing of pre-alloyed metal powders was demonstrated. AF2-1DA was shown to possess tensile and creep-rupture properties in excess of those of Astroloy, one of the highest temperature capability disk alloys now in production. It was determined that metallographic evaluation after post-HIP elevated temperature exposure should be used to verify the effectiveness of consolidation of hot isostatically pressed billets.

  9. Surface modification of nickel based alloys for improved oxidation resistance

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    Jablonski, Paul D.; Alman, David E.

    2005-02-01

    The present research is aimed at the evaluation of a surface modification treatment to enhance the high temperature stability of nickel-base superalloys. A low Coefficient Thermal Expansion (CTE ~12.5x10-6/°C) alloy based on the composition (in weight %) of Ni-22Mo-12.5Cr was produced by Vacuum Induction Melting and Vacuum Arc Melting and reduced to sheet by conventional thermal-mechanical processing. A surface treatment was devised to enhance the oxidation resistance of the alloys at high temperature. Oxidation tests (in dry and wet air; treated and untreated) were conducted 800°C to evaluate the oxidation resistance of the alloys. The results were compared to the behavior of Haynes 230 (Ni-22Cr) in the treated and untreated conditions. The treatment was not very effective for Haynes 230, as this alloy had similar oxidation behavior in both the treated and untreated conditions. However, the treatment had a significant effect on the behavior of the low CTE alloy. At 800°C, the untreated Ni-12.5Cr alloy was 5 times less oxidation resistant than Haynes 230. However, in the treated condition, the Ni-12.5Cr alloy had comparable oxidation resistance to the Haynes 230 alloy.

  10. A high-throughput search for new ternary superalloys

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    Nyshadham, Chandramouli; Hansen, Jacob; Oses, Corey; Curtarolo, Stefano; Hart, Gus

    In 2006 an unexpected new superalloy, Co3[Al,W], was discovered. This new alloy is cobalt-based, in contrast to conventional superalloys, which are nickel-based. Inspired by this new discovery, we performed first-principles calculations, searching through 2224 ternary metallic systems of the form A3[B0.5C0.5], where A = Ni/Co/Fe and [B, C] = all binary combinations of 40 different elements chosen from the periodic table. We found 175 new systems that are better than the Co3[Al, W] superalloy. 75 of these systems are brand new--they have never been reported in experimental literature. These 75 new potential superalloys are good candidates for further experiments. Our calculations are consistent with current experimental literature where data exists. Work supported under: ONR (MURI N00014-13-1-0635).

  11. Precipitate Phase Stability in γ- γ'- δ- η Ni-Base Superalloys

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    Detrois, Martin; Antonov, Stoichko; Helmink, Randolph C.; Tin, Sammy

    2014-12-01

    In response to the increasing temperature capability of the structural materials required for advanced gas turbine engines, new alloying concepts are required to develop materials with properties that are significantly better than existing nickel-base superalloys. Recent investigations have focused on the development of polycrystalline, ternary eutectic γ- γ'- δ Ni-base superalloys that use large volume fractions of the intermetallic δ phase to provide composite strengthening. While compositional changes enabled the formation of the δ phase precipitates, in some alloys an additional precipitate phase η was formed. As the effects of these phases on high-temperature mechanical properties are not well quantified, a better understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics associated with the formation of these δ and η phase precipitates is required for future designs of Ni-base superalloys. A set of experimental alloys was investigated to understand the formation of the δ and η phase precipitates in Ni-base superalloys. When the alloy chemistry was observed to exhibit a compositional ratio of Al/(Nb+Ta+Ti) less than 1, δ and/or η phase precipitates formed, whereas a ratio greater than 1 resulted in conventional γ- γ' microstructures. For alloys in which δ and/or η phase precipitates were formed, the prevalent phase could be determined by evaluating the compositional ratio for (Nb+Ta)/(Al+Ti). Alloys that had ratios greater than 1 were largely composed of δ phase precipitates, whereas a ratio less than 1 resulted in the predominance of the η phase precipitates.

  12. Low-Cobalt Powder-Metallurgy Superalloy

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    Harf, F. H.

    1986-01-01

    Highly-stressed jet-engine parts made with less cobalt. Udimet 700* (or equivalent) is common nickel-based superalloy used in hot sections of jet engines for many years. This alloy, while normally used in wrought condition, also gas-atomized into prealloyed powder-metallurgy (PM) product. Product can be consolidated by hot isostatically pressing (HIPPM condition) and formed into parts such as turbine disk. Such jet-engine disks "see" both high stresses and temperatures to 1,400 degrees F (760 degrees C).

  13. Microstructural evolution of Udimet 720 superalloy

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    Calliari, I.; Magrini, M.; Dabala, M.

    1999-02-01

    The microstructural evolution of the nickel-base superalloy Udimet 720 (Special Metals Corp., New Hartford, NY) aged at 850 C for 1000 to 2000 h is presented. After aging, the {gamma}{prime} precipitates change from cubic to globular morphology. Secondary {gamma}{prime} particles and topologically close-packed phases were not found. The {gamma}{prime} mean diameter increases with aging times, following the Lifshitz-Wagner model. The experimented aging times have no strong effects on mechanical properties of Udimet 720.

  14. Conditions Of Directional Solidification Affect Superalloy

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    Schmidt, D. D.; Alter, W. S.; Hamilton, W. D.; Parr, R. A.

    1992-01-01

    Report describes experiments to determine effects of gradient of temperature and rate of solidification on microstructure and fatigue properties of nickel-based superalloy MAR-M246(Hf). Enhancement of properties extends lifespans of objects, including turbo-pump blades of Space Shuttle Main Engines. Results indicate significant improvements in fatigue properties derived through manipulation of parameters of directional solidification. Particularly MAR-M246(Hf) for turbine blades contains small, well-dispersed blocky carbide and microstructure with small distances between dendrite arms, and without eutectic phase.

  15. Hydrogen embrittlement of Ni-based superalloys

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    Desai, V.H.; Scammon, K.

    1995-09-01

    The hydrogen embrittlement properties of some nickel based superalloys such as C-22, C-276, G-30 and Alloy 625 were studied. The alloys were studied for their susceptibility in annealed, cold worked and aged conditions. The degradation in mechanical properties were evaluated by slow strain rate testing. The hydrogen permeation parameters were deduced using thin foil specimens and electrochemical hydrogen charging according to Devanathan-Stacharsky. The fractographic evaluations were carried out using scanning electron microscopy. The alloys were rank ordered. Results indicate that all the alloys tested are susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement and that any strengthening heat treatment increases their susceptibility to hydrogen damage.

  16. Corrosion of nickel-base alloys

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    Scarberry, R.C.

    1985-01-01

    The volume consists of three tutorial lectures and 18 contributed papers. The three tutorial lectures provide state-of-the-art background on the physical metallurgy of nickel-base alloys as it relates to corrosion. Also featured are the mechanisms and applications of these alloys and an insight into the corrosion testing techniques. The three tutorial lecture papers will help acquaint newcomers to this family of alloys with a thorough overview. The contributed papers are categorized into four major topics: general corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, fatigue and localized corrosion. Each topic is key-noted by one invited lecture followed by several contributed papers. The papers in the general corrosion section are wide ranging and cover the aspects of material selection, development of galvanic series in corrosive environments, corrosion resistance characteristics, hydrogen permeation and hydrogen embrittlement of nickel and some nickel-base alloys.

  17. High-pressure hydrogen testing of single crystal superalloys for advanced rocket engine turbopump turbine blades

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    Alter, W. S.; Parr, R. A.; Johnston, M. H.; Strizak, J. P.

    1984-01-01

    A screening program to determine the effects of high pressure hydrogen on selected candidate materials for advanced single crystal turbine blade applications is examined. The alloys chosen for the investigation are CM SX-2, CM SX-4C, Rene N-4, and PWA1480. Testing is carried out in hydrogen and helium at 34 MPa and room temperature, with both notched and unnotched single crystal specimens. Results show a significant variation in susceptibility to Hydrogen Environment Embrittlement (HEE) among the four alloys and a marked difference in fracture topography between hydrogen and helium environment specimens.

  18. Modeling of Microstructural Evolution in an MCrAlY Overlay Coating on Different Superalloy Substrates

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    Karunaratne, M. S. A.; di Martino, I.; Ogden, S. L.; Oates, D. L.; Thomson, R. C.

    2012-02-01

    A multicomponent, one-dimensional diffusion model that was developed for simulating microstructure evolution in coated gas turbine blade systems has been used to compare the phase structures of three MCrAlY coated superalloy systems. The model is based on finite differences and incorporates oxidation and equilibrium thermodynamic computations. The superalloy substrates considered were the nickel-based superalloy CMSX-4, a high-Cr single-crystal superalloy, and a cobalt-based MAR-M509, and these were all coated with an MCrAlY bond coat of similar composition. The results predicted by the model have been compared with similar experimental systems. The model can predict many features observed experimentally and therefore can be expected to be a useful tool in lifetime prediction and microstructural assessment of turbine blade systems based on superalloys. The work also highlighted the fact that for a given coating, the phase evolution within system is dependent on the substrate material.

  19. Effect of Environmental Exposures on Fatigue Life of P/M Disk Superalloys

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    Draper, Susan

    2011-01-01

    As the temperature capability of Ni-base superalloy powder metallurgy disks is steadily increased, environmental resistance and protection of advanced nickel-based turbine disk components are becoming increasingly important. Localized surface hot corrosion attack and damage from oxidation have been shown to impair disk fatigue life and may eventually limit disk operating temperatures. NASA Research Announcement (NRA) contracts have been awarded to GE Aviation and Honeywell Aerospace to separately develop fatigue resistant metallic and ceramic coatings for corrosion resistance and the corrosion/fatigue results of selected coatings will be presented. The microstructural response of a bare ME3 disk superalloy has been evaluated for moderate (704 C) and aggressive (760-816 C) oxidizing exposures up to 2,020 hours. Cross section analysis reveals sub-surface damage (significant for aggressive exposures) that consists of Al2O3 "fingers", interfacial voids, a recrystallized precipitate-free layer and GB carbide dissolution. The effects of a Nichrome corrosion coating on this microstructural response will also be presented.

  20. Materials for Advanced Ultrasupercritical Steam Turbines Task 4: Cast Superalloy Development

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    Thangirala, Mani

    2015-09-30

    The Steam Turbine critical stationary structural components are high integrity Large Shell and Valve Casing heavy section Castings, containing high temperature steam under high pressures. Hence to support the development of advanced materials technology for use in an AUSC steam turbine capable of operating with steam conditions of 760°C (1400°F) and 35 Mpa (5000 psia), Casting alloy selection and evaluation of mechanical, metallurgical properties and castability with robust manufacturing methods are mandated. Alloy down select from Phase 1 based on producability criteria and creep rupture properties tested by NETL-Albany and ORNL directed the consortium to investigate cast properties of Haynes 282 and Haynes 263. The goals of Task 4 in Phase 2 are to understand a broader range of mechanical properties, the impact of manufacturing variables on those properties. Scale up the size of heats to production levels to facilitate the understanding of the impact of heat and component weight, on metallurgical and mechanical behavior. GE Power & Water Materials and Processes Engineering for the Phase 2, Task 4.0 Castings work, systematically designed and executed casting material property evaluation, multiple test programs. Starting from 15 lbs. cylinder castings to world’s first 17,000 lbs. poured weight, heavy section large steam turbine partial valve Haynes 282 super alloy casting. This has demonstrated scalability of the material for steam Turbine applications. Activities under Task 4.0, Investigated and characterized various mechanical properties of Cast Haynes 282 and Cast Nimonic 263. The development stages involved were: 1) Small Cast Evaluation: 4 inch diam. Haynes 282 and Nimonic 263 Cylinders. This provided effects of liquidus super heat range and first baseline mechanical data on cast versions of conventional vacuum re-melted and forged Ni based super alloys. 2) Step block castings of 300 lbs. and 600 lbs. Haynes 282 from 2 foundry heats were evaluated which

  1. Welding and brazing of nickel and nickel-base alloys

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    Mortland, J. E.; Evans, R. M.; Monroe, R. E.

    1972-01-01

    The joining of four types of nickel-base materials is described: (1) high-nickel, nonheat-treatable alloys, (2) solid-solution-hardening nickel-base alloys, (3) precipitation-hardening nickel-base alloys, and (4) dispersion-hardening nickel-base alloys. The high-nickel and solid-solution-hardening alloys are widely used in chemical containers and piping. These materials have excellent resistance to corrosion and oxidation, and retain useful strength at elevated temperatures. The precipitation-hardening alloys have good properties at elevated temperature. They are important in many aerospace applications. Dispersion-hardening nickel also is used for elevated-temperature service.

  2. New knowledge about 'white spots' in superalloys

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    Jackman, L.A. ); Maurer, G.E. ); Widge, S. )

    1993-05-01

    In April 1991, the first in a series of workshops was held to discuss ways in which the gas turbine industry could better understand defects in nickel-base superalloys. The group's primary objective was to better define, and expand knowledge about, segregation in superalloys such as Alloy 718 and Waspaloy,with emphasis on light-etching areas referred to as solute-lean defects or 'white spots'. This 'White Spots Committee' formed four subcommittees to focus efforts on classification, inspection, mechanisms, and mechanical properties. Completion of the tasks that these subcommittees have undertaken should greatly improve the gas turbine industry's understanding of the physical and mechanical nature of white spots. The primary purpose of this article is to formalize the characterization and classification of white spots in high-strength superalloys so that the metallurgical community can begin to use a common vocabulary when referring to them. An overview of formation mechanisms is presented along with a brief description of detection methods. Also discussed are preliminary test results, which should help shed light on the effects of solute-lean microstructures on tensile and fatigue properties. Although white spots are not limited to any single superalloy or class of superalloy, Alloy 718 is emphasized because it is so widely used, and because its relatively large solidus-liquidus temperature interval ([approximately]75 C, 135 F) and high niobium content ([approximately]5.3% Nb) make it prone to segregation. Three distinct types of white spots have been identified and named by the committee: discrete, dendritic, and solidification white spots.

  3. Initial Mechanical Testing of Superalloy Lattice Block Structures Conducted

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    Krause, David L.; Whittenberger, J. Daniel

    2002-01-01

    The first mechanical tests of superalloy lattice block structures produced promising results for this exciting new lightweight material system. The testing was performed in-house at NASA Glenn Research Center's Structural Benchmark Test Facility, where small subelement-sized compression and beam specimens were loaded to observe elastic and plastic behavior, component strength levels, and fatigue resistance for hundreds of thousands of load cycles. Current lattice block construction produces a flat panel composed of thin ligaments arranged in a three-dimensional triangulated trusslike structure. Investment casting of lattice block panels has been developed and greatly expands opportunities for using this unique architecture in today's high-performance structures. In addition, advances made in NASA's Ultra-Efficient Engine Technology Program have extended the lattice block concept to superalloy materials. After a series of casting iterations, the nickel-based superalloy Inconel 718 (IN 718, Inco Alloys International, Inc., Huntington, WV) was successfully cast into lattice block panels; this combination offers light weight combined with high strength, high stiffness, and elevated-temperature durability. For tests to evaluate casting quality and configuration merit, small structural compression and bend test specimens were machined from the 5- by 12- by 0.5-in. panels. Linear elastic finite element analyses were completed for several specimen layouts to predict material stresses and deflections under proposed test conditions. The structural specimens were then subjected to room-temperature static and cyclic loads in Glenn's Life Prediction Branch's material test machine. Surprisingly, the test results exceeded analytical predictions: plastic strains greater than 5 percent were obtained, and fatigue lives did not depreciate relative to the base material. These assets were due to the formation of plastic hinges and the redundancies inherent in lattice block construction

  4. Dendritic growth and crystalline quality of nickel-base single grains

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    Siredey, Nathalie; Boufoussi, M'Bareck; Denis, Sabine; Lacaze, Jacques

    1993-05-01

    It is a usual observation that subgrains exist in nickel-base single grain components solidified by the lost wax process. The associated misorientations are generally small, but they can eventually lead to casting defects in the case of highly complex mold shapes. This work presents an attempt to relate the formation of subgrain boundaries with the development of the dendritic solidification microstructure. Experimental investigations have been undertaken on cast components made of AM1 nickel-base superalloy designed for high temperature turbine blades. Single grains were obtained by means of a grain selector at the bottom of each part. Metallographic observations have been made to characterize the dendritic array, together with gamma diffraction to measure the crystalline quality of the material and X-ray topography for mapping of misorientations on a dendritic scale. Small misorientations between dendrite stems have been found at the upper end of the selector which lead to the formation of subgrains. Moreover, during the growth process, the total mosaicity of the material increases, firstly as a consequence of an increase in the misorientations between subgrains, and secondly because of a decrease of the internal quality of each subgrain. It is proposed that misorientations are due to thermomechanical stresses which build up during λ' precipitation at temperatures slightly below the solidus temperature of the alloy.

  5. Advanced powder processing

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    Janney, M.A.

    1997-04-01

    Gelcasting is an advanced powder forming process. It is most commonly used to form ceramic or metal powders into complex, near-net shapes. Turbine rotors, gears, nozzles, and crucibles have been successfully gelcast in silicon nitride, alumina, nickel-based superalloy, and several steels. Gelcasting can also be used to make blanks that can be green machined to near-net shape and then high fired. Green machining has been successfully applied to both ceramic and metal gelcast blanks. Recently, the authors have used gelcasting to make tooling for metal casting applications. Most of the work has centered on H13 tool steel. They have demonstrated an ability to gelcast and sinter H13 to near net shape for metal casting tooling. Also, blanks of H13 have been cast, green machined into complex shape, and fired. Issues associated with forming, binder burnout, and sintering are addressed.

  6. NASA Lewis Helps Develop Advanced Saw Blades for the Lumber Industry

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    1998-01-01

    NASA Lewis Research Center's Structures and Material Divisions are centers of excellence in high-temperature alloys for aerospace applications such as advanced aircraft and rocket engines. Lewis' expertise in these fields was enlisted in the development of a new generation of circular sawblades for the lumber industry to use in cutting logs into boards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Forest Products Laboratory and their supplier had succeeded in developing a thinner sawblade by using a nickel-based alloy, but they needed to reduce excessive warping due to residual stresses. They requested assistance from Lewis' experts, who successfully eliminated the residual stress problem and increased blade strength by over 12 percent. They achieved this by developing an innovative heat treatment based on their knowledge of nickel-based superalloys used in aeropropulsion applications.

  7. Elevated temperature fretting fatigue of nickel based alloys

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    Gean, Matthew C.

    This document details the high temperature fretting fatigue of high temperature nickel based alloys common to turbine disk and blade applications. The research consists of three area of focus: Experiments are conducted to determine quantitatively the fretting fatigue lives of advanced nickel based alloys; Analytical tools are developed and used to investigate the fretting fatigue response of the material; Fractographic analysis of the experimental results is used to improve the analytical models employed in the analysis of the experiments. Sixty three fretting fatigue experiments were conducted at 649 °C using a polycrystalline Nickel specimen in contact with directionally solidified and single crystal Nickel pads. Various influences on the fretting fatigue life are investigated. Shot peened Rene' 95 had better fretting fatigue life compared to shot peened Rene' 88. Shot peening produced a 2x increase in life for Rene' 95, but only a marginal improvement in the fretting fatigue life for Rene' 88. Minor cycles in variable amplitude loading produces significant damage to the specimen. Addition of occasional overpeaks in load produces improvements in fretting fatigue life. Contact tractions and stresses are obtained through a variety of available tools. The contact tractions can be efficiently obtained for limited geometries, while FEM can provide the contact tractions for a broader class of problems, but with the cost of increased CPU requirements. Similarly, the subsurface contact stresses can be obtained using the contact tractions as a boundary condition with either a semi-analytical FFT method or FEM. It is found that to calculate contact stresses the FFT was only marginally faster than FEM. The experimental results are combined with the analysis to produce tools that are used to design against fretting fatigue. Fractographic analysis of the fracture surface indicates the nature of the fretting fatigue crack behavior. Interrupted tests were performed to analyze

  8. Study of phase transformations in CMSX-6 and CMSX-8 superalloys

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    Szczotok, Agnieszka; Wierzbicka-Miernik, Anna

    2014-09-01

    Nickel-based superalloys are extensively used mainly in the aircraft and aeronautic industry, particularly in the hottest parts of engines or turbo-reactors. The phase reactions occurring in these heat-resistant materials play a crucial role in many aspects of the processing and service of the highly alloyed materials. Cast Ni-based superalloys are obtained in a complex way and their structure is complicated. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique was applied for determination of temperature ranges of the phase transformations occurring in the CMSX-6 and CMSX-8 superalloys during heating/cooling processes. Thermophysical properties, including temperatures of the phase transformation, are the critical input parameters in mathematical models of solidification and casting of metallic materials. The literature data concerning phase transformations and performance of the heat treatment for CMSX-6 and CMSX-8 are incomplete and ambiguous. DSC results accompanied by scanning electron microscopy characterization of microstructure of CMSX-6 and CMSX-8 superalloy was applied. The present study will improve the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of phase transformations of single-crystal nickel-based superalloys.

  9. A comparative study of the vibration damping capacity of superalloys

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    Wang, J.; Chung, D.D.L.

    1999-10-01

    A comparative study of nickel-base, iron-base, and iron-nickel base superalloys showed Inconel MA754 (oxide dispersion strengthened) to be particularly high in vibration damping capacity. Dynamic mechanical testing was performed using a Perkin-Elmer Corp. (Norwalk, Connecticut) DMA7e instrument under dynamic flexure by three-point bending at a frequency of 0.2 Hz, with a displacement in the range of 5 to 9 {micro}m and a temperature of 475 C. The span in three-point bending was 20 mm. The sample length (in the span direction) was in the range of 20 to 25 mm. The sample width was 6 mm or less, and the sample thickness was in the range of 0.5 to 1.2 mm. The loss tangent, tan {delta}, and storage modulus were measured simultaneously.

  10. Hydrogen Annealing Of Single-Crystal Superalloys

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    Smialek, James L.; Schaeffer, John C.; Murphy, Wendy

    1995-01-01

    Annealing at temperature equal to or greater than 2,200 degrees F in atmosphere of hydrogen found to increase ability of single-crystal superalloys to resist oxidation when subsequently exposed to oxidizing atmospheres at temperatures almost as high. Supperalloys in question are principal constituents of hot-stage airfoils (blades) in aircraft and ground-based turbine engines; also used in other high-temperature applications like chemical-processing plants, coal-gasification plants, petrochemical refineries, and boilers. Hydrogen anneal provides resistance to oxidation without decreasing fatigue strength and without need for coating or reactive sulfur-gettering constituents. In comparison with coating, hydrogen annealing costs less. Benefits extend to stainless steels, nickel/chromium, and nickel-base alloys, subject to same scale-adhesion and oxidation-resistance considerations, except that scale is chromia instead of alumina.

  11. Analysis of thermoelectric properties of high-temperature complex alloys of nickel-base, iron-base and cobalt-base groups

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    Holanda, R.

    1984-01-01

    The thermoelectric properties alloys of the nickel-base, iron-base, and cobalt-base groups containing from 1% to 25% 106 chromium were compared and correlated with the following material characteristics: atomic percent of the principle alloy constituent; ratio of concentration of two constituents; alloy physical property (electrical resistivity); alloy phase structure (percent precipitate or percent hardener content); alloy electronic structure (electron concentration). For solid-solution-type alloys the most consistent correlation was obtained with electron concentration, for precipitation-hardenable alloys of the nickel-base superalloy group, the thermoelectric potential correlated with hardener content in the alloy structure. For solid-solution-type alloys, no problems were found with thermoelectric stability to 1000; for precipitation-hardenable alloys, thermoelectric stability was dependent on phase stability. The effects of the compositional range of alloy constituents on temperature measurement uncertainty are discussed.

  12. Constitutive Modeling of Superalloy Single Crystals and Directionally Solidified Materials

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    Walker, K. P.; Jordan, E. H.

    1985-01-01

    A unified viscoplastic constitutive relation based on crystallographic slip theory was developed for the deformation analysis of nickel base face centered cubic superalloy single crystals at elevated temperature. The single crystal theory is embedded in a self consistent method to derive a constitutive relation for a directionally solidified material comprised of a polycrystalline aggregate of columnar cylindrical grains. One of the crystallographic axes of the cylindrical crystals points in the columnar direction while the remaining crystallographic axes are oriented at random in the basal plane perpendicular to the columnar direction. These constitutive formulations are coded in FORTRAN for use in nonlinear finite element and boundary element programs.

  13. Analysis of laser beam weldability of Inconel 738 superalloy

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    Egbewande, A.T.; Buckson, R.A.; Ojo, O.A.

    2010-05-15

    The susceptibility of pre-weld heat treated laser beam welded IN 738 superalloy to heat affected zone (HAZ) cracking was studied. A pre-weld heat treatment that produced the minimal grain boundary liquation resulted in a higher level of cracking compared to those with more intergranular liquation. This deviation from the general expectation of influence of intergranular liquation extent on HAZ microfissuring is attributable to the reduction in the ability of the base alloy to accommodate welding tensile stress that accompanied a pre-weld heat treatment condition designed to minimize intergranular liquation. Furthermore, in contrast to what has been generally reported in other nickel-based superalloys, a decrease in laser welding speed resulted in increased HAZ cracking in the IN 738, which can be attributed to exacerbated process instability at lower welding speeds.

  14. Advances in drilling with fiber lasers

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    Naeem, Mohammed

    2015-07-01

    High brightness quasi- continuous wave (QCW) and continuous wave (CW) fiber lasers are routinely being used for cutting and welding for a range of industrial applications. However, to date very little work has been carried out or has been reported on laser drilling with these laser sources. This work describes laser drilling ((trepan and percussion) of nickel based superalloys (thermal barrier coated and uncoated) with a high power QCW fiber laser. This presentation will highlight some of the most significant aspect of laser drilling, i.e. SmartPierceTM, deep hole drilling and small hole drilling. These advances in processing also demonstrate the potential for fiber laser processing when an advanced interface between laser and an open architecture controller are used.

  15. The effect of microstructure on the fatigue behavior of Ni base superalloys

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    Antolovich, S. D.; Jayaraman, N.

    1983-01-01

    Nickel-base superalloys are used in jet engine components such as disks, turbine blades, and vanes. Improvements in the fatigue behavior will allow the life to be extended or the payloads to be increased. The first part of the present investigation deals primarily with the effects of microstructural variations on the fatigue crack propagation (FCP) behavior of nickel-base alloys, while the second part is concerned with low-cycle fatigue (LCF) behavior of Ni base systems. Waspaloy at low temperature is considered, taking into account material heat treatment and test procedures, a composite plot of Waspaloy FCP data, Paris law fatigue crack propagation constants, monotonic tensile data, and overload FCP test results for Waspaloy. It is found that the FCP and overload behavior of nickel-base alloys may be markedly improved by heat treating. Attention is given to effects of cyclic deformation on microstructure and substructure, environmental damage, and an environmental/deformation model of high temperature LCF.

  16. Micromechanisms of fatigue crack growth in a single crystal Inconel 718 nickel-based superalloy

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    Mercer, C.; Soboyejo, A.B.O.; Soboyejo, W.O. )

    1999-07-09

    The fatigue crack growth behavior of an experimental, single crystal alloy, of equivalent nominal chemical composition to Inconel 718 is presented. Fracture modes under cyclic loading were determined by scanning electron microscopy. The results of the fractographic analyses are presented on a fracture mechanism map that shows the dependence of the fatigue fracture mechanisms on the maximum stress intensity factor, K[sub max], and the stress intensity factor range, [Delta]K. Crack-tip deformation mechanisms associated with fatigue crack growth were studied using transmission electron microscopy. The relative effects of [Delta]K and K[sub max] on the fatigue crack growth behavior of this material are discussed within the context of a two-parameter crack growth law. The influence of grain boundaries on the fatigue crack growth resistance of materials such as Inconel 718 is also discussed in light of the results of this investigation.

  17. Microstructural evolution and mechanical behavior of nickel-based superalloy 625 made by selective laser melting

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    Witkin, David B.; Adams, Paul; Albright, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    The mechanical properties and microstructures of Selective Laser Melted (SLM) alloy 625 procured from different suppliers were compared. The post-SLM process of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) led to a relatively coarse recrystallized gamma matrix phase that was similar in all the suppliers' materials, resulting in nearly identical tensile properties. These similarities obscure significant differences between them with respect to the population of second phase particles, which consisted of carbides or Laves phase. During solidification, the final liquid phase is concentrated in Nb, Mo, Si and C, and leads to L --> γ + carbide/Laves eutectic reactions. Secondary particles are very small prior to HIP and their composition has not been analyzed yet, but are limited to the fine-grained eutectic regions of the material prior to HIP. During HIP the gamma phase recrystallizes to remove the original as-solidified SLM microstructure, but secondary particles nucleate and grow where their elemental constituents first solidified, leading to a non-homogeneous distribution. Quasi-static tensile properties do not appear to be sensitive to these differences, but it is likely that other mechanical properties will be affected, especially fatigue and fracture behavior. Surface roughness, large grain size, and pores and voids left unhealed by the HIP cycle will also influence fatigue and fracture. Surface roughness and porosity in particular are features that could be improved by implementing novel approaches to laser processing in SLM.

  18. Orientation dependence of the stress rupture properties of Nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.

    1981-01-01

    The influence of orientation of the stress rupture behavior of Mar-M247 single crystals was studied. Stress rupture tests were performed at 724 MPa and 774 C where the effect of anisotropy is prominent. The mechanical behavior of the single crystals was rationalized on the basis of the Schmid factors for the operative slip systems and the lattice rotations which the crystals underwent during deformation. The stress rupture lives were found to be greatly influenced by the lattice rotations required to produce intersecting slip, because steady-state creep does not begin until after the onset of intersecting slip. Crystals which required large rotations to become oriented for intersecting slip exhibited a large primary creep strain, a large effective stress level at the onset of steady-state creep, and consequently a short stress rupture life. A unified analysis was attained for the stress rupture behavior of the Mar-M247 single crystals tested in this study at 774 C and that of the Mar-M200 single crystals tested in a prior study at 760 C. In this analysis, the standard 001-011-111 stereographic triangle was divided into several regions of crystallographic orientation which were rank ordered according to stress rupture life for this temperature regime. This plot indicates that those crystals having orientations within about 25 deg of the 001 exhibited significantly longer lives when their orientations were closer to the 001-011 boundary of the stereographic triangle than to the 001-111 boundary.

  19. Effect of Heating Rate on the Pressureless Sintering Densification of a Nickel-Based Superalloy

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    Levasseur, David; Brochu, Mathieu

    2016-05-01

    Pressureless sintering of Inconel 718 has important technological applications for the densification of metal injection molding or additive manufacturing of parts with powder/binder systems. The effect of heating rates ranging from 15 to 200 K/minute on the sintering behavior of fine (-325 mesh) Inconel 718 powders was studied using the master sintering curve (MSC) concept. A pressureless pulsed electric current sintering setup was used to heat samples. The temperature at the onset of sintering increased as the heating rate increased. The formation of a supersolidus liquid fraction was shifted toward higher temperatures for increased heating rates. The apparent activation energy of sintering was obtained by least squares fitting of the sintering data to the MSC and was in good agreement with the lattice diffusion activation energy of the alloying elements present in Inconel 718. The MSC followed different kinetics for low heating rates (≤50 K/minute) and high heating rates (≥75 K/minute), and these differences were related to liquation kinetics.

  20. The effect of microstructure on hydrogen embrittlement of the nickel-base superalloy, Udimet 700

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    Gray, H. R.

    1978-01-01

    Material from a single heat of cast and wrought Udimet 700 was processed and/or heat treated to produce five material conditions with identical chemical compositions but with distinct microstructural variations, and then evaluated for susceptibility to hydrogen embrittlement. Two prealloyed powder conditions exhibited significantly improved resistance to hydrogen embrittlement, as compared to wrought material. No degradation in notch or smooth tensile strengths occurred, and average ductilities of 25 percent reduction of area were determined for 2 hydrogen evaluation procedures. For the most severe hydrogenation procedure, ductility levels were reduced to 15 percent. These improvements were attributed to cleaner grain boundaries and decreases grain size.

  1. The effect of microstructure on hydrogen embrittlement of the nickel base superalloy, Udimet 700

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    Gray, H. R.

    1978-01-01

    Material from a single heat of cast and wrought Udimet 700 was processed and/or heat treated to produce five material conditions with identical chemical compositions but with distinct microstructural variations, and then evaluated for susceptibility to hydrogen embrittlement. Two prealloyed powder conditions exhibited significantly improved resistance to hydrogen embrittlement, as compared to wrought material. No degradation in notch or smooth tensile strengths occurred, and average ductilities of 25 percent reduction of area were determined for 2 hydrogen evaluation procedures. For the most severe hydrogenation procedure, ductility levels were reduced to 15 percent. These improvements were attributed to cleaner grain boundaries and decreased grain size.

  2. Effect of Aging Treatment on the Microstructure and Resistivity of a Nickel-Base Superalloy

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    Whelchel, Ricky L.; Kelekanjeri, V. Siva Kumar G.; Gerhardt, Rosario A.; Ilavsky, Jan

    2011-05-01

    The γ' precipitation behavior of age-hardened WASPALOY, aged at 998 K, 1073 K, and 1148 K (725 °C, 800 °C, and 875 °C) for times ranging from 0.5 to 263.5 hours, were evaluated via analysis of ultra small angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) curves and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs. The USAXS spectra revealed a single precipitate size distribution at the earliest aging times, which evolves into a bimodal precipitate size distribution at later aging times. The primary precipitate radius displayed t 1/3 coarsening dependence for aging at 1073 K and 1148 K (800 °C and 875 °C); however, the primary radius increased with t 0.4 dependence at 998 K (725 °C), most likely due to mixed growth and coarsening. A figure of merit, η', consisting of two terms, one associated with precipitate size and volume fraction and the other with compositional fluctuations, was proposed. η' shows direct empirical correlations with changes in the measured electrical resistivity.

  3. High temperature monotonic and cyclic deformation in a directionally solidified nickel-base superalloy

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    Huron, Eric S.

    1986-01-01

    Directionally solidified (DS) MAR-M246+Hf was tested in tension and fatigue, at temperatures from 20 C to 1093 C. Tests were performed on (001) oriented specimens at strain rates of 50 % and 0.5 % per minute. In tension, the yield strength was constant up to 704 C, above which the strength dropped off rapidly. A strong dependence of strength on strain rate was seen at the higher temperatures. The deformation mode was observed to change from heterogeneous to homogeneous with increasing temperature. Low Cycle Fatigue tests were done using a fully reversed waveform and total strain control. For a given plastic strain range, lives increased with increasing temperature. For a given temperature strain rate had a strong effect on life. At 704 C, decreasing strain rates decreased life, while at the higher temperatures, decreasing strain rates increased life, for a given plastic strain range. These results could be explained through considerations of the deformation modes and stress levels. At the higher temperatures, marked coarsening caused beneficial stress reductions, but oxidation limited the life. The longitudinal grain boundaries were found to influence slip behavior. The degree of secondary slip adjacent to the boundaries was found to be related to the degree of misorientation between the grains.

  4. Evaluation of the Low Heat Input Process for Weld Repair of Nickel-Base Superalloys

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    Durocher, J.; Richards, N. L.

    2011-10-01

    The repair of turbine blades and vanes commonly involves gas tungsten arc welding or an equivalent process, but unfortunately these components are often susceptible to heat-affected zone (HAZ) cracking during the weld repair process. This is a major problem especially in cast alloys due to their coarse-grain size and where the (Al + Ti) contents is in excess of 3-4%; vacuum brazing is also used but mainly on low stress non-rotating components such as vanes. Micro-welding has the potential to deposit small amounts of filler at low heat input levels with minimum HAZ and thus is an attractive process for depositing a quality weld. As with conventional fusion processes, the filler alloy is deposited by the generation of a low power arc between a consumable electrode and the substrate. The low heat input of this process offers unique advantages over more common welding processes such as gas tungsten arc, plasma arc, laser, and electron beam welding. In this study, the low heat input characteristic of micro-welding has been used to simulate weld repair using Inconel (IN) (Inconel and IN are trademarks of INCO Alloys International) 625, Rene (Rene is a trademark of General Electric Company) 41, Nimonic (Nimonic is a trademark of INCO Alloys International) 105 and Inconel 738LC filler alloys, to a cast Inconel 738LC substrate. The effect of micro-welding process parameters on the deposition rate, coating quality, and substrate has been investigated.

  5. Characterization of the Micro-Welding Process for Repair of Nickel Base Superalloys

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    Durocher, J.; Richards, N. L.

    2007-12-01

    Micro-welding is a low-heat input process whereby a metal or cermet, is deposited by the generation of a low-power arc between a consumable electrode and a substrate. The low-heat input of this process offers unique advantages over more common welding processes such as gas tungsten arc, plasma arc, laser, and electron beam welding. At present, the repair of turbine blades and vanes commonly involves gas tungsten arc welding and these components are susceptible to heat affected zone cracking during the weld repair process; vacuum brazing is also used but mainly on low-stress components such as stators. In this study, the low-heat input characteristic of micro-welding has been utilized to simulate repair of Inconel (Trade Mark of Special Metals) 625, Inconel 718, and Inconel 722 filler alloys to a cast Inconel 738 substrate. The effect of micro-welding process parameters on the deposition rate, coating quality, and substrate has been investigated.

  6. Electrochemical characterization of chromia- and alumina-forming nickel-based superalloys in molten silicates

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    Abdullah, Tuti Katrina; Petitjean, Carine; Panteix, Pierre-Jean; Mathieu, Stéphane; Rapin, Christophe; Vilasi, Michel; Hussain, Zuhailawati; Rahim, Afidah Abdul

    2016-01-01

    A comparison of the corrosion behaviour of simplified chromia- and alumina-forming alloys (Ni-30Cr and Ni-8Al-28Cr) in molten glass is performed via electrochemical methods. A pre-oxidation treatment in air prior to immersion ensured the formation of a 2-μm-thick oxide scale of Cr2O3 or Al2O3. The lifetime of Ni-30Cr depended on the competition between the oxide growth and its dissolution in the melt. For Ni-8Al-28Cr, the high solubility of alumina in the melt studied here led to severe aluminium loss in a few minutes and clearly demonstrated the higher efficiency of chromia-forming alloys for molten glass applications.

  7. Development of an extra-high strength powder metallurgy nickel-base superalloy

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    Kent, W. B.

    1977-01-01

    A program was conducted to optimize the composition of NASA IIb-11, an alloy originally developed as a wrought material, for thermal stability and to determine the feasibility for producing the alloy using powder metallurgy techniques. Seven compositions were melted and atomized, hot isostatically pressed, cross rolled to disks and heat treated. Tensile and stress rupture properties from room temperature to 870 C (1600 F) were determined in addition to thermal stability characteristics. Processing variables included hot isostatic pressing parameters and handling, cross rolling procedures and heat treatment cycles. NASA IIb-11E displayed the best combination of overall properties for service as a 760 C (1400 F) disk material. Its composition is 0.06 C, 8.5 Cr, 9.0 Co, 2.0 Mo, 7.1 W, 6.6 Ta, 4.5 Al, 0.75 Ti, 0.5 V, 0.7 Hf, 0.01 B, 0.05 Zr and balance Ni. While the alloy exhibits the highest 760 C (1400 F) rupture strength reported for any powder metallurgy disk alloy to date, additional studies to further evaluate the effects of heat treatment may be required. The alloy is not susceptible to topologically close-packed phase formation during thermal exposure at 870 C (1600 F) for 1,500 hours, but its mechanical property levels are lowered due to grain boundary carbide formation.

  8. Influence of molybdenum on the creep properties of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.; Nathal, M. V.; Pearson, D. D.

    1990-01-01

    The Mo content of an alloy series based on Ni-6 wt pct Al-6 wt pct Ta was systematically varied from 9.8 to 14.6 wt pct, in order to ascertain the influence of Mo on the creep properties of single crystals. The optimum initial gamma-gamma prime microstructure for raft development and creep strength was established in each alloy before testing. It was found that, as the Mo content increased from 9.8 to 14.0 percent, the magnitude of the lattice mismatch increased; upon reaching 14.6 percent, a degradation of mechanical properties occurred due to the precipitation of a third phase. These results suggest that small refractory metal content and initial gamma-prime variations can profoundly affect mechanical properties.

  9. Characterization of Plastic Deformation Induced by Shot-Peening in a Ni-Base Superalloy

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    Messé, O. M. D. M.; Stekovic, S.; Hardy, M. C.; Rae, C. M. F.

    2014-12-01

    The shot-peening process is currently employed in most industries to improve the longevity of components by inhibiting crack initiation as well as crack growth at the surface. The protective effect of shot peening has been mainly attributed to compressive stresses within the deformed layer. Intensive research has been carried out to quantify the near-surface residual stresses on entry into service and evolution throughout life. In nickel-base superalloys, the focus of research on the effects of shot-peening has performed using x-rays from either laboratory or synchrotron-based sources. However, this approach cannot evaluate in detail the deformation mechanisms nor the role of the γ' precipitates in a nickel-base superalloy; the latter is responsible for its unique properties. Our study uses a complementary range of techniques to investigate in detail the microstructure and deformation mechanisms associated with shot-peening in a coarse-grained nickel-based superalloy strengthened with coherent γ' precipitates. These include scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, nanoindentation and micropillar compression. Accurate mapping of the dislocation structure produced throughout the deformed layers have been performed. Using an unconventional specimen preparation technique, it provides the basis for a more complete interpretation of how shot-peening inhibits fatigue cracking.

  10. Constitutive modeling for single crystal superalloys

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    Stouffer, D. C.; Jayaraman, N.; Sheh, M.; Alden, D.

    1986-01-01

    The inelastic response of single crystal gamma/gamma prime superalloys is quite different from the behavior of polycrystalline nickel base superalloys. Upto a critical temperature the yield stress of single crystal alloys is a function of the material orientation relative to the direction of the applied stress and the material exhibits significant tension/compression asymmetry. This behavior is primarily due to slip on the octahedral slip system. Above the critical temperature there is a sharp drop in the yield stress, cube slip becomes more predominant and the tension/compression asymmetry is reduced. Similar orientation and tension/compression asymmetry is observed in creep and secondary creep above the critical temperature is inferred to occur by octahedral slip. There are two exceptions to this behavior. First, loading near the (111) orientation exhibits cube slip at all temperatures, and; second, loading near the (001) orientation produces only octahedral slip at all temperatures. The constitutive model is based on separating the total global strain into elastic and inelastic components. This model is developed and briefly discussed.

  11. Advanced gas atomization production of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) Ni-base superalloys through process and solidification control

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    Meyer, John Louis Lamb

    A novel gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS) method was utilized to produce precursor Ni-Cr-Y-Ti powder with a surface oxide and an internal rare earth (RE)-containing intermetallic. Although Al is necessary for industrial superalloy production, the Ni-Cr base alloy system was selected as a simplified system more amenable to characterization. This was done in an effort to better study the effects of processing parameters. Consolidation and heat-treatment were performed to promote the exchange of oxygen from the surface oxide to the RE intermetallic to form nanometric oxide dispersoids. Alloy selection was aided by an internal oxidation and serial grinding experiment that found that Hf-containing alloys may form more stable dispersoids than Ti-containing alloys, but the Hf-containing system exhibited five different oxide phases and two different intermetallics compared to the two oxide phases and one intermetallic in the Ti-containing alloys. Since the simpler Ti-containing system was easier to characterize, and make observations on the effects of processing parameters, the Ti-containing system was used for experimental atomization trials. An internal oxidation model was used to predict the heat treatment times necessary for dispersoid formation as a function of powder size and temperature. A new high-pressure gas atomization (HPGA) nozzle was developed with the aim of promoting fine powder production at scales similar to that of the high gas-flow and melt-flow of industrial atomizers. The atomization nozzle was characterized using schlieren imaging and aspiration pressure testing to determine the optimum melt delivery tip geometry and atomization pressure to promote enhanced secondary atomization mechanisms. Six atomization trials were performed to investigate the effects of gas atomization pressure and reactive-gas concentration on the particle size distribution (PSD). Also, the effect on the rapidly solidified microstructure (as a function of powder size

  12. Superalloy Lattice Block Structures

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    Nathal, M. V.; Whittenberger, J. D.; Hebsur, M. G.; Kantzos, P. T.; Krause, D. L.

    2004-01-01

    Initial investigations of investment cast superalloy lattice block suggest that this technology will yield a low cost approach to utilize the high temperature strength and environmental resistance of superalloys in lightweight, damage tolerant structural configurations. Work to date has demonstrated that relatively large superalloy lattice block panels can be successfully investment cast from both IN-718 and Mar-M247. These castings exhibited mechanical properties consistent with the strength of the same superalloys measured from more conventional castings. The lattice block structure also accommodates significant deformation without failure, and is defect tolerant in fatigue. The potential of lattice block structures opens new opportunities for the use of superalloys in future generations of aircraft applications that demand strength and environmental resistance at elevated temperatures along with low weight.

  13. Plastic Behavior of a Nickel-Based Alloy under Monotonic-Tension and Low-Cycle-Fatigue Loading

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    Huang, E-Wen; Barabash, Rozaliya; Wang, Yandong; Clausen, Bjorn; Li, Li; Liaw, Peter K; Ice, Gene E; Yang, Dr Ren; Choo, Hahn; Pike, Lee M; Klarstrom, Dwaine L

    2008-01-01

    The plasticity behavior of the annealed HASTELLOY C-22HSTM alloy, a face-centered cubic (FCC), nickel-based superalloy, was examined by the in-situ neutron-diffraction experiments at room temperature. Monotonic-tension and low-cycle-fatigue experiments were conducted to observe the plastic behavior of the alloy. The tension straining and cyclic-loading deformation were studied as a function of the stress. The plastic behaviors during the deformation are discussed in the light of the relationship between the stress and dislocation-density evolutions. The calculated dislocation-density evolutions within the alloys reflect the strain hardening and cyclic hardening/softening. Experimental lattice strains are compared to verify the hardening mechanism at the selected stress levels for tension and cyclic loadings. Combining with the calculations of the dislocation densities, the neutron-diffraction experiments give an evidence of the strain and cyclic hardening of the alloy.

  14. Mechanisms of High Temperature/Low Stress Creep of Ni-Based Superalloy Single Crystals

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    Michael J. Mills

    2009-03-05

    Cast nickel-based superalloys are used for blades in land-based, energy conversion and powerplant applications, as well as in aircraft gas turbines operating at temperatures up to 1100 C, where creep is one of the life-limiting factors. Creep of superalloy single crystals has been extensively studied over the last several decades. Surprisingly, only recently has work focused specifically on the dislocation mechanisms that govern high temperature and low stress creep. Nevertheless, the perpetual goal of better engine efficiency demands that the creep mechanisms operative in this regime be fully understood in order to develop alloys and microstructures with improved high temperature capability. At present, the micro-mechanisms controlling creep before and after rafting (the microstructure evolution typical of high temperature creep) has occurred have yet to be identified and modeled, particularly for [001] oriented single crystals. This crystal orientation is most interesting technologically since it exhibits the highest creep strength. The major goal of the program entitled ''Mechanisms of High Temperature/Low Stress Creep of Ni-Based Superalloy Single Crystals'' (DOE Grant DE-FG02-04ER46137) has been to elucidate these creep mechanisms in cast nickel-based superalloys. We have utilized a combination of detailed microstructure and dislocation substructure analysis combined with the development of a novel phase-field model for microstructure evolution.

  15. Elevated temperature creep-fatigue crack propagation in nickel-base alloys and 1 Cr-Mo-V steel

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    Nazmy, M.; Hoffelner, W.; Wüthrich, C.

    1988-04-01

    The crack growth behavior of several high temperature nickel-base alloys, under cyclic and static loading, is studied and reviewed. In the oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) MA 6000 and MA 754 alloys, the high temperature crack propagation exhibited orientation dependence under cyclic as well as under static loading. The creep crack growth (CCG) behavior of cast nickel-base IN-738 and IN-939* superalloys at 850 °C could be characterized by the stress intensity factor, K 1. In the case of the alloy IN-901 at 500 °C and 600 °C, K 1 was found to be the relevant parameter to characterize the creep crack growth behavior. The energy rate line integral, C*, may be the appropriate loading parameter to describe the creep crack growth behavior of the nickel-iron base IN-800H alloy at 800 °C. The creep crack growth data of 1 Cr-Mo-V steel, with bainitic microstructure, at 550 °C could be correlated better by C * than by K 1.

  16. Anisotropic constitutive model for nickel base single crystal alloys: Development and finite element implementation

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    Dame, L. T.; Stouffer, D. C.

    1986-01-01

    A tool for the mechanical analysis of nickel base single crystal superalloys, specifically Rene N4, used in gas turbine engine components is developed. This is achieved by a rate dependent anisotropic constitutive model implemented in a nonlinear three dimensional finite element code. The constitutive model is developed from metallurigical concepts utilizing a crystallographic approach. A non Schmid's law formulation is used to model the tension/compression asymmetry and orientation dependence in octahedral slip. Schmid's law is a good approximation to the inelastic response of the material in cube slip. The constitutive equations model the tensile behavior, creep response, and strain rate sensitivity of these alloys. Methods for deriving the material constants from standard tests are presented. The finite element implementation utilizes an initial strain method and twenty noded isoparametric solid elements. The ability to model piecewise linear load histories is included in the finite element code. The constitutive equations are accurately and economically integrated using a second order Adams-Moulton predictor-corrector method with a dynamic time incrementing procedure. Computed results from the finite element code are compared with experimental data for tensile, creep and cyclic tests at 760 deg C. The strain rate sensitivity and stress relaxation capabilities of the model are evaluated.

  17. The elastic modulus correction term in creep activation energies Applied to oxide dispersion strengthened superalloy

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    Malu, M.; Tien, J. K.

    1975-01-01

    The effect of elastic modulus and the temperature dependence of elastic modulus on creep activation energies for an oxide dispersion strengthened nickel-base superalloy are investigated. This superalloy is commercially known as Inconel Alloy MA 753, strengthened both by gamma-prime precipitates and by yttria particles. It is shown that at intermediate temperatures, say below 1500 F, where elastic modulus is weakly dependent on temperature, the modulus correction term to creep activation energy is small. Accordingly, modulus corrections are insignificant for the superalloy considered, which shows high apparent creep activation energies at this temperature. On the contrary, at very high temperatures, the elastic modulus correction term can be significant, thus reducing the creep activation energy to that of vacancy self-diffusion. In order to obtain high-temperature creep resistance, a high-value elastic modulus with a weak dependence on temperature is required.

  18. Thermal-conductivity measurements of tungsten-fiber-reinforced superalloy composites using a thermal-conductivity comparator

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    Westfall, L. J.; Winsa, E. A.

    1979-01-01

    The thermal conductivity (TC) of tungsten-fiber-reinforced superalloys was determined for two composite systems by using a thermal conductivity standard from the National Bureau of Standards and a comparator and technique developed for that purpose. The results were compared with TC data for the nickel-base alloy MAR-M200. The technique lends itself to applications involving thin specimens, such as thin-walled turbine blades. The TC's of the composite systems were considerably higher in both the longitudinal and transverse directions than that of the monolithic superalloys used as the matrices.

  19. Nitrogen-atomized, nickel-based, corrosion-resistant alloys

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    Rizzo, Frank J.

    1996-04-01

    Nitrogen gas atomization has been used for many years to produce iron-based powder-metal materials such as stainless and tool steels. However, it is more typical to use argon atomization with nickel-based alloys because it avoids the formation of nitrides that, in some cases, can be detrimental to the mechanical properties of these materials. In this article, two nickel-based materials— alloy 625 and alloy 690—normally used for applications where corrosion resistance is of primary importance were evaluated in their nitrogen-atomized powder metal form. Nitrogen atomization uncovered attributes of these nickel alloys that are not present in their conventionally produced counterparts or in argon-atomized versions of the same compositions.

  20. Attack polish for nickel-base alloys and stainless steels

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    Steeves, Arthur F.; Buono, Donald P.

    1983-01-01

    A chemical attack polish and polishing procedure for use on metal surfaces such as nickel base alloys and stainless steels. The chemical attack polish comprises Fe(NO.sub.3).sub.3, concentrated CH.sub.3 COOH, concentrated H.sub.2 SO.sub.4 and H.sub.2 O. The polishing procedure includes saturating a polishing cloth with the chemical attack polish and submicron abrasive particles and buffing the metal surface.

  1. Method of polishing nickel-base alloys and stainless steels

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    Steeves, Arthur F.; Buono, Donald P.

    1981-01-01

    A chemical attack polish and polishing procedure for use on metal surfaces such as nickel base alloys and stainless steels. The chemical attack polish comprises Fe(NO.sub.3).sub.3, concentrated CH.sub.3 COOH, concentrated H.sub.2 SO.sub.4 and H.sub.2 O. The polishing procedure includes saturating a polishing cloth with the chemical attack polish and submicron abrasive particles and buffing the metal surface.

  2. Attack polish for nickel-base alloys and stainless steels

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    Not Available

    1980-05-28

    A chemical attack polish and polishing procedure for use on metal surfaces such as nickel base alloys and stainless steels is described. The chemical attack polich comprises FeNO/sub 3/, concentrated CH/sub 3/COOH, concentrated H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ and H/sub 2/O. The polishing procedure includes saturating a polishing cloth with the chemical attack polish and submicron abrasive particles and buffing the metal surface.

  3. The metallography of a nickel base casting alloy.

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    Lewis, A J

    1975-10-01

    Three groups of tensile test pieces were produced using a nickel base partial denture casting alloy and employing induction fusion in each case. The first group was produced fro new metal, the second from metal which had been recast four times, and the third from new overheated metal. Samples of alloy were cut from each group, and together with a piece from an original ingot, were mounted, polished, etched, and examined under a metallurgical microscope. PMID:1108851

  4. An investigation on notch embrittlement of a Ni-base superalloy

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    Srinivas, S.; Satyanarayana, D.V.V.; Pandey, M.C.; Gopikrishna, D.

    1995-04-15

    Superalloy 718, which is strengthened by {gamma}{prime} and {gamma}{double_prime} precipitates, is one of the most widely used nickel based superalloys for high temperature applications. The alloy also contains incoherent delta phase and MC type of carbides, and in rare cases the Laves phase and minor phases like borides. The performance of this alloy depends on the relative amount of all these phases. Due to its prominent overall mechanical properties up to 7650 C and fairly good formability, the alloy has found extensive usage in gas turbine disc applications. In these applications, the notch stress rupture performance is extremely important. In service, high temperature components are often subjected to a complex stress system which may vary from a uniaxial to a multi-axial stress state. Circumferentially notched round bars have been used to investigate the creep rupture behavior of other superalloys. The experimental results obtained in Inconel X-750 and Nimonic 80A have shown that the creep damage mechanisms were strongly influenced by the state of stress imposed by the notch. Several studies on superalloy 718 at high temperature showed variations in notch rupture life, depending on the size, morphology and distribution of delta phase. This paper reports the investigation carried out to determine the factors responsible for inconsistent notch rupture behavior in superalloy 718.

  5. Microstructural analysis of laser weld fusion zone in Haynes 282 superalloy

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    Osoba, L.O.; Ding, R.G.; Ojo, O.A.

    2012-03-15

    Analytical electron microscopy and spectroscopy analyses of the fusion zone (FZ) microstructure in autogenous laser beam welded Haynes 282 (HY 282) superalloy were performed. The micro-segregation patterns observed in the FZ indicate that Co, Cr and Al exhibited a nearly uniform distribution between the dendrite core and interdendritic regions while Ti and Mo were rejected into the interdendritic liquid during the weld solidification. Transmission electron diffraction analysis and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis revealed the second phase particles formed along the FZ interdendritic region to be Ti-Mo rich MC-type carbide particles. Weld FZ solidification cracking, which is sometimes associated with the formation of {gamma}-{gamma}' eutectic in {gamma}' precipitation strengthened nickel-base superalloys, was not observed in the HY 282 superalloy. Modified primary solidification path due to carbon addition in the newly developed superalloy is used to explain preclusion of weld FZ solidification cracking in the material. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A newly developed superalloy was welded by CO{sub 2} laser beam joining technique. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron microscopy characterization of the weld microstructure was performed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Identified interdendritic microconstituents consist of MC-type carbides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Modification of primary solidification path is used to explain cracking resistance.

  6. Effect of tensile mean stress on fatigue behavior of single-crystal and directionally solidified superalloys

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    Kalluri, Sreeramesh; Mcgaw, Michael A.

    1990-01-01

    Two nickel base superalloys, single crystal PWA 1480 and directionally solidified MAR-M 246 + Hf, were studied in view of the potential usage of the former and usage of the latter as blade materials for the turbomachinery of the space shuttle main engine. The baseline zero mean stress (ZMS) fatigue life (FL) behavior of these superalloys was established, and then the effect of tensile mean stress (TMS) on their FL behavior was characterized. At room temperature these superalloys have lower ductilities and higher strengths than most polycrystalline engineering alloys. The cycle stress-strain response was thus nominally elastic in most of the fatigue tests. Therefore, a stress range based FL prediction approach was used to characterize both the ZMS and TMS fatigue data. In the past, several researchers have developed methods to account for the detrimental effect of tensile mean stress on the FL for polycrystalline engineering alloys. However, the applicability of these methods to single crystal and directionally solidified superalloys has not been established. In this study, these methods were applied to characterize the TMS fatigue data of single crystal PWA 1480 and directionally solidified MAR-M 246 + Hf and were found to be unsatisfactory. Therefore, a method of accounting for the TMS effect on FL, that is based on a technique proposed by Heidmann and Manson was developed to characterize the TMS fatigue data of these superalloys. Details of this method and its relationship to the conventionally used mean stress methods in FL prediction are discussed.

  7. Processing of Advanced Cast Alloys for A-USC Steam Turbine Applications

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    Jablonski, Paul D.; Hawk, Jeffery A.; Cowen, Christopher J.; Maziasz, Philip J.

    2012-02-01

    The high-temperature components within conventional supercritical coal-fired power plants are manufactured from ferritic/martensitic steels. To reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the efficiency of pulverized coal steam power plants must be increased to as high a temperature and pressure as feasible. The proposed steam temperature in the DOE/NETL Advanced Ultra Supercritical power plant is high enough (760°C) that ferritic/martensitic steels will not work for the majority of high-temperature components in the turbine or for pipes and tubes in the boiler due to temperature limitations of this class of materials. Thus, Ni-based superalloys are being considered for many of these components. Off-the-shelf forged nickel alloys have shown good promise at these temperatures, but further improvements can be made through experimentation within the nominal chemistry range as well as through thermomechanical processing and subsequent heat treatment. However, cast nickel-based superalloys, which possess high strength, creep resistance, and weldability, are typically not available, particularly those with good ductility and toughness that are weldable in thick sections. To address those issues related to thick casting for turbine casings, for example, cast analogs of selected wrought nickel-based superalloys such as alloy 263, Haynes 282, and Nimonic 105 have been produced. Alloy design criteria, melt processing experiences, and heat treatment are discussed with respect to the as-processed and heat-treated microstructures and selected mechanical properties. The discussion concludes with the prospects for full-scale development of a thick section casting for a steam turbine valve chest or rotor casing.

  8. Microstructural response to heat affected zone cracking of prewelding heat-treated Inconel 939 superalloy

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    Gonzalez, M.A.; Garza, A.

    2011-12-15

    The microstructural response to cracking in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of a nickel-based IN 939 superalloy after prewelding heat treatments (PWHT) was investigated. The PWHT specimens showed two different microstructures: 1) spherical ordered {gamma} Prime precipitates (357-442 nm), with blocky MC and discreet M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides dispersed within the coarse dendrites and in the interdendritic regions; and 2) ordered {gamma} Prime precipitates in 'ogdoadically' diced cube shapes and coarse MC carbides within the dendrites and in the interdendritic regions. After being tungsten inert gas welded (TIG) applying low heat input, welding speed and using a more ductile filler alloy, specimens with microstructures consisting of spherical {gamma} Prime precipitate particles and dispersed discreet MC carbides along the grain boundaries, displayed a considerably improved weldability due to a strong reduction of the intergranular HAZ cracking associated with the liquation microfissuring phenomena. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Homogeneous microstructures of {gamma} Prime spheroids and discreet MC carbides of Ni base superalloys through preweld heat treatments. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {gamma} Prime spheroids and discreet MC carbides reduce the intergranular HAZ liquation and microfissuring of Nickel base superalloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructure {gamma} Prime spheroids and discreet blocky type MC carbides, capable to relax the stress generated during weld cooling. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low welding heat input welding speeds and ductile filler alloys reduce the HAZ cracking susceptibility.

  9. Influence of Processing Parameters on Grain Size Evolution of a Forged Superalloy

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    Reyes, L. A.; Páramo, P.; Salas Zamarripa, A.; de la Garza, M.; Guerrero-Mata, M. P.

    2016-01-01

    The microstructure evolution of nickel-based superalloys has a great influence on the mechanical behavior during service conditions. Microstructure modification and the effect of process variables such as forging temperature, die-speed, and tool heating were evaluated after hot die forging of a heat-resistant nickel-based alloy. Forging sequences in a temperature range from 1253 to 1323 K were considered through experimental trials. An Avrami model was applied using finite element data to evaluate the average grain size and recrystallization at different evolution zones. It was observed that sequential forging at final temperatures below 1273 K provided greater grain refinement through time-dependent recrystallization phenomena. This investigation was aim to explore the influence of forging parameters on grain size evolution in order to design a fully homogenous and refined microstructure after hot die forging.

  10. Microstructural Evaluation of Forging Parameters for Superalloy Disks

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    Falsey, John R.

    2004-01-01

    Forgings of nickel base superalloy were formed under several different strain rates and forging temperatures. Samples were taken from each forging condition to find the ASTM grain size, and the as large as grain (ALA). The specimens were mounted in bakelite, polished, etched and then optical microscopy was used to determine grain size. The specimens ASTM grain sizes from each forging condition were plotted against strain rate, forging temperature, and presoak time. Grain sizes increased with increasing forging temperature. Grain sizes also increased with decreasing strain rates and increasing forging presoak time. The ALA had been determined from each forging condition using the ASTM standard method. Each ALA was compared with the ASTM grain size of each forging condition to determine if the grain sizes were uniform or not. The forging condition of a strain rate of .03/sec and supersolvus heat treatment produced non uniform grains indicated by critical grain growth. Other anomalies are noted as well.

  11. Processing-structure characterization of rheocast IN-100 superalloy

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    Cheng, Jung-Jen Allen; Apelian, Diran; Doherty, Roger D.

    1986-01-01

    The rheocasting solidification process was applied in the production of IN-100 nickel base superalloy, and the effects of processing variables, such as stirring speed, isothermal stirring time, and volume fraction solid during isothermal stirring, on the resultant rheocast structure were investigated. Ingots that were furnace cooled at the same rate but without stirring were compared with the rheocast ingots. Rheocasting yielded fine-grained structures, where the extent of microsegregation, the variation in macrostructure, and the solidification-induced porosity and ingot cracking were found to be reduced in comparison to the unstirred ingots. The grain size and nonuniformity were reduced by increasing the stirring speed, isothermal stirring time, or the volume fraction solid during stirring; decreased microsegregation was achieved by an increase in the volume fraction solid. The structures of grain boundaries lent support to the grain boundary mechanism proposed by Vogel et al. (1977) for rheocasting.

  12. Pulsed-Current Welding Of Nickel-Based Alloy

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    Gamwell, W. R.; Kurgan, C.; Malone, T. W.

    1993-01-01

    Joints as strong (or stronger than) joints made with constant current. Report based on study of pulsed-current versus constant-current gas/tungsten arc welding of butt joints between panels of nickel-based alloy 718. In pulsed-current welding, arc current alternated between high and low value. Enables greater control of freezing and depth of penetration of weld puddle at given heat input. Thicker sections joined. Readily incorporated into automated welding system, with resultant greater uniformity and reproducibility of welds than attained in manual welding.

  13. Low-Density, Creep-Resistant Single-Crystal Superalloys

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    MacKay, Rebecca A.; Gabb, Timothy P.; Smialek, James L.; Nathal, Michael V.

    2006-01-01

    Several recently formulated nickel-base superalloys have been developed with excellent high-temperature creep resistance, at lower densities than those of currently used nickel-base superalloys. These alloys are the latest products of a continuing effort to develop alloys that have even greater strength-to-weight ratios, suitable for use in turbine blades of aircraft engines. Mass densities of turbine blades exert a significant effect on the overall weight of aircraft. For a given aircraft, a reduction in the density of turbine blades enables design reductions in the weight of other parts throughout the turbine rotor, including the disk, hub, and shaft, as well as supporting structures in the engine. The resulting total reduction in weight can be 8 to 10 times that of the reduction in weight of the turbine blades. The approach followed in formulating these alloys involved several strategies for identifying key alloying elements and the range of concentration of each element to study. To minimize the number of alloys needed to be cast, a design-of--experiments methodology was adopted. A statistics-based computer program that models the effects of varying compositions of four elements, including effects of two-way interactions between elements, was used to test all possible alloys within the design space. The starting points for the computational analysis were three alloy compositions mandated by engineering consensus. After likewise identification of key alloying elements to vary and the allowed ranges of concentrations, the computer program then selects a minimum number of alloys within the design space to allow determination of effects for all four elements and their interactions.

  14. Feasibility of producing cast-refractory metal-fiber superalloy composites

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    Mcintyre, R. D.

    1973-01-01

    A study was conducted to evaluate the feasibility of direct casting as a practical method for producing cast superalloy tungsten or columbium alloy fiber composites while retaining a high percentage of fiber strength. Fourteen nickel base, four cobalt, and three iron based matrices were surveyed for their degree of reaction with the metal fibers. Some stress-rupture results were obtained at temperatures of 760, 816, 871, and 1093 C for a few composite systems. The feasibility of producing acceptable composites of some cast nickel, cobalt, and iron matrix alloys with tungsten or columbium alloy fibers was demonstrated.

  15. The evaluation of single crystal superalloys for turbopump blades in the SSME

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    Bowen, K.; Nagy, P.; Parr, R. A.

    1986-01-01

    This paper discusses single-crystal nickel-base superalloys for use in gaseous hydrogen environments, like the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME). PWA 1480E was chosen as a candidate alloy based on strength retention in hydrogen environments. Selection of single-crystal-alloy primary and secondary crystallographic axes allows tailoring of the airfoil resonant frequency as a function of orientation. PWA 1480E 111-line primary orientation proved to be the most hydrogen-resistant orientation. By choosing the proper primary and secondary orientation combinations, the fourth excitation mode of the SSME may be avoided.

  16. Role of molybdenum in the Na2SO4 induced corrosion of superalloys at high temperature

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    Misra, A. K.

    1987-01-01

    Sodium sulfate induced corrosion of a molybdenum containing nickel-base superalloy, Udimet 700, was studied in laboratory furnace test and in a high velocity (Mach 0.3) burner rig. Tlhe effect of SO2 content in the atmosphere on the corrosion behavior in the laboratory furnace tests was determined. catastrophic corrosion occursonly when the melt contains MoO3 in addition to Na2SO4 and Na2MoO4. The conditions under which catastrophic corrosion occurs are identified and a mechanism is described to explain the catastrophic corrosion.

  17. Examination of the influence of coatings on thin superalloy sections. Volume 1: Description and analysis

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    Kaufman, M.

    1974-01-01

    The effects of an aluminide coating and of section thickness were investigated on two cast nickel-base superalloys. Cast section thickness ranged from 0.038 cm to 0.15 cm. Simulated engine exposures in a jet fuel burner rig with cyclic air cooling were studied. The effects of surface machining before coating and re-machining and re-coating after exposures were examined. The properties evaluated included tensile strength, stress rupture, high-cycle mechanical fatigue, and thermal fatigue. A metallurgical analysis was made of the microstructures of the coated and uncoated alloy.

  18. Precision cast vs. wrought superalloys

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    Tien, J. K.; Borofka, J. C.; Casey, M. E.

    1986-01-01

    While cast polycrystalline superalloys recommend themselves in virtue of better 'buy-to-fly' ratios and higher strengthening gamma-prime volume fractions than those of wrought superalloys, the expansion of their use into such critical superalloy applications as gas turbine hot section components has been slowed by insufficient casting process opportunities for microstructural control. Attention is presently drawn, however, to casting process developments facilitating the production of defect-tolerant superalloy castings having improved fracture reliability. Integrally bladed turbine wheel and thin-walled turbine exhaust case near-net-shape castings have been produced by these means.

  19. Neutron Diffraction Study on Plastic behavior of a Nickel-Based Alloy Under the Monotonic-Tension and the Low-Cyclic-Fatigue Experiments

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    Huang, E.-W.; Barabash, R.; Clausen, B.; Wang, Y.; Yang, R.; Li, L.; Choo, H.; Liaw, P.K.

    2007-11-02

    The plastic behavior of an annealed HASTELLOY C-22HS alloy, a face-centered cubic (FCC), nickel-based superalloy, was examined by in-situ neutron-diffraction measurements at room temperature. Both monotonic-tension and low-cycle-fatigue experiments were conducted. Monotonic-tension straining and cyclic-loading deformation were studied as a function of stress. The plastic behavior during deformation is discussed in light of the relationship between the stress and dislocation-density evolution. The calculated dislocation-density evolution within the alloy reflects the strain hardening and cyclic hardening/softening. Experimentally determined lattice strains are compared to verify the hardening mechanism at selected stress levels for tension and cyclic loadings. Combined with calculations of the dislocation densities, the neutron-diffraction experiments provide direct information about the strain and cyclic hardening of the alloy.

  20. A study of microstructural characteristics and differential thermal analysis of Ni-based superalloys

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    Aggarwal, M. D.; Lal, R. B.; Oyekenu, Samuel A.; Parr, Richard; Gentz, Stephen

    1989-01-01

    The objective of this work is to correlate the mechanical properties of the Ni-based superalloy MAR M246(Hf) used in the Space Shuttle Main Engine with its structural characteristics by systematic study of optical photomicrographs and differential thermal analysis. The authors developed a method of predicting the liquidus and solidus temperature of various nickel based superalloys (MAR-M247, Waspaloy, Udimet-41, polycrystalline and single crystals of CMSX-2 and CMSX-3) and comparing the predictions with the experimental differential thermal analysis (DTA) curves using Perkin-Elmer DTA 1700. The method of predicting these temperatures is based on the additive effect of the components dissolved in nickel. The results were compared with the experimental values.

  1. Configurationally exhaustive first-principles study of a quaternary superalloy with a vast configuration space

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    Maisel, S. B.; Höfler, M.; Müller, S.

    2016-07-01

    Exploration of the vast configuration space encountered in a multicomponent alloy is impossible without a suitable engine like the cluster-expansion (CE) method. While a CE ansatz can be formulated for an arbitrary number of components n , the combinatorial explosion of configuration space with increasing n can still be prohibitive. In this paper, we present a configurationally exhaustive study of a four-component nickel-based superalloy. We obtain all ground-state compounds, temperature- and concentration-dependent configurational energies, and micrographs of the γ /γ' microstructure of the γ'-strengthened superalloy Ni-Al-Ta-W. Several phenomena that cannot be studied from the binary building blocks Ni-Al, Ni-W, or Ni-Ta alone are discussed, e.g., the suppression of γ'' formation in Al-Ni-Ta-W, the effect of Ta on the γ' composition, and the tungsten partitioning ratio as a function of both temperature and bulk composition.

  2. Permeability of hydrogen isotopes through nickel-based alloys

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    Edge, E.M.; Mitchell, D.J.

    1983-04-01

    Permeabilities and diffusivities of deuterium in several nickel-based alloys were measured in this investigation. Measurements were made by the gas-phase breakthrough technique in the temperature range 200 to 450/sup 0/C with applied pressures ranging from 1 to 100 kPa. The results were extrapolated to predict the permeabilities (K) of the alloys at room temperature. The alloy with the smallest deuterium permeability is Carpenter 49, for which K = 4.3 x 10/sup -18/ mol s/sup -1/ m/sup -1/ Pa/sup -//sup 1/2/ at 22/sup 0/C. The permeability of deuterium in Kovar or Ceramvar is about 80% greater than that for Carpenter 49. Premeabilities of Inconel 625, Inconel 718, Inconel 750 and Monel K-500 are all equal to about 5 x 10/sup -17/ mol m/sup -1/ s/sup -1/ Pa/sup -//sup 1/2/ at 22/sup 0/C. The validity (from a statistical standpoint) of the extrapolation of the permeabilities to room temperature is considered in detail. Published permeabilities of stainless steels and nickel-iron alloys are also reviewed. The greatest differences in permeabilities among the nickel-based alloys appear to be associated with the tendency for some alloys to form protective oxide layers. Permeabilities of deuterium through laminates containing copper are smaller than for any of the iron-nickel alloys.

  3. Stress corrosion crack tip microstructure in nickel-based alloys

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    Shei, S.A.; Yang, W.J.

    1994-04-01

    Stress corrosion cracking behavior of several nickel-base alloys in high temperature caustic environments has been evaluated. The crack tip and fracture surfaces were examined using Auger/ESCA and Analytical Electron Microscopy (AEM) to determine the near crack tip microstructure and microchemistry. Results showed formation of chromium-rich oxides at or near the crack tip and nickel-rich de-alloying layers away from the crack tip. The stress corrosion resistance of different nickel-base alloys in caustic may be explained by the preferential oxidation and dissolution of different alloying elements at the crack tip. Alloy 600 (UNS N06600) shows good general corrosion and intergranular attack resistance in caustic because of its high nickel content. Thermally treated Alloy 690 (UNS N06690) and Alloy 600 provide good stress corrosion cracking resistance because of high chromium contents along grain boundaries. Alloy 625 (UNS N06625) does not show as good stress corrosion cracking resistance as Alloy 690 or Alloy 600 because of its high molybdenum content.

  4. Corrosion Behavior of Arc Sprayed Nickel-Base Coatings

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    He, Dingyong; Dong, Na; Jiang, Jianmin

    2007-12-01

    In this study, nickel-base cored wires were prepared by using NiCr strip to wrap metal powders of nickel (Ni), chromium (Cr), molybdenum (Mo), and chromium boron (CrB). Nickel-base coatings were prepared by electric arc spraying. Microstructures of Ni-Cr-Mo and Ni-Cr-B coatings were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive analysis (EDAX), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The coatings have a compact surface and presented a bonding strength higher than 40 MPa. Potentiodynamic polarization measurements and salt-spray test were carried out to determine the corrosion behavior of the coatings. The results showed that Ni-base coatings containing Mo (5%) or B (2-4%) had better antichlorine ion corrosion performance than that of Ni-base coatings without Mo element, and PS45 (Ni-Cr-Ti) coating. The antichlorine ion corrosion coatings could be used for resolving the corrosion protection problem of the equipment and piping contacting sour, alkali, salt liquid in petrochemical engineering applications.

  5. Fatigue damage modeling for coated single crystal superalloys

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    Nissley, David M.

    1988-01-01

    A high temperature, low-cycle fatigue life prediction method for coated single crystal nickel-base superalloys is being developed. The method is being developed for use in predicting crack initiation life of coated single crystal turbine airfoils. Although the models are being developed using coated single crystal PWA 1480, they should be readily adaptable to other coated nickel-base single crystal materials. The coatings choosen for this effort were of two generic types: a low pressure plasma sprayed NiCoCrAlY overlay, designated PWA 286, and an aluminide diffusion, designated PWA 273. In order to predict the useful crack initiation life of airfoils, the constitutive and failure behavior of the coating/substrate combination must be taken into account. Coatings alter the airfoil surface microstructure and are a primary source from which cracks originate. The adopted life prediction approach addresses this complexity by separating the coating and single crystal crack initiation regimes. This provides a flexible means for using different life model formulations for the coating and single crystal materials. At the completion of this program, all constitutive and life model formulations will be available in equation form and as software. The software will use the MARC general purpose finite element code to drive the constitutive models and calculate life parameters.

  6. Fiber-Reinforced Superalloys For Rocket Engines

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    Lewis, Jack R.; Yuen, Jim L.; Petrasek, Donald W.; Stephens, Joseph R.

    1990-01-01

    Report discusses experimental studies of fiber-reinforced superalloy (FRS) composite materials for use in turbine blades in rocket engines. Intended to withstand extreme conditions of high temperature, thermal shock, atmospheres containing hydrogen, high cycle fatigue loading, and thermal fatigue, which tax capabilities of even most-advanced current blade material - directionally-solidified, hafnium-modified MAR M-246 {MAR M-246 (Hf) (DS)}. FRS composites attractive combination of properties for use in turbopump blades of advanced rocket engines at temperatures from 870 to 1,100 degrees C.

  7. Precipitation hardening austenitic superalloys

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    Korenko, Michael K.

    1985-01-01

    Precipitation hardening, austenitic type superalloys are described. These alloys contain 0.5 to 1.5 weight percent silicon in combination with about 0.05 to 0.5 weight percent of a post irradiation ductility enhancing agent selected from the group of hafnium, yttrium, lanthanum and scandium, alone or in combination with each other. In addition, when hafnium or yttrium are selected, reductions in irradiation induced swelling have been noted.

  8. Additive Manufacturing of IN100 Superalloy Through Scanning Laser Epitaxy for Turbine Engine Hot-Section Component Repair: Process Development, Modeling, Microstructural Characterization, and Process Control

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    Acharya, Ranadip; Das, Suman

    2015-09-01

    This article describes additive manufacturing (AM) of IN100, a high gamma-prime nickel-based superalloy, through scanning laser epitaxy (SLE), aimed at the creation of thick deposits onto like-chemistry substrates for enabling repair of turbine engine hot-section components. SLE is a metal powder bed-based laser AM technology developed for nickel-base superalloys with equiaxed, directionally solidified, and single-crystal microstructural morphologies. Here, we combine process modeling, statistical design-of-experiments (DoE), and microstructural characterization to demonstrate fully metallurgically bonded, crack-free and dense deposits exceeding 1000 μm of SLE-processed IN100 powder onto IN100 cast substrates produced in a single pass. A combined thermal-fluid flow-solidification model of the SLE process compliments DoE-based process development. A customized quantitative metallography technique analyzes digital cross-sectional micrographs and extracts various microstructural parameters, enabling process model validation and process parameter optimization. Microindentation measurements show an increase in the hardness by 10 pct in the deposit region compared to the cast substrate due to microstructural refinement. The results illustrate one of the very few successes reported for the crack-free deposition of IN100, a notoriously "non-weldable" hot-section alloy, thus establishing the potential of SLE as an AM method suitable for hot-section component repair and for future new-make components in high gamma-prime containing crack-prone nickel-based superalloys.

  9. A Grain Boundary Fracture Model for Predicting Dynamic Embrittlement and Oxidation-Induced Cracking in Superalloys

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    Chan, Kwai S.

    2015-06-01

    Nickel-based superalloys are sometimes susceptible to oxygen embrittlement in the form of dynamic embrittlement or oxidation-induced grain boundary cracking during services at elevated temperatures. Dynamic embrittlement is a fracture process that involves the ingress and diffusion of atomic oxygen to induce time-dependent decohesion of grain boundaries. A related fracture process, also a time-dependent process, is stress-accelerated grain boundary oxidation and oxide-induced cracking along grain boundaries. In this paper, a micromechanical model is developed to treat both dynamic embrittlement and oxidation-induced crack growth in Ni-based superalloys. The model is utilized to assess: (1) the conditions where dynamic embrittlement are dominant, (2) the conditions where oxidation-induced crack growth are dominant, and (3) the role of oxidation in suppressing dynamic embrittlement in Ni-based superalloys. For illustration, the grain boundary fracture model is applied to predict the onset of dynamic embrittlement and oxidation-induced crack growth in superalloys such as IN 718.

  10. Microstructural properties of superalloys investigated by nanoindentations in an atomic force microscope

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    Goeken, M.; Kempf, M.

    1999-02-05

    The microstructure of nickel-base superalloys with differently shaped {gamma}{prime} precipitates determines their excellent high-temperature behavior. A reliable quantitative determination of volume fraction and particle size distribution (PSD) of these precipitates is difficult, since the size of the precipitates is often below 100 nm. With an atomic force microscope (AFM), sections through specimens are analyzed with a resolution in the nanometer range, which allows a quantitative determination of the {gamma}{prime} volume content and PSD for different superalloys. Thus, determined volume fractions for the {gamma}{prime} phase in the superalloys CMSX-6 and Waspaloy amount to 56% and 27%, respectively. A combination of an AFM with a nanoindentation system also allows the measurement of local mechanical properties such as hardness and elasticity. These quantities are determined for the first time directly on the superalloys CMSX-6 and Waspaloy for the {gamma}{prime} and matrix phases, separately. The {gamma}{prime} phase in both alloys shows a significantly higher but different hardness than the matrix phase, whereas the moduli of elasticity are similar. A depth dependence of the hardness was found for very small indentations.

  11. Superalloy for high-temperature hydrogen environmental applications

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    McKannan, Eugene C. (Inventor); McPherson, William B. (Inventor); Ahmed, Shaffiq (Inventor); Chandler, Shirley S. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A nickel-based superalloy is provided which is resistant to deterioration in hydrogen at high operating temperatures and pressures, and which thus can be used in hydrogen-fueled spacecraft such as the Space Shuttle. The superalloy is characterized by a two-phase microstructure and consists of a gamma-prime precipitated phase in a gamma matrix. The gamma matrix phase is a primary solid solution and the gamma precipitated phase will be an intermetallic compound of the type A.sub.3 B, such as nickel aluminide or titanide. Both phases are coherent, ordered, and compatible, and thus will retain most of their strength at elevated temperatures. The alloy consists essentially of (by weight): Ni 50-60%, Cr 10-20%, Al 2-6%, Co 2-5%, Ti 3-8%, W 5-12%, Mo 5-10%, Nb 1-3%, wherein the ratio W/MO is approximately equal to 1, and Ti/Al ranges from about 1 to about 2.

  12. Oxy-Combustion Environment Characterization: Fire- and Steam-Side Corrosion in Advanced Combustion

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    G. R. Holcomb; J. Tylczak; G. H. Meier; B. S. Lutz; N. M. Yanar; F. S. Pettit; J. Zhu; A. Wise; D. E. Laughlin; S. Sridhar

    2012-09-25

    Oxy-fuel combustion is burning a fuel in oxygen rather than air. The low nitrogen flue gas that results is relatively easy to capture CO{sub 2} from for reuse or sequestration. Corrosion issues associated with the environment change (replacement of much of the N{sub 2} with CO{sub 2} and higher sulfur levels) from air- to oxy-firing were examined. Alloys studied included model Fe-Cr alloys and commercial ferritic steels, austenitic steels, and nickel base superalloys. The corrosion behavior is described in terms of corrosion rates, scale morphologies, and scale/ash interactions for the different environmental conditions. Additionally, the progress towards laboratory oxidation tests in advanced ultra-supercritical steam is updated.

  13. Microstructural evolution in advanced boiler materials for ultra-supercritical coal power plants

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    Wu, Quanyan

    The goal of improving the efficiency of pulverized coal powerplants has been pursued for decades. The need for greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact is pushing utilities to ultra supercritical conditions (USC), i.e. steam temperatures approaching 760°C under a stress of 35 MPa. The long-term creep strength and environmental resistance requirements imposed by these conditions are clearly beyond the capacity of the currently used ferritic steels and other conventional alloys. As part of a large DOE-funded consortium, new and existing materials based on advanced austenitic stainless steels and nickel base superalloys are being evaluated for these very demanding applications. In the present work, the nickel base superalloys of Inconel 617, CCA617, Haynes 230 and Inconel 740, and austenitic alloys Super 304H and HR6W, were evaluated on their microstructural properties over elevated temperature ageing and creep rupture conditions. The materials were aged for different lengths of time at temperatures relevant to USC applications, i.e., in the range from 700 to 800°C. The precipitation behaviors, namely of the gamma', carbides and eta phase in some conditions in nickel base superalloys, carbides in Haynes 230, Cu-rich precipitates in Super 304H and Laves phase particles in HR6W, were studied in detail using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and related analytical techniques. Particular attention has been given on the structure, morphology and compositional distinctiveness of various phases (including gamma, gamma', carbides, secondary phase precipitates, and other types of particles) and their nature, dislocation structures and other types of defects. The results were presented and discussed in light of associated changes in microhardness in the cases of aged samples, and in close reference to mechanical testing (including tensile and creep rupture tests) wherever available. Several mechanical strengthening

  14. Application of superalloy powder metallurgy for aircraft engines

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    Dreshfield, R. L.; Miner, R. V., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    The results of the Materials for Advanced Turbine Engines (MATE) program initiated by NASA are presented. Mechanical properties comparisons are made for superalloy parts produced by as-HIP powder consolidation and by forging of HIP consolidated billets. The effect of various defects on the mechanical properties of powder parts are shown.

  15. Fiber-reinforced superalloy composites provide an added performance edge

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    Petrasek, D. W.; Mcdaniels, D. L.; Westfall, L. J.; Stephens, J. R.

    1986-01-01

    Fiber reinforcements are being explored as a means to increasing the performance of superalloys past 980 C. Fiber-reinforced superalloys (FRS), particularly tungsten FRS (TFRS) are candidate materials for rocket-engine turbopump blades for advanced Shuttle engines and in airbreathing and other rocket engines. Refractory metal wires are the reinforcement of choice due to tolerance to fiber/matrix interactions. W alloy fibers have a maximum tensile strength of 2165 MPa at 1095 C and a 100 hr creep rupture strength at stresses up to 1400 MPa. A TFRS has the potential of a service temperature 110 C over the strongest superalloy. Manufacturing processes being evaluated to realize the FRS components are summarized, together with design features which will be introduced in turbine blades to take advantage of the FRS materials and to extend their surface life.

  16. Fatigue Resistance of the Grain Size Transition Zone in a Dual Microstructure Superalloy Disk

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    Gabb, T. P.; Kantzos, P. T.; Telesman, J.; Gayda, J.; Sudbrack, C. K.; Palsa, B. S.

    2010-01-01

    Mechanical property requirements vary with location in nickel-based superalloy disks. To maximize the associated mechanical properties, heat treatment methods have been developed for producing tailored microstructures. In this study, a specialized heat treatment method was applied to produce varying grain microstructures from the bore to the rim portions of a powder metallurgy processed nickel-based superalloy disk. The bore of the contoured disk consisted of fine grains to maximize strength and fatigue resistance at lower temperatures. The rim microstructure of the disk consisted of coarse grains for maximum resistance to creep and dwell crack growth at high temperatures up to 704 C. However, the fatigue resistance of the grain size transition zone was unclear, and needed to be evaluated. This zone was located as a band in the disk web between the bore and rim. Specimens were extracted parallel and transverse to the transition zone, and multiple fatigue tests were performed at 427 and 704 C. Mean fatigue lives were lower at 427 C than for 704 C. Specimen failures often initiated at relatively large grains, which failed on crystallographic facets. Grain size distributions were characterized in the specimens, and related to the grains initiating failures as well as location within the transition zone. Fatigue life decreased with increasing maximum grain size. Correspondingly, mean fatigue resistance of the transition zone was slightly higher than that of the rim, but lower than that of the bore. The scatter in limited tests of replicates was comparable for all transition zone locations examined.

  17. Fiber reinforced superalloys

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    Petrasek, Donald W.; Signorelli, Robert A.; Caulfield, Thomas; Tien, John K.

    1987-01-01

    Improved performance of heat engines is largely dependent upon maximum cycle temperatures. Tungsten fiber reinforced superalloys (TFRS) are the first of a family of high temperature composites that offer the potential for significantly raising hot component operating temperatures and thus leading to improved heat engine performance. This status review of TFRS research emphasizes the promising property data developed to date, the status of TFRS composite airfoil fabrication technology, and the areas requiring more attention to assure their applicability to hot section components of aircraft gas turbine engines.

  18. Wrought cobalt- base superalloys

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    Klarstrom, D. L.

    1993-08-01

    Wrought cobalt-base superalloys are used extensively in gas turbine engines because of their excellent high-temperature creep and fatigue strengths and resistance to hot corrosion attack. In addition, the unique character of the oxide scales that form on some of the alloys provides outstanding resistance to high-temperature sliding wear. This article provides a review of the evolutionary development of wrought cobalt-base alloys in terms of alloy design and physical metallurgy. The topics include solid-so-lution strengthening, carbide precipitation characteristics, and attempts to introduce age hardening. The use of PHACOMP to enhance thermal stability characteristics and the incorporation of rare-earth ele-ments to improve oxidation resistance is also reviewed and discussed. The further development of cobalt-base superalloys has been severely hampered by past political events, which have accentuated the strategic vulnerability of cobalt as a base or as an alloying element. Consequently, alternative alloys have been developed that use little or no cobalt. One such alternative, Haynes® 230TMalloy, is discussed briefly.

  19. Rafting in superalloys

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    Nabarro, F.R.N.

    1996-03-01

    The phenomenon of rafting in superalloys is described, with particular reference to modern superalloys with a high volume fraction of the particulate {gamma}{prime} phase. It is shown that in the elastic regime, the thermodynamic driving force for rafting is proportional to the applied stress, to the difference between the lattice parameters of the {gamma} matrix and the {gamma}{prime} particles, and to the difference of their elastic constants. A qualitative argument gives the sign of this driving force, which agrees with that determined by Pineau for a single isolated particle. Drawing on the work of Pollock and Argon and of Socrate and Parks, it is shown that after a plastic strain of the sample of order 2 {times} 10{sup {minus}4}, the driving force is proportional to the product of the applied stress and the lattice misfit, in agreement with the results of the calculations of Socrate and Parks. The rate of rafting is controlled by the diffusion of alloying elements. Here, the tendency of large atoms to move from regions of high hydrostatic pressure to those of low may outweigh the influence of concentration gradients. The deformation of the sample directly produced by rafting is small, of order 4.5 {times} 10{sup {minus}4}. The rafted structure is resistant to creep under low stresses at high temperatures. Under most experimental conditions at relatively high stresses, rafting accelerates creep; this effect may be less pronounced at the small strains acceptable under operational conditions.

  20. Comparative coarsening kinetics of gamma prime precipitates in nickel and cobalt base superalloys

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    Meher, Subhashish

    The increasing technological need to push service conditions of structural materials to higher temperatures has motivated the development of several alloy systems. Among them, superalloys are an excellent candidate for high temperature applications because of their ability to form coherent ordered precipitates, which enable the retention of high strength close to their melting temperature. The accelerated kinetics of solute diffusion, with or without an added component of mechanical stress, leads to coarsening of the precipitates, and results in microstructural degradation, limiting the durability of the materials. Hence, the coarsening of precipitates has been a classical research problem for these alloys in service. The prolonged hunt for an alternative of nickel base superalloys with superior traits has gained hope after the recent discovery of Co-Al-W based alloys, which readily form high temperature gamma' precipitates, similar to Ni base superalloys. In the present study, coarsening behavior of gamma' precipitates in Co-10Al-10W (at. %) has been carried out at 800°C and 900°C. This study has, for the first time, obtained critical coarsening parameters in cobalt-base alloys. Apart from this, it has incorporated atomic scale compositional information across the gamma/gamma' interfaces into classical Cahn-Hilliard model for a better model of coarsening kinetics. The coarsening study of gamma' precipitates in Ni-14Al-7 Cr (at. %) has shown the importance of temporal evolution of the compositional width of the gamma/gamma' interfaces to the coarsening kinetics of gamma' precipitates. This study has introduced a novel, reproducible characterization method of crystallographic study of ordered phase by coupling of orientation microscopy with atom probe tomography (APT). Along with the detailed analysis of field evaporation behaviors of Ni and Co superalloys in APT, the present study determines the site occupancy of various solutes within ordered gamma' precipitates

  1. The viscoplasticity theory based on overstress applied to the modeling of a nickel base superalloy at 815 C

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    Krempl, E.; Lu, H.; Yao, D.

    1988-01-01

    Short term strain rate change, creep and relaxation tests were performed in an MTS computer controlled servohydraulic testing machine. Aging and recovery were found to be insignificant for test times not exceeding 30 hrs. The material functions and constants of the theory were identified from results of strain rate change tests. Numerical integration of the theory for relaxation and creep tests showed good predictive capabilities of the viscoplasticity theory based on overstress.

  2. Effects of chromium and aluminum on mechanical and oxidation properties of iron-nickel-base superalloys based on CG-27

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    Schuon, S. R.

    1985-01-01

    The effects of chromium and aluminum on the mechanical and oxidation properties of a series of gamma-prime-strengthened alloys based on CG-27 were studied. Gamma-prime dispersion and solid-solution strengthening were the principal modes of alloy strengthening. The oxidation attack parameter K sub a decreased with increasing Cr and Al contents for each alloy group based on Al content. As a group, alloys with 3 wt % Al had the lowest attack parameters. Therefore, 3 wt % is the optimum level of Al for parabolic oxidation behavior. Spalling, due to diffusion-induced grain growth, was controlled by the overall Cr and Al levels. The alloy with 4 wt % Cr and 3 wt % Al had stress-rupture properties superior to those of the base alloy, CG-27, and maintained parabolic oxidation behavior while the Cr content was reduced by two-thirds of its value in cast CG-27.

  3. Deformation and recrystallization behavior during hot working of a coarse-grain, nickel-base superalloy ingot material

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    Semiatin, S. L.; Weaver, D. S.; Kramb, R. C.; Fagin, P. N.; Glavicic, M. G.; Goetz, R. L.; Frey, N. D.; Antony, M. M.

    2004-02-01

    The deformation and dynamic recrystallization behavior of Waspaloy-ingot material with coarse, columnar grains was established using isothermal uniaxial and double-cone compression tests. Testing was conducted along different test directions relative to the columnar-grain microstructure at supersolvus temperatures (1066 °C and 1177 °C) and strain rates (0.005 and 0.1 s-1), which bracket typical ingot-breakdown conditions for the material. The flow behavior of axial samples ( i.e., those compressed parallel to the columnar-grain direction) showed an initial strain-hardening transient followed by steady-state flow. In contrast, the stress-strain curves of samples upset transverse to the columnar grains exhibited a peak stress at low strains, whose magnitude was greater than the steady-state flow stress of the axial samples, followed by flow softening. The two distinct flow behaviors were explained on the basis of the solidification texture associated with the starting ingot structure, differences in the kinetics of dynamic recrystallization revealed in the double-cone tests, and the evolution of deformation and recrystallization textures during hot working. Dynamic recrystallization kinetics were measurably faster for the transverse samples as well as specimens oriented at ˜45 deg to the forging direction, an effect partially rationalized based on the initial texture and its effect on the input rate of deformation work driving recrystallization. Despite these differences, the overall strains required for dynamic recrystallization were comparable to those measured previously for fine-grain (wrought) Waspaloy. However, the Avrami exponents (˜2 to 3) were somewhat higher than those for wrought material (˜1 to 2), an effect attributable to the particle-stimulated nucleation in the ingot material.

  4. Improvement in cyclic oxidation of the nickel-base superalloy B-1900 by addition of one percent silicon

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    Lowell, C. E.; Miner, R. V.

    1973-01-01

    Cast B-1900 with and without 1 weight percent Si was subjected to cyclic oxidation at 1000 and 1100 C in air for 700 and 200 hours, respectively. The results were judged by specific weight change, metallography and X-ray diffraction. Si was found to be of significant value in reducing oxidation attack, probably by increasing scale adherence.

  5. Microstructure Evolution and Rapid Solidification Behavior of Blended Nickel-Based Superalloy Powders Fabricated by Laser Powder Deposition

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    Tian, Y.; Gauvin, R.; Brochu, M.

    2016-07-01

    Laser powder deposition was performed on a substrate of Inconel 738 using blended powders of Mar M247 and Amdry DF3 with a ratio of 4:1 for repairing purposes. In the as-deposited condition, continuous secondary phases composed of γ-Ni3B eutectics and discrete (Cr, W)B borides were observed in inter-dendritic regions, and time-dependent nucleation simulation results confirmed that (Cr, W)B was the primary secondary phase formed during rapid solidification. Supersaturated solid solution of B was detected in the γ solid solution dendritic cores. The Kurz-Giovanola-Trivedi model was performed to predict the interfacial morphology and correlate the solidification front velocity (SFV) with dendrite tip radius. It was observed from high-resolution scanning electron microscopy that the dendrite tip radius of the upper region was in the range of 15 to 30 nm, which yielded a SFV of approx 30 cm/s. The continuous growth model for solute trapping behavior developed by Aziz and Kaplan was used to determine that the effective partition coefficient of B was approximately 0.025. Finally, the feasibility of the modeling results were rationalized with the Clyne-Kurz segregation simulation of B, where Clyne-Kurz prediction using a partition coefficient of 0.025 was in good agreement with the electron probe microanalysis results.

  6. Effects of silicon additions on oxidation and mechanical behavior of the nickel-base superalloy B-1900

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    Miner, R. V., Jr.; Lowell, C. E.

    1975-01-01

    Test specimens with nominal additions of Si were tested in oxidation, thermal fatigue, sulfidation, tension, and stress rupture, and were also extensively studied metallographically. Alloy B-1900 modified with 0.6- or 1.2-wt% Si exhibited oxidation resistance equivalent to that of aluminide-coated B-1900 during cyclic, high-gas-velocity oxidation tests. Resistances to thermal fatigue and sulfidation were improved by the Si additions, but were not superior to aluminide-coated B-1900. Stress-rupture tests at 1000 C of specimens given the standard heat treatment to simulate an aluminide coating cycle showed Si to be detrimental. However, application of another heat treatment increased the rupture life of the alloy with 0.6-wt% Si to that of the unmodified B-1900 given the standard heat treatment.

  7. Microstructural Architecture, Microstructures, and Mechanical Properties for a Nickel-Base Superalloy Fabricated by Electron Beam Melting

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    Murr, L. E.; Martinez, E.; Gaytan, S. M.; Ramirez, D. A.; Machado, B. I.; Shindo, P. W.; Martinez, J. L.; Medina, F.; Wooten, J.; Ciscel, D.; Ackelid, U.; Wicker, R. B.

    2011-11-01

    Microstructures and a microstructural, columnar architecture as well as mechanical behavior of as-fabricated and processed INCONEL alloy 625 components produced by additive manufacturing using electron beam melting (EBM) of prealloyed precursor powder are examined in this study. As-fabricated and hot-isostatically pressed ("hipped") [at 1393 K (1120 °C)] cylinders examined by optical metallography (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive (X-ray) spectrometry (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) exhibited an initial EBM-developed γ″ (bct) Ni3Nb precipitate platelet columnar architecture within columnar [200] textured γ (fcc) Ni-Cr grains aligned in the cylinder axis, parallel to the EBM build direction. Upon annealing at 1393 K (1120 °C) (hot-isostatic press (HIP)), these precipitate columns dissolve and the columnar, γ, grains recrystallized forming generally equiaxed grains (with coherent {111} annealing twins), containing NbCr2 laves precipitates. Microindentation hardnesses decreased from 2.7 to 2.2 GPa following hot-isostatic pressing ("hipping"), and the corresponding engineering (0.2 pct) offset yield stress decreased from 0.41 to 0.33 GPa, while the UTS increased from 0.75 to 0.77 GPa. However, the corresponding elongation increased from 44 to 69 pct for the hipped components.

  8. The role of microstructure on deformation and damage mechanisms in a Nickel-based superalloy at elevated temperatures

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    Maciejewski, Kimberly E.

    The overall objective of this research work is the development and implementation of a mechanistic based time-dependent crack growth model which considers the role of creep, fatigue and environment interactions on both the bulk and the grain boundary phase in ME3 disk material. The model is established by considering a moving crack tip along a grain boundary path in which damage events are described in terms of the grain boundary deformation and related accommodation processes. Modeling of these events was achieved by adapting a cohesive zone approach (an interface with internal singular surfaces) in which the grain boundary dislocation network is smeared into a Newtonian fluid element. The deformation behavior of this element is controlled by the continuum in both far field (internal state variable model) and near field (crystal plasticity model) and the intrinsic grain boundary viscosity which is characterized by microstructural parameters, including grain boundary precipitates and morphology, and is able to define the mobility of the element by scaling the motion of dislocations into a mesoscopic scale. Within the cohesive zone element, the motion of gliding dislocations in the tangential direction relates to the observed grain boundary sliding displacement, the rate of which is limited by the climb of dislocations over grain boundary obstacles. Effects of microstructural variation and orientation of the surrounding continuum are embedded in the tangential stress developing in the grain boundary. The mobility of the element in the tangential direction (i.e. by grain boundary sliding) characterizes the accumulation of irreversible displacement while the vertical movement (migration), although present, is assumed to alter stress by relaxation and, thus, is not considered a contributing factor in the damage process. This process is controlled by the rate at which the time-dependent sliding reaches a critical displacement and as such, a damage criterion is introduced by considering the mobility limit in the tangential direction leading to strain incompatibility and failure. This limit is diminished by environmental effects which are introduced as a dynamic embrittlement process that hinders grain boundary mobility due to oxygen diffusion. The concepts described herein indicate that implementation of the cohesive zone model requires the knowledge of the grain boundary external and internal deformation fields. The external field is generated by developing and coupling two continuum constitutive models including (i) a microstructure-explicit coarse scale crystal plasticity model with strength provided by tertiary and secondary gamma' precipitates. This scale is appropriate for the representation of the continuum region at the immediate crack tip, and (ii) a macroscopic internal state variable model for the purpose of modeling the response of the far field region located several grains away from the crack path. The hardening contributions of the gamma' precipitates consider dislocation/precipitate interactions in terms of gamma' particles shearing and/or Orowan by-passing mechanisms. The material parameters for these models are obtained from results of low cycle fatigue tests which were performed at three temperatures; 650, 704 and 760°C. Furthermore, a series of microstructure controlled experiments were carried out in order to develop and validate the microstructure dependency feature of the continuum constitutive models. The second requirement in the implementation of the cohesive zone model is a grain boundary deformation model which has been developed, as described above, on the basis of viscous flow rules of the boundary material. This model is supported by dwell crack growth experiments carried out at the three temperatures mentioned above, in both air and vacuum environments. Results of these tests have identified the frequency range in which the grain boundary cohesive zone model is applicable and also provided data to calculate the grain boundary activation energy as well as identifying the relative contributions o

  9. The role of microstructure on deformation and damage mechanisms in a Nickel-based superalloy at elevated temperatures

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    Maciejewski, Kimberly E.

    The overall objective of this research work is the development and implementation of a mechanistic based time-dependent crack growth model which considers the role of creep, fatigue and environment interactions on both the bulk and the grain boundary phase in ME3 disk material. The model is established by considering a moving crack tip along a grain boundary path in which damage events are described in terms of the grain boundary deformation and related accommodation processes. Modeling of these events was achieved by adapting a cohesive zone approach (an interface with internal singular surfaces) in which the grain boundary dislocation network is smeared into a Newtonian fluid element. The deformation behavior of this element is controlled by the continuum in both far field (internal state variable model) and near field (crystal plasticity model) and the intrinsic grain boundary viscosity which is characterized by microstructural parameters, including grain boundary precipitates and morphology, and is able to define the mobility of the element by scaling the motion of dislocations into a mesoscopic scale. Within the cohesive zone element, the motion of gliding dislocations in the tangential direction relates to the observed grain boundary sliding displacement, the rate of which is limited by the climb of dislocations over grain boundary obstacles. Effects of microstructural variation and orientation of the surrounding continuum are embedded in the tangential stress developing in the grain boundary. The mobility of the element in the tangential direction (i.e. by grain boundary sliding) characterizes the accumulation of irreversible displacement while the vertical movement (migration), although present, is assumed to alter stress by relaxation and, thus, is not considered a contributing factor in the damage process. This process is controlled by the rate at which the time-dependent sliding reaches a critical displacement and as such, a damage criterion is introduced by considering the mobility limit in the tangential direction leading to strain incompatibility and failure. This limit is diminished by environmental effects which are introduced as a dynamic embrittlement process that hinders grain boundary mobility due to oxygen diffusion. The concepts described herein indicate that implementation of the cohesive zone model requires the knowledge of the grain boundary external and internal deformation fields. The external field is generated by developing and coupling two continuum constitutive models including (i) a microstructure-explicit coarse scale crystal plasticity model with strength provided by tertiary and secondary gamma' precipitates. This scale is appropriate for the representation of the continuum region at the immediate crack tip, and (ii) a macroscopic internal state variable model for the purpose of modeling the response of the far field region located several grains away from the crack path. The hardening contributions of the gamma' precipitates consider dislocation/precipitate interactions in terms of gamma' particles shearing and/or Orowan by-passing mechanisms. The material parameters for these models are obtained from results of low cycle fatigue tests which were performed at three temperatures; 650, 704 and 760°C. Furthermore, a series of microstructure controlled experiments were carried out in order to develop and validate the microstructure dependency feature of the continuum constitutive models. The second requirement in the implementation of the cohesive zone model is a grain boundary deformation model which has been developed, as described above, on the basis of viscous flow rules of the boundary material. This model is supported by dwell crack growth experiments carried out at the three temperatures mentioned above, in both air and vacuum environments. Results of these tests have identified the frequency range in which the grain boundary cohesive zone model is applicable and also provided data to calculate the grain boundary activation energy as well as identifying the relative contributions of creep and environment in the critical sliding displacement leading to failure. Validation of the cohesive zone model has been carried out by comparing the simulated crack growth data with that obtained experimentally. This comparison is used to optimize the different model components and to provide a route to assess the relative significance of each of these components in relation to the intergranular damage associated with dwell fatigue crack growth in the ME3 alloy. For this purpose, a set of case studies were performed in order to illustrate the sensitivity of the cohesive zone model to variations in microstructure parameters (gamma ' statistics and grain boundary morphology) examined within the range of temperatures utilized in this study.

  10. Microstructure Evolution and Rapid Solidification Behavior of Blended Nickel-Based Superalloy Powders Fabricated by Laser Powder Deposition

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    Tian, Y.; Gauvin, R.; Brochu, M.

    2016-04-01

    Laser powder deposition was performed on a substrate of Inconel 738 using blended powders of Mar M247 and Amdry DF3 with a ratio of 4:1 for repairing purposes. In the as-deposited condition, continuous secondary phases composed of γ-Ni3B eutectics and discrete (Cr, W)B borides were observed in inter-dendritic regions, and time-dependent nucleation simulation results confirmed that (Cr, W)B was the primary secondary phase formed during rapid solidification. Supersaturated solid solution of B was detected in the γ solid solution dendritic cores. The Kurz-Giovanola-Trivedi model was performed to predict the interfacial morphology and correlate the solidification front velocity (SFV) with dendrite tip radius. It was observed from high-resolution scanning electron microscopy that the dendrite tip radius of the upper region was in the range of 15 to 30 nm, which yielded a SFV of approx 30 cm/s. The continuous growth model for solute trapping behavior developed by Aziz and Kaplan was used to determine that the effective partition coefficient of B was approximately 0.025. Finally, the feasibility of the modeling results were rationalized with the Clyne-Kurz segregation simulation of B, where Clyne-Kurz prediction using a partition coefficient of 0.025 was in good agreement with the electron probe microanalysis results.

  11. Tungsten wire-nickel base alloy composite development

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    Brentnall, W. D.; Moracz, D. J.

    1976-01-01

    Further development and evaluation of refractory wire reinforced nickel-base alloy composites is described. Emphasis was placed on evaluating thermal fatigue resistance as a function of matrix alloy composition, fabrication variables and reinforcement level and distribution. Tests for up to 1,000 cycles were performed and the best system identified in this current work was 50v/o W/NiCrAlY. Improved resistance to thermal fatigue damage would be anticipated for specimens fabricated via optimized processing schedules. Other properties investigated included 1,093 C (2,000 F) stress rupture strength, impact resistance and static air oxidation. A composite consisting of 30v/o W-Hf-C alloy fibers in a NiCrAlY alloy matrix was shown to have a 100-hour stress rupture strength at 1,093 C (2,000 F) of 365 MN/square meters (53 ksi) or a specific strength advantage of about 3:1 over typical D.S. eutectics.

  12. HIP clad nickel base Alloy 625 for deep sour wells

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    Uhl, W.K.; Pendley, M.R.

    1984-05-01

    The hot isostatic pressing (HIP) process was used to clad nickel base Alloy 625 to AISI 4130 low alloy steel. The performance of the HIP clad material in the corrosive environment characteristic of deep, sour oil and gas wells was evaluated in laboratory tests. Included in the test program were NACE TM-01-77 sulfide stress cracking tests, chloride stress corrosion cracking tests in boiling MgCl /SUB 2'/ , and pitting and crevice corrosion tests. The HIP clad 625 performed excellently, displaying essentially the same corrosion resistance as wrought 625. Specifically the HIP clad 625 resisted sulfide stress cracking at applied stresses as high as 120% of yield strength and resisted chloride stress corrosion cracking at stresses exceeding 100% of yield. The HIP clad 625 also displayed immunity to pitting and crevice corrosion, with corrosion rates of <0.025 mm/y (1 mil/y). The 4130 base metal, however, was attacked severly in all tests. SEM/EDX analysis of the 625/4130 interface demonstrated that dilution of the cladding by the base metal was essentially eliminated.

  13. Permeation characteristics of some iron and nickel based alloys

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    Mitchell, D.J.; Edge, E.M.

    1985-06-15

    The permeation characteristics of deuterium in several iron and nickel based alloys were measured by the gas phase breakthrough technique in the temperature range 100 to 500 /sup 0/C with applied pressures ranging from 10 Pa to 100 kPa. The restriction of the gas flux imposed by surface oxides was modeled in order to evaluate the effects of surface oxide retardation of the gas flux on the effective values of the deuterium permeabilities and diffusivities in the alloys. The most permeable alloys were 430 and 431 stainless steels. The next most permeable alloy was Monel K-500, which exceeded the permeability of pure Ni by more than a factor of five at room temperature. The alloys with permeabilities less than pure Ni were, in order of decreasing permeability: the Inconels 625, 718, and 750, the Fe-Ni-Co glass-sealing alloys Kovar and Ceramvar, and the 300-series stainless steels. Deuterium trapping within the alloys appeared to influence the values of bulk diffusivities, which were not correlated with either the permeabilities or the chemical compositions of the alloys.

  14. Role of molybdenum in the Na sub 2SO sub 4 induced corrosion of superalloys at high temperatures

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    Misra, A. K.

    1986-01-01

    Sodium sulfate induced corrosion of a molybdenum containing nickel-base superalloy, Udimet 700, was studied in laboratory furnace tests and in a high velocity (Mach 0.3) burner rig. The effect of SO2 content in the atmosphere on the corrosion behavior in the laboratory furnace tests was determined. Catastrophic corrosion occurs only when the melt contains MoO3 in addition to Na2SO4 and Na2MoO4. The conditions under which catastrophic corrosion occurs are identified and a mechanism is described to explain the catastrophic corrosion.

  15. The effects of seven alloying elements on the microstructure and stress-rupture behavior of nickle-base superalloys

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    Hull, D. R.; Miner, R. V.; Barrett, C. A.

    1984-01-01

    Seven alloying elements: Al, Cr, Ti, Nb, Ta, Mo, and W were added at two levels of concentration to produce a series of experimental nickel-base superalloys. Fifty alloys, representing a fraction of a 2 to the 7th power factorial design, were cast, tested, and analyzed. Each alloy's microstructure was characterized by phase extractions, X-ray diffraction, metallography and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Regression analysis was used to determine the effect of alloying element content on microstructure and stress-rupture life.

  16. Fatigue Behavior and Deformation Mechanisms in Inconel 718 Superalloy Investigated

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    2005-01-01

    The nickel-base superalloy Inconel 718 (IN 718) is used as a structural material for a variety of components in the space shuttle main engine (SSME) and accounts for more than half of the total weight of this engine. IN 718 is the bill-of-material for the pressure vessels of nickel-hydrogen batteries for the space station. In the case of the space shuttle main engine, structural components are typically subjected to startup and shutdown load transients and occasional overloads in addition to high-frequency vibratory loads from routine operation. The nickel-hydrogen battery cells are prooftested before service and are subjected to fluctuating pressure loads during operation. In both of these applications, the structural material is subjected to a monotonic load initially, which is subsequently followed by fatigue. To assess the life of these structural components, it is necessary to determine the influence of a prior monotonic load on the subsequent fatigue life of the superalloy. An insight into the underlying deformation and damage mechanisms is also required to properly account for the interaction between the prior monotonic load and the subsequent fatigue loading. An experimental investigation was conducted to establish the effect of prior monotonic straining on the subsequent fatigue behavior of wrought, double-aged, IN 718 at room temperature. First, monotonic strain tests and fully-reversed, strain-controlled fatigue tests were conducted on uniform-gage-section IN 718 specimens. Next, fully reversed fatigue tests were conducted under strain control on specimens that were monotonically strained in tension. Results from this investigation indicated that prior monotonic straining reduced the fatigue resistance of the superalloy particularly at the lowest strain range. Some of the tested specimens were sectioned and examined by transmission electron microscopy to reveal typical microstructures as well as the active deformation and damage mechanisms under each of

  17. Degradation of Si-Al aluminide coating after service of turbine blades made of ZhS6K superalloy

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    Chmiela, B.; Kianicová, M.; Sozańska, M.; Swadźba, L.

    2012-05-01

    Aero engine turbine blades made of nickel-based superalloys are characterized by very good mechanical properties, but their hot corrosion resistance is insufficient. Therefore, various protective coatings must be applied. These coatings are typically made of diffusive aluminide coatings based on the β-NiAl intermetallic phase. Although the oxidation resistance and hot corrosion resistance of these coatings are very good, their thermal resistance is relatively poor. As a result, turbine blades with aluminide coatings are prone to degradation in case of overheating. In this paper we study the degradation of the Si-Al aluminide coating on turbine blades made of ZhS6K superalloy during overheating in the DV2 jet engine.

  18. Gelcasting superalloy powders

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    Janney, M.A.

    1995-12-31

    Gelcasting is a process for forming inorganic powders into complex shapes. It was originally developed for ceramic powders. A slurry of powder and a monomer solution is poured in to mold and polymerized in-situ to form gelled parts. Typically, only 2-4 wt % Polymer is used. The process has both aqueous and nonaqueous versions. Gelcasting is a generic process and has been used to produce ceramic parts from over a dozen different ceramic compositions ranging from alumina-based refractories to high-performance silicon nitride. Recently, gelcasting has been applied to forming superalloy powders into complex shapes. This application has posed several challenges not previously encountered in ceramics. In particular, problems were caused by the larger particle size and the higher density of the particles. Additional problems were encountered with binder removal. How these problems were overcome will be described.

  19. Innovative technologies for powder metallurgy-based disk superalloys: Progress and proposal

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    Chong-Lin, Jia; Chang-Chun, Ge; Qing-Zhi, Yan

    2016-02-01

    Powder metallurgy (PM) superalloys are an important class of high temperature structural materials, key to the rotating components of aero engines. In the purview of the present challenges associated with PM superalloys, two novel approaches namely, powder preparation and the innovative spray-forming technique (for making turbine disk) are proposed and studied. Subsequently, advanced technologies like electrode-induction-melting gas atomization (EIGA), and spark-plasma discharge spheroidization (SPDS) are introduced, for ceramic-free superalloy powders. Presently, new processing routes are sought after for preparing finer and cleaner raw powders for disk superalloys. The progress of research in spray-formed PM superalloys is first summarized in detail. The spray-formed superalloy disks specifically exhibit excellent mechanical properties. This paper reviews the recent progress in innovative technologies for PM superalloys, with an emphasis on new ideas and approaches, central to the innovation driving techniques like powder processing and spray forming. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 50974016 and 50071014).

  20. Tensile Properties and Structure of Several Superalloys after Long- Term Exposure to LiF and Vacuum at 1173 K

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    Whittenberger, J. D.

    1995-12-01

    The use of the solid- to- liquid phase transformation of LiF to store thermal energy is under consideration for a space- based solar dynamic system. Although advantageous in terms of its energy density, the melting point of this salt (1121K) is beyond the commonly accepted upper- use temperature of 1100 K for chromium- bearing superalloys in vacuum. However, one commercially available nickel- base superalloy (Hastelloy B- 2) is chromium free; unfortunately, because of its high molybdenum content, this alloy can form phases that cause high- temperature embrittlement. To test the suitability of Hastelloy B- 2, it has been exposed to molten LiF, its vapor and vacuum at 1173 K for 2500, 5000, and 10 h. For control, the chromium- containing cobalt- base Haynes alloy 188 and nickel- base Haynes alloy 230 were also exposed to LiF and vacuum at 1173 K for 5000 h. Neither LiF nor vacuum exposures had any significant effect on Hastelloy B- 2 in terms of microstructural surface damage or weight change. Measurement of the post exposure tensile properties of Hastelloy B- 2, nevertheless, revealed low tensile ductility at 1050 K. Such embrittlement and low strength at elevated temperatures appear to preclude the use of Hastelloy B- 2 as a containment material for LiF. Little evidence of significant attack by LiF was seen in either of the chromium- containing superalloys; however, considerable weight loss and near- surface microstructural damage occurred in both alloys exposed to vacuum. Although measurement of the post exposure room-temperature tensile properties of Haynes alloys 188 and 230 revealed no significant loss of strength or ductility, the severe degree of microstructural damage found in unshielded alloys exposed to vacuum indicates that chromium-bearing superalloys might also be unsuitable for prolonged containment of LiF in space above 1100 K. Keywords

  1. Compatibility of Niobium Alloys and Superalloys in a Flowing He-Xe Power Conversion System

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    Bowman, Cheryl L.; Ritzert, Frank J.; Smialek, James L.; Jaster, Mark L.; rker, Samuel P.

    2004-01-01

    Proposed concepts for an ambitious mission to explore Jupiter's three icy moons place significant demands on the various spacecraft systems. There are many challenges related to the high output power conversion systems being considered, and one example is the need to ensure system compatibility at all levels. The utilization of appropriate materials for component structures is important to ensuring long mission life. Refractory metal alloys have attractive high-temperature properties in inert environments, but these alloys are sometimes susceptible to contamination. Potential material compatibility issues exist between refractory metal candidates and more conventional alloys. Nb-1Zr has long been considered one of the most well characterized refractory alloys that is well suited for elevated-temperature use and liquid-metal compatibility. However, previous studies have suggested that niobium alloys can not co-exist in a closed system with traditional stainless steels or superalloys due to transport of contaminants. The relevance of this information to a proposed power conversion system is discussed. Also, experiments and fundamental calculations are being performed to determine contamination transport from candidate superalloys to Nb-1Zr in a closed system with an inert carrier gas. Potential protective schemes are explored to ensure system level compatibility between the refractory alloy Nb-1Zr and a nickel-based superalloy.

  2. Effect of tensile mean stress on fatigue behavior of single-crystal and directionally solidified superalloys

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    Kalluri, Sreeramesh; Mcgaw, Michael A.

    1992-01-01

    Two nickel base superalloys, single crystal PWA 1480 and directionally solidified MAR-M 246 + Hf, were studied in view of the potential usage of the former and usage of the latter as blade materials for the turbomachinery of the Space Shuttle main engine. The baseline zero mean stress (ZMS) fatigue life (FL) behavior of these superalloys was established, and then the effect of tensile mean stress (TMS) on their FL behavior was characterized. A stress range based FL prediction approach was used to characterize both the ZMS and TMS fatigue data. In the past, several researchers have developed methods to account for the detrimental effect of tensile mean stress on the FL for polycrystalline engineering alloys. These methods were applied to characterize the TMS fatigue data of single crystal PWA 1480 and directionally solidified MAR-M 246 + Hf and were found to be unsatisfactory. Therefore, a method of accounting for the TMS effect on FL, that is based on a technique proposed by Heidmann and Manson was developed to characterize the TMS fatigue data of these superalloys. Details of this method and its relationship to the conventionally used mean stress methods in FL prediction are discussed.

  3. Iron rich low cost superalloys. Ph.D. Thesis. Final Report

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    Wayne, S. F.

    1985-01-01

    An iron-rich low-cost superalloy was developed. The alloy, when processed by conventional chill casting, has physical and mechanical properties that compare favorably with existing nickel and cobalt based superalloys while containing significantly lower amounts of strategic elements. Studies were also made on the properties of Cr(20)-Mn(10)-C(3.4)-Fe(bal.), a eutectic alloy processed by chill casting and directional solidification which produced an aligned microstructure consisting of M7C3 fibers in a gamma-Fe matrix. Thermal expansion of the M7C3 (M = Fe, Cr, Mn) carbide lattice was measured up to 800 C and found to be highly anisotropic, with the a-axis being the predominant mode of expansion. Repetitive impact sliding wear experiments performed with the Fe rich eutectic alloy showed that the directionally solidified microstructure greatly improved the alloy's wear resistance as compared to the chill cast microstructure and conventional nickel base superalloys. Studies on the molybdenum cementite phase prove that the crystal structure of the xi phase is not orthorhombic. The crystal structure of the xi phase is made up of octahedra building elements consisting of four Mo and two Fe atoms and trigonal prisms consisting of four Fe and two Mo atoms. The voids are occupied by carbon atoms. The previous chemical formula for the molybdenum cementite MoFe2C is now clearly seen to be Mo12Fe22C10.

  4. Hot Corrosion Behavior of Some Superalloys in a Simulated Incinerator Environment at 900 °C

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    Mudgal, Deepa; Singh, Surendra; Prakash, Satya

    2014-01-01

    Incinerators are being used to burn solid waste of all types. This burning of waste creates a very aggressive environment at extremely high temperature. This environment attacks the various components of the incinerators. Some studies have been reported regarding behavior of steels in simulated incinerator environment at 550 °C. In present work superalloys Superco 605, Superni 600, and Superni 718 have been subjected to cyclic oxidation in 40 wt.% K2SO4 + 40 wt.% Na2SO4 + 10 wt.% KCl + 10 wt.% NaCl environment at 900 °C under cyclic condition. Weight change measurements have been done and weight change has been plotted against the numbers of cycles. The oxide scales formed on the surface of the corroded superalloys have been characterize by FESEM, EDS, XRD, cross-sectional analysis, and x-ray mapping. The nickel-based superalloys Superni 600 and Superni 718 indicated better resistance to corrosion in the above environment whereas Superco 605 lead to massive weight gain.

  5. Functional nickel-based deposits synthesized by focused beam induced processing

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    Córdoba, R.; Barcones, B.; Roelfsema, E.; Verheijen, M. A.; Mulders, J. J. L.; Trompenaars, P. H. F.; Koopmans, B.

    2016-02-01

    Functional nanostructures fabricated by focused electron/ion beam induced processing (FEBIP/FIBIP) open a promising route for applications in nanoelectronics. Such developments rely on the exploration of new advanced materials. We report here the successful fabrication of nickel-based deposits by FEBIP/FIBIP using bis(methyl cyclopentadienyl)nickel as a precursor. In particular, binary compounds such as nickel oxide (NiO) are synthesized by using an in situ two-step process at room temperature. By this method, as-grown Ni deposits transform into homogeneous NiO deposits using focused electron beam irradiation under O2 flux. This procedure is effective in producing highly pure NiO deposits with resistivity of 2000 Ωcm and a polycrystalline structure with face-centred cubic lattice and grains of 5 nm. We demonstrate that systems based on NiO deposits displaying resistance switching and an exchange-bias effect could be grown by FEBIP using optimized parameters. Our results provide a breakthrough towards using these techniques for the fabrication of functional nanodevices.

  6. Effects of neutron irradiation on deformation behavior of nickel-base fastener alloys

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    Bajaj, R.; Mills, W.J.; Kammenzind, B.F.; Burke, M.G.

    1999-07-01

    This paper presents the effects of neutron irradiation on the fracture behavior and deformation microstructure of high-strength nickel-base alloy fastener materials, Alloy X-750 and Alloy 625. Alloy X-750 in the HTH condition, and Alloy 625 in the direct aged condition were irradiated to a fluence of 2.4x10{sup 20} n/cm{sup 2} at 264 C in the Advanced Test Reactor. Deformation structures at low strains were examined. It was previously shown that Alloy X-750 undergoes hardening, a significant degradation in ductility and an increase in intergranular fracture. In contrast, Alloy 625 had shown softening with a concomitant increase in ductility and transgranular failure after irradiation. The deformation microstructures of the two alloys were also different. Alloy X-750 deformed by a planar slip mechanism with fine microcracks forming at the intersections of slip bands with grain boundaries. Alloy 625 showed much more homogeneous deformation with fine, closely spaced slip bands and an absence of microcracks. The mechanism(s) of irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) are discussed.

  7. Functional nickel-based deposits synthesized by focused beam induced processing.

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    Córdoba, R; Barcones, B; Roelfsema, E; Verheijen, M A; Mulders, J J L; Trompenaars, P H F; Koopmans, B

    2016-02-12

    Functional nanostructures fabricated by focused electron/ion beam induced processing (FEBIP/FIBIP) open a promising route for applications in nanoelectronics. Such developments rely on the exploration of new advanced materials. We report here the successful fabrication of nickel-based deposits by FEBIP/FIBIP using bis(methyl cyclopentadienyl)nickel as a precursor. In particular, binary compounds such as nickel oxide (NiO) are synthesized by using an in situ two-step process at room temperature. By this method, as-grown Ni deposits transform into homogeneous NiO deposits using focused electron beam irradiation under O2 flux. This procedure is effective in producing highly pure NiO deposits with resistivity of 2000 Ωcm and a polycrystalline structure with face-centred cubic lattice and grains of 5 nm. We demonstrate that systems based on NiO deposits displaying resistance switching and an exchange-bias effect could be grown by FEBIP using optimized parameters. Our results provide a breakthrough towards using these techniques for the fabrication of functional nanodevices. PMID:26759183

  8. Phase Stability of a Powder Metallurgy Disk Superalloy

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    Gabb, Timothy P.; Gayda, John; Kantzos, P.; Telesman, Jack; Gang, Anita

    2006-01-01

    Advanced powder metallurgy superalloy disks in aerospace turbine engines now entering service can be exposed to temperatures approaching 700 C, higher than those previously encountered. They also have higher levels of refractory elements, which can increase mechanical properties at these temperatures but can also encourage phase instabilities during service. Microstructural changes including precipitation of topological close pack phase precipitation and coarsening of existing gamma' precipitates can be slow at these temperatures, yet potentially significant for anticipated disk service times exceeding 1,000 h. The ability to quantify and predict such potential phase instabilities and degradation of capabilities is needed to insure structural integrity and air worthiness of propulsion systems over the full life cycle. A prototypical advanced disk superalloy was subjected to high temperature exposures, and then evaluated. Microstructural changes and corresponding changes in mechanical properties were quantified. The results will be compared to predictions of microstructure modeling software.

  9. Solution heat-treatment of Nb-modified MAR-M247 superalloy

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    Soares Azevedo e Silva, Paulo Ricardo; Baldan, Renato; Nunes, Carlos Angelo; Carvalho Coelho, Gilberto; and others

    2013-01-15

    MAR-M247 superalloy has excellent mechanical properties and good oxidation resistance at elevated temperatures. Niobium is an element known as {gamma} Prime phase hardener in nickel-based superalloys, besides promoting homogeneous distribution of MC carbides. This work is inserted in a project that aims to evaluate the total replacement of tantalum by niobium atoms in MAR-M247 superalloy (10.2 Co, 10.2 W, 8.5Cr, 5.6 Al, 1.6 Nb, 1.4 Hf, 1.1 Ti, 0.7 Mo, 0.15 C, 0.06 Zr, 0.015 B, Ni balance-wt.%). Based on microstructural characterizations (SEM and FEG-SEM, both with EDS) of the as-cast material and heat-treated materials as well as utilizing Thermocalc simulations and experiments of differential thermal analysis (DTA), heat-treatment at 1260 Degree-Sign C for 8 h was chosen as an ideal condition for the solution of Nb-modified MAR-M247 superalloy. The hardness of as-cast and ideally solution treated materials was 390 {+-} 14 HV and 415 {+-} 6 HV, respectively. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DTA and microstructure of MAR-M247(Nb) showed a good agreement with Thermocalc. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An ideal condition for solution heat-treatment of MAR-M247(Nb) is 1260 Degree-Sign C for 8 h. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It was an observed evidence of incipient melting in samples heat-treated at 1280 Degree-Sign C.

  10. Computational and Experimental Design of Fe-Based Superalloys for Elevated-Temperature Applications

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    Liaw, Peter K.; Fine, Morris E.; Ghosh, Gautam; Asta, Mark D.; Liu, Chain T.; Sun, Zhiqian; Huang, Shenyan; Teng, Zhenke; Wang, Gongyao

    2012-04-13

    Analogous to nickel-based superalloys, Fe-based superalloys, which are strengthened by coherent B2- type precipitates are proposed for elevated-temperature applications. During the period of this project, a series of ferritic superalloys have been designed and fabricated by methods of vacuum-arc melting and vacuum-induction melting. Nano-scale precipitates were characterized by atom-probe tomography, ultrasmall- angle X-ray scattering, and transmission-electron microscopy. A duplex distribution of precipitates was found. It seems that ferritic superalloys are susceptible to brittle fracture. Systematic endeavors have been devoted to understanding and resolving the problem. Factors, such as hot rolling, precipitate volume fractions, alloy compositions, precipitate sizes and inter-particle spacings, and hyperfine cooling precipitates, have been investigated. In order to understand the underlying relationship between the microstructure and creep behavior of ferric alloys at elevated temperatures, in-situ neutron studies have been carried out. Based on the current result, it seems that the major role of β' with a 16%-volume fraction in strengthening ferritic alloys is not load sharing but interactions with dislocations. The oxidation behavior of one ferritic alloy, FBB8 (Fe-6.5Al-10Ni-10Cr-3.4Mo-0.25Zr-0.005B, weight percent), was studied in dry air. It is found that it possesses superior oxidation resistance at 1,023 and 1,123 K, compared with other creep-resistant ferritic steels [T91 (modified 9Cr-1Mo, weight percent) and P92 (9Cr-1.8W-0.5Mo, weight percent)]. At the same time, the calculation of the interfacial energies between the -iron and B2-type intermetallics (CoAl, FeAl, and NiAl) has been conducted.

  11. Development, processing and fabrication of a nickel based nickel-chromium-iron alloy

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    Akinlade, Dotun Adebayo

    An optimal powder metallurgy (P/M) approach to produce a nickel base Superalloy similar in composition to INCONEL(TM) 600 was carried out utilising a simple uniaxial pressing process. The efficiencies of a lubricant addition, binder, sintering times and temperatures were measured in terms of green and sintered densities as well as microstructural changes that occurred during processing. It was observed that with increasing % polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), an overall decrease in density of compact was obtained and that using 0.75wt % of lubricant (microwax) green densities in excess of 70% can be obtained. The samples were subsequently sintered in air at 1270°C for times ranging from 0.5h to 5h and also in vacuum (6 millitorr) with temperatures ranging from 1260 through to 1400°C. The air sintering was carried out to optimize sintering time, whereas the vacuum sintering was employed to optimize sintering temperature. On sintering for 5h in air, chromium enrichment occurred at the grain boundaries with subsequent depletion of nickel and iron; this was not noted for 2h sintering or for sintering under vacuum. The optimum sintering conditions were determined to be at 1300°C sintering for 2h in vacuum. The samples processed under the optimum conditions were successfully cold rolled to 40% of the original thickness without cracking. An investigation was also undertaken to determine the effect of Al concentration (1-12w/o) on the microstructure of the powder metallurgically (P/M) processed Ni-Cr-Fe ternary alloy, with a view to determine the concentration of aluminium that would yield a homogenously distributed and optimum volume fraction of the intermetallic-gamma'(Ni3Al) phase without the formation of topologically closed packed phases in the ternary alloy. The phases that were likely to form with the variation in concentration of Al were first simulated by JMatPro(TM) thermodynamic software package, and then Ni-Cr-Fe alloys with varying concentration of aluminum were

  12. Crystal Structure Effects on Surface Fractures of Impacted Superalloy Cubes

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    Holt, William H.; Mock, Willis Jr.; Armstrong, Ronald W.

    2006-07-28

    Cubes (9.5 mm on edge) of polycrystalline and unidirectionally solidified forms of a nickel-based superalloy (62.5% Ni) were impacted in vacuum at 761 m/sec and 746 m/sec, respectively, by gas-gun-accelerated 3.18 mm-thick disks of 7075-T6 aluminum. Visible fractures on the cubes were primarily associated with the impacted surfaces. The polycrystalline cube showed an irregular pattern of many open cracks; the residual compression along the direction of impact is 3.3%. The unidirectionally solidified single crystal cube (impacted on a face normal to the <100> direction) showed only minor cracks near the center of the cube face, extending to the centers of the face edges; the residual compression is 6.2%. The results are discussed in terms of the obstacle nature of grain boundaries and local stress buildup for cracking, along with the otherwise seemingly contrary result of lower polycrystal ductility relative to that observed for the undirectionally solidified single crystal material.

  13. Expert systems for superalloy studies

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    Workman, Gary L.; Kaukler, William F.

    1990-01-01

    There are many areas in science and engineering which require knowledge of an extremely complex foundation of experimental results in order to design methodologies for developing new materials or products. Superalloys are an area which fit well into this discussion in the sense that they are complex combinations of elements which exhibit certain characteristics. Obviously the use of superalloys in high performance, high temperature systems such as the Space Shuttle Main Engine is of interest to NASA. The superalloy manufacturing process is complex and the implementation of an expert system within the design process requires some thought as to how and where it should be implemented. A major motivation is to develop a methodology to assist metallurgists in the design of superalloy materials using current expert systems technology. Hydrogen embrittlement is disasterous to rocket engines and the heuristics can be very complex. Attacking this problem as one module in the overall design process represents a significant step forward. In order to describe the objectives of the first phase implementation, the expert system was designated Hydrogen Environment Embrittlement Expert System (HEEES).

  14. Oxidation Resistance and Critical Sulfur Content of Single-Crystal Superalloys

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    Smialek, James L.

    1997-01-01

    The high-temperature components of a jet turbine engine are made from nickel-base superalloys. These components must be able to withstand high stresses, fatigue, and corrosive reactions with high-temperature gases. Such oxidation resistance is associated with slow-growing Al2O3 scales that remain adherent to superalloy components after many thermal cycles. Historically, good oxidation resistance has been obtained by coating these components with Ni-Cr-Al-Y coatings, where small additions of yttrium (Y) were necessary for scale adhesion. Subsequently, it was found that the Y aids scale adhesion by preventing sulfur from segregating to the scale metal interface and thus preventing the sulfur from weakening the oxide-metal bonds. Y is a difficult element to incorporate in single-crystal superalloy castings, but it was shown in early work at the NASA Lewis Research Center that good adhesion could be obtained for low-sulfur, uncoated, singlecrystal superalloys, without Y additions. Low sulfur contents for these uncoated superalloys were achieved in the laboratory by a high-temperature hydrogen annealing process. This process allows segregation and surface cleaning of sulfur monolayers in a reducing environment. Another approach is to remove sulfur from the alloy in the melting process. The present study was designed to establish a guideline for the minimum level of desulfurization needed to achieve maximum performance. Coupons of various thicknesses of the superalloy PWA 1480 were hydrogen annealed at various times (8 to 100 hr) and temperatures (1000 to 1300 C), resulting in coupons with sulfur contents ranging from about 0.05 to 5 ppm. Cyclic oxidation tests at 1100 C were then used to assess adhesion and spalling. The weight change of one set of 20-mil (0.5-mm) samples, annealed for 20 hr at 1000, 1100, 1200, and 1300 C, is shown in the following figure. Clearly, the effect of the annealing temperature is quite dramatic in that the higher temperatures produced scales

  15. Influence of cobalt, tantalum, and tungsten on the microstructure and mechanical properties of superalloy single crystals

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    Nathal, M. V.; Ebert, L. J.

    1982-01-01

    The influence of Co, Ta, and W on the microstructure and mechanical properties of nickel base super-alloy single crystals was investigated. A matrix of alloys was based on Mar-M 247 stripped of C, B, Zr, and Hf. The microstructures of the alloys were examined using optical and electron microscopy, phase extraction, X-ray diffraction, and differential thermal analysis. Tensile and creep-rupture tests were performed at 1000 C. An increase in tensile and creep strength resulted when Co was removed from alloys containing high refractory metal contents, but Co effects were negligible for alloys with lower refractory metal levels. In the composition range studied, W was more effective than Ta in increasing the creep resistance. The mechanical properties are discussed in relation to the microstructures of the alloys.

  16. The role of interfacial dislocation networks in high temperature creep of superalloys

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    Gabb, T. P.; Draper, S. L.; Hull, D. R.; Mackay, R. A.; Nathal, M. V.

    1989-01-01

    The dislocation networks generated during high-temperature creep of several single-crystal nickel-based superalloys are analyzed. The networks continually evolve during creep at relatively low temperatures or eventually reach a more stable configuration at high temperatures. Specifically, the role of these networks in directional coarsening processes are studied, along with their formation kinetics, characteristics, and stability during creep. The results of this study combined with previous findings suggest that the directional coarsening process is strongly influenced by elastic strain energy. The dislocation networks formed during primary creep are found to be stable during all subsequent creep stages. Aspects of these dislocation networks are determined to be a product of both the applied creep stress and coherency strains.

  17. Degradation Through Erosion: Mechanistic Studies on IN-718 Superalloy Under Hot Air Jet Conditions

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    Thirugnanasambantham, K. G.; Natarajan, S.

    2015-07-01

    IN718 is a Nickel-based superalloy, widely used in high-temperature applications such as aircraft, and land-based and marine turbines. This technical paper deals with high-temperature erosion behavior and its mechanism of IN718. The erosion mechanism of the IN718 was studied using hot air jet erosion experiments at 800 °C with varying parameters such as angle of impingement and erodent velocity. Characterization of the eroded samples was done using SEM micrographs and high-resolution universal tribometer to determine the erosion mechanisms. SEM micrographs of eroded samples reveal that lip formation, cutting, and ploughing are the dominant erosion mechanisms for IN718 at 45° angle of impingement, while at 90°, it is lip extrusion followed by flattening of lip and detachment of platelet. These mechanisms eventually retard the particle impact velocity, thus enhancing erosion resistance.

  18. Yielding and deformation behavior of the single crystal superalloy PWA 1480

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    Milligan, Walter W.; Antolovich, Stephen D.

    1987-01-01

    Interrupted tensile tests were conducted to fixed plastic strain levels in 100 ordered single crystals of the nickel based superalloy PWA 1480. Testing was done in the range of 20 to 1093 C, at strain rate of 0.5 and 50 percent/min. The yield strength was constant from 20 to 760 C, above which the strength dropped rapidly and became a strong function of strain rate. The high temperature data were represented very well by an Arrhenius type equation, which resulted in three distinct temperature regimes. The deformation substructures were grouped in the same three regimes, indicating that there was a fundamental relationship between the deformation mechanisms and activation energies. Models of the yielding process were considered, and it was found that no currently available model was fully applicable to this alloy. It was also demonstrated that the initial deformation mechanism (during yielding) was frequently different from that which would be inferred by examining specimens which were tested to failure.

  19. Evaluation of Die Chilling Effects during Forging of Nimonic-80A Superalloy

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    Shahriari, D.; Sadeghi, M. H.; Amiri, A.; Cheraghzadeh, M.

    2010-06-01

    Nimonic-80A is a kind of nickel-based superalloys which is used in high temperature components of land gas turbines. In this paper, the influence of four design factors: die temperature, strain rate, friction coefficient and geometry size of ring sample over the variation of internal diameters (VID) and forging load (FL) was studied. It was done by means of design methodology based on DOE-designated full factorial and FE simulations. FEM and experimental results showed that the variation of internal diameters and forging load had inverse proportion to the die temperature. Regression models were developed by using the response surface methodology (RSM) for VID and FL. Rate of the dynamic recrystallization varied depending on different amounts of die temperature. The results can be used in the semi-isothermal forging of complex part of the Nimonic-80A.

  20. Evaluation of Die Chilling Effects during Forging of Nimonic-80A Superalloy

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    Shahriari, D.; Sadeghi, M. H.; Amiri, A.; Cheraghzadeh, M.

    2010-06-15

    Nimonic-80A is a kind of nickel-based superalloys which is used in high temperature components of land gas turbines. In this paper, the influence of four design factors: die temperature, strain rate, friction coefficient and geometry size of ring sample over the variation of internal diameters (VID) and forging load (FL) was studied. It was done by means of design methodology based on DOE-designated full factorial and FE simulations. FEM and experimental results showed that the variation of internal diameters and forging load had inverse proportion to the die temperature. Regression models were developed by using the response surface methodology (RSM) for VID and FL. Rate of the dynamic recrystallization varied depending on different amounts of die temperature. The results can be used in the semi-isothermal forging of complex part of the Nimonic-80A.

  1. Low Cost Heat Treatment Process for Production of Dual Microstructure Superalloy Disks

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    Gayda, John; Gabb, Tim; Kantzos, Pete; Furrer, David

    2003-01-01

    There are numerous incidents where operating conditions imposed on a component mandate different and distinct mechanical property requirements from location to location within the component. Examples include a crankshaft in an internal combustion engine, gears for an automotive transmission, and disks for a gas turbine engine. Gas turbine disks are often made from nickel-base superalloys, because these disks need to withstand the temperature and stresses involved in the gas turbine cycle. In the bore of the disk where the operating temperature is somewhat lower, the limiting material properties are often tensile and fatigue strength. In the rim of the disk, where the operating temperatures are higher than those of the bore, because of the proximity to the combustion gases, resistance to creep and crack growth are often the limiting properties.

  2. Creep Behavior and Damage of Ni-Base Superalloys PM 1000 and PM 3030

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    Nganbe, M.; Heilmaier, M.

    2009-12-01

    Two oxide dispersion strengthening (ODS) nickel-base superalloys, a solely dispersion-strengthened alloy (PM 1000) and an additionally γ'-strengthened alloy (PM 3030) are investigated regarding creep resistance at temperatures between 600 °C and 1000 °C. The creep strength advantage of PM 3030 over PM 1000 decreases as the temperature increases due to the thermal instability of the γ' phase. The particle strengthening contribution in both alloys increases linearly with load. However, solid solution softening leads to an apparent drop in particle strengthening in PM 1000. Deformation concentration in slip bands is more accentuated in PM 3030-R34 due to additional γ' strengthening combined with strongly textured coarse and elongated grain structure. Finer, equiaxed grains reduce creep strength at higher temperatures due to grain boundary deformation processes and premature pore formation, but have only minor impact at low and intermediate temperatures.

  3. Development of superalloys by powder metallurgy for use at 1000 - 1400 F

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    Calhoun, C. D.

    1971-01-01

    Consolidated powders of four nickel-base superalloys were studied for potential application as compressor and turbine discs in jet engines. All of the alloys were based on the Rene' 95 chemistry. Three of these had variations in carbon and A12O3 contents, and the fourth alloy was chemically modified to a higher volume fraction. The A12O3 was added by preoxidation of the powders prior to extrusion. Various levels of four experimental factors (1) alloy composition, (2) grain size, (3) thermomechanical processing, and (4) room temperature deformation plus final age were evaluated by tensile and stress rupture testing at 1200 F. Various levels of the four factors were assumed in order to construct the statistically-designed experiment, but the actual levels investigated were established in preliminary studies that preceded the statistical process development study.

  4. Heat Treatment Devices and Method of Operation Thereof to Produce Dual Microstructure Superalloys Disks

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    Gayda, John (Inventor); Gabb, Timothy P. (Inventor); Kantzos, Peter T. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A heat treatment assembly and heat treatment methods are disclosed for producing different microstructures in the bore and rim portions of nickel-based superalloy disks, particu- larly suited for gas turbine applications. The heat treatment assembly is capable of being removed from the furnace and disassembled to allow rapid fan or oil quenching of the disk. For solutioning heat treatments of the disk, temperatures higher than that of this solvus temperature of the disk are used to produce coarse grains in the rim of each disk so as to give maximum creep and dwell crack resistance at the rim service temperature. At the same time, solution temperature lower than the solvus temperature of the disk are provided to produce fine grain in the bore of the disk so as to give maximum strength and low cycle fatigue resistance.

  5. High temperature seals between ceramic separation membranes and super-alloy housing

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    Honea, G.; Sridhar, K. R.

    1991-01-01

    One of the concepts for oxygen production from Martian atmospheric carbon dioxide involves the use of tubular electrochemical membranes for oxygen separation. The tubular configuration offers the advantage of being able to separate the oxygen at pressures of up to 500 psi, thereby eliminating the need for a pre-liquefaction oxygen compressor. A key technology that has to be developed in order for the electrochemical separator to combine as a compressor is a high temperature static seal between the ceramic separation cell and the nickel-based super-alloy tube. Equipment was designed and fabricated to test the seals. Efforts are under way to develop a finite element model to study the thermal stresses at the joints and on the seal, and the optimal shape of the seal. The choice of seal materials and the technique to be used to fabricate the seals are also being investigated.

  6. Effects of hydrogen annealing, sulfur segregation and diffusion on the cyclic oxidation resistance of superalloys: A review

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    Smialek, J. L.; Jayne, D. T.; Schaeffer, J. C.; Murphy, W. H.

    1994-01-01

    This review is based on the phenomenon of improved oxide scale adhesion for desulfurized superalloys. The proposed adhesion mechanism involves sulfur interfacial segregation and scale-metal bond weakening. Sulfur surface segregation on superalloys is examined as a function of temperature and sulfur content, and is related to the classical behavior predicted by the McLean isotherm. Effective desulfurization to less than 1 ppmw can be accomplished by hydrogen annealing and is described by sulfur diffusion kinetics in nickel. Hydrogen annealing results in excellent cyclic oxidation resistance for a number of advanced superalloys. The concept of a critical sulfur content is discussed in terms of practical annealing conditions and section thicknesses.

  7. Effects of Hydrogen Annealing, Sulfur Segregation and Diffusion on the Cyclic Oxidation Resistance of Superalloys: a Review

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    Smialek, J. L.; Jayne, D. T.; Schaeffer, J. C.; Murphy, W. H.

    1994-01-01

    This review is based on the phenomenon of improved oxide scale adhesion for desulfurized superalloys. The proposed adhesion mechanism involves sulfur interfacial segregation and scale-metal bond weakening. Sulfur surface segregation on superalloys is examined as a function of temperature and sulfur content and related to classical behavior predicted by the McLean isotherm. Effective desulfurization to less than 1 ppmw can be accomplished by hydrogen annealing and is governed by sulfur diffusion kinetics in nickel. Hydrogen annealing results in excellent cyclic oxidation resistance for a number of advanced superalloys. The concept of a critical sulfur content is discussed in terms of practical annealing conditions and section thicknesses.

  8. Advanced single crystal for SSME turbopumps

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    Fritzemeier, L. G.

    1989-01-01

    The objective of this program was to evaluate the influence of high thermal gradient casting, hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and alternate heat treatments on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a single crystal nickel base superalloy. The alloy chosen for the study was PWA 1480, a well characterized, commercial alloy which had previously been chosen as a candidate for the Space Shuttle Main Engine high pressure turbopump turbine blades. Microstructural characterization evaluated the influence of casting thermal gradient on dendrite arm spacing, casting porosity distribution and alloy homogeneity. Hot isostatic pressing was evaluated as a means of eliminating porosity as a preferred fatigue crack initiation site. The alternate heat treatment was chosen to improve hydrogen environment embrittlement resistance and for potential fatigue life improvement. Mechanical property evaluation was aimed primarily at determining improvements in low cycle and high cycle fatigue life due to the advanced processing methods. Statistically significant numbers of tests were conducted to quantitatively demonstrate life differences. High thermal gradient casting improves as-cast homogeneity, which facilitates solution heat treatment of PWA 1480 and provides a decrease in internal pore size, leading to increases in low cycle and high cycle fatigue lives.

  9. Near-Threshold Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior of Fine-Grain Nickel-Based Alloys

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    Newman, John A.; Piascik, Robert S.

    2003-01-01

    Constant-Kmax fatigue crack growth tests were performed on two finegrain nickel-base alloys Inconel 718 (DA) and Ren 95 to determine if these alloys exhibit near-threshold time-dependent crack growth behavior observed for fine-grain aluminum alloys in room-temperature laboratory air. Test results showed that increases in K(sub max) values resulted in increased crack growth rates, but no evidence of time-dependent crack growth was observed for either nickel-base alloy at room temperature.

  10. Silver and lanthanum as effective modifiers in trace determination of cadmium in nickel-base alloys by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Tsai, Suh-Jen Jane; Chang, Li-Lin; Chang, Shiow-Ing

    1997-01-01

    Trace cadmium in nickel-base superalloys was determined by a stabilized temperature platform furnace using atomic absorption spectrometry with a deuterium arc background correction system. The volatility of cadmium limits the pyrolysis temperature. This prevents the removal of the interfering alloy matrix at the thermal pretreatment step. Hence, an enormously high background signal has been observed. Chemical modifiers including ammonium citrate, 1-(2-pyridylazo)-naphthol, 4-(2pyridylazo)resorcinol, 2-(5-bromo-2-pyridylazo)-5-(diethylamino)-phenol, Triton-X 100, EDTA, potassium nitrate, palladium nitrate, magnesium nitrate, aluminum chloride, ammonium dihydrogen phosphate, lanthanum oxide, lanthanum chloride and silver nitrate have been studied. Matrix interferences were effectively reduced by silver and lanthanum. The 100-300°C increase in the pyrolysis temperature effectively reduced the non-specific absorption from the alloy matrix. Interferences from foreign ions were also investigated. The merit of the proposed method was increased by the excellent agreement between the certified and the experimental values of Cd in the standard reference material, IN100, and the recovery obtained (100-104%). The precision of six successive replicate measurements was 4.9% with Ag modifier and 2.5% with La modifier, respectively. The results of analysing Tracealloy B were also satisfactory.

  11. Soft Computing Methods in Design of Superalloys

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    Cios, K. J.; Berke, L.; Vary, A.; Sharma, S.

    1996-01-01

    Soft computing techniques of neural networks and genetic algorithms are used in the design of superalloys. The cyclic oxidation attack parameter K(sub a), generated from tests at NASA Lewis Research Center, is modelled as a function of the superalloy chemistry and test temperature using a neural network. This model is then used in conjunction with a genetic algorithm to obtain an optimized superalloy composition resulting in low K(sub a) values.

  12. Feasibility Study for Casting of High Temperature Refractory Superalloy Composites

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    1998-01-01

    Abstract This study investigated the feasibility of using conventional casting technique to fabricate refractory wires reinforced superalloy composites. These composites were being developed for advanced rocket engine turbine blades and other high temperature applications operating up to 2000 F. Several types of refractory metal wires such as W- Th, W-Re, Mo-Hf-C and W-HF-C reinforced waspaloy were experimentally cast and heat treated at 2000 F up to 48 hrs. Scanning electron microscope analysis was conducted in regions adjacent to the wire-matrix interface to determine the reaction zone and chemical compatibility resulting from material interdiffusion. It was concluded that fabrication using conventional casting may be feasible because the wire-matrix reaction zone thickness was comparable to similar composites produced by arc-sprayed monotape with hot isostatic pressing technique, Moreover, it was also found that the chemical compatibility could be improved significantly through a slight modification of the superalloy matrix compositions.

  13. Cleaning process for contaminated superalloy powders

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    Anglin, A. E.

    1978-01-01

    A cleaning process for removing interstitial contaminants from superalloy powders after wet grinding is described. Typical analyses of oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen in ball-milled WAZ-20 superalloy samples after hydrogen plus vacuum cleaning are presented. The hydrogen cleaning step involves heating retorts containing superalloy powder twice under flowing hydrogen with a 24-hour hold at each temperature. The vacuum step involves heating cold-pressed billets two hours at an elevated temperature at a pressure of 10 microPa. It is suggested that the hydrogen plus vacuum cleaning procedure can be applied to superalloys contaminated by other substances in other industrial processes.

  14. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of nickel and nickel-base alloy surface alterations in simulated hot corrosion conditions with emphasis on eventual application to turbine blade corrosion

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    Mateescu, G. D.; Smith, S. R.

    1979-01-01

    Research on the high temperature oxidation and Na2SO4 induced hot corrosion of some nickel base superalloys was accomplished by using ESCA to determine the surface composition of the oxidized or corroded samples. Oxidation was carried out at 900 or 1000 C in slowly flowing O2 for samples of B-1900, NASA-TRW VIA, 713C, and IN-738. Oxidation times ranged from 0.5 to 100 hr. Hot corrosion of B-1900 was induced applying a coating of Na2SO4 to peroxidized samples, the heating to 900 C in slowly flowing O2. For oxidized samples, the predominant type of scale formed by each superalloy was determined, and a marked surface enrichment of Ti was found in each case. For corroded samples, the transfer of significant amounts of material from the oxide layer to the surface of the salt layer was observed to occur long before the onset of accelerating weight-gain. Changes in surface composition were observed to coincide with the beginning of accelerating corrosion, the most striking of which was a tenfold decrease in the sulfur to sodium ration and an increase in the Cr(VI) ratio.

  15. The effect of aluminium on the metallography of a nickel base removable partial denture casting alloy.

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    Lewis, A J

    1978-12-01

    Three special nickel-chromium alloys were prepared in which the aluminum levels were adjusted both above and below that of a commercial nickel base dental casting alloy. Tensile and metallographic evaluation of representative samples of the alloys were made and the changes in the properties of the alloys are reported. PMID:285671

  16. The metallography of heat treatment effects in a nickel-base casting alloy. A preliminary report.

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    Goodall, T G; Lewis, A J

    1979-08-01

    A series of standard tensile specimens produced from a nickel-base removable partial denture casting alloy were subjected to heat treatments at three temperatures and three periods at each temperature. The microstructures developed within the castings disclose changes in both the matrix and interdendritic zones. PMID:296698

  17. Joining precipitation-hardened nickel-base alloys by friction welding

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    Moore, T. J.

    1972-01-01

    Solid state deformation welding process, friction welding, has been developed for joining precipitation hardened nickel-base alloys and other gamma prime-strengthened materials which heretofore have been virtually unweldable. Method requires rotation of one of the parts to be welded, but where applicable, it is an ideal process for high volume production jobs.

  18. Design related aspects in advanced nuclear fission plants

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    Hoffelner, Wolfgang

    2011-02-01

    Important issues to be considered for design of future reactors are: extrapolation of stress rupture data, creep-fatigue, negligible creep, damage monitoring. The paper highlights some new developments taking examples from a martensitic steel (mod 9% Cr), oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels and nickel-base superalloys. Traditional approaches to extrapolation of (thermal) stress rupture data like Larson-Miller Parameter or Monkman-Grant rule seem to be valid concepts also for advanced reactors. However, a significant influence of cyclic softening on creep rates and stress rupture data can be expected as shown for grade 91. This is particularly true for creep-fatigue interactions. Based on cyclic stress-strain behaviour it is also possible to get very good life-time predictions under creep-fatigue with a strain range separation (inelastic fatigue and creep ranges) technique which could replace the currently used linear life fraction rule. Results from in-beam irradiation creep reveal no significant influence of dispersoid size. It can be assumed that irradiation creep is a matrix property. Finally it is shown that micro-sample testing of exposed material could be used as an advanced method for damage assessment in future nuclear power plants.

  19. Superalloy Foams for Aeroshell Applications

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    Gayda, John; Padula, Santo, II

    2001-01-01

    Current thermal protection systems for reentry from space, such as that employed on the space shuttle, rely on ceramic tiles with ultra-low conductivity. These materials provide excellent thermal protection but are extremely fragile, easily degraded by environmental attack, and carry no structural loads. Future thermal protection systems being proposed in NASAs MITAS Program will attempt to combine thermal protection with improved durability and structural capability without significant increases in vehicle weight. This may be accomplished by combining several materials in a layered structure to obtain the desired function for aeroshell applications. One class of materials being considered for inclusion in this concept are high temperature metal foam. The objective of this paper was to fabricate low density, superalloy foams and conduct limited testing to evaluate their thermal and structural capabilities. Superalloys were chosen for evaluation as they possesses good strength and excellent environmental endurance over a wide range of temperatures. Utilizing superalloys as low density foams, with porosity contents greater than 90%, minimizes weight and thermal conductivity.

  20. Influence of a magnetic field during directional solidification of MAR-M 246 + Hf superalloy

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    Andrews, J. Barry; Alter, Wendy; Schmidt, Dianne

    1991-01-01

    An area that has been almost totally overlooked in the optimization of properties in directionally solidified superalloys is the control of microstructural features through the application of a magnetic field during solidification. The influence of a magnetic field on the microstructural features of a nickel-base superalloys is investigated. Studies were performed on the dendritic MAR-M 246+Hf alloy, which was solidified under both a 5 K gauss magnetic field and under no-applied-field conditions. The possible influences of the magnetic field on the solidification process were observed by studying variations in microstructural features including volume fraction, surface area, number, and shape of the carbide particles. Stereological factors analyzed also included primary and secondary dendrite arm spacing and the volume fraction of the interdendritic eutectic constituent. Microprobe analysis was performed to determine the chemistry of the carbides, dendrites, and interdendritic constituents, and how it varied between field and no-field solidification samples. Experiments involving periodic application and removal of the magnetic field were also performed in order to permit a comparison with structural variations observed in a MAR-M 246+Hf alloy solidified during KC-135 high-g, low-g maneuvers.

  1. Microstructure Modeling of a Ni-Fe-Based Superalloy During the Rotary Forging Process

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    Loyda, A.; Hernández-Muñoz, G. M.; Reyes, L. A.; Zambrano-Robledo, P.

    2016-06-01

    The microstructure evolution of Ni-Fe superalloys has a great influence on the mechanical behavior during service conditions. The rotary forging process offers an alternative to conventional bulk forming processes where the parts can be rotary forged with a fraction of the force commonly needed by conventional forging techniques. In this investigation, a numerical modeling of microstructure evolution for design and optimization of the hot forging operations has been used to manufacture a heat-resistant nickel-based superalloy. An Avrami model was implemented into finite element commercial platform DEFORM 3D to evaluate the average grain size and recrystallization during the rotary forging process. The simulations were carried out considering three initial temperatures, 980, 1000, and 1050 °C, to obtain the microstructure behavior after rotary forging. The final average grain size of one case was validated by comparing with results of previous experimental work of disk forging operation. This investigation was aimed to explore the influence of the rotary forging process on microstructure evolution in order to obtain a homogenous and refined grain size in the final component.

  2. NASA and Superalloys: A Customer, a Participant, and a Referee

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    Nathal, Michael V.

    2008-01-01

    NASA has had a long history of research and development in the field of superalloys. These efforts have continued today, where the latest advancements in turbine disk and blade technologies are being developed Although NASA does support military flight systems, it s predominant role is in supporting civilian air transportation systems, and thus has goals for improving fuel efficiency, emissions, noise, and safety of today s aircraft. NASA has traditionally served several distinct but complimentary roles as participants in multi-disciplinary research teams, as customers who fund research and development efforts at industry and universities, and as referees who can address broad issues that affect the entire aeronautics community. Because of our longer range viewpoint, we can take on higher risk, higher reward research topics. NASA can also serve as an intermediary between the basic research performed primarily at universities and the development efforts emphasized by industry. By interacting with individual companies, NASA can identify areas of general interest and problems common to a large portion of the aeronautics community, and devise programs aimed at solving these problems. In space missions, NASA is a direct customer responsible for developing vehicles. In the case of the Space Shuttle, NASA has worked with various contractors to design and build numerous components out of superalloys. Another fascinating area for the use of superalloys is in power systems for long life applications in space. Potential missions include providing electric power for deep space missions, surface rovers, including lunar and Mars, and stationary power generators on the lunar surface.

  3. NASA and Superalloys: A Customer, a Participant, and a Referee

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    Nathal, Michael V.

    2008-01-01

    NASA has had a long history of research and development in the field of superalloys. These efforts have continued today, where the latest advancements in turbine disk and blade technologies are being developed. Although NASA does support military flight systems, its predominant role is in supporting civilian air transportation systems, and thus has goals for improving fuel efficiency, emissions, noise, and safety of today s aircraft. NASA has traditionally served several distinct but complimentary roles as participants in multi-disciplinary research teams, as customers who fund research and development efforts at industry and universities, and as referees who can address broad issues that affect the entire aeronautics community. Because of our longer range viewpoint, we can take on higher risk, higher reward research topics. NASA can also serve as an intermediary between the basic research performed primarily at universities and the development efforts emphasized by industry. By interacting with individual companies, NASA can identify areas of general interest and problems common to a large portion of the aeronautics community, and devise programs aimed at solving these problems. In space missions, NASA is a direct customer responsible for developing vehicles. In the case of the Space Shuttle, NASA has worked with various contractors to design and build numerous components out of superalloys. Another fascinating area for the use of superalloys is in power systems for long life applications in space. Potential missions include providing electric power for deep space missions, surface rovers, including lunar and Mars, and stationary power generators on the lunar surface.

  4. A study on laser weldability improvement of newly developed Haynes 282 superalloy

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    Osoba, Lawrence Opeyemi

    Haynes alloy 282 is a new gamma prime (gamma') precipitation strengthened nickel-base superalloy developed for high temperature applications in land-based and aero turbine engines. Joining is a crucial process both during the manufacturing of new components and repair of service-damaged turbine parts. Unfortunately, the new superalloy cracks during laser beam welding (LBW), which is an attractive technique for joining superalloys components due to its low heat input characteristic that preclude the geometrical distortion of welded components. This research is therefore initiated with the goal of studying and developing an effective approach for preventing or minimizing cracking during LBW of the new superalloy Haynes 282. Careful and detailed electron microscopy and spectroscopy study reveal, for the first time, the formation of sub-micron grain boundary M5B3 particles, in the material. Microstructural study of welded specimens coupled with Gleeble thermo-mechanical physical simulations shows that the primary cause of weld heat affected zone (HAZ) cracking in the alloy is the sub-solidus liquation reaction of intergranular M5B3 borides in the material. Further weldability study showed that the HAZ liquation cracking problem worsens with reduction in welding heat input, which is normally necessary to produce the desired weld geometry with minimum distortion. In order to minimize the HAZ cracking during low heat input laser welding, microstructural modification of the alloy by heat treatment at 1080--1100°C has been developed. The pre-weld heat treatment minimizes cracking in the alloy by reducing the volume fraction of the newly identified M5B3 borides, while also minimizing non-equilibrium grain boundary segregation of boron liberated during dissociation of the boride particles. Further improvement in resistance to cracking was produced by subjecting the material to thermo-mechanically induced grain refinement coupled with a pre-weld heat treatment at 1080

  5. Superalloy Lattice Block Developed for Use in Lightweight, High-Temperature Structures

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    Hebsur, Mohan G.; Whittenberger, J. Daniel; Krause, David L.

    2003-01-01

    Successful development of advanced gas turbine engines for aircraft will require lightweight, high-temperature components. Currently titanium-aluminum- (TiAl) based alloys are envisioned for such applications because of their lower density (4 g/cm3) in comparison to superalloys (8.5 g/cm3), which have been utilized for hot turbine engine parts for over 50 years. However, a recently developed concept (lattice block) by JAMCORP, Inc., of Willmington, Massachusetts, would allow lightweight, high-temperature structures to be directly fabricated from superalloys and, thus, take advantage of their well-known, characterized properties. In its simplest state, lattice block is composed of thin ligaments arranged in a three dimensional triangulated trusslike configuration that forms a structurally rigid panel. Because lattice block can be fabricated by casting, correctly sized hardware is produced with little or no machining; thus very low cost manufacturing is possible. Together, the NASA Glenn Research Center and JAMCORP have extended their lattice block methodology for lower melting materials, such as Al alloys, to demonstrate that investment casting of superalloy lattice block is possible. This effort required advances in lattice block pattern design and assembly, higher temperature mold materials and mold fabrication technology, and foundry practice suitable for superalloys (ref. 1). Lattice block panels have been cast from two different Ni-base superalloys: IN 718, which is the most commonly utilized superalloy and retains its strength up to 650 C; and MAR M247, which possesses excellent mechanical properties to at least 1100 C. In addition to the open-cell lattice block geometry, same-sized lattice block panels containing a thin (1-mm-thick) solid face on one side have also been cast from both superalloys. The elevated-temperature mechanical properties of the open cell and face-sheeted superalloy lattice block panels are currently being examined, and the

  6. Method for improve x-ray diffraction determinations of residual stress in nickel-base alloys

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    Berman, Robert M.; Cohen, Isadore

    1990-01-01

    A process for improving the technique of measuring residual stress by x-ray diffraction in pieces of nickel-base alloys which comprises covering part of a predetermined area of the surface of a nickel-base alloy with a dispersion, exposing the covered and uncovered portions of the surface of the alloy to x-rays by way of an x-ray diffractometry apparatus, making x-ray diffraction determinations of the exposed surface, and measuring the residual stress in the alloy based on these determinations. The dispersion is opaque to x-rays and serves a dual purpose since it masks off unsatisfactory signals such that only a small portion of the surface is measured, and it supplies an internal standard by providing diffractogram peaks comparable to the peaks of the nickel alloy so that the alloy peaks can be very accurately located regardless of any sources of error external to the sample.

  7. Method for improving x-ray diffraction determinations of residual stress in nickel-base alloys

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    Berman, R.M.; Cohen, I.

    1988-04-26

    A process for improving the technique of measuring residual stress by x-ray diffraction in pieces of nickel-base alloys is discussed. Part of a predetermined area of the surface of a nickel-base alloy is covered with a dispersion. This exposes the covered and uncovered portions of the surface of the alloy to x-rays by way of an x-ray diffractometry apparatus, making x-ray diffraction determinations of the exposed surface, and measuring the residual stress in the alloy based on these determinations. The dispersion is opaque to x-rays and serves a dual purpose, since it masks off unsatisfactory signals such that only a small portion of the surface is measured, and it supplies an internal standard by providing diffractogram peaks comparable to the peaks of the nickel alloy so that the alloy peaks can be very accurately located regardless of any sources of error external to the sample. 2 figs.

  8. Materials review for improved automotive gas turbine engine. [superalloys, refractory alloys, and ceramics

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    Belleau, C.; Ehlers, W. L.; Hagen, F. A.

    1978-01-01

    The potential role of superalloys, refractory alloys, and ceramics in the hottest sections of engines operating with turbine inlet temperatures as high as 1370 C is examined. The convential superalloys, directionally solidified eutectics, oxide dispersion strenghened alloys, and tungsten fiber reinforced superalloys are reviewed and compared on the basis of maximum turbine blade temperature capability. Improved high temperature protective coatings and special fabrication techniques for these advanced alloys are discussed. Chromium, columbium, molybdenum, tantalum, and tungsten alloys are also reviewed. Molbdenum alloys are found to be the most suitable for mass produced turbine wheels. Various forms and fabrication processes for silicon nitride, silicon carbide, and SIALON's are investigated for use in highstress and medium stress high temperature environments.

  9. Tensile Properties and Deformation Characteristics of a Ni-Fe-Base Superalloy for Steam Boiler Applications

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    Zhong, Zhihong; Gu, Yuefeng; Yuan, Yong; Shi, Zhan

    2014-01-01

    Ni-Fe-base superalloys due to their good manufacturability and low cost are the proper candidates for boiler materials in advanced power plants. The major concerns with Ni-Fe-base superalloys are the insufficient mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. In this paper, tensile properties, deformation, and fracture characteristics of a Ni-Fe-base superalloy primarily strengthened by γ' precipitates have been investigated from room temperature to 1073 K (800 °C). The results showed a gradual decrease in the strength up to about 973 K (700 °C) followed by a rapid drop above this temperature and a ductility minimum at around 973 K (700 °C). The fracture surfaces were studied using scanning electron microscopy and the deformation mechanisms were determined by the observation of deformed microstructures using transmission electron microscopy. An attempt has been made to correlate the tensile properties and fracture characteristics at different temperatures with the observed deformation mechanisms.

  10. Additive Manufacturing of Single-Crystal Superalloy CMSX-4 Through Scanning Laser Epitaxy: Computational Modeling, Experimental Process Development, and Process Parameter Optimization

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    Basak, Amrita; Acharya, Ranadip; Das, Suman

    2016-06-01

    This paper focuses on additive manufacturing (AM) of single-crystal (SX) nickel-based superalloy CMSX-4 through scanning laser epitaxy (SLE). SLE, a powder bed fusion-based AM process was explored for the purpose of producing crack-free, dense deposits of CMSX-4 on top of similar chemistry investment-cast substrates. Optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) investigations revealed the presence of dendritic microstructures that consisted of fine γ' precipitates within the γ matrix in the deposit region. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-based process modeling, statistical design of experiments (DoE), and microstructural characterization techniques were combined to produce metallurgically bonded single-crystal deposits of more than 500 μm height in a single pass along the entire length of the substrate. A customized quantitative metallography based image analysis technique was employed for automatic extraction of various deposit quality metrics from the digital cross-sectional micrographs. The processing parameters were varied, and optimal processing windows were identified to obtain good quality deposits. The results reported here represent one of the few successes obtained in producing single-crystal epitaxial deposits through a powder bed fusion-based metal AM process and thus demonstrate the potential of SLE to repair and manufacture single-crystal hot section components of gas turbine systems from nickel-based superalloy powders.

  11. Additive Manufacturing of Single-Crystal Superalloy CMSX-4 Through Scanning Laser Epitaxy: Computational Modeling, Experimental Process Development, and Process Parameter Optimization

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    Basak, Amrita; Acharya, Ranadip; Das, Suman

    2016-08-01

    This paper focuses on additive manufacturing (AM) of single-crystal (SX) nickel-based superalloy CMSX-4 through scanning laser epitaxy (SLE). SLE, a powder bed fusion-based AM process was explored for the purpose of producing crack-free, dense deposits of CMSX-4 on top of similar chemistry investment-cast substrates. Optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) investigations revealed the presence of dendritic microstructures that consisted of fine γ' precipitates within the γ matrix in the deposit region. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-based process modeling, statistical design of experiments (DoE), and microstructural characterization techniques were combined to produce metallurgically bonded single-crystal deposits of more than 500 μm height in a single pass along the entire length of the substrate. A customized quantitative metallography based image analysis technique was employed for automatic extraction of various deposit quality metrics from the digital cross-sectional micrographs. The processing parameters were varied, and optimal processing windows were identified to obtain good quality deposits. The results reported here represent one of the few successes obtained in producing single-crystal epitaxial deposits through a powder bed fusion-based metal AM process and thus demonstrate the potential of SLE to repair and manufacture single-crystal hot section components of gas turbine systems from nickel-based superalloy powders.

  12. Method of Making a Nickel Fiber Electrode for a Nickel Based Battery System

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    Britton, Doris L. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    The general purpose of the invention is to develop a high specific energy nickel electrode for a nickel based battery system. The invention discloses a method of producing a lightweight nickel electrode which can be cycled to deep depths of discharge (i.e., 40% or greater of electrode capacity). These deep depths of discharge can be accomplished by depositing the required amount of nickel hydroxide active material into a lightweight nickel fiber substrate.

  13. Mechanistic study of nickel based catalysts for oxygen evolution and methanol oxidation in alkaline medium

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    Chen, Dayi; Minteer, Shelley D.

    2015-06-01

    Nickel based catalysts have been studied as catalysts for either organic compound (especially methanol) oxidation or oxygen evolution reactions in alkaline medium for decades, but methanol oxidation and oxygen evolution reactions occur at a similar potential range and pH with nickel based catalysts. In contrast to previous studies, we studied these two reactions simultaneously under various pH and methanol concentrations with electrodes containing a series of NiOOH surface concentrations. We found that nickel based catalysts are more suitable to be used as oxygen evolution catalysts than methanol oxidation catalysts based on the observation that: The rate-determining step of methanol oxidation involves NiOOH, OH- and methanol while high methanol to OH- ratio could poison the NiOOH sites. Since NiOOH is involved in the rate-determining step, methanol oxidation suffers from high overpotential and oxygen evolution is favored over methanol oxidation in the presence of an equivalent amount (0.1 M) of alkali and methanol.

  14. Microstructural aspects of fatigue in Ni-base superalloys.

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    Antolovich, Stephen D

    2015-03-28

    Nickel-base superalloys are primarily used as components in jet engines and land-based turbines. While compositionally complex, they are microstructurally simple, consisting of small (50-1000 nm diameter), ordered, coherent Ni(3)(Al,Ti)-type L1(2) or Ni(3)Nb-type DO(22) precipitates (called γ(') and γ(''), respectively) embedded in an FCC substitutional solid solution consisting primarily of Ni and other elements which confer desired properties depending upon the application. The grain size may vary from as small as 2 μm for powder metallurgy alloys used in discs to single crystals the actual size of the component for turbine blades. The fatigue behaviour depends upon the microstructure, deformation mode, environment and cycle time. In many cases, it can be controlled or modified through small changes in composition which may dramatically change the mechanism of damage accumulation and the fatigue life. In this paper, the fundamental microstructural, compositional, environmental and deformation mode factors which affect fatigue behaviour are critically reviewed. Connections are made across a range of studies to provide more insight. Modern approaches are pointed out in which the wealth of available microstructural, deformation and damage information is used for computerized life prediction. The paper ends with a discussion of the very important and highly practical subject of thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF). It is shown that physics-based modelling leads to significantly improved life prediction. Suggestions are made for moving forward on the critical subject of TMF life prediction in notched components. PMID:25713453

  15. Factors Affecting Fiber Design and Selection for Advanced Ceramic Composites

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    DiCarlo, James A.

    1998-01-01

    Structural Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) have the potential for application in the hot sections of a variety of advanced propulsion and power systems. It is therefore necessary to have a general understanding of the key properties of CMC and Reinforcing Fibers. This need is complicated by the wide variety of application conditions and structural requirements for which CMC's will be used, and the proprietary concerns of the design engineers. CMC's, to be successful, must display properties which are competitive with the currently used high temperature structural materials: (i.e., Iron and Nickel based superalloys, tough monolithic ceramics, and carbon/carbon composites.) Structural CMC offers several areas of competition: (1) performance, (i.e., strength and strength retention, creep resistance, and thermal conductivity), (2) reliability (i.e., environmental durability, and damage tolerance) and (3) processing (i.e., capability for varying sizes and shapes, and cost effective fabrication). The presentation further discusses, and illustrates with fiber and CMC data the key fiber properties and processes which strongly affect each CMC area of competition. The presentation further discusses the current knowledge of the important factors which control the key fiber properties. A design guidelines for the optimum fiber characteristics is developed, and the currently available fibers are compared against those guidelines.

  16. Wrought cobalt-base superalloys

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    Klarstrom, D.L. )

    1993-08-01

    Wrought cobalt-base superalloys are used extensively in gas turbine engines because of their excellent high-temperature creep and fatigue strength and resistance to hot corrosion attach. In addition, the unique character of the oxide scales that form on some of the alloys provides outstanding resistance to high-temperature sliding wear. This article provides a review of the evolutionary development of wrought cobalt-base alloys in terms of alloy design and physical metallurgy. The topics include solid-solution strengthening, carbide precipitation characteristics, and attempts to introduce age hardening. The use of PHACOMP to enhance thermal stability characteristics and the incorporation of rare-earth elements to improve oxidation resistance is also reviewed and discussed. The further development of cobalt-base superalloys has been severely hampered by past political events, which have accentuated the strategic vulnerability of cobalt as a base or as an alloying element. Consequently, alternative alloys have been developed that use little or no cobalt. One such alternative, Haynes 230 alloy, is discussed briefly.

  17. Superalloy resources: Supply and availability

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    Stephens, Joseph R.

    1987-01-01

    Over the past several decades there have been shortages of strategic materials because of our near total import dependence on such metals as chromium, cobalt, and tantalum. In response to the continued vulnerability of U.S. superalloy producers to disruptions in resource supplies, NASA has undertaken a program to address alternatives to the super-alloys containing significant quantities of the strategic materials such as chromium, cobalt, niobium, and tantalum. The research program called Conservation of Strategic Aerospace Materials (COSAM) focuses on substitution, processing, and alternate materials to achieve its goals. In addition to NASA Lewis Research Center, universities and industry play an important role in the COSAM Program. This paper defines what is meant by strategic materials in the aerospace community, presents a strategic materials index, and reviews the resource supply and availability picture from the U.S. point of view. In addition, research results from the COSAM Program are highlighted and future directions for the use of low strategic material alloys or alternate materials are discussed.

  18. Effect of rolling on the high temperature tensile and stress-rupture properties of tungsten fiber-superalloy composites

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    Petrasek, D. W.

    1974-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to determine the effects of mechanical working on the 1093 C tensile and stress-rupture strength of tungsten alloy/superalloy composites. Hot pressed composites containing either conventional tungsten lamp filament wire or tungsten-1% ThO2 wire and a nickel base alloy matrix were hot rolled at 1093 C. The hot pressed and rolled composite specimens were then tested in tension and stress-rupture at 1093 C. Rolling decreased the degree of fiber-matrix reaction as a function of time of exposure at 1093 C. The stress-rupture properties of the rolled composites were superior to hot pressed composites containing equivalent diameter fibers. Rolling did not appreciably affect the 1093 C ultimate tensile strength of the composites.

  19. Effect of rolling on the high temperature tensile and stress-rupture properties of tungsten fiber-superalloy composites

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    Petrasek, D. W.

    1974-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to determine the effects of mechanical working on the 1093 C (2000 F) tensile and stress-rupture strength of tungsten alloy/superalloy composites. Hot pressed composites containing either conventional tungsten lamp filament wire or tungsten-1% ThO2 wire and a nickel base alloy matrix were hot rolled at 1093 C (2000 F). The hot pressed and rolled composite specimens were then tested in tension and stress-rupture at 1093 C (2000 F). Rolling decreased the degree of fiber-matrix reaction as a function of time of exposure at 1093 C (2000 F). The stress-rupture properties of the rolled composites were superior to hot pressed composites containing equivalent diameter fibers. Rolling did not appreciably affect the 1093 C (2000 F) ultimate tensile strength of the composites.

  20. Cyclic-loading-induced accumulation of geometrically necessary dislocations near grain boundaries in a an ni-based superalloy.

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    Huang, E. W.; Barabash, R. I.; Ice, G. I.; Liu, W.; Liu, Y. L.; Kai, J. J.; Liaw, P. K.; Univ.of Tennessee; ORNL; Tsing-Hua Univ.

    2009-01-01

    In this study, the fatigue-induced microstructure produced in a nickel-based polycrystalline superalloy that was subjected to cyclic loading was characterized by polychromatic x-ray microdiffraction (PXM) together with in-situ neutron diffraction and transmission-electron microscopy (TEM). In-situ neutron-diffraction measurements reveal two distinct stages of the fatigue damage: cyclic hardening followed by cyclic softening. Three-dimensional spatially resolved PXM micro-Laue measurements find an increase in the density of geometrically necessary dislocations near the grain boundaries, which is accompanied by lattice rotations and grain subdivisions. The PXM results are in agreement with the in-situ neutron-diffraction and TEM results.

  1. Testing superalloys at 2000 (1367) and 2200 F (1478 K) in a Mach 4.6 airstream

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    Land, D. W.; Williams, R. R.; Rinehart, W. A.

    1972-01-01

    Seven superalloy models were tested in a plasma arc tunnel facility. The test models were 3 in. (7.62cm) square flat surfaces (nominally 0.01 to 0.02 in. (0.0254 to 0.0508 cm) thick) held in a water-cooled wedge holder at a 60 deg (1.05 rad) angle of attack. The models were cycled 25 times (two were cycled 50 times) for 10 min each cycle in a Mach 4.6 test stream with the model leading edge temperature maintained at 2200 F (1478 K) (one at 2000 F (1367 K)). Backface temperatures were measured with four platinum-platinum 10% rhodium thermocouples and the front surface temperatures with an optical pyrometer. Four different nickel base alloy materials and one cobalt material were evaluated.

  2. Discrete statistical model of fatigue crack growth in a Ni-base superalloy, capable of life prediction

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    Boyd-Lee, Ashley; King, Julia

    1992-07-01

    A discrete statistical model of fatigue crack growth in a nickel base superalloy Waspaloy, which is quantitative from the start of the short crack regime to failure, is presented. Instantaneous crack growth rate distributions and persistence of arrest distributions are used to compute fatigue lives and worst case scenarios without extrapolation. The basis of the model is non-material specific, it provides an improved method of analyzing crack growth rate data. For Waspaloy, the model shows the importance of good bulk fatigue crack growth resistance to resist early short fatigue crack growth and the importance of maximizing crack arrest both by the presence of a proportion of small grains and by maximizing grain boundary corrugation.

  3. TEM, HRTEM, electron holography and electron tomography studies of gamma' and gamma'' nanoparticles in Inconel 718 superalloy.

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    Dubiel, B; Kruk, A; Stepniowska, E; Cempura, G; Geiger, D; Formanek, P; Hernandez, J; Midgley, P; Czyrska-Filemonowicz, A

    2009-11-01

    The aim of the study was the identification of gamma' and gamma'' strengthening precipitates in a commercial nickel-base superalloy Inconel 718 (Ni-19Fe-18Cr-5Nb-3Mo-1Ti-0.5Al-0.04C, wt %) using TEM dark-field, HRTEM, electron holography and electron tomography imaging. To identify gamma' and gamma'' nanoparticles unambiguously, a systematic analysis of experimental and theoretical diffraction patterns were performed. Using HRTEM method it was possible to analyse small areas of precipitates appearance. Electron holography and electron tomography techniques show new possibilities of visualization of gamma' and gamma'' nanoparticles. The analysis by means of different complementary TEM methods showed that gamma'' particles exhibit a shape of thin plates, while gamma' phase precipitates are almost spherical. PMID:19903242

  4. Effect of Process Variables on the Inertia Friction Welding of Superalloys LSHR and Mar-M247

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    Mahaffey, D. W.; Senkov, O. N.; Shivpuri, R.; Semiatin, S. L.

    2016-06-01

    The effect of inertia friction welding process parameters on microstructure evolution, weld plane quality, and the tensile behavior of welds between dissimilar nickel-base superalloys was established. For this purpose, the fine-grain, powder metallurgy alloy LSHR was joined to coarse-grain cast Mar-M247 using a fixed level of initial kinetic energy, but different combinations of the flywheel moment of inertia and initial rotation speed. It was found that welds made with the largest moment of inertia resulted in a sound bond with the best microstructure and room-temperature tensile strength equal to or greater than that of the parent materials. A relationship between the moment of inertia and weld process efficiency was established. The post-weld tensile behavior was interpreted in the context of observed microstructure gradients and weld-line defects.

  5. Effect of Process Variables on the Inertia Friction Welding of Superalloys LSHR and Mar-M247

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    Mahaffey, D. W.; Senkov, O. N.; Shivpuri, R.; Semiatin, S. L.

    2016-08-01

    The effect of inertia friction welding process parameters on microstructure evolution, weld plane quality, and the tensile behavior of welds between dissimilar nickel-base superalloys was established. For this purpose, the fine-grain, powder metallurgy alloy LSHR was joined to coarse-grain cast Mar-M247 using a fixed level of initial kinetic energy, but different combinations of the flywheel moment of inertia and initial rotation speed. It was found that welds made with the largest moment of inertia resulted in a sound bond with the best microstructure and room-temperature tensile strength equal to or greater than that of the parent materials. A relationship between the moment of inertia and weld process efficiency was established. The post-weld tensile behavior was interpreted in the context of observed microstructure gradients and weld-line defects.

  6. Low expansion superalloy with improved toughness

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    Smith, Darrell F.; Stein, Larry I.; Hwang, Il S.

    1995-01-01

    A high strength, low coefficient of thermal expansion superalloy exhibiting improved toughness over a broad temperature range down to about 4.degree. K. The composition is adapted for use with wrought superconducting sheathing.

  7. Low expansion superalloy with improved toughness

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    Smith, D.F.; Stein, L.I.; Hwang, I.S.

    1995-06-20

    A high strength, low coefficient of thermal expansion superalloy exhibiting improved toughness over a broad temperature range down to about 4 K is disclosed. The composition is adapted for use with wrought superconducting sheathing.

  8. Fiber reinforced superalloys for rocket engines

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    Petrasek, Donald W.; Stephens, Joseph R.

    1989-01-01

    High pressure turbopumps for advanced reusable liquid propellant rocket engines such as that for the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) require turbine blade materials that operate under extreme conditions of temperature, hydrogen environment, high-cycle fatigue loading, thermal fatigue and thermal shock. Such requirements tax the capabilities of current blade materials. Based on projections of properties for tungsten fiber reinforced superalloy (FRS) composites, it was concluded that FRS turbine blades offer the potential of a several fold increase in life and over a 200 C increase in temperature capability over the current SSME blade material. FRS composites were evaluated with respect to mechanical property requirements for SSME blade applications. Compared to the current blade material, the thermal shock resistance of FRS materials is excellent, two to nine times better, and their thermal fatigue resistance is equal to or higher than the current blade material. FRS materials had excellent low and high-cycle fatigue strengths, and thermal shock-induced surface microcracks had no influence on their fatigue strength. The material also exhibited negligible embrittlement when exposed to a hydrogen environment.

  9. Fiber reinforced superalloys for rocket engines

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    Petrasek, Donald W.; Stephens, Joseph R.

    1988-01-01

    High-pressure turbopumps for advanced reusable liquid-propellant rocket engines such as that for the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) require turbine blade materials that operate under extreme conditions of temperature, hydrogen environment, high-cycle fatigue loading, thermal fatigue and thermal shock. Such requirements tax the capabilities of current blade materials. Based on projections of properties for tungsten fiber reinforced superalloy (FRS) composites, it was concluded that FRS turbine blades offer the potential of a several-fold increase in life and over a 200C increase in temperature capability over current SSME blade material. FRS composites were evaluated with respect to mechanical property requirements for SSME blade applications. Compared to the current blade material, the thermal shock resistance of FRS materials is excellent, two to nine times better, and their thermal fatigue resistance is equal to or higher than the current blade material. FRS materials had excellent low and high-cycle fatigue strengths, and thermal shock-induced surface microcracks had no influence on their fatigue strength. The material also exhibited negligible embrittlement when exposed to a hydrogen environment.

  10. Encapsulation of sulfur with thin-layered nickel-based hydroxides for long-cyclic lithium–sulfur cells

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    Jiang, Jian; Zhu, Jianhui; Ai, Wei; Wang, Xiuli; Wang, Yanlong; Zou, Chenji; Huang, Wei; Yu, Ting

    2015-01-01

    Elemental sulfur cathodes for lithium/sulfur cells are still in the stage of intensive research due to their unsatisfactory capacity retention and cyclability. The undesired capacity degradation upon cycling originates from gradual diffusion of lithium polysulfides out of the cathode region. To prevent losses of certain intermediate soluble species and extend lifespan of cells, the effective encapsulation of sulfur plays a critical role. Here we report an applicable way, by using thin-layered nickel-based hydroxide as a feasible and effective encapsulation material. In addition to being a durable physical barrier, such hydroxide thin films can irreversibly react with lithium to generate protective layers that combine good ionic permeability and abundant functional polar/hydrophilic groups, leading to drastic improvements in cell behaviours (almost 100% coulombic efficiency and negligible capacity decay within total 500 cycles). Our present encapsulation strategy and understanding of hydroxide working mechanisms may advance progress on the development of lithium/sulfur cells for practical use. PMID:26470847

  11. Electrodeposition on Superalloy Substrates: a Review

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    Allahyarzadeh, M. H.; Aliofkhazraei, M.; Rouhaghdam, A. Sabour

    2016-02-01

    The present paper reviews various types of coatings, including platinum, platinum alloys, palladium, ruthenium, iridium, nickel, nickel alloys and composite coatings, on superalloy substrates using electrodeposition method. Attempts were carried out to represent an overall view of plating conditions and electrolyte and highlight the importance of the layer regarding to the performance of high-temperature coatings applied on superalloys, which is extensively used on gas-turbine components.

  12. Advanced Stirling Duplex Materials Assessment for Potential Venus Mission Heater Head Application

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    Ritzert, Frank; Nathal, Michael V.; Salem, Jonathan; Jacobson, Nathan; Nesbitt, James

    2011-01-01

    This report will address materials selection for components in a proposed Venus lander system. The lander would use active refrigeration to allow Space Science instrumentation to survive the extreme environment that exists on the surface of Venus. The refrigeration system would be powered by a Stirling engine-based system and is termed the Advanced Stirling Duplex (ASD) concept. Stirling engine power conversion in its simplest definition converts heat from radioactive decay into electricity. Detailed design decisions will require iterations between component geometries, materials selection, system output, and tolerable risk. This study reviews potential component requirements against known materials performance. A lower risk, evolutionary advance in heater head materials could be offered by nickel-base superalloy single crystals, with expected capability of approximately 1100C. However, the high temperature requirements of the Venus mission may force the selection of ceramics or refractory metals, which are more developmental in nature and may not have a well-developed database or a mature supporting technology base such as fabrication and joining methods.

  13. Oxidation resistant claddings for superalloys.

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    Gedwill, M. A.; Grisaffe, S. J.

    1971-01-01

    The oxidation protection afforded IN-100 and WI-52 superalloys by thin claddings of NiCrAlSi and FeCrAlY alloys was examined primarily at 1090 C. Comparisons were made with commercial aluminide coatings using cyclic furnace and high velocity burner rig tests. In furnace tests, NiCrAlSi on IN-100 and FeCrAlY on WI-52 performed as well or better than two aluminide coatings. Burner rig performance of the FeCrAlY cladding was better than that of the NiCrAlSi cladding on IN-100 and the aluminide coating on WI-52, but less than the aluminide coating on IN-100. An aluminized NiCrAlSi cladding performed better than any coating or cladding.

  14. Oxidation resistant claddings for superalloys.

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    Gedwill, M. A.; Grisaffe, S. J.

    1972-01-01

    The oxidation protection afforded IN-100 and WI-52 superalloys by thin claddings of NiCrAlSi and FeCrAlY alloys was examined primarily at 1090 C. Comparisons were made with commercial aluminide coatings, using cyclic furnace and high-velocity burner rig tests. In furnace tests, NiCrAlSi on IN-100 and FeCrAlY on WI-52 performed as well as or better than two aluminide coatings. Burner rig performance of the FeCrAlY cladding was better than that of the NiCrAlSi cladding on IN-100 and the aluminide coating on WI-52, but less than the aluminide coating on IN-100. An aluminized NiCrAlSi cladding performed better than any coating or cladding.

  15. Superalloy Disk With Dual-Grain Structure Spin Tested

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    Gayda, John; Kantzos, Pete T.

    2003-01-01

    Advanced nickel-base disk alloys for future gas turbine engines will require greater temperature capability than current alloys, but they must also continue to deliver safe, reliable operation. An advanced, nickel-base disk alloy, designated Alloy 10, was selected for evaluation in NASA s Ultra Safe Propulsion Project. Early studies on small test specimens showed that heat treatments that produced a fine grain microstructure promoted high strength and long fatigue life in the bore of a disk, whereas heat treatments that produced a coarse grain microstructure promoted optimal creep and crack growth resistance in the rim of a disk. On the basis of these results, the optimal combination of performance and safety might be achieved by utilizing a heat-treatment technology that could produce a fine grain bore and coarse grain rim in a nickel-base disk. Alloy 10 disks that were given a dual microstructure heat treatment (DMHT) were obtained from NASA s Ultra-Efficient Engine Technology (UEET) Program for preliminary evaluation. Data on small test specimens machined from a DMHT disk were encouraging. However, the benefit of the dual grain structure on the performance and reliability of the entire disk still needed to be demonstrated. For this reason, a high temperature spin test of a DMHT disk was run at 20 000 rpm and 1500 F at the Balancing Company of Dayton, Ohio, under the direction of NASA Glenn Research Center personnel. The results of that test showed that the DMHT disk exhibited significantly lower crack growth than a disk with a fine grain microstructure. In addition, the results of these tests could be accurately predicted using a two-dimensional, axisymmetric finite element analysis of the DMHT disk. Although the first spin test demonstrated a significant performance advantage associated with the DMHT technology, a second spin test on the DMHT disk was run to determine burst margin. The disk burst in the web at a very high speed, over 39 000 rpm, in line with

  16. Ion irradiation induced disappearance of dislocations in a nickel-based alloy

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    Chen, H. C.; Li, D. H.; Lui, R. D.; Huang, H. F.; Li, J. J.; Lei, G. H.; Huang, Q.; Bao, L. M.; Yan, L.; Zhou, X. T.; Zhu, Z. Y.

    2016-06-01

    Under Xe ion irradiation, the microstructural evolution of a nickel based alloy, Hastelloy N (US N10003), was studied. The intrinsic dislocations are decorated with irradiation induced interstitial loops and/or clusters. Moreover, the intrinsic dislocations density reduces as the irradiation damage increases. The disappearance of the intrinsic dislocations is ascribed to the dislocations climb to the free surface by the absorption of interstitials under the ion irradiation. Moreover, the in situ annealing experiment reveals that the small interstitial loops and/or clusters induced by the ion irradiation are stable below 600 °C.

  17. Thermal and mechanical treatments for nickel and some nickel-base alloys: Effects on mechanical properties

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    Hall, A. M.; Beuhring, V. F.

    1972-01-01

    This report deals with heat treating and working nickel and nickel-base alloys, and with the effects of these operations on the mechanical properties of the materials. The subjects covered are annealing, solution treating, stress relieving, stress equalizing, age hardening, hot working, cold working, combinations of working and heat treating (often referred to as thermomechanical treating), and properties of the materials at various temperatures. The equipment and procedures used in working the materials are discussed, along with the common problems that may be encountered and the precautions and corrective measures that are available.

  18. Thermogravimetric study of reduction of oxides present in oxidized nickel-base alloy powders

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    Herbell, T. P.

    1976-01-01

    Carbon, hydrogen, and hydrogen plus carbon reduction of three oxidized nickel-base alloy powders (a solid solution strengthened alloy both with and without the gamma prime formers aluminum and titanium and the solid solution strengthened alloy NiCrAlY) were evaluated by thermogravimetry. Hydrogen and hydrogen plus carbon were completely effective in reducing an alloy containing chromium, columbium, tantalum, molybdenum, and tungsten. However, with aluminum and titanium present the reduction was limited to a weight loss of about 81 percent. Carbon alone was not effective in reducing any of the alloys, and none of the reducing conditions were effective for use with NiCrAlY.

  19. Strength enhancement process for prealloyed powder superalloys

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    Waters, W. J.; Freche, J. C.

    1977-01-01

    A technique involving superplastic processing and high pressure autoclaving was applied to a nickel base prealloyed powder alloy. Tensile strengths as high as 2865 MN/sq m at 480 C were obtained with as-superplastically deformed material. Appropriate treatments yielding materials with high temperature tensile and stress rupture strengths were also devised.

  20. Development of a Power Metallurgy Superalloy for Use at 1800-2000 F (980-1090 C)

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    Kortovich, C. S.

    1973-01-01

    A program was conducted to develop a powder metallurgy nickel-base superalloy for 1800-2000 F (980-1090 C) temperature applications. The feasibility of a unique concept for alloying carbon into a superalloy powder matrix and achieving both grain growth and a discrete particle grain boundary carbide precipitation was demonstrated. The process consisted of blending metastable carbides with a carbon free base alloy and consolidating this blend by hot extrusion. This was followed by heat treatment to grow a desired ASTM No. 2-3 grain size and to solution the metastable carbides to allow precipitation of discrete particle grain boundary carbides during subsequent aging heat treatments. The best alloy developed during this program was hydrogen-atomized, thermal-mechanically processed, modified MAR-M246 base alloy plus VC (0.28 w/o C). Although below those for cast MAR-M246, the mechanical properties exhibited by this alloy represent the best combination offered by conventional powder metallurgy processing to date.

  1. Air plasma-material interactions at the oxidized surface of the PM1000 nickel-chromium superalloy

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    Panerai, Francesco; Marschall, Jochen; Thömel, Jan; Vandendael, Isabelle; Hubin, Annick; Chazot, Olivier

    2014-10-01

    Nickel-based superalloys are promising options for the thermal protection systems of hypersonic re-entry vehicles operating under moderate aerothermal heating conditions. We present an experimental study on the interactions between PM1000, an oxide dispersion strengthened nickel-chromium superalloy, and air plasma at surface temperatures between 1000 and 1600 K and pressures of 1500, 7500 and 10,000 Pa. Pre-oxidized PM1000 specimens are tested in high-enthalpy reactive air plasma flows generated by the Plasmatron wind tunnel at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics. Microscopic analysis of plasma-exposed specimens shows enhanced damage to the chromia scale at the lowest plasma pressure. Elemental surface analysis reveals the loss of Cr and the enhancement of Ni at the scale surface. A thermodynamic analysis supports the accelerated volatilization of Cr2O3 and the relative stability of NiO in the presence of atomic oxygen. Changes in the reflectance and emissivity of the oxidized surfaces due to plasma-exposure are presented. The catalytic efficiencies for dissociated air species recombination are determined as a function of surface temperature and pressure through a numerical rebuilding procedure and are compared with values presented in the literature for the same material.

  2. Laser rapid manufacturing of special pattern Inco 718 nickel-based alloy component

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    Zhong, Minlin; Yang, Lin; Liu, Wenjin; Huang, Ting; He, Jingjiang

    2005-01-01

    Laser rapid manufacturing based on laser cladding is a novel layer additive manufacturing technology, which can be well used for producing specific material, geometry and properties components normally unavailable or very costly by conventional methods. This paper presents a project research work on laser rapid manufacturing of special pattern Inco 718 nickel based alloy component with special pattern for aeronautical application. The required pattern Inco 718 nickel based alloy component was manufactured directly by laser deposition with optimized parameters: laser power: 800W, laser beam diameter: 0.8 mm, scanning speed: 0.5 m/min, powder feeding rate: 3g/min; The basic microstructure of laser deposited sample is directionally solidified columnar structure, with metallurgical bound to the substrate. Laser deposited component has good metallurgical and compositional and hardness homogeneity. The average hardness is about Hv0.2 440. The tensile strength of the laser deposited Inco 718 sample is respectively 121 and 116 kgf/mm2 at room temperature and at 650°C, which are a little bit less than the data of forged Inco 718 plate 142 and 127 kgf/mm2 due to its directional solidified columnar structure perpendicular to the tensile test force.

  3. Underwater wet flux-cored arc welding development of stainless steel and nickel-based materials

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    Findlan, S.J.; Frederick, G.J.

    1995-12-31

    The inaccessibility and high radiation fields of components in the lower two thirds of a reactor pressure vessel (RPV) has generated the need for an automated underwater wet welding process to address repair applications. Mechanical methods presently employed for this type of repair application produce crevices, which promote concerns of intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC), crevice corrosion and pitting. To address these concerns, the EPRI Repair and Replacement Applications Center (RRAC) has developed underwater wet flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) technology for the welding of stainless steel and nickel based materials. The benefits of underwater wet welding include: (1) provides a permanent repair; (2) offers crevice-five conditions; (3) reduces future inspection requirements (4) eliminates the potential for ``loose parts`` (5) can be performed in a timely approach. Underwater wet shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) has been successfully used to repair components in radiation areas of the upper section of the RPV, although this process is a manual operation and is impractical for remote applications. The developmental work at the EPRI RRAC is directed towards remote repair applications of nickel-based and stainless steel components, which are inaccessible with normal manual repair techniques, e.g., access hole covers. The flux-cored arc welding process (FCAW) was considered a viable option for underwater development, due to the ease of automation, out of position welding proficiency and self-shielding capabilities.

  4. High-temperature microstructural stability in iron- and nickel-base alloys from rapid solidification processing

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    Flinn, J.E. ); Bae, J.C.; Kelly, T.F. )

    1991-08-01

    The properties and performance of metallic alloys for heat resistant applications depend on the fineness, homogeneity, and stability of their microstructures, particularly after high temperature exposures. Potential advantages of rapid solidification processing (RSP) of alloys for such applications are the homogeneity in composition and fine microstructural features derived from the nature of the RSP process. The main RSP product form is powder, is which obtained by atomizing a narrow melt stream into fine molten droplets. Rapid cooling of the droplets is typically achieved through convective cooling with noble gases such as argon or helium. Consolidation of RSP powder, either using near-net-shape methods or into forms that can be converted to final product shapes, requires exposures to fairly high temperatures, usually 900 to 1200{degrees}C for iron- and nickel-base alloys. Full consolidation, i.e., complete densification with accompanying particle bonding, usually requires pressure or stress assistance. Consolidation, as well as any subsequent thermal-mechanical processing, may affect the chemical homogeneity and fine microstructures. A study has been performed on a series of RSP iron- and nickel-base alloys. The results of microstructure examinations and mechanical properties tests of the consolidated powders, and their correlation, will be covered in this paper. 14 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Influence of cobalt, tantaum and tungsten on the high temperature mechanical properties of single crystal nickel-base superalloys. Ph.D. Thesis - Case Western Reserve Univ.

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    Nathal, M. V.

    1984-01-01

    For alloys with the baseline refractory metal level of 3 percent Ta and 10 percent W, decreases in Co level from 10 to 0 percent resulted in increased tensile strength and creep resistance. Substitution of W for Ta resulted in decreased creep life at high stresses but improved life at low stresses. Substitution of Ni for Ta caused large reductions in tensile strength and creep resistance, and corresponding increases in ductility. For these alloys with low Ta plus W totals, strength was independent of Co level. The increases in tensile strength with increases in refractory metal content were related to the increases in gamma volume fraction and solid solution hardening. Increases in strength as Co level decreased were considered to be the result of coherency strain hardening from the increased lattice mismatch. Dislocation shear through the gamma-gamma interface is considered to be the rate limiting step in the deformation process.

  6. Selective Growth of Low Stored Energy Grains During δ Sub-solvus Annealing in the Inconel 718 Nickel-Based Superalloy

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    Agnoli, Andrea; Bernacki, Marc; Logé, Roland; Franchet, Jean-Michel; Laigo, Johanne; Bozzolo, Nathalie

    2015-09-01

    The microstructure stability during δ sub-solvus annealing in Inconel 718 was investigated, focusing on the conditions that may lead to the development of very large grains (about 100 μm) in a recrystallized fine grained matrix (4 to 5 μm) despite the presence of second-phase particles. Microstructure evolution was analyzed by EBSD (grain size, intragranular misorientation) and SEM ( δ phase particles). Results confirm that, in the absence of stored energy, the grain structure is controlled by the δ phase particles, as predicted by the Smith-Zener equation. If the initial microstructure is strained ( ɛ < 0.1) before annealing, then low stored energy grains grow to a large extent, despite the Zener pinning forces exerted by the second-phase particles on the grain boundaries. Those selectively growing grains could be those of the initial microstructure that were the least deformed, or they could result from a nucleation process. The balance of three forces acting on boundary migration controls the growth process: if the sum of capillarity and stored energy driving forces exceeds the Zener pinning force, then selective grain growth occurs. Such phenomenon could be simulated, using a level set approach in a finite element context, by taking into account the three forces acting on boundary migration and by considering a realistic strain energy distribution (estimated from EBSD measurements).

  7. Low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) nickel-base superalloys for interconnect application in intermediate high temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Alman, David E.; Jablonski, Paul D.

    2004-09-01

    This paper deals with the fabrication, microstructure and oxidation resistance of Ni-base alloys with CTE on the order of 12.5x10{sup}-6{/sup}/°C. Alloys based on the composition Ni-(18-22wt%) Mo-12Cr-1Ti were readily rolled into 1 mm strip. Modifications to this base composition, such as increasing Cr or Ti content adversely affected the ability to form the alloy. The oxidation resistance at 750°C of several of these alloys was superior to a Fe-base alloy containing significantly more (22wt%) Cr.

  8. A Constitutive Model for the Inelastic Multiaxial Cyclic Response of a Nickel Base Superalloy Rene 80. Ph.D. Thesis. Final Report

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    Ramaswamy, V. G.

    1986-01-01

    The objective was to develop unified constitutive equations which can model a variety of nonlinear material phenomena observed in Rene 80 at elevated temperatures. A constitutive model was developed based on back stress and drag stress. The tensorial back stress was used to model directional effects; whereas, the scalar drag stress was used to model isotropic effects and cyclic hardening or softening. A flow equation and evolution equations for the state variables were developed in multiaxial form. Procedures were developed to generate the material parameters. The model predicted very well the monotonic tensile, cyclic, creep, and stress relaxation behavior of Rene 80 at 982 C. The model was then extended to 871, 760, and 538 C. It was shown that strain rate dependent behavior at high temperatures and strain rate independent behavior at the lower temperatures could be predicted very well. A large number of monotonic tensile, creep, stress relation, and cyclic experiments were predicted. The multiaxial capabilities of the model were verified extensively for combined tension/torsion experiments. The prediction of the model agreed very well for proportional, nonproportional, and pure shear cyclic loading conditions at 982 and 871 C.

  9. Modeling large-strain deformation behavior and neighborhood effects during hot working of a coarse-grain nickel-base superalloy

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    Turner, T. J.; Semiatin, S. L.

    2011-09-01

    Isothermal, uniaxial compression tests and accompanying numerical simulations were conducted on Waspaloy-ingot specimens to quantify deformation heterogeneity during hot working of coarse, columnar-grain materials. This was used as a means to approximate deformation processing in ingot materials. Electron-backscatter-diffraction (EBSD) measurements were made before and after compression testing to quantify microstructure evolution. A crystal-plasticity finite-element-method model, in which the starting microstructure was instantiated using EBSD scans of the undeformed material, was used to simulate the deformation. Good agreement was found between observations and simulation predictions of specimen profiles and intra-grain misorientations. The simulation results also revealed that the grain neighborhood appeared to be a principal factor controlling the heterogeneity of deformation at the grain scale. Significant differences in the simulated deformation of a given grain were noted for various arrangements of the orientations of its neighbors. In particular, the first- and second-nearest neighbors of a given grain have the most significant effect on heterogeneous deformation behavior.

  10. Oxidation kinetics of some nickel-based superalloy foils and electronic resistance of the oxide scale formed in air. Part 1

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    England, D.M.; Virkar, A.V.

    1999-09-01

    Haynes 230, Inconel 625, Inconel 718, and Hastelloy X foil specimens were oxidized in air for several thousand hours in the temperature range of 800--1,100 C. The oxidation kinetics of alloys studied obeyed the parabolic rate law. Haynes 230 exhibited the slowest oxidation kinetics of the alloys studied. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) were the principal characterization tools employed. Chromium oxide, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, was the predominant oxide phase in the oxide scale of all alloys studied. Manganese chromate was also detected in the oxide scales of Haynes 230, Hastelloy X, and Inconel 625. EPMA showed that the concentration of Mn in the oxide scale was much higher than in the alloy, indicating selective oxidation of Mn. The electronic resistance of the oxide scale was measured in air at temperatures up to 800 C on samples oxidized in air for up to several thousand hours. The oxide scale on Haynes 230 exhibited the lowest area-specific resistance, consistent with its slower oxidation kinetics.

  11. The effect of tantalum and carbon on the structure/properties of a single crystal nickel-base superalloy. M.S. Thesis. Final Report

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    Nguyen, H. C.

    1984-01-01

    The microstructure, phase chemistry, and creep and hot tensile properties were studied as a function of tantalum and carbon levels in Mar-M247 type single crystal alloys. Microstructural studies showed that several types of carbides (MC, M23C6 and M5C) are present in the normal carbon (0.10 wt % C) alloys after heat treatment. In general, the composition of the MC carbides changes from titanium rich to tantalum rich as the tantalum level in the alloy increases. Small M23C6 carbides are present in all alloys. Tungsten rich M6C carbides are also observed in the alloy containing no tantalum. No carbides are present in the low carbon (0.01 wt % C) alloy series. The morphology of gamma prime is observed to be sensitive to heat treatment and tantalum level in the alloy. Cuboidal gamma prime is present in all the as cast structures. After heat treatment, the gamma prime precipitates tend to have a more spheroidal like morphology, and this tendency increases as the tantalum level decreases. On prolonged aging, the gamma prime reverts back to a cuboidal morphology or under stress at high temperatures, forms a rafted structure. The weight fraction and lattice parameter of the spheroidal gamma prime increases with increasing tantalum content. Changes in the phase chemistry of the gamma prime matrix and gamma prime have also been analyzed using phase extraction techniques. The partitioning ratio decreases for tungsten and aluminum and increases for tantalum as the tantalum content increases for both alloy series; no significant changes occur in the partitioning ratios of the other alloying elements. A reduction in secondary creep rate and an increase in rupture time result from increasing the tantalum content and decreasing the carbon level.

  12. Effects of rare earth yttrium on microstructure and properties of Ni–16Mo–7Cr–4Fe nickel-based superalloy

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    Li, X.L.; He, S.M.; Zhou, X.T.; Zou, Y.; Li, Z.J.; Li, A.G.; Yu, X.H.

    2014-09-15

    Effects of rare earth yttrium on microstructure of Ni–16Mo–7Cr–4Fe alloy were examined by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray fluorescence. M{sub 6}C phase was observed in the alloys with and without yttrium addition, and Ni{sub 17}Y{sub 2} phase existed in the alloys containing 0.05–0.43 wt.% yttrium simultaneously. The amount of Ni{sub 17}Y{sub 2} phase increased as yttrium concentration increased. When the concentration of yttrium increased to 0.43 wt.%, some multi-precipitated phase regions appeared in the form of large amount of coarse Ni{sub 3}Y phase surrounded by M{sub 6}C phase and γ phase in the alloy. Influences of rare earth yttrium on high temperature static oxidation and mechanical properties of Ni–16Mo–7Cr–4Fe alloy were also investigated. The alloy containing 0.05 wt.% yttrium showed the best oxidation resistance and mechanical properties simultaneously. The adequate concentration of yttrium at grain boundary and in the solid-solution (γ phase) and the adhesion enhancement of the outer oxidation scale to the substrate are key factors for the improvements in the mechanical properties and oxidation resistance respectively. - Highlights: • When the content of yttrium reaches to 0.43%, some multiphase regions appear. • When the content of yttrium reaches to 0.43%, some Ni{sub 17}Y{sub 2} chains appear. • The morphology of M{sub 6}C changes with increasing concentration of yttrium. • The Ni–16Mo–7Cr–4Fe alloy with 0.05% yttrium performs the best mechanical property. • The Ni–16Mo–7Cr–4Fe alloy with 0.05% yttrium performs the best oxidation resistance.

  13. Joint Development of a Fourth Generation Single Crystal Superalloy

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    Walston, S.; Cetel, A.; MacKay, R.; OHara, K.; Duhl, D.; Dreshfield, R.

    2004-01-01

    A new, fourth generation, single crystal superalloy has been jointly developed by GE Aircraft Engines, Pratt & Whitney, and NASA. The focus of the effort was to develop a turbine airfoil alloy with long-term durability for use in the High Speed Civil Transport. In order to achieve adequate long-time strength improvements at moderate temperatures and retain good microstructural stability, it was necessary to make significant composition changes from 2nd and 3rd generation single crystal superalloys. These included lower chromium levels, higher cobalt and rhenium levels and the inclusion of a new alloying element, ruthenium. It was found that higher Co levels were beneficial to reducing both TCP precipitation and SRZ formation. Ruthenium caused the refractory elements to partition more strongly to the ' phase, which resulted in better overall alloy stability. The final alloy, EPM 102, had significant creep rupture and fatigue improvements over the baseline production alloys and had acceptable microstructural stability. The alloy is currently being engine tested and evaluated for advanced engine applications.

  14. Effects of Long Term Exposures on PM Disk Superalloys

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    Gabb, T. P.; Sudbrack, C. K.; Draper, S. L.; MacKay, R. A.; Telesman, J.

    2013-01-01

    Turbine disks in some advanced engine applications may be exposed to temperatures above 700 C for extended periods of time, approaching 1,000 h. These exposures could affect the near-surface composition and microstructure through formation of damaged and often embrittled layers. The creation of such damaged layers could significantly affect local mechanical properties. Powder metal disk superalloys LSHR and ME3 were exposed at temperatures of 704, 760, and 815 C for times up to 2,020 h, and the types and depths of environmental attacked were measured. Fatigue tests were performed for selected cases at 704 and 760 C, to determine the impact of these exposures on fatigue life. Fatigue resistance was reduced up to 98% in both superalloys for some exposure conditions. Tensile tests were also performed to help understand fatigue responses, and showed corresponding reductions in ductility. The changes in surface composition and phases, depths of these changed layers, failure responses, and failure initiation modes were compared.

  15. Forging Oxide-Dispersion-Strengthened Superalloys

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    Harf, F. H.; Glasgow, T. K.; Moracz, D. J.; Austin, C. M.

    1986-01-01

    Cladding of mild steel prevents surface cracking when alloy contacts die. Continual need for improvements in properties of alloys capable of withstanding elevated temperatures. Accomplished by using oxide-dispersion-strengthed superalloys such as Inconel Alloy MA 6000. Elevated tensile properties of forged alloy equal those of hot-rolled MA 6000 bar. Stress-rupture properties somewhat lower than those of bar stock but, at 1,100 degrees C, exceed those of strongest commercial single crystal, directionally solidified and conventionally cast superalloys.

  16. Platinum group metals base refractory superalloys

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    Yamabe-Mitarai, Y.; Koizumi, Y.; Murakami, H.; Harada, H.; Maruko, T.

    1997-12-31

    Ir- and Rh-base refractory superalloys wit h an fcc and L1{sub 2} two phase structure similar to Ni-base superalloys, yet with considerably higher melting temperatures have been proposed. Fcc and L1{sub 2} two phases were observed in these alloys by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffractometry. The compression tests of these alloys showed that the strengths of several alloys were about 200 MPa at 1,800 C and these alloys have potential to become ultra-high temperature materials for use in power engineering field.

  17. Application of single crystal superalloys for earth-to-orbit propulsion systems

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    Dreshfield, R. L.; Parr, R. A.

    1987-01-01

    Single crystal superalloys were first identified as potentially useful engineering materials for aircraft gas turbine engines in the mid-1960s. Although they were not introduced into service as turbine blades in commercial aircraft engines until the early 1980's, they have subsequently accumulated tens of millions of flight hours in revenue producing service. The Space Shuttle main engine (SSME) and potential advanced earth-to-orbit propulsion systems impose severe conditions on turbopump turbine blades which for some potential failure modes are more severe than in aircraft gas turbines. Research activities which are directed at evaluating the potential for single crystal superalloys for application as turbopump turbine blades in the SSME and advanced rocket engines are discussed. The mechanical properties of these alloys are summarized and the effects of hydrogen are noted. The use of high gradient directional solidification and hot isostatic pressing to improve fatigue properties is also addressed.

  18. Application of single crystal superalloys for Earth-to-orbit propulsion systems

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    Dreshfield, R. L.; Parr, R. A.

    1987-01-01

    Single crystal superalloys were first identified as potentially useful engineering materials for aircraft gas turbine engines in the mid-1960's. Although they were not introduced into service as turbine blades in commercial aircraft engines until the early 1980's, they have subsequently accumulated tens of millions of flight hours in revenue producing service. The space shuttle main engine (SSME) and potential advanced earth-to-orbit propulsion systems impose severe conditions on turbopump turbine blades which for some potential failure modes are more severe than in aircraft gas turbines. Research activities which are directed at evaluating the potential for single crystal superalloys for application as turbopump turbine blades in the SSME and advanced rocket engines are discussed. The mechanical properties of these alloys are summarized and the effects of hydrogen are noted. The use of high gradient directional solidification and hot isostatic pressing to improve fatigue properties is also addressed.

  19. Comparison of joining processes for Haynes 230 nickel based super alloy

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    Williston, David Hugh

    Haynes 230 is a nickel based, solid-solution strengthened alloy that is used for high-temperature applications in the aero-engine and power generation industries. The alloy composition is balanced to avoid precipitation of undesirable topologically closed-packed (TCP) intermetallic phases, such as Sigma, Mu, or Laves-type, that are detrimental to mechanical and corrosion properties. This material is currently being used for the NASA's J2X upper stage rocket nozzle extension. Current fabrication procedures use fusion welding processes to join blanks that are subsequently formed. Cracks have been noted to occur in the fusion welded region during the forming operations. Use of solid state joining processes, such as friction stir welding are being proposed to eliminate the fusion weld cracks. Of interest is a modified friction stir welding process called thermal stir welding. Three welding process: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Electron Beam Welding (EBW), and Thermal Stir Welding (TSWing) are compared in this study.

  20. Corrosion initiation and propagation of nickel base alloys in severe sea water applications

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    Oldfield, J.W.

    1995-10-01

    Nickel base alloys such as Alloy 625, C22, C276 and 59 are generally considered to have exceptional corrosion resistances in critical sea water applications at ambient temperature. Test results published in recent years however indicate that sever crevice corrosion of some of these alloys may occur under certain conditions. Exposure testes have been carried out in natural and chlorinated sea water on these alloys, together with two high N alloys, Alloy 24 and Alloy 654SMO. Electrochemical studies and simple mathematical mode.lling have also been carried out. These data, together with surface studies, help explain the observed phenomena and assist in the safe selection of alloys for critical sea water applications.