Characterisation of an Advanced Nickel Based Superalloy Post Cold Work by Swaging

Cylindrical bars of the advanced nickel based superalloy RR1000 were subjected to swaging to induce approximately 30% cold work. Grain size analysis demonstrated a distinct modification to the microstructure whilst electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) measurements confirmed the evolution of a relatively strong <111> texture parallel with the longitudinal bar axis. Intragranular strain damage was identified. The effects of the swaging on bulk mechanical properties … Continue reading Characterisation of an Advanced Nickel Based Superalloy Post Cold Work by Swaging

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

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 … Continue reading Microstructural Characterization of a Polycrystalline Nickel-Based Superalloy Processed via Tungsten-Intert-Gas-Shaped Metal Deposition

The use of coupled nonlocal damage-plasticity to predict crack growth in ductile metal plates

A nonlocal coupled damage-plasticity model is presented for predicting crack growth within plates made from a ductile metallic alloy. The damage law is explicitly defined in terms of the accumulated nonlocal plastic strain ensuring efficient numerical implementation. On the basis of this model, a UMAT for the finite element (FE) package ABAQUS (implicit) is developed. Thin plates of different geometries were modelled and analysed using … Continue reading The use of coupled nonlocal damage-plasticity to predict crack growth in ductile metal plates

Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of an Advanced Nickel-Based Superalloy in the as-HIP Form

This study evaluates the suitability of as-hot isostatically pressed (HIP) RR1000 for non-critical applications in aero-engine components. RR1000, an advanced powder nickel-based superalloy, was developed for disc rotor components in aero-engines. For these critical applications, the consolidated alloy powder particles are extruded to break down carbide and oxide networks, known as prior particle boundaries (PPBs), and to refine the structure into a fine grain size … Continue reading Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of an Advanced Nickel-Based Superalloy in the as-HIP Form

Crack growth in the creep-fatigue regime under constrained loading of thin sheet combustor alloys

Damage tolerant lifing methodologies are an essential requirement to support the safe and reliable operation of combustors in the modern gas turbine aero-engine. These static components experience a wide range of temperature superimposed upon a complex stress field resulting from their geometrical form. Features such as seam welds, injector ports and cooling hole arrays could potentially initiate and subsequently interact with fatigue cracks, while the … Continue reading Crack growth in the creep-fatigue regime under constrained loading of thin sheet combustor alloys

Surface topography and the impact on fatigue performance

Areal characterization was applied to plain fatigue specimens manufactured from a nickel-based superalloy, Alloy 720Li, to determine the impact of machined/finished surface topography on fatigue performance of this material. Samples were subjected to fatigue testing in the as-turned and shot peened conditions to study the interaction between residual stresses and topography in influencing the fatigue performance. The turning process was deliberately manipulated to produce three … Continue reading Surface topography and the impact on fatigue performance

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

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, Ra, 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 … Continue reading Surface Roughness, Areal Topographic Measurement, and Correlation to LCF Behavior in a Nickel-Based Superalloy