Balichakra, Mallikarjuna and Bontha, Srikanth and Krishna, Prasad and Balla, V K (2019) Laser surface melting of gamma-TiAl alloy: an experimental and numerical modeling study. Materials Research Express , 6 (4). ISSN 2053-1591

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The objective of present work is to study the evolution of thermal stresses during laser surface melting (LSM) of gamma-TiAl alloy using experimental and numerical modeling approaches. LSM of gamma-TiAl alloy samples were carried out at different processing conditions in a controlled atmosphere. Material characterization of the melted region was investigated using scanning electron microscope. It was found that fully lamellar microstructure was transformed into predominantly gamma-TiAl with little amount of alpha(2)-Ti3Al. A maximum improvement in hardness of over 72% was noticed in the melted region compared to that of the substrate. Three-dimensional thermomechanical finite element analysis of LSM of gamma-TiAl alloy was carried out. Melt pool dimensions, temperature history, and residual stresses were predicted from the finite element models. Measured and predicted values of melt pool depth were in good agreement with a maximum error of 13.6% at P = 400 W and V = 10 mm s(-1). Predicted residual stress in the melted region exceeded the yield strength of gamma-TiAl alloy and resulted in cracking of the melted region at all process conditions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Divisions: Bioceramics & Coating
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2019 06:20
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 06:20

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