THE INFLUENCE OF HEAT TREATMENTS ON THE MICROSTRUCTURE AND TENSILE PROPERTIES OF ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED INCONEL 939

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2023

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University of Texas at Austin

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This study investigated the effect of heat treatment variations on the microstructure and tensile properties of laser powder bed fused Inconel 939. Three different heat treatment schedules, all of which comprise stress relief, hot isostatic pressing, solution annealing, and aging, were followed, and resulting changes in microstructure were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy. Tensile tests were conducted on specimens subjected to different heat treatments to evaluate the mechanical properties at room temperature. Microstructural results showed that solution treatment at 1190 °C for 4 h led to better removal of dendritic microstructure, while second-step aging at 850 °C resulted in monomodal distribution of precipitates. However, the second-step aging temperatures from 750 to 800 °C resulted in bi-modal distribution. The optimal heat treatment schedule, which yielded a superior combination of strength and ductility, involved solution treatment at 1190 °C for 4 h and two-step aging at 1000 °C for 6 h and 800 °C for 4 h.

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