Sample records for refurbishing superalloy components

  1. Gas metal arc welding in refurbishment of cobalt base superalloys

    Shahriary, M. S.; Miladi Gorji, Y.; Kolagar, A. M.


    Refurbishments of superalloys which are used in manufacturing gas turbine hot components usually consists of removing cracks and other defects by blending and then repair welding in order to reconstruct damaged area. In this study, the effects of welding parameters on repair of FSX-414 superalloy, as the most applicable cobalt base superalloy in order to manufacture gas turbine nozzles, by use of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) technic were investigated. Results then were compared by Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Metallographic and SEM studies of the microstructure of the weld and HAZ showed that there are no noticeable defects in the microstructure by use of GMAW. Also, chemical analysis and morphologies of carbide in both methods are similar. Hardness profile of the GM AW structure then also compared with GTAW and no noticeable difference was observed between the profiles. Also, proper tensile properties, compared with GTAW, can be achieved by use of optimum parameters that can be obtained by examining the current and welding speed. Tensile properties of optimized condition of the GMAW then were compared with GTAW. It was seen that the room and high temperature tensile properties of the GMAW structure is very similar and results confirmed that changing the technic did not have any significant influence on the properties.

  2. Laser based refurbishment of steel mill components

    Kazadi, P


    Full Text Available Laser refurbishment capabilities were demonstrated and promising results were obtained for repair of distance sleeves, foot rolls, descaler cassette, idler rolls. Based on the cost projections and the results of the in-situ testing, components which...

  3. Integration of remote refurbishment performed on ITER components

    Dammann, A., E-mail: [ITER Organization, Route de Vinon sur Verdon, 13115 Saint Paul Lez Durance (France); Antola, L. [AMEC, 31 Parc du Golf, CS 90519, 13596 Aix en Provence (France); Beaudoin, V. [ITER Organization, Route de Vinon sur Verdon, 13115 Saint Paul Lez Durance (France); Dremel, C. [Westinghouse, Electrique France/Astare, 122 Avenue de Hambourg, 13008 Marseille (France); Evrard, D. [SOGETI High Tech, 180 Rue René Descartes, 13851 Aix en Provence (France); Friconneau, J.P. [ITER Organization, Route de Vinon sur Verdon, 13115 Saint Paul Lez Durance (France); Lemée, A. [SOGETI High Tech, 180 Rue René Descartes, 13851 Aix en Provence (France); Levesy, B.; Pitcher, C.S. [ITER Organization, Route de Vinon sur Verdon, 13115 Saint Paul Lez Durance (France)


    Highlights: • System engineering approach to consolidate requirements to modify the layout of the Hot Cell. • Illustration of the loop between requirement and design. • Verification process. - Abstract: Internal components of the ITER Tokamak are replaced and transferred to the Hot Cell by remote handling equipment. These components include port plugs, cryopumps, divertor cassettes, blanket modules, etc. They are brought to the refurbishment area of the ITER Hot Cell Building for cleaning and maintenance, using remote handling techniques. The ITER refurbishment area will be unique in the world, when considering combination of size, quantity of complex component to refurbish in presence of radiation, activated dust and tritium. The refurbishment process to integrate covers a number of workstations to perform specific remote operations fully covered by a mast on crane system. This paper describes the integration of the Refurbishment Area, explaining the functions, the methodology followed, some illustrations of trade-off and safety improvements.

  4. Recent trends in repair and refurbishing of steam turbine components

    A K Bhaduri; S K Albert; S K Ray; P Rodriguez


    The repair and refurbishing of steam generator components is discussed from the perspective of repair welding philosophy including applicable codes and regulations. Some case histories of repair welding of steam generator components are discussed with special emphasis on details of repair welding of cracked steam turbine blades and shrouds in some of the commercial nuclear power plants using procedures developed.

  5. Laser enabled refurbishment and performance enhancement of industrial components

    Van Rooyen, C


    Full Text Available spray ? PTA ? Maximum benefit - Thin layers, metallurgical bond, expensive consumables Laser Transformation Hardening Alternative processes ? furnace hardening (electric or gas) ? thermo-chemical methods head2right carburizing head2right nitriding...:// Current state-of-the-art of surface refurbishment/performance enhancement Predominantly ? Weld overlay process based on arc welding Pro?s head2right Thick layers (metallurgically bonded) head2right High deposition rates head2right Inexpensive Con?s...

  6. Ion beam analysis of gas turbine blades: evaluation of refurbishment quality

    O Kakuee; V Fathollahi; P Oliaiy; D Agha-Aligol; M Lamehi-Rachti


    Refurbishment of hot components of gas turbines damaged in the harsh working environments is necessary to increase their lifetime. Scanning proton microscopy was employed to evaluate the quality of refurbishment process of gas turbine blades. Distribution patterns of different elements were observed in the polished cross-sections of turbine blade samples by proton microbeam. In the cross-sections of refurbished and used samples, distinct regions were identified corresponding to the base superalloy, original protection layer and applied coating for refurbishment. The elemental composition of each of these regions was measured by Micro-PIXE analysis. Inhomogeneous and high content of Si as well as undesired light elements were observed in the cross-sections of refurbished samples, indicating imperfections in the refurbishment process.

  7. Laser repairing surface crack of Ni-based superalloy components

    王忠柯; 叶和清; 许德胜; 黄索逸


    Surface crack of components of the cast nickel-base superalloy was repaired with twin laser beams under proper technological conditions. One laser beam was used to melt the substrate material of crack, and the other to fill in powder material to the crack region. The experimental results show that the surface crack with the width of 0.1~0.3mm could be repaired under the laser power of 3kW and the scanning speed of 6~8mm/s. The repaired deepness of crack region is below 6.5mm. The microstructure of repaired region is the cellular crystal, columnar crystal dendrite crystal from the transition region to the top filled layer. The phases in repaired region mainly consisted of supersaturated α-Co with plenty of Ni, some Cr and Al, Cr23C6, Co2B, Co-Ni-Mo, Ni4B3, TiSi and VSi. The hardness of filled layer in repaired region ranged from HV0.2450 to HV0.2500, and the hardness decreases gradually from the filled layer to joined zone.

  8. Energy Refurbishment

    Sumbul, Y.C.


    Student working paper for the course AR0531/AR0532. Improvements in the building sector have a great potential of change in energy efficiency, instead of demolition of the worst performing building stock in terms of emissions. Refurbished buildings could accomplish the same levels of reduction and

  9. Fabrication of directional solidification components of nickel-base superalloys by laser metal forming

    Liping Feng; Weidong Huang; Darong Chen; Xin Lin; Haiou Yang


    Straight plates, hollow columns, ear-like blade tips, twist plates with directional solidification microstructure made of Rene 95 superalloys were successfully fabricated on Nickel-base superalloy and DD3 substrates, respectively. The processing conditions for production of the parts with corresponding shapes were obtained. The fabrication precision was high and the components were compact. The solidification microstructure of the parts was analyzed by optical microscopy. The results show that the solidification microstructure is composed of columnar dendrites, by epitaxial growth onto the directional solidification substrates. The crystallography orientation of the parts was parallel to that of the substrates. The primary arm spacing was about 10 μm, which is in the range of superfine dendrites, and the secondary arm was small or even degenerated. It is concluded that the laser metal forming technique provides a method to manufacture directional solidification components.

  10. Performance of nickel base superalloy components in gas turbines

    Dahl, Kristian Vinter


    The topic of this thesis is the microstructural behaviour of hot section components in the industrial gas turbine......The topic of this thesis is the microstructural behaviour of hot section components in the industrial gas turbine...

  11. Flexible Production of Geometrically Complex Superalloy Components Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In order to design and manufacture complex, one-of-a-kind to limited quantity rocket propulsion system components, while shortening the development cycle time and...

  12. Flexible Production of Geometrically Complex Superalloy Components Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In order to design and manufacture complex, one-of-a-kind to limited quantity rocket propulsion system components, while shortening the development cycle time and...

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

    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

  14. Recent trends in superalloys research for critical aero-engine components

    Remy, Luc [Mine ParisTech, CNRS UMR 7633, 91 - Evry (France). Centre des Materiaux; Guedou, Jean-Yves [Snecma Safran Group, Moissy-Cramayel (France). Materials and Processes Dept.


    This paper is a brief survey of common research activity on superalloys for aero-engines between Snecma and Mines ParisTech Centre des Materiaux during recent years. First in disks applications, the development of new powder metallurgy superalloys is shown. Then grain boundary engineering is investigated in a wrought superalloy. Secondly, design oriented research on single crystals blades is shown: a damage model for low cycle fatigue is used for life prediction when cracks initiated at casting pores. The methodology developed for assessing coating life is illustrated for thermal barrier coating deposited on AMI single crystal superalloy. (orig.)

  15. Last PS magnet refurbished


    PS Magnet Refurbishment Programme Completed. The 51st and final refurbished magnet was transported to the PS on Tuesday 3 February. The repair and consolidation work on the PS started back in 2003 when two magnets and a busbar connection were found to be faulty during routine high-voltage tests. The cause of the fault was a combination of age and radiation on electrical insulation. After further investigation the decision was taken to overhaul half of the PS’s 100 magnets to reduce the risk of a similar fault. As from 20 February the PS ring will start a five-week test programme to be ready for operation at the end of March.

  16. Additive Manufacturing of IN100 Superalloy Through Scanning Laser Epitaxy for Turbine Engine Hot-Section Component Repair: Process Development, Modeling, Microstructural Characterization, and Process Control

    Acharya, Ranadip; Das, Suman


    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.

  17. LANSCE RF System Refurbishment

    Rees, Daniel; Kwon, Sung-il; Lyles, John T M; Lynch, Michael; Prokop, Mark; Reass, William; Tallerico, Paul J


    The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) is in the planning phase of a refurbishment project that will sustain reliable facility operations well into the next decade. The LANSCE accelerator was constructed in the late 1960s and early 1970s and is a national user facility that provides pulsed protons and spallation neutrons for defense and civilian research and applications. We will be replacing all the 201 MHz RF systems and a substantial fraction of the 805 MHz RF systems and high voltage systems. The current 44 LANSCE 805 MHz, 1.25 MW klystrons have an average in-service time in excess of 110,000 hours. All 44 must be in service to operate the accelerator. There are only 9 spares left. The klystrons receive their DC power from the power system originally installed in 1960. Although this power system has been extremely reliable, gas analysis of the insulating oil is indicating age related degradation that will need attention in the next few years. This paper will provide the design details of the new R...

  18. Laser Engineered Net Shape (LENS) Technology for the Repair of Ni-Base Superalloy Turbine Components

    Liu, Dejian; Lippold, John C.; Li, Jia; Rohklin, Stan R.; Vollbrecht, Justin; Grylls, Richard


    The capability of the laser engineered net shape (LENS) process was evaluated for the repair of casting defects and improperly machined holes in gas turbine engine components. Various repair geometries, including indentations, grooves, and through-holes, were used to simulate the actual repair of casting defects and holes in two materials: Alloy 718 and Waspaloy. The influence of LENS parameters, including laser energy density, laser scanning speed, and deposition pattern, on the repair of these defects and holes was studied. Laser surface remelting of the substrate prior to repair was used to remove machining defects and prevent heat-affected zone (HAZ) liquation cracking. Ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation techniques were used as a possible approach for detecting lack-of-fusion in repairs. Overall, Alloy 718 exhibited excellent repair weldability, with essentially no defects except for some minor porosity in repairs representative of deep through-holes and simulated large area casting defects. In contrast, cracking was initially observed during simulated repair of Waspaloy. Both solidification cracking and HAZ liquation cracking were observed in the repairs, especially under conditions of high heat input (high laser power and/or low scanning speed). For Waspaloy, the degree of cracking was significantly reduced and, in most cases, completely eliminated by the combination of low laser energy density and relatively high laser scanning speeds. It was found that through-hole repairs of Waspaloy made using a fine powder size exhibited excellent repair weldability and were crack-free relative to repairs using coarser powder. Simulated deep (7.4 mm) blind-hole repairs, representative of an actual Waspaloy combustor case, were successfully produced by the combination use of fine powder and relatively high laser scanning speeds.

  19. Sustainability Potentials of Housing Refurbishment

    Behzad Sodagar


    Full Text Available The benefits of choosing refurbishment over new build have recently been brought into focus for reducing environmental impacts of buildings. This is due to the fact that the existing buildings will comprise the majority of the total building stocks for years to come and hence will remain responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions from the sector. This paper investigates the total potentials of sustainable refurbishment and conversion of the existing buildings by adopting a holistic approach to sustainability. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA and questionnaires have been used to analyse the environmental impact savings (Co2e, improved health and well-being, and satisfaction of people living in refurbished homes. The results reported in the paper are based on a two year externally funded research project completed in January 2013.

  20. Facade Refurbishment Toolbox. Supporting the Design of Residential Energy Upgrades

    Thaleia Konstantinou


    be integrated in the early design phase, in order to support decision-making?The objective of the research is to enable the design of refurbishment strategies that acknowledge the potential of energy savings. Having available an assessment of the energy performance results in informed decisions that improve the efficiency of the strategy and the final refurbished building.The answer to the research question is given by the Façade Refurbishment Toolbox (FRT approach. It consists of three different types of information that can support the decision-making of residential façade refurbishment strategies. Firstly, the building envelope components that need to be addressed in an integrated refurbishment strategy are identified and different retrofitting measures for each one are proposed, composing the façade refurbishment toolbox. Secondly, the measures are quantified in terms of energy upgrade potential, expressed by the simulated energy demand reduction after the application of the measure. Finally, a roadmap to the key decision aspects in the refurbishment strategy development indicates when the toolbox information can be used.The methodology used to develop the FRT approach includes organising and calculating information about component retrofitting measures. The steps of the methodology were developed in the different chapters of the thesis. The first three chapters (Chapters 2-4 comprise the theoretical background that shapes the research question, discussion of the residential building stock, energy performance and refurbishment practice. Chapters 5 and 6 describe the process of the composition of the toolbox. Finally, Chapters 7 and 8 are concerned with its further applicability, regarding the approach validation and usability.This thesis concludes with an approach to enable informed and energy-efficiency conscious decisions in the early stage of the design of refurbishment strategies. To improve the design process, the Façade Refurbishment Toolbox facilitates

  1. Model for Refurbishment of Heritage Buildings

    Rasmussen, Torben Valdbjørn


    A model intended for the selection of feasible refurbishment measures for heritage buildings was developed. The model showed how to choose, evaluate and implement measures that create synergy between the interests in preserving heritage values and creating cost efficient refurbishment that complies...... with the requirements for the use of the building. The model focuses on the cooperation and dialogue between authorities and owners, who refurbish heritage buildings. The developed model was used for the refurbishment of the listed complex, Fæstningens Materialgård. Fæstningens Materialgård is a case study where...

  2. Electrodeposition on Superalloy Substrates: a Review

    Allahyarzadeh, M. H.; Aliofkhazraei, M.; Rouhaghdam, A. Sabour


    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.

  3. Ni-based superalloys for turbine discs

    Furrer, David; Fecht, Hans


    Superalloys have been developed for specific, specialized properties and applications. One of the main applications for nickel-based superalloys is gas-turbine-engine disc components for land-based power generation and aircraft propulsion. Turbine engines create harsh environments for materials due to the high operating temperatures and stress levels. Hence, as described in this article, many alloys used in the high-temperature turbine sections of these engines are very complex and highly optimized.

  4. Project Plan Remote Target Fabrication Refurbishment Project

    Bell, Gary L [ORNL; Taylor, Robin D [ORNL


    In early FY2009, the DOE Office of Science - Nuclear Physics Program reinstated a program for continued production of {sup 252}Cf and other transcurium isotopes at the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The FY2009 major elements of the workscope are as follows: (1) Recovery and processing of seven transuranium element targets undergoing irradiation at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at ORNL; (2) Development of a plan to manufacture new targets for irradiation beginning in early- to mid-FY10 to supply irradiated targets for processing Campaign 75 (TRU75); and (3) Refurbishment of the target manufacturing equipment to allow new target manufacture in early FY10 The {sup 252}Cf product from processing Campaign 74 (recently processed and currently shipping to customers) is expected to supply the domestic demands for a period of approximately two years. Therefore it is essential that new targets be introduced for irradiation by the second quarter of FY10 (HFIR cycle 427) to maintain supply of {sup 252}Cf; the average irradiation period is {approx}10 HFIR cycles, requiring about 1.5 calendar years. The strategy for continued production of {sup 252}Cf depends upon repairing and refurbishing the existing pellet and target fabrication equipment for one additional target production campaign. This equipment dates from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s, and during the last target fabrication campaign in 2005- 2006, a number of component failures and operations difficulties were encountered. It is expected that following the target fabrication and acceptance testing of the targets that will supply material for processing Campaign 75 a comprehensive upgrade and replacement of the remote hot-cell equipment will be required prior to subsequent campaigns. Such a major refit could start in early FY 2011 and would take about 2 years to complete. Scope and cost estimates for the repairs described herein were developed, and

  5. Integrated refurbishment planning for sustainable office buildings

    Ebbert, T.


    Europe's cities are full of office buildings which are technically and visually outdated. Research has demonstrated that more than 60% of German office stock is in acute need for refurbishment. Building planning needs intelligent approaches to façade refurbishment in order to tackle this enormous ma

  6. Refurbishment and open source software

    Mabuza, S


    Full Text Available  & Open Source Software Electronic Waste Management Conference 2006 Sibongile Mabuza 2 Presentation Outline  About Meraka Institute Open Source Centre  Background to OSS  Extending life span using OSS  Different choices for different situations  Examples... Linux  Thin Client   LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project)  12 Linux Applications for Old  computers  Linux LiveCD Router  FreeS/WAN  Print Server 13 Examples of OSS use on  Refurbished computers Open Source Centre – Soweto Tux...

  7. OSIRIS. Refurbishment and management of ageing effects

    Joly, C.; Guidez, J.; Contenson, G. de; Marin, J.P.


    OSIRIS, one of the French CEA research reactors (Saclay, France), achieved criticality for the first time on July 1966. During the 29 running years OSIRIS was mainly devoted to production and technological irradiations. To satisfy these objectives, OSIRIS is equipped by different test facilities allowing: the long time irradiation of different material including fuel rods, reactor vessel materials, fusion reactor components; the power ramps of fuel rods; the activation analysis; the neutron-radiography of materials and test sections... All the foreseen irradiation programmes will only be possible if safety and high performances of the reactor are guaranteed. That is why a continuous maintenance and improvement programme has taken place during the whole life of the reactor. This paper gives an overview of this programme, mainly about the part conducted during the last years. Details about characteristics of the reactor, history of experiments, maintenance programme, instrumentation and control system, electrotechnical low voltage supply network, decay tanks and water purification system are summarized. The paper focuses on the refurbishment or the replacement of the main components connected to the continuous maintenance programme to guarantee the reliability, the safety and the high performances of the reactor. (J.S.). 2 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. Present status of refurbishment and irradiation technologies in JMTR

    Inaba, Yoshitomo; Ishihara, Masahiro; Niimi, Motoji; Kawamura, Hiroshi


    The Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR) of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency is a testing reactor for various neutron irradiation tests on nuclear fuels and materials, as well as for radioisotope production. The operation of JMTR stopped temporarily in August 2006 for refurbishment and improvement. The renewed JMTR will resume operation in Japanese fiscal year 2011. The renewal of aged reactor components, the preparation of new irradiation facilities, and the development of irradiation technologies have been carried out for the resumption of the new JMTR. The new JMTR with the new irradiation facilities and the irradiation technologies will be utilized for the research and development of fission and fusion reactor fuels and materials. This paper describes the present status of the refurbishment and the irradiation technologies focused on instrumentation such as the multi-paired thermocouple which is applicable to irradiation temperature control and a ceramic oxygen sensor in JMTR.

  9. The BR2 refurbishment programme: achievements and two years operation feedback

    Gubel, P.; Dekeyser, J.; Koonen, E.; Van der Auwera, J. [SCK/CEN, Belgian Nuclear Research Center, Mol (Belgium)


    The BR2 reactor was shutdown end of June 1995 for an extensive refurbishment after more than 30 years utilization. The beryllium matrix needed to be replaced and the aluminium vessel inspected for an envisaged 15 year life extension. Other aspects of the refurbishment programme aimed at the reliability and availability of the installations, safety of operation and compliance with modern safety standards. The reactor was started again in' April '97 and operated only for three cycles in 1997. These first irradiation cycles were intended as a demonstration of the safety and reliability of all components and systems after refurbishment. Also during the extended shutdowns non-critical refurbishment tasks were allowed to be continued and finalized. At the request of the Safety Authorities, some modifications and studies are still in progress without perturbation of the reactor operation. (author)

  10. Superalloy Lattice Block Structures

    Nathal, M. V.; Whittenberger, J. D.; Hebsur, M. G.; Kantzos, P. T.; Krause, D. L.


    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.

  11. The refurbished Z facility : capabilities and recent experiments.

    Leeper, Ramon Joe; Long, Finis W.; Leifeste, Gordon T.; Hall, Clint Allen; Atherton, Briggs W.; Herrmann, Mark C.; Donovan, Guy Louis; McKee, G. Randall; Weinbrecht, Edward A.; Porter, John Larry, Jr.; Mehlhorn, Thomas Alan; Cuneo, Michael Edward; Struve, Kenneth William; Stygar, William A.; Kiefer, Mark Linden; Matzen, Maurice Keith; Schneider, Larry X.


    The Z Refurbishment Project was completed in September 2007. Prior to the shutdown of the Z facility in July 2006 to install the new hardware, it provided currents of {le} 20 MA to produce energetic, intense X-ray sources ({approx} 1.6 MJ, > 200 TW) for performing high energy density science experiments and to produce high magnetic fields and pressures for performing dynamic material property experiments. The refurbishment project doubled the stored energy within the existing tank structure and replaced older components with modern, conventional technology and systems that were designed to drive both short-pulse Z-pinch implosions and long-pulse dynamic material property experiments. The project goals were to increase the delivered current for additional performance capability, improve overall precision and pulse shape flexibility for better reproducibility and data quality, and provide the capacity to perform more shots. Experiments over the past year have been devoted to bringing the facility up to full operating capabilities and implementing a refurbished suite of diagnostics. In addition, we have enhanced our X-ray backlighting diagnostics through the addition of a two-frame capability to the Z-Beamlet system and the addition of a high power laser (Z-Petawatt). In this paper, we will summarize the changes made to the Z facility, highlight the new capabilities, and discuss the results of some of the early experiments.

  12. EPIQR - a decision making tool for apartment building refurbishment

    Caccavelli, D. [Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batiment, Cedex (France); Balaras, C. [National Observatory of Athens, Athens (Greece); Bluyssen, P. [TNO Building and Construction Research, Delft (Netherlands); Flourentzou, F. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne (France); Jaggs, M. [Building Research Establishment, Watford (United Kingdom); Wetzel, C. [Fraunhofer-Institut fur Bauphysik, Holzkirchen (Germany); Wittchen, K. [Danish Building Reasearch Institute, Hoersholm (Denmark)


    In a large majority of European countries, the amount of the maintenance and refurbishment works represents nearly 50% of the total amount spent in the building sector. New requirements are being added to the necessity of maintaining or re-establishing the building stock`s usage value. They are linked to the determination to reduce energy consumption, pollutant emissions, work site wastes, to improve the Indoor Environment Quality and all the modern conveniences inside apartment. Aware of this matter, the European Community has launched a two-year European research project, entitled EPIQR (Energy Performance, Indoor Environmental Quality, Retrofit) involving seven research institutions in the frame of the JOULE III programme. The purpose is to give architects and contracting authorities a multimedia tool to enable them to simultaneously grasp the whole process of apartment building refurbishment or retrofit. It has a number of functions: Assess the building`s degradation state based on a technical diagnosis after a standardised and complete inspection of the building; Prepare work proposals. These take into account not only the renovation of the building but also the improvement of the energy performance and IEQ; Estimate the costs corresponding to these works. A data base, containing the costs of 800 refurbishment works, provides a fast estimate of the total amount of the works being considered; Estimate the evolution of the degradation of the components if none of the works were to be carried out, as well as the refurbishment costs which would result. This paper provides an overview of the EPIQR methodology and the final deliverables of the project. (au)

  13. Energetic Refurbishment of Historic Brick Buildings

    Zagorskas, Jurgis; Mykolas Paliulis, Grazvydas; Burinskiene, Marija


    is creating a demand for suitable materials, retrofitting techniques and research. The differences between refurbishment of new-build projects and historical or valuable buildings are insufficiently recognized – mostly the buildings without further cultural preservation requirements are studied. This article...... covers the theme of refurbishment measures in historical buildings – the specific measures like inside insulation which are allowed due to the valuable façade or other heritage preservation requirements. An overview of other innovative methods for energy saving in existing buildings and their potential......Building standards for energy effectiveness are increasing constantly and the market follows these changes by constructing new buildings in accordance with standards and refurbishment of the existing housing stock. Comprehensive trends in European construction market show tremendous increase...

  14. Dan jiang kou hydropower station turbine refurbishment

    Zhang, R. Y.; Nie, S. Q.; Bazin, D.; Cheng, J. H.


    Dan jiangkou hydropower station refurbished project, isan important project of Chinese refurbishment market. Tianjin Alstom Hydro Co., ltd won this contract by right of good performance and design technology,Its design took into account all the constraints linked to the existing frame. It results in a specific and highly advanced shape.The objective of this paper is to introduce the successful turbine hydraulic design, model test and mechanical design of Dan jiangkou project; and also analyze the cavitation phenomena occurred on runner band surface of Unit 4 after putting into commercial operation. These technology and feedback shall be a good reference and experience for other similar projects

  15. Surface purity control during XMASS detector refurbishment

    Kobayashi, Kazuyoshi, E-mail: [Kamioka observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, the University of Tokyo, Higashi-Mozumi, Kamioka, Hida, Gifu, 506-1205 (Japan); Kavl Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI), the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, 277-8582 (Japan)


    The XMASS project aims at detecting dark matter, pp and {sup 7}Be solar neutrinos, and neutrino less double beta decay using large volume of pure liquid xenon. The first physics target of the XMASS project is to detect dark matter with 835 kg liquid xenon. After the commissioning runs, XMASS detector was refurbished to minimize the background contribution mainly from PMT sealing material and we restarted data taking in November 2013. We report how we control surface purity, especially how we prevent radon daughter accumulation on the detector copper surface, during XMASS detector refurbishment. The result and future plan of XMASS are also reported.

  16. The Role of Laser Additive Manufacturing Methods of Metals in Repair, Refurbishment and Remanufacturing - Enabling Circular Economy

    Leino, Maija; Pekkarinen, Joonas; Soukka, Risto

    Circular economy is an economy model where products, components, and materials are aimed to be kept at their highest utility and value at all times. Repair, refurbishment and remanufacturing processes are procedures aiming at returning the value of the product during its life cycle. Additive manufacturing (AM) is expected to be an enabling technology in circular economy based business models. One of AM process that enables repair, refurbishment and remanufacturing is Directed Energy Deposition. Respectively Powder Bed Fusion enables manufacturing of replacement components on demand. The aim of this study is to identify the current research findings and state of art of utilizing AM in repair, refurbishment and remanufacturing processes of metallic products. The focus is in identifying possibilities of AM in promotion of circular economy and expected environmental benefits based on the found literature. Results of the study indicate significant potential in utilizing AM in repair, refurbishment and remanufacturing activities.

  17. Status of the LANSCE refurbishment project

    Erickson, John L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jones, Kevin W [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Prince, Peter P [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) accelerator is an 800-MeV proton linac that drives user facilities for isotope production, proton radiography, ultra-cold neutrons, weapons neutron research and various sciences using neutron scattering. The LANSCE Refurbishment Project (LANSCE-R) is an ambitious project to refurbish key elements of the LANSCE accelerator that are becoming obsolete or nearing end-of-life. The preliminary design phase for the project is funded and underway. The 6 year, $150M (US) project will enable future decades of reliable, high-performance operation. It will replace a substantial fraction of the radio-frequency power systems (gridded tubes and klystrons) with modern systems, completely refurbish the original accelerator control and timing systems, replace obsolete diagnostic devices, and modernize other ancillary systems. An overview of the LANSCE-R project will be presented. The project requirements will be discussed, the preliminary technical solutions presented, and the plan for successful project execution while meeting annual customer expectations for beam delivery will be reviewed.

  18. Modelling and simulation of superalloys. Book of abstracts

    Rogal, Jutta; Hammerschmidt, Thomas; Drautz, Ralf (eds.)


    Superalloys are multi-component materials with complex microstructures that offer unique properties for high-temperature applications. The complexity of the superalloy materials makes it particularly challenging to obtain fundamental insight into their behaviour from the atomic structure to turbine blades. Recent advances in modelling and simulation of superalloys contribute to a better understanding and prediction of materials properties and therefore offer guidance for the development of new alloys. This workshop will give an overview of recent progress in modelling and simulation of materials for superalloys, with a focus on single crystal Ni-base and Co-base alloys. Topics will include electronic structure methods, atomistic simulations, microstructure modelling and modelling of microstructural evolution, solidification and process simulation as well as the modelling of phase stability and thermodynamics.

  19. Refurbishing Fæstningens Materialgård

    Rasmussen, Torben Valdbjørn


    process. The process shows how to choose, evaluate and implement measures creating synergy between the interests of preserving heritage values and to develop affordable refurbishment that meets the requirements for the future use of the building. The refurbishment followed included restoration, energy......Fæstningens Materialgård is a listed complex located in downtown Copenhagen. The refurbishment of the listed complex was studied to provide knowledge on how a process for refurbishing heritage buildings can be carried out successfully, as refurbishment of heritage buildings is often a complicated...... upgrading and refurbishment of the individual buildings that make up the listed complex. The process focuses on the cooperation and dialogue between the parties involved. Fæstningens Materialgård is a case study where the Heritage Agency, the Danish Working Environment Authority and the owner as a team...

  20. Evaluation of three refurbished Guralp CMG-3TB seismometers.

    Hart, Darren M. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Merchant, Bion J. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    The overall objective of testing the Guralp CMG-3TB refurbished seismometers is to determine whether or not the refurbished sensors exhibit better data quality and require less maintenance when deployed than the original Guralp CMG-3TBs. SNL will test these 3 refurbished Guralps to verify performance specifications. The specifications that will be evaluated are sensitivity, bandwidth, self-noise, output impedance, clip-level, dynamic range over application passband, verify mathematical response and calibration response parameters for amplitude and phase.

  1. Advanced superalloy airfoils

    Gell, M.; Duhl, D.N.; Gupta, D.K.; Sheffler, K.D.


    Single-crystal superalloy technology for gas-turbine blades has combined the design of alloys for exclusive use in single-crystal form with advancements in directional solidification, in order to manufacture single-crystal castings with complex internal cooling passages. To these improvements have been incorporated metallic and ceramic coatings that further extend high temperature capabilities. The directional solidification of single-crystal turbine alloys requires total control of the thermal environment, using large vacuum furnaces capable of casting up to 30 blades at a time. All modern coatings involve the enrichment of the superalloy surface with elements that promote the formation and retention of alumina, which precludes further oxidation. 15 references.

  2. Barrier Coatings for Refractory Metals and Superalloys

    SM Sabol; BT Randall; JD Edington; CJ Larkin; BJ Close


    In the closed working fluid loop of the proposed Prometheus space nuclear power plant (SNPP), there is the potential for reaction of core and plant structural materials with gas phase impurities and gas phase transport of interstitial elements between superalloy and refractory metal alloy components during service. Primary concerns are surface oxidation, interstitial embrittlement of refractory metals and decarburization of superalloys. In parallel with kinetic investigations, this letter evaluates the ability of potential coatings to prevent or impede communication between reactor and plant components. Key coating requirements are identified and current technology coating materials are reviewed relative to these requirements. Candidate coatings are identified for future evaluation based on current knowledge of design parameters and anticipated environment. Coatings were identified for superalloys and refractory metals to provide diffusion barriers to interstitial transport and act as reactive barriers to potential oxidation. Due to their high stability at low oxygen potential, alumina formers are most promising for oxidation protection given the anticipated coolant gas chemistry. A sublayer of iridium is recommended to provide inherent diffusion resistance to interstitials. Based on specific base metal selection, a thin film substrate--coating interdiffusion barrier layer may be necessary to meet mission life.

  3. Advanced Ni base superalloys for small gas turbines

    Wahl, J.B.; Harris, K.


    Nickel base superalloy materials have extensive applications in the hot turbine section of aero and industrial gas turbine engines. They provide a unique combination of characteristics suitable for higher temperature strength and durability requirements and are also applicable to small turbine and missile engines. Specific considerations pertinent to selection of superalloys for small gas turbine engines include not only overall mechanical properties, but also the changes in properties over time due to operation, reduction in properties for thin wall applications compared to thick section database values, alloy density and the effect on disc and shaft alloy selection, and always, material/component costs. Nickel base superalloys were first introduced into military gas turbine engines during the Second World War and the technology has advanced dramatically since that time, including conventionally cast equiax (EQ) alloys, directionally solidified (DS) and single crystal (SX) cast components. This paper discusses the characteristics and applications of each casting technology.

  4. Refurbishing technologies of hydraulic actuators applied in mining industry

    P. Gendarz


    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper: Mainly, future design and manufacturing processes should be oriented to refurbishing and overhaul, such as mining machines, hydraulics, military industry, heavy industry products, etc.. This paper shows method which can improve indirectly profitability also in environment protection area.Design/methodology/approach: Methodology that solves refurbishing and overhaul problem of application, is based on CAD/CAM integration, and predicts possibility to even prepare design for refurbishing. With help of reverse engineering techniques, also exist approach to refurbish elements that has no overhaul documentation prepared before.Findings: Preparation of overhaul documentation for families of constructions, should be computer aided with use of prepared dedicated software. Time need to prepare refurbishing technology, can be considerably reduced.Research limitations/implications: Refurbishing and overhaul in existence cycle of product should have same rights as technology or design processes. Future development of new refurbishing technologies should be prepared in software combined with CAD/CAM modules used in advanced CAE programs.Practical implications: Mining industry after possible initiate refurbishing methods, can extend exploit time of exerted machines. Simultaneously producers of mining machines and equipment, after bringing in design for refurbishing strategy in to production, can enhance economical profits from maintenance and service time prolongation.Originality/value: For last twenty years no development in area of patents were noticed. That came with increase of consumption strategy progressed by produces. Presented method solves issues of materials raise in prices and relatively short time of maintenance and service time period. New workstations in industry can be created with application of the method.

  5. Refurbishment of BR2 (Phases 4 and 5)

    Gubel, P.; Dekeyser, J.; Van Der Auwera, J


    The BR2 is a materials testing reactor and is SCK-CEN's most important nuclear facility. After an extensive refurbishment to compensate for the ageing of the installation, the reactor was restarted in April 1997. In phase 4 of the refurbishment programme, various activities were performed to allow reactor start-up. In phase 5, remaining refurbishment works were carried out as well as the extra studies and upgradings required by the licensing authorities. Major achievements in 1997 are described and discussed.

  6. Source Recertification, Refurbishment, and Transfer Logistics

    Gastelum, Zoe N.; Duckworth, Leesa L.; Greenfield, Bryce A.; Doll, Stephanie R.


    The 2012 Gap Analysis of Department of Energy Radiological Sealed Sources, Standards, and Materials for Safeguards Technology Development [1] report, and the subsequent Reconciliation of Source Needs and Surpluses across the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory Complex [2] report, resulted in the identification of 33 requests for nuclear or radiological sealed sources for which there was potentially available, suitable material from within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) complex to fill the source need. Available, suitable material was defined by DOE laboratories as material slated for excess, or that required recertification or refurbishment before being used for safeguards technology development. This report begins by outlining the logistical considerations required for the shipment of nuclear and radiological materials between DOE laboratories. Then, because of the limited need for transfer of matching sources, the report also offers considerations for an alternative approach – the shipment of safeguards equipment between DOE laboratories or technology testing centers. Finally, this report addresses repackaging needs for the two source requests for which there was available, suitable material within the DOE complex.

  7. Point Lepreau refurbishment and energy outlook in New Brunswick

    Kennedy, B. [NB Power, Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada)


    This paper is about Point Lepreau refurbishment and energy outlook in New Brunswick. The mission of New Brunswick Power is to ensure the safety of workers, public and the environment, executing planned outages on time and on budget, and in a quality manner, operating plants more efficiently with a high level of reliability, meeting regulatory commitments and completing the refurbishment project and returning the station to service.

  8. Low Melt Height Solidification of Superalloys

    Montakhab, Mehdi; Bacak, Mert; Balikci, Ercan


    Effect of a reduced melt height in the directional solidification of a superalloy has been investigated by two methods: vertical Bridgman (VB) and vertical Bridgman with a submerged baffle (VBSB). The latter is a relatively new technique and provides a reduced melt height ahead of the solidifying interface. A low melt height leads to a larger primary dendrite arm spacing but a lower mushy length, melt-back transition length, and porosity. The VBSB technique yields up to 38 pct reduction in the porosity. This may improve a component's mechanical strength especially in a creep-fatigue type dynamic loading.

  9. Simulation of oxidation-nitridation-induced microstructural degradation in a cracked Ni-based superalloy at high temperature

    Yuan Kang


    Full Text Available In turbine engines, high temperature components made of superalloys may crack in a creep process during service. With the inward flux of the gases, e.g. oxygen and nitrogen, along those cracks, the microstructure of the superalloy substrate nearby the cracks may degrade by internal oxidation and nitridation. The aim of this study is to investigate and simulate the oxidation-nitridation-induced microstructural degradation in superalloys by taking a variant of Ni-based superalloy IN-792 as a sample. After the creep testing of the superalloy in air, the microstructures on the cross section of the superalloy were analysed in a scanning electron microscope, equipped with energy/wavelength dispersive systems. Internal oxidation and nitridation, presenting by Al/Ti oxides and nitrides, were observed under a porous and even cracked Cr-oxide scale which was formed on the superalloy surface or along the creep cracks connecting the superalloy surface. Meanwhile, the reinforcing γ′ precipitates were depleted. Such oxidation-nitridation-induced microstructural degradation was simulated by using an oxidation-diffusion model, focusing the diffusion of the alloying elements in metallic phases of the superalloy.

  10. Simulated thermal energy demand and actual energy consumption in refurbished and non-refurbished buildings

    Ilie, C. A.; Visa, I.; Duta, A.


    The EU legal frame imposes the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) status to any new public building starting with January 1st, 2019 and for any other new building starting with 2021. Basically, nZEB represents a Low Energy Building (LEB) that covers more than half of the energy demand by using renewable energy systems installed on or close to it. Thus, two steps have to be followed in developing nZEB: (1) reaching the LEB status through state- of-the art architectural and construction solutions (for the new buildings) or through refurbishing for the already existent buildings, followed by (2) implementing renewables; in Romania, over 65% of the energy demand in a building is directly linked to heating, domestic hot water (DHW), and - in certain areas - for cooling. Thus, effort should be directed to reduce the thermal energy demand to be further covered by using clean and affordable systems: solar- thermal systems, heat pumps, biomass, etc. or their hybrid combinations. Obviously this demand is influenced by the onsite climatic profile and by the building performance. An almost worst case scenario is approached in the paper, considering a community implemented in a mountain area, with cold and long winters and mild summers (Odorheiul Secuiesc city, Harghita county, Romania). Three representative types of buildings are analysed: multi-family households (in blocks of flats), single-family houses and administrative buildings. For the first two types, old and refurbished buildings were comparatively discussed.

  11. EPIQR - a decision making tool for apartment building refurbishment. [Energy Performance, Indoor Environmental Quality, Retrofit

    Caccavelli, D. (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batiment, Cedex (France)); Balaras, C. (National Observatory of Athens, Athens (Greece)); Bluyssen, P. (TNO Building and Construction Research, Delft (Netherlands)); Flourentzou, F. (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne (France)); Jaggs, M. (Building Research Establishment, Watford (United Kingdom)); Wetzel, C. (Fraunhofer-Institut


    In a large majority of European countries, the amount of the maintenance and refurbishment works represents nearly 50% of the total amount spent in the building sector. New requirements are being added to the necessity of maintaining or re-establishing the building stock's usage value. They are linked to the determination to reduce energy consumption, pollutant emissions, work site wastes, to improve the Indoor Environment Quality and all the modern conveniences inside apartment. Aware of this matter, the European Community has launched a two-year European research project, entitled EPIQR (Energy Performance, Indoor Environmental Quality, Retrofit) involving seven research institutions in the frame of the JOULE III programme. The purpose is to give architects and contracting authorities a multimedia tool to enable them to simultaneously grasp the whole process of apartment building refurbishment or retrofit. It has a number of functions: Assess the building's degradation state based on a technical diagnosis after a standardised and complete inspection of the building; Prepare work proposals. These take into account not only the renovation of the building but also the improvement of the energy performance and IEQ; Estimate the costs corresponding to these works. A data base, containing the costs of 800 refurbishment works, provides a fast estimate of the total amount of the works being considered; Estimate the evolution of the degradation of the components if none of the works were to be carried out, as well as the refurbishment costs which would result. This paper provides an overview of the EPIQR methodology and the final deliverables of the project. (au)

  12. Innovative technologies for powder metallurgy-based disk superalloys: Progress and proposal

    Chong-Lin, Jia; Chang-Chun, Ge; Qing-Zhi, Yan


    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).

  13. Refurbishment and Automation of the Thermal/Vacuum Facilities at the Goddard Space Flight Center

    Donohue, John T.; Johnson, Chris; Ogden, Rick; Sushon, Janet


    The thermal/vacuum facilities located at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) have supported both manned and unmanned space flight since the 1960s. Of the 11 facilities, currently 10 of the systems are scheduled for refurbishment and/or replacement as part of a 5-year implementation. Expected return on investment includes the reduction in test schedules, improvements in the safety of facility operations, reduction in the complexity of a test and the reduction in personnel support required for a test. Additionally, GSFC will become a global resource renowned for expertise in thermal engineering, mechanical engineering and for the automation of thermal/vacuum facilities and thermal/vacuum tests. Automation of the thermal/vacuum facilities includes the utilization of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and the use of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. These components allow the computer control and automation of mechanical components such as valves and pumps. In some cases, the chamber and chamber shroud require complete replacement while others require only mechanical component retrofit or replacement. The project of refurbishment and automation began in 1996 and has resulted in the computer control of one Facility (Facility #225) and the integration of electronically controlled devices and PLCs within several other facilities. Facility 225 has been successfully controlled by PLC and SCADA for over one year. Insignificant anomalies have occurred and were resolved with minimal impact to testing and operations. The amount of work remaining to be performed will occur over the next four to five years. Fiscal year 1998 includes the complete refurbishment of one facility, computer control of the thermal systems in two facilities, implementation of SCADA and PLC systems to support multiple facilities and the implementation of a Database server to allow efficient test management and data analysis.

  14. An Integrated Refurbishment Design Process to Energy Efficiency

    Konstantinou, T.; Knaack, U.


    Given the very low renewal rate of the building stock, the efforts to reduce energy demand must focus on the existing residential buildings. Even though awareness has been raised, the effect on energy efficiency is often neglected during the design phase of refurbishment projects. This paper discuss

  15. 77 FR 6122 - Providing Refurbishment Services to Federal Agencies


    ... best to make cost-effective refurbishment services available to Federal agencies to extend the useful.... General Services Administration. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Strategy for... certifications ought to be considered, and how best to build Federal contracts for such services....

  16. Facade Refurbishment Toolbox: Supporting the Design of Residential Energy Upgrades

    Konstantinou, T.


    The starting point of the research is the need to refurbish existing residential building stock, in order to reduce its energy demand, which is a necessary step to reach the ambitious energy and decarbonisation targets for 2020 and 2050 that require an eventual reduction up to 90% in CO2 emissions.

  17. Refurbishment and Automation of Thermal Vacuum Facilities at NASA/GSFC

    Dunn, Jamie; Gomez, Carlos; Donohue, John; Johnson, Chris; Palmer, John; Sushon, Janet


    The thermal vacuum facilities located at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) have supported both manned and unmanned space flight since the 1960s. Of the eleven facilities, currently ten of the systems are scheduled for refurbishment or replacement as part of a five-year implementation. Expected return on investment includes the reduction in test schedules, improvements in safety of facility operations, and reduction in the personnel support required for a test. Additionally, GSFC will become a global resource renowned for expertise in thermal engineering, mechanical engineering, and for the automation of thermal vacuum facilities and tests. Automation of the thermal vacuum facilities includes the utilization of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), the use of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, and the development of a centralized Test Data Management System. These components allow the computer control and automation of mechanical components such as valves and pumps. The project of refurbishment and automation began in 1996 and has resulted in complete computer control of one facility (Facility 281), and the integration of electronically controlled devices and PLCs in multiple others.

  18. Application of Rapidly Solidified Superalloys.


    those described earlier. It was noted, however, that the conventional lype stlperalloys (as evidenced in MAR M2(W, AF2-1DA and MAR M247 alloys, the...Activation Energy For Matrix Creep in MAR MAX() Alloy....................... I I *v 7o- SUMMARY This program is being conducted for the purpose of applying...can be achieved in superalloy powder materials for optimization of mechanical properties above I., Tm. MAR M200 alloy powder, processed and reacted in

  19. BIM applied in historical building documentation and refurbishing

    Cheng, H.-M.; Yang, W.-B.; Yen, Y.-N.


    Historical building conservation raises two important issues which are documentation and refurbishing. For the recording and documentation, we already have developed 3d laser scanner and such photogrammetry technology those represent a freeze object of virtual reality by digital documentation. On the other hand, the refurbished engineering of historic building is a challenge for conservation heritage which are not only reconstructing the damage part but also restoring tangible cultural heritage. 3D digital cultural heritage models has become a topic of great interest in recent years. One reason for this is the more widespread use of laser scanning and photogrammetry for recording cultural heritage sites. These technologies have made it possible to efficiently and accurately record complex structures remotely that would not have been possible with previous survey methods. In addition to these developments, digital information systems are evolving for the presentation, analysis and archival of heritage documentation.

  20. LANSCE beam instrumentation and the LANSCE refurbishment project

    Mccrady, Rodney C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Blind, Barbara [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gilpatrick, John D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Pillai, Chandra [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Power, John F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rybarcyk, Lawrence J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sedillo, James D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gruchalla, Michael E [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    The heart of the LANSCE accelerator complex consists of Cockroft-Walton-type injectors, a drift-tube linac (DTL) and a side-coupled linac (CCL). These systems are approaching 40 years of age and a project to re-establish high-power capability and to extend the lifetime is underway. Many of the present beam diagnostic systems are difficult to maintain, and the original beam position monitors don't provide any data at all. These deficiencies hamper beam tuning and trouble-shooting efforts. One thrust of the refurbishment project is to restore reliable operation of the diagnostic systems. This paper describes the present diagnostics systems and their limitations and the envisaged next-generation systems. The emphasis will be on the uses and requirements for the systems rather than the solutions and engineering aspects of the refurbishment.

  1. SHI Changxu: China's Superalloy Hero

    XIN Ling


    Prof.Shi Changxu (Chang-hsu Shih), laureate of the State Top Scientific and Technological Award for 2010, is regarded as a pioneer in the development of superalloys in China and a world-class master of materials science with excellent leadership and strategic insights.In the 1960s, he and his colleagues worked out the first generation air-cooled nickel-based superalloy turbine blades for domestic fighter aircrafts which greatly enhanced the aeroengines' performance.Via the effective control of trace elements, he developed the low segregation technology to reduce the segregation of superalloys, for which the International Union of Materials Research Societies honored him with the "Innovations in Real Materials Award" in 1998.He advocated and promoted the research and development of carbon fibers and magnesium alloys in China as well as the establishment of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.Today, 30 years after retirement, Prof.Shi still works every day in his office to read latest research results, write advisory proposals and meet young visitors to give them his best support.



    Sep 1, 2015 ... another precipitation strengthened nickel base superalloy, has a very good strength at ... Keywords: Superalloys; Phase reactions; Differential Thermal Analysis; Latent heat of ... high-temperature strength and creep resistance. ... Borides, a relatively low density of boride particles formed when boron ...

  3. NASA and Superalloys: A Customer, a Participant, and a Referee

    Nathal, Michael V.


    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.

  4. Superalloy Lattice Block Developed for Use in Lightweight, High-Temperature Structures

    Hebsur, Mohan G.; Whittenberger, J. Daniel; Krause, David L.


    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

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

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


    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.

  6. Refurbishment of the safety system at the CROCUS reactor

    Girardin, Gaetan; Frajtag, Pavel; Braun, Laurent; Pautz, Andreas [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland)


    This report discusses the partial refurbishment of the first channel (VS-I) of the Reactor Protection System (RPS) at the teaching reactor CROCUS operated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne. The CROCUS facility is a zero-power reactor and it is mainly used for educational purposes for undergraduate and master students. The RPS uses two fully redundant and independent channels: VS-I and VS-II. These contain both the nuclear instrumentation and control units that were developed in-house during the reactor commissioning in the 80's. The nuclear instrumentation and control used was provided by Merlin-Gerin for flux measurements and the reactor SCRAM function. The neutron flux is measured by means of fission chambers connected to IS-I and IS-II. The reactor can be in different states, in particular the startup phases, for example the progressive auxiliary and reactor tanks water filling phase, the safety rods pull-up phase, etc. The logic functions corresponding to these states are designed and implemented in SS-I and SS-II. The refurbishment of the reactor SS-I and SS-II was necessary due to the lack of spare parts for some circuits and the difficulty of finding simple logic circuits in the market. The replacement of both safety channels SS-I and SS-II was performed with the resources available in-house at the reactor service laboratory at EPFL. The nuclear instrumentation is not directly impacted by the reported refurbishment activity. The first phase of the refurbishment project consists of the replacement of the first channel (VS-I) keeping the reactor available for operation services at EPFL. The paper focusses on the description of this technical project and the review and approval process conducted by the Swiss Federal Nuclear Inspectorate (ENSI). Details are provided concerning each regulatory phase of the project and also the technological choices (CPLD over TTL) for the newly developed system. The latter were specifically made

  7. Refractory porcelain enamel passive-thermal-control coating for high-temperature superalloys

    Levin, H.; Auker, B. H.; Gardos, M. N.


    Study was conducted to match thermal expansion coefficients thereby preventing enamels from cracking. Report discusses various enamel coatings that are applied to two different high-temperature superalloys. Study may be of interest to manufacturers of chemical equipment, furnaces, and metal components intended for high-temperature applications.

  8. Hot Corrosion of Coated Single Crystal Superalloys

    Simms, N. J.; Encinas-Oropesa, A.; Nicholls, J.R. [Cranfield University, Power Generation Technology Centre, Cranfield, Beds, MK43 0AL (United Kingdom)


    Gas turbines are at the heart of many modern power systems, with combined cycle power generation utilising natural gas being an effective way of reducing environmental emissions compared to conventional pulverized coal fired plants. The development of gas turbine technology has been focused on increasing its efficiency. However, the lives of the hot gas path components within these gas turbines are also critical to the viability of the power systems. Single crystal superalloys have been developed for use with clean fuel/air but are now being used in industrial gas turbines that may need to run with dirtier fuel/air. Indeed, gas turbine based power systems are being evaluated in which solid fuels (e.g. coal and/or biomass) are gasified to produce fuel gases, which introduces the potential for significant corrosive and erosive damage to gas turbine blades and vanes. The performance of these materials, with coatings, has to be determined before they can be used with confidence in dirtier fuel environments. This paper reports results from a series of laboratory tests carried out using the 'deposit replenishment' technique to investigate the sensitivity of candidate materials to exposure conditions anticipated in such gas turbines. The materials investigated have included CMSX-4 and SC{sup 2}-B (both bare and with Pt-Al and Amdry 997 coatings) as well as conventional nickel based superalloys such as IN738LC for comparison. The exposure conditions within the laboratory tests have covered ranges of SO{sub x} (50 and 500 vpm) and HCl (0 and 500 vpm) in air, as well as 4/1 (Na/K){sub 2}SO{sub 4} deposits, with deposition fluxes of 1.5, 5 and 15 {mu}g/cm{sup 2}/h, for periods of up to 500 hours at 700 and 900 deg. C. Data on the performance of materials has been obtained using dimensional metrology: pre-exposure contact measurements and post-exposure measurements of features on polished cross-sections. These measurement methods allow distributions of damage data to

  9. Refurbishment of Residential Buildings: A Design Approach to Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

    Konstantinou, T.; Knaack, U.

    Refurbishing the existing building stock is an acknowledged issue in the building industry. Even though awareness has been raised, the design phase of refurbishment projects is often problematic. The decisions taken in the early stages of the design determine the final result; however, the assessmen

  10. Willingness to Pay for Eco-Certified Refurbished Products: The Effects of Environmental Attitudes and Knowledge

    Harms, Rainer; Linton, Jonathan D.


    Refurbishing products, which are increasingly sold in business-to-consumer markets, is a key strategy to reduce waste. Nevertheless, research finds that consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for refurbished products is low. Strategies for a higher WTP are needed in order to grow consumer markets for r

  11. Refurbishment of Residential Buildings: A Design Approach to Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

    Konstantinou, T.; Knaack, U.

    Refurbishing the existing building stock is an acknowledged issue in the building industry. Even though awareness has been raised, the design phase of refurbishment projects is often problematic. The decisions taken in the early stages of the design determine the final result; however, the

  12. Willingness to Pay for Eco-Certified Refurbished Products: The Effects of Environmental Attitudes and Knowledge

    Harms, Rainer; Linton, Jonathan D.; Linton, Jonathan


    Refurbishing products, which are increasingly sold in business-to-consumer markets, is a key strategy to reduce waste. Nevertheless, research finds that consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for refurbished products is low. Strategies for a higher WTP are needed in order to grow consumer markets for

  13. Metallurgical modelling of superalloy disc isothermal forgings

    Evans, R. W.


    The metallurgical structure of superalloy aeroengine disc forgings is a complex function of the forging operation parameters and the post forging heat treatment. It is often desirable to obtain certain specific structures in parts of the disc which are, for instance, resistant to crack propagation and this has traditionally been accomplished by means of a series of production trials. This expensive and time consuming procedure can be considerably shortened if the development of microstructure during the forging can be accurately modelled by a suitable computer code. Described here is such a model and its use in the design of isothermal forged components. The model discribed is a fully thermally coupled viscoplasticity finite element algorithm. It treats nodal velocities as the basic unknowns and both the mesh geometry and the various metallurgical structural terms are updated by a single step Euler scheme. Facilities are available for ensuring that surface nodes follow die shapes after impingement, that flow is incompressible and that suitable surface friction forces are applied. Throughout the whole forging process (which may involve the re-meshing of severely distorted elements), the metallurgical history of elements is retained so that the effects of subsequent heat treatments can be assessed.

  14. Fatigue Behavior and Deformation Mechanisms in Inconel 718 Superalloy Investigated


    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

  15. Bruce Unit 1 and 2 preheater condition assessment and refurbishment

    King, P.; Machowski, C.; McGillivray, R. [Babcock and Wilcox Canada Ltd., Cambridge, ON (Canada); Durance, D. [Bruce Power, Tiverton, ON (Canada)


    Bruce Units 1 to 4 were shut down during the 1990s, largely as a consequence of tube degradation resulting from inappropriate steam generator secondary side water chemistries. Following a condition assessment, Bruce Power restarted Units 3 and 4 and is currently refurbishing Units 1 and 2. In order to assess the condition of the Unit 1 and Unit 2 preheaters and determine their suitability for extended operation, inspection, maintenance and assessment activities have been conducted. Eddy current and visual inspection have revealed vessels in generally good condition. Secondary side internals appear largely undergraded. Some tube to support fretting has been observed, and a number of tubes have been removed from service because of debris fretting concerns. To prepare for return to service, the primary side divider plates have been replaced and the tubes have been ID cleaned to restore the preheater to its original condition. This paper summarizes the inspection planning, findings, assessment for extended operation and maintenance activities undertaken. (author)

  16. Observing supernova 1987A with the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope.

    France, Kevin; McCray, Richard; Heng, Kevin; Kirshner, Robert P; Challis, Peter; Bouchet, Patrice; Crotts, Arlin; Dwek, Eli; Fransson, Claes; Garnavich, Peter M; Larsson, Josefin; Lawrence, Stephen S; Lundqvist, Peter; Panagia, Nino; Pun, Chun S J; Smith, Nathan; Sollerman, Jesper; Sonneborn, George; Stocke, John T; Wang, Lifan; Wheeler, J Craig


    Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), conducted since 1990, now offer an unprecedented glimpse into fast astrophysical shocks in the young remnant of supernova 1987A. Comparing observations taken in 2010 with the use of the refurbished instruments on HST with data taken in 2004, just before the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph failed, we find that the Lyα and Hα lines from shock emission continue to brighten, whereas their maximum velocities continue to decrease. We observe broad, blueshifted Lyα, which we attribute to resonant scattering of photons emitted from hot spots on the equatorial ring. We also detect N v λλ1239, 1243 angstrom line emission, but only to the red of Lyα. The profiles of the N v lines differ markedly from that of Hα, suggesting that the N4+ ions are scattered and accelerated by turbulent electromagnetic fields that isotropize the ions in the collisionless shock.

  17. Refurbishment and extension of the terrace of Restaurant No.1


    Work to refurbish and extend part of the terrace of Restaurant No.1 started in the first week of October and should last about two months. This is just a small part of the wide-ranging site infrastructure consolidation programme that began in April 2009. The new terrace, covering a surface area of 1770 m2 (compared with 1650 m2 today), is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010 and will run all the way around the Restaurant No.1 extension. Work on the latter will affect part of Building 501 during the period from April to October 2010. The new dining room will seat some 275 additional customers (see picture). Part of the Cedars car-park will remain closed until some time in December to provide site access for trucks transporting construction materials, plant, etc. CERN Bulletin

  18. Observing Supernova 1987A with the Refurbished Hubble Space Telescope

    France, Kevin; Heng, Kevin; Kirshner, Robert; Challis, Peter; Bouchet, Patrice; Crotts, Arlin; Dwek, Eli; Fransson, Claes; Garnavich, Peter; Larsson, Josefin; Lawrence, Stephen; Lundqvist, Peter; Panagia, Nino; Pun, Chun; Smith, Nathan; Sollerman, Jesper; Sonneborn, George; Stocke, John; Wang, Lifan; Wheeler, Craig


    Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), conducted since 1990, now offer an unprecedented glimpse into fast astrophysical shocks in the young remnant of supernova 1987A. Comparing observations taken in 2010 using the refurbished instruments on HST with data taken in 2004, just before the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph failed, we find that the Ly-a and H-a lines from shock emission continue to brighten, while their maximum velocities continue to decrease. We observe broad blueshifted Ly-a, which we attribute to resonant scattering of photons emitted from hotspots on the equatorial ring. We also detect NV~\\lambda\\lambda 1239,1243 A line emission, but only to the red of Ly-A. The profiles of the NV lines differ markedly from that of H-a, suggesting that the N^{4+} ions are scattered and accelerated by turbulent electromagnetic fields that isotropize the ions in the collisionless shock.


    Poupard, S.; Martinez, J.F [UNESP; Pedraza, Fernando


    International audience; Turbine components are submitted to very aggressive environments and particularly to high temperature corrosion and /or oxidation. Because of their high cost, they have to be repaired instead of being replaced. Prior to refurbishment and recoating, the components have to be fully stripped to remove the oxide products and defective coatings. In this work, various soft chemical stripping methods are studied based on pitting acids and agents as well as oxidising acids in ...


    Y.F.Gu; Y.Yamabe-Mitarai; C.Huang; H.Harada


    It was proposed that a new class of alloys based on platinum group metals (PGMs) were called refractory superalloys.These refractory superalloys have an fcc and LI2 coherent two-phase structure (similar to that of Ni-based superalloys), high melting temperatures and good potential as structural materials used at temperatures up to 1800℃.Our recent results on the microstructure evolution, deformation and fracture behavior of some of these refracotry superalloys, especial Ir- and Rh-base refractory superalloys were reported.

  1. A study of microstructural characteristics of Ni-based superalloys at high temperatures

    Lal, Ravindra B.; Aggarwal, M. D.


    The microstructural characteristics of the Ni-based superalloy MAR-M245(Hf) which is used in manufacturing the components of the Space Shuttle main engine are studied. These superalloys need optimum heat treatment to get the best results. To find out the optimum heat treatment, the techniques of differential thermal analysis (DTA) and the optical photomicrographs were utilized. In the first phase, the existing experimental equipment like cutting, grinding/polishing machines and metallurgical microscope were set up to cut/polish and take the photomicrographs. In the beginning of the project a Perkin Elmer differential thermal analyzer DTA1700 along with a temperature programmed and the needed computer interface was procured and made operational. In the second year a Leitz Metallux-3 hot state research microscope was also procured and installed for in-situ observation of the superalloy samples. The hot stage when tested for the first time alloyed the thermocouple with the Tantalum heating element and has now been installed. Samples of MAR-M246(Hf), MAR-M247, Waspaloy, Udimet-41, CMSX-3, and CMSX-3 (Polycrystalline and single crystals) were studied using a differential thermal analyzer and the results are reported. Photomicrographs of the Ni-based superalloy MAR-M246 (Hf) were recorded before and after heat treatment at certain temperatures. More heat treatments need to be done before a final inference can be reached.

  2. The NNR requirements to address modification, modernization, refurbishment and ageing management

    Thugwane, Samuel [National Nuclear Regulator, Pretoria (South Africa)


    The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is a national competent authority in South African which has been mandated under Act 47 of 1999 to provide for the protection of property people and environment. The NNR achieves its mandated by issuing Nuclear Authorisations in case of Nuclear Installations and Certificate of registration for the mining industry. Currently SAFARI-1 Research Reactor at Pelindaba site is the only Research Reactor that is licensed by NNR through a Process based licensing. SAFARI-1 is a 20 MW research reactor and has been in operation since 1965 and is approaching its full lifetime. Regular, periodic and systematic examination, inspection, maintenance and testing of all plant, systems, structures and components have been developed and implemented. Modification and refurbishment has been implemented over years since its construction. Ageing of structural components and obsolescence is now becoming a challenge; as a result, Ageing Management Programme has been developed to address these issues. In accordance with the NNR requirements any modification that the licensee plan to implement, must comply with NNR approved processes and procedures relating to control of such modification to the design of existing plant, facility or system design, including modifications that may be of a temporary nature.

  3. Acoustical qualification of Teatro Nuovo in Spoleto before refurbishing works

    Cocchi, Alessandro; Cesare Consumi, Marco; Shimokura, Ryota


    To qualify the acoustical quality of an opera house two different approaches are now available: one is based on responses of qualified listeners (subjective judgments) compared with objective values of selected parameters, the other on comparison tests conducted in suited rooms and on a model of the auditory brain system (preference). In the occasion of the refurbishment of an opera house known for the Two Worlds Festival edited yearly by the Italian Composer G. C. Menotti, a large number of measurements were taken with different techniques, so it is possible to compare the different methods and also the results with some geometrical criterion, based on the most simple rules of musical harmony, now neglected as our attention is attracted to computer simulations, computer aided measurement techniques and similar modern methods. From this work some link between well known acoustical parameters (not known at the time when architects sketched the shape of ancient opera houses) and geometrical criteria (well known at the time when ancient opera houses were built) will be shown.

  4. Technological energy and environmental refurbishment of historical Italian libraries

    Alessandra Battisti


    Full Text Available Active libraries in Italy are around 13.000 and, taken as a whole, the property and management relate mainly to public institutions such as the state, regions, local authorities, cultural institutions, universities, and partly to religious institutions and individuals. In this paper is presented the work of studies and research, commissioned to the authors by the General Direction for Libraries of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture (Mibac, which ended recently, addressing the architectural, energy and environmental refurbishment of national historic libraries distributed on the Italian territory, with special focus on 4 among 46 owned by the Ministry of Culture (the Nazionale Centrale di Roma, the Nazionale Centrale in Florence, the national University of Turin and the Angelica in Rome believed by the authors and client as examples of recurring issues and ideals to lend itself to the construction of a model of intervention replicable on other historical Italian libraries.The main objective of the project is the identification of physical and perceptual factors of wear2, which threaten the conservation of the historical and artistic heritage of the historic center of Venice, with a particular focus on the effects of anthropogenic pressure linked to tourism, and the evaluation of their level of danger. A further objective is the recognition of measurable parameters (indicators for monitoring and, subsequently, mitigation strategies for the most significant phenomena.

  5. Porting and refurbishment of the WSS TNG control software

    Caproni, Alessandro; Zacchei, Andrea; Vuerli, Claudio; Pucillo, Mauro


    The Workstation Software Sytem (WSS) is the high level control software of the Italian Galileo Galilei Telescope settled in La Palma Canary Island developed at the beginning of '90 for HP-UX workstations. WSS may be seen as a middle layer software system that manages the communications between the real time systems (VME), different workstations and high level applications providing a uniform distributed environment. The project to port the control software from the HP workstation to Linux environment started at the end of 2001. It is aimed to refurbish the control software introducing some of the new software technologies and languages, available for free in the Linux operating system. The project was realized by gradually substituting each HP workstation with a Linux PC with the goal to avoid main changes in the original software running under HP-UX. Three main phases characterized the project: creation of a simulated control room with several Linux PCs running WSS (to check all the functionality); insertion in the simulated control room of some HPs (to check the mixed environment); substitution of HP workstation in the real control room. From a software point of view, the project introduces some new technologies, like multi-threading, and the possibility to develop high level WSS applications with almost every programming language that implements the Berkley sockets. A library to develop java applications has also been created and tested.

  6. Intex Tests Performed on Hydro Unit no2 from HPP Ruieni before and after Refurbishment

    Adrian Cuzmoş


    Full Text Available The paper work presents the results of index tests performed on HPP Ruieni hydro unit no 2 before and after refurbishment, using for discharge measurements the Winter-Kennedy method.

  7. Time management challenges of major refurbishment projects : An analysis of 20 hydropower outages at Fortum

    Nyqvist, Daniel


    While most western hydropower sites are already developed or protected by legislation, the aging hydropower park requires refurbishment actions. Especially to tackle the challenges of an increased fluctuation at the grid coming from the expansion of other renewable energy sources such as wind power. The company Fortum is carrying out a number of major refurbishment projects every year and want to enhance their time performance during the outage. Delayed projects are resulting in unexpected co...

  8. ARNICA and LonGSp: the refurbishment of two near infrared instruments

    Koshida, Shintaro; Vanzi, Leonardo; Guzman, Dani; Leiva, Rodrigo; Bonati, Marco A.; Avilés, Roberto L.; Baffa, Carlo; Palla, Francesco; Mannucci, Filippo; Shen, Tzu Chiang; Suc, Vincent


    ARNICA and LonGSp are two NICMOS based near infrared instruments developed in the 90's by the Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri. After more than 10 years from decommissioning we refurbished the two instruments with a new read-out electronics and control software. We present the performances of the refurbished systems and compare them with the historic behavior. Both instruments are currently used for testing purposes in the Lab and at the telescope, we present some example applications.

  9. A State of the Art Report on the Case Study of Hot Cell Decontamination and Refurbishment

    Won, H. J.; Jung, C. H.; Moon, J. K.; Park, G. I.; Song, K. C


    As the increase of the operation age of the domestic high radiation facilities such as IMEF, PIEF and DFDF, the necessity of decontamination and refurbishment of hot cells in these facilities is also increased. In the near future, the possibilities of refurbishment of hot cells in compliance with the new regulations, the reuse of hot cells for the other purposes and the decommissioning of the facilities also exist. To prepare against the decontamination and refurbishment of hot cells, the reports on the refurbishment, decommissioning and decontamination experiences of hot cells in USA, Japan, France, Belgium and Great Britain were investigated. ANL of USA performed the project on the decontamination of hot cells. The purpose of the project was to practically eliminate the radioactive emissions of Rn-220 to the environment and to restore the hot cells to an empty restricted use condition. The five hot cells were emptied and decontaminated for restricted use. Chemical processing facility in JAEA of Japan was used for the reprocessing study of spent fuels, hot cells in CPF were refurbished from 1995 for the tests of the newly developed reprocessing process. In a first stage, decommissioning and decontamination were fully performed by the remote operation Then, decommissioning and decontamination were performed manually. By the newly developed process, they reported that the radiation exposure of workers were satisfactorily reduced. In the other countries, they also make an effort for the refurbishment and decontamination of hot cells and it is inferred that they accumulate experiences in these fields.

  10. Essential BIM Input Data Study for Housing Refurbishment: Homeowners’ Preferences in the UK

    Kenneth Sungho Park


    Full Text Available Construction customers are persistently seeking to achieve sustainability and maximize value as sustainability has become a major consideration in the construction industry. In particular, it is essential to refurbish a whole house to achieve the sustainability agenda of 80% CO2 reduction by 2050 as the housing sector accounts for 28% of the total UK CO2 emission. However, whole house refurbishment seems to be challenging due to the highly fragmented nature of construction practice, which makes the integration of diverse information throughout the project lifecycle difficult. Consequently, Building Information Modeling (BIM is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore in order to manage construction projects in a collaborative manner, although the current uptake of the housing sector is low at 25%. This research aims to investigate homeowners’ decision making factors for housing refurbishment projects and to provide a valuable dataset as an essential input to BIM for such projects. One-hundred and twelve homeowners and 39 construction professionals involved in UK housing refurbishment were surveyed. It was revealed that homeowners value initial cost more while construction professionals value thermal performance. The results supported that homeowners and professionals both considered the first priority to be roof refurbishment. This research revealed that BIM requires a proper BIM dataset and objects for housing refurbishment.

  11. Chemical driving force for rafting in superalloys

    Nabarro, FRN


    Full Text Available The author provides a brief overview of the chemical driving forces for rafting in superalloys. Until recently, all theories of the driving force for rafting have considered the compositions of the two phases to be fixed, although accepting...


    S. S. Raza


    Full Text Available Nickel based superalloys are commonly used materials in the aero industry and more specifically in the hot section of aero engines. These nickel and nickel iron based superalloys are precipitation strengthened alloys with a face centered cubic gamma matrix. Alloy 718, Allvac 718Plus and Waspaloy have been of great interest in the present study. Alloy 718 is a precipitation strengthened nickel-iron based alloy having gamma double prime phase (Ni3Nb as a main strengthening phase up to 650 °C. Waspaloy, another precipitation strengthened nickel base superalloy, has a very good strength at temperatures up to ~750 °C whereas Allvac 718Plus is a newly developed nickel based precipitation strengthened superalloy which retains good mechanical properties at up to ~700 °C. These three alloys were investigated in terms of how their respective solidification process reveals upon cooling.Latent heat of soloidification has been estimated for all three alloys. Differential thermal analyses (DTA have been used to approach the task. It was seen that Waspaloy has the smallest solidification range whereas Allvac 718Plus has the largest solidification interval in comparison. 

  13. Component

    Tibor Tot


    Full Text Available A unique case of metaplastic breast carcinoma with an epithelial component showing tumoral necrosis and neuroectodermal stromal component is described. The tumor grew rapidly and measured 9 cm at the time of diagnosis. No lymph node metastases were present. The disease progressed rapidly and the patient died two years after the diagnosis from a hemorrhage caused by brain metastases. The morphology and phenotype of the tumor are described in detail and the differential diagnostic options are discussed.

  14. A New Polycrystalline Co-Ni Superalloy

    Knop, M.; Mulvey, P.; Ismail, F.; Radecka, A.; Rahman, K. M.; Lindley, T. C.; Shollock, B. A.; Hardy, M. C.; Moody, M. P.; Martin, T. L.; Bagot, P. A. J.; Dye, D.


    In 2006, a new-ordered L12 phase, Co3(Al,W), was discovered that can form coherently in a face-centered cubic (fcc) A1 Co matrix. Since then, a community has developed that is attempting to take these alloys forward into practical applications in gas turbines. A new candidate polycrystalline Co-Ni γ/ γ' superalloy, V208C, is presented that has the nominal composition 36Co-35Ni-15Cr-10Al-3W-1Ta (at.%). The alloy was produced by conventional powder metallurgy superalloy methods. After forging, a γ' fraction of ~56% and a secondary γ' size of 88 nm were obtained, with a grain size of 2.5 μm. The solvus temperature was 1000°C. The density was found to be 8.52 g cm-3, which is similar to existing Ni alloys with this level of γ'. The alloy showed the flow stress anomaly and a yield strength of 920 MPa at room temperature and 820 MPa at 800°C, similar to that of Mar-M247. These values are significantly higher than those found for either conventional solution and carbide-strengthened Co alloys or the γ/ γ' Co superalloys presented in the literature thus far. The oxidation resistance, with a mass gain of 0.08 mg cm-2 in 100 h at 800°C, is also comparable with that of existing high-temperature Ni superalloys. These results suggest that Co-based and Co-Ni superalloys may hold some promise for the future in gas turbine applications.


    Alberto JIMÉNEZ


    Full Text Available Stability detection in machining processes is an essential component for the design of efficient machining processes. Automatic methods are able to determine when instability is happening and prevent possible machine failures. In this work a variety of methods are proposed for detecting stability anomalies based on the measured forces in the radial turning process of superalloys. Two different methods are proposed to determine instabilities. Each one is tested on real data obtained in the machining of Waspalloy, Haynes 282 and Inconel 718. Experimental data, in both Conventional and High Pressure Coolant (HPC environments, are set in four different states depending on materials grain size and Hard-ness (LGA, LGS, SGA and SGS. Results reveal that PCA method is useful for visualization of the process and detection of anomalies in online processes.

  16. Coordination Devices in the Refurbishment Design Process: A Partial-Correlation Approach

    Azlan Shah Ali


    Full Text Available Building refurbishment is an important sector in the Malaysian construction industry. The increase the number of building renovations, alterations, extensions and extensive repair works contributed to the high demand for refurbishment projects. However, refurbishment projects are more difficult to manage compared to new-built, due to uncertainty factors inherent in the projects. Therefore, this paper identifies factors that contributed to uncertainty and shows how it affects design performance of refurbishment projects. This paper was also extended to the used of coordination devices to improve design performance from the effect of uncertainty in the projects. Partial-correlation technique was used in data analysis to check any significant moderate effects of coordination devices to control the negative effect of uncertainty on design performance of refurbishment projects. Four (4 coordination devices involved in the partial-correlation tests. The results concluded that the use of lateral relations and architect’s characteristics are most likely reducing the uncertainty of client attributes towards design completeness before work started on site.

  17. Development of Wrought Superalloy in China

    DU Jinhui


    Full Text Available Wrought superalloy development in China was reviewed in recent ten years. The achievement of basic research and development of industrial manufacture technologies were systematically described from the aspects of new alloys, new technologies of hot deformation. New alloys include: new disc materials 718Plus, GH4720Li and GH4065 alloy, combustion chamber alloy GH3230, and GH4706 alloy for gas turbine engines. New technologies include: ERS-CDS new technology of easy segregation materials, multi upsetting-drawing for improving the microstructure uniformity of bars, slow cooling and multi-cycle thermomechanical treatment for increasing hot plasticity of hard-to-work alloys. Finally, the further development of wrought superalloys was prospected.

  18. Thermal fatigue behavior of K465 superalloy

    YANG Jinxia; ZHENG Qi; SUN Xiaofeng; GUAN Hengrong; HU Zhuangqi


    The thermal fatigue behavior of K465 superalloy was investigated at the peak temperature of 1050℃. By scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical microscopy, the main crack length was observed and measured. The initiation sites of the tested alloys are different in as-cast (named as K465) and solution heat treatment (named as SK465) conditions.In K465 alloy, most thermal fatigue cracks nucleate at (Nb,W,Ti)C carbides. In SK465 alloy, thermal fatigue cracks initiate in interdendritic regions, MC-type carbides and some interfaces. Thermal fatigue cracks propagate in transdendritic mode,and M6C-type carbides could retard thermal fatigue crack growth for SK465 superalloy.

  19. Rafting in single crystal nickel-base superalloys — An overview

    M Kamaraj


    Currently nickel-base single crystal (SX) superalloys are considered for the manufacture of critical components such as turbine blades, vanes etc., for aircraft engines as well as land-based power generation applications. Microstructure and high temperature mechanical properties are the major factors controlling the performance of SX superalloys. Rafting is an important phenomenon in these alloys which occurs during high temperature creep. It is essential to understand the rafting mechanism, and its characteristics on high temperature properties before considering the advanced applications. In this review article, the thermodynamic driving force for rafting with and without stress is explained. The nature and influence of rafting on creep properties including pre-rafted conditions are discussed. In addition, the effect of stress state on $\\gamma /\\gamma'$ rafting, kinetics and morphological evolution are discussed with the recent experimental results.

  20. Oxidation Resistance: One Barrier to Moving Beyond Ni-Base Superalloys

    Pint, Bruce A [ORNL; Distefano, James R [ORNL; Wright, Ian G [ORNL


    The implementation of new high-temperature materials is often hampered by their lack of oxidation or environmental resistance. This failing is one of the strongest barriers to moving beyond Ni-base superalloys for many commercial applications. In practice, usable high-temperature alloys have at least reasonable oxidation resistance, but the current generation of single-crystal Ni-base superalloys has sufficient oxidation resistance that optimized versions can be used without a metallic bond coating and only an oxygen-transparent ceramic coating for thermal protection. The material development process often centers around mechanical properties, while oxidation resistance, along with other realities, is given minor attention. For many applications, the assumption that an oxidation-resistant coating can be used to protect a substrate is seriously flawed, as coatings often do not provide sufficient reliability for critical components. Examples of oxidation problems are given for currently used materials and materials classes with critical oxidation resistance problems.

  1. Optimizing the heat treatment of Ni-based superalloy turbine discs

    Furrer, D. U.; Shankar, R.; White, C.


    The heat-treatment processes for nickel-based superalloys continue to change due to the development of new alloys, new requirements, and subsequent new manufacturing facilities. Nickel-based superalloys are continuing to evolve to meet emerging applications, while new alloys are also being introduced for advanced applications. These new materials are also being optimized for numerous mechanical and physical properties, making the selection of heat-treatment parameters increasingly challenging. New processing facilities and methods are also being implemented to allow tailoring of heat-treating parameters to meet these new challenges. For example, the Ladish SuperCooler technology allows engineering and control of all aspects of the heat-treatment process for nickel-based components, resulting in never-before possible disc properties.

  2. A study of microstructural characteristics and differential thermal analysis of Ni-based superalloys

    Aggarwal, M. D.; Lal, R. B.; Oyekenu, Samuel A.; Parr, Richard; Gentz, Stephen


    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.

  3. High-temperature protective coatings on superalloys

    刘培生; 梁开明; 周宏余


    Protective coatings are essential for superalloys to serve as blades of gas turb ines at high temperatures, and they primarily include aluminide coating, MCrAlY overlay coating, thermal barrier coating and microcrystalline coating. In this paper, all these high-temperature coatings are reviewed as well as their preparing techniques. Based on the most application and the main failure way, the importance is then presented for further deepgoing study on the high-temperature oxidation law of aluminide coatings.

  4. Recent breakthroughs in nickel base superalloys

    Honnorat, Y.


    Meanwhile the considerable amount of results acquired since more than sixty years in the study of this class of materials, the pre-eminence of nickel base superalloys in the gas turbine engineering, which is a domain in constant evolution, drives the significant progresses accomplished along the five last years. The knowledge, each day more precisely known, of the working conditions of the parts, the continuous increase of the computer capacity and the progressive sophistication of the design...

  5. Development of Wrought Superalloy in China

    DU Jinhui; ZHAO Guangpu; Deng, Qun; LÜ Xudong; ZHANG Beijiang


    Wrought superalloy development in China was reviewed in recent ten years. The achievement of basic research and development of industrial manufacture technologies were systematically described from the aspects of new alloys, new technologies of hot deformation. New alloys include: new disc materials 718Plus, GH4720Li and GH4065 alloy, combustion chamber alloy GH3230, and GH4706 alloy for gas turbine engines. New technologies include: ERS-CDS new technology of easy segregation materials, multi...

  6. Effects of helium impurities on superalloys

    Selle, J.E.


    A review of the literature on the effects of helium impurities on superalloys at elevated temperatures was undertaken. The actual effects of these impurities vary depending on the alloy, composition of the gas atmosphere, and temperature. In general, exposure in helium produces significant but not catastrophic changes in the structure and properties of the alloys. The effects of these treatments on the structure, creep, fatigue, and mechanical properties of the various alloys are reviewed and discussed. Suggestions for future work are presented.

  7. Thermomechanical fatigue in single crystal superalloys

    Moverare Johan J.


    Full Text Available Thermomechanical fatigue (TMF is a mechanism of deformation which is growing in importance due to the efficiency of modern cooling systems and the manner in which turbines and associated turbomachinery are now being operated. Unfortunately, at the present time, relatively little research has been carried out particularly on TMF of single crystal (SX superalloys, probably because the testing is significantly more challenging than the more standard creep and low cycle fatigue (LCF cases; the scarcity and relative expense of the material are additional factors. In this paper, the authors summarise their experiences on the TMF testing of SX superalloys, built up over several years. Emphasis is placed upon describing: (i the nature of the testing method, the challenges involved in ensuring that an given testing methodology is representative of engine conditions (ii the behaviour of a typical Re-containing second generation alloy such as CMSX-4, and its differing performance in out-of-phase/in-phase loading and crystallographic orientation and (iii the differences in behaviour displayed by the Re-containing alloys and new Re-free variants such as STAL15. It is demonstrated that the Re-containing superalloys are prone to different degradation mechanisms involving for example microtwinning, TCP precipitation and recrystallisation. The performance of STAL15 is not too inferior to alloys such as CMSX-4, suggesting that creep resistance itself does not correlate strongly with resistance to TMF. The implications for alloy design efforts are discussed.

  8. Development of a Refractory High Entropy Superalloy

    Oleg N. Senkov


    Full Text Available Microstructure, phase composition and mechanical properties of a refractory high entropy superalloy, AlMo0.5NbTa0.5TiZr, are reported in this work. The alloy consists of a nano-scale mixture of two phases produced by the decomposition from a high temperature body-centered cubic (BCC phase. The first phase is present in the form of cuboidal-shaped nano-precipitates aligned in rows along <100>-type directions, has a disordered BCC crystal structure with the lattice parameter a1 = 326.9 ± 0.5 pm and is rich in Mo, Nb and Ta. The second phase is present in the form of channels between the cuboidal nano-precipitates, has an ordered B2 crystal structure with the lattice parameter a2 = 330.4 ± 0.5 pm and is rich in Al, Ti and Zr. Both phases are coherent and have the same crystallographic orientation within the former grains. The formation of this modulated nano-phase structure is discussed in the framework of nucleation-and-growth and spinodal decomposition mechanisms. The yield strength of this refractory high entropy superalloy is superior to the yield strength of Ni-based superalloys in the temperature range of 20 °C to 1200 °C.

  9. Power Reactant Storage Assembly (PRSA) (Space Shuttle). PRSA hydrogen and oxygen DVT tank refurbishment


    The Power Reactant Storage Assembly (PRSA) liquid hydrogen Development Verification Test (H2 DVT) tank assembly (Beech Aircraft Corporation P/N 15548-0116-1, S/N 07399000SHT0001) and liquid oxygen (O2) DVT tank assembly (Beech Aircraft Corporation P/N 15548-0115-1, S/N 07399000SXT0001) were refurbished by Ball Electro-Optics and Cryogenics Division to provide NASA JSC, Propulsion and Power Division, the capability of performing engineering tests. The refurbishments incorporated the latest flight configuration hardware and avionics changes necessary to make the tanks function like flight articles. This final report summarizes these refurbishment activities. Also included are up-to-date records of the pressure time and cycle histories.

  10. Refurbishment of the cryogenic coolers for the Skylab earth resources experiment package

    Smithson, J. C.; Luksa, N. C.


    Skylab Earth Resources Experiment Package (EREP) experiments, S191 and S192, required a cold temperature reference for operation of a spectrometer. This cold temperature reference was provided by a subminiature Stirling cycle cooler. However, the failure of the cooler to pass the qualification test made it necessary for additional cooler development, refurbishment, and qualification. A description of the failures and the cause of these failures for each of the coolers is presented. The solutions to the various failure modes are discussed along with problems which arose during the refurbishment program. The rationale and results of various tests are presented. The successful completion of the cryogenic cooler refurbishment program resulted in four of these coolers being flown on Skylab. The system operation during the flight is presented.

  11. Effect of Zr addition on precipitates in K4169 superalloy

    Li Yamin Liu Hongjun Liu Jie Wang Zhipeng Hao Yuan


    In order to investigate the effect of Zr addition on the precipitations of K4169 superalloy, a manual electric arc furnace was used to prepare the superalloy with different Zr addition from 0.03wt.% to 0.07wt...

  12. 75 FR 67100 - Superalloy Degassed Chromium From Japan


    ... COMMISSION Superalloy Degassed Chromium From Japan AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission... chromium from Japan. SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice that it has instituted a review pursuant... revocation of the antidumping duty order on superalloy degassed chromium from Japan would be likely to lead...

  13. Isothermal Oxidation Comparison of Three Ni-Based Superalloys

    Mallikarjuna, H. T.; Richards, N. L.; Caley, W. F.


    Ni-based superalloys are used for high-temperature components of gas turbines in both industrial and aerospace applications due to their ability to maintain dimensional stability under conditions of high stress and strain. The oxidation resistance of these alloys often dictates their service lifetime. This study focuses on the isothermal oxidation behavior of three Ni-based superalloys, namely, polycrystalline cast IN738LC, single-crystal N5, and a ternary Ni-Fe-Cr (TAS) powder metallurgy alloy. The isothermal oxidation tests were conducted at 900 °C in the static air up to 1000 h, and the specific aspects studied were the oxidation behavior of these chromia-forming and alumina-forming alloys that are used extensively in industry. In particular, the behavior of oxide scale growth and subsurface changes were analyzed in detail using various techniques such as SEM, EDS, and AFM. From the isothermal oxidation kinetics, the oxidation rate constant, k p, was calculated for each alloy and found to be; k p = 2.79 × 10-6 mg2 cm-4 s-1 for IN738LC, k p = 1.42 × 10-7 mg2 cm-4 s-1 for N5 and k p = 1.62 × 10-7 mg2 cm-4 s-1 for TAS. Based on a microstructural analysis, IN738LC exhibited a continuous dense outer scale of Cr2O3 and discontinuous inner scale of Al2O3, whereas N5 and TAS showed a dense outer scale of Al2O3 alone. The results suggested that the N5 and PM-TAS alloys are more oxidation resistant than the IN738LC under these conditions.

  14. EHS and FME Lend Their Expertise to NCI Campus Refurbishment Project | Poster

    In October 2015, the NCI executive officer and the director of NCI’s Office of Space and Facilities Management (OSFM) announced a wide-ranging refurbishment plan for NCI at Frederick. Since then, a project team comprising members from the Office of Scientific Operations, the Management Operations Support Branch, OSFM, the Center for Cancer Research, the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) directorate, and the Facilities Maintenance and Engineering (FME) directorate have met regularly with the laboratory groups affected by the refurbishment plan. Read more...

  15. Update of the Z Refurbishment project (ZR) at Sandia National Laboratories.

    Moncayo, Carla; Bloomquist, Douglas D.; Weed, John Woodruff; Tabor, Debra Ann; Donovan, Guy Louis; McKee, G. Randall; Weinbrecht, Edward A.; Faturos, Thomas V.; McDaniel, Dillon Heirman


    Sandia's Z Refurbishment (ZR) Project formally began in February 2002 to increase the Z Accelerator's utilization by providing the capability to perform more shots, improve precision and pulse shape variability, and increase delivered current. A project update was provided at the 15th International Pulsed Power Conference in 2005. The Z facility was shut down in July 2006 for structural/infrastructure modifications and installation of new pulsed power systems. The refurbishment will conclude in 2007. This paper provides a status update of the project covering the past 2 years of activities.

  16. Welding Metallurgy of Nickel-Based Superalloys for Power Plant Construction

    Tung, David C.

    Increasing the steam temperature and pressure in coal-fired power plants is a perpetual goal driven by the pursuit of increasing thermal cycle efficiency and reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The next target steam operating conditions, which are 760°C (1400°F) and 35 MPa (5000 psi) are known as Advanced Ultra Supercritical (AUSC), and can reduce CO2 emissions up to 13% but this cannot be achieved with traditional power plant construction materials. The use of precipitation-strengthened Nickel-based alloys (superalloys) is required for components which will experience the highest operating temperatures. The leading candidate superalloys for power plant construction are alloys 740H, 282, and 617. Superalloys have excellent elevated temperature properties due to careful microstructural design which is achieved through very specific heat treatments, often requiring solution annealing or homogenization at temperatures of 1100 °C or higher. A series of postweld heat treatments was investigated and it was found that homogenization steps before aging had no noticeable effect on weld metal microhardness, however; there were clear improvements in weld metal homogeneity. The full abstract can be viewed in the document itself.

  17. The effects of acoustical refurbishment of classrooms on teachers’ perceived noise exposure and noise-related health symptoms

    Kristiansen, Jesper; Lund, Søren Peter; Persson, Roger


    , the mean classroom reverberation time was 0.68 (school A) and 0.57 (school B) and 0.55 s in sham refurbished classrooms. After refurbishment, the RT was approximately 0.4 s in both schools. Activity sound level measurements confirmed that the intervention had reduced the equivalent sound levels during...... lessons with circa 2 dB(A) in both schools. Conclusion: The acoustical refurbishment was associated with a reduction in classroom reverberation time and activity sound levels in both schools. The acoustical refurbishment was associated with a reduction in the teachers’ perceived noise exposure......Objectives: To investigate whether acoustical refurbishment of classrooms for elementary and lower secondary grade pupils affected teachers’ perceived noise exposure during teaching and noise-related health symptoms. Methods: Two schools (A and B) with a total of 102 teachers were subjected...

  18. Study on the Decontamination Methodology for the Refurbishment of Spent Fuel Dry Processing Facility

    Won, H. J.; Jung, C. H.; Moon, J. K.; Byambatsere, Baigalmaa; Park, G. I.; Lee, D. Y.; Lee, J. W.; Song, K. C.


    As the increase of the operation age of the domestic high radiation facilities such as IMEF, PIEF and DFDF, the necessity of decontamination and refurbishment of hot cells in these facilities is also increased. In the near future, the possibilities of refurbishment of hot cells in compliance with the new regulations, the reuse of hot cells for the other purposes and the decommissioning of the facilities also exist. The following contents were studied. 1) State of the art on the decontamination technologies on the spent fuel dry processing facility - Case study on the decontamination and refurbishment of hot cells in the foreign countries. - Understanding of radioactive contamination characteristics of spent fuel powder treatment equipment operated under the high radiation field of the spent fuel dry processing facility. - Evaluation of applicable decontamination technologies 2) Comparative tests of the candidate decontamination technology - Preparation of the surrogate test specimens and derivation of gel decontamination condition - Decontamination tests and comparison with light ablation method 3) Establishment of decontamination methodology for the refurbishment of hot cells of the spent fuel dry processing facility - Derivation of required equipment for the hot cell decontamination - Establishment of decontamination methodologies on the contaminated equipment

  19. LECA refurbishment project or how to get ready for the next ten years

    Boussard, Francois; Bois, Dominique; Blanc, Jean Yves


    Around 1995, CEA decided a strategy for its hot laboratories: Closing LAMA - Grenoble and LHA - Saclay, after RM2 - Fontenay-aux-Roses. Refurbishing and gathering irradiated material studies in LECI - Saclay. Refurbishing LECA - Cadarache for irradiated fuel examinations. Reprocessing pilot experiments being located in Atalante - Marcoule. Started up in 1964, LECA has got an exploitation license up to August 2005. In 2001, safety authorities agreed to extend it up to 2015, provided an extensive refurbishment is undertaken which includes civil engineering works to achieve the building earthquake resistance, based on 3D-computations and withstanding maximum historically likely earthquake, improving confinement by decontaminating, adding steel boxes inside cells, changing ventilation system and creating a mobile upper cell on the cell roof, changing power supplies, shielded glasses and most manipulators, improving travelling crane, fire protection, radioactivity monitoring and alarms, installing a new device for characterizing and evacuating wastes, decreasing the fissile mass stored inside the facility (source term). Most of the work should be ended by the end of 2005. Afterwards five cells, which do not withstand earthquake, will be deconstructed within 3 years. By mid 2004, 60 % of tasks are completed and all contracts are awarded. The total final cost is 97 M Euro, 80% of which regarding the only LECA refurbishment. (Author)

  20. To refurbish or replace steel water pipelines, that is the question

    Creig-Smith, S


    Full Text Available , both destructive and non-destructive, to determine the condition of coating and lining of the pipe line, the mechanical properties, and the extent of the thinning of the pipe walls. The results of these tests are used to determine whether refurbishment...

  1. High Temperature Deformation Mechanisms in a DLD Nickel Superalloy

    Sean Davies


    Full Text Available The realisation of employing Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM technologies to produce components in the aerospace industry is significantly increasing. This can be attributed to their ability to offer the near-net shape fabrication of fully dense components with a high potential for geometrical optimisation, all of which contribute to subsequent reductions in material wastage and component weight. However, the influence of this manufacturing route on the properties of aerospace alloys must first be fully understood before being actively applied in-service. Specimens from the nickel superalloy C263 have been manufactured using Powder Bed Direct Laser Deposition (PB-DLD, each with unique post-processing conditions. These variables include two build orientations, vertical and horizontal, and two different heat treatments. The effects of build orientation and post-process heat treatments on the materials’ mechanical properties have been assessed with the Small Punch Tensile (SPT test technique, a practical test method given the limited availability of PB-DLD consolidated material. SPT testing was also conducted on a cast C263 variant to compare with PB-DLD derivatives. At both room and elevated temperature conditions, differences in mechanical performances arose between each material variant. This was found to be instigated by microstructural variations exposed through microscopic and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS analysis. SPT results were also compared with available uniaxial tensile data in terms of SPT peak and yield load against uniaxial ultimate tensile and yield strength.

  2. Managing Refurbishment Projects Through Selection of Procurement System: The Case of Malaysia

    Azlan Shah Ali


    Full Text Available The type of procurement method determines how the project would be managed. This is because project uncertainty could be found in the way that projects are awarded and howthe construction project is managed into a system of contract. Procurement methods also influenced the time performance of construction projects. Time would be affected by theflow of project that was driven by different type of procurement method. However, it’s still inconclusive to what extent that different types of procurement systems could affect the performance of refurbishment projects. This study conducted to identify types of procurement methods used in Malaysian refurbishment projects and what are theproblems and difficulties encountered by contractor using different types of procurement systems. On top of that, the study also would examine relationship between challengesencountered by contractors using different types of procurements towards refurbishment projects performance. Triangulation technique was used in the study. 316 sets of closedended questionnaires were obtained from targeted respondents which included site agents, project engineer, contract administrator, contract manager and project manager who were working in various construction companies. From the questionnaire sent out, 268 questionnaires were found to be useful for data analysis, giving a final response percentage of 24.53%. Semi-structured interview has been carried out with 15 contractors to validate the result. The findings shown that 54.3% of the projects were used traditional procurement systems, 39.9% using design and build, 4.3% using management procurement, 1.1% of the refurbishment project using turnkey system and 0.3% using built-operate-transfer (BOT system. Refurbishment projects using traditional procurement systems were performing well compared to the others. Besides, out of seven contractor challenges variables (independent which are cash flow and financial, communication with

  3. Investigation of Creep Feed Grinding Parameters and Heat treatment Effects on the Nickel-base Superalloys

    Hasan Jamshidi; Sayed Ali Sadough Vanini; Alireza Attari


    The Nickel base Superalloys are the most famous complicated and useable of Superalloys to make hot zone components of the gas turbines. The complicated dimensional tolerances, specially at the root of the blade show importance of grinding processes at the production of blades root. The prediction of the effect of machining parameters on the soundness of component surface strengthening for reaching to a suitable surface finishing and avoiding from crack formation at the work part during machining operation often is not easy and feasible so needs to more industrial investigation.This research is about frame 5 blade designed by GE and made from Superalloy IN738LC has been investigated. The formation of a plastically deformed and heat affected zone during grinding of Superalloy IN738LC with a high depth of cut but slow work speed (creep feed grinding) was investigated. Parameters such as work speed, depth of cut and radial dressing speed have been considered as variables and their effects have been studied. During experimental performed, the voltage and current of motor measured and power and special energy calculated.Some samples heat-treated (of the 1176℃ for 1 hr under neutral argon gas and cooling rate of 15℃/min up to 537℃ and then air cooling) to study grains recrystallization. Other samples have been created from the roots of blades and then coated by Nickel to measure boundary layer micro-hardness. The results show that increasing work speed leads to increasing the use power. Increasing the depth of cut, by increasing material removal rate, and the radial dressing speed, by decreasing power, lead to decreasing special energy. The temperature created by grinding lead to decreasing plastic deformation and boundary layer formation. When the radial dressing speed changes from 1 to 0.6 μm/rev and other parameters are kept unchanged the roughness of surface increases and the special energy decreases. Sufficient dressing is very essential in limiting the width

  4. The refurbished 1.3-m Robotically Controlled Telescope at Kitt Peak

    Gelderman, R.; Guinan, E.; Howell, S.; Mattox, J. R.; McGruder, C. H.; Walter, D. K.; Davis, D. R.; Everett, M.


    In 1999, the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) announced the opportunity to "assume responsibility for operation of the Kitt Peak 1.3-m telescope." A group of astronomers/educators from institutions across the USA successfully proposed to refurbish and automate the observatory and operate it as the Robotically Controlled Telescope (RCT). The RCT Consortium has been established between Francis Marion University, the Planetary Science Institute, South Carolina State University, Villanova University, and Western Kentucky University to oversee the refurbishment and automation, and operate the telescope to successfully achieve its research and education goals. The RCT was commissioned in 1964 as the Remotely Controlled Telescope and utilized that epoch's computing and communication technology to provide unattended operation from NOAO headquarters in Tucson, about 90 km distant. The original incarnation of the RCT allowed astronomers to gain experience in the remote operation of observatories in order to both develop techniques for operating space-based telescopes and to increase the productivity of ground-based telescopes (Maran 1967 Science 158, 867). While these tests worked as well as could be expected given the technology of the time, the telescope and observatory were refitted in 1969 for classical, attended operations. The second life of the 1.3-m was as a heavily subscribed KPNO visitor facility, first with photoelectric photometers and later as an important testbed for the newest infrared instrumentation. In 1996 the telescope was removed from the list of available KPNO facilities and stood idle until the RCT Consortium hired EOS Technologies, Inc. to refurbish and automate the observatory. In winter 2003 most of the observatory systems have been refurbished and the commissioning has begun. Refurbishment of the RCT has been made possible by NASA grant NAG58762.

  5. Low-Cobalt Powder-Metallurgy Superalloy

    Harf, F. H.


    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).

  6. Conditions Of Directional Solidification Affect Superalloy

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


    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.

  7. Stress rupture properties of GH4169 superalloy

    Xudong Lu


    Full Text Available GH4169 alloy is a nickel-based superalloy extensively used in the aircraft engine industry because of its excellent mechanical properties and good fabrication ability. The mechanical properties of the GH4169 at high temperature, rupture stress under severe condition deserves a close attention. In this paper, the creep rupture of the GH4169 alloy under constant load and different temperatures from 550 °C to 700 °C conditions is systematically evaluated and major impact factors in the stress rupture behavior are analyzed. Furthermore, an improving method for the alloy stress rupture is proposed.

  8. A New Approach of Designing Superalloys for Low Density

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


    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.

  9. Misfit in Inconel-Type Superalloy

    Pavel Strunz


    Full Text Available An important parameter for the characterization of microstructural changes in nickel base superalloys is the misfit - the relative difference between lattice parameters of γ matrix and γ′ precipitates. The misfit in IN738LC superalloy was examined at POLDI time-of-flight (TOF neutron diffractometer both at room temperature and in situ at elevated temperatures using a high-temperature furnace. A careful out-of-furnace measurement yielded the lattice parameters of both γ and γ′ phase at room temperature (aγ=3.58611(10 Å, aγ′=3.58857(17 Å as well as the misfit (equal to 6.9(6×10-4. The in situ measurement at elevated temperatures provided the temperature dependence of the lattice parameters of γ (up to 1120°C and γ′ (up to 1000°C. Using these data, the evolution of the misfit with temperature was calculated. The misfit decreases with increasing temperature until it reaches zero value at a temperature around 800°C. Above 800°C, it becomes negative.

  10. A new approach to develop complicated superalloy castings

    WU Jian-tao; FENG Di; LI Jun-tao; KONG Sheng-guo; PEI Zhong-ye


    An integrative computer aided investment casting (CAIC) technology for making complicated superalloy castings was described. Key processes of CAIC were discussed including the choice of SLS (Selectively Laser Sinterihg)materials, sintering parameters, solidification simulation and gating and risering system optimization. Using CAIC process,many large-sized quality superalloy castings with complicated shape and thin wall have been produced successfully and economically in Central Iron & steel Research Institute (CISRI).

  11. A new approach to develop complicated superalloy castings

    WU Jian-tao


    Full Text Available An integrative computer aided investment casting (CAIC technology for making complicated superalloy castings was described. Key processes of CAIC were discussed including the choice of SLS (Selectively Laser Sintering materials, sintering parameters, solidification simulation and gating and risering system optimization. Using CAIC process, many large-sized quality superalloy castings with complicated shape and thin wall have been produced successfully and economically in Central Iron & steel Research Institute (CISRI.

  12. Homogenization kinetics of a nickel-based superalloy produced by powder bed fusion laser sintering

    Zhang, Fan; Levine, Lyle E.; Allen, Andrew J.; Campbell, Carelyn E.; Lass, Eric A.; Cheruvathur, Sudha; Stoudt, Mark R.; Williams, Maureen E.; Idell, Yaakov


    Additively manufactured (AM) metal components often exhibit fine dendritic microstructures and elemental segregation due to the initial rapid solidification and subsequent melting and cooling during the build process, which without homogenization would adversely affect materials performance. In this letter, we report in situ observation of the homogenization kinetics of an AM nickel-based superalloy using synchrotron small angle X-ray scattering. The identified kinetic time scale is in good agreement with thermodynamic diffusion simulation predictions using microstructural dimensions acquired by ex situ scanning electron microscopy. These findings could serve as a recipe for predicting, observing, and validating homogenization treatments in AM materials.

  13. Ethics in Action at the Refurbished Archaeological Museum of Ioannina, Epirus, Greece

    Eleni Vasileiou


    Full Text Available The first exhibition of the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina (nothwestern Greece was inaugurated in 1970, in a building designed by the Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis. The museum closed in 2003 in order to be refurbished. Five years later (2008, the new exhibition was completed following the latest museological trends with a focus on the education of a diverse public and with awareness of the museum’s role as keeper of the collective memory.  This article deals with the application of the ICOM Code of Ethics in the refurbished Archaeological Museum of Ioannina. More specifically, it examines the way in which the museum’s new exhibition applies display methods and undertakes educational activities in order to accomplish its role as an educational institution.

  14. The Efficacy of Waste Management Plans in Australian Commercial Construction Refurbishment Projects

    Mary Hardie


    Full Text Available Renovation and refurbishment of the existingcommercial building stock is a growing area oftotal construction activity and a significantgenerator of waste sent to landfill in Australia. Awritten waste management plan (WMP is awidespread regulatory requirement forcommercial office redevelopment projects. Thereis little evidence, however, that WMPs actuallyincrease the quantity of waste that is ultimatelydiverted from landfill. Some reports indicate anabsence of any formal verification or monitoringprocess by regulators to assess the efficacy ofthe plans. In order to gauge the extent of theproblem a survey was conducted of twenty fourconsultants and practitioners involved incommercial office building refurbishment projectsto determine the state of current practice withregard to WMPs and to elicit suggestions withregard to ways of making the process moreeffective. Considerable variation in commitmentto recycling policies was encountered indicatinga need to revisit waste minimisation practices ifthe environmental performance of refurbishmentprojects is to be improved.

  15. Environmental effects of microstructure stability on nickel-base superalloys

    Sah, In Jin


    Next generation nuclear reactor VHTR (Very High Temperature gas-cooled Reactor) wants to achieve higher thermal efficiency and hydrogen production. IHX (Intermediate Heat eXchanger) will be exposed to the highest temperature condition among lots of structural components. Solid-solution hardening nickel-base superalloys Alloy 617 and Haynes 230 are expected to use for this applications. Studies on oxidation test and time dependent deformation at 900 .deg. C were conducted before. This study is focused on the microstructure evolution and mechanical properties at other temperature ranges. Furthermore, considering heat treatment history especially cooling rate effects on microstructure evolution, those of two superalloys are cooled down to room temperature by air and furnace. Materials behavior at intermediation temperature ranges from 600-900 .deg. C and diffusion bonding condition (1150 .deg. C) were evaluated. Vicker's hardness test and small-size tensile test were carried out for each specimen at room temperature. Hardness number and tensile strength were higher than any other temperature condition at 700 .deg. C due to gamma prime phases for Alloy 617. As the aluminum contents of Haynes 230 is far less than Alloy 617, there is no big difference for Haynes 230 at intermediate temperature ranges. The value of mechanical property of alloys at 1150 .deg. C air cooling condition was severely decreased and fully ductile fracture was detected for both alloys. On the other hand, the values showed the tendency of return to the intermediate temperature ranges when the specimen was slowly cooled down. Characteristic precipitates along the grain boundaries were detected. There was no other singularity up to 700 .deg. C for Alloy 617. However, lots of tiny M{sub 23}C{sub 6} type carbide were formed after 800 .deg. C heat treatment, and those of carbide got bigger and bigger as the heat treatment temperature increased up to 900 .deg. C. For diffusion bonding temperature

  16. Characterization of fatigue mechanisms in nickel-based superalloys

    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


    Carlos Carvalho Engler-Pinto Júnior


    Full Text Available Thermal gradients arising during transient regimes of start-up and shutdown operations produce a complex thermal and mechanical fatigue loading which limits the life of turbine blades and other engine components operating at high temperatures. More accurate and reliable assessment under non-isothermal fatigue becomes therefore mandatory. This paper investigates the nickel base superalloy CM 247LC-DS under isothermal low cycle fatigue (LCF and thermomechanical fatigue (TMF. Test temperatures range from 600°C to 1,000°C. The behavior of the alloy is strongly affected by the temperature variation, especially in the 800°C-1,000°C range. The Ramberg-Osgood equation fits very well the observed isothermal behavior for the whole temperature range. The simplified non-isothermal stress-strain model based on linear plasticity proposed to represent the thermo-mechanical fatigue behavior was able to reproduce the observed behavior for both in-phase and out-of-phase TMF cycling.

  18. Microstructural and Chemical Rejuvenation of a Ni-Based Superalloy

    Yao, Zhiqi; Degnan, Craig C.; Jepson, Mark A. E.; Thomson, Rachel C.


    The microstructural evolution of the Ni-based superalloy CMSX-4 including the change in gamma prime morphology, size, and distribution after high-temperature degradation and subsequent rejuvenation heat treatments has been examined using field emission gun scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. In this paper, it is shown that there are significant differences in the size of the `channels' between gamma prime particles, the degree of rafting, and the size of tertiary gamma prime particles in each of the different microstructural conditions studied. Chemical analysis has been carried out to compare rejuvenated and pre-service samples after the same subsequent degradation procedure. The results indicate that although the microstructures of pre-service and rejuvenated samples are similar, chemical differences are more pronounced in the rejuvenated samples, suggesting that chemical segregation from partitioning of the elements was not completely eliminated through the applied rejuvenation heat treatment. A number of modified rejuvenation heat treatment trials were carried out to reduce the chemical segregation prior to creep testing. The creep test results suggest that chemical segregation has an immeasurable influence on the short-term mechanical properties under the test conditions used here, indicating that further work is required to fully understand the suitability of specific rejuvenation heat treatments and their role in the extension of component life in power plant applications.

  19. Microstructural and Chemical Rejuvenation of a Ni-Based Superalloy

    Yao, Zhiqi; Degnan, Craig C.; Jepson, Mark A. E.; Thomson, Rachel C.


    The microstructural evolution of the Ni-based superalloy CMSX-4 including the change in gamma prime morphology, size, and distribution after high-temperature degradation and subsequent rejuvenation heat treatments has been examined using field emission gun scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. In this paper, it is shown that there are significant differences in the size of the `channels' between gamma prime particles, the degree of rafting, and the size of tertiary gamma prime particles in each of the different microstructural conditions studied. Chemical analysis has been carried out to compare rejuvenated and pre-service samples after the same subsequent degradation procedure. The results indicate that although the microstructures of pre-service and rejuvenated samples are similar, chemical differences are more pronounced in the rejuvenated samples, suggesting that chemical segregation from partitioning of the elements was not completely eliminated through the applied rejuvenation heat treatment. A number of modified rejuvenation heat treatment trials were carried out to reduce the chemical segregation prior to creep testing. The creep test results suggest that chemical segregation has an immeasurable influence on the short-term mechanical properties under the test conditions used here, indicating that further work is required to fully understand the suitability of specific rejuvenation heat treatments and their role in the extension of component life in power plant applications.

  20. Refurbishment of BR2 (Phase 4 and 5)[1997 Scientific Report of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre

    Gubel, P.; Dekeyser, J.; Van der Auwera, J.


    The extensive refurbishment of the BR-2 materials testing reactor should allow another 10 to 15years of continued operation. The refurbishment programme is required in order to comply with modern safety standards, to enhance the reliability of operation, and to compensate for the ageing of the installations of a facility that has reached about 35 years of intensive service. The main objectives and achievements of phase 4 and 5 are described.

  1. Hot deformation behavior of FGH96 superalloys

    Jiantao Liu; Guoquan Liu; Benfu Hu; Yuepeng Song; Ziran Qin; Yiwen Zhang


    The hot deformation behavior of FGH96 superalloys at 1070-1170℃ and 5×10-4-2×10-1 s-1 were investigated by means of the isothermal compression tests at a Gleeble-1500 thermal mechanical simulator. The results show that dynamic recovery acts as the main softening mechanism below 2×10-3 s-1, whereas dynamic recrystallization acts as the main softening mechanism above 2×10-3 s-1during deformation; the temperature increase caused by the deformation and the corresponding softening stress is negligible; the thermal-mechanical constitutive model to describe the hot deformation behavior is given, and the value of the apparent deformation activation energy (Qdef) is determined to be 354.93 kJ/mol.

  2. Creep Behaviour of Modified Mar-247 Superalloy

    Cieśla M.


    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of analysis of creep behaviour in short term creep tests of cast MAR-247 nickel-based superalloy samples made using various modification techniques and heat treatment. The accelerated creep tests were performed under temperature of 982 °C and the axial stresses of σ = 150 MPa (variant I and 200 MPa (variant II. The creep behaviour was analysed based on: creep durability (creep rupture life, steady-state creep rate and morphological parameters of macro- and microstructure. It was observed that the grain size determines the creep durability in case of test conditions used in variant I, durability of coarse-grained samples was significantly higher.

  3. Modeling of Thermal Expansion Coefficients of Ni-Based Superalloys Using Artificial Neural Network

    Bano, Nafisa; Nganbe, Michel


    The objective of this work is to model the thermal expansion coefficients of various Ni-based superalloys used in gas turbine components. The thermal expansion coefficient is described as a function of temperature, chemical composition including Ni, Cr, Co, Mo, W, Ta, Nb, Al, Ti, B, Zr, and C contents as well as heat treatment including solutionizing and aging. Experimental values are well described and their relative changes well correlated by the model. Because gas turbine engine components operate under severe loading conditions and at high and varying temperatures, the prediction of their thermal expansion coefficient is crucial. The model developed in this work can be useful for design optimizations for minimizing thermo-mechanical stresses between the base alloys and potential protective coatings or adjacent components. It can substantially contribute to improve the performance and service life of gas turbine components.

  4. Microstructural aspects of fatigue in Ni-base superalloys.

    Antolovich, Stephen D


    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. © 2015 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.

  5. Comparative Investigation of the Downward and Upward Directionally Solidified Single-Crystal Blades of Superalloy CMSX-4

    Wang, Fu; Ma, Dexin; Bogner, Samuel; Bührig-Polaczek, Andreas


    Single-crystal blades of Ni-base superalloys CMSX-4 have been directionally solidified using the downward directional solidification (DWDS) process. The possible benefits of the process were comparatively evaluated with respect to the Bridgman process' results. The DWDS process exhibits good capabilities for casting the single-crystal components. The thermal gradients of this process are approximately seven times higher than those of the Bridgman process. It provides more advantages for solidifying the single-crystal superalloy blades by reducing the casting defects, refining the microstructure, decreasing the size of the γ/ γ' eutectic pools, refining the γ' precipitates, alleviating the degree of the microsegregation, and minimizing the size and volume fraction of the micropores.

  6. The influence of heat treatment on properties of cold rolled alloyed steel and nickel superalloys sheets used in aircraft industry

    Zaba, K.; Dul, I.; Puchlerska, S.


    Superalloys based on nickel and selected steels are widely used in the aerospace industry, because of their excellent mechanical properties, heat resistance and creep resistance. Metal sheets of these materials are plastically deformed and applied, inter alia, to critical components of aircraft engines. Due to their chemical composition these materials are hardly deformable. There are various methods to improve the formability of these materials, including plastic deformation at an elevated or high temperature, or a suitable heat treatment before forming process. The paper presents results of the metal sheets testing after heat treatment. For the research, sheets of two types of nickel superalloys type Inconel and of three types of steel were chosen. The materials were subjected to multivariate heat treatment at different temperature range and time. After this step, mechanical properties were examined according to the metal sheet rolling direction. The results were compared and the optimal type of pre-trial softening heat treatment for each of the materials was determined.

  7. Prediction of recrystallisation in single crystal nickel-based superalloys during investment casting

    Panwisawas Chinnapat


    Full Text Available Production of gas turbines for jet propulsion and power generation requires the manufacture of turbine blades from single crystal nickel-based superalloys, most typically using investment casting. During the necessary subsequent solution heat treatment, the formation of recrystallised grains can occur. The introduction of grain boundaries into a single crystal component is potentially detrimental to performance, and therefore manufacturing processes and/or component geometries should be designed to prevent their occurrence. If the boundaries have very low strength, they can degrade the creep and fatigue properties. The root cause for recrystallisation is microscale plasticity caused by differential thermal contraction of metal, mould and core; when the plastic deformation is sufficiently large, recrystallisation takes place. In this work, numerical and thermo-mechanical modelling is carried out, with the aim of establishing computational methods by which recrystallisation during the heat treatment of single crystal nickel-based superalloys can be predicted and prevented prior to their occurrence. Elasto-plastic law is used to predict the plastic strain necessary for recrystallisation. The modelling result shows that recrystallisation is most likely to occur following 1.5–2.5% plastic strain applied at temperatures between 1000 ∘C and 1300 ∘C; this is validated with tensile tests at these elevated temperatures. This emphasises that high temperature deformation is more damaging than low temperature deformation.

  8. High-Rise Refurbishment: The Energy-Efficient Upgrade of Multi-Story Residences in the European Union



    Some 36 million European households are in high-rise residences, one in six of all households, and yet many of the buildings are in urgent need of refurbishment. This study, which is one in a series being conducted on behalf of the International Energy Agency addressing the energy performance of the existing IEA-wide building stock, identifies a Europe-wide cost-effective energy saving potential of 28% from energy-efficient refurbishment of the high-rise residential building stock. Attainment of this potential would imply a 1.5% reduction of Europe's total final energy demand and annual CO2 emissions savings of 35 Mt. In practice only the less efficient buildings need to be refurbished to realise these stockaverage savings and for these buildings typical savings in heating energy from refurbishment of between 70 and 80% are identified. Buildings in general suffer from a variety of barriers that tend to prevent their occupants from maintaining and refurbishing them to levels of comfort and energy performance that would be justified over the longer term, but collective housing in general is particularly susceptible to market failures. Many occupants do not own the property while their landlords usually have little motivation to finance improvements. Refurbishment requires collective agreement on a capital investment, which is difficult to establish especially when some occupants expect to live in the building over the longer-term but others only for the short-term. Furthermore, in most cases the occupants of high-rise residences are not among the wealthier members of society and they find it difficult to raise capital for longer-term investments. It is not surprising, then, to find that this section of the building stock is the most neglected and that there remain significant cost-effective opportunities for it to be refurbished in a way that improves comfort, saves energy, reduces CO2 emissions and significantly improves the urban environment.

  9. Deformation Behavior of Hot Isostatic Pressing FGH96 Superalloy

    LIU Yuhong; LI Fuguo; YU Hongbo


    The deformation behavior of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) FGH96 superalloy was characterized in the temperature range of 1 000-1 100 ℃ and strain rate range of 0. 001-0.1 s-1 using hot compression testing. The flow curves of HIP FGH96 superalloy during hot deformation was analyzed systematically. The results show that deformation temperature, strain rate and strain are the main influence factors on flow stress of HIP FGH96 superalloy during hot deformation. The flow stress displays a peak at a critical strain and then decreases with further increase in strain. For a given strain, the flow stress decreases with the increase of deformation temperature, and increases with the increase of strain rate. A mathematical model of these flow curves was established through regression analysis and taking the strain as a modification factor. The calculated stress values agree well with the experimental values.

  10. Refurbishment of small hydropower plants in Romania; Sanierung von Kleinwasserkraftwerken in Rumaenien

    Gmeinbauer, Joerg [Wien Energie GmbH, Wien (Austria)


    In 2008 Wien Energie subsidiary Wienstrom GmbH participated in three public auctions of Hidroelectrica S.A. for the sale of old small hydro power plants in Romania. Together with strategic partners Wienstrom could successfully compete against local and international competition and acquired 31 small hydro power plants with a total installed capacity of around 20 MW. The plants were integrated into the newly established Vienna Energy Forta Naturala Srl. and are being completely refurbished at the moment. Wien Energie consequently is already the third largest operator of small hydro power plants in Romania. (orig.)

  11. Refurbishment of damaged tools using the combination of GTAW and laser beam welding

    J. Tušek


    Full Text Available This paper presents the use of two welding processes for the refurbishment of damaged industrial tools. In the first part the problem is presented followed by the comparison of GTAW and laser welding in terms of repair welding of damaged tools. The macrosections of the welds show the difference between both welding processes in repairing of damaged tools. At the conclusion the main findings are presented. In many cases it is useful to use both welding processes in order to achieve better weld quality and to make welding more economical. The order of the technology used depends on the tool material, the use of the tool and the tool damage.

  12. Refurbishment of single and double-glazed windows; Sanierung von einfach- und doppeltverglasten Fenstern

    Eicher, H.; Erb, M.


    This report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) as part of the research program on the efficient use of energy in buildings takes a look at the refurbishment of single and double-glazed windows. Topics examined include the assessment of window frame condition and the addition of seals as a cost-effective measure. Replacement of the window panes with various single and double glazing as well the installation of such glazing with special coatings is discussed. Further topics examined include the grey energy involved and noise protection aspects.

  13. Oxide-assisted crack growth in hold-time low-cycle-fatigue of single-crystal superalloys

    Suzuki Akane


    Full Text Available Compressive hold-time low-cycle fatigue is one of the important damage modes in Ni-based superalloy hot-gas path components. In strain controlled LCF, the compressive hold typically degrades fatigue life significantly due to creep relaxation and the resultant generation of tensile stress upon returning to zero strain. Crack initiation typically occurs on the surface, and therefore, the cracks are covered with layers of oxides. Recent finite element modeling based on experimental observations has indicated that the in-plane compressive stress in the alumina layer formed on the surface of the bond coat assists rumpling and, eventually, leads to initiation of cracks. The stress in the oxide layer continues to assist crack extension by pushing the alumina layer along the crack front during the compressive hold. In-situ measurements of the growth strains of alumina were performed using high energy synchrotron X-rays at Argonne National Lab. Specimens of single-crystal superalloys with and without aluminide coatings were statically pre-oxidized to form a layer of alumina at 1093 and 982 ∘C. For the in-situ synchrotron measurements, the specimens were heated up to the pre-oxidation temperatures with a heater. The alumina layers on both bare and coated specimens show compressive in-plane strains at both temperatures. The oxide strains on the superalloys showed dependency on temperature; on the other hand, the oxide strains in the aluminide coatings were insensitive to temperature. The magnitude of the compressive strains was larger on the superalloys than the ones on the aluminide coatings.

  14. Evaluation of powder metallurgy superalloy disk materials

    Evans, D. J.


    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.

  15. Metallurgical optimisation of PM superalloy N19

    Locq Didier


    Full Text Available Microstructures of the new PM superalloy N19 have been investigated for various heat treatments in order to reach the best compromise between static strength and cyclic resistance. One subsolvus and several supersolvus heat treatments were applied to produce fine (7 μm and medium (25 μm grain sizes, respectively. The alloy is shown to be quite sensitive to the cooling conditions after solutioning as the γ′ hardening precipitates, both secondary and tertiary, have a direct influence on mechanical properties. Two cooling conditions after solutioning produce a high crack propagation resistance at 650 °C with dwell time cycles, which is one of the basic requirements. The low cycle fatigue behaviour appears to be correlated to the grain size, which determines the origin of crack initiation (from ceramic inclusions or not. The other mechanical properties (tensile, creep remain above target levels. Despite the medium size grain microstructure in the supersolvus condition, a high level of mechanical strength is observed in N19 at elevated temperature. It is understood that further improvement in properties can be achieved by developing coarse grain microstructures.

  16. Lubrication in Hot Tube Extrusion of Superalloys and Ti Alloys


    Tubular products made of superalloys and titanium alloys usually work in high temperature environment and applied heavy loading. Hot extrusion is the best technology to form tubular billets with fine microstructures and good mechanical properties. Lubrication is one of the key techniques in hot extrusion, glass lubricants are most suitable for hot extrusion. Lubrication technique in hot extrusion is dealt with in this paper, the lubrication principle of hot tube extrusion is presented. Experiments of glass lubricated backward tube extrusion of titanium alloys and forward tube extrusion of superalloys are also discussed.

  17. Solidification microstructure of directionally solidified superalloy under high temperature gradient


    The effect of solidification rate on the microstructure development of nickel-based superalloy under the temperature gradient of 500 K·cm-1 was studied. The results show that, with the increase of directional solidification rate from 50 to 800 μm·s-1, both the primary and the secondary dendrite arm spacings of the alloy decrease gradually, and the dendrite morphologies transform from coarse dendrite to superfine dendrite. The sizes of all precipitates in the superalloy decrease gradually. The morphology of ...

  18. Recrystallizaiton Behavior of Directionally Solidified DZ4 Superalloy

    Li Yun-ju; Zhang Wei-fang; Tao Chun-hu


    This article investigated effects of degrees of deformation, heat treatment temperatures and holding times on the recrystallization behavior of directionally solidified DZ4 superalloy. The results showed that, recrystallization of DZ4 superalloy could take place during solution heat treatment after certain degrees of cold work and depths of recrystallization increased with increasing degrees of deformation and heat treatment temperature. At the temperature below γ' solvus,prolonged holding times did not play an important role in improving recrystallization depths. Moreover, prevention measures for recrystallization of directionally solidified blades were given.

  19. Microstructure Modeling of a Ni-Fe-Based Superalloy During the Rotary Forging Process

    Loyda, A.; Hernández-Muñoz, G. M.; Reyes, L. A.; Zambrano-Robledo, P.


    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.

  20. Methodology of Ni-base Superalloy Development for VHTR using Design of Experiments and Thermodynamic Calculation

    Kim, Sungwoo; Kim, Dongjin [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    This work is concerning a methodology of Ni-base superalloy development for a very high temperature gas-cooled reactor(VHTR) using design of experiments(DOE) and thermodynamic calculations. Total 32 sets of the Ni-base superalloys with various chemical compositions were formulated based on a fractional factorial design of DOE, and the thermodynamic stability of topologically close-packed(TCP) phases of those alloys was calculated by using the THERMO-CALC software. From the statistical evaluation of the effect of the chemical composition on the formation of TCP phase up to a temperature of 950 .deg. C, which should be suppressed for prolonged service life when it used as the structural components of VHTR, 16 sets were selected for further calculation of the mechanical properties. Considering the yield and ultimate tensile strengths of the selected alloys estimated by using the JMATPRO software, the optimized chemical composition of the alloys for VHTR application, especially intermediate heat exchanger, was proposed for a succeeding experimental study.

  1. The Prevelence of SBS and Absenteeism among Children in Urban Refurbished Private Preshools

    Salleh Naziah Muhamad


    Full Text Available The preschool education is compulsory to children in Malaysia. This regulation has encouraged more premises to be refurbished as a pre-school building. This paper examines the pupils’ absenteeism and the prevalence of Sick Building Symptoms (SBS initiated in congested private preschool with different ventilation strategies. The study analysed data from the attendance record of 10 classrooms and the questionnaire surveys administered to 151 parents about their children health symptoms once they were leaving the schools building. Questions on SBS used 5-point likert scale with symptoms concern on nose, eye, head, throat, skin, breath and tiredness. The descriptive and chi-square test applied to obtain the association of SBS and ventilation strategies in the classrooms. With quantitative and qualitative explanation, the unhealthy environment in refurbished pre-schools explained. Running nose, coughing and sore throat frequently reported in air-conditioning (AC classrooms. The higher absent rate found in AC classrooms. These symptoms show there were weaknesses in ventilation performance and environment in the selected preschools. Further analyses on objective measurements in future research are strongly recommended.

  2. Continuous Extraction of Nickel from Superalloy Scraps Using Zinc Circulation

    Yagi, Ryohei; Okabe, Toru H.


    A novel technique for the continuous extraction of nickel (Ni) from Ni-based superalloy scraps using molten zinc (Zn) has been proposed, and its feasibility was experimentally demonstrated. The newly developed approach allows for extraction of Ni metal directly from superalloy scraps with simultaneous separation of the Zn from the resulting Zn-Ni alloy. The optimal conditions for the extraction of Ni and separation of valuable elements such as rhenium (Re), tantalum (Ta), and tungsten (W) were determined by varying major process parameters including the reaction time and configuration of the reaction chamber. The proposed method has been successfully utilized for the production of the superalloy containing 62.8 mass pct of Ni and 15.5 mass pct of refractory metals (Re, W, and Ta). Under certain conditions, 41 pct of the Ni contained in the superalloy could be extracted at 1173 K (900 °C) over 48 hours, producing an alloy containing 84.0 mass pct of Ni and 0.2 mass pct of the refractory metals.

  3. Deformation, fatigue and fracture behavior of two cast anisotropic superalloys

    Milligan, Walter W.; Huron, Eric S.; Antolovich, Stephen D.


    Tensile and low cycle fatigue (LCF) tests were conducted on two cast anisotropic superalloys. The effects of temperature, strain rate and stress range were investigated. Deformation behavior was extensively characterized and modeled. LCF and fracture behavior were studied and correlated with deformation behavior.

  4. Nickel-Based Superalloy Resists Embrittlement by Hydrogen

    Lee, Jonathan; Chen, PoShou


    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.

  5. 76 FR 8773 - Superalloy Degassed Chromium From Japan


    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION Superalloy Degassed Chromium From Japan AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission... Japan would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury. On December 22, 2010...

  6. Refurbishment and modification of existing protective shipping packages (for 30-inch UF{sub 6} cylinders) per USDOT specification No. USA-DOT-21PF-1A

    Housholder, W.R. [Nuclear Containers, Incorporated, Elizabethton, TN (United States)


    This paper addresses the refurbishment procedures for existing shipping containers for 30-inch diameter UF{sub 6} cylinders in accordance with DOT Specification 21PF-1 and the criteria used to determine rejection when such packages are unsuitable for refurbishment.

  7. Automated Identification and Characterization of Secondary & Tertiary gamma’ Precipitates in Nickel-Based Superalloys (PREPRINT)



  8. Refurbishment implications on long-term waste management strategies at Point Lepreau

    Hickman, C. [New Brunswick Power Nuclear, Fredericton, NB (Canada)


    This paper discusses Point Lepreau Generating Station's waste management experiences during the Refurbishment outage. In short, Point Lepreau GS has been challenged during the outage due to the amount of low and intermediate level waste that has been generated compared to that which was expected, which has driven the need to develop a new waste management strategy in the middle of the outage. The paper presents an overview of pre-outage waste handling, what process changes and schedule changes occurred during the outage, and provides a discussion of the operational and financial consequences of those changes. Key issues highlighted by the paper include the need for adequate provision of waste management facilities during large outages, the importance of ensuring that contractors have a stake in waste minimization activities, and long term waste management implications that need to be considered for large outages.

  9. Scout house in Koeniz - Refurbishment of the heating system; Pfadiheim Weiermatt, Sanierung Waermeversorgung - Schlussbericht

    Messerli, A. [Neuenschwander - Neutair AG, Berne (Switzerland); Jenni, H. [Heimverein Falkenstein, Koeniz (Switzerland)


    This final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) presents the results of a project carried out in Koeniz, Switzerland. The report examines how the energy situation at the local scout house was improved. The work included the refurbishment of the heating system using solar collectors, intelligently controlled heat pumps, a photovoltaics installation and even solar-powered street lighting. The project, which received a substantial echo from the general public, is described. The scouts were directly involved in the project and, in part, in the construction work. This, according to the authors, enhanced the educational aspect of the project. The report presents details on the various installations and is illustrated with schematics and photos. Also, the results of monitoring and measurements made are presented.

  10. Scout house in Koeniz - Refurbishment of the heating system; Pfadiheim Weiermatt, Sanierung Waermeversorgung - Schlussbericht

    Messerli, A. [Neuenschwander - Neutair AG, Berne (Switzerland); Jenni, H. [Heimverein Falkenstein, Koeniz (Switzerland)


    This final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) presents the results of a project carried out in Koeniz, Switzerland. The report examines how the energy situation at the local scout house was improved. The work included the refurbishment of the heating system using solar collectors, intelligently controlled heat pumps, a photovoltaics installation and even solar-powered street lighting. The project, which received a substantial echo from the general public, is described. The scouts were directly involved in the project and, in part, in the construction work. This, according to the authors, enhanced the educational aspect of the project. The report presents details on the various installations and is illustrated with schematics and photos. Also, the results of monitoring and measurements made are presented.

  11. Refurbishment and Testing of the 1970's Era LASS Solenoid Coils for JLab's Hall D

    Anumagalla, Ravi; Biallas, George; Brindza, Paul; Carstens, Thomas; Creel, Jonathan; Egiyan, Hovanes; Martin, Floyd; Qiang, Yi; Spiegel, Scot; Stevens, Mark; Wissmann, Mark


    JLab refurbished the LASS1, 1.85 m bore Solenoid, consisting of four superconducting coils to act as the principal analysis magnet for nuclear physics in the newly constructed, Hall D at Jefferson Lab. The coils, built in 1971 at Stanford Linier Accelerator Center and used a second time at the MEGA Experiment at Los Alamos, had electrical shorts and leaks to the insulating vacuum along with deteriorated superinsulation & instrumentation. Root cause diagnosis of the problems and the repair methods are described along with the measures used to qualify the vessels and piping within the Laboratory's Pressure Safety Program (mandated by 10CFR851). The extraordinary refrigerator operational methods used to utilize the obsolete cryogenic apparatus gathered for the off-line, single coil tests are described.

  12. Refurbish power supply/distribution system, Phase 2, Y-12 Plant, Oak Ridge. Progress status report number 51



    This is a report on the phase 2 of refurbishing power supply/distribution system at Y-12 Plant, Oak Ridge, TN. The report topics include accomplishments by work breakdown structure (WBS) identifier, identification of items issued and items received, past due items, items requested, a milestone schedule by WBS and including a drawing list showing percent complete, and conference summaries.

  13. An integrated design process for a zero-energy refurbishment prototype for post-war residential buildings in the Netherlands

    Konstantinou, T.; Klein, T.; Guerra Santin, O.; Boess, S.U.; Silvester, S.


    Although refurbishment is a necessary step to reach the ambitious energy and decarbonisation targets for 2020 and 2050, which require an eventual reduction up to 90% in CO2 emissions, the rate of renovation is still relatively low. There is an increasing demand to upgrade both the physical condition

  14. Changes in the microstructure occurring during the creep of single crystal nickel-base superalloys

    Henderson, P.; Komenda, J. [Institutet foer Metallforskning, Stockholm (Sweden)


    Nickel-base superalloy single crystal components are now being introduced into industrial gas turbines as first row turbine blades report and in the future methods of remaining life assessment will be required. In this report an introduction to single crystal alloys is given and the effects of service exposure and principles of remaining life assessment of nickel-base superalloys have been reviewed. During creep (in cast Ni-base superalloys) cavities appear at grain boundaries and shape changes occur in the {gamma}` particles. Interrupted and full length creep tests have been performed at 750 and 950 deg C on the Ni-base single crystal alloy CMSX-4 and the resulting changes in microstructure have been quantified using a wide variety of parameters. The solidification process results in interdendritic porosity and the {gamma}` particles are initially cuboidal in shape. At 750 deg C no changes in the particles or porosity could be detected. At 950 deg C the volume fraction and number per of measured cavities increased during creep. The smallest cavities measured by optical microscopy were 2-3 {mu}m in diameter, which was the limit of resolution of the system. The increase in cavity numbers is caused by the growth of cavities originally under 2 {mu}m. At 950 deg C the {gamma}` particles coalesced during creep to form a network of rafts, containing isolated plates of matrix and the volume percent of {gamma}` increased from ca 50 to ca 75%. The rafts reached their maximum length before 2% strain, but continued to thicken throughout the test. Although of different dimensions, the aspect ratio (length-to-width ratio as measured by the intersection of chords) of the {gamma}` rafts and the matrix plates were similar at the same levels of strain, reaching a maximum before 2% strain. These changes at 950 deg C were strain- and not time-dependent. Based on these findings, a way forward for the remaining life assessment of single crystal components has been proposed.

  15. Effect of Electromagnetic Stirring on the Quality of K417 Superalloy Ingots

    Jin; Wenzhong; Li; Tingju; Yin; Guomao


    The effect of electromagnetic stirring on the inner quality of K417 superalloy ingots is studied with EPMA and optical microscope.The results show that while an electromagnetic stirring with 50Hz frequency and 80A current is imposed,the equiax crystals of K417 superalloy ingots can be effectively refined and increased,and the central shrinkage porosity and the dendritic segregation of K417 superalloy ingots are greatly reduced,so the inner quality of K417 superalloy ingots is obviously improved.

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

    Antolovich, S. D.; Jayaraman, N.


    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.

  17. Recent Advances in Creep Modelling of the Nickel Base Superalloy, Alloy 720Li

    Steve Williams


    Full Text Available Recent work in the creep field has indicated that the traditional methodologies involving power law equations are not sufficient to describe wide ranging creep behaviour. More recent approaches such as the Wilshire equations however, have shown promise in a wide range of materials, particularly in extrapolation of short term results to long term predictions. In the aerospace industry however, long term creep behaviour is not critical and more focus is required on the prediction of times to specific creep strains. The current paper illustrates the capability of the Wilshire equations to recreate full creep curves in a modern nickel superalloy. Furthermore, a finite-element model based on this method has been shown to accurately predict stress relaxation behaviour allowing more accurate component lifing.

  18. Broaching Performance of Superalloy GH4169 Based on FEM

    Xiangwei Kong; Bin Li; Zhibo Jin; Wenran Geng


    The nickel-based superalloy GH4169 is an important material for high temperature applications in the aerospace industry. However, due to its poor machinability, GH4169 is hard to be cut and generates saw-tooth chips during high speed machining, which could significantly affect the dynamic cutting force, cutting temperature fluctuation, tool life, and the surface integrity of the parts. In this paper, the saw-tooth chip formation mechanism of superalloy GH4169 was investigated by the elasto-viscoplastic finite element method (FEM). Using the finite element software of ABAQUS/Explicit, the deformation of the part during high speed machining was simulated. The effective plastic strain, the temperature field, the stress distribution, and the cutting force were analyzed to determine the influence of the cutting parameters on the saw-tooth chip formation. The study on broaching performance has great effect on selecting suitable machining parameters and improving tool life.

  19. Feasibility Study for Casting of High Temperature Refractory Superalloy Composites

    Lee, Jonathan A.


    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.

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

    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

  1. Powder-metallurgy superalloy strengthened by a secondary gamma phase.

    Kotval, P. S.


    Description of experiments in which prealloyed powders of superalloy compositions were consolidated by extrusion after the strengthening by precipitation of a body-centered tetragonal gamma secondary Ni3 Ta phase. Thin foil electron microscopy showed that the mechanical properties of the resultant powder-metallurgy product were correlated with its microstructure. The product exhibited high strength at 1200 F without loss of ductility, after thermomechanical treatment and aging.

  2. Surface modification, microstructure and mechanical properties of investment cast superalloy

    M. Zielińska; Kubiak, K.; J. Sieniawski


    Purpose: The aim of this work is to determine physical and chemical properties of cobalt aluminate (CoAl2O4) modifiers produced by different companies and the influence of different types of modifiers on the grain size, the microstructure and mechanical properties of high temperature creep resisting superalloy René 77.Design/methodology/approach: The first stage of the research work took over the investigations of physical and chemical properties of cobalt aluminate manufactured by three diff...

  3. Potential of Metal-Matrix Composites as Superalloy Substitutes


    Engine Construction. Towards a Cycle without Loss: Cobalt in the Aircraft Industry. Gas Turbine Engine Design Considerations as Related to Alloys of...Developments to Reduce Strategic Materials Usage. Practical Implications of the Use of Alumlnlde Coatings for the Corrosion Protection of Superalloys in Gas ...Aaroapatlalas (ONERA) BP72, 92)22 Chatlllon, Cadax, Franca ABSTRACT ’The potential of metal-matrlx coaposltas aa qaa- turbina blada material« has

  4. Constitutive Equation of Superalloy In718 in Hammer Forging Process


    A constitutive equation reflecting the flow behavior ofSuperalloy In718 during the counter-blow hammer forging process was developed in terms of the relationship of flow stress and hot-deformation parameters, such as strain, strain rate, and deformation temperature. A new simplified approach for the complex multi-pass stress-strain curves has been attempted. The simulation curves calculated by constitutive equation are consistent with the experimental data.

  5. Interfacial dislocation motion and interactions in single-crystal superalloys

    Liu, B. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Raabe, D. [Max Planck Inst. fur Eisenforshung. Dusseldorf (Germany); Roters, F. [Max Planck Inst. fur Eisenforshung. Dusseldorf (Germany); Arsenlis, A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)


    The early stage of high-temperature low-stress creep in single-crystal superalloys is characterized by the rapid development of interfacial dislocation networks. Although interfacial motion and dynamic recovery of these dislocation networks have long been expected to control the subsequent creep behavior, direct observation and hence in-depth understanding of such processes has not been achieved. Incorporating recent developments of discrete dislocation dynamics models, we simulate interfacial dislocation motion in the channel structures of single-crystal superalloys, and investigate how interfacial dislocation motion and dynamic recovery are affected by interfacial dislocation interactions and lattice misfit. Different types of dislocation interactions are considered: self, collinear, coplanar, Lomer junction, glissile junction, and Hirth junction. The simulation results show that strong dynamic recovery occurs due to the short-range reactions of collinear annihilation and Lomer junction formation. The misfit stress is found to induce and accelerate dynamic recovery of interfacial dislocation networks involving self-interaction and Hirth junction formation, but slow down the steady interfacial motion of coplanar and glissile junction forming dislocation networks. The insights gained from these simulations on high-temperature low-stress creep of single-crystal superalloys are also discussed.

  6. Phase transformation strengthening of high-temperature superalloys

    Smith, T. M.; Esser, B. D.; Antolin, N.; Carlsson, A.; Williams, R. E. A.; Wessman, A.; Hanlon, T.; Fraser, H. L.; Windl, W.; McComb, D. W.; Mills, M. J.


    Decades of research has been focused on improving the high-temperature properties of nickel-based superalloys, an essential class of materials used in the hot section of jet turbine engines, allowing increased engine efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. Here we introduce a new `phase-transformation strengthening' mechanism that resists high-temperature creep deformation in nickel-based superalloys, where specific alloying elements inhibit the deleterious deformation mode of nanotwinning at temperatures above 700 °C. Ultra-high-resolution structure and composition analysis via scanning transmission electron microscopy, combined with density functional theory calculations, reveals that a superalloy with higher concentrations of the elements titanium, tantalum and niobium encourage a shear-induced solid-state transformation from the γ' to η phase along stacking faults in γ' precipitates, which would normally be the precursors of deformation twins. This nanoscale η phase creates a low-energy structure that inhibits thickening of stacking faults into twins, leading to significant improvement in creep properties.

  7. Property Enrichment of Aged Nickel Base Superalloy Supercast 247A

    Lavakumar Avala


    Full Text Available The commercial nickel-base superalloy Supercast 247A can be used for applications in which is required high mechanical strength and corrosion resistance at elevated temperatures, such as turbine blades and automotive turbocharger rotors. The mechanical properties are totally connected to the morphology, size and distribution of γ' phase and carbides. In order to improve the mechanical properties, the material is subjected to solution and aging heat treatment, to raise the volume fraction of γ' phase in the matrix and to form carbides at grain boundaries. In the present study the Supercast 247A superalloy was remelted and cast to obtain the desired polycrystalline test bars by controlling casting parameters, followed by the investigation of precipitation morphology and mechanical properties with respect to solution treatment and aging treatment. The experimental results show that by well controlled casting parameters the Supercast 247A owns excellent castability to form a superalloy with fine grain structure, resistance to indentation as well as superior strength.

  8. Processing-structure characterization of rheocast IN-100 superalloy

    Cheng, Jung-Jen Allen; Apelian, Diran; Doherty, Roger D.


    The rheocasting solidification process has been applied in the production of IN-100 nickel base superalloy. A high vacuum furnace for rheocasting superalloys was used to rheocast ingots under different processing conditions. Processing variables which were evaluated include stirring speed, isothermal stirring time, and volume fraction solid during isothermal stirring. Ingots, furnace cooled at the same rate but without stirring, were also examined for comparison with the rheocast ingots. A detailed microstructural examination was made of the resultant microstructure both on furnace cooling after stirring and on reheating to the isothermal stirring temperature followed by water quenching. Rheocasting yielded fine-grained structures, where the extent of microsegregatiori, the variation in macrostructure, and the solidification-induced porosity were found to be reduced in comparison to the unstirred ingot. The grain size and nonuniformity in the as-cast ingot were reduced by increasing the stirring speed, isothermal stirring time, or the volume fraction solid during stirring. The degree of the microsegregation decreased significantly with increasing volume fraction solid. Grain boundaries, both with and without solute enrichment, were found in the rosette-like solid particles after rheocasting, lending support to the Vogel-Cantor-Doherty model of rheocasting based on the formation of grain boundaries by strain-induced recrystallization and by sintering. It is clear from these results that the microstructure of this superalloy was significantly improved by rheocasting. Improved mechanical properties were also found and will be reported separately.

  9. The Mechanical Properties of Candidate Superalloys for a Hybrid Turbine Disk

    Gabb, Timothy P.; MacKay, Rebecca A.; Draper, Susan L.; Sudbrack, Chantal K.; Nathal, Michael V.


    The mechanical properties of several cast blade superalloys and one powder metallurgy disk superalloy were assessed for potential use in a dual alloy hybrid disk concept of joined dissimilar bore and web materials. Grain size was varied for each superalloy class. Tensile, creep, fatigue, and notch fatigue tests were performed at 704 to 815 degC. Typical microstructures and failure modes were determined. Preferred materials were then selected for future study as the bore and rim alloys in this hybrid disk concept. Powder metallurgy superalloy LSHR at 15 micron grain size and single crystal superalloy LDS-1101+Hf were selected for further study, and future work is recommended to develop the hybrid disk concept.

  10. A containment analysis for SBLOCA without ECI in the refurbished Wolsong-1 Nuclear Power Plant

    Kim, T.M.; Moon, B.J.; Bae, C.J.; Lee, S.H.; Choi, C.J.; Lee, D.S. [NSSS, Korea Power Engineering Company, Inc., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, S.M. [NETEC, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company, Inc., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    A small break leading to loss of coolant accident (SBLOCA), being one of the topic accidents in the nuclear plant diagnosis in recent years, has been analyzed and evaluated for the refurbished Wolsong-1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). The industry standard toolset (IST) codes developed by CANDU Owners Group and updated models including design change parameters are applied to the event analyses. GOTHIC code has been used for the containment analysis of Wolsong-1. Also, SMART-IST code fitted in the Iodine Chemistry (IMOD-2) model has been used to predict nuclide behavior within the containment considering various aspects. IMOD-2 was incorporated into SMART-IST as a module dealing the chemical transformations and mass transfer of iodine species in containment. IMOD-2 model is very sensitive to paint and chemicals. The parameter studies for IMOD-2 model are performed to decide the analysis value set. The developed methodology and the results of SBLOCA without ECI are presented herein. Under the most heat-up conditions, the radionuclide release from the failed fuel into the containment and subsequently to the environment is such that the radioactive doses to the public are below the acceptable limits. (author)

  11. Energy Refurbishment of an Office Building with Hybrid Photovoltaic System and Demand-Side Management

    Giovani Almeida Dávi


    Full Text Available On-site photovoltaic (PV and battery systems intend to improve buildings energy performance, however battery costs and monetary incentives are a major drawback for the introduction of these technologies into the electricity grids. This paper proposes an energy refurbishment of an office building based on multi-objective simulations. An innovative demand-side management approach is analyzed through the PV and battery control with the purpose of reducing grid power peaks and grid imported energy, as well as improving the project economy. Optimization results of load matching and grid interaction parameters, complemented with an economic analysis, are investigated in different scenarios. By means of battery use, the equivalent use of the grid connection is reduced by 12%, enhancing the grid interaction potential, and 10% of load matching rates can be increased. Project improvements indicate the grid connection capacity can be reduced by 13% and significant savings of up to 48% are achieved on yearly bills. The economy demonstrates the grid parity is only achieved for battery costs below 100 €/kWh and the payback period is large: 28 years. In the case with only PV system, the grid parity achieves better outcomes and the payback time is reduced by a half, making this a more attractive option.

  12. In search of a holistic, sustainable and replicable model for complete energy refurbishment in historic buildings

    Marija S. Todorović


    Full Text Available The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in buildings offers one of the most promising opportunities for developed and developing countries to cooperate in achieving the realization of significant energy efficiency improvements. However, achieving sustainability is not an easy task unless there is synergy with/between energy efficiency improvement and renewable energy sources (RES - these are not at present in widespread dissemination and use. This paper recognizes the synergetic relationship between conservation and sustainability. At present, the role of heritage conservation in achieving sustainability has not yet been fully recognized, nor have heritage needs been well integrated into sustainability initiatives. Historic buildings are inherently sustainable. Preservation maximizes the use of existing materials and infrastructures, reduces waste, and preserves the historical character of older towns and cities. Sustainability begins with preservation. Taking into account the original climatic adaptations of historic buildings, today’s sustainable technology can supplement inherent sustainable features without compromising their unique historical character. Furthermore, a number of paper reviews and case studies with related methodologies outline the need to implement the latest current knowledge and technologies (BPS - Building Performance Simulation and CFD - Computational Fluid Dynamics for use in the refurbishment design process, as well as highlighting the crucial importance of sustainability, relevant benchmarking and rating system development.

  13. Comparison of Ice-Bank Actual Results Against Simulated Predicted Results in Carroll Refurbishment Project DKIT

    Edel Donnelly


    Full Text Available This paper reviews the selection methods used in the design of an ice-bank thermal energy storage (TES application in the Carroll’s building in Dundalk IT. The complexities of the interaction between the on- site wind turbine, existing campus load and the refurbished building meant that traditional calculation methods and programmes could not be used and specialist software had to be developed during the design process. The research reviews this tool against the actual results obtained from the operation in the building for one college term of full time use. The paper also examines the operation of the system in order to produce recommendations for its potential modification to improve its efficiency and utilisation. Simulation software is evaluated and maximum import capacity is minimised. Significant budget constraints limited the level of control and metering that could be provided for the project, and this paper demonstrates some investigative processes that were used to overcome the limitations on data availability.

  14. In-Space Repair and Refurbishment of Thermal Protection System Structures for Reusable Launch Vehicles

    Singh, M.


    Advanced repair and refurbishment technologies are critically needed for the thermal protection system of current space transportation systems as well as for future launch and crew return vehicles. There is a history of damage to these systems from impact during ground handling or ice during launch. In addition, there exists the potential for in-orbit damage from micrometeoroid and orbital debris impact as well as different factors (weather, launch acoustics, shearing, etc.) during launch and re-entry. The GRC developed GRABER (Glenn Refractory Adhesive for Bonding and Exterior Repair) material has shown multiuse capability for repair of small cracks and damage in reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC) material. The concept consists of preparing an adhesive paste of desired ceramic with appropriate additives and then applying the paste to the damaged/cracked area of the RCC composites with an adhesive delivery system. The adhesive paste cures at 100-120 C and transforms into a high temperature ceramic during reentry conditions. A number of plasma torch and ArcJet tests were carried out to evaluate the crack repair capability of GRABER materials for Reinforced Carbon-Carbon (RCC) composites. For the large area repair applications, Integrated Systems for Tile and Leading Edge Repair (InSTALER) have been developed and evaluated under various ArcJet testing conditions. In this presentation, performance of the repair materials as applied to RCC is discussed. Additionally, critical in-space repair needs and technical challenges are reviewed.

  15. Shakedown Tests for Refurbished and Upgraded Frames and Initiation of Alloy 709 Creep Rupture Tests

    Wang, Hong [ORNL; Moser, Jeremy L. [ORNL; Hawkins, Charles S. [ORNL; Lara-Curzio, Edgar [ORNL


    This report describes the shakedown tests conducted on the upgraded frames, and initiation of creep rupture tests on refurbished frames. SS316H, a reference material for Alloy 709, was used in shakedown tests, and the tests were conducted at 816 degree C under three stress levels to accumulate 1% creep strain. ¼” gage diameter specimen design was used. The creep rupture tests on Alloy 709 were initiated at 600 degree C under 330 MPa to target 1,500 h rupture time. 12 specimens with 3/8” gage diameter were prepared from the materials with 6 heat treatment conditions, 2 from each. The required mechanical load under 330MPa was calculated to be 5,286 lb for the 3/8” gage diameter specimen. Among the ART frames, 7 frames are equipped with 10,000 lb load cell including #5 to 8 and #88 to 90, and can be used. 7 tests were thus started in this stage of project, and remaining 5 will be continued whenever any of the 7 tests is completed.

  16. Hot Corrosion Behaviour of Detonation Gun Sprayed Al2O3-40TiO2 Coating on Nickel Based Superalloys at 900°C

    N. K. Mishra


    Full Text Available Hot corrosion is the major degradation mechanism of failure of boiler and gas turbine components. These failures occur because of the usage of wide range of fuels such as, coal and oil at the elevated temperatures. Nickel based superalloys having excellent mechanical strength and creep resistance at elevated temperature are used under such environment but they lack resistance to hot corrosion at high temperature. To overcome these problems hot corrosion resistant coatings are deposited on these materials. In the current investigation Al2O3-40%TiO2 powder has been deposited on Superni 718 and AE 435 superalloys by Detonation Gun method. The hot corrosion performance of Al2O3-40%TiO2 coated as well as uncoated Superni 718 and AE 435 alloys has been evaluated in aggressive environment Na2SO4-82%Fe2(SO43 under cyclic conditions at an elevated temperature of 900°C. The kinetics of the corrosion is approximated by weight change measurements made after each cycle for total duration of 50 cycles. Scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the hot corrosion products. The coated samples imparted better hot corrosion resistance than the uncoated ones. The AE 435 superalloy performed better than Superni 718 for hot corrosion in a given environment.

  17. Microstructural Changes during High Temperature Service of a Cobalt-Based Superalloy First Stage Nozzle

    A. Luna Ramírez


    Full Text Available Superalloys are a group of alloys based on nickel, iron, or cobalt, which are used to operate at high temperatures (T > 540°C and in situations involving very high stresses like in gas turbines, particularly in the manufacture of blades, nozzles, combustors, and discs. Besides keeping its high resistance to temperatures which may approach 85% of their melting temperature, these materials have excellent corrosion resistance and oxidation. However, after long service, these components undergo mechanical and microstructural degradation; the latter is considered a major cause for replacement of the main components of gas turbines. After certain operating time, these components are very expensive to replace, so the microstructural analysis is an important tool to determine the mode of microstructure degradation, residual lifetime estimation, and operating temperature and most important to determine the method of rehabilitation for extending its life. Microstructural analysis can avoid catastrophic failures and optimize the operating mode of the turbine. A case study is presented in this paper.

  18. Experimental Study on the Machining of Inclined Holes for Thermal Barrier-Coated Nickel Superalloys by EDM

    Zhang, Guowei; Guo, Yongfeng; Wang, Li


    Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are used to thermally insulate superalloy components from the hot gas streams in gas turbine engines. In this work, electrical discharge machining (EDM) was used to machine different inclined holes in TBC-coated nickel superalloys by integrating the inner-jet-liquid rotating electrode method and the assisting electrode method. The influences of the inclination angle (i.e., from 0° to 60°) and EDM parameters (i.e., peak current, pulse duration, duty factor and flushing pressure) on the machining time and electrode wear were investigated. The surface morphologies and elemental distribution were analyzed using a scanning electron microscope and an energy dispersive spectroscope. The results of the analysis showed that the 8YSZ ceramic coating is more prone to brittle fracture and cracking than the IN718 substrate and NiCoAlY bond coating, and pits and cracks become more pronounced as the inclination angle increases. The damage on the trailing edge is primarily caused by the thermal stress fracture, and the damage on the leading edge is mainly caused by thermal erosion. Using high-energy parameters, a delamination with dimensions of 28 μm (W) × 200 μm (L) occurs on the trailing edges of the coating/substrate interface.

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

    Naffakh-Moosavy, Homam


    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).

  20. Hot deformation behavior of delta-processed superalloy 718

    Wang, Y., E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Shao, W.Z.; Zhen, L.; Zhang, B.Y. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)


    Research highlights: {yields} The peak stress for hot deformation can be described by the Z parameter. {yields} The grain size of DRX was inversely proportional to the Z parameter. {yields} The dissolution of {delta} phases was greatly accelerated under hot deformation. {yields}The {delta} phase stimulated nucleation can serve as the main DRX mechanism. - Abstract: Flow stress behavior and microstructures during hot compression of delta-processed superalloy 718 at temperatures from 950 to 1100 deg. C with strain rates of 10{sup -3} to 1 s{sup -1} were investigated by optical microscopy (OM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The relationship between the peak stress and the deformation conditions can be expressed by a hyperbolic-sine type equation. The activation energy for the delta-processed superalloy 718 is determined to be 467 kJ/mol. The change of the dominant deformation mechanisms leads to the decrease of stress exponent and the increase of activation energy with increasing temperature. The dynamically recrystallized grain size is inversely proportional to the Zener-Hollomon (Z) parameter. It is found that the dissolution rate of {delta} phases under hot deformation conditions is much faster than that under static conditions. Dislocation, vacancy and curvature play important roles in the dissolution of {delta} phases. The main nucleation mechanisms of dynamic recrystallization (DRX) for the delta-processed superalloy 718 include the bulging of original grain boundaries and the {delta} phase stimulated DRX nucleation, which is closely related to the dissolution behavior of {delta} phases under certain deformation conditions.

  1. Pulsed laser-assisted machining of Inconel 718 superalloy

    Azhdari Tadavani, Soheila; Shoja Razavi, Reza; Vafaei, Reza


    Nickel-based superalloys including Inconel 718(IN718) are widely used in aerospace industries due to their superior high temperature strength, toughness, and corrosion resistance. These alloys are difficult to machine mainly because of their low thermal conductivity and high work hardening rate, which cause steep temperature gradient and high cutting forces at the tool edge. The application of laser assisted machining is the subject of many new researches since shear forces; surface coarsening and tool wear are reduced. The aim of this investigation was to evaluate laser assisted machining behavior of a 718 Inconel superalloy from the view point of machining specific energy, surface roughness, tool wear and chip appearance. Experimental apparatuses used included optical and scanning electron microscopy, spark emission spectroscopy, and EDS analysis. The results indicated that increasing the temperature to about 540 °C just ahead of primary shear zone, can result in 35% reduction of machining specific energy, in comparison with conventional machining. Furthermore, surface coarsening and tool wear were reduced by 22% and 23% respectively. Flank wear was the main deteriorating factor on cutting tools during laser assisted machining. SEM micrographs indicated that increase in temperature has no noticeable effect on finished workpiece surface. Analysis of variance obtained from regression analysis indicated that frequency of laser beam has the most influential effect on temperature. The optimum conditions for laser assisted machining of 718 superalloy is suggested as follows: 80 Hz frequency, 400 W power, 24 m/min cutting speed, and 0.052 mm/rev feed rate along with 540 °C temperature, 2.51 J/mm2 machining specific energy and 130 N cutting force.


    J.H. Du; X.D. Lü; J.L. Qu; Q. Deng; J.Y. Zhuang; Z.Y. Zhong


    Recently, a novel 718 superalloy with remarkable structural stability at 680℃ has been designed and fabricated by CISRI (Central Iron and Steel Research Institute) etc. Phase identification of novel 718 alloy under the above-mentioned heat-treatment condition was performed using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results show that the novel 718 alloy has outstanding structural stability at 680℃. The novel 718alloy possess excellent structural stability and good mechanical properties, which is attributed to y-phase strengthening and also to the specific sandwich structure of the γ′ + γ" strengthening phase.

  3. Effect of Slag on Titanium, Silicon, and Aluminum Contents in Superalloy During Electroslag Remelting

    Jiang, Zhou-Hua; Hou, Dong; Dong, Yan-Wu; Cao, Yu-Long; Cao, Hai-Bo; Gong, Wei


    Many factors influence the chemical composition in electroslag remelting (ESR) steel, including atmosphere in crucible, melting rate, slag composition, deoxidation, and so on. Fluoride-based slag, which is exposed to liquid metal directly, influences the chemical composition of ESR ingots to a large extent. The present paper focuses on the effect of slag on the titanium, silicon, and aluminum contents in ingots based on the interaction of the slag and metal. In present work, superalloy of GH8825 and several slags containing different CaO contents have been employed for investigating the effect of slag on titanium, silicon, and aluminum contents in an electrical resistance furnace under argon atmosphere. Results indicate that the higher CaO content in slag has better capacity for avoiding loss of titanium caused by the reaction of titanium with silica in slag, especially in case of remelting superalloy with high titanium and low silicon content. The CaO has a great effect on the activities of TiO2, SiO2, and Al2O3. Thermodynamic analysis is applied to investigate the CaO behavior. Based on the ion and molecule coexistence theory of slag, activity model is established to calculate the activities of components containing titanium, silicon, and aluminum elements in a six-component slag consisting of CaO-CaF2-Al2O3-SiO2-TiO2-MgO. The components containing titanium, silicon, and aluminum in slag are mainly CaO·TiO2, 2CaO·SiO2, CaO·SiO2, CaO·Al2O3, and MgO·Al2O3. With the increase of CaO mass fraction in slag, the activity coefficient of SiO2 decreases significantly, whereas slightly change happens for Al2O3. As a result, the lg ({{γ_{{{{SiO}}2 }} } {/ {{{γ_{{{{SiO}}2 }} } {γ_{{{{TiO}}2 }} }}} {γ_{{{{TiO}}2 }} }}) decreases with increasing CaO content, which is better for preventing loss of titanium caused by the reaction of titanium with silica in slag. The slag with high CaO and appropriate TiO2 content is suitable for electroslag remelting of GH8825.

  4. Residual stresses in a quenched superalloy turbine disc: Measurements and modeling

    Rist, M. A.; James, J. A.; Tin, S.; Roder, B. A.; Daymond, M. R.


    A series of neutron diffraction measurements have been carried out to determine the elastic residual strains deep within a large, 40-cm-diameter, forged and water-quenched IN718 aeroengine compressor disc. Neutron path lengths of up to 6 cm were necessary to probe the thickest parts of the forging, and three-dimensional strain and stress components have been derived for the first time in such a large superalloy specimen. Measurements have been compared with the results from a coupled thermal-mechanical finite-element model of the quenching process, based upon appropriate temperature-dependent material properties, with some success. The general residual stress state in the disc is one of near-surface compression, balanced by tension within the disc interior. The steepest stress and strain gradients occur in the transition region from compression to tension, about 1 cm below the surface all around the disc. The largest stress component is in the disc tangential direction and reaches a magnitude of 400 to 500 MPa near the disc surface and at its core. This exceeds the effective yield stress because of the presence of significant hydrostatic stress.

  5. Effect of Zr addition on precipitates in K4169 superalloy

    Liu Jie


    Full Text Available In order to investigate the effect of Zr addition on the precipitations of K4169 superalloy, a manual electric arc furnace was used to prepare the superalloy with different Zr addition from 0.03wt.% to 0.07wt%. After standard heat treatment and long-time aging, the microstructures of the alloys were observed using XRD, SEM and TEM. The results show that Zr not only inhibits the precipitation of Laves phase at the grain boundary, but also significantly promotes the precipitation of earlobe-like γ′and γ″ phases. After long time aging at 680 ℃ for 500 h, the γ″phase grows up obviously and forms a γ′/γ′′clad microstructure when the Zr addition is 0.03 wt.%. A large number of fine orbed γ′particles precipitate in the grains and some γ″phase transforms to disk-like δ phase when the Zr addition increases to 0.05wt.%. The nano-polycrystalline γ′phase precipitates in the grains and there is a little δ phase when the Zr addition is 0.07wt.%. As the Zr addition increases, the amount of Laves phase at the grain boundary decreases at first, and then increases and forms flaky morphology.

  6. Recrystallization of Single Crystal Nickel-Based Superalloy

    ZHANG Bing; TAO Chun-hu; LU Xin; LIU Chang-kui; HU Chun-yan; BAI Ming-yuan


    A series of experiments of investigating the recrystallization of single crystal DD3 superalloy were carried out. The threshold temperature for recrystallization and the effect of annealing temperature on recrystaUization were studied. The results show that the threshold temperature for recrystallization of the shot-peened DD3 samples is be-tween 1 000 ℃ and 1 050℃ under the condition of annealing for 2 h, and the recrystallization depth increases with the rise of the annealing temperature. Below 1 150 ℃, the recrystallization depth increases slowly with the tempera-ture climbing, while above 1 150 ℃, the recrystallization depth increases quickly with the rise of the temperature. The solution of the γ' phase is a critical factor of the recrystallization behavior of DD3 superalloy. In addition, the ki-netics and microstructural evolution of recrystallization at 1 200 ℃ were also studied. It is found that the recrystalli-zation progresses rapidly at 1 200℃ through the growth of fully developed recrystallized grains, and the recrystalli-zation process on the shot-peened surface is similar to that of wrought materials, including nucleation of reerystalliza-tion, growth of new grains into the matrix, and growth of new grains by swallowing up each other.

  7. Near-surface residual stresses and microstructural changes after turning of a nickel-based superalloy

    Schlauer, Christian


    Nickel-based superalloys are precipitation hardened alloys with complex compositions. They are used in aircraft engines and land-based gas turbines in load bearing structural components that are exposed to high temperatures. Failure mechanisms in this environment are high and low cycle fatigue, creep, and corrosion. During manufacturing, residual stresses are often introduced into the material due to inhomogeneous plastic deformations, both intentionally and unintentionally. One such manufacturing process is metal cutting, which introduces residual stresses in the surface layer. The stress state in the near-surface zone of components is of special interest as the surface often experiences peak loads and cracks have their starting point there. In this thesis, near-surface residual stress distributions and microstructural changes are studied in the nickel-based superalloy Inconel 718 for two different turning operations, face grooving and facing. Process variables are in both cases cutting speed and feed that have been varied between (10 and 1200) m/min and (0.01 and 0.5) mm, respectively. The first turning technique face grooving, which gives cutting conditions similar to orthogonal cutting, showed a clear dependency of the residual stresses on the cutting speed. The tensile stress at the surface, the maximum compressive stress below the surface, and the thickness of the affected layer increase with increasing cutting speed. The tensile stresses are constrained to a thin surface layer and compressive residual stresses below the surface dominate the depth profile of the residual stresses. Only at low cutting speed, residual stresses were largely avoided. The second turning technique facing confirmed the dependency of the residual stresses on the cutting speed and revealed a similar dependency on the feed. Microstructural investigations of near-surface cross-sections by means of transmission electron microscopy showed a zone where the grains had undergone plastic

  8. On Stakeholders and the Decision Making Process Concerning Sustainable Renovation and Refurbishment in Sweden, Denmark and Cyprus

    Gohardani, Navid; Björk, Folke; Jensen, Per Anker;


    . In particular, the attitude of stakeholders in Sweden, Denmark and Cyprus to sustainable building renovation/refurbishment is studied through three separate case studies. Within the framework of this study, it is identified that building physics and durability are the most important drivers for energy...... renovation. In Sweden, Denmark and Cyprus, these factors are contributed by maintenance, deterioration and moisture, respectively. The results of the questionnaires and semi-structured interviews presented herein provide an insight into the renovation process in the aforementioned countries and reveal...

  9. Microstructural studies of carbides in MAR-M247 nickel-based superalloy

    Szczotok, A.; Rodak, K.


    Carbides play an important role in the strengthening of microstructures of nickel-based superalloys. Grain boundary carbides prevent or retard grain-boundary sliding and make the grain boundary stronger. Carbides can also tie up certain elements that would otherwise promote phase instability during service. Various types of carbides are possible in the microstructure of nickel-based superalloys, depending on the superalloy composition and processing. In this paper, scanning electron and scanning transmission electron microscopy studies of carbides occurring in the microstructure of polycrystalline MAR-M247 nickel-based superalloy were carried out. In the present work, MC and M23C6 carbides in the MAR-M247 microstructure were examined.

  10. Proposal for the risk management implementation phase in oil field development project by adding value on the refurbishment of critical equipment

    Hamid Abdul


    Full Text Available Refurbishment process is a conceptual stage in product life cycle. It is utilized in existing equipment in the field by adding value to recondition and repaired equipment. The main interest of this paper is to implement and design risk management implementation phase in oil field development project on the refurbishment of critical equipment in oil and gas industry. This paper is provided base on research and experiences in risk management and learned from practical team in industry which matched by an application in oil field development project in refurbishment of critical equipment. A framework of implementation phase for risk management in oil field development project in refurbishment critical equipment were reviewed and added value on communication skills of the project team to the stakeholder and organization, which support to external body and vice-versa. Risk management framework can be used for reference of refurbishment process with simply process and developed with same concept for the next wide development project in industry.

  11. The Eco-Refurbishment of a 19th Century Terraced House: Energy and Cost Performance for Current and Future UK Climates

    Haniyeh Mohammadpourkarbasi


    Full Text Available The UK government, responding to concerns over climate change impacts, has undertaken to reduce CO2 emissions to 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. This scale of reduction will require major improvements in the energy efficiency of the existing UK building stock, which is the dominant consumer of fossil fuel-generated energy. Housing is a key sector, and since 70% of all current homes in the UK will still exist in 2050 then low carbon refurbishment is critical if CO2 reduction goals are to be met. This paper uses computer modeling to examine the annual operational energy performance, long term energy cost savings and internal thermal conditions for a 19th century terraced house that was eco-refurbished to near a Passivhaus standard. The dwelling was modeled for three locations (Edinburgh, Manchester and London using current and future climate scenarios (2020s and 2050s under high carbon emission scenarios. Simulation results suggest that there would be very little diminution in heating demand in the future for the house with no refurbishment, whilst the eco-refurbishment produced a significant reduction in energy demand and CO2 emissions. Analysis of the payback period and net present value indicate that the economic optimum varies according to energy prices and that the high construction costs incurred for an eco-refurbishment to a near Passivhaus standard could not be justified in terms of a cost/benefit analysis.

  12. High temperature cyclic oxidation and hot corrosion behaviours of superalloys at 900°C

    Subhash Kamal; R Jayaganthan; S Prakash


    Oxidation and hot corrosion are serious problems in aircraft, marine, industrial, and land-base gas turbines. It is because of the usage of wide range of fuels coupled with increased operating temperatures, which leads to the degradation of turbine engines. To obviate these problems, superalloys, viz. Superni 75, Superni 718 and Superfer 800H superalloys (Midhani grade), are the prominent materials for the high temperature applications. It is very essential to investigate the degradation mechanism of superalloys due to oxidation and hot corrosion and substantiate the role of alloying elements for the formation of protective oxide films over the surface of the superalloys. Therefore, the present work investigates the oxidation and hot corrosion behaviour of superalloys exposed to air and molten salt (Na2SO4–60% V2O5) environment, respectively, at 900°C under cyclic conditions. The weight change measurements made on the superalloys during the experiments are used to determine the kinetics of oxidation and hot corrosion. X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray mapping and field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM, FEI, Quanta 200F company) with EDAX Genesis software attachment, made in Czech Republic are used to characterize the corroded products of the superalloys. It is observed that the formation of scale rich in Cr2O3, NiO and spinel NiCr2O4 has contributed for the better oxidation and hot corrosion resistance of Superni 75; whereas relatively lesser hot corrosion resistance of Superfer 800H is due to the formation of non-protective oxides of iron and sulphides of iron and nickel. The parabolic rate constants calculated for the superalloys show that the corrosion rate is minimum in air as compared to molten salt environment.

  13. Additional thermal fatigue data on nickel- and cobalt-base superalloys, part 1

    Howes, M. A. H.


    The fluidized bed technique was used to measure the relative thermal fatigue resistance of twenty-one superalloys. Among the thirty-six variations of composition, solidification method, and surface protection the cycles to cracking differed by two to three orders of magnitude. Some alloys suffered serious weight losses and oxidation. Thermal fatigue data, oxidation, and dimensional changes are reported. The types of superalloys are identified.

  14. Superalloys 1984; Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium, Champion, PA, October 7-11, 1984

    Radavich, J.F.; Gell, M.; Kortovich, C.S.; Bricknell, R.H.; Kent, W.B.


    The papers presented in this volume provide an overview of original research, development, and applications work on iron, cobalt, and nickel superalloys intended for elevated temperature usage. Topics discussed include polycrystalline castings and properties; directionally solidified and single crystal alloys and properties; powder processing, properties, and products; and advances in processing. The discussion also covers new alloys and alloying effects as well as the environmental behavior of superalloys and fracture mechanics.

  15. A Method of Stray Grain Suppression for Single-Crystal Superalloy During Seed Melt-Back

    Xuan, Weidong; Lan, Jian; Liu, Huan; Li, Chuanjun; Zhong, Yunbo; Ren, Xingfu; Li, Xi; Cao, Guanghui; Ren, Zhongming


    The suppression of stray grains during seed melt-back of single-crystal superalloy through thermal resistance technique has been investigated based on both experimental observations and numerical simulation. The results indicate that the introduction of thermal resistance layer significantly suppresses the stray grain formation of single-crystal superalloy. Based on both theoretical analysis and numerical simulation, above results should be attributed to the decrease of radial heat transfer of sample in the thermal resistance layer.

  16. Gamma Prime Morphology and Creep Properties of Nickel Based Superalloys With Platinum Group Metal Additions (Preprint)


    creep resistance. Polycrystalline superalloy MAR - M247 can sustain a creep rate of 10-8 s-1 at 982°C at a stress of 172 MPa [44], while the alloys...Nathal, R.D. Maier, and L.J. Ebert, “The Influence of Cobalt on the Tensile and Stress Rupture Properties of the Nickel-Base Superalloy MAR - M247 ,” Metallurgical Transactions A, 13 (A) (1982), 1767-1774.           10


    T. Carneiro; J. Radavich; D. Furrer


    The role of niobium in nickel-based superalloys is reviewed. The importance of niobium as a strengthener is discussed. New developments in nickel-based superalloys are also briefly mentioned, including some results that show improved resistance to sulfidation by niobium. Research results from a current program on the role of niobium in the Russian powder metallurgy alloy EP741NP are presented. Future research plans on the role of niobium in superalloys are also discussed.

  18. A Coupled Creep-Plasticity Model for Residual Stress Relaxation of a Shot-Peened Nickel-Base Superalloy


    Superalloys for Turbine Discs ,” Journal of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (JOM), January 1999, pp. 14-17. 48. Fecht, H., and Furrer, D...Processing of Nickel-Base Superalloys for Turbine Engine Disc Applications,” Advanced Engineering Materials, Vol. 2, No. 12, 2000, pp. 777-787. 49...and McLean, M. “Tension-Compression creep asymmetry in a turbine disc superalloy : roles of internal stress and thermal ageing,” Acta Materialia, 52

  19. A Coupled Creep Plasticity Model for Residual Stress Relaxation of a Shot Peened Nickel-Base Superalloy (Postprint)



  20. Development and use of a new burner rig facility to mimic service loading conditions of Ni-based single crystal superalloys

    Mauget Florent


    Full Text Available Performing representative experiments of in-service operating conditions of Ni-based superalloys used as high pressure turbine blades in aeroengines is a challenging issue due to the complex environmental, mechanical and thermal solicitations encountered by those components. A new burner rig test facility called MAATRE (French acronym for Mechanics and Aerothermics of Cooled Turbine Blades has been developed at ENSMA – Pprime Institute to mimic as close as possible those operating conditions. This new test bench has been used to perform complex non-isothermal creep tests representative of thermomechanical solicitations seen by some sections of HP turbine blades during engine certification procedure.

  1. Characterization of oxide scales to evaluate high temperature oxidation behavior of Ni-20Cr coated superalloys

    Singh, H. [Mechanical Engineering Department, BBSB Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib 140407 (India)], E-mail:; Puri, D.; Prakash, S. [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247 667 (India); Maiti, Rabindranath [Central Research Facilities, Indian Institute of Technology Kharaghpur, Kharaghpur (India)


    Modern thermal spray processes such as plasma spraying are usually considered to deposit high-chromium, nickel-chromium coatings onto the superalloys to enhance their high temperature oxidation resistance. The purpose of these coatings is to form long-lasting oxidation protective scales. In the current investigation, Ni-20Cr alloy powder was deposited on three Ni-base superalloys; Superni 75, Superni 600 and Superni 601 by shrouded plasma spray process. Oxidation kinetics was established for the uncoated as well as the coated superalloys in air at 900 deg. C under cyclic conditions for 50 cycles by thermogravimetric technique. Each cycle consisted of 1 h heating followed by 20 min of cooling in air. All the coated superalloys nearly followed the parabolic rate law of oxidation. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDAX) techniques were used to characterise the oxide scales. The coating was found to be successful in maintaining its integrity with the superalloy substrates in all the cases. The oxide scales formed on the oxidized coated superalloys were found to be intact and spallation-free in general. The XRD analysis revealed the presence of phase like NiO, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and NiCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} in the oxide scales. The XRD results were further supported by the SEM/EDAX analyses.

  2. Characterization and modeling of quenching-induced residual stresses in the nickel-based superalloy IN718

    Dye, D.; Conlon, K. T.; Reed, R. C.


    The residual stress fields in pieces of quenched IN718 superalloy have been characterized by neutron diffraction. The samples were in the form of cylindrical rods of length sufficient to ensure that steady-state conditions prevail at the midsection. Quenching the samples in air, water, and oil generated various residual stress fields. The interfacial heat-transfer coefficients were estimated using an inverse-modeling technique. The findings were rationalized with an elastic-plastic finite-element model that included temperature-dependent properties. The hoop and axial stresses are the most significant components of the stress field and arise from the plastic deformation occurring at the periphery of the cylindrical sections, the extent of which depends strongly upon the severity of the quench. The model is used to examine the residual stress fields to be expected in a turbine-disc forging of idealized geometry.

  3. Occupant comfort in UK offices - How adaptive comfort theories might influence future low energy office refurbishment strategies

    Barlow, Stuart [De Montfort University, Leicester and Reid Architecture, West End House, 11 Hills Place, London W1F 7SE (United Kingdom); Fiala, Dusan [IESD, De Montfort University, Leicester (United Kingdom); FBTA, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (Germany)


    With the UK commercial sector replacing buildings at 1-1.5% per year adaptations to existing buildings are needed to maintain comfort levels, while reducing energy use and carbon emissions. In this study, occupants of a refurbished office recorded their thermal sensations, assessment of lighting and air movement, perceptions of comfort and their reactions to adaptive opportunities. The observed mean thermal sensation votes and the overall comfort votes correlated best with mean diurnal internal and external temperatures, respectively. The results appear to indicate heat balance models not fully explaining surveyed responses as occupants reported higher discomfort levels than predicted by the PMV model using on-site temperature and air velocity measurements. In the study opening windows was voted to be the most favourite adaptive opportunity followed by controlling solar glare, turning lights off locally and controlling solar gain. Occupants also expressed desires to intervene with heating and ventilation currently operated centrally. An interesting result of the survey was that the occupants generally did not change their clothing during the day. The study concluded that both passive and active adaptive opportunities are important in future low energy office refurbishment strategies. (author)

  4. Effect of high temperature deformation on the structure of Ni based superalloy

    A. Nowotnik


    Full Text Available Purpose: A study on the hot deformation behaviour and dynamic structural processes (dynamic precipitation operating during deformation at elevated temperatures of nickel based superalloy was presented.Design/methodology/approach: Compression tests were carried out on precipitations hardenable nickel based superalloy of Inconel 718 at constant true strain rates of 10-4, 4x10-4s-1 within a temperature range of 720-1150°C. True stress-true strain curves and microstructure analysis of hot deformed alloy were described. Microstructure examination has been carried out on the compressed samples of Inconel 718 alloy using an optical microscope - Nikon 300 and in the scanning electron microscope HITACHI S-3400 (SEM in a conventional back-scattered electron mode on polished sections etched with Marble’s solution.Findings: Structural observations of deformed at high temperatures, previously solution treated Inconel alloy revealed non uniform deformation effects. Distribution of molybdenum-rich carbides was found to be affected by localized flow within the investigated strain range at relatively low deformation temperatures 720 - 850°C. Microstructural examination of the alloy also shown that shear banding, cavities growth and intergranular cracks penetrating through the whole grains were responsible for decrease in the flow stress at temperature of 720, 800 and 850°C and a specimen fracture at larger strains. On the basis of received flow stress values activation energy of a high-temperature deformation process was estimated. Mathematical dependences (σpl -T and σpl - and compression data were used to determine material’s constants. These constants allowed to derive a formula that describes the relationship between strain rate ( ε, deformation temperature (T and flow stress σpl.Research limitations/implications: Even though, the light optical microstructure observation of deformed samples revealed some effects of heterogeneous distribution of

  5. Grain boundary engineering of powder-processed Ni-base superalloy RR1000

    Detrois, Martin

    Grain boundary engineering (GBE) has been used to improve the properties of various polycrystalline materials by optimization of their grain boundary network. Traditional processing routes for GBE often require multiple iterations of cold work followed by short annealing cycles where each iteration imparts a modest increase in the fraction of special grain boundaries. Multiple iterations are then required to achieve sufficiently high fractions (>50%) that result in the improved properties. Thus, this GBE approach is not suitable for the fabrication of large, complex-shaped structures and leads to added manufacturing lead time and cost. In this investigation, the Ni-base superalloy RR1000 used as turbine discs in gas turbine engines manufactured by Rolls-Royce, was considered for GBE using alternative processing routes more suitable to the forging of Ni-base superalloy components. A preliminary study of the effects of hot deformation parameters closer to typical industrial processing revealed that the length fraction of Sigma3 boundaries increased from 35% to 52% following a single deformation/anneal cycle. Deformation parameters that resulted in strain accommodation via superplastic flow did not enhance the formation of Sigma3 boundaries upon annealing. Whereas deformation parameters that resulted in a dominant dislocation-based plasticity flow mechanism promoted the formation of annealing twins. Using misorientation maps and by estimating the stored strain energy from deformation, equations for the length fraction and density of Sigma3 boundaries were generated for high-temperature GBE of RR1000. The grain boundary characters obtained via high-temperature deformation, however, are less ideal than those resulting from traditional cold rolling. The underlying mechanisms responsible for the formation of Sigma3n boundaries during high-temperature GBE were further investigated. A larger starting grain size prior to deformation was found to be unfavorable to the

  6. Hall coefficient measurement for residual stress assessment in precipitation hardened IN718 nickel-base superalloy

    Velicheti, Dheeraj; Nagy, Peter B.; Hassan, Waled


    We investigated the feasibility of residual stress assessment based on Hall coefficient measurements in precipitation hardened IN718 nickel-base superalloy. As a first step, we studied the influence of microstructural variations on the galvanomagnetic properties of IN718 nickel-base superalloy. We found that the Hall coefficient of IN718 increases from ≈ 8.0×10-11 m3/C in its fully annealed state of 15 HRC Rockwell hardness to ≈ 9.4×10-11 m3/C in its fully hardened state of 45 HRC. We also studied the influence of cold work, i.e., plastic deformation, at room temperature and found that cold work had negligible effect on the Hall coefficient of fully annealed IN718, but significantly reduced it in hardened states of the material. For example, measurements conducted on fully hardened IN718 specimens showed that the Hall coefficient decreased more or less linearly with cold work from its peak value of ≈ 9.4×10-11 m3/C in its intact state to ≈ 9.0×10-11 m3/C in its most deformed state of 22% plastic strain. We also studied the influence of applied stress and found that elastic strain significantly increases the Hall coefficient of IN718 regardless of the state of hardening. The relative sensitivity of the Hall coefficient to elastic strain was measured as a unitless gauge factor K that is defined as the ratio of the relative change of the Hall coefficient ΔRH/RH divided by the axial strain ɛ = σ/E, where σ is the applied uniaxial stress and E is the Young's modulus of the material. We determined that the galvanomagnetic gauge factor of IN718 is κ ≈ 2.6 - 2.9 depending on the hardness level. Besides the fairly high value of the gauge factor, it is important that it is positive, which means that compressive stress in surface-treated components decreases the Hall coefficient in a similar way as plastic deformation does, therefore the unfortunate cancellation that occurs in fully hardened IN718 in the case of electric conductivity measurements will not

  7. Ni-based Superalloy Development for VHTR - Methodology Using Design of Experiments and Thermodynamic Calculation

    Kim, Sung Woo; Kim, Dong Jin [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    In this work, to develop novel structural materials for the IHX of a VHTR, a more systematic methodology using the design of experiments (DOE) and thermodynamic calculations was proposed. For 32 sets of designs of Ni-Cr-Co-Mo alloys with minor elements of W and Ta, the mass fraction of TCP phases and mechanical properties were calculated, and finally the chemical composition was optimized for further experimental studies by applying the proposed . The highly efficient generation of electricity and the production of massive hydrogen are possible using a very high temperature gas-cooled reactor (VHTR) among generation IV nuclear power plants. The structural material for an intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) among numerous components should be endurable at high temperature of up to 950 .deg. C during long-term operation. Impurities inevitably introduced in helium as a coolant facilitate the material degradation by corrosion at high temperature. This work is concerning a methodology of Ni-Cr-Co-Mo based superalloy developed for VHTR using the design of experiments (DOE) and thermodynamic calculationsmethodology.

  8. Grain boundary transformations during isothermal exposure of powder metallurgy nickel base superalloys for turbine disc applications

    Mitchell, R.J.; Rae, C.M.F.; Tin, S.


    Nickel base superalloys are used for high pressure turbine discs, because they are capable of sustained operation under high mechanical loading at elevated temperatures. In service, turbine discs operate at high temperatures (approaching 700 deg C at the disc rim), which can lead to various microstructural changes and influence the resulting structural integrity of the component. In the alloys studied in the present work, the development of the topologically close packed phase (TCP) {sigma} has been characterised for various time and temperature combinations. The formation of {sigma} is particularly important for these alloys, as it is known to have a dramatic effect on fatigue crack growth owing to grain boundary embrittlement. In the present study, various techniques have been used to quantify the amount of {sigma} phase present for given times and temperatures, similar to those seen during operation. Both qualitative microscopy and quantitative X-ray diffraction have been conducted to establish the time-temperature-transformation relationship for {sigma} formation in two experimental turbine disc alloys. Both of the alloys studied here exhibit a low susceptibility to {sigma} formation compared with conventional alloys such as Udimet 720Li and RR1000. (Author)

  9. Deformation mechanisms of IN713C nickel based superalloy during Small Punch Testing

    Coleman, M., E-mail:; Alshehri, H.; Banik, R.; Harrison, W.; Birosca, S.


    The role of local microstructure is critical in materials performance and integrity in a cast alloy. The grain size and grain boundary distributions as well as local texture can create various microstructure/microtexture clusters that cause deformation localisation in the alloy. Inconel 713C nickel base superalloys are used as turbocharger turbine wheels for modern diesel engines, produced via investment casting. In such an alloy localised deformation is highly expected during service, as the strain distribution is not uniform in the component due to casting geometrical factors in addition to non-homogenous microstructure and microtexture in the cast alloy. In the current investigation Small Punch (SP) tensile tests were carried out on IN713C at room temperature and 650 °C in an air environment under stroke control at a rate of 0.02 mm/s. The fracture surface examination and microstructure characterisation as well as detailed texture analyses were performed using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD). Finite Element (FE) analysis of the SP test was also implemented to investigate the role of stress state on the local deformation. It was evident that microstructure parameters such as grain morphology and original texture existed in the disc were the most influential factors in governing the deformation texture in mixed columnar/equiaxed (transition) disc microstructure. Whereas, the temperature was the determining parameter in grain rotations and texture changes for wholly columnar disc microstructures.

  10. The Relationship Between the Solidification Parameters and Chemical Composition of Nickel Superalloy IN-713C

    Binczyk F.


    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of studies on the development of correlation of solidification parameters and chemical composition of nickel superalloy IN-713C, which is used i.a. on aircraft engine turbine blades. Previous test results indicate significant differences in solidification parameters of the alloy, especially the temperatures Tliq and Tsol for each batch of ingots supplied by the manufacturer. Knowledge of such a relationship has important practical significance, because of the ability to asses and correct the temperatures of casting and heat treatment of casts on the basis of chemical composition. Using the statistical analysis it was found that the temperature of the solidification beginning Tliq is mostly influenced by the addition of carbon (similar to iron alloys. The additions of Al and Nb have smaller but still significant impact. Other alloying components do not have significant effect on Tliq. The temperature Teut is mostly affected by Ni, Ti and Nb. The temperature Tsol is not in any direct correlation with the chemical composition, which is consistent with previous research. The temperature Tsol depends primarily on the presence of non-metallic inclusions present in feed materials and introduced during the melting and casting processes.

  11. Micromechanical Behavior of Single-Crystal Superalloy with Different Crystal Orientations by Microindentation

    Jinghui Li


    Full Text Available In order to investigate the anisotropic micromechanical properties of single-crystal nickel-based superalloy DD99 of four crystallographic orientations, (001, (215, (405, and (605, microindentation test (MIT was conducted with different loads and loading velocities by a sharp Berkovich indenter. Some material parameters reflecting the micromechanical behavior of DD99, such as microhardness H, Young’s modulus E, yield stress σy, strain hardening component n, and tensile strength σb, can be obtained from load-displacement relations. H and E of four different crystal planes evidently decrease with the increase of h. The reduction of H is due to dislocation hardening while E is related to interplanar spacing and crystal variable. σy of (215 is the largest among four crystal planes, followed by (605, and (001 has the lowest value. n of (215 is the lowest, followed by (605, and that of (001 is the largest. Subsequently, a simplified elastic-plastic material model was employed for 3D microindentation simulation of DD99 with various crystal orientations. The simulation results agreed well with experimental, which confirmed the accuracy of the simplified material model.

  12. Oxidation and emittance of superalloys in heat shield applications

    Wiedemann, K. E.; Clark, R. K.; Unnam, J.


    Recently developed superalloys that form alumina coatings have a high potential for heat shield applications for advanced aerospace vehicles at temperatures above 1095C. Both INCOLOY alloy MA 956 (of the Inco Alloys International, Inc.), an iron-base oxide-dispersion-strengthened alloy, and CABOT alloy No. 214 (of the Cabot Corporation), an alumina-forming nickel-chromium alloy, have good oxidation resistance and good elevated temperature strength. The oxidation resistance of both alloys has been attributed to the formation of a thin alumina layer (alpha-Al2O3) at the surface. Emittance and oxidation data were obtained for simulated Space Shuttle reentry conditions using a hypersonic arc-heated wind tunnel. The surface oxides and substrate alloys were characterized using X-ray diffraction and scanning and transmission electron microscopy with an energy-dispersive X-ray analysis unit. The mass loss and emittance characteristics of the two alloys are discussed.

  13. Laser engineered net shaping of Co-based superalloys

    XUE Chun-fang; DAI Yao; TIAN Xin-li


    Laser engineered net shaping(LENS) process was investigated using Co-based superalloy powder with a high power continuous wave CO2 laser. Thin wall part with smooth surface was obtained by LENS of layer-by-layer deposition of the powder materials. This thin wall sample was tested for metallographic examinations, micro-hardness, X-ray diffraction and mechanical property test. Microstructural results show that the layers possess rapid solidification microstructural feature, fine dendritic crystal and M7C3-type carbides (essentially chromium-rich carbide) dispersed in the γ(Co,Cr) phase matrix. Dendrite spacing as well as the solidification mode can be controlled through control process parameters. In addition, this microstructural feature of the as-formed Co-base sample leads to an evident hardening and a superior tensile strength and toughness.

  14. Phase transformations and microstructure of IN-713C nickel superalloy

    F. Binczyk


    Full Text Available The study presents the results of investigations of phase transformations taking place during melting and solidification and ofmicrostructural examinations carried out on the family of IN 713C nickel superalloys. Examinations were carried out by the method ofthermal analysis (ATD and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. It has been concluded that the method of thermal analysis (ATDenables more precise assessment of the precipitation of the primary phases of a low value of the solidification enthalpy. The advantage ofDSC is the possibility of determination of the value of the heat (enthalpy of phase transformations during alloy melting and solidification. The measured parameters of Tlik and Tsol are comparable for both methods. Microstructural examinations have confirmed the phenomena accompanying phase transformations, i.e. the precipitation of primary carbides, the solidification of y' phase matrix and carbide eutectic, and the formation of y’ phase in solid state.

  15. N18, powder metallurgy superalloy for disks: Development and applications

    Guedou, J.Y.; Lautridou, J.C.; Honnorat, Y. (SNECMA, Evry (France). Materials and Processes Dept.)


    The preliminary industrial development of a powder metallurgy (PM) superalloy, designated N18, for disk applications has been completed. This alloy exhibits good overall mechanical properties after appropriate processing of the material. These properties have been measured on both isothermally forged and extruded billets, as well as on specimens cut from actual parts. The temperature capability of the alloy is about 700 C for long-term applications and approximately 750 C for short-term use because of microstructural instability. Further improvements in creep and crack propagation properties, without significant reduction in tensile strength, are possible through appropriate thermomechanical processing, which results in a large controlled grain size. Spin pit tests on subscale disks have confirmed that the N18 alloy has a higher resistance than PM Astrology and is therefore an excellent alloy for modern turbine disk applications.

  16. The characteristics of serrated flow in superalloy IN738LC

    Sharghi-Moshtaghin, Reza [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Avenue, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106 (United States)], E-mail:; Asgari, Sirous [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Avenue, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Serrated flow was investigated in superalloy IN738LC, a nickel-base {gamma}' age-hardened alloy. In this material serrated flow appeared between 350 and 450 deg. C and strain rate of (8.77 x 10{sup -5} to 8.77 x 10{sup -3}) s{sup -1}. Activation energy for this process was calculated to be 0.69-0.86 eV which is in good agreement with the values reported for similar alloys. Results show that the diffusion rate of substitutional solute atoms at this temperature range is too low to cause this effect. This suggests that the interaction of solute atoms and moving dislocation is responsible for the observed serrated flow in this alloy.

  17. Supersolidus Liquid Phase Sintering Modeling of Inconel 718 Superalloy

    Levasseur, David; Brochu, Mathieu


    Powder metallurgy of Inconel 718 superalloy is advantageous as a near-net shape process for complex parts to reduce the buy-to-fly ratio and machining cost. However, sintering Inconel 718 requires the assistance of supersolidus liquid formation to achieve near full density and involves the risk of distortion at high temperatures. The present work is focused on modeling the onset of sintering and distortion as a function of temperature, grain size, and part geometry for Inconel 718. Using experimental sintering results and data available in the literature, the supersolidus liquid phase sintering of Inconel 718 was modeled. The model was used to define a processing window where part distortion would be avoided.

  18. Macro- and microhardness of IN-713C nickel superalloy constituents

    F. Binczyk


    Full Text Available The results of investigations of the effect of modification and cooling rate on the macrohardness of castings and microhardness of phase constituents in IN-713C nickel superalloy were described. As an inoculant, cobalt aluminate CoAl2O4 in composition with aluminium powder and colloidal silica was used. Changes in the cooling rate were obtained using a cast stepped test piece with steps of 6, 11 and 17 mm thickness. Macrohardness of the cast test piece steps was measured by Brinell technique, while Vickers method was used to measure the microhardness of γ and γ’ phases present in the alloy matrix, as well as the hardness of eutectic carbide precipitates.A significant effect of the cooling rate and modification treatment on the results of the measurements was stated, and difficulties in performing correctly the microhardness measurements due to the precipitates dimensions, especially after the modification treatment, were highlighted.

  19. Creep curve modelling of a conventionally cast nickel base superalloy

    Lupinc, V.; Maldini, M. [CNR - IENI, Milan (Italy); Poggio, E.; Vacchieri, E. [Ansaldo Energia S.p.A., Genoa (Italy)


    Constant load creep tests on Rene 80, a nickel base superalloy for gas turbine blade application, were run in the temperature interval 800-950 C with applied stresses producing rupture times up to 1000 h. Creep curves are generally dominated by a long accelerating/tertiary creep that follows a relatively small decelerating/primary creep. No steady state stage has been observed. Analysis of the creep curves has shown that a single damage parameter can describe the long accelerating/tertiary state in the explored temperature range. The damage appears to be dependent on the accumulated creep strain and, as a first approximation, independent on the applied stress and temperature. The whole creep curve, primary and tertiary stages, has been modelled by a simple set of coupled differential equations obtained using the formalism of the Continuum Damage Mechanics. The proposed set of equations has an analytical solution, strain vs. time, for creep curves at constant temperature and stress. (orig.)



    The superplasticity and diffusion bonding of IN718 superalloy were studied in this article. The strain rate sensitivity index m was obtained at different temperatures and various initial strain rates using the tensile speed mutation method; m reached its maximum value 0.53 at an initial strain rate of 1 ×10-4s-1 at 1253K. The diffusion bonding parameters, including the bonding temperature T,pressure p, and time t, affected the mechanism of joints. When the bonded specimen with 25μm thick nickel foil interlayer was tensile at room temperature, the shear fracture of the joints with nickel foil interlayer took place at the IN718 part. Microstructure study was carried out with the bonded samples. The microstructure shows an excellent bonding at the interfaces. The optimum parameters for the diffusion bonding are: T= 1273-1323K, p = 20-30MPa, t = 45-60min.

  1. Tensile Strain Hardening Behavior and Fractography of Superalloy GH39

    WANG Hui


    Full Text Available The strain hardening behaviour and fractography of superalloy GH39 was investigated by tensile test at different strain rates. Results indicate that strain hardening behaviours are different during the deformation process. True stress-strain curve obeys the Hollomon relationship partly. The strain hardening exponentn in this stage is constant in the initial plastic stage. However, the value of n increased with true strain ε increasing when true strain is between 0.014 and 0.13. A lot of deformation twinning can be found, the twins and dislocations worked together to increase the value of n. The strain hardening exponent is increased lightly with the strain rate increasing, SEM observations show that in the case of low strain rate, the fracture mode is typical ductile, but there is a tendency from ductile to brittle fracture with increasing the strain rate.

  2. High Temperature Oxidation and Corrosion Properties of High Entropy Superalloys

    Te-Kang Tsao


    Full Text Available The present work investigates the high temperature oxidation and corrosion behaviour of high entropy superalloys (HESA. A high content of various solutes in HESA leads to formation of complex oxides, however the Cr and Al activities of HESA are sufficient to promote protective chromia or alumina formation on the surface. By comparing the oxidation and corrosion resistances of a Ni-based superalloy—CM247LC, Al2O3-forming HESA can possess comparable oxidation resistance at 1100 °C, and Cr2O3-forming HESA can exhibit superior resistance against hot corrosion at 900 °C. This work has demonstrated the potential of HESA to maintain surface stability in oxidizing and corrosive environments.

  3. The Improvement of Oxidation Resistance of a Re-Based Diffusion Barrier/Ni–Al Coating on the Single-Crystal Ni-Based TMS-82+ Superalloy

    Wu, Y.; Wang, Y.M.; Song, G.M.; Li, X.W.


    Oxidation behavior of a Re-based diffusion barrier/Ni–Al coated single-crystal (SC) Ni-based TMS-82+ superalloy was studied to compare with those of the base and Ni–Al coated superalloys under cyclic air at 1150 °C for 200 h. The base superalloy showed a negative mass gain due to extensive oxide spa

  4. The Architectural and Environmental Refurbishment of Industrialised Residential Construction. The example of the Selva Cafaro Quarter in Naples

    Massimo Perriccioli


    Full Text Available This essay presents the experimental research conducted over the past years by the CHED (Concept House and Environmental Design Research Unit at the “Eduardo Vittoria” School of Architecture and Design in Ascoli Piceno, focused on the theme of Social Housing. The CHED is a temporary research team that proposes a union between diverse know-how, cultures, skills and specialisations, working towards a method of theoretical and conceptual investigation and design and building experiments in the field of innovative construction for sustainable dwelling. In particular, the experience outlined in this text relates to a design experiment completed between 2010 and 2011 and outside the borders of the Marche region, in agreement with the City of Naples' Assessorato all’Edilizia e al Centro Storico (Department of Building and the Historical Centre and focused on the architectural and environmental refurbishment of the residential quarter of Selva Cafaro in San Pietro a Patierno (Naples.

  5. A Closed-Loop Supply Chain under Retail Price and Quality Dependent Demand with Remanufacturing and Refurbishing

    Christy, A. Y.; Fauzi, B. N.; Kurdi, N. A.; Jauhari, W. A.; Saputro, D. R. S.


    The demand of a product is linearly dependent on the retail price and quality of the product. We address a closed-loop supply chain where the manufacturer manufactures products according to the demand and sells them through a retailer in the market. A third party collects the used products from costumers and sends to the manufacturer to increase the quality. If the products can retrieve the original quality, thus the process is called remanufacturing. Not every products can retrieve the original quality, thus manufacturer refurbish this products with lower price. We construct four different scenarios - centralized and decentralized led by manufacturer, retailer, and third party. From the comparison of the result obtained in the numerical example, we conclude that the joint profit obtained under centralized, manufacturer-led, and retailer-led policies is higher than third party-led policy.

  6. French experience on renewing I and C systems in NPPs. Feedback from assessing nuclear instrumentation system (RPN) refurbishment at French CP0-series plants

    Elsensohn, O.; Fradet, F.; Peron, J.C.; Soubies, B


    In 1996, the utility operating France's nuclear power plants launched feasibility studies for the refurbishment of the nuclear instrumentation system (RPN classed category A) installed in its CPO-series (900 MWe) units. The system was ultimately upgraded with digital I and C system, using a SPINLINE 3 platform. This article describes feedback from an evaluation conducted on the refurbishment by the Institute of Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), technical support arm of the Directorate General for Nuclear Safety and Radiological Protection (DGSNR). The study begins with a historical overview of the refurbishing operation, then discusses the IRSN assessment method and the lessons learned from this first major revamp of an I and C system in the French nuclear reactor series. Based on its previous experience in evaluating I and C systems for P4/P'4 (1300 MWe) and N4 (1450 MWe) plants and to account for the first-ever aspect of such an upgrade, IRSN partitioned its assessment into four phases. This approach enabled taking into account the impact of RPN refurbishment at every level - system, hardware and qualification, software, operation, onsite requalification, health physics, fire protection and human factors. All six units in the CPO series have now been equipped with the new digital RPN. (authors)

  7. Characterisation of a refurbished 1½ stage turbine test rig for flowfield mapping behind blading with non-axisymmetric contoured endwalls

    Snedden, Glen C


    Full Text Available to performing tests on blading featuring non-axisymmetric endwalls in a lowspeed, rotating environment. The test rig has been refurbished in such a way as to dramatically improve the measurement standards and to provide the highest degree of commonality...

  8. Influence of Short-time Oxidation on Corrosion Properties of Directionally Solidified Superalloys with Different Orientations

    MA Luo-ning


    Full Text Available In order to investigate the corrosion performance on intersecting and longitudinal surfaces of unoxidized and oxidized directionally solidified superalloys, Ni-base directionally solidified superalloy DZ125 and Co-base directionally solidified superalloy DZ40M were selected. Oxidation behavior on both alloys with different orientations was investigated at 1050℃ at different times, simulating the oxidation process of vanes or blades in service; subsequent electrochemical performance in 3.5%NaCl aqueous solution was studied on two orientations of unoxidized and oxidized alloys, simulating the corrosion process of superalloy during downtime. The results show that grain boundaries and sub-boundaries of directionally solidified superalloys are susceptible to corrosion and thus longitudinal surface with lower area fraction of grain boundaries has higher corrosion resistance. Compared to intersecting surface of alloys, the structure of grain boundaries of longitudinal surface is less conducive to diffusion and thus the oxidation rate on longitudinal surface is lower. Formation of oxide layers on alloys after short-time oxidation provides protective effect and enhances the corrosion resistance.

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

    Szczotok, Agnieszka; Wierzbicka-Miernik, Anna


    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.

  10. Microstructural analysis of laser weld fusion zone in Haynes 282 superalloy

    Osoba, L.O. [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 5V6 (Canada); Ding, R.G. [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Ojo, O.A., E-mail: [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 5V6 (Canada)


    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.

  11. Tensile Properties and Deformation Characteristics of a Ni-Fe-Base Superalloy for Steam Boiler Applications

    Zhong, Zhihong; Gu, Yuefeng; Yuan, Yong; Shi, Zhan


    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.

  12. A comparative study of the corrosion resistance of incoloy MA 956 and PM 2000 superalloys

    Maysa Terada


    Full Text Available Austenitic stainless steels, titanium and cobalt alloys are widely used as biomaterials. However, new medical devices require innovative materials with specific properties, depending on their application. The magnetic properties are among the properties of interest for some biomedical applications. However, due to the interaction of magnetic materials with Magnetic Resonance Image equipments they might used only as not fixed implants or for medical devices. The ferromagnetic superalloys, Incoloy MA 956 and PM 2000, produced by mechanical alloying, have similar chemical composition, high corrosion resistance and are used in high temperature applications. In this study, the corrosion resistance of these two ferritic superalloys was compared in a phosphate buffer solution. The electrochemical results showed that both superalloys are passive in this solution and the PM 2000 present a more protective passive film on it associated to higher impedances than the MA 956.

  13. Influence of Processing Parameters on Granularity Distribution of Superalloy Powders during PREP

    Huanming CHEN; Benfu HU; Yiwen ZHANG; Huiying LI; Quanmao YU


    In order to investigate the influence of processing parameters on the granularity distribution of superalloy powders during the atomization of plasma rotating electrode processing (PREP), in this paper FGH95 superalloy powders is prepared under different processing conditions by PREP and the influence of PREP processing parameters on the granularity distribution of FGH95 superalloy powders is discussed based on fractal geometry theory. The results show that with the increase of rotating velocity of the self-consuming electrode, the fractal dimension of the granularity distribution increases linearly, which results in the increase of the proportion of smaller powders. The change of interval between plasma gun and the self-consuming electrode has a little effect on the granularity distribution, also the fractal dimension of the granularity distribution changed a little correspondingly.

  14. The Microstructure Stability of Precipitation Strengthened Medium to High Entropy Superalloys

    Tsao, Te-Kang; Yeh, An-Chou; Murakami, Hideyuki


    Medium and high entropy superalloys based on the Ni-Co-Fe system with strengthening L12 γ' precipitates have been developed. The present study has shown that by controlling the elemental partitioning between γ/γ', thermal stability of γ' can be enhanced in the high entropy γ matrix. Most importantly, high entropy superalloys exhibit stable γ-γ' microstructures with no TCP phases after long-term exposure at elevated temperatures. Therefore, a new alloy design space for stable γ-γ' microstructure has been presented. Furthermore, due to relatively high content of Fe and Ti, their raw materials cost and alloy density can potentially be lower than those of conventional superalloys.

  15. Alloying effects of refractory elements in the dislocation of Ni-based single crystal superalloys

    Shiyu Ma


    Full Text Available The alloying effects of W, Cr and Re in the [100] (010 edge dislocation cores (EDC of Ni-based single crystal superalloys are investigated using first-principles based on the density functional theory (DFT. The binding energy, Mulliken orbital population, density of states, charge density and radial distribution functions are discussed, respectively. It is clearly demonstrated that the addition of refractory elements improves the stability of the EDC systems. In addition, they can form tougher bonds with their nearest neighbour (NN Ni atoms, which enhance the mechanical properties of the Ni-based single crystal superalloys. Through comparative analysis, Cr-doped system has lower binding energy, and Cr atom has evident effect to improve the systemic stability. However, Re atom has the stronger alloying effect in Ni-based single crystal superalloys, much more effectively hindering dislocation motion than W and Cr atoms.

  16. New approach for assessing the weldability of precipitation-strengthened nickel-base superalloys

    Homam Naff akh Moosavy; Mohammad-Reza Aboutalebi; Seyed Hossein Seyedein; Meisam Khodabakhshi; Carlo Mapelli


    A new procedure was proposed for evaluating the weldability of nickel-base superalloys. The theory is on the basis of two microstructural patterns. In pattern I, the weld microstructure exhibits severe alloying segregation, many low-melting eutectic structures, and low weldability. The weld requires a weaker etchant and a shorter time for etching. In pattern II, the weld microstructure displays less alloying segregation, low quantity of eutectic structures, and high weldability. The weld needs a stronger etchant and a longer time for etching. Five superalloys containing diff erent amounts of Nb and Ti were designed to verify the patterns. After welding operations, the welds were etched by four etchants with diff erent corrosivities. The weldability was determined by TG-DSC measurements. The metallography and weldability results confirmed the theoretic patterns. Finally, the etchant corrosivity and etching time were proposed as new criteria to evaluate the weldability of nickel-base superalloys.

  17. New approach for assessing the weldability of precipitation-strengthened nickel-base superalloys

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


    A new procedure was proposed for evaluating the weldability of nickel-base superalloys. The theory is on the basis of two microstructural patterns. In pattern I, the weld microstructure exhibits severe alloying segregation, many low-melting eutectic structures, and low weldability. The weld requires a weaker etchant and a shorter time for etching. In pattern II, the weld microstructure displays less alloying segregation, low quantity of eutectic structures, and high weldability. The weld needs a stronger etchant and a longer time for etching. Five superalloys containing different amounts of Nb and Ti were designed to verify the patterns. After welding operations, the welds were etched by four etchants with different corrosivities. The weldability was determined by TG-DSC measurements. The metallography and weldability results confirmed the theoretic patterns. Finally, the etchant corrosivity and etching time were proposed as new criteria to evaluate the weldability of nickel-base superalloys.

  18. Quantitative evaluation of carbides in nickel-base superalloy MAR-M247

    Szczotok, A.


    It has been established that carbides in superalloys serve three functions. Fine carbides precipitated in the matrix give strengthening results. Carbides also can tie up certain elements that would otherwise promote phase instability during service. Grain boundary carbides prevent or retard grain-boundary sliding and strengthen the grain boundary, which depends significantly on carbide shape, size and distribution. Various types of carbides are possible, depending on superalloy composition and processing. In the paper optical and scanning electron microscopy investigations of carbides occurring in specimens of the polycrystalline nickel-base superalloy MAR-M247 were carried out. Conditions of carbides revealing and microstructure images acquisition have been described. Taking into consideration distribution and morphology of the carbides in matrix a method of quantitative description of Chinese script-like and blocky primary carbides on the basis of image analysis was proposed.

  19. Ageing management and refurbishment of Ghana Research Reactor-1 (GHARR-1)

    Amponsahabu, Edward Oscar; Gbadago, Joseph Korbla; Addo, Moses Ankamah; Sogbadji, Robert Bright Mawuko; Odoi, Henry Cecil; Gyamfi, Kwame; Ampong, Atta Gyekye; Opate, Nicholas Sackitey [Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Accra (Ghana)


    Ageing management is an essential component of the routine practices at the Ghana Research Reactor-1 (GHARR-1) Facility. The reactor is Miniature Neutron Source Reactor with a rated power of 30 kW. GHARR-1 was installed and attained criticality on December 17, 1994 and commissioned on 8th March, 1995. It has since been in operation. The routine practices and operational procedures have been set out with clear emphasis on ageing policy at the facility. Some electronic components are changed regularly during maintenance sessions and keeping to regular purification of the reactor and pool water to mitigate against corrosion. This paper outlines the ageing management programme, mitigation practices, strategies for ageing management, periodic safety reviews, consideration of ageing during designing, design features for components and unit replacement, top beryllium shim addition, and succession planning. Information sharing with other operating organization is one of the means considered by GHARR-1 to attain excellence.

  20. Mechanical properties and development of supersolvus heat treated new nickel base superalloy AD730TM

    Devaux A.


    Full Text Available The enhancement of efficiency in power generation gas turbine requires the development of new superalloys capable of withstanding higher temperatures. The development of AD730TM superalloy was achieved to provide to this new cast & wrought (C&W superalloy a higher combination between mechanical properties, microstructural stability and cost than that of other C&W superalloys with a temperature capability up to 750 ∘C. Supersolvus heat-treatment of AD730TM was studied to improve the creep properties of fine grain AD730TM superalloy which were not high enough to reach the foreseen conditions of future power generation gas turbine disks. Firstly, the grain growth was studied to select the supersolvus temperature 1120 ∘C and to obtain a homogeneous coarse grain microstructure. Then, various supersolvus heat-treatments with different cycles were tested and applied on a forged pancake with a section representative of power generation gas turbine disk. The average grain size was evaluated to be close to 200 μm for all heat-treatments. Tensile, creep, fatigue and fatigue crack growth tests were performed to compare the various heat-treatments. FEG-SEM examinations were also realized to discuss the relationships between heat-treatment, intragranular gamma prime precipitation and mechanical properties. Finally, a comparison made with other supersolvus heat treated C&W superalloys shows that AD730TM properties obtained with coarse grain microstructure are at the expected level and enable applications for power generation gas turbine discs.

  1. Crystallographic, Microstructural, and Mechanical Characterization of Dynamically Processed EP741NP Superalloy

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


    Considerable progress has been made for the solidification of metal powders with improved properties by using varieties of metallurgical methods. However, solidification of superalloy powders offers many difficulties under traditional processes. This article outlines an extensive program being undertaken to produce monoliths of superalloys with enhanced microstructural and mechanical properties. EP741NP superalloy has been subjected to explosive shock wave loading to obtain uniform and crack-free monoliths. An axisymmetric cylindrical configuration with a plastic explosive of high-detonation velocity has been used to consolidate the superalloy powder nearer to its theoretical density (~98 pct). By careful design of experiments, detonation velocity has been measured vis-à-vis compaction of metal powders in a single-shot experiment by employing instrumented detonics. The shock-processed specimens characterized for phase, lattice parameter, and structural variation by X-ray diffraction technique show intact crystalline structure. Results obtained from Williamson-Hall method indicate small micro-strain (2.8 × 10-3) and decreased crystallite size. Energy-dispersive spectroscopy suggests no segregation within the specimens. Scanning electron microscopy shows fracture-less and micro-cracks/void-free compacts of superalloy indicating satisfactory sub-structural strength. Indentation experiments with variable loads (1.96 N and 2.94 N) performed on the shock-processed specimen cut along transverse section show high order of Vicker's micro-hardness value up to 486 H v. The tensile and compressive strengths of the superalloy monoliths cut along the consolidation axes have been found to be 824 and 834 MPa, respectively.

  2. A Review on Inertia and Linear Friction Welding of Ni-Based Superalloys

    Chamanfar, Ahmad; Jahazi, Mohammad; Cormier, Jonathan


    Inertia and linear friction welding are being increasingly used for near-net-shape manufacturing of high-value materials in aerospace and power generation gas turbines because of providing a better quality joint and offering many advantages over conventional fusion welding and mechanical joining techniques. In this paper, the published works up-to-date on inertia and linear friction welding of Ni-based superalloys are reviewed with the objective to make clarifications on discrepancies and uncertainties reported in literature regarding issues related to these two friction welding processes as well as microstructure, texture, and mechanical properties of the Ni-based superalloy weldments. Initially, the chemical composition and microstructure of Ni-based superalloys that contribute to the quality of the joint are reviewed briefly. Then, problems related to fusion welding of these alloys are addressed with due consideration of inertia and linear friction welding as alternative techniques. The fundamentals of inertia and linear friction welding processes are analyzed next with emphasis on the bonding mechanisms and evolution of temperature and strain rate across the weld interface. Microstructural features, texture development, residual stresses, and mechanical properties of similar and dissimilar polycrystalline and single crystal Ni-based superalloy weldments are discussed next. Then, application of inertia and linear friction welding for joining Ni-based superalloys and related advantages over fusion welding, mechanical joining, and machining are explained briefly. Finally, present scientific and technological challenges facing inertia and linear friction welding of Ni-based superalloys including those related to modeling of these processes are addressed.

  3. What is the role of rhenium in single crystal superalloys?

    Mottura Alessandro


    Full Text Available Rhenium plays a critical role in single-crystal superalloys –its addition to first generation alloys improves creep life by a factor of at least two, with further benefits for fatigue performance. Its use in alloys such as PWA1484, CMSX-4 and Rene N5 is now widespread, and many in this community regard Re as the “magic dust”. In this paper, the latest thinking concerning the origins of the “rhenium-effect” is presented. We start by reviewing the hypothesis that rhenium clusters represent barriers to dislocation motion. Recent atom probe tomography experiments have shown that Re may instead form a solid solution with Ni at low concentrations (< 7 at.%. Density functional theory calculations indicate that, in the solid solution, short range ordering of Re may be expected. Finally, Re has been shown to diffuse slowly in the γ-Ni phase. Calculations using a semi-analytical dislocation climb/glide model based upon the work of McLean and Dyson have been used to rationalise the composition-dependence of creep deformation in these materials. All evidence points to two important factors: (i the preferred partitioning of Re to the γ phase, where dislocation activity preferentially occurs during the tertiary creep regime and (ii a retardation effect on dislocation segments at γ/γ′ interfaces, which require non-conservative climb and thus an associated vacancy flux.

  4. Structural Performance of Inconel 625 Superalloy Brazed Joints

    Chen, Jianqiang; Demers, Vincent; Cadotte, Eve-Line; Turner, Daniel; Bocher, Philippe


    The purpose of this work was to investigate tensile and fatigue behaviors of Inconel 625 superalloy brazed joints after transient liquid-phase bonding process. Brazing was performed in a vacuum furnace using a nickel-based filler metal in a form of paste to join wrought Inconel 625 plates. Mechanical tests were carried out on single-lap joints under various lap distance-to-thickness ratios. The fatigue crack initiation and crack growth modes were examined via metallographic analysis, and the effect of local stress on fatigue life was assessed by finite element simulations. The fatigue results show that fatigue strength and endurance limit increase with overlap distance, leading to a relatively large scatter of results. Fatigue cracks nucleated in the high-stressed region of the weld fillets from brittle eutectic phases or from internal brazing cavities. The present work proposes to rationalize the results by using the local stress at the brazing fillet. When using this local stress, all fatigue-obtained results find themselves on a single S-N curve, providing a design curve for any joint configuration in fatigue solicitation.

  5. Characterization of a Rapidly Solidified Iron-Based Superalloy

    Smugeresky, J. E.


    Rapidly-solidified powders of an iron-based superalloy were characterized before and after consolidation by hot isostatic pressing. Powders made by inert gas atomization were compared to powders made by centrifugal atomization. Although many of the powder characteristics were similar, the microstructures were not. The inert gas atomized powder structure is cellular while the centrifugally atomized powder structure is dendritic. In general the finer powder particles have the finer micro-structure with the effect more noticeable in centrifugally atomized powders. After consolidation, the differences in microstructure are more dependent on the consolidation temperature and post-consolidation heat treatment than in the powder type or size. Higher consolidation temperatures and/or post-consolidation heat treatment will result in transformation of the as-solidified microstructures. The transformed microstructure and the mechanical properties can in some cases be related to the as-solidified structure. Heat treatment is needed to obtain mechanical properties equivalent to those of ingot metallurgy processed material.

  6. Friction Freeform Fabrication of Superalloy Inconel 718: Prospects and Problems

    Dilip, J. J. S.; Janaki Ram, G. D.


    Friction Freeform Fabrication is a new solid-state additive manufacturing process. The present investigation reports a detailed study on the prospects of this process for additive part fabrication in superalloy Inconel 718. Using a rotary friction welding machine and employing alloy 718 consumable rods in solution treated condition, cylindrical-shaped multi-layer friction deposits (10 mm diameter) were successfully produced. In the as-deposited condition, the deposits showed very fine grain size with no grain boundary δ phase. The deposits responded well to direct aging and showed satisfactory room-temperature tensile properties. However, their stress rupture performance was unsatisfactory because of their layered microstructure with very fine grain size and no grain boundary δ phase. The problem was overcome by heat treating the deposits first at 1353 K (1080 °C) (for increasing the grain size) and then at 1223 K (950 °C) (for precipitating the δ phase). Overall, the current study shows that Friction Freeform Fabrication is a very useful process for additive part fabrication in alloy 718.

  7. Properties of GH4169 Superalloy Characterized by Nonlinear Ultrasonic Waves

    Hongjuan Yan


    Full Text Available The nonlinear wave motion equation is solved by the perturbation method. The nonlinear ultrasonic coefficients β and δ are related to the fundamental and harmonic amplitudes. The nonlinear ultrasonic testing system is used to detect received signals during tensile testing and bending fatigue testing of GH4169 superalloy. The results show that the curves of nonlinear ultrasonic parameters as a function of tensile stress or fatigue life are approximately saddle. There are two stages in relationship curves of relative nonlinear coefficients β′ and δ′ versus stress and fatigue life. The relative nonlinear coefficients β′ and δ′ increase with tensile stress when tensile stress is lower than 65.8% of the yield strength, and they decrease with tensile stress when tensile stress is higher than 65.8% of the yield strength. The nonlinear coefficients have the extreme values at 53.3% of fatigue life. For the second order relative nonlinear coefficient β′, there is good agreement between the experimental data and the comprehensive model. For the third order relative nonlinear coefficient δ′, however, the experiment data does not accord with the theoretical model.

  8. Temperature Dependent Cyclic Deformation Mechanisms in Haynes 188 Superalloy

    Rao, K. Bhanu Sankara; Castelli, Michael G.; Allen, Gorden P.; Ellis, John R.


    The cyclic deformation behavior of a wrought cobalt-base superalloy, Haynes 188, has been investigated over a range of temperatures between 25 and 1000 C under isothermal and in-phase thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) conditions. Constant mechanical strain rates (epsilon-dot) of 10(exp -3)/s and 10(exp -4)/s were examined with a fully reversed strain range of 0.8%. Particular attention was given to the effects of dynamic strain aging (DSA) on the stress-strain response and low cycle fatigue life. A correlation between cyclic deformation behavior and microstructural substructure was made through detailed transmission electron microscopy. Although DSA was found to occur over a wide temperature range between approximately 300 and 750 C the microstructural characteristics and the deformation mechanisms responsible for DSA varied considerably and were dependent upon temperature. In general, the operation of DSA processes led to a maximum of the cyclic stress amplitude at 650 C and was accompanied by pronounced planar slip, relatively high dislocation density, and the generation of stacking faults. DSA was evidenced through a combination of phenomena, including serrated yielding, an inverse dependence of the maximum cyclic hardening with epsilon-dot, and an instantaneous inverse epsilon-dot sensitivity verified by specialized epsilon-dot -change tests. The TMF cyclic hardening behavior of the alloy appeared to be dictated by the substructural changes occuring at the maximum temperature in the TMF cycle.

  9. Microstructure stability: Optimisation of 263 Ni-based superalloy

    Crozet Coraline


    Full Text Available To reduce CO2 emissions on coal-fired power plant, A-ultra supercritical (A-USC power plant whose steam conditions exceed 700 °C are being developed. At these elevated temperatures, the use of Ni-base superalloys becomes necessary. In this context and within the European project NextGenPower, focus is made on commercial Nimonic C-263 as a candidate material for turbine rotors. Nimonic C-263 is known to have low sensitivity to segregation, high workability and high weldability which are major properties for the manufacture of large shafts. Long-term creep strength is also required for this application and unfortunately Nimonic C-263 shows η-phase precipitation after long-time exposure between 700 °C–900 °C which is detrimental for long-term creep properties. The composition of Nimonic C-263 was thus optimised to overcome the formation of η-phase. Trial tests were made in order to study the effect of hardening contribution elements on microstructural and mechanical properties. Then, a 500 mm diameter forged rotor was made from optimised 263 alloy and shows promising properties.

  10. Kinetics of Grain Growth in 718 Ni-Base Superalloy

    Huda Z.


    Full Text Available The Haynes® 718 Ni-base superalloy has been investigated by use of modern material characterization, metallographic and heat treatment equipment. Grain growth annealing experiments at temperatures in the range of 1050 – 1200 oC (1323–1473K for time durations in the range of 20 min-22h have been conducted. The kinetic equations and an Arrhenius-type equation have been applied to compute the grain-growth exponent n and the activation energy for grain growth, Qg, for the investigated alloy. The grain growth exponent, n, was computed to be in the range of 0.066-0.206; and the n values have been critically discussed in relation to the literature. The activation energy for grain growth, Qg, for the investigated alloy has been computed to be around 440 kJ/mol; and the Qg data for the investigated alloy has been compared with other metals and alloys and ceramics; and critically analyzed in relation to our results.


    X.B.Liu; L.Z.Ma; K.M.Chang; E.Barbero


    Time-dependent Fatigue Crack Propagation (FCP) behaviors of five Ni-base superalloys were investigated at various temperatures under fatigue with various holding times and sustained loading conditions.The new concept of damage zone is defined and employed to evaluate the alloys' resistance to hold-time FCP.A special testing procedure is designed to get the maximum damage zone of the alloys.Udimet 720 and Waspaloy show shorter damage zones than alloys 706 and 718.The fractographical analyses show that the fracture surfaces of the specimens under hold-time fatigue conditions are mixtures with intergranular and transgranular modes.As the extension of holding time per cycle, the portion of intergranular fracture increases.The effects of loading stress intensity, temperature, holding time, alloy chemistry, and alloy microstructure on damage zone and the crack growth behaviors are studied.Hold-time usually increases the alloy's FCP rate, but there are few exemptions.For instance, the steady state hold-time FCP rate of Waspaloy at 760℃ is lower than that without hold-time.The beneficial effect of hold-time was attributed to the creep caused stress relaxation during the hold-time.

  12. Anisotropy of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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


    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.

  13. Fatigue crack propagation in turbine disks of EI698 superalloy

    A.A. Shanyavskiy


    Full Text Available In-service fatigue cracking of turbine disks of EI698 superalloy is discussed based on crack growth analyses. In the bolt joint for disks to shaft connecting there is high level of stress-state, which directed to earlier in-disks fatigue crack origination in low-cycle-fatigue regime. Fracture surface pattern such as fatigue striations were used for their spacing measurement and crack growth duration estimating. Developed disk tests on a special bench by the equivalent program to in-service cyclic loads have allowed discovering one-to-one correlation between fatigue striation spacing and crack increment in one flight. Number of fatigue striations and beach-marks calculations permitted to estimate crack growth period for the different stages of in-service disks cracking. Equivalent stress level for in-service cracked disks was calculated and compared with stress-level in-tested disks under stress equivalent program to in-service operated cyclic loads. Based on this result non-destructive inspection intervals were discussed and recommended for in-service disks in dependence on number of their flights at the moment of developed inspection to exclude in-flight disks fast fracture.

  14. Anisotropy of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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


    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.

  15. Notch Fatigue Strength of a PM Disk Superalloy

    Gayda, John; Gabb, Timothy P.; Telesman, Jack


    New powder metallurgy (PM) disk superalloys, such as ME3, LSHR, and Alloy 10, have been developed in recent years which enable rim temperatures in turbine disk applications to approach 1300 F. Before these alloys can be utilized at 1300 F their long term durability must be ensured. One of the key requirements for disk rims is notch fatigue strength. This issue is extremely important and is a direct result of the blade attachment geometry employed at the disk rim. Further, the imposition of a dwell at maximum load, associated with take off and landing, can also affect notch fatigue strength. For these reasons a study has been undertaken to assess the notch dwell fatigue strength of a modern PM disk alloy through spin pit evaluation of a prototypical disk. The first element of this program involves screening potential heat treatments with respect to notch fatigue strength at 1300 F utilizing a conventional notch fatigue specimen with a stress concentration factor (K(sub t)) of 2 and a 90 sec dwell at peak load. The results of this effort are reported in this paper including the downselect of an optimal heat treatment, from a notch fatigue standpoint.

  16. Numerical analysis on solidification process and heat transfer of FGH95 superalloy droplets during PREP

    Huanming Chen; Benfu Hu; Yiwen Zhang; Quanmao Yu; Huiying Li


    In order to understand the relation between microstructure of superalloy powders and its solidification progress, the processing parameters are optimized during plasma rotating electrode processing (PREP). It was predicted from the results that the droplet velocities, droplet temperature, and fractional solidification with flight time about FGH95 superalloy droplet have been carried out based on Newtonian heat transfer formulation coupled with the classical heterogeneous nucleation and the specific solidification process. It has been found that the droplet dynamic and thermal behavior is strongly affected by the distribution of droplet diameters,the proportion of cooling atmosphere, but is relatively unaffected by the droplet superheat.

  17. Enhanced Corrosion Resistance of a Transient Liquid Phase Bonded Nickel-Based Superalloy

    Adebajo, O. J.; Ojo, O. A.


    Electrochemical analysis of corrosion performance of a transient liquid phase (TLP) bonded nickel-based superalloy was performed. The TLP bonding process resulted in significant reduction in corrosion resistance due to the formation of non-equilibrium solidification reaction micro-constituents within the joint region. The corrosion resistance degradation is completely eliminated through a new application of composite interlayer that had been previously considered unusable for joining single-crystal superalloys. The effectiveness of the new approach becomes more pronounced as the severity of environment increases.

  18. Microstructural Investigations and Modelling of Interdiffusion between MCrAlY Coating and IN738 Superalloy

    Dahl, Kristian Vinter; Hald, John


    Interdiffusion at the interface between a Co-36.5Ni-17.5Cr-8Al-0.5Y, MCrAlY coating and the underlying IN738 superalloy was studied in a large matrix of specimens isothermally heat treated for up to 12,000 hours at temperatures 875°C, 925°C or 950°C. Microstructural investigations and calculated...... phase fraction diagrams show that a precipitate free zone forms between the coating and superalloy and grows with time. Measured composition profiles across the interface were compared with modelled results obtained using the finite difference software DICTRA. The simulated results were able...

  19. Effect of Phosphorus on Microstructure and High Temperature Properties of a Cast Ni-base Superalloy


    Effect of phosphorus on the microstructure and high temperature properties of a cast Ni-base superalloy M963 has been investigated. SEM observation and EDS analysis showed that P was mostly enriched in the interdendritic region, and the P-rich phase was formed in the front position of finally solidified eutectics in high P doped alloys. It was found that the P-rich phase, as preferred initiation and propagation site of cracks, could aggravate the fracture process at high temperature in high P doped alloys. Consequently, high P addition would reduce remarkably the ductility and creep life of M963 superalloy at high temperature.


    Y.S. Yang; X.H. Feng; G.F. Cheng; Y.J. Li; Z.Q. Hu


    The crystal growth of a nickel-based single crystal superalloy DD3 was researched via controlled directional solidification under the action of a DC electric field. The cellular or dendrite spacing of the single crystal superalloy is refined and microsegregation of alloying elements Al,Ti, Mo and W, is reduced by the electric field. The electric field decreases the interface stability and reduces the critical growth rate of the cellular-dendritic translation because of Thomson effect and Joule heating. The precipitation of the γ' phase is more uniform and the size of the γ'phase is smaller with the electric field than that without the electric field.

  1. High temperature thermal diffusivity of nickel-based superalloys and intermetallic compounds

    Hazotte, A.; Perrot, B.; Archambault, P


    By means of an installation developed in our laboratory, we measured the thermal diffusivity (α) as a function of temperature for several single and polycrystal nickel-based superalloys as well as for different intermetallic compounds with a L12 (Ni3Al, Ni3Si, Ni3Ge, Ni3Fe, Zr3Al, Co3Ti), L10 (TiAl) or B2 (NiAl) structure. In the case of nickel-based superalloys, the experiments pointed out an unexpected but reproductible slope change in the α=f(T) curves at about 750°C, which is not explaine...

  2. An overview of the measurements of thermophysical properties and some results on molten superalloys and semiconductors

    Taylor, R. E.


    This presentation consists of two parts: comments on the results of measurements on thermophysical properties based on the paper, 'Things Mother Never Taught Me (About Thermophysical Properties of Solids)' and results of thermophysical property measurements on selected solid and molten semiconductors and a proprietary superalloy. The first part may be considered as a tutorial for those involved in using or procuring thermophysical property data. The second part is presented as illustrations of what has been accomplished on molten materials at the Thermophysical Properties Research Laboratory (TPRL). The materials include Ge, PbTe, PbSnTe, HgCdTe and a superalloy.

  3. The role of microstructure in the modelling of plastic flow in P/M superalloys at forging temperatures and strain rate

    Immarigeon, J. P.


    The application of computer aided plasticity analysis to model the deformation of alloys during forging with a view to optimizing the microstructure in forged components is presented. Finite element modelling techniques and a methodology for predicting local changes in grain size as a function of local deformation history predict the final grain sizes in the rim and the bore regions of a disc via process modelling and determines the processing conditions under which an optimum microstructure is produced. The effects of thermomechanical history on the evolution of microstructure in P/M superalloys under isothermal forging conditions and formulation of physically realistic constitutive relations for plastic flow which quantify the effects of the microstructural evolution, thereby allowing the prediction of final microstructure in forgings were studied. Using constant true strain rate uniaxial compression tests, microstructure flow property data were generated at isothermal foring temperatures and strain rates for a number of compacts. Deformation modelling for microstructural control is discussed. It is shown that the rate of change of grain size is an important parameter which governs changes in flow strength and is considered in the formulation of constitutive relations for compacts both in a coarse grained and in a fine grained superplastic condition. A deformation model for grain size and rate sensitive P/M superalloys and a methodology that can be applied to predict grain size distributions in forgings are presented.

  4. Additive Manufacturing of Single-Crystal Superalloy CMSX-4 Through Scanning Laser Epitaxy: Computational Modeling, Experimental Process Development, and Process Parameter Optimization

    Basak, Amrita; Acharya, Ranadip; Das, Suman


    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.

  5. Identifying and Understanding Environment-Induced Crack propagation Behavior in Ni-based Superalloy INCONEL 617

    Ma, Longzhou


    The nickel-based superalloy INCONEL 617 is a candidate material for heat exchanger applications in the next-generation nuclear plant (NGNP) system. This project will study the crack propagation process of alloy 617 at temperatures of 650°C-950°C in air under static/cyclic loading conditions. The goal is to identify the environmental and mechanical damage components and to understand in-depth the failure mechanism. Researchers will measure the fatigue crack propagation (FCP) rate (da/dn) under cyclic and hold-time fatigue conditions, and sustained crack growth rates (da/dt) at elevated temperatures. The independent FCP process will be identified and the rate-controlled sustained loading crack process will be correlated with the thermal activation equation to estimate the oxygen thermal activation energy. The FCP-dependent model indicates that if the sustained loading crack growth rate, da/dt, can be correlated with the FCP rate, da/dn, at the full time dependent stage, researchers can confirm stress-accelerated grain-boundary oxygen embrittlement (SAGBOE) as a predominate effect. Following the crack propagation tests, the research team will examine the fracture surface of materials in various cracking stages using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and an optical microscope. In particular, the microstructure of the crack tip region will be analyzed in depth using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron energy loss spectrum (EELS) mapping techniques to identify oxygen penetration along the grain boundary and to examine the diffused oxygen distribution profile around the crack tip. The cracked sample will be prepared by focused ion beam nanofabrication technology, allowing researchers to accurately fabricate the TEM samples from the crack tip while minimizing artifacts. Researchers will use these microscopic and spectroscopic results to interpret the crack propagation process, as well as distinguish and understand the environment or

  6. The Effect of Forging Variables on the Supersolvus Heat-Treatment Response of Powder-Metallurgy Nickel-Base Superalloys



  7. Evaluation of Characteristics of Non-Metallic Inclusions in P/M Ni-Base Superalloy by Automatic Image Analysis

    Li; Xinggang; Ge; Changchun; Shen; Weiping


    Non-metallic inclusions,especially the large ones,within P/M Ni-base superalloy have a major influence on fatigue characteristics,but are not directly measurable by routine inspection.In this paper,a method,automatic image analysis,is proposed for estimation of the content,size and amount of non-metallic inclusions in superalloy.The methodology for the practical application of this method is described and the factors affecting the precision of the estimation are discussed.In the experiment,the characteristics of the non-metallic inclusions in Ni-base P/M superalloy are analyzed.

  8. Life Extension Methodologies and Risk-Based Inspection in the Management of Fracture Critical Aeroengine Components


    stresses. The life-to-first- crack distributions and the propagation lives obtained in the nickel-base superalloys used in aeroengine discs appear to...aircraft. Turbine and compressor discs and shafts are identified as the major fracture critical components. They experience extreme thermo- mechanical...airworthiness, and integrity of fracture components such as discs and shafts throughout their service operation. Such events are non-random and hence

  9. Time-incremental creep–fatigue damage rule for single crystal Ni-base superalloys

    Tinga, T.; Brekelmans, W.A.M.; Geers, M.G.D.


    In the present paper a damage model for single crystal Ni-base superalloys is proposed that integrates time-dependent and cyclic damage into a generally applicable time-incremental damage rule. A criterion based on the Orowan stress is introduced to detect slip reversal on the microscopic level and

  10. Recovery of Nickel from Nickel-Based Superalloy Scraps by Utilizing Molten Zinc

    Yagi, Ryohei; Okabe, Toru H.


    With the purpose of developing a new process for recycling nickel (Ni) directly from superalloy scraps, a fundamental study on the extraction and separation of Ni was carried out using molten zinc (Zn) as the extraction medium. In order to examine the reaction between molten Zn and the Ni-based superalloy, superalloy samples and Zn shots were heated at 1173 K (900 °C) for 6 hours. After heating, the superalloy samples fully reacted with Zn and dissolved in molten Zn. The Zn-alloyed sample obtained by slow cooling consisted of two separated upper and lower phases. In the upper part of the sample, only Zn and the Zn-Ni alloys were found; in the lower part, an intermetallic alloy consisting of refractory metals such as rhenium (Re) and tantalum (Ta) was found. This result shows that Ni and refractory metals contained in the scrap can be separated by utilizing the density differences between the Zn-Ni alloy and the refractory metals in molten Zn. Vacuum treatment of the upper part of the Zn-alloyed sample at 1173 K (900 °C) reduced the concentration of Zn in the sample from 97.0 to 0.4 mass pct. After Zn removal, a Ni alloy containing Ni with a purity of 85.3 to 86.1 mass pct and negligible quantities (scraps without the consumption of Zn or the generation of toxic wastes solutions.

  11. US/Japan Seminar on Superalloys Held at Susono, Japan on 7-11 December 1984.


    University of Technology) STRENGTH AND PHASE STABILITY OF Ni Al INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS -TOWARD ALLOY DESIGN OF SUPERALLOYS- Y. Mishima , T. Suzuki (Tokyo...Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Technical Institute Nishiyama, Yukio Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Technical Institute Tanaka, Shoji Kawasaki Steel, Research...Technology Matsuo, Takashi Tokyo Institute of Technology Mishima , Yoshinao Tokyo Institute of Technology Takeyama, Masao Tokyo Institute of

  12. Freckle Defect Formation near the Casting Interfaces of Directionally Solidified Superalloys

    Jianping Hong


    Full Text Available Freckle defects usually appear on the surface of castings and industrial ingots during the directional solidification process and most of them are located near the interface between the shell mold and superalloys. Ceramic cores create more interfaces in the directionally solidified (DS and single crystal (SX hollow turbine blades. In order to investigate the location of freckle occurrence in superalloys, superalloy CM247 LC was directionally solidified in an industrial-sized Bridgman furnace. Instead of ceramic cores, Alumina tubes were used inside of the casting specimens. It was found that freckles occur not only on the casting external surfaces, but also appear near the internal interfaces between the ceramic core and superalloys. Meanwhile, the size, initial position, and area of freckle were investigated in various diameters of the specimens. The initial position of the freckle chain reduces when the diameter of the rods increase. Freckle area follows a linear relationship in various diameters and the average freckle fraction is 1.1% of cross sectional area of casting specimens. The flow of liquid metal near the interfaces was stronger than that in the interdendritic region in the mushy zone, and explained why freckle tends to occur on the outer or inner surfaces of castings. This new phenomenon suggests that freckles are more likely to occur on the outer or inner surfaces of the hollow turbine blades.

  13. Use of atomic force microscopy to quantify slip irreversibility in a nickel-base superalloy

    Risbet, M.; Feaugas, X.; Guillemer-Neel, C.; Clavel, M


    Atomic force microscopy was used to study the evolution of surface deformation during cyclic loading in a nickel-base superalloy. Cyclic slip irreversibility has been investigated using quantitative evaluation of extrusion heights and inter-band spacing. This approach is applied to formulate a microscopic crack initiation law, compared to a classical Manson-Coffin relationship.

  14. Combustion Synthesis of NiAl and In-situ Joining to Ni-based Superalloy


    Combustion synthesis is used as a joining technology to join Ni-based superalloys with in-situ synthesized NiAl filler. The synthesis mechanism is discussed. The microstructure of the joints is investigated and the joint strength is also evaluated by tensile testing.

  15. Cube slip and non-Schmid effects in single crystal Ni-base superalloys

    Tinga, T.; Brekelmans, W.A.M.; Geers, M.G.D.


    An advanced constitutive model incorporating two specific aspects of Ni-base superalloy deformation behaviour is proposed. Several deformation mechanisms are active in these two-phase materials. In the matrix phase, cube slip plays an important role in the orientation dependence of the material. Mor

  16. Directional coarsening in nickel-base superalloys and its effect on the mechanical properties

    Tinga, T.; Brekelmans, W.A.M.; Geers, M.G.D.


    During high temperature loading, the regular microstructure of nickel-base superalloys consisting of a γ-matrix (Ni) containing a large volume fraction of γ′-particles (Ni3Al) degrades. The cubic precipitates coarsen and elongate in a direction normal to the applied stress in a process called raftin

  17. Alloy Design Challenge: Development of Low Density Superalloys for Turbine Blade Applications

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


    New low density single crystal (LDS) alloys have been developed for turbine blade applications, which have the potential for significant improvements in the thrust to weight ratio over current production alloys. An innovative alloying strategy was identified to achieve high temperature creep resistance, alloy density reductions, microstructural stability, and cyclic oxidation resistance. The approach relies on the use of molybdenum (Mo) as a potent solid solution strengthener for the nickel (Ni)-base superalloy; Mo has a density much closer to Ni than other refractory elements, such as rhenium (Re) or tungsten (W). A host of testing and microstructural examinations was conducted on the superalloy single crystals, including creep rupture testing, microstructural stability, cyclic oxidation, and hot corrosion. The paper will provide an overview of the single crystal properties that were generated in this new superalloy design space. The paper will also demonstrate the feasibility of this innovative approach of low density single crystal superalloy design. It will be shown that the best LDS alloy possesses the best attributes of three generations of single crystal alloys: the low density of first-generation single crystal alloys, the excellent oxidation resistance of second-generation single crystal alloys, and a creep strength which exceeds that of second and third generation alloys.

  18. Mechanisms of High Temperature/Low Stress Creep of Ni-Based Superalloy Single Crystals

    Michael J. Mills


    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.

  19. Effect of Yttrium on High Temperature Oxidation Resistance of a Directionally Solidified Superalloy

    宋立国; 李树索; 郑运荣; 韩雅芳


    The effect of rare earth element yttrium on the high temperature oxidation resistance of a directionally solidified Ni-base superalloy was studied with scanning electron microscopy(SEM), energy dispersive spectrum(EDS)and X-ray diffraction(XRD)techniques. The results show that the oxidation resistance of the alloy is substantially improved by adding proper amount of yttrium.

  20. Design and characterization of novel precipitation hardenable high Cr Ni-based superalloys

    Bihlet, Uffe; Dahl, Kristian Vinter; Somers, Marcel A. J.


    Among the Ni-based superalloys, Alloy 718 stands apart with the ability to be precipitation hardened after welding, by the slow formation of nano-scale γ’’ (Ni3Nb) particles. This slow formation gives it a very low crack susceptibility, which has made it widely applied since its introduction...

  1. Investigation of nickel- and cobalt-based superalloys with protective coatings

    Veksler, Yu. G.; Mal'tseva, L. A.; Pastukhov, M. V.


    The structure and composition of the surface layers of MAR-M247 and MAR-M509 superalloys are studied after the formation of protective coatings by gas-circulation aluminizing and a high-energy ion-plasma technology.

  2. Modeling cast IN-738 superalloy gas tungsten arc welds

    Bonifaz, E.A. [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba, E2-327F EITC, Winnipeg, Man., R3T 5V6 (Canada); Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Casilla Postal: 17-12-841 Circulo de Cumbaya, Quito (Ecuador)], E-mail:; Richards, N.L. [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba, E2-327F EITC, Winnipeg, Man., R3T 5V6 (Canada)], E-mail:


    A three-dimensional finite-element thermal model has been developed to generate weld profiles, and to analyze transient heat flow, thermal gradients and thermal cycles in cast IN-738 superalloy gas tungsten arc welds. Outputs of the model (cooling rates, the thermal gradient G and the growth rate R) were used to describe solidification structures found around the weld pool for three different welding speeds at constant heat input. Calculations around the weld pool indicate that the cooling rate increases from the fusion line to the centerline at all welding speeds. It was also observed that the cooling rate (G x R) and the ratio G/R fall with welding speed. For instance, as the welding speed is increased, the cooling rates at the centerline, fusion line and penetration depth decrease. Moreover, it was observed that as the power and welding speed both increase (but keeping the heat input constant), the weld pool becomes wider and more elongated, shifting from circular to elliptical shaped. The calculations were performed using ABAQUS FE code on the basis of a time-increment Lagrangian formulation. The heat source represented by a moving Gaussian power density distribution is applied over the top surface of the specimen during a period of time that depends on the welding speed. Temperature-dependent material properties and the effect of forced convection due to the flow of the shielding gas are included in the model. Numerically predicted sizes of the melt-pool zone and dendrite secondary arm spacing induced by the gas tungsten arc welding process are also given.

  3. Deformation modeling and constitutive modeling for anisotropic superalloys

    Milligan, Walter W.; Antolovich, Stephen D.


    A study of deformation mechanisms in the single crystal superalloy PWA 1480 was conducted. Monotonic and cyclic tests were conducted from 20 to 1093 C. Both (001) and near-(123) crystals were tested, at strain rates of 0.5 and 50 percent/minute. The deformation behavior could be grouped into two temperature regimes: low temperatures, below 760 C; and high temperatures, above 820 to 950 C depending on the strain rate. At low temperatures, the mechanical behavior was very anisotropic. An orientation dependent CRSS, a tension-compression asymmetry, and anisotropic strain hardening were all observed. The material was deformed by planar octahedral slip. The anisotropic properties were correlated with the ease of cube cross-slip, as well as the number of active slip systems. At high temperatures, the material was isotropic, and deformed by homogeneous gamma by-pass. It was found that the temperature dependence of the formation of superlattice-intrinsic stacking faults was responsible for the local minimum in the CRSS of this alloy at 400 C. It was proposed that the cube cross-slip process must be reversible. This was used to explain the reversible tension-compression asymmetry, and was used to study models of cross-slip. As a result, the cross-slip model proposed by Paidar, Pope and Vitek was found to be consistent with the proposed slip reversibility. The results were related to anisotropic viscoplastic constitutive models. The model proposed by Walter and Jordan was found to be capable of modeling all aspects of the material anisotropy. Temperature and strain rate boundaries for the model were proposed, and guidelines for numerical experiments were proposed.

  4. Fabrication and Optimization of Ni Superalloy Inconel 600 Microtruss Materials

    Devatha Venkatesh, Balaji

    Microtruss materials are multifunctional cellular hybrids composed of an interconnected arrangement of internal struts that can offer enhanced strength and stiffness at low densities. This study looks at the potential of Ni-based superalloys as microtruss materials. The potential of using the in-situ plastic strain imparted during stretch forming to grain boundary engineer the internal struts of Inconel 600 (IN600) cellular hybrids was also explored. In order to examine this question, a combination of experimental and finite element (FE) methods were employed. The non-uniform plastic deformation imparted to the microtruss struts during fabrication was modeled by FE and the local changes in grain boundary character in the fabricated trusses were mapped by electron backscattered diffraction. This study also examined the distribution of plastic strain over the microtruss architecture. A mechanical press with various pin geometries was employed to experimentally validate the FE models. Standard pin geometry results in substantially non-uniform plastic strain, which limits the maximum formability of the starting sheet material. Importantly, pins designed with tapers and spheres were shown to impart plastic strain along the entire length of the microtruss. This opened up possibility of new design strategies for facilitating grain boundary engineering over the entire truss. It may also present opportunities for enhancing the energy absorption performance of microtruss materials. Finally, this study examined the mechanical properties of IN600 microtrusses, in particular focusing on the significance of strut end constraints in determining the overall mechanical performance. While it is straightforward to analytically determine the inelastic buckling resistance of plastically deformed struts, there is no simple way to determine the rotational end constraint of the struts deformed to varying truss angles. It was seen that end constraint rigidity k could be determined using a

  5. Thermomechanical fatigue crack growth in a cast polycrystalline superalloy

    Moverare Johan J.


    Full Text Available Thermomechanical fatigue (TMF crack growth testing has been performed on the polycrystalline superalloy IN792. All tests were conducted in mechanical strain control in the temperature range between 100 and 750 °C. The influence of in-phase (IP and out-of-phase (OP TMF cycles was investigated as well as the influence of applying extended dwell times (up to 6 hours at the maximum temperature. The crack growth rates were also evaluated based on linear elastic fracture mechanics and described as a function of the stress intensity factor KI. Without dwell time at the maximum temperature, the crack growth rates are generally higher for the OP-TMF cycle compared to the IP-TMF cycle, when equivalent nominal strain ranges are compared. However, due to the fact that the tests were conducted in mechanical strain control, the stress response is very different for the IP and OP cycles. Also the crack closure level differs significantly between the cycle types. By taking the stress response into account and comparing the crack growth rates for equivalent effective stress intensity factor rages ΔKeff defined as Kmax − Kclosure, very similar crack growth rates were actually noticed independent of whether an IP or OP cycle were used. While the introduction of a 6 hour dwell time significantly increased the crack growth rates for the IP-TMF cycle, a decrease in crack growth rates versus ΔKeff were actually seen for the OP-TMF cycle. The fracture behaviour during the different test conditions has been investigated using scanning electron microscopy.

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

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


    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.

  7. Microstructural analysis of weld cracking in 718 Plus superalloy

    Vishwakarma, Krutika

    Allvac 718RTM PLUS(TM) (718 Plus) is a new Ni-base superalloy developed to be used in land and aero gas turbine applications. 718 Plus was developed to have high temperature properties superior to its baseline superalloy Inconel 718, while maintaining its workability. Besides its high temperature properties superior to Inconel 718, limited information exists about its physical metallurgy or weldability. This project studied the microstructure and electron beam welding response of this new superalloy in two selected pre-weld heat treated conditions. To further understand the effect of minor alloying elements on its weldability, two versions of 718 Plus with varying concentrations of boron and phosphorus, HC 49 with higher B and P and HC 20 with normal B and P, were also studied. Finally, the weldability of 718 Plus alloys was compared to that of Inconel 718 and Waspaloy under similar welding conditions. Hot rolled wrought plates of Inconel 718, Waspaloy and 718 Plus alloys were supplied by ALLVAC Inc. 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm x 101.6 mm sections were cut normal to the rolling direction of the plates and were subjected to their recommended respective solution heat treatments, viz., 950°C for 1 hour for 718 Plus alloys and Inconel 718 and 1020°C for 1 hour for Waspaloy. 718 Plus alloys and Inconel 718 were also examined after another solution heat treatment at 1050°C for 1 hour. All the heat treatments were followed by water quenching. Thorough microstructural characterization before and after welding was carried out using optical microscopy, analytical scanning electron microscopy, electron microprobe analysis and analytical transmission electron microscopy. In addition, Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS) was used to study the grain boundary segregation in the two 718 Plus alloys. Interestingly, the microstructure of 718 Plus alloy, in the heat treated conditions it was studied, was very similar to that of Inconel 718 despite of the considerable difference in their

  8. Technology insight: Innovative options for end-stage renal disease--from kidney refurbishment to artificial kidney.

    Braam, Branko; Verhaar, Marianne C; Blankestijn, Peter; Boer, Walther H; Joles, Jaap A


    The steadily growing number of patients with chronic kidney disease who will eventually develop end-stage renal disease, together with the qualitative limitations of currently available renal replacement therapies, have triggered the exploration of innovative strategies for renal replacement therapy and for salvage of renal function. Currently, new hemodialysis modalities and membranes are being used with the aim of increasing clearance of uremic toxins to afford better metabolic control. In addition to these conventional approaches, there are four innovative potential solutions to the problem of replacing renal function when kidneys fail. The first is a small, implantable device with the potential to be supplemented with human cells ('artificial kidney'). The second involves restoration of the damaged kidney by harnessing recent advances in stem-cell technology and knowledge of developmental programing ('refurbished kidney'). The third is (partially) growing a kidney in vitro with the use of therapeutic cloning ('cultured kidney'). The fourth innovative solution involves the use of other organs to replace various renal functions ('distributed kidney'). In this article we review the efforts that have been made to improve renal replacement therapies, and explore innovative approaches. We will not cover all potential solutions in detail. Rather, we aim to indicate directions of future endeavor and arouse enthusiasm in clinicians and scientists for exploration of these exciting avenues.

  9. Refurbishment and Installation of a Monitoring and Early Warning System on the Sierroz Embankments in Aix-les-Bains, France

    Courivaud Jean-Robert


    Full Text Available Sierroz embankments are located in an urban area, in the city of Aix-les-Bains (Savoie, France. Their linear is 400m on both rims. These embankments protect about 900 people against Sierroz river floods. Hydraulic studies performed in the frame of the Aix-les-Bains Inundation Risk Prevention Plan (PPRI in French have shown that these embankments have a high risk of failure by overtopping during a 100 year return period flood of the Sierroz River. These studies have defined inundation maps with High Danger areas. From these results, the city of Aix-les- Bains asked EDF to perform a safety assessment study, in order to assess the safety margins of these embankments for each of their potential failure modes: overtopping erosion, internal erosion, slope sliding and liquefaction. This study confirmed that the main risk is breaching by overtopping erosion during flood. This diagnosis led the city of Aix-les-Bains to launch two parades: (i the embankment refurbishment in order to provide them satisfactory safety margins during a 100 year return period flood and (ii a monitoring and early-warning system able to alert population at risk as early as possible when breaching is imminent. These two parades are presented including environmental constraints and cost estimates.

  10. Optimal and Sustainable Plant Refurbishment in Historical Buildings: A Study of an Ancient Monastery Converted into a Showroom in Florence

    Carla Balocco


    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to study the possibility and sustainability of retrofit and refurbishment design solutions on historical buildings converted to different uses and often clashing with their original purpose and architectural features. The building studied is an ancient monastery located in the historical center of Florence (Italy. Today the original cloister is covered over by a single glazed pitched roof and used as a fashion showroom. Our proposed solution concerns a reversible and sustainable plant design integrated with an active transparent building casing. The existing glazed pitched roof was reconsidered and re-designed as part of the existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC plant system, based on the functioning of an active thermal buffer to control the high heat flow rates and external thermal loads due to solar radiation. Hourly whole building energy analysis was carried out to check the effectiveness and energy sustainability of our proposed solution. Results obtained showed, from the historical-architectural, energy and environmental points of view, its sustainability due to the building-plant system integration and interaction with its location, the external climatic conditions and defined expected uses, in particular with reference to indoor thermal comfort.

  11. Does demolition or refurbishment of old and inefficient homes help to increase our environmental, social and economic viability?

    Power, Anne [London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE (United Kingdom); Sustainable Development Commission, Room 101, 55 Whitehall, c/o 3-8 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HH (United Kingdom)


    The issue of whether to demolish or refurbish older housing has been debated for over a century. It has been an active policy area since the late 1880s, when the Government first authorised the statutory demolition of insanitary slums. In the 1960s, revulsion at the scale of 'demolition blight' and new building caused a rethink, leading to a major reinvestment in inner city neighbourhoods of older housing. In the past 5 years, debate on demolition and new building has been intensified by the Government's Sustainable Communities Plan of 2003, with its proposals for large-scale clearance and building. Environmental arguments about renovating the existing stock have gained increasing prominence as people have sought to defend their communities from demolition. The evidence on whether demolition would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere is unclear and disputed. This paper summarises the evidence and arguments, and attempts to clarify the most realistic, achievable route to major reductions in energy use in homes. The arguments that apply to housing also apply to most other buildings and therefore to the overall built environment, which accounts for half of all carbon emissions. Three main sources of evidence have helped in the development of this paper, but there are many other studies we draw on in the discussion.

  12. Two-dimensional radiation MHD modeling assessment of designs for argon gas puff distributions for future experiments on the refurbished Z machine

    Thornhill, J. W.; Giuliani, J. L.; Chong, Y. K.; Velikovich, A. L.; Dasgupta, A.; Apruzese, J. P.; Jones, B.; Ampleford, D. J.; Coverdale, C. A.; Jennings, C. A.; Waisman, E. M.; Lamppa, D. C.; McKenney, J. L.; Cuneo, M. E.; Krishnan, M.; Coleman, P. L.; Madden, R. E.; Elliott, K. W.


    Argon Z-pinch experiments are to be performed on the refurbished Z machine (which we will refer to as ZR here in order to distinguish between pre-refurbishment Z) at Sandia National Laboratories with a new 8 cm diameter double-annulus gas puff nozzle constructed by Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation (AASC). The gas exits the nozzle from an outer and inner annulus and a central jet. The amount of gas present in each region can be varied. Here a two-dimensional radiation MHD (2DRMHD) model, MACH2-TCRE, with tabular collisional radiative equilibrium atomic kinetics is used to theoretically investigate stability and K-shell emission properties of several measured (interferometry) initial gas distributions emanating from this new nozzle. Of particular interest is to facilitate that the distributions employed in future experiments have stability and K-shell emission properties that are at least as good as the Titan nozzle generated distribution that was successfully fielded in earlier experiments on the Z machine before it underwent refurbishment. The model incorporates a self-consistent calculation for non-local thermodynamic equilibrium kinetics and ray-trace based radiation transport. This level of detail is necessary in order to model opacity effects, non-local radiation effects, and the high temperature state of K-shell emitting Z-pinch loads. Comparisons of radiation properties and stability of measured AASC gas profiles are made with that of the distribution used in the pre-refurbished Z experiments. Based on these comparisons, an optimal K-shell emission producing initial gas distribution is determined from among the AASC nozzle measured distributions and predictions are made for K-shell yields attainable from future ZR experiments.

  13. Development of a numerical procedure for mixed mode K-solutions and fatigue crack growth in FCC single crystal superalloys

    Ranjan, Srikant


    Fatigue-induced failures in aircraft gas turbine and rocket engine turbopump blades and vanes are a pervasive problem. Turbine blades and vanes represent perhaps the most demanding structural applications due to the combination of high operating temperature, corrosive environment, high monotonic and cyclic stresses, long expected component lifetimes and the enormous consequence of structural failure. Single crystal nickel-base superalloy turbine blades are being utilized in rocket engine turbopumps and jet engines because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance, and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys. These materials have orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the part geometry a significant factor in the overall analysis. Computation of stress intensity factors (SIFs) and the ability to model fatigue crack growth rate at single crystal cracks subject to mixed-mode loading conditions are important parts of developing a mechanistically based life prediction for these complex alloys. A general numerical procedure has been developed to calculate SIFs for a crack in a general anisotropic linear elastic material subject to mixed-mode loading conditions, using three-dimensional finite element analysis (FEA). The procedure does not require an a priori assumption of plane stress or plane strain conditions. The SIFs KI, KII, and KIII are shown to be a complex function of the coupled 3D crack tip displacement field. A comprehensive study of variation of SIFs as a function of crystallographic orientation, crack length, and mode-mixity ratios is presented, based on the 3D elastic orthotropic finite element modeling of tensile and Brazilian Disc (BD) specimens in specific crystal orientations. Variation of SIF through the thickness of the specimens is also analyzed. The resolved shear stress intensity coefficient or effective SIF, Krss, can be computed as a function of crack tip SIFs and the

  14. Development of advanced P/M Ni-base superalloys for turbine disks

    Garibov Genrikh S.


    Full Text Available In the process of evolution of powder metallurgy in Russia the task permanently formulated was the following: to improve strength properties of P/M superalloys without application of additional complex HIPed blanks deformation operation. On the other hand development of a turbine disk material structure to ensure an improvement in aircraft engine performance requires the use of special HIP and heat treatment conditions. To ensure maximum strength properties of disk materials it is necessary to form a structure which would have optimum size of solid solution grains, γ′-phases and carbides. Along with that heating of the material up to a temperature determined by solvus of an alloy ensures a stable and reproducible level of mechanical properties of the disks. The above-said can be illustrated by successful mastering of new complex-alloyed VVP-class superalloys with the use of powder size − 100 μm. Application of special HIP and heat treatment conditions for these superalloys to obtain the desired grain size and the strengthening γ′-phase precipitates allowed a noticeable improvement in ultimate tensile strength and yield strength up to ≥1600 MPa and ≥1200 MPa respectively. 100 hrs rupture strength at 650 ∘C and 750 ∘C was improved up to 1140 MPa and 750 MPa respectively. P/M VVP nickel-base superalloys offer higher characteristics in comparison with many superalloys designed for the same purposes. HIPed disc compacts manufactured from PREP-powder have a homogeneous micro- and macrostructure, a stable level of mechanical properties.

  15. New knowledge about 'white spots' in superalloys

    Jackman, L.A. (Teledyne Allvac, Monroe, N.C. (United States)); Maurer, G.E. (Special Metals Corp., New Hartford, N.Y. (United States)); Widge, S. (Carpenter Technology Corp., Reading, PA (United States))


    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.

  16. Solid solution strengthening and diffusion in nickel- and cobalt-based superalloys

    Rehman, Hamad ur


    Nickel and cobalt-based superalloys with a γ-γ{sup '} microstructure are known for their excellent creep resistance at high temperatures. Their microstructure is engineered using different alloying elements, that partition either to the fcc γ matrix or to the ordered γ{sup '} phase. In the present work the effect of alloying elements on their segregation behaviour in nickel-based superalloys, diffusion in cobalt-based superalloys and the temperature dependent solid solution strengthening in nickel-based alloys is investigated. The effect of dendritic segregation on the local mechanical properties of individual phases in the as-cast, heat treated and creep deformed state of a nickel-based superalloy is investigated. The local chemical composition is characterized using Electron Probe Micro Analysis and then correlated with the mechanical properties of individual phases using nanoindentation. Furthermore, the temperature dependant solid solution hardening contribution of Ta, W and Re towards fcc nickel is studied. The room temperature hardening is determined by a diffusion couple approach using nanoindentation and energy dispersive X-ray analysis for relating hardness to the chemical composition. The high temperature properties are determined using compression strain rate jump tests. The results show that at lower temperatures, the solute size is prevalent and the elements with the largest size difference with nickel, induce the greatest hardening consistent with a classical solid solution strengthening theory. At higher temperatures, the solutes interact with the dislocations such that the slowest diffusing solute poses maximal resistance to dislocation glide and climb. Lastly, the diffusion of different technically relevant solutes in fcc cobalt is investigated using diffusion couples. The results show that the large atoms diffuse faster in cobalt-based superalloys similar to their nickel-based counterparts.

  17. Experimental Study on Burrs in Micro-milling Nickel-base Superalloy Inconel718%镍基高温合金Inconel718微铣削毛刺试验研究∗

    卢晓红; 武文毅; 王文韬; 裴兴林; 路彦君; 司立坤


    基于微小型机床的微铣削( Micro-milling )技术是加工镍基高温合金微小结构/零件的可行技术手段。文章通过镍基高温合金微铣削加工实验,利用扫描电子显微镜和能谱分析仪对刀具的磨、破损形态及局部化学成分和槽的表面形貌进行了研究分析,发现镍基高温合金微铣削毛刺形貌及成因与镍基高温合金传统切削或其他材料微铣削具有很大不同:首先,毛刺长度过长;其次,刀具磨损对鳞刺的产生有很大影响;鳞刺只出现在槽的一侧边界。在实验研究基础上,分析了毛刺的成因,为后续镍基高温合金微铣削毛刺的有效抑制研究提供参考。%Micro milling technology which is based on the micro machine tool is one of the feasible skills processing the Nickel-based superalloy micro constructions/parts. Micro-milling Nickel-based superalloy tests have been carried out and then the wear/break features and the chemical component of the testing tool as well as the surface features of the testing slots have been researched. Results show that the burrs’ features and causes in micro milling Nickel-based superalloy have great differences from the traditionally milling Nickel-based superalloy and micro milling other materials. Firstly, the length of the burrs is too long. Sec-ondly, tool wearing has great effects on the scales’ formation. Thirdly, the scales only appear on the one side of the testing slots. Based on the tests and researches, formation of the burrs has been studied to provide references for controlling the burrs in micro milling Nickel-based superalloy effectively.

  18. Characterization and Modeling of Residual Stress and Cold Work Evolution in PM Nickel Base Disk Superalloy Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Powder metal (PM) superalloys used for critical compressor and turbine disk applications are prone to fatigue failures in stress concentration features such as holes...

  19. The Energy Upgrading of Existing Buildings: Window and Shading Device Typologies for Energy Efficiency Refurbishment

    Cristina Carletti


    Full Text Available Residential buildings built after the Second World War have high energy consumption and inadequate thermal comfort, especially in summer conditions, largely attributable to the high transmittance of windows and lack of effective shading devices. Performance improvement of these components is essential for energy upgrading of existing buildings. This paper shows the results of the research, which aims to evaluate effects on energy consumption and environmental comfort of combined solutions of windows and shading devices applied to a case study representing a typical post World War II Italian building. In this paper, the main typologies of solar control systems are described and evaluated on the basis of a case study in different climatic locations (Berlin, Milan, Florence and Athens. Thermal behavior has been assessed through the EnergyPlus dynamic calculation code, by using appropriate performance indicators for energy and thermal sensation. Starting from performance evaluation of the existing building, different strategies have been assessed: replacement of existing windows with high-energy performance ones and introduction of shading devices and solar control glasses. Finally, a global comparative analysis has been carried out based on energy, acoustic and lighting performances, technical feasibility and management problems. Results of the different solar shading devices assessment are reported in the form of a data sheet.

  20. Structure and composition of higher-rhenium-content superalloy based on La-alloyed Ni-Al-Cr

    Kozlov, Eduard V.; Koneva, Nina A. [Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, Tomsk, 634003 (Russian Federation); Nikonenko, Elena L., E-mail: [Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, Tomsk, 634003 (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); Popova, Natalya A.; Fedorischeva, Marina V. [Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, Tomsk, 634003 (Russian Federation); Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation)


    The paper presents the transmission and scanning electronic microscope investigations of Ni-Al-Cr superalloy alloyed with additional Re and La elements. This superalloy is obtained by a directional solidification method. It is shown that such additional elements as Re and La result in formation of new phases in Ni-Al-Cr accompanied by considerable modifications of quasi-cuboid structure in its γ’-phase.

  1. Strain-induced γ{sup '}-coarsening during aging of Ni-based superalloys under uniaxial load. Modeling and analysis

    Mushongera, Leslie T.


    Turbine blades which are used in the hot paths of aerospace or industrial gas turbines are usually manufactured as casted single crystalline parts. However, even though grain boundaries are excluded, the degradation behavior of respectively developed single crystal nickel-base superalloys, is still quite complex involving a number of very different microscopic effects. One of these is the diffusion-limited coarsening of the γ{sup '}-precipitates. Long-term aging or creep loading along the <100> crystallographic orientation results in the anisotropic coarsening of the γ{sup '}-precipitates. In the end, the microstructure contains quite large, irregularly shaped precipitates or plate-like precipitates aligned either parallel (P-type rafts) or perpendicular (N-type rafts) to the loading direction. This behavior is detrimental for the properties of these materials since their superior properties emanate from the size, morphology and distribution of the γ{sup '}-precipitates [R. Reed: Cambridge University Press, (2006)]. In order to efficiently design these materials, the phenomenon of coarsening should be known in detail to optimize the materials accurately. On this background, the general objective of this thesis is to develop an integrated computational approach for simulating morphological evolution in single crystal Ni-base superalloys. As a first step towards that aim, a multi-component phase field model coupled to inputs from CALPHAD-type and kinetic databases for the relevant driving forces was developed based on the grand-potential formalism similar to Plapp [Phys. Rev. E, 84: 031601 (2011)]. The thermodynamic formulation of the model was validated by comparisons to ThermoCalc equilibrium calculations and DICTRA sharp-interface simulations. Phase field approaches that allow for anisotropies of the interfacial energy sufficiently high so that the interface develops sharp corners due to missing crystallographic orientations were formulated. This

  2. Reuse and refurbish: a cost savings delivery model for specialized seating.

    Li Pi Shan, Rodney S; Chrusch, Wendy M; Linassi, Angelo G; Sankaran, Rajini; Munchinsky, Jeanine


    To describe a unique specialized seating delivery model for children with disabilities that focuses on cost containment and environmental preservation. To determine whether this delivery model achieves cost containment. A retrospective cost analysis using data from billing records and annual statistical reports of the specialized seating program, for the 2004 to 2009 billing period. The specialized seating program is a service provided on a referral basis by the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, which is under contract to Saskatchewan Health. Pediatric patients (N=40) with physical disabilities (cerebral palsy, developmental delay, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, Down syndrome, other) who were referred, assessed, and met inclusion criteria. Not applicable. Relative cost (in Canadian dollars) of providing units with recycled components compared with purchasing new units. The average cost of a used wheelchair was Can $698.11. The average cost of a new chair was $2143.69, leading to an average savings per chair of $1445.58. Of the 49 chairs issued, this resulted in a total cost savings of $85,393.97. When labor costs were taken into account ($50,060.26), the savings amounted to $35,333.71. Overall cost reduction was 41.3%. A retrospective analysis shows evidence of cost containment. Long-term sustainability of the program requires ongoing analysis of the cost and environmental advantages of a recycling program and review of benefits provided in relation to the ability to meet patient needs. This delivery model does incorporate accountability and a policy framework, which could serve as a model for other centers. Copyright © 2012 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Cyclic Oxidation of High Mo, Reduced Density Superalloys

    James L. Smialek


    Full Text Available Cyclic oxidation was characterized as part of a statistically designed, 12-alloy compositional study of 2nd generation single crystal superalloys as part of a broader study to co-optimize density, creep strength, and cyclic oxidation. The primary modification was a replacement of 5 wt. % W by 7% or 12% Mo for density reductions of 2%–7%. Compositions at two levels of Mo, Cr, Co, and Re were produced, along with a midpoint composition. Initially, polycrystalline vacuum induction samples were screened in 1100 °C cyclic furnace tests using 1 h cycles for 200 h. The behavior was primarily delimited by Cr content, producing final weight changes of −40 mg/cm2 to −10 mg/cm2 for 0% Cr alloys and −2 mg/cm2 to +1 mg/cm2 for 5% Cr alloys. Accordingly, a multiple linear regression fit yielded an equation showing a strong positive Cr effect and lesser negative effects of Co and Mo. The results for 5% Cr alloys compare well to −1 mg/cm2, and +0.5 mg/cm2 for Rene′ N4 and Rene′ N5 (or Rene′ N6, respectively. Scale phases commonly identified were Al2O3, NiAl2O4, NiTa2O6, and NiO, with (Ni,CoMoO4 found only on the least resistant alloys having 0% Cr and 12% Mo. Scale microstructures were complex and reflected variations in the regional spallation history. Large faceted NiO grains and fine NiTa2O6 particles distributed along NiAl2O4 grain boundaries were typical distinctive features. NiMoO4 formation, decomposition, and volatility occurred for a few high Mo compositions. A creep, density, phase stability, and oxidation balanced 5% Cr, 10% Co, 7% Mo, and 3% Re alloy was selected to be taken forward for more extensive evaluations in single crystal form.

  4. Design of a biomimetic self-healing superalloy composite

    Files, Bradley Steven


    Use of systems engineering concepts to design technologically advanced materials has allowed ambitious goals of self-healing alloys to be realized. Shape memory alloy reinforcements are embedded in an alloy matrix to demonstrate concepts of stable crack growth and matrix crack closure. Computer methods are used to design thermodynamically compatible iron-based alloys using bio-inspired concepts of crack bridging and self-healing. Feasibility of crack closure and stable crack growth is shown in a prototype system with a Sn-Bi matrix and TiNi fibers. Design of Fe-Ni-Co-Ti-Al alloys using thermodynamic models to determine stabilities and phase equilibria allows for a methodical system designing compatible multicomponent alloys for composite systems. Final alloy computations for this project led to the alloy Fe-27.6Ni-18.2Co-4.1Ti-1.6Al as a compatible shape memory a with a 650sp°C 90 minute heat treatment leading to martensite and austenite start temperatures (Msbs and Asbs) near room temperature. Thin slices of this alloy were able to fully recover at least 5% strain upon unloading heating. Composites made from the designed shape memory alloy and a compatible Fe-based B2 matrix were used to test self-healing concepts in the superalloy system. Diffusion couple experiments verified thermodynamic compatibility between matrix and reinforcement alloys at the solution treatment temperature of 1100sp°C. Concepts of stable crack growth and crack bridging were demonstrated in the composite, leading to enhanced toughness of the brittle matrix. However, healing behavior in this system was limited by intergranular fracture of the reinforcement alloy. It is believed that use of rapidly solidified powders could eliminate intergranular fracture, leading to greatly enhanced properties of toughening and healing. Crack clamping and stable crack growth were achieved in a feasibility study using a Sn-Bi matrix reinforced with TiNi fibers. Tensile specimens with less than 1% fibers

  5. IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Task 37: Solar facade for residential buildings - Refurbishment with extremely low energy consumption; IEA SHC Task 37: Solarfassade fuer Wohnbau - Erneuerungen mit tiefstem Energieverbrauch - die bauphysikalischen, energetischen und architektonischen Potentiale - Schlussbericht

    Nelson, E.; Fent, G.


    This final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) takes a look at solar facades and discusses their structural-physical, energetic and architectural potentials. The insulation of a building's envelope is the key issue discussed in this paper. Traditional insulation methods (mineral wool or wood fibre) can produce walls 50 to 60 cm thick, making the renovation of old buildings to high standards a lot more difficult. The 'Lucido' solar facade is described. This is a highly efficient insulation system which absorbs the solar radiation and stores it as heat in the outer layer of the facade, thus reducing the amount of conventional insulation needed. The basic components - protective, transparent glazing with an air gap and a solid wood absorber followed by a layer of regular insulation - are described. During the summer the lamellae act as a shading device reducing the impact of the sun thus preventing overheating, while in the winter the lamellae enhance the absorption of solar radiation. The report discusses the simulation of the system's dynamic insulation properties and ecological factors and presents examples of the system's use in refurbishment projects.

  6. Growth of Casting Microcrack and Micropore in Single-crystal Superalloys Analysed by Three-Dimensional Unit Cell


    Finite element (FE) analysis was employed to investigate the casting microcrack and micropore growth in nickel-base single-crystal superalloys DD3. Based on the finite deformation rate-dependent crystallographic constitutive equation, the simulations of casting microcrack and micropore growth in three-dimensional unit cell model were carried out in a range of parameters including stress triaxiality, Lode parameter and type of activated slip systems. The FE results show that the stress triaxiality has profound effects on growth behavior,and the Lode parameter is also important for the casting microcrack and micropore growth. The type of operative slip systems has remarkable effect on casting microcrack and micropore growth, so the life of singlecrystal component is associated with the type of activated slip systems, which is related to Schmid factor and the number of activated slip systems. The growth comparison between microcrack and micropore reveals that when the material is subjected to large deformation, the growth rate of microcrack is faster than that of micropore, i.e. microcrack is more dangerous than micropore; the microcrack is easier to result in brittle fracture than micropore. The stress triaxiality and Lode parameter have strong influence on the growth of microcrack and micropore.

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

    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

  8. Thermophysical and structural study of IN 792-5A nickel based superalloy

    S. Zlá


    Full Text Available The presented paper deals with study of phase transformations temperatures of nickel based superalloy IN 792-5A with application of DTA – method and use of experimental laboratory system for simultaneous thermal analysis SETARAM Setsys 18TM. Samples taken from as-received state of superalloy were heated with controlled ramp rates (1, 5, 10 and 20 °C•min-1 and immediately after melting they were cooled with the same controlled ramp rate. The samples before and after DTA-analysis were also subjected to the phase analysis with use of scanning electron microscopy on the microprobe (JCXA 733 equipped with energy dispersive analyser EDAX (EDAM 3.


    Juraj Belan


    Full Text Available Alloy ŽS6K is former USSR superalloy used in DV – 2 jet engine. It is used for turbine rotor blade and whole cast small sized rotors with working temperature up to 800 ÷ 1050°C. This alloy was evaluated after annealing at 800 °C/ 10 and followed by cooling with various rate, presented with cooling in water, oil and air. Cooling rates, represented by various cooling mediums, have a significant influence on diffusion processes, which are going in structure. Methods of quantitative metallography (Image Analyzer software NIS – Elements for carbides evaluation, measuring of secondary dendrite arm spacing and coherent testing grid for gama' - phase evaluation are used for evaluation of structural characteristics on experimental material – Ni base superalloy ŽS6K.


    Juraj Belan


    Full Text Available Alloy ŽS6K is former USSR superalloy used in DV – 2 jet engine. It is used for turbine rotor blade and whole cast small sized rotors with working temperature up to 800 ÷ 1050°C. This alloy was evaluated after annealing at 800 °C/ 10 and followed by cooling with various rate, presented with cooling in water, oil and air. Cooling rates, represented by various cooling mediums, have a significant influence on diffusion processes, which are going in structure. Methods of quantitative metallography (Image Analyzer software NIS – Elements for carbides evaluation, measuring of secondary dendrite arm spacing and coherent testing grid for gama' - phase evaluation are used for evaluation of structural characteristics on experimental material – Ni base superalloy ŽS6K.

  11. Effect of boron addition on the microstructure and stress-rupture properties of directionally solidified superalloys

    Bao-ping Wu; Lin-han Li; Jian-tao Wu; Zhen Wang; Yan-bin Wang; Xing-fu Chen; Jian-xin Dong; Jun-tao Li


    This study is focused on the effect of boron addition, in the range of 0.0007wt% to 0.03wt%, on the microstructure and stress-rupture properties of a directionally solidified superalloy. With increasing boron content in the as-cast alloys, there is an increase in the fraction of theγ′/γ eutectic and block borides precipitate around theγ′/γ eutectic. At a high boron content of 0.03wt%, there is precipitation of lamellar borides. Upon heat treatment, fine block borides tend to precipitate at grain boundaries with increasing boron content. Overall, the rupture life of the directionally solidified superalloy is significantly improved with the addition of nominal content of boron. However, the rupture life decreases when the boron content exceeds 0.03wt%.

  12. Calorimetric examination of mixtures for modification of nickel and cobalt superalloys

    F. Binczyk


    Full Text Available The study presents the results of thermodynamic calculations and calorimetric examination of thermal reactions taking place at hightemperatures between the nanoparticle inoculants and metallic constituents of nickel and cobalt superalloys. The calculations andmeasurements were made for different compositions, containing cobalt aluminate CoAl2O4, cobalt oxide CoO*Co2O3, zircon flourZrSi2O4, powdered and metallic Al, powdered Ti, and IN-713C alloy. The obtained results have indicated the possibility of using certainmixtures as potential inoculating additives for the volume modification of nickel and cobalt superalloys. A characteristic feature of these alloys is the formation of a detrimental structure containing very large columnar crystal, present even in castings of a very high solidification rate. It has been proved that the inoculant most effective in the formation of the structure of equiaxial grains is the inoculant based on cobalt aluminate, colloidal silica and powdered aluminium.


    Tarcila Sugahara


    Full Text Available This research work investigated some important mechanical properties of Inconel 718 superalloy using hot tensile tests like conventional yield strength to 0.2% strain (σe , ultimate strength (σr , and specific elongation (εu . Samples were strained to failure at temperatures of 600°C, 650°C, 700°C, 750°C, 800°C and 850°C and strain rate of 0.5 mm/min (2 × 10–4 s–1 according to ASTM E-8. The results showed higher values σe of yield strength at 700°C, this anomalous behavior can be attributed to the presence of hardening precipitates as observed in the TTT diagram of superalloy Inconel 718. Examination of the sample’s surfaces tensile fracture showed that with increasing temperature test the actuating mechanism changes from intergranular fracture to coalescence of the microcavities.

  14. Processing and Microstructural Evolution of Superalloy Inconel 718 during Hot Tube Extrusion

    Shihong ZHANG; Zhongtang WANG; Bing QIAO; Yi XU; Tingfeng XU


    The processing parameters of tube extrusion for superalloy Inconel 718 (IN 718), such as slug temperature, tools temperature, choice of lubricant, extrusion ratio and extrusion speed, were determined by experiment in this paper. An appropriate temperature range recommended for the slug is 1080~1120℃, and the temperature range recommended for the tools is 350~500℃. The microstructural evolution of superalloy IN 718 during tube extrusion was analyzed.With the increase of the deformation the cross crystal grains were slightly refined. While the vertical crystal grain is elongated evidently and the tensile strength increased along the axial rake. Glass lubricants have to be spread on the slug surface after being heated to 150~200℃, vegetable oil or animal oil can be used as the lubricant on the surface of the tools to reduce the extrusion force remarkably.

  15. Cyclic Oxidation and Hot Corrosion of NiCrY-Coated Disk Superalloys

    Gabb, Timothy P.; Miller, Robert A.; Sudbrack, Chantal K.; Draper, Susan L.; Nesbitt, James A.; Rogers, Richard B.; Telesman, Ignacy; Ngo, Vanda; Healy, Jonathan


    Powder metallurgy disk superalloys have been designed for higher engine operating temperatures through improvement of their strength and creep resistance. Yet, increasing disk application temperatures to 704 degrees Centigrade and higher could enhance oxidation and activate hot corrosion in harmful environments. Protective coatings could be necessary to mitigate such attack. Cylindrical coated specimens of disk superalloys LSHR and ME3 were subjected to thermal cycling to produce cyclic oxidation in air at a maximum temperature of 760 degrees Centigrade. The effects of substrate roughness and coating thickness on coating integrity after cyclic oxidation were considered. Selected coated samples that had cyclic oxidation were then subjected to accelerated hot corrosion tests. This cyclic oxidation did not impair the coating's resistance to subsequent hot corrosion pitting attack.

  16. XPS surface analysis of chemical and ion nitred Ni-base superalloys

    Cappelli, E.; Nistico' , N.; Giunta, G.; Musicanti, M.; Bovaro, A.; Visconti, A. (Eniricerche, Monterotondo (Italy) Soliveri SpA, Caravaggio (Italy) Vacuum SpA, Trezzano S.N. (Italy))

    This paper reports on an investigation of the possibility of inducing surface modifications in a nickel base superalloy through different nitride treatment methods analogous to conventional hardening processes for steels. The aim was to confer, to the external surface of the superalloy, chemical and mechanical characteristics such as to make possible the nucleation and growth of a follow-up layer of a ceramic material (chemical vapour deposited TiN). The idea was to obtain good materials adhesion characterized by optimum properties - elastic modulus, thermal expansion, crystal structure, morphology, etc. The treatments led to significant increases in surface hardness and positively influenced both the nucleation process and TiN growth, as well as, substrate and coating adhesion. Results of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, XPS, of the surface and internal layers, together with microstructural examinations (SEM- EDX, XRD), evidenced the presence of nitrogen and the formation of nitrides (CrN and TiN) responsible for the induced modifications.

  17. Retention of Compressive Residual Stresses Introduced by Shot Peening in a Powder Metal Disk Superalloy

    Gabb, Timothy P.; Danetti, Andrew; Draper, Susan L.; Locci, Ivan E.; Telesman, Jack


    The fatigue lives of disk superalloys can be increased by shot peening their surfaces, to induce compressive residual stresses near the surface that impede cracking there. As disk application temperatures increase for improved efficiency, the persistence of these beneficial stresses could be impaired, especially with continued fatigue cycling. The objective of this work was to study the retention of residual stresses introduced by shot peening, when subjected to fatigue and high temperatures. Fatigue specimens of powder metallurgy processed nickel-base disk superalloy ME3 were prepared with consistent processing and heat treatment. They were then shot peened using varied conditions. Strain-controlled fatigue cycles were run at room temperature and 704 C, to allow re-assessment of residual stresses.

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

    Mackay, Rebecca A.; Nathal, Michael V.


    This paper discusses some of the microstructural features which influence the creep properties of directionally solidified and single-crystal nickel-base superalloys. Gamma prime precipitate size and morphology, gamma-gamma (prime) 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 (prime) coarsening is prominent, and at lower temperatures, where gamma (prime) 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.

  19. Grain Boundary Engineering the Mechanical Properties of Allvac 718Plus(Trademark) Superalloy

    Gabb, Timothy P.; Telesman, Jack; Garg, Anita; Lin, Peter; Provenzano, virgil; Heard, Robert; Miller, Herbert M.


    Grain Boundary Engineering can enhance the population of structurally-ordered "low S" Coincidence Site Lattice (CSL) grain boundaries in the microstructure. In some alloys, these "special" grain boundaries have been reported to improve overall resistance to corrosion, oxidation, and creep resistance. Such improvements could be quite beneficial for superalloys, especially in conditions which encourage damage and cracking at grain boundaries. Therefore, the effects of GBE processing on high-temperature mechanical properties of the cast and wrought superalloy Allvac 718Plus (Allvac ATI) were screened. Bar sections were subjected to varied GBE processing, and then consistently heat treated, machined, and tested at 650 C. Creep, tensile stress relaxation, and dwell fatigue crack growth tests were performed. The influences of GBE processing on microstructure, mechanical properties, and associated failure modes are discussed.

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

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


    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.

  1. High Temperature Spin Testing of a Superalloy Disk With a Dual Grain Structure

    Gayda, John; Kantzos, Pete


    Comparative spin tests were run on superalloy disks at an elevated temperature to determine the benefits of a DMHT disk, with a fine grain bore and coarse grain rim, versus a traditional subsolvus disk with a fine grain structure in the bore and rim. The results of these tests showed that the DMHT disk exhibited significantly lower growth at 1500 F. Further, the results of these tests could be accurately predicted using a 2D viscoelastic finite element analysis. These results indicate DMHT technology can be used to extend disk operating temperatures when compared to traditional subsolvus heat treatment options for superalloy disks. However, additional research is required to ensure the safe operation of a DMHT disk under more realistic engine operating conditions. This includes testing to determine the burst margin and cyclic capability of DMHT disks in a spin pit, at a minimum, and ultimately running an engine test with a DMHT disk.

  2. Development of superalloys for 1700 C ultra-efficient gas turbines

    Harada, Hiroshi [National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan). High Temperature Materials Center


    Mitigation of global warming is one of the most outstanding issues for the humankind. The Japanese government announced that it will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% from the 1990 level by 2020 as a medium-term goal. One of the promising approaches to achieving this is to improve the efficiency of thermal power plants emitting one-third of total CO{sub 2} gas in Japan. The key to improving the thermal efficiency is high temperature materials with excellent temperature capabilities allowing higher inlet gas temperatures. In this context, new single crystal superalloys for turbine blades and vanes, new coatings and turbine disk superalloys have been successfully developed for various gas turbine applications, typically 1700 C ultra-efficient gas turbines for next generation combine cycle power plants. (orig.)



    Because of the low temperature gradient and growth rate, the microstructure of the conventional single crystal superalloy made by HRS processing is coarse dendrite with well developed sidebranches and has serious segregation. With the help of the high temperature gradient directional solidification equipment (HGDS), the solidification cooling rate is greatly increased. Study on microstructure of the Ni-base single crystal superalloy solidified at much higher cooling rate shows that the dendrite arm spacing is highly refined, of which the primary dendrite arm spacing can be made to be 38μm, just as 1/10 as that by conventional HRS processing. With the increase of the cooling rate, the amount of the eutectic increases and then decreases. In the superfine columnar dendrite, the amount of γ/γ′eutectic is much fewer and its size is very small. This is useful to homogenize the microsegregation and improve the property of the material.

  4. Cyclic Oxidation and Hot Corrosion of NiCrY-Coated Disk Superalloy

    Gabb, Tim; Miller, R. A.; Sudbrack, C. K.; Draper, S. L.; Nesbitt, J.; Telesman, J.; Ngo, V.; Healy, J.


    Powder metallurgy disk superalloys have been designed for higher engine operating temperatures through improvement of their strength and creep resistance. Yet, increasing disk application temperatures to 704 C and higher could enhance oxidation and activate hot corrosion in harmful environments. Protective coatings could be necessary to mitigate such attack. Cylindrical coated specimens of disk superalloys LSHR and ME3 were subjected to thermal cycling to produce cyclic oxidation in air at a maximum temperature of 760 C. The effects of substrate roughness and coating thickness on coating integrity after cyclic oxidation were considered. Selected coated samples that had cyclic oxidation were then subjected to accelerated hot corrosion tests. The effects of this cyclic oxidation on resistance to subsequent hot corrosion attack were examined.

  5. Susceptibility to Hot Cracking and Weldment Heat Treatment of Haynes 230 Superalloy

    C.M.Cheng; C.P.Chou; I.K.Lee; I.C.Kuo


    This study investigates the susceptibility of hot cracking and weldment heat treatment of Haynes 230 superalloy.The Varestriant test was conducted to evaluate this susceptibility. Welding was performed by gas tungsten arc welding(GTAW)and plasma arc welding(PAW)with stress relief heat treatment and solid solution heat treatment. A tensile test is then performed to measure the changes in the mechanical properties of the heattreated material. The results indicate that the number of thermal cycles does not affect the susceptibility of Haynes 230 superalloy to hot cracking. However, it does increase the strain. In weldment of heat treatment,stress relief annealing increases the yield strength and tensile strength of the welded parts. The section of the tensile specimens shows fibrous fractures on the welded parts, regardless of whether they are heat-treated.

  6. Computer Aided Design of Ni-Based Single Crystal Superalloy for Industrial Gas Turbine Blades

    Wei, Xianping; Gong, Xiufang; Yang, Gongxian; Wang, Haiwei; Li, Haisong; Chen, Xueda; Gao, Zhenhuan; Xu, Yongfeng; Yang, Ming

    The influence of molybdenum, tungsten and cobalt on stress-rupture properties of single crystal superalloy PWA1483 has been investigated using the simulated calculation of JMatPro software which ha s been widely used to develop single crystal superalloy, and the effect of alloying element on the stability of strengthening phase has been revealed by using the Thermo-Calc software. Those properties calculation results showed that the increasing of alloy content could facilitate the precipitation of TCP phases and increase the lattice misfit between γ and γ' phase, and the effect of molybdenum, tantalum was the strongest and that of cobalt was the weakest. Then the chemical composition was optimized, and the selected compositions showed excellent microstructure stability and stress-rupture properties by the confirmation of d-electrons concept and software calculation.

  7. Effect of Grinding Temperatures on the Surface Integrity of a Nickel-based Superalloy


    An experimental study was carried out to investigat e the influence of temperatures on workpiece surface integrity in surface grinding of a cast nickel-based superalloy with alumina abrasive wheels. Temperatur e response at the wheel-workpiece interface was measured using a grindable foil /workpiece thermocouple. Specimens with different grinding temperatures were obt ained through changing grinding conditions including depth of cut, workpiece fee d speed, and coolant supply. Changes in surface roughnes...

  8. Calorimetric examination of mixtures for modification of nickel and cobalt superalloys

    F. Binczyk; J. Sleziona; R. Przeliorz


    The study presents the results of thermodynamic calculations and calorimetric examination of thermal reactions taking place at hightemperatures between the nanoparticle inoculants and metallic constituents of nickel and cobalt superalloys. The calculations andmeasurements were made for different compositions, containing cobalt aluminate CoAl2O4, cobalt oxide CoO*Co2O3, zircon flourZrSi2O4, powdered and metallic Al, powdered Ti, and IN-713C alloy. The obtained results have indicated the possib...

  9. Stem-EDX and FIB-SEM Tomography of ALLVAC 718Plus Superalloy

    Kruk A.


    Full Text Available Allvac 718Plus (718Plus is a high strength, corrosion resistant nickel- based superalloy used for application in power generation, aeronautics and aerospace industry. The 718Plus microstructure consists of a γ matrix with γ’-Ni3(Al,Ti and some δ- Ni3Nb phases as well as lamellar particles (η-Ni3Ti, η*-Ni6AlNb or Ni6(Al,TiNb precipitated at the grain boundaries.

  10. Computational and Experimental Design of Fe-Based Superalloys for Elevated-Temperature Applications

    Liaw, Peter K. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Fine, Morris E. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Ghosh, Gautam [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Asta, Mark D. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Liu, Chain T. [Auburn Univ., AL (United States); Sun, Zhiqian [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Huang, Shenyan [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Teng, Zhenke [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Wang, Gongyao [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)


    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.


    M. Zhao; L.Y. Xu; K.S. Zhang; B.Y. Yang


    Low cycle fatigue tests on nickel base superalloy GH536 were performed at 600. 700and 800°C. The strain-life and cyclic stress-strain relationship were given at various temperatures. The change in fatigue life behavior and fatigue parameters with temperature increasing was discussed. At low and intermediate total strain amplitudes,the fatigue life was found to decrease with increasing temperature.``

  12. Interdiffusion between Ni-based superalloy and MCrAlY coating

    Dahl, Kristian Vinter; Hald, John; Horsewell, Andy


    Interdiffusion at the interface between a Co-36.5Ni-17.5Cr-8Al-0.5Y, MCrAlY coating and the underlying IN738 superalloy was studied in a large matrix of specimens isothermally heat treated for up to 12,000 hours at temperatures 875oC, 925oC or 950oC. Modelled results using the finite difference...

  13. Solution heat-treatment of Nb-modified MAR-M247 superalloy

    Soares Azevedo e Silva, Paulo Ricardo, E-mail: [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL), Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais DEMAR, Polo Urbo-Industrial Gleba AI-6, Caixa Postal 116, 12600-970, Lorena, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Baldan, Renato, E-mail: [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL), Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais DEMAR, Polo Urbo-Industrial Gleba AI-6, Caixa Postal 116, 12600-970, Lorena, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Nunes, Carlos Angelo, E-mail: [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL), Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais DEMAR, Polo Urbo-Industrial Gleba AI-6, Caixa Postal 116, 12600-970, Lorena, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Carvalho Coelho, Gilberto, E-mail: [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL), Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais DEMAR, Polo Urbo-Industrial Gleba AI-6, Caixa Postal 116, 12600-970, Lorena, Sao Paulo (Brazil); UniFoa, Centro Universitario de Volta Redonda, Nucleo de Pesquisa, Campus Tres Pocos, Avenida Paulo Erlei Alves Abrantes, 1325, Bairro Tres Pocos, 27240-560, Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); and others


    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.

  14. Misorientation related microstructure at the grain boundary in a nickel-based single crystal superalloy

    Huang, Ming; Zhuo, Longchao [National Center for Electron Microscopy in Beijing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, The State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Laboratory of Advanced Materials (MOE), Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Liu, Zhanli [Applied Mechanics Lab, School of Aerospace, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Lu, Xiaogang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China); Shi, Zhenxue; Li, Jiarong [Science and Technology on Advanced High Temperature Structural Materials Laboratory, Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Beijing 100095 (China); Zhu, Jing, E-mail: [National Center for Electron Microscopy in Beijing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, The State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Laboratory of Advanced Materials (MOE), Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)


    The mechanical properties of nickel-based single crystal superalloys deteriorate with increasing misorientation, thus the finished product rate of the casting of single crystal turbine airfoils may be reduced due to the formation of grain boundaries especially when the misorientation angle exceeds to some extent. To this day, evolution of the microstructures at the grain boundaries with misorientation and the relationship between the microstructures and the mechanical properties are still unclear. In this work a detailed characterization of the misorientation related microstructure at the grain boundary in DD6 single crystal superalloy has been carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques; the elemental distribution at the grain boundaries has been analyzed by energy dispersive (EDS) X-ray mapping; and the effect of precipitation of μ phases at the grain boundary on the mechanical property has been evaluated by finite element calculation. It is shown that the proportion of γ phase at the grain boundaries decreases, while the proportion of γ′ phase at the grain boundaries increases with increasing misorientation; the μ phase is precipitated at the grain boundaries when the misorientation angle exceeds about 10° and thus it could lead to a dramatic deterioration of the mechanical properties, as well as that the enrichment of Re and W gradually disappears as the misorientation angle increases. All these factors may result in the degradation of the mechanical properties at the grain boundaries as the misorientation increases. Furthermore, the finite element calculation confirms that precipitation of μ phases at the grain boundary is responsible for the significant deterioration of the mechanical properties when the misorientation exceeds about 10°. This work provides a physical imaging of the microstructure for understanding the relationship between the mechanical properties and the misorientation

  15. Interdiffusion between Ni-based superalloy and MCrAlY coating

    Dahl, Kristian Vinter; Hald, John; Horsewell, Andy


    Interdiffusion at the interface between a Co-36.5Ni-17.5Cr-8Al-0.5Y, MCrAlY coating and the underlying IN738 superalloy was studied in a large matrix of specimens isothermally heat treated for up to 12,000 hours at temperatures 875oC, 925oC or 950oC. Modelled results using the finite difference...

  16. Development of advanced P/M Ni-base superalloys for turbine disks

    Garibov Genrikh S.; Grits Nina M.; Vostrikov Alexey V.; Fedorenko Yelizaveta A.; Volkov Alexander M.


    In the process of evolution of powder metallurgy in Russia the task permanently formulated was the following: to improve strength properties of P/M superalloys without application of additional complex HIPed blanks deformation operation. On the other hand development of a turbine disk material structure to ensure an improvement in aircraft engine performance requires the use of special HIP and heat treatment conditions. To ensure maximum strength properties of disk materials it is necessary t...

  17. Microstructurally sensitive crack nucleation around inclusions in powder metallurgy nickel based superalloys

    Jiang, J; Yang, J; Zhang, T.; J Zou; Wang,Y.,; Dunne, F.P.E.; Britton, T. B.


    ? 2016 Acta Materialia Inc.Nickel-based superalloys are used in high strength, high-value applications, such as gas turbine discs in aero engines. In these applications the integrity of the disc is critical and therefore understanding crack initiation mechanisms is of high importance. With an increasing trend towards powder metallurgy routes for discs, sometimes unwanted non-metallic inclusions are introduced during manufacture. These inclusions vary in size from ?10??m to 200??m which is com...

  18. First principles calculations of the site substitution behavior in gamma prime phase in nickel based superalloys

    Chaudhari, Mrunalkumar

    Nickel based superalloys have superior high temperature mechanical strength, corrosion and creep resistance in harsh environments and found applications in the hot sections as turbine blades and turbine discs in jet engines and gas generator turbines in the aerospace and energy industries. The efficiency of these turbine engines depends on the turbine inlet temperature, which is determined by the high temperature strength and behavior of these superalloys. The microstructure of nickel based superalloys usually contains coherently precipitated gamma prime (gamma') Ni3Al phase within the random solid solution of the gamma (gamma) matrix, with the gamma' phase being the strengthening phase of the superalloys. How the alloying elements partition into the gamma and gamma' phases and especially in the site occupancy behaviors in the strengthening gamma' phases play a critical role in their high temperature mechanical behaviors. The goal of this dissertation is to study the site substitution behavior of the major alloying elements including Cr, Co and Ti through first principles based calculations. Site substitution energies have been calculated using the anti-site formation, the standard defect formation formalism, and the vacancy formation based formalism. Elements such as Cr and Ti were found to show strong preference for Al sublattice, whereas Co was found to have a compositionally dependent site preference. In addition, the interaction energies between Cr-Cr, Co-Co, Ti-Ti and Cr-Co atoms have also been determined. Along with the charge transfer, chemical bonding and alloy chemistry associated with the substitutions has been investigated by examining the charge density distributions and electronic density of states to explain the chemical nature of the site substitution. Results show that Cr and Co atoms prefer to be close by on either Al sublattice or on a Ni-Al mixed lattice, suggesting a potential tendency of Cr and Co segregation in the gamma' phase.

  19. Factors affecting the corrosion fatigue life in nickel based superalloys for disc applications

    Rosier Hollie; Perkins Karen; Girling Andrew; Leggett Jonathan; Gibson Grant


    The nickel based superalloy 720Li is employed in the gas turbine due to its mechanical performance at elevated temperature. A comprehensive assessment of the materials behaviour under representative service conditions is reported to address the drive for ever increasing temperatures and more arduous environmental exposure. Fatigue experiments have been performed in an air and air/SOx environment at 700 ∘C containing a mixed salt as a contaminant. There is an intimate relationship between loca...

  20. Use of Precious Metal-Modifed Nickel-Base Superalloys for Thin Gage Applications (Preprint)


    Historically, sandwich construction MTPS (outer surface-Alloy 617 nickel-base superalloy honeycomb core and face sheets; inner surface titanium alloy honeycomb ...National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA ) X-33 vehicle2, a wedged-shaped subscale prototype of a reusable launch vehicle4 designed by...MTPS, materials under consideration must be very thin, 0.17 mm-0.25 mm for a typical face sheet and 0.05mm-0.10 mm for honeycomb core. One

  1. Development of the recovery technology for nickel superalloy blades of the aircraft engine by laser cladding

    Bykovskiy, D. P.; Petrovskiy, V. N.; Polskiy, V. I.; Chirikov, S. N.; Dzhumaev, P. S.


    Development of cladding modes was performed with a superalloy nickel based powder on a flat substrate from material identical to compressor and turbine blades. Cross sections were made, and a visual inspection of the shape and the quality of the clad track as well as themetallographic analysis were performed. Microhardness of the deposition zone, chemical composition of the base, cladded metals, and the heat affected zone were determined.

  2. Crystallographic, microstructure and mechanical characteristics of dynamically processed IN718 superalloy

    Sharma, A.D., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla 171005 (India); Sharma, A.K. [Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Thakur, N. [Department of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla 171005 (India)


    Highlights: • Measurement of detonation velocity and compaction of powder are achieved together. • A plastic explosive detonation results into dense compacts without grain-growth. • We have studied crystallographic, micromechanical and microstructural features. • The results show no segregation within the compacts. • Density (98%), microhardness (470 ± 3)H{sub v}, microstrain (0.3%), UTS (806 MPa) are obtained. - Abstract: Dynamic consolidation of IN718 superalloy powder without grain-growth and negligible density gradient is accomplished through explosively generated shock wave loading. The compaction of powder and measurement of detonation velocity are achieved successfully in a single-shot experiment by employing instrumented detonics. A plastic explosive having a detonation velocity of the order of 7.1 km/s in a direct proximity with superalloy powder is used for the consolidation process. The compacted specimens are examined for structural, microstructure and mechanical characteristics. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study suggests intact crystalline structure of the compacts. A small micro-strain (0.26%) is observed by using Williamson–Hall method. Wavelength dispersive spectroscopy indicates no segregation within the shock processed superalloy compacted specimens. The monoliths investigated for fractography by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) show original dendritic structure accompanied by re-solidified molten regions across the interparticle boundaries. Depth-sensing indentations (at 1.96 N) on compacted specimens show excellent micro-hardness of the order of (470 ± 3)H{sub v}. Tensile and compressive strengths of the superalloy monolith are observed to be 806 and 822 MPa, respectively.

  3. Predicting the onset of rafting of c 0 precipitates by channel deformation in a Ni superalloy

    Ratel-Ramond, Nicolas; Calderon, H. A.; MORI, T.; Withers, Philip J.


    Abstract The growth or shrinkage, normal to {001}, of the interfaces between the ? matrix and cuboidal ?' precipitates is examined for a Ni-base superalloy, by considering the force acting on the interfaces. The force is produced by the precipitate coherency misfit and the stress produced by plastic deformation in channels of the ? matrix. A simple expression, which directly addresses the origin of the surface force, is given. The plastic deformation within the initially activ...

  4. Feasibility of Electrochemical Deposition of Nickel/Silicon Carbide Fibers Composites over Nickel Superalloys

    Ambrosio, E. P.; Abdul Karim, M. R.; Pavese, M.; Biamino, S.; Badini, C.; Fino, P.


    Nickel superalloys are typical materials used for the hot parts of engines in aircraft and space vehicles. They are very important in this field as they offer high-temperature mechanical strength together with a good resistance to oxidation and corrosion. Due to high-temperature buckling phenomena, reinforcement of the nickel superalloy might be needed to increase stiffness. For this reason, it was thought to investigate the possibility of producing composite materials that might improve properties of the metal at high temperature. The composite material was produced by using electrochemical deposition method in which a composite with nickel matrix and long silicon carbide fibers was deposited over the nickel superalloy. The substrate was Inconel 718, and monofilament continuous silicon carbide fibers were chosen as reinforcement. Chemical compatibility was studied between Inconel 718 and the reinforcing fibers, with fibers both in an uncoated condition, and coated with carbon or carbon/titanium diboride. Both theoretical calculations and experiments were conducted, which suggested the use of a carbon coating over the fibers and a buffer layer of nickel to avoid unwanted reactions between the substrate and silicon carbide. Deposition was then performed, and this demonstrated the practical feasibility of the process. Yield strength was measured to detect the onset of interface debonding between the substrate and the composite layer.

  5. Study of Flow Softening Mechanisms of a Nickel-Based Superalloy With Δ Phase

    Lin Y.C.


    Full Text Available The flow softening behaviors of a nickel-based superalloy with δ phase are investigated by hot compression tests over wide ranges of deformation temperature and strain rate. Electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD, optical microscopy (OM, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM are employed to study the flow softening mechanisms of the studied superalloy. It is found that the flow softening behaviors of the studied superalloy are sensitive to deformation temperature and strain rate. At high strain rate and low deformation temperature, the obvious flow softening behaviors occur. With the increase of deformation temperature or decrease of strain rate, the flow softening degree becomes weaken. At high strain rate (1s−1, the flow softening is mostly induced by the plastic deformation heating and flow localization. However, at low strain rate domains (0.001-0.01s−1, the effects of deformation heating on flow softening are slight. Moreover, the flow softening at low strain rates is mainly induced by the discontinuous dynamic recrystallization and the dissolution of δ phase (Ni3Nb.

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

    Naffakh-Moosavy, Homam


    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. Constitutive behavior and processing maps of low-expansion GH909 superalloy

    Yao, Zhi-hao; Wu, Shao-cong; Dong, Jian-xin; Yu, Qiu-ying; Zhang, Mai-cang; Han, Guang-wei


    The hot deformation behavior of GH909 superalloy was studied systematically using isothermal hot compression tests in a temperature range of 960 to 1040°C and at strain rates from 0.02 to 10 s-1 with a height reduction as large as 70%. The relations considering flow stress, temperature, and strain rate were evaluated via power-law, hyperbolic sine, and exponential constitutive equations under different strain conditions. An exponential equation was found to be the most appropriate for process modeling. The processing maps for the superalloy were constructed for strains of 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 on the basis of the dynamic material model, and a total processing map that includes all the investigated strains was proposed. Metallurgical instabilities in the instability domain mainly located at higher strain rates manifested as adiabatic shear bands and cracking. The stability domain occurred at 960-1040°C and at strain rates less than 0.2 s-1; these conditions are recommended for optimum hot working of GH909 superalloy.

  8. Microstructural response to heat affected zone cracking of prewelding heat-treated Inconel 939 superalloy

    Gonzalez, M.A., E-mail: [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica (FIME-UANL), Av. Universidad s/n. Ciudad Universitaria, C.P.66451 San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Martinez, D.I., E-mail: [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica (FIME-UANL), Av. Universidad s/n. Ciudad Universitaria, C.P.66451 San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Perez, A., E-mail: [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica (FIME-UANL), Av. Universidad s/n. Ciudad Universitaria, C.P.66451 San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Guajardo, H., E-mail: [FRISA Aerospace, S.A. de C.V., Valentin G. Rivero No. 200, Col. Los Trevino, C.P. 66150, Santa Caterina N.L. (Mexico); Garza, A., E-mail: [Corporacion Mexicana de Investigacion en Materiales S.A. de C.V. (COMIMSA), Ciencia y Tecnologia No.790, Saltillo 400, C.P. 25295 Saltillo Coah. (Mexico)


    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. Molecular dynamics study of mosaic structure in the Ni-based single-crystal superalloy

    Zhu Tao; Wang Chong-Yu


    The mosaic structure in a Ni-based single-crystal superalloy is simulated by molecular dynamics using a potential employed in a modified analytic embedded atom method. From the calculated results we find that a closed three dimensional misfit dislocation network, with index of {100} and the side length of the mesh 89.6(A), is formed around a cuboidal γ' precipitate. Comparing the simulation results of the different mosaic models, we find that the side length of the mesh only depends on the lattice parameters of the γ and γ' phases as well as the γ/γ' interface direction, but is independent of the size and number of the cuboidal γ' precipitate. The density of dislocations is inversely proportional to the size of the cuboidal γ' precipitate, i.e. the amount of the dislocation is proportional to the total area of the γ/γ' interface, which may be used to explain the relation between the amount of the fine γ' particles and the creep rupture life of the superalloy. In addition, the closed three-dimensional networks assembled with the misfit dislocations can play a significant role in improving the mechanical properties of superalloys.

  10. Phase transformation and segregation to lattice defects in Ni-base superalloys.

    Blavette, Didier; Cadel, Emmanuel; Pareige, Cristelle; Deconihout, Bernard; Caron, Pierre


    Nanostructural features of nickel-base superalloys as revealed by atom probe field ion microscopy (APFIM) and atom probe tomography (APT) are reviewed. The more salient information provided by these techniques is discussed through an almost exhaustive analysis of literature over the last 30 years. Atom probe techniques are shown to be able to measure the composition of tiny gamma' precipitates, a few nanometers in size, and to reveal chemical order within these precipitates. Phase separation kinetics in model NiCrAl alloys was investigated with both 3DAP and Monte-Carlo simulation. Results are shown to be in good agreement. Plane by plane analysis of {001} planes of Ni(3)Al-type gamma' phase makes it possible to estimate the degree of order as well as the preferential sites of various addition elements (Ti, Cr, Co, W, Ta, Re, Ru, etc.) included in superalloys. Clustering effects of Re in the gamma solid solution were also exhibited. Due to its ultrahigh depth resolution, the microchemistry of interfaces and grain boundaries can be characterized on an atomic scale. Grain boundaries in Astroloy or N18 superalloys were found to be enriched in B, Mo, and Cr and Al depleted.

  11. Modeling microstructure evolution in the delta process forging of superalloy IN718 turbine discs

    Zhang, Haiyan; Zhang, Shihong; Cheng, Ming; Zhao, Zhong


    The microstructure development in the Delta Process (DP) forging of Superalloy IN718 turbine discs were predicted using the combined approach of axisymmetric finite element simulation and modeling for the dynamic recrystallization and grain growth. In order to establish the deformation constitutive equation and dynamic recrystallization models for the DP process of Superalloy IN718, the isothermal compression tests were carried out in the temperature range 950 to 1010 °C and strain rates range 0.001 to0.1s-1. Moreover, the isothermal heat treatment tests after hot deformation were conducted in the temperature range 950 to 1040°C to generate the grain growth model. The experimental results indicated the existence of the δ phase could make the activation energy of deformation increase. Furthermore, the existence of the δ phase could stimulate the occurrence of dynamic recrystallization, and the grain growth was restrained due to the pinning effect of δ phase. The predicted grain size and its distribution in the DP forging of Superalloy IN718 turbine discs were compared with the actual microstructures deformed by the hot die forging. It was found that the forging with uniform fine grains could be obtained by the application of DP process to the forging of the turbine disk, in which the alloy was pre-precipitated δ phase after the baiting in the original process.

  12. Investigation of Oxide Bifilms in Investment Cast Superalloy IN100: Part II. Characterization

    Kaplan, Max A.; Fuchs, Gerhard E.


    Oxide bifilms are a proposed casting inclusion reported to have been observed in vacuum investment cast polycrystalline Ni-based superalloys. Ongoing research seeks to determine if current superalloy casting practices can result in the formation of oxide bifilms, and subsequently if it is possible to observe and characterize this phenomenon. The effect of casting atmosphere, turbulence, filtering, hot isostatic pressing, and heat treatment has been investigated to identify the critical parameters that have been reported to result in bifilm formation in Ni-based superalloy IN100. Scanning Auger microscopy (SAM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) were utilized to characterize samples from each casting condition. In situ ultrahigh vacuum Auger fractography did not indicate the presence of bifilms on the fracture behavior of IN100 in any processing condition. SAM analysis identified a sulfur-enriched monolayer on the surface of dendritic casting porosity, and identified heterogeneous Ti oxycarbide inclusions in air cast IN100. SEM analysis also indicated the presence of Ti oxycarbide inclusions in air cast IN100, and determined that these inclusion structures consist of fine blocky external M(Ti, Mo)C carbide enveloping an internal core of alumina. HR-TEM analysis indicated that none of the oxycarbide inclusion interfaces exist as discontinuous unbound interfaces, and that the internal alumina core is an ultra-fine polycrystalline structure.

  13. Study on Application of Grey Prediction Model in Superalloy MAR-247 Machining

    Chen Shao-Hsien


    Full Text Available Superalloy MAR-247 is mainly applied in the space industry and die industry. With its characteristics of mechanical property, fatigue resistance, and high temperature corrosion resistance, therefore, it is mainly applied in machine parts of high temperature and corrosion resistance, such as turbine blades and rotor of the aeroengine and turbine assembly in the nuclear power plant. However, considering that its properties of high strength, low thermal conductivity, being difficult to soften, and work hardening may reduce the life of cutting-tool and weaken the surface accuracy, the study provided minimizing experiment occurring during milling process for superalloy material. As a statistical approach used to analyse experiment data, this study used GM(1,1 in the grey prediction model to conduct simulation and then predict and analyze its characteristics based on the experimental data, focusing on the tool life and surface accuracy. Moreover, with the superalloy machining parameters of the current effective application improved grey prediction model, it can decrease the errors, extend the tool life, and improve the prediction precision of surface accuracy.

  14. Indoor PM2.5 exposure in London's domestic stock: Modelling current and future exposures following energy efficient refurbishment

    Shrubsole, C.; Ridley, I.; Biddulph, P.; Milner, J.; Vardoulakis, S.; Ucci, M.; Wilkinson, P.; Chalabi, Z.; Davies, M.


    Simulations using CONTAM (a validated multi-zone indoor air quality (IAQ) model) are employed to predict indoor exposure to PM2.5 in London dwellings in both the present day housing stock and the same stock following energy efficient refurbishments to meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for 2050. We modelled interventions that would contribute to the achievement of these targets by reducing the permeability of the dwellings to 3 m3 m-2 h-1 at 50 Pa, combined with the introduction of mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) systems. It is assumed that the current mean outdoor PM2.5 concentration of 13 μg m-3 decreased to 9 μg m-3 by 2050 due to emission control policies. Our primary finding was that installation of (assumed perfectly functioning) MVHR systems with permeability reduction are associated with appreciable reductions in PM2.5 exposure in both smoking and non-smoking dwellings. Modelling of the future scenario for non-smoking dwellings show a reduction in annual average indoor exposure to PM2.5 of 18.8 μg m-3 (from 28.4 to 9.6 μg m-3) for a typical household member. Also of interest is that a larger reduction of 42.6 μg m-3 (from 60.5 to 17.9 μg m-3) was shown for members exposed primarily to cooking-related particle emissions in the kitchen (cooks). Reductions in envelope permeability without mechanical ventilation produced increases in indoor PM2.5 concentrations; 5.4 μg m-3 for typical household members and 9.8 μg m-3 for cooks. These estimates of changes in PM2.5 exposure are sensitive to assumptions about occupant behaviour, ventilation system usage and the distributions of input variables (±72% for non-smoking and ±107% in smoking residences). However, if realised, they would result in significant health benefits.

  15. Oxidation behavior of Ni(Co)CrAlYHf(Si) coatings on DS superalloy at 1 150 ℃

    HUANG Zhao-hui; TAN Yong-ning; ZHAO Xi-hong; LI Jian-ping; ZHANG Qiang


    Two Ni(Co)CrAlY coatings were deposited by EB-PVD method on a DS superalloy of Ni-Al-Cr-Co-W-Mo-Ta-Hf system. SEM, XEDS and XRD were used to study the oxidation behavior of the coatings. The two coatings show a good protection for the DS superalloy. The results of the isothermal oxidation test at 1 150 ℃ for 100 h show that the oxidation tendency obeys the parabolic law, and the oxidation rate constant Kp of the coated specimens decreases to about 1/3 of that for the bare superalloy. After oxidation, a continuous alumina-based scale is formed at the surfaces of the coated samples. Y2O3, NiO and SiO2 are also detectable in the oxide scale. A large number of Al in the coating is consumed due to high-temperature diffusion and oxidation reactions, and the NiAl phases in the coating are almost completely transformed to Ni3Al phases. For the Hf-bearing coating, some HfO2 particles exist at the interface between the coating and the substrate. Although internal oxidation occurs, the coating still shows a good adhesion with the superalloy substrate even after oxidation for 100 h. For the bare DS superalloy, after 100 h oxidation at 1 150 ℃, only discontinuous alumina-based oxide particles exist on the surface. Oxide spallation occurs for the bare alloy.

  16. Effect of Re Addition and Withdrawal Rate on the Solidification Behavior of Directionally Solidified Superalloy AM3

    F.Long; Y.S.Yoo; S.M.Seo; T.Jin; Z.Q.Hu; C.Y.Jo


    The influence of Re addition and withdrawal rate on the solidification behavior of the first generation single crystal superalloy AM3 was investigated by directional solidification and quenching experiments. The primary dendrite arm spacing and eutectic volume fraction were measured from directionally solidified superalloy AM3 with different Re contents. It is found that the primary dendrite arm spacing is determined by the withdrawal rate, and Re does not influence on the value. The eutectic fraction increases with increasing Re addition. Partition coefficients of alloying elements were investigated with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) analysis. The data was submitted to a statistical treatment to establish the solidification path, and the partition coefficients were measured by fitting the curve with a modified Scheil formula. It is shown that the addition of Re results in bigger microsegregation of alloying elements in directionally solidified AM3 superalloy.

  17. Evaluation of hot corrosion behaviour of HVOF sprayed NiCrAl coating on superalloys at 900 deg. C

    Mahesh, R.A. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IIT Roorkee Campus, Roorkee 247667, Uttarakhand (India); Jayaganthan, R. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IIT Roorkee Campus, Roorkee 247667, Uttarakhand (India)], E-mail:; Prakash, S. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IIT Roorkee Campus, Roorkee 247667, Uttarakhand (India)


    In the present investigation, NiCrAl coating was deposited on Ni- and Fe-based superalloy substrates by using high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) process to study the hot corrosion behaviour in molten salt (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}-60% V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) environment at 900 deg. C under cyclic conditions. The mass gain measurements were performed after each cycle to establish the kinetics of corrosion using thermogravimetric technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopic analysis (SEM/EDS) and X-ray mapping techniques were used to analyse the corrosion products. The bare superalloys experienced higher weight gain. The NiCrAl-coated Superni 750 alloy (SN 750) provided a better protection among the coated superalloys investigated. The formation of oxides and spinels of nickel, chromium and aluminum may be contributing better resistance to hot corrosion.

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

    Albert, Benedikt; Völkl, Rainer; Glatzel, Uwe


    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.

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

    ME Petrichek


    Prior to the restructuring of the Prometheus Program, the NRPCT was tasked with delivering a nuclear space reactor. Potential NRPCT nuclear space reactor designs for the Prometheus Project required dissimilar materials to be in contact with each other while operating at extreme temperatures under irradiation. As a result of the high reactor core temperatures, refractory metals were the primary candidates for many of the reactor structural and cladding components. They included the tantalum-base alloys ASTAR-811C and Ta-10W, the niobium-base alloy FS-85, and the molybdenum base alloys Moly 41-47.5 Rhenium. The refractory metals were to be joined to candidate nickel base alloys such as Haynes 230, Alloy 617, or Nimonic PE 16 either within the core if the nickel-base alloys were ultimately selected to form the outer core barrel, or at a location exterior to the core if the nickel-base alloys were limited to components exterior to the core. To support the need for dissimilar metal joints in the Prometheus Project, a co-extrusion experiment was proposed. There are several potential methods for the formation of dissimilar metal joints, including explosive bonding, friction stir welding, plasma spray, inertia welding, HIP, and co-extrusion. Most of these joining methods are not viable options because they result in the immediate formation of brittle intermetallics. Upon cooling, intermetallics form in the weld fusion zone between the joined metals. Because brittle intermetallics do not form during the initial bonding process associated with HIP, co-extrusion, and explosive bonding, these three joining procedures are preferred for forming dissimilar metal joints. In reference to a Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory report done under a NASA sponsored program, joints that were fabricated between similar materials via explosive bonding had strengths that were directly affected by the width of the diffusion barrier. It was determined that the diffusion zone should not exceed

  20. The mechanisms and temperature dependence of superlattice stacking fault formation in the single-crystal superalloy PWA 1480

    Milligan, Walter W.; Antolovich, Stephen D.


    The mechanism of the formation of superlattice staking faults in the single-crystal nickel-base superalloy PWA 1480 was investigated by observing deformation microstructures in the superalloy single crystals in the temperature range 20-1100 C. Results showed that, in addition to superlattice stacking faults observed after slow strain rate deformation at temperatures from 700 to 950 C, a high-density of superlattice staking faults formed after deformation at 200 C and below. The mechanisms of fault formation, which are different in the high- and the low-temperature regimes, are discussed.

  1. Solidification Behavior and Segregation of Re-containing Cast Ni-base Superalloy with Different Cr Content

    Xiurong Guan; Enze Liu; Zhi Zheng; Yongsi Yu; Jian Tong; Yuchun Zhai


    The effect of chromium (Cr) on solidification and segregation behavior of Re-containing cast Ni-base superalloys was investigated by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electronic probe micro analysis (EPMA). The results show that Cr has significant effect on solidification and segregation behavior of Re-containing cast Ni-base superalloys. The liquidus and solidus of alloy decrease with increasing Cr in alloys. The segregation coefficient (K) of Mo increases and that of W and Re decreases gradually with increasing Cr element.

  2. High temperature erosion of coated superalloys for gas turbines

    Restall, J.E.; Stephenson, D.J.


    Particulate materials ingested with the intake air, together with other solids generated within the gas turbine, are known to have the potential of degrading the hot oxidized or corroded surfaces of static and rotating aerofoil components. The nature of the degradation may be primarily by oxidation, corrosion or erosion or through some form of interaction between these processes. These regimes are illustrated by reference to the metallurgical assessment of components withdrawn from a marine gas turbine and a turbine used for pressurized fluidized-bed combustion trials. The conditions under which surface coatings may be expected to enhance the erosion-corrosion resistance of hot-end turbine components are discussed. From laboratory erosion experiments, particular attention is directed towards the importance of oxide scale plasticity and the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature of the coating under various particle-loading conditions.

  3. Microstructure and Oxidation Behaviors of Nano-particles Strengthened NiCoCrAlY Cladded Coatings on Superalloys

    WANG Hongyu; ZUO Dunwen; CHEN Xinfeng; YU Shouxin; GU Yuanzhi


    Nano-particles which can largely improve the microstructure and oxidation resistance of materials are often used as a strengthening component in metal matrix composites. However, few studies were reported on its application in the bond coat of duplex structure thermal barrier coating(TBC). Three kinds of NiCoCrAlY coatings strengthened by different nano-particles with the same addition (1%, mass fraction) were prepared by the laser cladding technique on Ni-based superalloy substrates, aiming to study the effects of the nano-particles on microstructure and oxidation resistance of NiCoCrAlY coatings (the bond coat of the duplex structure thermal barrier coatings). Scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffractometer(XRD) and thermogravimetry were employed to investigate their morphologies, phases and cyclic oxidation behaviors in atmosphere at 1 050℃, compared with the coating without nano-particles. With the addition of nano-particles, the growth pattern of the grains at the interface changed from epitaxial growth to non-epitaxial growth or part-epitaxial growth; slender dendrites were broken and cellularized; cracks and pores were restrained; and the oxidation weight-gain and the stripping resistance of the oxide scale were improved as well. Among the three kinds of nano-particles, the SiC nano-particles showed the most improvement on microstructure, while the CeO2 nano-particles were insufficient, but its effects on the oxidation resistance are the same as those of the SiC nano-particles. Based on the discussions of the influence mechanism, it is believed that CeO2 nano-particles would show better improvement than SiC nano-particles if the proper amount is added and the proper preparation technique of micro-nanometer composite powders is adopted, with the synergistic action of nanometer effect and reactive element effect.

  4. 3-sheet structure of Inconel 718 superalloy processed by LBW/SPF and its load response


    The 3-sheet structure of Inconel 718 superalloy will be used in flying vehicles as heat resisting and shielding structure due to its lightweight, high strength and stiffness. The 3-sheet structure of Inconel 718 superalloy processed by LBW/SPF (laser beam welding/superplastic forming) technology exhibited good configuration and uniform thickness distribution. The LBW parameters for 3-sheet structure were as follows: Pulse frequency was 32 Hz, impulse duration 3 ms, peak power per pulse 4500 W, and welding speed 180 mm/min. The SPF parameters were as follows: Temperature T=965 ℃, forming pressure P=4.2 MPa, and forming time t=130 min. The microstructure in weld fusion zone was consti- tuted of austenite dendritics and Laves phase precipitated in interdendritics. After the SPF process, austenite dendritics in the weld fusion became coarser and most of Laves phases were dissolved and turned into δ precipitated phase, but a few of Laves phases were still reserved. And Nb concentration in dendritics increased to 5.42% compared to 2.82% in as-weld condition. Weld metal Vickers-hardness increased from 331.63 in as-weld condition to 391.74 in post-SPF condition which was closed to the base material Vickers-hardness of post-SPF. Grain size of base material grew slightly and an amount of precipitated phase appeared in the base material undergoing SPF process. The tensile test results of base material showed that tensile strength increased obviously and the ductility decreased slightly after SPF process. Load response test results indicated that the 3-sheet structure possessed good resistance to compression and bending load. Accordingly, the LBW/SPF technology is an appropriate forming technique for the 3-sheet structure of Inconel 718 superalloy.

  5. 3-sheet structure of Inconel 718 superalloy processed by LBW/SPF and its load response

    QU FengSeng; ZHANG KaiFeng


    The 3-sheet structure of Inconel 718 superalloy will be used in flying vehicles as heat resisting and shielding structure due to its lightweight,high strength and stiffness.The 3-sheet structure of Inconel 718 superalloy processed by LBW/SPF(laser beam welding/superplastic forming)technology exhibited good configuration and uniform thickness distribution.The LBW parameters for 3-sheet structure were as follows:Pulse frequency was 32 Hz,impulse duration 3 ms,peak power per pulse 4500 W,and welding speed 180 mm/min.The SPF parameters were as follows:Temperature T=965℃,forming pressure P=-4.2 MPa,and forming time t=130 min.The microstructure in weld fusion zone was constituted of austenite dendritics and Laves phase precipitated in interdendritics.After the SPF process,austenite dendritics in the weld fusion became coarser and most of Laves phases were dissolved and turned into δprecipitated phase,but a few of Laves phases were still reserved.And Nb concentration in dendritics increased to 5.42% compared to 2.82% in as-weld condition.Weld metal Vickers-hardness increased from 331.63 in as-weld condition to 391.74 in post-SPF condition which was closed to the base material Vickers-hardness of post-SPF.Grain size of base material grew slightly and an amount of precipitated phase appeared in the base material undergoing SPF process.The tensile test results of base material showed that tensile strength increased obviously and the ductility decreased slightly after SPF process.Load response test results indicated that the 3-sheet structure possessed good resistance to compression and bending load.Accordingly,the LBW/SPF technology is an appropriate forming technique for the 3-sheet structure of inconel 718 superalloy.

  6. Comparison of measured and calculated thermophysical properties of nickel super-alloys

    A. Kalup


    Full Text Available Three real grades of nickel super-alloys (IN 713LC, IN 738LC and IN 792-5A were investigated and values of temperatures of phase transformations and latent heats of melting were obtained. All investigated quantities are very important for thermodynamic and kinetic modelling. Moreover, these data are also valuable for a lot of software used for technological processes modelling. Experimental values were obtained using Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA measurements. Calculations were performed using Thermo-Calc 3.1 software with the use of three different databases (SSOL5, TTNI8 and TCNI6. Comparison and discussion of experimental and calculated data was performed.

  7. Nucleation mechanisms of dynamic recrystallization in Inconel 625 superalloy deformed with different strain rates


    The effects of strain rates on the hot working characteristics and nucleation mechanisms of dynamic recrystallization (DRX) were studied by optical microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique. Hot compression tests were conducted using a Gleeble-1500 simulator at a true strain of 0.7 in the temperature range of 1000 to 1150 °C and strain rate range of 0.01 to 10.00 s-1. It is found that the size and volume fraction of the DRX grains in hot-deformed Inconel 625 superalloy firstly decreas...

  8. Effects of recrystallization on the low cycle fatigue behavior of directionally solidified superalloy DZ40M

    ZHAO Yang; WANG Lei; LI Hongyun; YU Teng; LIU Yang


    The effects of recrystallization on low cycle fatigue behavior were investigated on directionally solidified Co-base superalloy DZAOM.Optical microscopy and SEM were used to examine the mierostructure and fracture surface of the specimens.The mechanical testing results demonstrated that the low cycle fatigue property of DZ40M significantly decreased with the partial reerystallization.Fatigue cracks initiate near the carbides and the grain boundaries with slip-bands.Both the fatigue crack initiation and propagation can be accelerated with the occurrences of recrystallized grain boundaries.

  9. Nucleation mechanism of a nickel-base superalloy during dynamic recrystallization

    Shuai WANG; Lei WANG; Yang LIU; Guohua XU; Beijiang ZHANG; Guangpu ZHAO


    Hot compression test was carried out at 1000 ℃ to investigate the dynamic recrystallization nucleation mechanism of a nickel-base superalloy.It was found that the bulging of original grain boundaries was inhibited by carbides and deformation twins at the boundaries.Recrystallized nuclei evolved from the subgrains of dislocation reconfiguration along original grain boundaries,and the growth of the potential nuclei was carried out by the coalescence of subgrains.The necklace structure of recrystallized grains along original grain boundaries was attributed to the strain gradient from grain boundary to grain interior.

  10. Computational Design of Creep-Resistant Alloys and Experimental Validation in Ferritic Superalloys

    Liaw, Peter


    A new class of ferritic superalloys containing B2-type zones inside parent L21-type precipitates in a disordered solid-solution matrix, also known as a hierarchical-precipitate strengthened ferritic alloy (HPSFA), has been developed for high-temperature structural applications in fossil-energy power plants. These alloys were designed by the addition of the Ti element into a previously-studied NiAl-strengthened ferritic alloy (denoted as FBB8 in this study). In the present research, systematic investigations, including advanced experimental techniques, first-principles calculations, and numerical simulations, have been integrated and conducted to characterize the complex microstructures and excellent creep resistance of HPSFAs. The experimental techniques include transmission-electron microscopy, scanningtransmission- electron microscopy, neutron diffraction, and atom-probe tomography, which provide detailed microstructural information of HPSFAs. Systematic tension/compression creep tests revealed that HPSFAs exhibit the superior creep resistance, compared with the FBB8 and conventional ferritic steels (i.e., the creep rates of HPSFAs are about 4 orders of magnitude slower than the FBB8 and conventional ferritic steels.) First-principles calculations include interfacial free energies, anti-phase boundary (APB) free energies, elastic constants, and impurity diffusivities in Fe. Combined with kinetic Monte- Carlo simulations of interdiffusion coefficients, and the integration of computational thermodynamics and kinetics, these calculations provide great understanding of thermodynamic and mechanical properties of HPSFAs. In addition to the systematic experimental approach and first-principles calculations, a series of numerical tools and algorithms, which assist in the optimization of creep properties of ferritic superalloys, are utilized and developed. These numerical simulation results are compared with the available experimental data and previous first

  11. Phase transformation and liquid density redistribution during solidification of Ni-based superalloy Inconel 718

    Wang Ling


    Full Text Available The influences of chemical segregation and phase transformation on liquid density variation during solidification of Ni-based supperalloy Inconel 718 were investigated using SEM and EDS. It was found that significant segregation in liquid prompts high Nb phase to precipitate directly from liquid, which results in the redistribution of alloy elements and liquid density in their vicinity. The term “inter-precipitate liquid density” is therefore proposed and this concept should be applied to determine the solidification behavior of superalloy Inconel 718.

  12. High Temperature Oxidation and Electrochemical Studies on Novel Co-Base Superalloys

    Klein, Leonhard


    Isothermal oxidation in air was carried out on novel γ'-strengthened Cobalt-base superalloys of the system Co–Al–W–B. After fast initial oxide formation, a multi-layered structure establishes, consisting of an outer cobalt oxide layer, a middle spinel-containing layer, and an inner Al2O3-rich region. Ion diffusion in outward direction is hindered by the development of Al2O3, that can be either present as a continuous and protective layer or as a discontinuous Al2O3-rich area without comparabl...

  13. Analysis of the solidified structure of rheocast and VADER processed nickel-base superalloy

    Apelian, D.; Cheng, J.-J. A.


    Conventional 'ingot' processing of highly alloyed compositions results in a cast product which suffers from extensive macrosegregation, hot tears, and heterogeneities. By controlling the solidification journey, one can produce a fine grained cast product. This is achieved by manipulating the melt in the mushy zone. Rheocasting and vacuum arc double electrode remelting (VADER) are two such technologies where the melt is processed in the mushy zone. IN-100, a nickel based superalloy, was rheocast as well as VADER processed. The resultant cast structures are analyzed, compared and discussed both onmicro- and macrostructural levels. The effect of the rheocast processing variables (stirring seed, time and temperature) on the cast microstructure are also discussed.

  14. Precipitation in Powder Metallurgy, Nickel Base Superalloys: Review of Modeling Approach and Formulation of Engineering (Postprint)


    such as those of interest here, the work of Campbell et al. [60] and Semiatin et al. [50] suggests that Cr diffusion is rate limiting in γ-γ...the work of Campbell et al. [60]. In addition, w(f ) was taken from the research of Voorhees and Glicksman [20], and σ was assumed to be 23 mJ/m2 per...2104) Alloying-element loss during high-temperature processing of a nickel-base superalloy. Metall Mater Trans A 45:962–979 60. Campbell CE, Zhao JC

  15. Creep, Fatigue and Environmental Interactions and Their Effect on Crack Growth in Superalloys

    Telesman, J.; Gabb, T. P.; Ghosn, L. J.; Smith, T.


    Complex interactions of creep/fatigue/environment control dwell fatigue crack growth (DFCG) in superalloys. Crack tip stress relaxation during dwells significantly changes the crack driving force and influence DFCG. Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics, Kmax, parameter unsuitable for correlating DFCG behavior due to extensive visco-plastic deformation. Magnitude of remaining crack tip axial stresses controls DFCG resistance due to the brittle-intergranular nature of the crack growth process. Proposed a new empirical parameter, Ksrf, which incorporates visco-plastic evolution of the magnitude of remaining crack tip stresses. Previous work performed at 704C, extend the work to 760C.

  16. Metallurgical instabilities during the high temperature low cycle fatigue of nickel-base superalloys

    Antolovich, S. D.; Jayaraman, N.


    An investigation is made of the microstructural instabilities that affect the high temperature low cycle fatigue (LCF) life of nickel-base superalloys. Crack initiation processes, provoked by the formation of carbides and the coarsening of the grains of the material at high temperatures are discussed. Experimental results are examined, and it is concluded that LCF behavior can be understood more fully only if details of the material and its dynamic behavior at high temperatures are considered. The effects of high stress, dislocation debris, and increasing environmental damage on the life of the alloy are discussed.

  17. Effects of secondary precipitation on recrystallization in Co-base superalloy DZ40M

    ZHAO Yang; WANG Lei; YU Teng; SONG Xiu


    A series of experimental studies were conducted on the recrystallization of directionally solidified cobalt-base superalloy DZ40M. It is found that the secondary M23C6 precipitation influences the size and shape of the recrystal grains. When the annealing temperature is below 1 473 K, a large amount of the fine secondary M23C6 precipitations are distributed around the primary carbides, and such carbides impede the movement of grain boundary because the effect, the size and shape of recrystal grains become irregularly. When the temperature exceeds 1 473 K, the recrystal grains grow rapidly due to the dissolved secondary M23C6 precipitation.

  18. Surface Modification Concepts for Enhancement of the High-Temperature Corrosion Resistance of Gas Turbine Superalloys,


    in the Marine Environment, 1974, NTIS-MCIC-75-27. 23. Restall , J.E., Metallurgia, 1979, Nov., 676. 24. Coward, G.W. and Boone, D.H., Oxidation of...J.C. and Ault, G.M., 3rd Int. Symposium on Superalloys; Metall. and Manufacture, 1976, AIHE. 31. Restall , J.E., Institute of Metals/CAPA/ICT...a function of time for various alloys and coatings (after Restall [23]). TEMPERATURE, 0C 300 400 600 800 1000 A K =C(Ni) X P12 /C(NiQ0) 10-20 ED E N0

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

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


    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.

  20. Preparation, Structure and Mechanical Properties of Nickel Based Porous Spherical Superalloy

    MI Guo-fa; LI Hong-yu; LIU Xiang-yu; WANG Kuang-fei


    The porous superalloy materials with hollow spherical pores were fabricated by using metal powder sintering process.The scanning electron microscope (SEM) observation was applied to the test samples and it revealed that the pores of the porous material exhibited a uniform distribution and the apet;tures were of same size in principle.The sintering necks appeared between adjacent particles on metal skeleton after sintering.The mechanical properties of the test samples were analyzed and the result showed that this kind of materials possessed excellent energy absorption capability,and the compression resistance decreased with increasing the porosity and aperture.

  1. Numerical Simulation of Vacuum Heat Treatment Thermal Hysteresis Time of GH4169 Superalloy Workpiece

    WANGMing-wei; ZHANGLi-wen; JIANGGuo-dong; ZHANGFan-yun; LiChen-hui; ZHANGLi-sheng; ZHANGZun-li


    A nonlinear finite element model of vacuum heat treatment process was developed. In this model, influence of many factors, such as nonlinear heat radiation, temperature-dependent thermal physical properties of material are considered. The temperature field of GH4169 alloy workpiece during vacuum heat treatment process was calculated using finite element software MSC.Marc, and the thermal hysteresis time of the workpiece was predicted. An experiment of vacuum heat treatment of GH4169 superalloy workpiece was carried out to verify the calculation. The experimental results of temperature profile agree well with the simulated results. This work lays a theoretical foundation for optimizing technical parameter of vacuum heat treatment process.

  2. Primary and secondary dendrite spacing of Ni-based superalloy single crystals



    Full Text Available Ni-based superalloy single crystals were grown by different methods (gradient method and Bridgman technique with spontaneous nucleation and with seed. In all crystal growth experiments using the Bridgman technique, the temperature gradient along the vertical furnace axes was constant (G = 33.5 °C/cm. The obtained single crystals were cut, mechanical and chemical polished, and chemically etched. Using a metallographic microscope, the spacing of the primary and secondary dendrites was investigated. The dendrite arm spacing (DAS was determined using a Quantimet 500 MC. The obtained results are discussed and compared with published data.

  3. Inertia Friction Welding of Dissimilar Superalloys Mar-M247 and LSHR

    Senkov, Oleg N.; Mahaffey, David W.; Semiatin, S. Lee; Woodward, Christopher


    The solid state inertia friction welding (IFW) process was used for the first time to join two dissimilar Ni-based superalloys, LSHR, a powder metallurgy alloy, and Mar-M247, a directionally solidified alloy. Extensive studies of the microstructure, phase composition, re-distribution of the alloying elements between the welded alloys, microhardness, and welding defects were conducted at different distances from the weld interface, and the results were correlated with the loading and friction conditions during IFW. Possible reasons leading to the formation of the welding defects were discussed and directions for the further improvement of the quality of the IFW of these two dissimilar alloys were outlined.

  4. Characterization of Casting Defects in Typical Castings of a Directionally Solidified Superalloy


    used to evaluate grain misorientation effects in D.S. MAR - M247 superalloy (17). Scatter of this nature has been observed previously in equiaxed cast...found associated with the fracture surfaces In the previous study on tje effect of off-axis grain growth on cylindrical cast bars of D.S. MAR - M247 , 1800...significant that no instances of failures associated with emergent grains were observed in the MAR - M247 study. In the present investigation of PWA 1422, no

  5. Evaluation of Heat Checking and Washout of Heat Resistant Superalloys and Coatings for Die inserts

    David Schwam; John F. Wallace; Yulong Zhu; Edward Courtright; Harold Adkins


    This project had two main objectives: (1) To design, fabricate and run a full size test for evaluating soldering and washout in die insert materials. This test utilizes the unique capabilities of the 350 Ton Squeeze Casting machine available in the Case Meal Casting Laboratory. Apply the test to evaluate resistance of die materials and coating, including heat resistant alloys to soldering and washout damage. (2) To evaluate materials and coatings, including heat resistant superalloys, for use as inserts in die casting of aluminum alloys.

  6. Investigation of delamination mechanisms during a laser drilling on a cobalt-base superalloy

    Girardot, Jérémie; Schneider, Matthieu; Berthe, Laurent; FAVIER, Véronique


    International audience; Temperatures in the high pressure chamber of aircraft engines are continuously increasing to improve the engine efficiency. As a result, constitutive materials such as cobalt and nickel-base superalloys need to be thermally protected. The first protection is a ceramic thermal barrier coating (TBC) cast on all the hot gas-exposed structure. The second protection is provided by a cool air layer realized by the use of a thousand of drills on the parts where a cool air is flo...

  7. Influence of modified processing on structure and properties of hot isostatically pressed superalloy Inconel 718

    Rao, G. Appa [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Kanchanbagh (P.O.), Hyderabad 500 058 (India)]. E-mail:; Srinivas, M. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Kanchanbagh (P.O.), Hyderabad 500 058 (India); Sarma, D.S. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 005 (India)


    Inert gas atomized (IGA) superalloy Inconel 718 powder was consolidated by hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) at 1200 deg. C under 120 MPa pressure for 3 h. The HIPed alloy heat treated as per the aerospace materials specification (AMS) 5662J standard schedule, viz. solution treatment (ST) at 980 deg. C for 1 h/water quenching (WQ) to room temperature (RT) and a two-step ageing treatment (AT) at 720 deg. C for 8 h/furnace cooling (FC) at 55 deg. C h{sup -1} to 620 deg. C and holding at 620 deg. C for 8 h and air cooling (AC) to room temperature has exhibited the yield strength (YS) and ultimate tensile strength (UTS) comparable to that of the conventionally processed (forged and heat treated) IN 718. However, its ductility and stress rupture properties at 650 deg. C were found to be poor due to the presence of prior particle boundary (PPB) networks decorated with highly stable oxides (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2}) and brittle MC (Nb, Ti)C carbides. To mitigate this problem, the HIPed alloy was subjected to solution treatment at 1270 deg. C for 1 h followed by re-HIPing at 1100 deg. C/130 MPa/3 h before heat-treating it as per AMS 5662J standard schedule. Optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of the alloy processed under modified HIPing and heat treatment conditions have shown the dissolution of MC-carbides, breaking up of PPB networks and formation of equiaxed grains with an average diameter of about 50 {mu}m. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of this alloy has revealed uniform distribution of {gamma}'' and {gamma}' strengthening precipitates in the {gamma}-matrix and the presence of {delta}(Ni{sub 3}Nb) phase as well as very fine oxide particles near the grain boundaries. The tensile properties of the alloy processed under modified conditions have shown quite satisfactory levels of YS and UTS combined with a significantly improved elongation (EL) values at room temperature (19.5%) and at 650 deg. C (8.0%). The improvement in alloy

  8. Influence of composition on precipitation behavior and stress rupture properties in INCONEL RTM740 series superalloys

    Casias, Andrea M.

    Increasing demands for energy efficiency and reduction in CO2 emissions have led to the development of advanced ultra-supercritical (AUSC) boilers. These boilers operate at temperatures of 760 °C and pressures of 35 MPa, providing efficiencies close to 50 pct. However, austenitic stainless steels typically used in boiler applications do not have sufficient creep or oxidation resistance. For this reason, nickel (Ni)-based superalloys, such as IN740, have been identified as potential materials for AUSC boiler tube components. However, IN740 is susceptible to heat-affected-zone liquation cracking in the base metal of heavy section weldments. To improve weldability, IN740H was developed. However, IN740H has lower stress rupture ductility compared to IN740. For this reason, two IN740H modifications have been produced by lowering carbon content and increasing boron content. In this study, IN740, IN740H, and the two modified IN740H alloys (modified 1 and 2) were produced with equiaxed grain sizes of 90 ìm (alloys IN740, IN740H, and IN740H modified 1 alloys) and 112 µm (IN740H modified 2 alloy). An aging study was performed at 800 °C on all alloys for 1, 3, 10, and 30 hours to assess precipitation behavior. Stress rupture tests were performed at 760 °C with the goal of attaining stress levels that would yield rupture at 1000 hours. The percent reduction in area was measured after failure as a measure of creep ductility. Light optical, scanning electron, and transmission electron microscopy were used in conjunction with X-ray diffraction to examine precipitation behavior of annealed, aged, and stress rupture tested samples. The amount and type of precipitation that occurred during aging prior to stress rupture testing or in-situ during stress rupture testing influenced damage development, stress rupture life, and ductility. In terms of stress rupture life, IN740H modified 2 performed the best followed by IN740H modified 1 and IN740, which performed similarly, and IN740

  9. Use of Industrial Components in SL/BT Equipment Controls

    Carlier, E


    The control system of all SPS target stations, beam absorbers and other aperture limiting devices is presently being refurbished, using solely standard industrial hardware and software components. SIEMENS Simatic S7-300 programmable logic controllers serve as equipment controllers. They are connected through Profibus to a WinNT front-end running the SIEMENS WinCC SCADA package which acts as local controller and gateway for remote access. A variant configuration, where the PLCs are directly linked to Ethernet, has been used for controlling the SPS Q measurement kickers. These and some other SL/BT projects will be reviewed where fully off-the-shelf components have been successfully integrated into the SL accelerator controls infrastructure. The arguments leading to the various technical choices will be laid down including a report of the experience gained. Finally, the presentation will address the perspective and current ideas for using industrial components in controlling SL/BT equipment during the LHC era.

  10. Evaluation of powder metallurgical processing routes for multi-component niobium silicide-based high-temperature alloys

    Seemueller, Hans Christoph Maximilian


    Niobium silicide-based composites are potential candidates to replace nickel-base superalloys for turbine applications. The goal of this work was to evaluate the feasibility and differences in ensuing properties of various powder metallurgical processing techniques that are capable of manufacturing net-shape turbine components. Two routes for powder production, mechanical alloying and gas atomization were combined with compaction via hot isostatic pressing and powder injection molding.

  11. Cobalt-based superalloy layers deposited on X38CrMoV5 steel base metal by explosion cladding process

    Langlois, Laurent; Bigot, Régis; ETTAQI, Saïd


    International audience; A grade 25 cobalt-based superalloy in the form of a sheet 5 mm in thickness and a steel substrate of type X38CrMoV5 are joined by explosion cladding. The macrostructure and microstructure of the interface and of the co-based superalloy layers are studied. The interface presents the form of wavelets with a period of 1000 µm and an amplitude of 250 µm. The superalloy grains are deformed during the cladding process with several slip systems appearing. Near to the interfac...

  12. Thermal Nondestructive Evaluation Report: Inspection of the Refurbished Manipulator Arm System in the Manipulator Development Facility at Johnson Space Center 10-12 January 2001

    Cramer, K. Elliott


    On 4 December 2002, a failure of the Refurbished Manipulator Arm System (RMAS) occurred in the Manipulator Development Facility (MDF) at Johnson Space Center. When the Test Director commanded a should pitch maneuver to lift the arm from its payload bay pedestal, the yaw controls failed. This, coupled with a gravitational forces (due to the angle of the shoulder joint with respect to vertical), resulted in uncontrolled arm motion. The shoulder yaw joint moved approximately 20 degrees, causing the extended arm to strike and severely damage the port side MDF catwalk handrails. The arm motion stopped after impact with the handrails. On 10-12 January 2001, inspections were performed on the port face of the lower and upper arms of the RMAS using a infrared thermography developed at Langley Research Center. This paper presents the results of those nondestructive inspections and provides a complete description of the anomalies found and their locations.

  13. Result-checking on a 'Minergie' apartment block refurbishment project; Erfolgskontrolle Mehrfamilienhaeuser Wehntalerstrasse - Eine MINERGIE-Sanierung der Wohnbaugenossenschaft Waidmatt. Schlussbericht

    Haessig, W.; Fotsch, P.; Oledzki, T.


    This final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) presents and discusses the results of a monitoring project concerning the effect of measures taken during the refurbishment of five apartment blocks built in 1948. The apartments were modernised to meet Swiss 'Minergie' low energy consumption standards. The report presents and discusses the results of the modernisation that included living-room extension, new kitchens and bathrooms as well as external thermal insulation and fan-assisted balanced ventilation. The measurement concept is discussed, as are the results obtained concerning energy consumption, space heating, domestic hot water and the electricity consumption for the ventilation system. Comfort aspects and noise measurements are discussed. Also, the results of a survey made concerning household structures, airing habits, room temperature and humidity, odours, dust and noise are presented and discussed. A comprehensive appendix completes the report.

  14. Refurbishment of a used in-vacuum undulator from the National Synchrotron Light Source for the National Synchrotron Light Source-II ring.

    Tanabe, Toshiya; Bassan, Harmanpreet; Broadbent, Andrew; Cappadoro, Peter; Escallier, John; Harder, David; Hetzel, Charles; Hidas, Dean; Kitegi, Charles; Kosciuk, Bernard; Musardo, Marco; Kirkland, Johnny


    The National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) ceased operation in September 2014 and was succeeded by NSLS-II. There were four in-vacuum undulators (IVUs) in operation at NSLS. The most recently constructed IVU for NSLS was the mini-gap undulator (MGU-X25, to be renamed IVU18 for NSLS-II), which was constructed in 2006. This device was selected to be reused for the New York Structural Biology Consortium Microdiffraction beamline at NSLS-II. At the time of construction, IVU18 was a state-of-the-art undulator designed to be operated as a cryogenic permanent-magnet undulator. Due to the more stringent field quality and impedance requirements of the NSLS-II ring, the transition region was redesigned. The control system was also updated to NSLS-II specifications. This paper reports the details of the IVU18 refurbishment activities including additional magnetic measurement and tuning.

  15. Eutectic-Free Superalloy Made By Directional Solidification

    Schmidt, Deborah Dianne


    By suitable control of thermal conditions in directional-solidification process, supperalloy structural and machine components (e.g., turbine blades) cast with microstructures enhancing resistance to fatigue. Specific version of process and thermal conditions chosen to reduce micro-segregation during solidification and to minimize or eliminate script carbide and eutectic-phase inclusions, which are brittle inclusions found to decrease resistance to fatigue.

  16. Study on the efficiency of thermal refurbishment of residential buildings in Vienna; Bautechnisch-bauphysikalische Beurteilung der Wirksamkeit energetischer Sanierungen am Beispiel staedtischer Wohnhausanlagen in Wien

    Maydl, Julia [Zivilingenieurbuero Dr. Maydl, Schindlergasse 6, A-1180 Wien (Austria); Korjenic, Azra [Institut fuer Hochbau und Technologie - Zentrum fuer Bauphysik und Bauakustik, Technische Universitaet Wien, Karlsplatz 13/206-2 A-1040 Wien (Austria); Dreyer, Juergen [TU Wien, Institut fuer Hochbau und Technologie - Zentrum fuer Bauphysik und Bauakustik, Karlsplatz 13/206-2, A-1040 Wien (Austria)


    In the framework of the Kyoto Protocol Austria has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions until 2008/2012 by 13% on the base of 1990. Therefore the Federal Government as well as the provincial governments have implemented programs for the protection of climate including several measures to reduce the emission of hazardous greenhouse gases mainly CO{sub 2}. Regarding the enormous potential reduction activities were mainly focused on residential buildings. The refurbishment of the building envelope reduces the heating costs as well as the carbon dioxide emissions and improves the indoor climate. Several investigations were taken to check the utility of thermal refurbishment under structural and physical conditions. Plenty of data available in the line of several expertises of existing residential buildings were analysed and completed by additional investigations. The economic efficiency of thermal insulations is pointed out as well as the period of repayment or the influence of the thickness of insulation on the heating energy demand or possible CO{sub 2}-reductions. (Abstract Copyright [2007], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.) [German] Durch die Verpflichtung Oesterreichs im Zuge der Kyoto-Ziele seine Treibhausgasemissionen um 13% gegenueber dem Basisjahr 1990 zu verringern, entstanden sowohl Klimaschutzprogramme der Bundesregierung als auch der Laender. Die Programme beinhalten verschiedene Massnahmen um den Ausstoss schaedlicher Treibhausgase, allen voran CO{sub 2}, zu minimieren. Ein Schwerpunkt wurde dabei dem Sektor Wohnen und Bauen zugesprochen, da hier sehr viel Potential vorhanden ist. Denn thermisch-energetische Sanierungsmassnahmen haben nicht nur einen positiven Einfluss auf die Energiekennzahl eines Gebaeudes, sondern auch auf die Heizkosten, den CO{sub 2}-Ausstoss und das Raumklima. Im Zuge dieser Arbeit wurden verschiedene Untersuchungen angestellt, um die bautechnisch-bauphysikalische Zweckmaessigkeit thermischer Sanierungen zu ueberpruefen. Neben

  17. Effect of residual elements on high performance nickel base superalloys for gas turbines and strategies for manufacture

    O P Sinha; M Chatterjee; V V R S Sarma; S N Jha


    The need for better gas turbine operating efficiency and reliability has resulted in tightening of specification and acceptance standards. It has been realized that some elements even at trace level, can have disastrous effect on high temperature properties. The present paper highlights the adverse effect of tramp elements and strategies that should be adopted to produce high purity superalloys.

  18. Microstress evolution during in situ loading of a superalloy containing high volume fraction of {gamma}{sup '} phase

    Ma, S.; Rangaswamy, P.; Majumdar, B.S


    Pulsed neutron diffraction under in situ mechanical loading was used to monitor microstrain evolution in individual phases of a polycrystalline {gamma}/{gamma}{sup '} superalloy, CM 247 LC. The load partitioning and yielding of differently oriented grains and phases were evaluated. The critical resolved shear stresses of individual phases were obtained and are compared with dislocation models.

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

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


    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.

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

    Shen, Chen [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States); Gupta, Vipul [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States); Huang, Shenyan [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States); Soare, Monica [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States); Zhao, Pengyang [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States); Wang, Yunzhi [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States)


    The goal of this project is to model long-term creep performance for nickel-base superalloy weldments in high temperature power generation systems. The project uses physics-based modeling methodologies and algorithms for predicting alloy properties in heterogeneous material structures. The modeling methodology will be demonstrated on a gas turbine combustor liner weldment of Haynes 282 precipitate-strengthened nickel-base superalloy. The major developments are: (1) microstructure-property relationships under creep conditions and microstructure characterization (2) modeling inhomogeneous microstructure in superalloy weld (3) modeling mesoscale plastic deformation in superalloy weld and (4) a constitutive creep model that accounts for weld and base metal microstructure and their long term evolution. The developed modeling technology is aimed to provide a more efficient and accurate assessment of a material’s long-term performance compared with current testing and extrapolation methods. This modeling technology will also accelerate development and qualification of new materials in advanced power generation systems. This document is a final technical report for the project, covering efforts conducted from October 2014 to December 2016.

  1. Resistance of Silicon Nitride Turbine Components to Erosion and Hot Corrosion/oxidation Attack

    Strangmen, Thomas E.; Fox, Dennis S.


    Silicon nitride turbine components are under intensive development by AlliedSignal to enable a new generation of higher power density auxiliary power systems. In order to be viable in the intended applications, silicon nitride turbine airfoils must be designed for survival in aggressive oxidizing combustion gas environments. Erosive and corrosive damage to ceramic airfoils from ingested sand and sea salt must be avoided. Recent engine test experience demonstrated that NT154 silicon nitride turbine vanes have exceptional resistance to sand erosion, relative to superalloys used in production engines. Similarly, NT154 silicon nitride has excellent resistance to oxidation in the temperature range of interest - up to 1400 C. Hot corrosion attack of superalloy gas turbine components is well documented. While hot corrosion from ingested sea salt will attack silicon nitride substantially less than the superalloys being replaced in initial engine applications, this degradation has the potential to limit component lives in advanced engine applications. Hot corrosion adversely affects the strength of silicon nitride in the 850 to 1300 C range. Since unacceptable reductions in strength must be rapidly identified and avoided, AlliedSignal and the NASA Lewis Research Center have pioneered the development of an environmental life prediction model for silicon nitride turbine components. Strength retention in flexure specimens following 1 to 3300 hour exposures to high temperature oxidation and hot corrosion has been measured and used to calibrate the life prediction model. Predicted component life is dependent upon engine design (stress, temperature, pressure, fuel/air ratio, gas velocity, and inlet air filtration), mission usage (fuel sulfur content, location (salt in air), and times at duty cycle power points), and material parameters. Preliminary analyses indicate that the hot corrosion resistance of NT154 silicon nitride is adequate for AlliedSignal's initial engine

  2. Grain Boundary Engineering of a Low Stacking Fault Energy Ni-based Superalloy

    McCarley, Joshua; Helmink, Randolph; Goetz, Robert; Tin, Sammy


    The effects of thermo-mechanical processing parameters on the resulting microstructure of an experimental Nickel-based superalloy containing 24 wt pct Co were investigated. Hot compression tests were performed at temperatures ranging from 1293 K to 1373 K (1020 to 1100 °C) and strain rates ranging from 0.0005 to 0.1/s. The mechanically deformed samples were also subject to annealing treatments at sub-solvus 1388 K (1115 °C) and super-solvus 1413 K (1140 °C) temperatures. This investigation sought to quantify and subsequently understand the behavior and evolution of both the grain boundary structure and length fraction of Σ3 twin boundaries in the low stacking fault energy superalloy. Over the range of deformation parameters investigated, the corresponding deformation mechanism map revealed that dynamic recrystallization or dynamic recovery was dominant. These conditions largely promoted post-deformation grain refinement and the formation of annealing twins following annealing. Samples deformed at strain rates of 0.0005 and 0.001/s at 1333 K and 1373 K (1060 °C and 1100 °C) exhibited extensive grain boundary sliding/rotation associated with superplastic flow. Upon annealing, deformation conditions that resulted predominately in superplastic flow were found to provide negligible enhancement of twin boundaries and produced little to no post-deformation grain refinement.

  3. High-temperature γ (FCC/γ′ (L12 Co-Al-W based superalloys

    Knop Matthias


    Full Text Available Interim results from the development of a polycrystalline Co-Al-W based superalloy are presented. Cr has been added to provide oxidation resistance and Ni has then been added to widen and stabilise the γ′ phase field. The alloy presented has a solvus of 1010 °C and a density of 8.7 g cm−3. The room temperature flow stress is over 1000 MPa and this reduces dramatically above 800 °C. The flow stress anomaly is observed. A microstructure with both ∼ 50 nm γ′ produced on cooling and larger 100–200 nm γ′ can be obtained. Isothermal oxidation at 800 °C in air for 200 h gave a mass gain of 0.96 mg cm−2. After hot deformation in the 650–850 °C temperature range, both anti phase boundaries (APBs and stacking faults could be observed. An APB energy of 71 mJ m−2 was measured, which is comparable to that found in commercial nickel superalloys.

  4. Processing maps for Fe–24Ni–11Cr–3Ti–1Mo superalloy

    Cai Dayong; Zhang Chunling; Tang Zhiguo; Dong Haifeng; Wang Peng


    Hot deformation characteristics of a Fe-base superalloy were studied at various temperatures from 1000–1200°C under strain rates from 0.001–1 s-1 using hot compression tests. Processing maps for hot working are developed on the basis of the variations of efficiency of power dissipation with temperature and strain rate and interpreted by a dynamic materials model. Hot deformation equation was given to characterize the dependence of peak stress on deformation temperature and strain rate. Hot deformation apparent activation energy of the Fe–24Ni–11Cr–1Mo–3Ti superalloy was determined to be about 499 kJ/mol. The processing maps obtained in a strain range of 0.1–0.7 were essentially similar, indicating that strain has no significant influence on it. The processing maps exhibited a clear domain with a maximum of about 40–48% at about 1150°C and 0.001 s-1.

  5. Grain Boundary Engineering of a Low Stacking Fault Energy Ni-based Superalloy

    McCarley, Joshua; Helmink, Randolph; Goetz, Robert; Tin, Sammy


    The effects of thermo-mechanical processing parameters on the resulting microstructure of an experimental Nickel-based superalloy containing 24 wt pct Co were investigated. Hot compression tests were performed at temperatures ranging from 1293 K to 1373 K (1020 to 1100 °C) and strain rates ranging from 0.0005 to 0.1/s. The mechanically deformed samples were also subject to annealing treatments at sub-solvus 1388 K (1115 °C) and super-solvus 1413 K (1140 °C) temperatures. This investigation sought to quantify and subsequently understand the behavior and evolution of both the grain boundary structure and length fraction of Σ3 twin boundaries in the low stacking fault energy superalloy. Over the range of deformation parameters investigated, the corresponding deformation mechanism map revealed that dynamic recrystallization or dynamic recovery was dominant. These conditions largely promoted post-deformation grain refinement and the formation of annealing twins following annealing. Samples deformed at strain rates of 0.0005 and 0.001/s at 1333 K and 1373 K (1060 °C and 1100 °C) exhibited extensive grain boundary sliding/rotation associated with superplastic flow. Upon annealing, deformation conditions that resulted predominately in superplastic flow were found to provide negligible enhancement of twin boundaries and produced little to no post-deformation grain refinement.

  6. Structure property characterization of rheocast and VADER processed IN-100 superalloy

    Cheng, J.J.A.


    Two recent solidification processes were applied in production of IN-100 nickel-base superalloy: rheocasting and Vacuum ARc Double Electrode Remelting (VADER). A high vacuum furnace for rheocasting superalloys was built and was used to rheocast ingots under different processing conditions. Processing variables evaluated include stirring speed, isothermal stirring time and volume fraction solid during isothermal stirring. VADER processed IN-100 was purchased from Special Metals Corp. As-cast ingots were subjected to various thermal treatments including hot isostatic pressing and heat treatment. As-cast and thermally treated materials were characterized using optical and scanning electron microscopy and microprobe analysis. Both rheocasting and VADER-processed materials yield fine and equiaxed spherical structures, where the extent of macrosegregation is lesser in comparison to conventionally produced ingot material. In rheocasting, the formation of nondendritic structures is discussed further on the basis of the model of dendrite arm fragmentation. At a constant cooling rate, the grain size and macrosegregation of the as-cast ingot is reduced by increasing the stirring speed, isothermal stirring time or the volume fraction solid during solidification, however, stirring speed has a more pronounced effect on grain refinement and macro-scale chemical homogeneity than the other two variables. The degree of the microsegregation decreases with increasing volume fraction solid and/or isothermal stirring time.

  7. Effect of Ce+ Ion Implantation upon Oxidation Resistance of Superalloy K38G

    Qian Yuhai; Li Meishuan; Duo Shuwang; Zhao Youming


    The oxidation behavior (isothermal and cyclic oxidation) of cast superalloy K38G and the effect of Ce+ ion implantation with dose of 1×1017 ions/cm2 upon its oxidation resistance at 900 and 1000 ℃ in air were investigated. Meanwhile, the influence of Ce+ implantation on oxidation behavior of K38G with pre-oxide scale at 1000 ℃ in air was compared. The pre-oxidation was performed at 1000 ℃ in static air for 0.25 and 1.5 h, respectively. It is shown that the homogeneous external mixture oxide of rutile TiO2+Cr2O3 and non-continuous internal oxide of Al2O3 are formed during the oxidation procedure in all the cases. The isothermal oxidation resistance and the cracking or spallation resistance of superalloy K38G implanted with Ce+ by both of the two different implantation ways are not improved notably. This may be attributed to the mixed oxide composition characteristics and the blocking effect differences of Ce+ segregation along the oxide grain boundaries on the transport process for different diffusing ions.

  8. High Temperature Degradation of Powder-processed Ni-based Superalloy

    Natália Luptáková


    Full Text Available The aim of present work is to study the high temperature degradation of the powder-processed polycrystalline superalloy Ni-15Cr-18Co-4Al-3.5Ti-5Mo. This superalloy has been applied as material for grips of a creep machine. The material was exposed at 1100 °C for about 10 days at 10 MPa stress. During the creep test occurred unacceptable creep deformation of grips as well as severe surface oxidation with scales peeling off. Three types of the microstructure were observed in the studied alloy: (i unexposed state; (ii heat treated (annealing - 10 min/1200 °C and (iii after using as a part of the equipment of the creep machine during the creep test. It is shown that the microstructure degradation resulting from the revealed γ´ phase fcc Ni3(Al,Ti particles preferentially created at the grain boundaries of the samples after performing creep tests affects mechanical properties of the alloy and represents a significant contribution to all degradation processes affecting performance and service life of the creep machine grips. Based on investigation and obtained results, the given material is not recommended to be used for grips of creep machine at temperatures above 1000 °C.

  9. Enhancing the Oxidation Performance of Wrought Ni-Base Superalloy by Minor Additions of Active Elements

    Tawancy, H. M.


    We show that the oxidation performance of Cr2O3-forming superalloy based upon the Ni-Cr-W system is significantly improved by the presence of minor concentrations of La, Si and Mn, which outweigh the detrimental effect of high W concentration in the alloy. Although Cr2O3 is known to transform into volatile CrO3 at temperatures ≥950 °C, the respective protection is extended to temperatures reaching 1150 °C, which has also been correlated with the beneficial effects of La, Si and Mn. During high-temperature oxidation, an inner protective La- and Si-modified layer of α-Cr2O3 in contact with the superalloy substrate is developed and shielded by an outermost layer of MnCr2O4. The distribution of La and Si in the inner oxide layer has been characterized down to the scale of transmission electron microscopy, and the possible mechanisms underlying their beneficial effects are elucidated.

  10. Fatigue Resistance of the Grain Size Transition Zone in a Dual Microstructure Superalloy Disk

    Gabb, T. P.; Kantzos, P. T.; Telesman, J.; Gayda, J.; Sudbrack, C. K.; Palsa, B. S.


    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.

  11. Degradation of nonmodified and rhodium modified aluminide coating deposited on CMSX 4 superalloy.

    Zagula-Yavorska, Maryana; Wierzbińska, Małgorzata; Gancarczyk, Kamil; Sieniawski, Jan


    The Ni-base superalloy CMSX 4 used in the turbine blades of aircraft engines was coated with rhodium layer (0.5-μm thick). Next coated CMSX 4 superalloy was aluminized by the CVD method. The rhodium modified aluminide coating and nonmodified aluminide coating were oxidized at 1100°C at the air atmosphere. The rhodium modified aluminide coating showed about twice better oxidation resistance than the nonmodified one. The spallation equal 62% of the total area was observed on the surface of the nonmodified coating whereas only 36% spallation area was observed on the surface of the rhodium modified aluminide coating after the oxidation test. The oxide layer formed on the surface of the nonmodified coating was composed of nonprotective (Ni,Cr)Al2 O4 and (Ni,Cr)O phases. Aluminium in the coating reacts with oxygen, forming a protective α-Al2 O3 oxide on the surface of the rhodium modified aluminide coating. When the oxide cracks and spalls due to oxidation, additional aluminium from the coating diffuses to the surface to form the oxide. The presence of protective Al2 O3 oxide on the surface of the rhodium modified aluminide coating slows coating degradation. Therefore, rhodium modified aluminide coating has better oxidation resistance than the nonmodified one.

  12. Mapping single-crystal dendritic microstructure and defects in nickel-base superalloys with synchrotron radiation

    Husseini, Naji S. [Applied Physics Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States)], E-mail:; Kumah, Divine P. [Applied Physics Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Yi, Jian Z.; Torbet, Christopher J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Arms, Dohn A.; Dufresne, Eric M. [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Pollock, Tresa M.; Wayne Jones, J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Clarke, Roy [Applied Physics Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States)


    Solidification of single-crystal nickel-base superalloys introduces large-scale segregation of constituent elements and defects such as dislocations and mosaicity. By exploiting the energy tunability and interference capabilities of high-brilliance X-ray radiation, key structural features of the dendritic single crystals were mapped over large areas. Interference and diffraction of synchrotron X-rays revealed significant misorientations between individual dendrites in the as-solidified state. For the first time this mosaic structure was quantified for an array of dendrites and correlated with the density of 'grown-in' dislocations whose density ranged from 10{sup 7} to 10{sup 8} cm{sup -2}. Absorption contrast permitted simultaneous mapping of the distribution of refractory metal additives (e.g. rhenium and tungsten), which segregated preferentially to the dendrite cores with a linear composition gradient toward the interdendritic regions. The results demonstrate that synchrotron X-ray imaging is promising for in situ studies of single-crystal structure and defects in nickel-base superalloys.

  13. Influence of Ta content on hot corrosion behaviour of a directionally solidified nickel base superalloy

    Han, F.F. [Superalloy Division, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Chang, J.X., E-mail: [Superalloy Division, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Li, H.; Lou, L.H. [Superalloy Division, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Zhang, J. [Superalloy Division, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China)


    Highlights: • Three nickel-base superalloys containing different Ta content were subjected to Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}-induced hot corrosion. • Ta improved the hot corrosion resistance. • Ta decreased the diffusion rate of alloying elements. • Ta promoted the formation of (Cr, Ti)TaO{sub 4} layer. - Abstract: Hot corrosion behaviour of a directionally solidified nickel base superalloy with different tantalum (Ta) addition in fused sodium sulphate (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) under an oxidizing atmosphere at 900 °C has been studied. It was shown that the hot corrosion resistance was improved by increasing of Ta content. The hot corrosion kinetics of the alloy with lower Ta content deviated from parabolic law after 60 h corrosion test, whereas the corrosion kinetics of the alloy with high Ta content followed the parabolic law before 60 h and with less mass change afterwards. A detailed microstructure study using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with an energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) was performed to investigate the corrosion products and mechanisms. The beneficial effect of Ta was found to be resulted from a Ta-enriched (Cr, Ti)TaO{sub 4} layer inside the corrosion scale, which led to the retarding of the element diffusion so as to decrease the hot corrosion kinetics.

  14. An experimental study on quasi-CW fibre laser drilling of nickel superalloy

    Marimuthu, S.; Antar, M.; Dunleavey, J.; Chantzis, D.; Darlington, W.; Hayward, P.


    Laser drilling of metals and alloys is extensively used in modern manufacturing industries to produce holes of various size and shape. Currently, most laser drilling of aerospace nickel superalloys is performed using Nd:YAG laser. Over the years, many attempts were made to increase the productivity of Nd:YAG lasers drilling process, but with little success. This paper investigates the fundamental aspects of millisecond-pulsed-Quasi-CW-fibre laser drilling of aerospace nickel superalloy. The main investigation concentrates on understanding the Quasi-CW-fibre laser parameters on trepanning laser drilled hole quality and speed. The principal findings are based on controlling the recast layer, oxide layer, hole surface characteristic and fatigue performance of the laser drilled samples. The results showed that the high average power of the quasi-CW-fibre lasers can be effectively used to achieve increased trepanning drilling speed without undermining the drilling quality, which is not feasible with a free-space Nd:YAG laser. Also, low peak power and high frequency (of quasi-CW-fibre laser) can be effectively used to produce better laser drilled holes than the high peak power and low frequency, which is common with the traditional millisecond Nd:YAG drilling processes. Recast layer thickness of around 30 μm can be achieved with a trepanning speed of up to 500 mm/min with single orbit Quasi-CW fibre laser drilling of 0.75 mm hole over 5 mm thick material.

  15. Technology of laser repair welding of nickel superalloy inner flaps of jet engine

    A. Klimpel


    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper: work out laser welding repair technology of cracked MIG 29 jet engine inner flaps made of cast nickel superalloy ŻS-3DK (ЖС-3ДК, Russian designation.Design/methodology/approach: The study were based on the analysis of laser HPDL powder INCONEL 625 welding of nickel superalloy using wide range of welding parameters to provide highest quality repair welds.Findings: Study of automatic welding technologies GTA, PTA and laser HPDL has shown that just laser welding can provide high quality repair welds. In order to establish the properties of welded joints repair cracks in the inner flap HPDL laser, studied the hardness, mechanical properties and erosive wear resistance.Research limitations/implications: It was found that only laser HPDL welding can provide high quality repair welds.Practical implications: The technology can be applied for repair cracked MIG 29 jet engine inner flaps.Originality/value: Repairing cracked MIG 29 jet engine inner flaps.

  16. Microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties of HVOF sprayed NiCrAl coating on superalloys

    Mahesh, R.A. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India); Jayaganthan, R. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India)], E-mail:; Prakash, S. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India)


    High velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) process sprayed NiCrAl coatings on superalloys were characterized by various techniques such as optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopic analysis (SEM/EDS) to render an insight into their microstrucural features and assess its suitability for high temperature corrosion resistance applications. The as sprayed coatings were found to be dense with splat like layered morphology. The XRD analysis of the coating showed the presence of Ni (fcc) as a prominent phase with Cr and Al as minor phases. The porosity of the coatings was calculated from its optical micrographs and found to be less than 1.7%. The measured hardness and average bond strength of the coatings were found to be in the range of 278-351 Hv and 59 MPa, respectively. The observed microstructral characteristics, higher bond strength, and hardness of HVOF sprayed NiCrAl coating show that it may act as an effective barrier to provide high temperature protection to the superalloys.


    M.Sakaguchi; M.Okazaki


    An analytical method to investigate the morphological evolution of the cellular microstructure is explored and proposed. The method is essentially based on the Eshelby's micromechanics theory, and it is extended so as to be applied for a material system containing inclusions with high volume fraction, by employing the average stress field approximation by Mori and Tanaka. The proposed method enables us to discuss a stable shape of precipitate in the material system, which must be influenced by many factors: e.g., volume fraction of precipitate; Young's modulus ratio and lattice misfit between matrix and precipitate; external stress field in multiaxial state; and heterogeneity of plastic strain between matrix and precipitate. A series of numerical calculations were summarized on stable shape maps. The application of the method to predict the γ' rafting in superalloys during creep showed that the heterogeneity of plastic strain between matrix and precipitates may play a significant role in the shape stability of the precipitate. Furthermore, it was shown that the method was successfully applied to estimate the morphology of the cellular microstructure formed in CMSX-4single crystal Ni-based superalloy.

  18. Effect of Heat Treatment Process on Microstructure and Fatigue Behavior of a Nickel-Base Superalloy

    Peng Zhang


    Full Text Available The study of fatigue behaviors for nickel-base superalloys is very significant because fatigue damage results in serious consequences. In this paper, two kinds of heat treatment procedures (Pro.I and Pro.II were taken to investigate the effect of heat treatment on microstructures and fatigue behaviors of a nickel-base superalloy. Fatigue behaviors were studied through total strain controlled mode at 650 °C. Manson-Coffin relationship and three-parameter power function were used to predict fatigue life. A good link between the cyclic/fatigue behavior and microscopic studies was established. The cyclic deformation mechanism and fatigue mechanism were discussed. The results show that the fatigue resistance significantly drops with the increase of total strain amplitudes. Manson-Coffin relationship can well predict the fatigue life for total strain amplitude from 0.5% to 0.8%. The fatigue resistance is related with heat treatment procedures. The fatigue resistance performance of Pro.I is better than that of Pro.II. The cyclic stress response behaviors are closely related to the changes of the strain amplitudes. The peak stress of the alloy gradually increases with the increase of total strain amplitudes. The main fracture mechanism is inhomogeneous deformation and the different interactions between dislocations and γ′ precipitates.

  19. Effect of HIP Combined with RHT Process on Creep Damage of DZ125 Superalloy

    WANG Tian-you


    Full Text Available Four different processes of hot isostatic pressing (HIP combined with rejuvenation heat treatments (RHT were adopted to reveal the microstructural evolution of creep damaged DZ125 specimens, finally the mechanical properties were evaluated.The results show that both γ' precipitate degeneration and creep cavities for the creep damaged DZ125 superalloy are found after the pre-endurance damage test.However, the carbided compositions from MC type to M23C6 type or M6C type has not been observed for DZ125.In addition, it is found that the HIP temperature play a dominant role in the cavity healing process for the damaged specimens. The concentrically oriented γ' rafting structure and the incipient melting are observed at 1200℃ and 1250℃ respectively.Meanwhile, it is found that the appropriate HIP schedule adopted can effectively avoid the internal recrystallization for the directionally solidified nickel-based superalloy DZ125. The appropriate HIP schedule combined with RHT process can successfully restore the microstructure induced by creep damage and recover the degraded micro-hardness to the original one, in addition improve the creep rupture life.

  20. Influence of cooling rate on y'morphology in cast Ni – base superalloy

    J. Belan


    Full Text Available The Ni – base superalloys, which are combined an unique physical and mechanical properties, are used in aircraft industry for productionof aero engine most stressed parts, as are turbine blades. From this reason a dendrite arm spacing, carbides size and distribution, morphology,number and value of y'- phase are very important structural characteristics for blade lifetime prediction as well as aero engine its self. In this article are used methods of quantitative metallography (software LUCIA for carbides evaluation, measuring of secondary dendrite arm spacing and coherent testing grid for y' - phase evaluation for evaluation of structural characteristics mentioned above on experimental material – Ni base superalloy ŽS6K. The high temperature effect represented here by heat treatment at 800°C followed with holding time about 10 hours, and cooling rate, here represented by three various cooling mediums as water, air, and oil, on structural characteristics and application of quantitative methods evaluation are presented in this paper.

  1. The cyclic oxidation behavior of the single crystal TMS-82+ superalloy in humidified air

    Wu, Y. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai, Institute of Technology, Shanghai (China); Research Group of Interface Control Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo (Japan); Narita, T. [Research Group of Interface Control Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo (Japan)


    The cyclic oxidation behavior of a single crystal Ni-based superalloy TMS-82+ was studied at 800 and 900 C for 200 h in water vapor (air plus 15% H{sub 2}O). Regardless of the exposure temperature, time-dependence of the growth rate of the scale for the superalloy was fitted by a subparabolic relationship. The oxidation rate was enhanced with increase in exposure temperature, which was evidenced by a higher mass gain and thicker scale. The oxides on the specimen at 800 C consisted of (Ni,Co)O, CrTaO{sub 4}, AlTaO{sub 4}, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and {theta}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, whereas for the specimen exposed at 900 C, spinels of NiCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} and (Ni,Co)Al{sub 2}O{sub 4} as well as {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} were observed. An innermost dense {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer was responsible for a stable growth rate of the scale after the initial rapid oxidation. (Abstract Copyright [2009], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  2. Solution and Aging of MAR-M246 Nickel-Based Superalloy

    Baldan, Renato; da Silva, Antonio Augusto Araújo Pinto; Nunes, Carlos Angelo; Couto, Antonio Augusto; Gabriel, Sinara Borborema; Alkmin, Luciano Braga


    Solution and aging heat-treatments play a key role for the application of the superalloys. The aim of this work is to evaluate the microstructure of the MAR-M246 nickel-based superalloy solutioned at 1200 and 1250 °C for 330 min and aged at 780, 880 and 980 °C for 5, 20 and 80 h. The γ' solvus, solidus and liquidus temperatures were calculated with the aid of the JMatPro software (Ni database). The as-cast and heat-treated samples were characterized by SEM/EDS and SEM-FEG. The γ' size precipitated in the aged samples was measured and compared with JMatPro simulations. The results have shown that the sample solutioned at 1250 °C for 330 min showed a very homogeneous γ matrix with carbides and cubic γ' precipitates uniformly distributed. The mean γ' size of aged samples at 780 and 880 °C for 5, 20 and 80 h did not present significant differences when compared to the solutioned sample. However, a significant increasing in the γ' particles was observed at 980 °C, evidenced by the large mean size of these particles after 80 h of aging heat-treatment.

  3. Characterization of Strain-Induced Precipitation in Inconel 718 Superalloy

    Calvo, Jessica; Penalva, Mariluz; Cabrera, José María


    Inconel 718 presents excellent mechanical properties at high temperatures, as well as good corrosion resistance and weldability. These properties, oriented to satisfy the design requirements of gas turbine components, depend on microstructural features such as grain size and precipitation. In this work, precipitation-temperature-time diagrams have been derived based on a stress relaxation technique and the characterization of precipitates by scanning electron microscopy. By using this methodology, the effect of strain accumulation during processing on the precipitation kinetics can be determined. The results show that the characteristics of precipitation are significantly modified when plastic deformation is applied, and the kinetics are slightly affected by the amount of total plastic deformation.

  4. Designing Nanoscale Precipitates in Novel Cobalt-based Superalloys to Improve Creep Resistance and Operating Temperature

    Dunand, David C. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Seidman, David N. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Wolverton, Christopher [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Saal, James E. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Bocchini, Peter J. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Sauza, Daniel J. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)


    High-temperature structural alloys for aerospace and energy applications have long been dominated by Ni-base superalloys, whose strength and creep resistance can be attributed to microstructures consisting of a large volume fraction of ordered (L12) γ'-precipitates embedded in a disordered’(f.c.c.) γ-matrix. These alloys exhibit excellent mechanical behavior and thermal stability, but after decades of incremental improvement are nearing the theoretical limit of their operating temperatures. Conventional Co-base superalloys are solid-solution or carbide strengthened; although they see industrial use, these alloys are restricted to lower-stress applications because the absence of an ordered intermetallic phase places an upper limit on their mechanical performance. In 2006, a γ+γ' microstructure with ordered precipitates analogous to (L12) Ni3Al was first identified in the Co-Al-W ternary system, allowing, for the first time, the development of Co-base alloys with the potential to meet or even exceed the elevated-temperature performance of their Ni-base counterparts. The potential design space for these alloys is complex: the most advanced Ni-base superalloys may contain as many as 8-10 minor alloying additions, each with a specified purpose such as raising the γ' solvus temperature or improving creep strength. Our work has focused on assessing the effects of alloying additions on microstructure and mechanical behavior of γ'-strengthened Co-base alloys in an effort to lay the foundations for understanding this emerging alloy system. Investigation of the size, morphology, and composition of γ' and other relevant phases is investigated utilizing scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and 3-D picosecond ultraviolet local electrode atom probe tomography (APT). Microhardness, compressive yield stress at ambient and elevated temperatures, and compressive high-temperature creep measurements are employed to

  5. Response to Discussion of "Investigation of Oxide Bifilms in Investment Cast Superalloy IN100 Part I and II"

    Kaplan, M. A.; Fuchs, G. E.


    In his most recent letter (Campbell in Met Trans A, 2017), Professor Campbell provides additional comments on Kaplan and Fuchs papers "Oxides Bifilms in Superalloy: IN100, Parts I and II (Met Trans A 47A:2346-2361, 2016; Met Trans A 47A:2362-2375, 2016) and on their response to his initial comments (Met Trans A 47A:3806-3809, 2016). In this recent submission, Campbell provides some very interesting thoughts on why bifilms were not observed by Kaplan and Fuchs and creates a new theory for the formation of defects referred to as bifilms. However, Campbell again provides no evidence to substantiate the presence of bifilms in Ni-base superalloys or his newly theorized mechanism. The vast majority of Campbell's comments are based solely on the re-interpretation of the photomicrographs and the data reported in the literature, including those presented by Kaplan and Fuchs (Met Trans A 47A:2346-2361, 2016; Met Trans A 47A:2362-2375, 2016). Campbell claims that bifilms are present throughout Ni-base superalloys, even though no one else has reported the presence of bifilms in Ni-base superalloys. In re-interpreting the data and images, Campbell ignores the extensive surface characterization results reported by Kaplan and Fuchs (Met Trans A 47A:2346-2361, 2016; Met Trans A 47A:2362-2375, 2016) that clearly indicate that there are no oxide films or bifilms on the fracture surfaces examined. Please note that this discussion of Campbell's most recent letter will be limited to Ni-base superalloys, since that is the subject of the research reported by Kaplan and Fuchs.

  6. High temperature properties of polycrystalline γ{sup '}-strengthened cobalt-base superalloys; Hochtemperatureigenschaften polykristalliner γ{sup '}-gehaerteter Kobaltbasis-Superlegierungen

    Bauer, Alexander


    The recent discovery of a stable γ{sup '}-phase in Co-based superalloys opened up a pathway for the development of a new high temperature material class, which is similar in microstructure and properties to the modern γ{sup '}-hardened Ni-based superalloys. In this work, the first attempt was done to check the influence of several for Ni-based superalloys typical alloying elements on the properties of the new Co-based superalloys. It became clear that the basic characteristics of the first experimental alloys are similar to those of the γ{sup '}-hardened Ni-based alloys. The results of the multinary experimental alloys show that, based on the insight gained so far, targeted alloy development is possible. These materials have the potential to be used as disc materials in turbines.

  7. The synchronous improvement of strength and plasticity (SISP) in new Ni-Co based disc superalloys by controling stacking fault energy

    Xu, H.; Zhang, Z.J.; P Zhang; Cui, C. Y.; Jin, T; Zhang, Z. F.


    It is a great challenge to improve the strength of disc superalloys without great loss of plasticity together since the microstructures benefiting the strength always do not avail the plasticity. Interestingly, this study shows that the trade-off relationship between strength and plasticity can be broken through decreasing stacking fault energy (SFE) in newly developed Ni-Co based disc superalloys. Axial tensile tests in the temperature range of 25 to 725??C were carried out in these alloys w...

  8. Focused Ion Beam Nanotomography of ruthenium-bearing nickel-base superalloys with focus on cast-microstructure and phase stability; Focused Ion Beam Nanotomographie von rutheniumhaltigen Nickelbasis-Superlegierungen mit Fokus auf Gussgefuege und Phasenstabilitaet

    Cenanovic, Samir


    The influence of rhenium and ruthenium on the multi component system nickel-base superalloy is manifold and complex. An experimental nickel-base superalloy containing rhenium and ruthenium within defined contents, named Astra, was used to investigate the influences of these two elements on the alloy system. The last stage solidification of nickel-base superalloys after Bridgman casting and the high temperature phase stability of these alloys, could be explored with the aid of focused ion beam nanotomography. FIB-nt therefore was introduced and realized at the chair of General Materials Properties of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Cast Astra alloys are like other nickel-base superalloys morphologically very inhomogeneous and affected by segregation. In the interdendritic region different structures with huge γ' precipitates are formed. These inhomogeneities and remaining eutectics degrade the mechanical properties, witch makes an understanding of the subsiding processes at solidification of residual melt important for the casting process and the heat treatment. This is why the last stage solidification in the interdendritic region was analyzed. With the help of focused ion beam nanotomography, three different structures identified from 2-D sections could be assigned to one original 3-D structure. It was pointed out, that only the orientation of the plane of the 2-D cut influences the appearance in the 2-D section. The tomography information was used to explain the development during solidification and to create a model of last stage solidification. The interdendritic region is solidifying under the development of eutectic islands. The structure nucleates eutectically epitaxially at primary dendrite arms, with formation of fine γ/γ' precipitates. During solidification the γ' precipitates coarsen in a rod-like structure, and end up in large γ' precipitates. Simulations and other investigations could approve this model. First three

  9. The Wyckoff positional order and polyhedral intergrowth in the M3B2- and M5B3-type boride precipitated in the Ni-based superalloys

    Hu, X. B.; Zhu, Y. L.; Sheng, N. C.; Ma, X. L.


    Ni-based single superalloys play a crucial role in the hottest parts of jet engines. However, due to the complex geometry and macro-segregation during the solidification process, the cast defect such as stray grains is inevitable. Therefore, the transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding which can join several small single crystalline castings together is gradually believed to be an effective method for improving the yields of production of the complex components. The melting point depressant element B is always added into the interlayer filler material. Consequently, borides including the M3B2 and M5B3 phase usually precipitate during the TLP bonding process. So a comprehensive knowledge of the fine structural characteristics of the borides is very critical for an accurate evaluation of the TLP bonding process. In this work, by means of the aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy, we show, at an atomic scale, the Wyckoff positional order phenomenon of the metal atoms in the unit cell of M3B2- and M5B3-type boride. Meanwhile, the defect along the (001) plane of the above two types of boride are determined to be the polyhedral intergrowth with complex configurations.

  10. The contrasting roles of creep and stress relaxation in the time-dependent deformation during in-situ cooling of a nickel-base single crystal superalloy.

    Panwisawas, Chinnapat; D'Souza, Neil; Collins, David M; Bhowmik, Ayan


    Time dependent plastic deformation in a single crystal nickel-base superalloy during cooling from casting relevant temperatures has been studied using a combination of in-situ neutron diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and modelling. Visco-plastic deformation during cooling was found to be dependent on the stress and constraints imposed to component contraction during cooling, which mechanistically comprises creep and stress relaxation. Creep results in progressive work hardening with dislocations shearing the γ' precipitates, a high dislocation density in the γ channels and near the γ/γ' interface and precipitate shearing. When macroscopic contraction is restricted, relaxation dominates. This leads to work softening from a decreased dislocation density and the presence of long segment stacking faults in γ phase. Changes in lattice strains occur to a similar magnitude in both the γ and γ' phases during stress relaxation, while in creep there is no clear monotonic trend in lattice strain in the γ phase, but only a marginal increase in the γ' precipitates. Using a visco-plastic law derived from in-situ experiments, the experimentally measured and calculated stresses during cooling show a good agreement when creep predominates. However, when stress relaxation dominates accounting for the decrease in dislocation density during cooling is essential.

  11. Morphological evolution of γ′ phase in K465 superalloy during thermal fatigue

    YANG Jin-xia; ZHENG Qi; SUN Xiao-feng; GUAN Heng-rong; HU Zhuang-qi


    The alternative heating/cooling cycles(thermal fatigue)of K465 superalloy were carried out. The specimens were held at 1 050 ℃ for 300 s, then quenched into 20 ℃ recycling water for 10 s as a cycle. During thermal fatigue, γ′ precipitates changed typically from cubical to irregular shape after 10 cycles, to complex configuration after 20 cycles and raft-like shape after 30 cycles. The very fine γ′ particles precipitated inter the original γ′ particles. The elastic energy dominated morphological evolution of large γ′ precipitates, and the thermal stress induced the directional growth of precipitates that minimized the total energy of the system, and the nucleation theory controlled the formation of fine γ′ precipitate. The results show that the volume fraction of γ′ precipitates is increased with the increase of heating/cooling cycles, which improves the mechanical property of this alloy.

  12. Influence of Processing Parameters on Grain Size Evolution of a Forged Superalloy

    Reyes, L. A.; Páramo, P.; Salas Zamarripa, A.; de la Garza, M.; Guerrero-Mata, M. P.


    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.

  13. Tensile and fracture behavior of DZ951 Ni-base superalloy

    CHU Zhao-kuang; YU Jin-jiang; SUN Xiao-feng; ZHAO Nai-ren; GUAN Heng-rong; HU Zhuang-qi


    The tensile and fracture behavior of DZ951 directionally solidified Ni-base superalloy was studied in the temperature range of 20-1 100 ℃. The fracture mode was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The results show the experimental temperature has no significant effect on the tensile strengths, which are greater than 1 000 MPa from room temperature to 800 ℃. The yield strength reaches its maximum (970 MPa) at 800 ℃. When the experimental temperature is higher than 800 ℃, the tensile and yield strengths decrease evidently and the ductility increases remarkably. The fractograph of fracture surface for the tensile specimen at room temperature shows a dimple-ductile fracture mode. The fractograph from 600 to 800 ℃ shows a slide fracture mode. The fractograph from 900 to 1 100 ℃ exhibits a creep rupture mode with uneven deformation.

  14. Dynamic precipitation of nickel-based superalloys undergoing severe deformation below the solvus temperature

    Nowotnik, Andrzej; Rokicki, Pawel; Mrowka-Nowotnik, Grazyna; Sieniawski, Jan [Rzeszow Univ. of Technology (Poland). Dept. of Material Science


    The authors performed uniaxial compression tests of nickel-based superalloys: single crystal CMSX-4, also precipitation hardened; Inconel 718 and X750, at temperatures below the γ' solvus, in order to study the effect of temperature and strain rate on their flow stress and microstructural development. On the basis of the obtained flow stress values, the activation energy of a high-temperature deformation process was estimated. Microstructural observations of the deformed samples at high temperatures, previously solution heat treated and aged CMSX-4 and Inconel alloys revealed non-uniform deformation effects. Distribution of either molybdenum- or niobium-rich carbides was found to be affected by localized flow within the investigated strain range at relatively low deformation temperatures, 720-850 C. Microstructural examination of the alloys also showed that shear banding and cavity growth were responsible for the decrease in flow stress and a specimen fracture at larger strains.

  15. Technology of High-speed Direct Laser Deposition from Ni-based Superalloys

    Klimova-Korsmik, Olga; Turichin, Gleb; Zemlyakov, Evgeniy; Babkin, Konstantin; Petrovsky, Pavel; Travyanov, Andrey

    Recently, additive manufacturing is the one of most perspective technologies; it can replace conventional methods of casting and subsequent time-consuming machining. One of the most interesting additive technologies - high-speed direct laser deposition (HSDLD) allows realizing heterophase process during the manufacturing, which there is process takes place with a partial melting of powder. This is particularly important for materials, which are sensitive to strong fluctuations of temperature treatment regimes, like nickel base alloys with high content of gamma prime phase. This alloys are interested for many industrial areas, mostly there are used in engine systems, aircraft and shipbuilding, aeronautics. Heating and cooling rates during the producing process determine structure and affect on its properties. Using HSDLD process it possible to make a products from Ni superalloys with ultrafine microstructure and satisfactory mechanical characteristics without special subsequent heatreatment.

  16. Microstructure Evolution of a Single Crystal Nickel-Base Superalloy During Heat Treatment and Creep

    YANG Da-yun,JIN Tao; ZHAO Nai-ren; WANG ZHi-hui; SUN Xiao-feng; GUAN Heng-rong; HU Zhuang-qi


    Microstructure evolution of a single crystal nickel-base superalloy during heat treatment and tensile creep at1010℃ and 248 MPa for 30h was observed and analyzed. Internal stresses because of lattice mismatch between γ and γphase provided the driving force for γ shape evolution during heat treatment. More than 65 vol. % distorted cubic γ phase keeping coherency with the γ matrix precipitated after solution at 1295 ℃ for 32h. The shape of γ phase was perfectly cubic with increasing precipitate size during the two-step aging treatment. Due to the applied stress and internal stress field the continuous γ-γ lamellar structure perpendicular to the applied stress was formed after 30h tensile creep.

  17. Optimality analysis of multiplex A-TIG welding flux for nickel-base superalloy

    Fan Chenglei; Yang Chunli; Liang Yingchun; Lin Sanbao; Yu Xiang


    Orthogonal experiment is employed to study a new kind of multiplex flux for nickel-base superalloy. This activated TIG welding flux is composed of NaF, MgF2 and CaF2, and their proportion is 5:4:1. Compared with conventional TIG welding, the penetration increases 164% by the action of the flux. Tensile test result indicates that the fracture strength of the mixed flux A-TIG weld bead is higher than base metal, and it increases along with the decrement of the welding current. The average extensibility of the weldment is beyond 100%, which means perfect ductility. Metallographs elucidate that there exist lots of deep and evenly distributed dimples on the fracture section of weld bead while on that of base metal there only exists a few shallow dimples and massive tearing ridge.

  18. Effect of Deforming Temperature and Strain on Abnormal Grain Growth of Extruded FGH96 Superalloy

    WANG Chaoyuan


    Full Text Available Based on the experiments of isothermal forging wedge-shaped samples, Deform-3D numerical simulation software was used to confirm the strain distribution in the wedge-shaped samples. The effect of deforming temperature and strain on abnormal grain growth(AGG in extruded FGH96 superalloy was examined. It is found that when the forging speed is 0.04 mm/s,the critical AGG occurring temperature is 1100℃,and the critical strain is 2%.AGG does not occur within 1000-1070℃,but still shows the feature of ‘critical strain’,and the region with strain of 5%-10% has the largest average grain size.AGG can be avoided and the uniform fine grains can be gained when the strain is not less than 15%.

  19. Yielding and deformation behavior of the single crystal superalloy PWA 1480

    Milligan, Walter W.; Antolovich, Stephen D.


    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.

  20. Isothermal oxidation behavior of cast Ni-base superalloy K44

    LI Yun; LIU Xue-gui; GUO Jian-ting; YUAN Chao; YANG Hong-cai


    The oxidation behavior of a cast Ni-base superalloy K44 in air at 850-1 000 ℃ for l00 h was studied. The scales on the surface were determined by SEM and EPMA equipped with an EDXS. The results show that oxidation kinetics obey the parabolic law from which the values of activation energy Qp1=221.1 kJ/mol and Qp2=247.6 kJ/mol are estimated. The oxidation scales are composed of loose outer layer of TiO2/TiO-Cr2O3 and a small amount of NiCr2O4 and NiA12O4, compact intermediate layer Cr2O3, and precipitate of internal oxides A12O3.

  1. Evaluation of Heat Capacity and Resistance to Cyclic Oxidation of Nickel Superalloys

    Przeliorz R.


    Full Text Available Paper presents the results of evaluation of heat resistance and specific heat capacity of MAR-M-200, MAR-M-247 and Rene 80 nickel superalloys. Heat resistance was evaluated using cyclic method. Every cycle included heating in 1100°C for 23 hours and cooling for 1 hour in air. Microstructure of the scale was observed using electron microscope. Specific heat capacity was measured using DSC calorimeter. It was found that under conditions of cyclically changing temperature alloy MAR-M-247 exhibits highest heat resistance. Formed oxide scale is heterophasic mixture of alloying elements, under which an internal oxidation zone was present. MAR-M-200 alloy has higher specific heat capacity compared to MAR-M-247. For tested alloys in the temperature range from 550°C to 800°C precipitation processes (γ′, γ″ are probably occurring, resulting in a sudden increase in the observed heat capacity.

  2. Retrieval results on various properties of superalloy using Data-Free-Way`. Joint research

    Kaji, Yoshiyuki; Tsuji, Hirokazu; Sakino, Takao [Department of Nuclear Energy System, Tokai Research Establishment, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan)] [and others


    The pilot system on the distributed database for advanced nuclear materials named `Data-Free-Way` was constructed under the collaboration of National Research Institute for Metals, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, and Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation during fiscal years from 1990 through 1994. In order to make the system more substantial, the second stage collaborative research activity in which the main objective was to develop the utilization techniques for `Data-Free-Way` was initiated in 1995 among three above-mentioned organizations and Japan Science and Technology Corporation, which newly joined this program. In the second stage collaborative research activity, some trials of attractive utilization of the system focused on the issues relating to various properties of superalloy were performed by using the PC on the Internet. In future each organization will update the system for improving the interface of the system and enrich the stored data with debugging. (author)

  3. Nucleation and growth of precipitates in a Ni-based superalloy

    Petkov, M.P.; Lynn, K.G. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States). Dept. of Physics; Somoza, A. [IFIMAT, Univ. Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Tandil (Argentina); Comision de Investigaciones Cientificas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, La Plata (Argentina); Santos, G. [IFIMAT, Univ. Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Tandil (Argentina)


    A study of the early stages of precipitation of the {gamma}'-phase in the commercial Ni-base superalloy Inconel X-750 is presented. Precipitation was induced by artificial aging heat treatments at 700 C during different times ranging up to 10{sup 4} min. Positron lifetime spectroscopy experiments, following the microstructural evolution, revealed a very complicated process of nucleation and growth of the second-phase particles, involving solute clustering and solute segregation. ''Frozen frames'' of the evolution process, chosen on the basis of the lifetime results, were studied by coincidence Doppler technique, which sheds information on the electronic and chemical environment around the positron trapping site. (orig.)

  4. On the precipitation sequence in a Ni-based superalloy: A Coincidence Doppler Broadening study

    Macchi, C.E. [IFIMAT, UNCentro and CONICET, Pinto 399, B7000GHG Tandil (Argentina); Somoza, A. [IFIMAT, UNCentro and CICPBA, Pinto 399, B7000GHG Tandil (Argentina); Santos, G. [NIECyT, UNCentro, Pinto 399, B7000GHG Tandil (Argentina); Petkov, M. [Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109 (United States); Lynn, K.G. [Department of Physics, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-2814 (United States)


    The precipitation sequence at 700 C of the Ni{sub 3}(Ti,Al)-type ordered {gamma}' phase in the commercial nickel-based superalloy Inconel X-750 was investigated using Coincidence Doppler Broadening (CDB) technique. The results obtained are discussed in terms of positron annihilation in two well-defined states: one corresponding to the matrix ({gamma} phase) and a second related to the {gamma}' precipitates. Between these two aging stages, CDB distributions corresponding to selected intermediate aging treatments could be presented exactly, within the experimental scatter, as a linear combination of the {gamma} and {gamma}' signatures. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Hot corrosion behavior of the spray-formed nickel-based superalloy

    Xia, Min; Gu, Tian-Fu; Jia, Chong-Lin; Ge, Chang-Chun


    An investigation of low temperature hot corrosion is carried out on a spray-formed nickel-based superalloy FGH100 pre-coated with Na2SO4-NaCl at 700 °C for 100 h. Mass gain measurement, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy are used to study the corrosion behavior. Results reveal that corrosion behavior follows a sequence, that is, first rapidly proceeding, then gradually slowing down, and finally forming an outer layer composed of different types of oxides and an inner layer mainly comprised of sulfides. In-depth analysis reveals that the hot corrosion of FGH100 is a combined effect of oxidation-sulfidation and transfer of oxides.

  6. The effects of thermomechanical history on the microstructure of a nickel-base superalloy during forging

    Gardner, S., E-mail: [College of Engineering, Bay Campus, Swansea University, Swansea SA1 8EN (United Kingdom); Li, W. [Rolls-Royce plc, PO Box 31, Derby DE24 8BJ (United Kingdom); Coleman, M. [College of Engineering, Bay Campus, Swansea University, Swansea SA1 8EN (United Kingdom); Johnston, R., E-mail: [College of Engineering, Bay Campus, Swansea University, Swansea SA1 8EN (United Kingdom)


    The effect of thermo-mechanical history on hot compression behaviour and resulting microstructures of a nickel base superalloy is presented. Hot compression tests were carried out on HAYNES® 282® specimens to varying strains from 0.1 to 0.8. Both single pass and multi-pass tests were completed. 60 min inter-pass times were utilized to accurately replicate industrial forging practices. The effect of dynamic, metadynamic and static recrystallization during inter-pass times on flow stress was investigated. The resulting microstructures were analysed using scanning electron, optical microscopy and EBSD to relate grain size and homogeneity with flow stress data. The study showed a negligible difference between multi-pass and single pass tests for strain increments above 0.2. Therefore, when modelling similar low strain and strain rate forging processes in HAYNES® 282®, previous forging steps can be ignored.

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

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


    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.

  8. The development of directional coarsening of the gamma-prime precipitate in superalloy single crystals

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


    A study has been made of the kinetics of the directional coarsening of the gamma-prime precipitates in Ni-5.8Al-14.6Mo-6.2Ta single crystals during creep at 982 C. In this alloy, which is characterized by a large negative lattice misfit between the gamma-prime precipitate and the gamma matrix, the formation of gamma-prime rafts begins during primary creep, and the rafts grow in length as the deformation proceeds into steady-state creep. After that, the length of the rafts stabilizes. The thickness of the rafts remains constant from primary up to tertiary creep. The directional coarsening behavior of the alloy studied is similar to that of a more conventional single-crystal superalloy having a substantially smaller negative misfit.

  9. Analysis of gamma prime shape changes in a single crystal Ni-base superalloy

    Gayda, J.; Mackay, R. A.


    The microstructural evolution of a commercial single crystal superalloy, NASAIR 100, is analyzed using the existing high-temperature lattice mismatch data and high-temperature moduli obtained from tests on single crystals of gamma and gamma prime. A multiparticle analysis of the microstructural evolution is performed using a novel microstructural lattice simulation technique, MCFET. Under a uniaxial stress, a regular array of gamma prime particles in the simulated microstructure is predicted to coalesce and form a plate morphology, with the broad faces of the plates and stress axis perpendicular in tension but parallel in compression. These results are consistent with changes in gamma prime shape observed in NASAIR 100 following creep testing at 1000 C.

  10. Determination of thermophysical and structural properties of nickel super-alloy

    S. Zlá


    Full Text Available In this work the differential thermal analysis (DTA was selected for the study of 718Plus super-alloy. Particular attention was paid to determination of the phase transformation temperatures (liquidus, γ´ precipitation temperature, etc.. Almost at all temperatures of samples an undercooling was observed. Shifting of almost all temperatures was observed in the heating/cooling mode towards higher values with an increasing rate of heating, lower values with the increasing cooling rate. On the basis of DTA and structural analysis it may be stated that development of phase transformations will probably correspond to the following scheme: melting → γ phase; melting → γ + MC (NbC, TiC; melting + MC → γ + Laves + σ; γ → γ´ (γ´´.

  11. Fouling and the inhibition of salt corrosion. [hot corrosion of superalloys

    Deadmore, D. L.; Lowell, C. E.


    In an attempt to reduce fouling while retaining the beneficial effects of alkaline earth inhibitors on the hot corrosion of superalloys, the use of both additives and the intermittent application of the inhibitors were evaluated. Additions of alkaline earth compounds to combustion gases containing sodium sulfate were shown to inhibit hot corrosion. However, sulfate deposits can lead to turbine fouling in service. For that reason, dual additives and intermittant inhibitor applications were evaluated to reduce such deposit formation. Silicon in conjunction with varium showed some promise. Total deposition was apparently reduced while the inhibition of hot corrosion by barium was unimpaired. The intermittant application of the inhibitor was found to be more effective and controllable.

  12. Development of superalloys by powder metallurgy for use at 1000 - 1400 F

    Calhoun, C. D.


    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.

  13. Factors affecting the corrosion fatigue life in nickel based superalloys for disc applications

    Rosier Hollie


    Full Text Available The nickel based superalloy 720Li is employed in the gas turbine due to its mechanical performance at elevated temperature. A comprehensive assessment of the materials behaviour under representative service conditions is reported to address the drive for ever increasing temperatures and more arduous environmental exposure. Fatigue experiments have been performed in an air and air/SOx environment at 700 ∘C containing a mixed salt as a contaminant. There is an intimate relationship between local salt level (flux, stress level and stress state, i.e. static or cyclic. The interaction with these variables with the work hardened layer present on the surface of all tested specimens as a result of the shot peening process directly affects the crack initiation process. If specific conditions of environment and stress are achieved, a significant reduction in fatigue life is observed.

  14. Inclusion size effect on the fatigue crack propagation mechanism and fracture mechanics of a superalloy

    Denda, Takeshi; Bretz, Perter L.; Tien, John K.


    Low cycle fatigue life of nickel-base superalloys is enhanced as a consequence of inclusion reduction in the melt process; however, the functional dependencies between fatigue characteristics and inclusions have not been well investigated. In this study, the propagation mechanism of the fatigue crack initiated from inclusions is examined in fine-grained IN718, which is a representative turbine disc material for jet engines. There is a faceted-striated crack transition on the fracture surfaces. This faceted-striated transition also appears in the da/dN vs crack length curves. It is observed that the faceted crack propagation time can be more than 50 pct of total lifetime in the low cycle fatigue test. The significance of inclusion size effect is explained on the premise that the faceted fatigue crack propagation time scales with the inclusion size, which is taken as the initial crack length. A predictive protocol for determining inclusion size effect is given.

  15. High temperature creep properties of directionally solidified CM-247LC Ni-based superalloy

    Chiou, Mau-Sheng [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung 840, Taiwan (China); Jian, Sheng-Rui, E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung 840, Taiwan (China); Yeh, An-Chou [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Kuo, Chen-Ming [Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung 840, Taiwan (China); Juang, Jenh-Yih [Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)


    This study explores the effects of cooling rate after solution heat treatment on the high temperature/low stress (982 °C/200 MPa) creep properties of CM-247LC Nickel base superalloy. Cooling rate was controlled by blowing argon gas, air cooling, and furnace cooling, which, in turn, gave rise to corresponding cooling rates (from 1260 °C to 800 °C) of 18.7, 7.4, and 0.19 °C/s, respectively. The results indicated that higher cooling rate from the solution heat treatment temperature led to finer γ′ precipitates and much improved tertiary creep as well as rupture life time in high-temperature creep test. The microstructural analyses using both scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed that finer γ′ precipitates and narrower γ channel width could result in denser rafting structure which might have hindered the climb of dislocations across the precipitates rafts.

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

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


    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.

  17. Effects of Thermal Exposure on Structures of DD6 Single Crystal Superalloy with Thermal Barrier Coatings

    DONG Jianmin


    Full Text Available In order to investigate the effect of water grit-blasting and high temperature thermal exposure on the microstructures of DD6 alloy with TBCs, DD6 single crystal superalloy specimens were water grit-blasted with 0.3 MPa pressure, then the specimens were coated with thermal barrier coatings by electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD. Specimens with TBCs were exposed at 1100℃ for 50 and 100 hours in the air respectively, and then these specimens were subjected to stress-rupture tests under the condition of 1100℃/130 MPa. The results show that grit-blasting doesn't lead into the recrystallization, thermal exposure can induce element interdiffusion between the bond coat and alloy substrate, the residual stress and element diffusion lead into the changes of γ' phase coarsing direction. After stress rupture tests, the secondary reaction zone emerges into a local area.

  18. Oxidation and thermal fatigue of EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings on tube superalloy substrate

    GAO Yu; ZHANG Chun-xia; ZHOU Chun-gen; GONG Sheng-kai; XU Hui-bin


    Two-layer structure thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) (NiCoCrAlY (bond coat)+(6%-8%, mass fraction) Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2(YSZ top coat)) were deposited by electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) on tube superalloy substrates. The samples were investigated by isothermal oxidation and thermal shock tests. It is found that the mass gains of the substrate with and without TBCs are 0.165 and 7.34 mg/cm2, respectively. So the TBCs system is a suitable protection for the substrate. In thermal shock tests the vertical cracks initiate at the top coat and grow into the bond coat, causing the oxidation of the bond coat along the cracks. Failure of the TBCs system occurs by the spallation of the YSZ from the bond coat, and some micro-cracks are found at the location where the fragment of the YSZ top coat spalled from.

  19. Development of a Nickel-base Cast Superalloy with High Strength and Superior Creep Properties

    Jieshan HOU; Jianting GUO; Lanzhang ZHOU; Zhijun LI


    Derived from Russian alloy CHS88U, six experimental Ni-base alloys named as A to F in the Ni-Cr-Co-W-Ti-Al-Hf system are designed, evaluated and processed. One of these alloys, F, shows excellent high temperature tensile strength and ductility with superior creep rupture properties. As predicted by using modeling tools such as PHACOM and NEW PHACOMP, there is hardly the tendency for formation of topologically close-packed phase (TCP) phase in alloy F. Furthermore, through microstructural observation, it is also found that no TCP phase is formed in alloy F after long-time exposure at high temperature. So alloy F has well balance of phase stability and mechanical properties in view of application for gas turbines. It is proved that d-electron approach can be applied for design and development of nickel-base superalloys for gas turbine application.

  20. Desulphurization during VIM Refining Ni-base Superalloy using CaO Crucible


    The variation of S content during VIM refining Ni-base superalloy using CaO crucible was stud[ed. It was foundthat the desulphurization process could not be carried out by only using CaO crucible. The role of Al additionto desulphurization was also studied. Combining with the results of XRD and composition analysis of the CaOcrucible, the mechanism of desulphurization was proposed. Thermodynamical calculation about the reaction betweenthe interface of CaO crucible and liquid metal has been discussed. This work indicated that under proper refiningtechnology the S content in the liquid Ni-base alloy could be reduced from 3×10-5 to 2×10-6~4×10-6.

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

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


    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.

  2. Study on the hot corrosion behavior of a cast Ni-base superalloy

    Wang, W.; Guo, J.T.; Zhang, J.; Yuan, C.; Zhou, L.Z.; Hu, Z.Q. [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang (China). Inst. of Metal Research


    Hot corrosion behavior of Nickel-base cast superalloy K447 in 90% Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + 10% NaCl melting salt at 850 C and 900 C was studied. The hot corrosion kinetic of the alloy follows parabolic rate law under the experimental conditions. The external layer is mainly Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} scale which is protective to the alloy, the intermediate layer is the Ti-rich phase, and the internal layer is mainly the international oxides and sulfides. With increased corrosion time and temperature, the oxide scales are gradually dissolved in the molten salt and then precipitate as a thick and non-protective scale. Chlorides cause the formation of volatile species, which makes the oxide scale disintegrate and break off. The corrosion kinetics and morphology examinations tend to support the basic dissolution model for hot corrosion mechanisms. (orig.)

  3. Low Cycle and Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue of Friction Welded Dissimilar Superalloys Joint

    Sakaguchi, Motoki; Sano, Atsushi; Tran, Tra Hung; Okazaki, Masakazu; Sekihara, Masaru

    The high temperature strengths of the dissimilar friction welded superalloys joint between the cast polycrystalline Mar-M247 and the forged IN718 alloys have been investigated under low cycle and thermo-mechanical fatigue loadings, in comparison with those of the base metals. The experiments showed that the lives of the dissimilar joints were significantly influenced by the test conditions and loading modes. Not only the lives themselves but also the failure positions and mechanisms were sensitive to the loading mode. The fracture behaviors depending on the loading modes and test conditions were discussed, based on the macroscopic elastic follow-up mechanism and the microstructural inhomogeneity in the friction weld joint.


    Hayrettin AHLATCI


    Full Text Available High pressure turbine components are subjected to a wide variety of thermal and mechanical loading during service. In addition, the components are exposed to a highly oxidizing atmosphere which may contain contaminants such as sulphates, chlorides and sulphuorous gases along with erosive media. So the variety of surface coatings and deposition processes available for the protection of blade and vane components in gas turbines are summarised in this study. Coating types range from simple diffusion aluminides to modified aluminides and a CoCrAlY overlayer. The recommendations for corrosion-resistant coatings (for low temperature and high temperature hot corrosion environments are as follows: silicon aluminide and platinumchromium aluminide for different gas turbine section superalloys substrates. Platinum metal additions are used to improve the properties of coatings on turbine components. Inorganic coatings based on ceramic films which contain aluminium or aluminium and silicon are very effective in engines and gas turbines. Diffusion, overlayer and thermal barrier coatings which are deposited on superalloys gas turbine components by pack cementation, plasma spraying processes and a number of chemical vapour deposition, physical vapour deposition processes (such as electron beam, sputtering, ion plating are described. The principles underlying the development of protective coatings serve as a useful guide in the choice of coatings for other high temperature applications.

  5. Oxidation assisted intergranular cracking under loading at dynamic strain aging temperatures in Inconel 718 superalloy

    Rezende, M.C., E-mail: [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, C.P. 68505, Rio de Janeiro 21945-970 (Brazil); Araújo, L.S.; Gabriel, S.B. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, C.P. 68505, Rio de Janeiro 21945-970 (Brazil); Dille, J. [Université Libre de Bruxelles, 4MAT Department, Av. F. Roosevelt 50, C.P. 194/03, Brussels (Belgium); Almeida, L.H. de [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, C.P. 68505, Rio de Janeiro 21945-970 (Brazil)


    Highlights: • Mechanical properties are controlled by DSA, precipitation hardening and OAIC. • Between 600 and 700 °C the critical strain for serrations increases with temperature. • This is related to the consumption of matrix elements (especially Nb: for γ′ and γ″). • A reduction in ductility occurs (related to the OAIC) when the DSA is no longer effective. • This reduction is accompanied by an increase in intergranular brittle fracture. - Abstract: It is well established that 718 superalloy exhibits brittle intergranular cracking when deformed under tension at temperatures above 600 °C. This embrittlement effect is related with grain boundary penetration by oxygen (Oxygen Assisted Intergranular Cracking – OAIC). Simultaneously, impacting on its mechanical properties, the precipitation of coherent γ′ and γ″ phases occur above 650 °C and Dynamic Strain Aging (DSA) occurs in the temperature range between 200 and 800 °C. Although literature indicates that OAIC is the mechanism that controls mechanical properties at high temperatures, its interactions with DSA and precipitation are still under discussion. The objective of this work is to investigate the interactions between the embrittlement phenomena (OAIC and DSA) and the hardening mechanism of γ′ and γ″ precipitation on the mechanical properties of an annealed 718 superalloy. Tensile tests were performed at a strain rate of 3.2 × 10{sup −4} s{sup −1} under secondary vacuum, in temperatures ranging from 200 to 800 °C. Fracture surfaces were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and precipitation by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The effect of DSA and precipitation on the strength and of OAIC on the ductility was verified.

  6. Microstructural evolution of directionally solidified DZ125 superalloy castings with different solidification methods

    Ge Bingming


    Full Text Available The properties of Ni-base superalloy castings are closely related to the uniformity of their as-cast microstructure, and different solidification methods have serious effect on microstructural uniformity. In this paper, the influences of high rate solidification (HRS process (with or without superheating and liquid metal cooling (LMC process on the microstructure of DZ125 superalloy were investigated. Blade-shape castings were solidified at rates of 40 μm·s-1 to 110 μm·s-1 using HRS process and a comparative experiment was carried out at a rate of 70 μm·s-1 by LMC process. The optical microscope (OM, scanning electron microscope (SEM were used to observe the microstructure and the grain size was analyzed using electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD technique. Results show that for the castings by either HRS or LMC process, the primary dendrite arm spacing and size of γ' precipitates decrease with increasing the withdrawal rate; the dendrites and γ' precipitates at the upper section of the blade are coarser than those in the middle, especially for the HRS castings without high superheating technique. When the withdrawal rate is 70 μm·s-1, the castings by HRS with high superheating technique have the smallest PDAS with fine γ' precipitates; while the size distribution of γ' precipitates is more homogenous in LMC castings, and the number of larger grains in LMC castings is smaller than that in the HRS castings. Moreover, high superheating technique yields smaller grains in the castings. Both the LMC method and HRS with high superheating technique can be used to prepare castings with reduced maximum grain size.

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

    MacKay, R.A., E-mail: [NASA Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44135 (United States); Gabb, T.P. [NASA Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44135 (United States); Garg, A. [NASA Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44135 (United States); University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft, Toledo, Ohio 43606 (United States); Rogers, R.B.; Nathal, M.V. [NASA Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44135 (United States)


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

    Whittenberger, J. D.


    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.

  9. Environment assisted crack growth in nickel-base superalloys at elevated temperature

    Evans, Jeffrey Lee

    The environmental effect on the fatigue crack growth rate of Ni-base superalloys at elevated temperature was evaluated in this study. A set of crack growth tests was performed on the turbine disk alloy ME3 at 704°C (1300°F) in vacuum and in air at 0 and 10 second hold times using two microstructures developed with two different cooling rates from the solution heat treat temperature. Fatigue crack growth tests were also conducted at 25°C (77°F) with the two microstructures. Also, a set of oxidation experiments was conducted in order to evaluate the high temperature oxidation behavior of ME3. The microstructure was analyzed and the main differences between the two cooling rates were in the amounts of minor phase particles and size of secondary gamma prime particles. The crack growth rate results suggest that there is no measurable effect of environment or microstructure at room temperature. For the tests conducted in air at elevated temperature, both hold time and microstructural effects were evident. A coupling effect was also observed between the microstructure and the environment. The samples that were slow cooled, and had larger secondary gamma prime particles, had slower crack growth rates and less intergranular fracture in air than the fast cooled samples. A possible explanation for this would be excess free chromium available along grain boundaries due to its low solubility in gamma prime, providing for greater oxidation resistance. An elevated temperature fatigue crack growth rate model for Ni-base superalloys is also proposed.

  10. LCF- and LCF/HCF-behaviour of the superalloy MAR-M247LC

    Gelmedin, Domnin; Lang, Karl-Heinz [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe (Germany). Inst. fuer Werkstoffkunde I


    The fatigue behaviour of the Nickel-base superalloy Mar-M247LC was investigated at 650 C in air environment under total strain control. Pure low cycle fatigue (LCF) loading, pure high cycle fatigue (HCF) loading and superimposed LCF/HCF loading were realised. In LCF tests with a strain ratio of zero and a hold time of 60 seconds the cyclic deformation and the lifetime behaviour was investigated. The dependence of the fatigue limit on the mean strain was estimated in HCF tests at a frequency of 60 Hz using an ultimate number of cycles of ten million. Finally the influence of superimposed HCF and LCF loadings was examined. At high total strain ranges of the HCF loading the lifetime of the superalloy as reduced about more than one magnitude compared to the lifetime under pure LCF loading. With decreasing HCF loadings the reduction of the lifetime decreases. This life time reduction can be explained by the interaction of the LCF and the superimposed HCF loading. Crack initiation and first crack propagation is predominantly induced by the LCF loading. After reaching an adequate long fatigue crack length the superimposed HCF loading contributes considerably to the crack growth. This contribution can be determined evaluating the distance between the LCF marking lines which form on the fracture surface. The higher the superimposed HCF loading was the longer the distance between the LCF marking lines and the lower the crack length were when first LCF marking lines could be recognized. On the basis of this cognition the life time under superimposed LCF/HCF loading was modelled using a model basing on fracture mechanics. (orig.)

  11. Solutioning and Aging of MAR-M247 Nickel-Based Superalloy

    Baldan, Renato; da Rocha, Rafaela Lisboa Pereira; Tomasiello, Rafael Bogado; Nunes, Carlos Angelo; da Silva Costa, Alex Matos; Barboza, Miguel Justino Ribeiro; Coelho, Gilberto Carvalho; Rosenthal, Ruben


    Despite the existence of previous studies on the heat treatment of the MAR-M247 superalloy, there is a lack of microstructural characterization data that support the heat-treatment conditions that are proposed in this study. Thus, the aim of this study is to investigate the changes in microstructure that occur in this alloy when subjected to different solutioning and aging heat treatments. Thermodynamic calculations and differential thermal analysis guided the experimental design and the analysis of experimental results. The MAR-M247 superalloy was produced via vacuum induction melting and investment casting. The samples were solutioned between 1185 and 1270 °C and aged between 770 and 980 °C. The as-cast and heat-treated samples were characterized using scanning electron microscopy in backscattered electron and secondary electron modes. Thermodynamic calculations have shown that the minimum solutioning temperature is approximately 1220 °C, occurring in a γ + MC + MB2 three-phase field (M = metal). The samples were solutioned at 1250 °C for 310 min before aging heat treatment. During solutioning the carbide composition is the MC phase shifts to higher hafnium (Hf) and lower tantalum (Ta) content, which is in agreement with the thermodynamics calculations. After solutioning, residual aluminum (Al) segregation leads to the formation of large γ' particles in certain regions of the material following one-step aging heat treatment at 770 and 870 °C. However, a nearly uniform size distribution of γ' particles was observed after aging at 980 °C as well as after double aging heat treatment at 980 °C for 300 min + 870 °C for 1200 min.

  12. Aging of a New Niobium-Modified MAR-M247 Nickel-Based Superalloy

    Baldan, Renato; Azevedo e Silva, Paulo Ricardo Soares; Nunes, Carlos Angelo; Coelho, Gilberto Carvalho


    MAR-M247 is a nickel-based superalloy that contains 3 wt.% Ta (weight percent of tantalum). Considering the chemical similarity between tantalum and niobium (Nb) and the lower cost of Nb, a modified MAR-M247 superalloy was produced with total replacement of Ta by Nb in this work. The samples were previously solutioned at 1260°C for 8 h and then aged at different times (between 5 and 80 h) and temperatures (between 780 and 980°C). The microstructures of the aged samples were characterized with a scanning electron microscope (SEM and FEG-SEM, both with EDS). Simulations of the MC carbide and γ' fraction and the Ta and Nb content in both MC carbide and γ' phase were performed with Thermo-Calc software (TT_Ni8 database) and simulations of the γ' growth rate and γ' mean diameter were performed with JMatPro software. MC carbide with high Hf content was observed in all the aged samples, in agreement with thermodynamic simulation results. The equilibrium γ' fraction decreases from 67 mol.% at 780°C to 52 mol.% at 980°C. Good agreement between the calculated and experimentally determined γ' particle size was also found. The growth rate of γ' at 980°C is about 8 times higher than that at 780°C and 3 times higher than that at 880°C. The hardness values do not change considerably after aging at 780 and 880°C. However, these values decrease significantly after aging at 980°C.

  13. Electronic components

    Colwell, Morris A


    Electronic Components provides a basic grounding in the practical aspects of using and selecting electronics components. The book describes the basic requirements needed to start practical work on electronic equipment, resistors and potentiometers, capacitance, and inductors and transformers. The text discusses semiconductor devices such as diodes, thyristors and triacs, transistors and heat sinks, logic and linear integrated circuits (I.C.s) and electromechanical devices. Common abbreviations applied to components are provided. Constructors and electronics engineers will find the book useful

  14. Refurbishment and optimisation of the district heating system and the Morettina central heating station in Locarno, Switzerland; Sanierung und Optimierung des Waermeverbundes und der Heizzentrale Morettina in Locarno. Erfolgskontrolle der Betriebsoptimierung

    Lanz, S. [Dr. Eicher und Pauli AG, Berne (Switzerland); Ceschi, P. A. [Calore SA, c/o S.E.S., Locarno (Switzerland)


    This final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) discusses the successful operational optimisation of a district heating system in Locarno in southern Switzerland. The system supplies various public and private buildings with heat and cold. This pilot installation features boilers fired with liquefied gas, a combined heat and power unit and a combined heat-pump/refrigeration system. The refurbishment of the installations after three years of operation is described, which included changes to the system's hydraulics and control system as well as improvements to various sub-stations in the heating network. The results of the refurbishment, including better co-ordination of the various aggregates and lower operating temperatures, are discussed. Recommendations are also made on the planning, organisation and operation of future projects of this type.

  15. Integrating Life Cycle Energy into the Design of Façade Refurbishment for a Post-War Residential Building in The Netherlands

    Paressa Loussos


    Full Text Available The existing building stock has been in the focus of European Union policies for energy savings. Nevertheless, energy certification schemes refer mostly to operational energy and usually do not consider aspects related to the life cycle of the building. To look at the overall energy cost during the lifespan of a building, the energy used to produce and assemble the building materials also needs to be included. This paper develops a design methodology for existing residential buildings that aims at decreasing the life cycle energy use as much as possible. This approach was applied on a case study of an existing post-war residential building in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The main focus of this study is to find a design solution for façade retrofitting that considers both embodied and operational energy. The design approach is based on comparing different strategies for the use of façade materials. This design methodology can be replicated in other projects, as the conclusions and recommendations can also be used for future refurbishment projects for which a low operational energy and materials with a low embodied energy are desired.

  16. Description and evaluation of a serious game intervention to engage low secure service users with serious mental illness in the design and refurbishment of their environment.

    Fitzgerald, M M; Kirk, G D; Bristow, C A


    Service user involvement in all levels of healthcare provision is the expectation of UK government policy. Involvement should not only include participation in the planning and delivery of health care but also the exercise of choice and opinions about that care. In practice, however, service user engagement is most often tokenistic, involving post hoc consultation over plans already committed to by services. This paper explores an Occupational Therapy-led initiative to use the Serious Game format to engage low secure service users with serious mental illness in the design, layout and refurbishment of their unit. Among other things how medication was to be dispensed on the new unit was explored by this game and led to significant replanning in response to service user involvement. The game format was found to be a useful tool in facilitating communication between professionals and a traditionally marginalized and powerless client group. It enabled service users to have a voice, it provided a format for that voice to be heard and made possible service-led change in the planning process.

  17. The influence of gamma prime on the recrystallization of an oxide dispersion strengthened superalloy - MA 6000E

    Hotzler, R. K.; Glasgow, T. K.


    The requirement of large, recrystallized, highly elongated grains is of primary importance to the development of suitable high temperature properties in oxide dispersion strengthened-superalloys. In the present study the recrystallization behavior of MA 6000E, a recently developed Y2O3 strengthened superalloy produced by mechanical alloying, was examined using transmission and replication microscopy. Gradient and isothermal annealing treatments were applied to extruded and hot rolled products. It was found that conversion from a very fine (0.2 micron) grain structure to a coarse (approximately 10 mm) grain structure is controlled by the dissolution of the gamma prime phase, while grain shape was controlled primarily by the thermal gradient. The fine uniform oxide dispersion appeared to have only a secondary influence in determining the grain shape as columnar grains could be grown transverse to the working direction by appropriate application of the thermal gradient.

  18. On Post-Weld Heat Treatment of a Single Crystal Nickel-Based Superalloy Joint by Linear Friction Welding

    T. J. Ma


    Full Text Available Three types of post-weld heat treatment (PWHT, i.e. solution treatment + primary aging + secondary aging (I, secondary aging (II, and primary aging + secondary aging (III, were applied to a single crystal nickel-based superalloy joint made with linear friction welding (LFW. The results show that the grains in the thermomechanically affected zone (TMAZ coarsen seriously and the primary γ' phase in the TMAZ precipitates unevenly after PWHT I. The primary γ' phase in the TMAZ and weld zone (WZ precipitates insufficiently and fine granular secondary γ' phase is observed in the matrix after PWHT II. After PWHT III, the primary γ' phase precipitates more sufficiently and evenly compared to PWHTs I and II. Moreover, the grains in the TMAZ have not coarsened seriously and fine granular secondary γ' phase is not found after PWHT III. PWHT III seems more suitable to the LFWed single crystal nickel-based superalloy joints when performing PWHT.

  19. Age-hardening and precipitation phenomena in the Inconel-713C superalloy studied by means of positron lifetime spectroscopy

    Somoza, A.; Santos, G.; Ges, A. [Buenos Aires Univ. Nacional (Argentina). Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales; Versaci, R.; Plazaola, F.


    Specimens of the commercial superalloy Inconel-713C were heat treated by using isothermal artificial ageing treatments in order to obtain information on the process of precipitation of the {gamma}'-phase which is an intermetallic compound with a composition of Ni{sub 3}(Al, Ti) having a L1{sub 2}-ordered structure. The experimental information was basically obtained by means of positron lifetime spectroscopy and Vickers microhardness. In some specific cases, transmission electron microscopy was also used. From the positron results it was possible to analyze the influence of the homogenization and quenching procedures on the microstructure and to follow the coarsening of the smallest {gamma}'-particles during the very early stage of artificial ageing at 950 C. For long ageing times, when the overageing condition of the superalloy was clearly observed by a hardness decrease, the positron lifetime evolution reaches a stable maximum value and different annihilation mechanisms were discussed. (orig.)

  20. Resource-saving technologies of making advanced cast and deformable superalloys with allowance for processing all types of wastes

    Kablov, E. N.; Sidorov, V. V.; Kablov, D. E.; Min, P. G.; Rigin, V. E.


    The results of thermodynamic analysis of the vacuum-melt-ceramic system and experimental investigations of using up to 100% wastes during vacuum-induction melting are presented. An important role of rare-earth and alkaline-earth metals and heat treatment is shown for effective refining of a melt from impurities and gases. As a result, a resource-saving technology of making advanced cast and deformable nickel superalloys is developed with allowance for processing all types of wastes, including off-grade wastes. The developed technology of refining wastes under vacuum makes it possible to manufacture the alloys that fully meet the requirements of alloy specifications from 100% wastes. This technology is now used for the mass production of nickel superalloys in a research complex at FGUP VIAM.