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Metals, Volume 7, Issue 11 (November 2017)

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Open AccessArticle Microstructure and Microhardness of Laser Metal Deposition Shaping K465/Stellite-6 Laminated Material
Metals 2017, 7(11), 512; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110512
Received: 18 October 2017 / Revised: 5 November 2017 / Accepted: 16 November 2017 / Published: 22 November 2017
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K465 superalloy with high titanium and aluminum contents was easy to crack during laser metal deposition. In this study, the crack-free sample of K465/Stellite-6 laminated material was formed by laser metal deposition shaping to control the cracking behaviour in laser metal deposition of
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K465 superalloy with high titanium and aluminum contents was easy to crack during laser metal deposition. In this study, the crack-free sample of K465/Stellite-6 laminated material was formed by laser metal deposition shaping to control the cracking behaviour in laser metal deposition of K465 superalloy. The microstructure differences between the K465 superalloy with cracking and the laminated material were discussed. The microstructure and intermetallic phases were analyzed through scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results showed that the microstructure of K465/Stellite-6 laminated material samples consisted of continuous dendrites with a similar structure size in different alloy deposition layers, and the second dendrite arm spacing was finer compared with laser metal deposition shaping K465. The intermetallic phases in the different alloy deposition layers varied, and the volume fraction of carbides in K465 deposition layer of the laminated material was higher than only K465 deposition under the fluid flow effect. In addition, the composition and microhardness distribution of laminated materials variation occurred along the deposition direction. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Wear of Shaped Surfaces of PVD Coated Dies for Clinching
Metals 2017, 7(11), 515; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110515
Received: 10 October 2017 / Revised: 8 November 2017 / Accepted: 8 November 2017 / Published: 21 November 2017
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A clinching method that uses a simple toolset consisting of a punch and a die, is utilized for joining lightweight materials. This paper is aimed at investigating the wear of the die cavity of a clinching tool. A clinching tool with a specially
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A clinching method that uses a simple toolset consisting of a punch and a die, is utilized for joining lightweight materials. This paper is aimed at investigating the wear of the die cavity of a clinching tool. A clinching tool with a specially shaped cavity was used for joining thin hot-dip galvanized steel sheets. Various types of physical vapour deposition (PVD) coatings such as ZrN, CrN and TiCN were deposited on the shaped surface of the die using Lateral Rotating Arc-Cathodes technology. Hot-dip galvanized steel sheets were used for testing the clinching tool. The material properties of PVD coatings that were deposited on the shaped part of the clinching die were evaluated. Finite Element Analysis was used to localize the area of the shaped part of the die and the part of surface area of the cylindrical die cavity of ϕ 5.0 mm, in which high contact pressure values were predicted. The prediction of the start of the wear cycle was verified experimentally by the clinching of 300 samples of hot-dip galvanized steel sheets. Unlike the CrN and ZrN coatings, the TiCN coating remained intact on the entire surface of the die. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperReview The Biological Responses to Magnesium-Based Biodegradable Medical Devices
Metals 2017, 7(11), 514; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110514
Received: 20 September 2017 / Revised: 16 November 2017 / Accepted: 18 November 2017 / Published: 21 November 2017
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The biocompatibility of Magnesium-based materials (MBMs) is critical to the safety of biodegradable medical devices. As a promising metallic biomaterial for medical devices, the issue of greatest concern is devices’ safety as degrading products are possibly interacting with local tissue during complete degradation.
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The biocompatibility of Magnesium-based materials (MBMs) is critical to the safety of biodegradable medical devices. As a promising metallic biomaterial for medical devices, the issue of greatest concern is devices’ safety as degrading products are possibly interacting with local tissue during complete degradation. The aim of this review is to summarize the biological responses to MBMs at the cellular/molecular level, including cell adhesion, transportation signaling, immune response, and tissue growth during the complex degradation process. We review the influence of MBMs on gene/protein biosynthesis and expression at the site of implantation, as well as throughout the body. This paper provides a systematic review of the cellular/molecular behavior of local tissue on the response to Mg degradation, which may facilitate a better prediction of long-term degradation and the safe use of magnesium-based implants through metal innovation. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biodegradable Metals)
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Open AccessArticle Optimization of Thermo-Mechanical Processing for Forging of Newly Developed Creep-Resistant Magnesium Alloy ABaX633
Metals 2017, 7(11), 513; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110513
Received: 28 October 2017 / Revised: 13 November 2017 / Accepted: 14 November 2017 / Published: 21 November 2017
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The compressive strength and creep resistance of cast Mg-6Al-3Ba-3Ca (ABaX633) alloy has been measured in the temperature range of 25 to 250 °C, and compared with that of its predecessor ABaX422. The alloy is stronger and more creep-resistant than ABaX422, and exhibits only
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The compressive strength and creep resistance of cast Mg-6Al-3Ba-3Ca (ABaX633) alloy has been measured in the temperature range of 25 to 250 °C, and compared with that of its predecessor ABaX422. The alloy is stronger and more creep-resistant than ABaX422, and exhibits only a small decrease of yield stress with temperature. The higher strength of ABaX633 is attributed to a larger volume fraction of intermetallic particles (Al, Mg)2Ca and Mg21Al3Ba2 in its microstructure. Hot deformation mechanisms in ABaX633 have been characterized by developing a processing map in the temperature and strain rate ranges of 300 to 500 °C and 0.0003 to 10 s−1. The processing map exhibits two workability domains in the temperature and strain rate ranges of: (1) 380 to 475 °C and 0.0003 to 0.003 s−1, and (2) 480–500 °C and 0.003 to 0.5 s−1. The apparent activation energy values estimated in the above two domains (204 and 216 kJ/mol) are higher than that for lattice self-diffusion of Mg, which is attributed to the large back-stress that is caused by the intermetallic particles. Optimum condition for bulk working is 500 °C and 0.01 s−1 at which hot workability will be maximum. Flow instability is exhibited at lower temperatures and higher strain rates, as well as at higher temperatures and higher strain rates. The predictions of the processing map on the workability domains, as well as the instability regimes are fully validated by the forging of a rib-web (cup) shaped component under optimized conditions. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Light Weight Alloys: Processing, Properties and Their Applications)
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Open AccessArticle Effect of Ni-Content on the Transformation Temperatures in NiTi-20 at. % Zr High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys
Metals 2017, 7(11), 511; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110511
Received: 18 October 2017 / Revised: 15 November 2017 / Accepted: 16 November 2017 / Published: 21 November 2017
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The effect of Ni-content on phase transformation behavior of NiTi-20 at. % Zr high temperature shape memory alloy (HTSMA) is investigated over a small composition range, i.e., 49.8, 50.0 and 50.2 at. % Ni, by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), high-energy synchrotron radiation X-ray
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The effect of Ni-content on phase transformation behavior of NiTi-20 at. % Zr high temperature shape memory alloy (HTSMA) is investigated over a small composition range, i.e., 49.8, 50.0 and 50.2 at. % Ni, by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), high-energy synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction (SR-XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). All samples show a monoclinic B19 martensitic structure at room temperature. It is shown that even with these small variations in Ni-content, the alloy shows vastly different transformation temperatures and responds in a drastically different manner to aging treatments at 550 and 600 °C. Lastly, a discussion on H-phase composition with respect to bulk composition is presented. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Shape Memory Alloys 2017) Printed Edition available
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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Effect of the Ultrasonic Nanocrystalline Surface Modification (UNSM) on Bulk and 3D-Printed AISI H13 Tool Steels
Metals 2017, 7(11), 510; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110510
Received: 18 October 2017 / Revised: 14 November 2017 / Accepted: 17 November 2017 / Published: 21 November 2017
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A comparative study of the microstructure, hardness, and tribological properties of two different AISI H13 tool steels—classified as the bulk with no heat treatment steel or the 3D-printed steel—was undertaken. Both samples were subjected to ultrasonic nanocrystalline surface modification (UNSM) to further enhance
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A comparative study of the microstructure, hardness, and tribological properties of two different AISI H13 tool steels—classified as the bulk with no heat treatment steel or the 3D-printed steel—was undertaken. Both samples were subjected to ultrasonic nanocrystalline surface modification (UNSM) to further enhance their mechanical properties and improve their tribological behavior. The objective of this study was to compare the mechanical properties and tribological behavior of these tool steels since steel can exhibit a wide variety of mechanical properties depending on different manufacturing processes. The surface hardness of the samples was measured using a micro-Vickers hardness tester. The hardness of the 3D-printed AISI H13 tool steel was found to be much higher than that of the bulk one. The surface morphology of the samples was characterized by electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) in order to analyze the grain size and number of fractions with respect to the misorientation angle. The results revealed that the grain size of the 3D-printed AISI H13 tool steel was less than 0.5 μm, whereas that of the bulk tool steel was greater than 4 μm. The number of fractions of the bulk tool steel was about 0.5 μm at a low misorientation angle, and it decreased gradually with increasing misorientation angle. The low-angle grain boundary (LAGB) and high-angle grain boundary (HAGB) of the bulk sample were about 21% and 79%, respectively, and those of the 3D-printed sample were about 8% and 92%, respectively. Moreover, the friction and wear behavior of the UNSM-treated AISI H13 tool steel specimen was better than those of the untreated one. This study demonstrated the capability of 3D-printed AISI H13 tool steel to exhibit excellent mechanical and tribological properties for industrial applications. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Synthesis and Properties of Bulk Nanostructured Metallic Materials)
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Open AccessArticle Entropy Change Caused by Martensitic Transformations of Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys
Metals 2017, 7(11), 509; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110509
Received: 26 October 2017 / Revised: 11 November 2017 / Accepted: 13 November 2017 / Published: 19 November 2017
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In this paper, our most recent findings on the influence of magnetic order on the main transformational caloric and elastic properties of shape memory alloys (SMAs) are reviewed. It is argued that ferromagnetic order has a strong influence on the temperature interval of
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In this paper, our most recent findings on the influence of magnetic order on the main transformational caloric and elastic properties of shape memory alloys (SMAs) are reviewed. It is argued that ferromagnetic order has a strong influence on the temperature interval of martensitic transformation (MT), the characteristics of stress-induced MT, and the shear elastic modulus of SMA. The problem of separation of the magnetic contributions to the entropy change ΔS and heat Q exchanged in the course of martensitic transformation (MT) of SMA is considered in general terms, and theoretical formulas enabling the solution of the problem are presented. As an example, the ΔS and Q values, which were experimentally determined for Ni-Mn-Ga and Ni-Fe-Ga alloys with different Curie temperatures TC and MT temperatures TM, are theoretically analyzed. It is shown that for Ni-Mn-Ga martensites with TM < TC, the ratio of elastic and magnetic contributions to the entropy change may be greater or smaller than unity, depending on the temperature difference TCTM. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Assessment of the Contour Method for 2-D Cross Sectional Residual Stress Measurements of Friction Stir Welded Parts of AA2024-T3—Numerical and Experimental Comparison
Metals 2017, 7(11), 508; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110508
Received: 25 October 2017 / Revised: 6 November 2017 / Accepted: 14 November 2017 / Published: 19 November 2017
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The contour method is one of the newest techniques for obtaining residual stress fields from friction stir welded (FSW) parts, experimentally. This method has many advantages; however, edge effects coming from the process itself might introduce artifacts in the obtained results, and this
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The contour method is one of the newest techniques for obtaining residual stress fields from friction stir welded (FSW) parts, experimentally. This method has many advantages; however, edge effects coming from the process itself might introduce artifacts in the obtained results, and this was slightly touched upon in the very first paper on the method. This concern is further assessed in the present work, where the contour method is compared with the results that were obtained numerically via a thermomechanical model and experimentally via the cut-compliance method. For the two-dimensional (2-D) cross sectional map obtained by the method, peak stresses in tension are observed in the mid-section of the FSW butt-welded plates at the distance of the tool radius from the centerline. The corresponding numerical simulation indicates the same behavior because of the particular clamping conditions, and consequently this should not be interpreted as a misleading result of the contour method. Edge effects from the cutting process involved in the contour method should, however, be taken into consideration, most likely resulting in the residual stresses observed near the surfaces of the cross section being less extreme in reality than observed. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Effect of High-Pressure Torsion on Structure and Microhardness of Ti/TiB Metal–Matrix Composite
Metals 2017, 7(11), 507; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110507
Received: 19 October 2017 / Revised: 10 November 2017 / Accepted: 13 November 2017 / Published: 16 November 2017
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Effect of high-pressure torsion (HPT) at 400 °C on microstructure and microhardness of a Ti/TiB metal–matrix composite was studied. The starting material was produced by spark plasma sintering of a mixture of a pure Ti and TiB2 (10 wt %) powders at
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Effect of high-pressure torsion (HPT) at 400 °C on microstructure and microhardness of a Ti/TiB metal–matrix composite was studied. The starting material was produced by spark plasma sintering of a mixture of a pure Ti and TiB2 (10 wt %) powders at 1000 °C. The microstructure evolution during HPT was associated with an increase in dislocation density and substructure development that resulted in a gradual microstructure refinement of the Ti matrix and shortening/redistribution of TiB whiskers. After five revolutions, a nanostructure with (sub) grain size of ~30 nm was produced in Ti matrix. The microhardness increased with strain attaining the value ~520 HV after five revolutions. The contribution of different hardening mechanisms into the hardness of the Ti/TiB metal–matrix composite was quantitatively analyzed. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Thermo-Calc Prediction of Mushy Zone in AlSiFeMn Alloys
Metals 2017, 7(11), 506; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110506
Received: 22 October 2017 / Revised: 10 November 2017 / Accepted: 13 November 2017 / Published: 16 November 2017
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Convection forces can cause significant segregation within the liquid during directional solidification, influencing the structure of the mushy zone and the type and distribution of phases present in the solidified alloy. The solidification behavior of AlSiFeMn alloys with strong convection was investigated via
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Convection forces can cause significant segregation within the liquid during directional solidification, influencing the structure of the mushy zone and the type and distribution of phases present in the solidified alloy. The solidification behavior of AlSiFeMn alloys with strong convection was investigated via experimental results combined with thermodynamic calculations. Experimental specimens were processed in a directional solidification facility with forced melt flow, resulting in high levels of elemental segregation across samples. The resulting local compositions were located on phase diagrams Al-Si-Fe, Al-Si-Mn and Al-Fe-Mn for prediction of the variation in solidification behavior. Phase mass fraction diagrams created in Thermo-Calc showed the effect of segregation on the characteristic temperatures, mushy zone length and the order of occurring phases precipitating across specimens. These findings were used to create 2D maps for visualization of the mushy zone, mass fraction of α-Al dendrites, β-Al5FeSi, Al15Si2Mn4 and their spatial location. The specimen centers showed enrichment in AlSi-eutectic but for β-Al5FeSi and Al15Si2Mn4 results are ambiguous. Fe-phases start to grow mainly behind the dendrites tips and in general may flow between them. Mn-rich phases start to precipitate at higher temperatures than β and in many places before α-Al and in this way may flow in the melt above the mushy zone. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperReview Recycling of Palladium from Spent Catalysts Using Solvent Extraction—Some Critical Points
Metals 2017, 7(11), 505; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110505
Received: 15 September 2017 / Revised: 3 November 2017 / Accepted: 9 November 2017 / Published: 16 November 2017
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Electrical and electronics equipment and automotive and industrial catalysts are some examples of top technological devices whose functioning rely on the use of platinum-group metals (PGMs). The PGMs’ high economic value and difficult to replace technological properties, together with their scarcity in the
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Electrical and electronics equipment and automotive and industrial catalysts are some examples of top technological devices whose functioning rely on the use of platinum-group metals (PGMs). The PGMs’ high economic value and difficult to replace technological properties, together with their scarcity in the Earth’s crust, justify concerns about their critical condition and reinforce the importance of developing recycling practices for PGM end-of-life materials. This article presents and discusses recent advances regarding the use of hydrometallurgical solvent extraction to recover one PGM, palladium, from spent catalysts. Two different tendencies are implicit in the literature concerning Pd(II) extraction: a few groups focus on the adjustment and optimization of current commercial extractants, while others prefer to design new extracting compounds. Actually, the leach solutions obtained from the treatment of anthropogenic materials generally exhibit different compositions when compared to those coming from the primary resources. The pros and cons of both approaches are critically discussed, and the assumptions backing some of the reported achievements are also appraised. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Solvent Extraction of Critical Metals)
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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Laser Welding of BTi-6431S High Temperature Titanium Alloy
Metals 2017, 7(11), 504; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110504
Received: 27 September 2017 / Revised: 10 November 2017 / Accepted: 13 November 2017 / Published: 15 November 2017
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A new type of high temperature titanium alloy, BTi-6431S, has recently become the focus of attention as a potential material for aircraft engine applications, which could be used up to 700 °C. Pulsed laser welding was used to butt join the BTi-6431S titanium
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A new type of high temperature titanium alloy, BTi-6431S, has recently become the focus of attention as a potential material for aircraft engine applications, which could be used up to 700 °C. Pulsed laser welding was used to butt join the BTi-6431S titanium alloy in order to understand the feasibility of using fusion-based welding techniques on this material. The effect of laser energy on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the joints was investigated. The microstructural features of the joints were characterized by means of microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Tensile testing was conducted at both room temperature and high temperature to simulate potential service conditions. The results show that the microstructure of the laser welded joints consists of primary α phase and needle α’ phase, while the microstructure of the heat affected zone consists of α, β, and needle α’ phases. The tensile strength of the welded joints at room temperature was similar to that of the base material, despite a reduction in the maximum elongation was observed. This was related to the unfavorable microstructure in the welded joints. Nonetheless, based on these results, it is suggested that laser welding is a promising joining technique for the new BTi-6431S titanium alloy for aerospace applications. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Laser Welding)
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Open AccessArticle Effects of Matte Grade on the Distribution of Minor Elements (Pb, Zn, As, Sb, and Bi) in the Bottom Blown Copper Smelting Process
Metals 2017, 7(11), 502; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110502
Received: 19 September 2017 / Revised: 9 November 2017 / Accepted: 9 November 2017 / Published: 14 November 2017
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With increasing impurity contents in concentrates, the control of the minor elements is an important issue for the oxygen bottom blown copper smelting process (Shuikoushan process or SKS process). In this work, the distribution behaviors of the minor elements (such as Pb, Zn,
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With increasing impurity contents in concentrates, the control of the minor elements is an important issue for the oxygen bottom blown copper smelting process (Shuikoushan process or SKS process). In this work, the distribution behaviors of the minor elements (such as Pb, Zn, As, Sb, and Bi) among the matte, slag, and gas phases as a function of matte grades was investigated by adjusting the ratios of oxygen/ore in the SKS process. With a matte grade around 70%, about 82% As and 70% Bi enters the gas phase, and about 70% Sb and 64% Zn reports to the slag phase, while 55% lead enters the matte phase. The tendency of changes in the distribution of the minor elements in the SKS process is different from that in the Isasmelt process and the Flash smelting process. It may be concluded from this study that the distributions of the minor elements could be optimized to reduce adverse effects in the SKS process by regulating the matte grade. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Heavy Metal Determination and Removal)
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Open AccessArticle Effect of Nitrogen on Deformation-Induced Martensitic Transformation in an Austenitic 301 Stainless Steels
Metals 2017, 7(11), 503; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110503
Received: 15 October 2017 / Revised: 7 November 2017 / Accepted: 10 November 2017 / Published: 13 November 2017
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The effect of nitrogen on deformation-induced martensitic transformation (DIMT) in metastable 301 austenitic stainless steel has been studied based on the inelastic deformation theory. DIMT is regarded here as continuous relaxation process of internal strain energy accumulated during inelastic deformation. Using the kinetics
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The effect of nitrogen on deformation-induced martensitic transformation (DIMT) in metastable 301 austenitic stainless steel has been studied based on the inelastic deformation theory. DIMT is regarded here as continuous relaxation process of internal strain energy accumulated during inelastic deformation. Using the kinetics equation based on the inelastic deformation theory the relationship between the volume fraction of transformed martensite and inelastic strain for DIMT has been successfully verified with the parameter representing the stability of austenite. The addition of nitrogen is experimentally found to increase austenite stability and the critical inelastic strain below which any DIMT is not observed to occur and to decrease the saturation volume fraction of α’ martensite. On the other hand, DIMT has been analyzed with its effect on stress-strain curve shape and mechanical properties in relation to the addition of nitrogen. The characteristic transition from sigmoidal to parabolic curve shape in stress-strain response has disappeared with the addition of nitrogen. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Fabrication and Characterization of a Low Magnetic Zr-1Mo Alloy by Powder Bed Fusion Using a Fiber Laser
Metals 2017, 7(11), 501; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7110501
Received: 19 October 2017 / Revised: 4 November 2017 / Accepted: 8 November 2017 / Published: 13 November 2017
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A low magnetic Zr-1Mo alloy was fabricated by a powder bed fusion (PBF) process using a fiber laser. The microstructure, surface morphology, and pore distribution of the as-built Zr-1Mo alloy were observed. Its magnetic susceptibility and Vickers hardness were evaluated by magnetic susceptibility
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A low magnetic Zr-1Mo alloy was fabricated by a powder bed fusion (PBF) process using a fiber laser. The microstructure, surface morphology, and pore distribution of the as-built Zr-1Mo alloy were observed. Its magnetic susceptibility and Vickers hardness were evaluated by magnetic susceptibility balance and a microindentation tester, respectively. The as-built Zr-1Mo alloy mainly consisted of an α′ phase with an acicular structure. From the processing maps of the surface morphology and pore distribution, open pores on the top surface due to the lack of fusion corresponded to grid-like distributed pores, and large pores corresponded to balling particles on the top surface. The Vickers hardness was influenced by the oxygen and nitrogen contents rather than the porosity. The magnetic susceptibilities of the as-built Zr-1Mo alloy still were one-third those of Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-7Nb, thus PBF can be applicable to the fabrication process for the low magnetic Zr-1Mo alloy. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Zirconium Alloys)
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