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The Influence of Process Parameters and Build Orientation on the Creep Behaviour of a Laser Powder Bed Fused Ni-based Superalloy for Aerospace Applications

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Institute of Structural Materials, Swansea University, Bay Campus, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
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Rolls-Royce plc, P.O. Box 31, Derby DE24 8BJ, UK
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Materials 2019, 12(9), 1390; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12091390
Received: 4 April 2019 / Revised: 18 April 2019 / Accepted: 25 April 2019 / Published: 29 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Structural Metallic Systems for Gas Turbines)
Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) is an innovative net shape manufacturing technology that offers the ability to produce highly intricate components not possible through traditional wrought and cast procedures. Consequently, the aerospace industry is becoming ever more attentive in exploiting such technology for the fabrication of nickel-based superalloys in an attempt to drive further advancements within the holistic gas turbine. Given this, the requirement for the mechanical characterisation of such material is rising in parallel, with limitations in the availability of material processed restricting conventional mechanical testing; particularly with the abundance of process parameters to evaluate. As such, the Small Punch Creep (SPC) test method has been deemed an effective tool to rank the elevated temperature performance of alloys processed through ALM, credited to the small volumes of material utilised in each test and the ability to sample material from discrete locations. In this research, the SPC test will be used to assess the influence of a number of key process variables on the mechanical performance of Laser Powder Bed Fused (LPBF) Ni-based superalloy CM247LC. This will also include an investigation into the influence of build orientation and post-build treatment on creep performance, whilst considering the structural integrity of the different experimental builds. View Full-Text
Keywords: nickel-based superalloy; additive layer manufacturing; laser powder bed fusion; process parameters; small punch creep testing nickel-based superalloy; additive layer manufacturing; laser powder bed fusion; process parameters; small punch creep testing
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Hilal, H.; Lancaster, R.; Jeffs, S.; Boswell, J.; Stapleton, D.; Baxter, G. The Influence of Process Parameters and Build Orientation on the Creep Behaviour of a Laser Powder Bed Fused Ni-based Superalloy for Aerospace Applications. Materials 2019, 12, 1390.

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