Grain boundary network evolution in Inconel 718 from selective laser melting to heat treatment

Sharniece Holland, Xiaoqing Wang, X. Y. Fang, Yuebin Guo, Feng Yan, Lin Li

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Abstract

Inconel 718 fabricated by selective laser melting (SLM) was used to investigate the evolution of grain boundary (GB) network structures from as-SLM to heat-treated (HT) samples. Using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data and percolation theory based cluster analysis, GB character distribution and GB network topological metrics were computed at different build locations and directions. The microstructures of the as-SLM samples reveal large spatial heterogeneity in grain morphology and are dominated by general GBs (i.e., ∑> 29), which form one connected cluster spanning across the whole GB network. Heat-treatment homogenizes the microstructure and leads to the formation of annealing twins as a result of recrystallization, which dramatically increases the number of special boundaries (mainly twin ∑3 and twin-related ∑9, ∑27 boundaries with ~ 60% in boundary length fraction). However, these special boundaries have not yet fully connected/merged to form a percolated path throughout the GB network. The triple junction distributions of the HT sample are dominated by J1-type that consists of one special and two general boundaries, further confirming the interweaving GB network made of the general and special boundary clusters. In addition, the implication of applying GB engineering to the SLMed parts is discussed based on the comparison of GB network structures between the SLMed alloys and the conventionally GB engineered metals and alloys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-418
Number of pages13
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Volume725
DOIs
StatePublished - May 16 2018

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

Keywords

  • Grain boundary
  • Grain boundary engineering
  • Inconel 718
  • Microstructure
  • Network
  • Selective laser melting

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Holland, Sharniece ; Wang, Xiaoqing ; Fang, X. Y. ; Guo, Yuebin ; Yan, Feng ; Li, Lin. / Grain boundary network evolution in Inconel 718 from selective laser melting to heat treatment. In: Materials Science and Engineering A. 2018 ; Vol. 725. pp. 406-418.
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