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See detailPhase Transformations and Crack Initiation in a High-Chromium Cast Steel Under Hot Compression Tests
Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Neira Torres, Ingrid; Fores, Paulo et al

in Journal of Materials Engineering & Performance (2015)

The mechanical behavior of the fully austenitic matrix of high-chromium cast steel (HCCS) alloy is determined by external compression stress applied at 300 and 700 C. The microstructure is roughly ... [more ▼]

The mechanical behavior of the fully austenitic matrix of high-chromium cast steel (HCCS) alloy is determined by external compression stress applied at 300 and 700 C. The microstructure is roughly characterized toward both optical and scanning electron microscopy analyses. Dilatometry is used during heating from room temperature up to austenitization to study the solid-state phase transformations, precipitation, and dissolution reactions. Two various strengthening phenomena (precipitation hardening and stress-induced bainite transformation) and one softening mechanism (dynamic recovery) are highlighted from compression tests. The influence of the temperature and the carbide type on the mechanical behavior of the HCCS material is also enhanced. Cracks observed on grain boundary primary carbides allow establishing a rough damage model. The crack initiation within the HCCS alloy is strongly dependent on the temperature, the externally applied stress, and the matrix strength and composition. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal matrix nanocomposite coatings for improving the usage properties of metallic materials
Mertens, Anne ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

Conference (2015, January)

The use of metal matrix nanocomposite is at the present time not as widespread as for their polymer-based counterparts. Yet, the addition of nanoparticles in a metallic matrix also allows to significantly ... [more ▼]

The use of metal matrix nanocomposite is at the present time not as widespread as for their polymer-based counterparts. Yet, the addition of nanoparticles in a metallic matrix also allows to significantly improve its usage properties, thus opening new and interesting prospects in terms of applications. This presentation aims at providing a broad overview of the various usage properties that can be enhanced by the addition of nanoparticles as illustrated by a number of examples taken from the scientific literature as well as from the researches carried out by the Metallic Materials Science Unit at the University of Liege. [less ▲]

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See detailTooling Materials and Solutions for Thixoforming: A key to the process industrialization
Rassili, Ahmed ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in Solid State Phenomena (2015), 217-218

Investigations on steel thixoforming started in the early 90's and many developments were carried out, mainly driven by the industrialization of the process. After a series of basic investigations on ... [more ▼]

Investigations on steel thixoforming started in the early 90's and many developments were carried out, mainly driven by the industrialization of the process. After a series of basic investigations on adapted steels and materials as well as near-net shaping investigations, the issue of mass production raised and thus induced some other challenges mainly on die life and process automation and cycling. High working temperatures and components complexity were then the main locks to mass productions. In most of reported literature, none of the involved research group reached or real production and industrialization criteria. The euro group holds most of these research investigations [1]. We have reported many of these results in previous communications and this paper presents a continuity of what have already been presented. Some advanced tooling materials and solutions are presented and applied to a real complex industrial component. [less ▲]

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See detailRapport Final - PROJET ULTRA CB - CONVENTION RW 6418 : Etude de faisabilité dans le développement de nano-revêtements sol-gels capables d’assurer une protection anticorrosion dans les applications soumises à des contraintes mécaniques et thermiques
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Dedry, Olivier ULg

Report (2014)

Ce rapport final s’inscrit dans le cadre du projet ULTRA-CB porté par Saint Roch Couvin SA. Le but de ce projet est de réaliser une étude de faisabilité dans le développement de nano-revêtements sol-gels ... [more ▼]

Ce rapport final s’inscrit dans le cadre du projet ULTRA-CB porté par Saint Roch Couvin SA. Le but de ce projet est de réaliser une étude de faisabilité dans le développement de nano-revêtements sol-gels capables d’assurer une protection anticorrosion dans les applications soumises à des contraintes mécaniques et thermiques. L’objectif pour Saint Roch Couvin (SRC) est d’appliquer les résultats de cette recherche industrielle sur un substrat de fonte au travers d’une étude de faisabilité d’une chaudière en fonte à condensation interne. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the Solidification Path, the Solid State Transformations and the Mechanical Behavior of a High Chromium Cast Steel
Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Neira Torres, Ingrid; Habraken, Anne ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 5th Abrasion Conference - 2014 (2014, August)

The mechanical behavior of the fully austenitic matrix of a High Chromium Cast Steel (HCCS) alloy has been determined under external compression stress applied at 300°C and 700°C. The solidification path ... [more ▼]

The mechanical behavior of the fully austenitic matrix of a High Chromium Cast Steel (HCCS) alloy has been determined under external compression stress applied at 300°C and 700°C. The solidification path and the microstructure have been studied, including the nature and the critical temperature ranges for carbides formation, while using Differential Thermal Analysis and both Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopes. The microstructure has been characterized towards both Optical and SEM analyses. Differential Thermal Analysis and Dilatometry were used to study the solid state phase transformations on the one hand, and precipitation and dissolution reactions on the other hand, especially during heating from room temperature up to austenitization, and subsequent cooling down to room temperature. Dilatometry also helps setting the parameters for the preliminary thermal treatments to perform prior to compression tests, in order to allow more or less transition carbides within the stressed microstructure, the other carbides remaining undissolved. Flow stress curves and related work hardening rates were determined for both temperatures. From the compression tests, various strengthening phenomena, such as precipitation hardening and stress induced bainite transformation, and one softening mechanism such as recovery, have been highlighted, while enhancing at the same time the influence of the temperature and the carbide type on the mechanical behavior of the HCCS material. Cracks observed on grain boundaries primary carbides allow establishing a rough damage model. The crack initiation within the HCCS alloy seems to be strongly dependent on the temperature, the external applied stress and the matrix toughness. [less ▲]

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See detailProcessing metallic materials by additive technologies - Specificities of the thermal history and microstructures
Mertens, Anne ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

Additives technologies currently attract a growing interest as they are particularly versatile and well adapted for the production of small series e.g. of metallic parts. Beyond the great diversity of the ... [more ▼]

Additives technologies currently attract a growing interest as they are particularly versatile and well adapted for the production of small series e.g. of metallic parts. Beyond the great diversity of the concerned processes (laser beam melting, electron beam melting, laser cladding…) and metallic alloys, some common features may be highlighted: (1) the strong directionality of additive processes, due to the fact that parts are fabricated “layer-by-layer”; (2) the ultra-fast heating and cooling cycles, following the displacement of the beam(s) away from the working zone. The present paper aims at illustrating these two major features of additive techniques through case studies involving the most common metallic alloys (steels, Al- or Ti-based alloys…), thus highlighting the opportunities pertaining to additive technologies for the optimisation of materials microstructures and of the resulting properties. [less ▲]

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See detailLes composites à matrice métallique/céramique – De nouveaux procédés de fabrication pour de nouvelles applications
Mertens, Anne ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

Conference (2014, May 20)

A l’heure où la plupart des matériaux composites essentiellement structuraux sont faits d’une matrice à base polymère, les matériaux composites à matrice métallique ou céramique offrent de nouvelles ... [more ▼]

A l’heure où la plupart des matériaux composites essentiellement structuraux sont faits d’une matrice à base polymère, les matériaux composites à matrice métallique ou céramique offrent de nouvelles perspectives en termes de performances et de durabilité. Le présent exposé s’attache plus particulièrement à retracer les possibilités offertes par de nouvelles méthodes de mise en oeuvre telles que la friction-malaxage et les techniques d’impression 3D, aussi bien en termes d’amélioration des propriétés mécaniques des matériaux composites que des fonctionnalités inédites qui peuvent leur être conférées. [less ▲]

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See detailProcessing of alloy Ti-6Al-4V and of stainless steel 316L by Laser Beam Melting
Mertens, Anne ULg; Paydas, Hakan ULg; Reginster, Sylvie ULg et al

Conference (2014, May)

Additive manufacturing processes such as Selective Laser Melting (SLM) appear very promising in view of the economic production of near-net-shape, complex and (almost) fully dense parts from metallic ... [more ▼]

Additive manufacturing processes such as Selective Laser Melting (SLM) appear very promising in view of the economic production of near-net-shape, complex and (almost) fully dense parts from metallic materials such as Ti alloys and stainless steels. Practically, in SLM, a metallic powder is deposited layer-by-layer in a powder bed and then molten locally according to the desired shape. An important feature of this process is that the structure undergoes an ultra-fast cooling once the beam leaves the working zone, thus giving rise to strongly out-of-equilibrium microstructures. In the case of Ti alloy Ti-6Al-4V, in particular, the microstructural anisotropy resulting from the epitaxial growth of the newly deposited layer on the material previously solidified has been shown to exert a very strong influence on the mechanical properties [1] In the present work, the thermophysical behaviour of Ti-alloy Ti-6Al-4V and of stainless steel 316L has been characterised in details, in order to reach a better understanding of the phenomena controlling the microstructures and mechanical properties of parts. In particular, the thermal conductivity of Ti-alloy Ti-6Al-4V and of stainless steel 316L at high temperature has been determined by combining dilatometry, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and laser flash diffusivimetry based on Laplace’s equation. Since Ti-alloy Ti-6Al-4V and stainless steel 316L exhibit quite different physical behaviours, their careful comparison is shown to shed more light into the role of phenomena such as epitaxial growth, out-of-equilibrium phase transformations and/or internal stresses in the additive manufacturing of metallic materials. [less ▲]

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See detailTechniques additives vs techniques conventionnelles-les microstructures
Mertens, Anne ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

Très flexibles et particulièrement bien adaptées à la production de petites séries, les techniques additives suscitent un intérêt croissant, notamment pour la mise en oeuvre de matériaux métalliques. Par ... [more ▼]

Très flexibles et particulièrement bien adaptées à la production de petites séries, les techniques additives suscitent un intérêt croissant, notamment pour la mise en oeuvre de matériaux métalliques. Par-delà la diversité des techniques que ce terme recouvre (laser beam melting, electron beam melting, laser cladding…) et par-delà la variété des alliages qu’elles permettent de mettre en oeuvre, quelques caractéristiques récurrentes se dessinent: 1) La nature fortement directionnelle des procédés additifs, lié au fait que la pièce est fabriquée “couche par couche” 2) Des cycles de chauffe et de refroidissement ultra-rapides, en fonction des déplacements du/des faisceau(x) La présente communication s’attache à illustrer ces deux caractéristiques essentielles des techniques additives au moyen d’exemples touchant aux principaux alliages métalliques (aciers, alliages d’aluminium ou de titane…), et à en dégager les risques et les opportunités qu’offrent les techniques additives du point vue du contrôle et de l’optimisation des microstructures et des propriétés d’usage qui en découlent… [less ▲]

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See detailRapport Final, Projet FEDER Programmation 2007-2013, portefeuille de projets SINUS : Simulation Numérique Haute Performance
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Mertens, Anne ULg; Carton, Marc et al

Report (2014)

Le portefeuille de projets SINUS : Simulation Numérique Haute Performance, s'inscrit dans le cadre des mesures 2.2 de valorisation du potentiel des centres de recherche en Wallonie. Trois projets ... [more ▼]

Le portefeuille de projets SINUS : Simulation Numérique Haute Performance, s'inscrit dans le cadre des mesures 2.2 de valorisation du potentiel des centres de recherche en Wallonie. Trois projets composent le portefeuille SINUS: une action 2.2.1 Équipements technologiques exceptionnels, une action 2.2.2 Projets de recherche transversaux en partenariat, une action 2.2.4 Optimisation de l'offre de services technologiques des centres de recherches agréés.Ce rapport s'inscrit dans l'action 2.2.2 des projets de recherche transversaux en partenariat. Cette action vise à développer des méthodes numériques de nouvelle génération en collaboration avec des centres de recherche universitaires et agréés et des entreprises répondant aux besoins de l’industrie. Les domaines couverts sont la modélisation des processus de fabrication, des matériaux et des structures, la mécanique des fluides et l’optimisation multidisciplinaire. Au sein de cette action, différents lots ont été définis : Lot 1 Modélisation avancée d'écoulements complexes multi-physiques, Lot 2 Modélisation avancée multi-échelles des matériaux et des structures, Lot 3 Modélisation avancée des procédés de fabrication, Lot 4 Optimisation multidisciplinaire. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of residual stresses in bimetallic work rolls
Neira Torres, Ingrid ULg; Gilles, Gaëtan ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg et al

in Advanced Materials Research (2014), 996

An experimental campaign of compression tests, differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential scanning calorimetry ( DSC), dilatometry and microstructure analysis has been performed, as well as the ... [more ▼]

An experimental campaign of compression tests, differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential scanning calorimetry ( DSC), dilatometry and microstructure analysis has been performed, as well as the identification of the material data set for finite element ( FE) analysis of bimetallic rolls. This article numerically investigates the stress and strain fields after the cooling stage and it checks their effect on the subsequent heat treatment step. As bimetallic rolls have a different material for core and shell, the effect of the roll size and the shell thickness on residual stresses is also studied. [less ▲]

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See detailElaboration of Thin Foils in Copper and Zinc by Self-Induced Ion Plating
Giraud, Eliane; Pace, Sergio ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in Materials Science (2014), 20(2), 160-164

The aim of this work was to determine the ability to produce thin metallic foils by self-induced ion plating. Foils of pure copper and pure zinc with a thickness of 35 μm have been successfully produced ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to determine the ability to produce thin metallic foils by self-induced ion plating. Foils of pure copper and pure zinc with a thickness of 35 μm have been successfully produced and their characteristics have been compared to foils obtained by conventional techniques (i. e. electroplating and rolling). Results show the following: (i) more or less compact microstructures can be obtained by self-induced ion plating depending on gas pressure and substrate temperature; (ii) microstructures obtained by self-induced ion plating are quite different from those obtained by electroplating and rolling; (iii) Young’s modulus depends on foils roughness; (iv) hardness depends on grain size by exhibiting a Hall-Petch behavior in the case of copper foils and an “inverse” Hall-Petch behavior in the case of zinc foils. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanical properties of alloy Ti-6Al-4V and of stainless steel 316L processed by Selective Laser Melting: Influence of out-of-equilibrium microstructures
Mertens, Anne ULg; Reginster, Sylvie ULg; Paydas, Hakan ULg et al

in Powder Metallurgy (2014), 57(3), 184-189

Ti-6Al-4V and stainless steel 316L have been processed by selective laser melting under similar conditions, and their microstructures and mechanical behaviours have been compared in details. Under the ... [more ▼]

Ti-6Al-4V and stainless steel 316L have been processed by selective laser melting under similar conditions, and their microstructures and mechanical behaviours have been compared in details. Under the investigated conditions, Ti-6Al-4V exhibits a more complex behaviour than stainless steel 316L with respect to the occurrence of microstructural and mechanical anisotropy. Moreover, Ti-6Al-4V appears more sensitive to the build-up of internal stresses when compared with stainless steel 316L, whereas stainless steel 316L appears more prone to the formation of “lack of melting” defects. This correlates nicely with the difference in thermal conductivity between the two materials. Thermal conductivity was shown to increase strongly with increasing temperature and the thermophysical properties appeared to be influenced by variations in the initial metallurgical state. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrostructures and Mechanical Properties of Stainless Steel AISI 316L Processed by Selective Laser Melting
Mertens, Anne ULg; Reginster, Sylvie ULg; Contrepois, Quentin et al

in Materials Science Forum (2014), 783-786 (2014)

In this study, samples of stainless steel AISI 316L have been processed by selective laser melting, a layer-by-layer near-net-shape process allowing for an economic production of complex parts. The ... [more ▼]

In this study, samples of stainless steel AISI 316L have been processed by selective laser melting, a layer-by-layer near-net-shape process allowing for an economic production of complex parts. The resulting microstructures have been characterised in details in order to reach a better understanding of the solidification and consolidation processes. The influence of the processing parameters on the mechanical properties was investigated by means of uniaxial tensile testing performed on samples produced with different main orientations with respect to the building direction. A strong anisotropy of the mechanical behaviour was thus interpreted in relation with the microstructures and the processing conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailFriction Stir Processing of Magnesium Matrix Composites Reinforced with Carbon Fibres or Carbon Nanotubes - A Comparative Study
Mertens, Anne ULg; Simar, Aude; Garray, Didier et al

Conference (2013, December 05)

The poor wettability of carbon substrates by liquid Mg and, in the case of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), their strong tendency to agglomerate, are major obstacles to the large-scale production of C-Mg ... [more ▼]

The poor wettability of carbon substrates by liquid Mg and, in the case of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), their strong tendency to agglomerate, are major obstacles to the large-scale production of C-Mg composites by classical ‘liquid-state’ processing routes such as squeeze casting. As an innovative ‘solid state’ process, Friction Stir Processing (FSP) hence appeared as a very promising alternative for the production of C-Mg composites, although the method for inserting the reinforcing phase - in grooves or holes machined in the matrix material - remained time-consuming and labour-intensive. More recently, the present authors proposed a new and easier technique for the insertion of C fibres in FSPed Mg-matrix composites i.e. FSP of a C fabric stacked between two metal sheets. In the current work, the feasibility of extending this latter method to the production of CNTs-Mg composites has been assessed. “Bucky papers” – thin disks made from agglomerated CNTs, thus ensuring for their safe handling – were stacked between two sheets of Mg alloy AZ31B, and the resulting sandwich was FSPed. The effect of FSP experimental parameters such as the rotational and advancing speeds or the number of passes on the microstructural changes occuring upon processing has been studied and compared with the case of C fibres-Mg composites. Moreover, a particular attention has been given to the distribution of the reinforcements in the Mg matrix and to the characterization of the resulting mechanical properties. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasuring the thermophysical properties of materials at high temperature - Application to the additive manufacturing of alloy Ti-6Al-4V and of stainless steel 316L
Mertens, Anne ULg; Paydas, Hakan ULg; Reginster, Sylvie ULg et al

Conference (2013, November 07)

In view of optimising the microstructures of metallic materials and obtaining the desired properties, the accurate characterisation of the thermophysical behaviour of these materials has long been ... [more ▼]

In view of optimising the microstructures of metallic materials and obtaining the desired properties, the accurate characterisation of the thermophysical behaviour of these materials has long been considered of paramount importance e.g. by allowing for the in-situ study of phase transformations, by providing data for numerical simulations and, essentially, by contributing to a better understanding of the fundamental mechanisms at play during processing. In the present work, the thermophysical behaviour of Ti-alloy Ti-6Al-4V and of stainless steel 316L has been characterised in details, in order to reach a better understanding of the phenomena controlling the microstructures and mechanical properties of parts made by additive manufacturing techniques that appear nowadays very promising in view of the economic production of near-net-shape, complex and (almost) fully dense parts from metallic materials. In particular, the thermal conductivity of Ti-alloy Ti-6Al-4V and of stainless steel 316L at high temperature has been determined by combining dilatometry, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and laser flash diffusivimetry based on Laplace’s equation : k(T)=α(T)ρ(T)Cp(T) where k(T) is the thermal conductivity (W/m*K) α(T) is the thermal diffusivity (mm2/s) ρ(T) is the specific mass (g/cm3) Cp(T) is the specific heat capacity (J/g*K). Since Ti-alloy Ti-6Al-4V and stainless steel 316L exhibit quite different physical behaviours, their careful comparison is shown to shed more light into the role of phenomena such as epitaxial growth, out-of-equilibrium phase transformations and/or internal stresses in the additive manufacturing of metallic materials. [less ▲]

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