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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 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 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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See detailOn the Role of Out-of-Equilibrium Microstructures in Ti-6Al-4V and in Stainless Steel 316L Processed by Selective Laser Melting in Determining their Mechanical Properties
Mertens, Anne ULg; Reginster, Sylvie ULg; Paydas, Hakan ULg et al

Conference (2013, September 12)

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 microstructures and mechanical properties of Ti-6Al-4V and of stainless steel 316L processed by SLM have been characterised in details. Since these two materials exhibit quite different physical behaviours, their careful comparison might shed more light into the role of phenomena such as epitaxial growth, out-of-equilibrium phase transformation and/or internal stresses in determining the mechanical properties of metallic parts processed by SLM. [less ▲]

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See detailProcessing of Ti alloys by additive manufacturing: a comparison of the microstructures obtained by laser cladding, selective laser melting and electron beam melting
Reginster, Sylvie ULg; Mertens, Anne ULg; Paydas, Hakan ULg et al

in Materials Science Forum (2013), 765

Additive manufacturing processes such as laser cladding (LC) or selective laser melting (SLM) appear very promising in view of an economic near-net-shape production – and also, in the case of LC, the ... [more ▼]

Additive manufacturing processes such as laser cladding (LC) or selective laser melting (SLM) appear very promising in view of an economic near-net-shape production – and also, in the case of LC, the restoration - of complex and (almost) fully dense parts from Ti alloys. Both techniques involve the melting of a metallic powder with a laser. In the SLM process, the metallic powder is deposited layer by layer in a powder bed and then molten locally according to the desired shape, whereas in LC, the metallic powder is directly projected onto a substrate through a nozzle coaxial with the laser beam. The present research aims at comparing Ti-6Al-4V samples processed by these two techniques with reference samples produced by electron beam melting (EBM), another well established additive manufacturing process (patented by Arcam AB Company) in which a powder bed is molten locally by means of an electron beam. In all three processes, the melt pool undergoes an ultrafast cooling and solidifies very rapidly once the beam has left the area, thus giving rise to strongly out-of-equilibrium microstructures. Yet, each one of these processes also has its own specificities e.g. in terms of scanning strategy and of working atmosphere (low vacuum vs. protective Ar flow). In the present work, the microstructures obtained by these three processes have been compared in details, with a particular attention for characteristics such as porosity, grain size, and the various phases present. Since epitaxial growth of the newly deposited layer on the material previously solidified has been shown [1, 2] to exert a strong influence on the microstructure and on the resulting mechanical properties, great care has been taken to study the microstructural anisotropy associated with each one of the three processes. [less ▲]

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