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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 and Performance (2015), 24(5), 2025-2041

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 detailMicromechanics-Based Damage Analysis of Fracture in Ti5553 Alloy with Application to Bolted Sectors
Ben Bettaïeb, Mohamed; Van Hoof, Thibault; Minnebo, Hans et al

in Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (2015), 24

A physics-based, uncoupled damage model is calibrated using cylindrical notched round tensile specimens made of Ti5553 and Ti-6Al-4V alloys. The fracture strain of Ti5553 is lower than for Ti-6Al-4V in ... [more ▼]

A physics-based, uncoupled damage model is calibrated using cylindrical notched round tensile specimens made of Ti5553 and Ti-6Al-4V alloys. The fracture strain of Ti5553 is lower than for Ti-6Al-4V in the full range of stress triaxiality. This lower ductility originates from a higher volume fraction of damage sites. By proper heat treatment, the fracture strain of Ti5553 increases by almost a factor of two, as a result of a larger damage nucleation stress. This result proves the potential for further optimization of the damage resistance of the Ti5553 alloy. The damage model is combined with an elastoviscoplastic law in order to predict failure in a wide range of loading conditions. In particular, a specific application involving bolted sectors is addressed in order to determine the potential of replacing the Ti-6Al-4V by the Ti5553 alloy. [less ▲]

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See detailParametric study of metal/polymer multilayer coatings for temperature wrinkling prediction
Zhang, Lihong ULg; Habraken, Anne ULg; Ben Bettaieb, Amine ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (2013), 22(9), 2437-2445

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See detailProcessing of Carbon Fibers Reinforced Mg Matrix Composites Via Pre-infiltration with Al
Mertens, Anne ULg; Montrieux, Henri-Michel ULg; Halleux, Jacques et al

in Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (2012), 21(5), 701-706

Mg-C composites offer a suitable alternative to Al alloys while allowing for a significant weight reduction, but their production can be impaired by the poor wettability of C substrates by Mg. In the ... [more ▼]

Mg-C composites offer a suitable alternative to Al alloys while allowing for a significant weight reduction, but their production can be impaired by the poor wettability of C substrates by Mg. In the present work, a new 'liquid' processing route has been investigated. By making use of the well-known effect of a pre-treatment of the C fibres with an aqueous solution of K2ZrF6 in favouring spontaneous wetting of C with Al, C yarns have been pre-impregnated with Al and the feasibility of further using them as reinforcements in Mg matrix composites has been assessed. More particularly, it has thus been shown that, under the thermal conditions involved in the process, C fibres did not suffer damage due to chemical reaction with Al, and also that special care should be taken in order to control the surface condition of the pre-infiltrated yarns. [less ▲]

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