Directional solidification of Ni base superalloy IN738LC to improve creep properties

Kermanpur, A ; Sharif University of Technology | 2000

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1179/026708300101508117
  3. Publisher: IOM Communications Ltd , 2000
  4. Abstract:
  5. The high Cr, Ni base superalloy IN738LC has been directionally solidified on both laboratory and industrial scales using Bridgman and liquid metal cooling (LMC) methods respectively. In the Bridgman experiments, cylindrical rods were grown using a graphite chill with temperature gradient G = 5·0 K mm-1 and a water cooled copper chill with G = 8·5 K mm-1, and a wide range of withdrawal rates of R = 60, 120, 240, 600, and 1200 mm h-1. In the LMC rigs, several turbine blades were grown using a wide range of withdrawal rates of R = 120, 225, 330, 420, and 630 mm h-1. Grain and dendritic structures in both cylindrical and turbine blade specimens were evaluated in longitudinal and transverse directions. Dendritic segregation of rods was determined with SEM as a function of processing parameters. Some specimens were given a two stage heat treatment followed by tension tests at 25 and 650°C and creep tests at 152 MPa and 982°C, 340 MPa and 850°C, and 586 MPa and 760°C. It was shown that at R = 600 mm h-1 with water cooled copper chill, directionally solidified rods with a well orientated dendritic structure and better segregation pattern gives higher tensile properties at 25°C and creep properties at 340 MPa and 850°C. Tension and creep tests of turbine blades showed that although the yield and tensile strength of directionally solidified specimens are in the range of conventionally cast ones, the creep properties of the blades have been significantly improved using the LMC process. © 2000 IoM Communications Ltd
  6. Keywords:
  7. Alloy ; Nickel complex
  8. Source: Materials Science and Technology ; Volume 16, Issue 5 , 2000 , Pages 579-586 ; 02670836 (ISSN)
  9. URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/026708300101508117