Microstructure and Properties of Inconel 718 Fabricated by Directed Energy Deposition with In-Situ Ultrasonic Impact Peening
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Many inherent issues, such as the detrimental residual stress, columnar grains with anisotropy, and weak mechanical properties, have severely impeded the adoption of metal additive manufacturing (AM) techniques including powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition (DED) processes. In this study, a hybrid AM process that consists of layer-wise laser metal deposition (i.e., a DED process) and in-situ ultrasonic impact peening (UIP) was applied to obtain Inconel 718 superalloy workpieces. Also, for further property enhancement, a post-heat treatment was applied to the deposited material obtained by the hybrid AM process. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscope were used to investigate the microstructure morphology and reveal the underlying strengthening mechanism. Electron backscatter diffraction was employed to quantitatively study the microstructure resulted from the hybrid AM process and the post-heat treatment. The profile of residual stress along the depth direction was obtained through X-ray diffraction. The results demonstrate that this hybrid AM process is capable of producing high-quality metal parts with significantly refined microstructure, and beneficial compressive residual stress along the depth into surface. Severe plastic strains are introduced by UIP, and the resulted mechanical twinning and dynamic recrystallization play an important role in refining microstructure. The material microstructure is further refined down to 100 µm, and the texture anisotropy is significantly diminished after solution treatment at 980 °C for 1 hour. Under the as-built condition, in-situ ultrasonic peening alters the residual stress component from a tensile state to an overall compressive state with a maximum value of − 190 MPa within the range of measurement depth.
The authors wish to acknowledge the funding support from the National Science Foundation (CMMI# 1563002 and 1746147).
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