Effect of the As-Forged and Heat-Treated Microstructure on the Room Temperature Anisotropic Ductile Fracture of Inconel 718
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The purpose of the present work was to investigate the effect of primary carbides and the δ-phase on the anisotropic ductile fracture of Inconel 718 in the forging process. Inconel 718 alloys were prepared by VIM + VAR processes with various carbon contents (0.009 and 0.027 wt.%). Then, the alloys were forged and annealed at temperatures of 980 and 1030 °C. The room temperature mechanical anisotropy of the alloys was evaluated at the longitudinal direction (LD) and transverse direction (TD). Tensile and impact tests were used to characterize the mechanical properties of the specimens. The microstructural characterization and the fractography of the alloys were carried out by FE-SEM. The obtained results showed that the fracture strain and the impact energy in the TD were 30-50% lower than the LD. The fracture was accelerated by the δ-phase, leading to the reduction of impact energy in the longitudinal and the lateral directions up to 50%. The low-carbon alloy indicated similar characteristics in both the LD and the TD. Aligned carbides changed the fracture path from a zigzag path in the LD to a fibrous path in the TD, while the δ-phase created a flat fracture path. The shear lip area ratio in the tensile fracture cross section was decreased by reducing ductility.
Keywordsaligned carbide fracture anisotropy Inconel 718 low carbon δ-phase
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