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Transmission electron microscopy of a CMSX-4 Ni-base superalloy produced by selective electron beam melting


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Author(s): Parsa AB, Ramsperger M, Kostka A, Somsen C, Körner C, Eggeler G
Journal: Metals
Publisher: MDPI AG
Publication year: 2016
Volume: 6
Journal issue: 11
ISSN: 2075-4701
Language: English

Abstract

In this work, the microstructures of superalloy specimens produced using selective electron beam melting additive manufacturing were characterized. The materials were produced using a CMSX-4 powder. Two selective electron beam melting processing strategies, which result in higher and lower effective cooling rates, are described. Orientation imaging microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy and conventional high resolution transmission electron microscopy are used to investigate the microstructures. Our results suggest that selective electron beam melting processing results in near equilibrium microstructures, as far as γ′ volume fractions, the formation of small amounts of TCP phases and the partitioning behavior of the alloy elements are concerned. As expected, higher cooling rates result in smaller dendrite spacings, which are two orders of magnitude smaller than observed during conventional single crystal casting. During processing, columnar grains grow in <100> directions, which are rotated with respect to each other. There are coarse γ/γ′ microstructures in high angle boundary regions. Dislocation networks form low angle boundaries. A striking feature of the as processed selective electron beam melting specimens is their high dislocation density. From a fundamental point of view, this opens new possibilities for the investigation of elementary dislocation processes which accompany solidification.



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APA: Parsa, A.B., Ramsperger, M., Kostka, A., Somsen, C., Körner, C., & Eggeler, G. (2016). Transmission electron microscopy of a CMSX-4 Ni-base superalloy produced by selective electron beam melting. Metals, 6(11). https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/met6110258

MLA: Parsa, Alireza B., et al. "Transmission electron microscopy of a CMSX-4 Ni-base superalloy produced by selective electron beam melting." Metals 6.11 (2016).

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