Microstructure and tensile ductility of a Ti-43Al-4Nb-lMo-0.1B alloy

Laura M. Droessler, Thomas Schmoelzer, Wilfried Wallgram, Limei Cha, Gopal Das, Helmut Clemens

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The microstructural development of a forged Ti-43Al-4Nb-lMo-0.IB (in at%) alloy during two-step heat-treatments was investigated and its impact on the tensile ductility at room temperature was analyzed. The investigated material, a so-called TNM gamma alloy, solidifies via the fi-route, exhibits an adjustable β7B2-phase volume fraction and can be forged under near conventional conditions. Post-forging heat-treatments can be applied to achieve moderate to near zero volume fractions of β7B2-phase allowing for a controlled adjustment of the mechanical properties. The first step of the heat-treatment minimizes the β/B2-phase and adjusts the size of the a-grains, which are a precursor to the lamellar γ/a2-colonies. However, due to air cooling after the first annealing step, the resulting microstructure is far from thermodynamic equilibrium. Therefore, a second heat-treatment step is conducted below the eutectoid temperature which brings the microstructural constituents cLöser to thermodynamic equilibrium. It was found that temperature and duration of the second heat-treatment step critically affect the solid-state phase transformations and, thus, control the plastic fracture strain at room temperature. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy studies as well as hardness tests have been conducted to characterize the multi-phase microstructure and to study its correlation to the observed room temperature ductility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2008 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2 Dec 20084 Dec 2008


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