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Grain Size Depending Dwell-Fatigue Crack Growth in Inconel 718
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Engineering Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Engineering Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Engineering Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8304-0221
2018 (English)In: Advanced Engineering Materials, ISSN 1438-1656, E-ISSN 1527-2648, p. 1-7Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Inconel 718 is a commonly used superalloy for turbine discs in the gas turbine industry. Turbine discs are normally subjected to dwell-fatigue as a result of long constant load cycles. Dwell-times have been shown to give rise to increased crack propagation rates in superalloys at elevated temperatures. Dwell-time crack propagation behavior in Inconel 718 has been tested at 550 °C using Kb test samples with 2160 s dwell-times at maximum load and “pure fatigue” tests. The dwell-time effect has been studied for differently processed Inconel 718, that is, fine grained bar, grain enlarged bar, and cast material. This has been done in order to investigate the effect of grain size on crack propagation. Microstructure characterization is conducted using scanning electron microscopy techniques such as electron channeling contrast imaging and electron backscatter diffraction. Time dependent crack propagation rates are strongly affected by grain size. Propagation rates increase with decreasing grain size, whereas crack tip blunting increased with increasing grain size.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-VCH Verlagsgesellschaft, 2018. p. 1-7
Keyword [en]
electron microscopy, fatigue, fracture, mechanical characterzation, nickel base superalloys
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Materials Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144395DOI: 10.1002/adem.201700930OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-144395DiVA: diva2:1175526
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Funded by Swedish Energy Agency Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery ABGKN Aerospace Engine Systems Royal Institute of Technology through the Swedish research program TURBO POWER

Available from: 2018-01-18 Created: 2018-01-18 Last updated: 2018-01-26
In thesis
1. Cracks in superalloys
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cracks in superalloys
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Gas turbines are widely used in industry for power generation and as a power source at hard to reach locations where other possibilities for electrical power supplies are insufficient. New ways of producing greener energy is needed to reduce emission levels. This can be achieved by increasing the combustion temperature of gas turbines. High combustion temperatures can be detrimental and degrade critical components. This raises the demands on the high temperature performance of the superalloys used in gas turbine components. These components are frequently subjected to different cyclic loads combined with for example dwell-times and overloads at elevated temperatures, which can influence the crack growth. Dwell-times have been shown to accelerate crack growth and change cracking behaviour in both Inconel 718, Haynes 282 and Hastelloy X. On the other hand, overloads at the beginning of a dwell-time cycle have been shown to retard the dwell-time effect on crack growth in Inconel 718. More experiments and microstructural investigations are needed to better understand these effects.

The work presented in this thesis was conducted under the umbrella of the research program Turbo Power; "High temperature fatigue crack propagation in nickel-based superalloys", where I have mainly looked at fatigue crack growth mechanisms in superalloys subjected to dwell-fatigue, which can have a devastating effect on crack propagation behaviour. Mechanical testing was performed under operation-like cycles in order to achieve representative microstructures and material data for the subsequent microstructural work. Microstructures were investigated using light optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques such as electron channeling contrast imaging (ECCI) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). 

The outcome of this work has shown that there is a significant increase in crack growth rate when dwell-times are introduced at maximum load (0 % overload) in the fatigue cycle. With the introduction of a dwell-time there is also a shift from transgranular to intergranular crack growth for both Inconel 718 and Haynes 282. The crack growth rate decreases with increasing overload levels in Inconel 718 when an overload is applied prior to the dwell-time. At high temperature, intergranular crack growth was observed in Inconel 718 as a result of oxidation and the creation of nanometric voids. Another observed growth mechanism was crack advance along δ-phase boundaries with subsequent oxidation of the δ-phase. 

This thesis comprises two parts. Part I gives an introduction to the field of superalloys and the acting microstructural mechanisms related to fatigue and crack propagation. Part II consists of five appended papers, which report the work completed as part of the project.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2018. p. 50
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1897
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Other Materials Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144397 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-144397 (DOI)9789176853856 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-03-23, ACAS, A-huset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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