A Study on Different Welding Processes of IN718 for Elevated Temperature Application
Alloy IN718 is a nickel based precipitation hardened material and it has the necessary strength over a range of temperatures which includes the operating range for many rocket propulsion systems and jet engines. This performance is accomplished by a combination of solid-solution strengthening, precipitation strengthening and grain-boundary strengthening. However, it is common for precipitation hardened nickel based superalloys to have a problem of post-weld cracking. In this study, several welding processes are investigated to obtain the optimum welding method of IN718 for elevated temperature forming. These include LBW(Laser Beam Welding), EBW(Electron Beam Welding), HIP(hot isostatic pressing), and solid state diffusion bonding. The result shows that the LBW specimen performs the highest formability at 980°C so that this process can be applied to superplastic forming of IN718 sheet. It is demonstrated that the elevated temperature superplastic forming of nozzle extension with internal cooling channels was possible with laser beam welded IN718 sheet.
Denni Kurniawan and Fethma M. Nor
K. J. Min et al., "A Study on Different Welding Processes of IN718 for Elevated Temperature Application", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 1125, pp. 186-189, 2015