Effect of Process Variables on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Wide-Gap Brazed IN738 Superalloy
This study investigated the microstructure and mechanical properties of a wide-gap region brazed with various process variables. The IN738 and DF 4B alloy powders were used as additive and filler metal powder for the brazing process. The wide-gap brazing process was carried out in a vacuum of 2×10-5 torr. The wide-gap region brazed with 60wt.% IN738 additive powder had a microstructure consisting of IN738 additive and (Cr, W)2B. The fracture strength of the wide-gap region (60 wt.% additive and 40 wt.% filler metal powder) brazed at 1230°C for 30hr was as high as 862MPa (93% of base material strength). It was observed that the brazing temperature was the main process variable affecting the mechanical properties of the wide-gap brazed region. The creep rupture life of the region brazed with 60wt.% additive and 40 wt.% was longer than that of other brazed samples. The Cracks in the wide-gap brazed region initiated at the (Cr, W)2B and propagated through them. It was found that the (Cr, W)2B and the pore in the brazed region are important microstructural factors affecting the mechanical properties of the wide-gap brazed region.
Young-Jin Kim, Dong-Ho Bae and Yun-Jae Kim
Y. H. Kim et al., "Effect of Process Variables on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Wide-Gap Brazed IN738 Superalloy ", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 297-300, pp. 2876-2882, 2005