Papers by Author: De Liang Zhang

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Authors: Jing Bo Gao, Xiao Li Zhao, Ju Kun Yue, Meng Chao Qi, De Liang Zhang
Abstract: Ti-6Al-4V (wt%) alloy samples with dog-bone and box shapes respectively were fabricated by selective laser melting (SLM). The microstructures and mechanical properties of the 3D printed Ti-6Al-4V samples with and without heat treatment were characterized and tested. The microstructures of the as-fabricated dog-bone shaped samples were mainly composed of acicular α’ phase. After annealing at 700°C, the acicular α’ phase changed into an α/β lamellar structure. After solution treatment at 955°C, water quenching and aging at 550°C, the microstructure was mainly composed of primary α phase and α/β lamellar structure. The optimum heat treatment is annealing, and the mechanical properties of the annealed sample are as follows: yield strength: 1015 MPa, ultimate tensile strength (UTS): 1083 MPa and elongation to fracture: 7.9%. The microstructures of the box-shaped samples after annealing mainly consist of α phase and α/β lamellar structure. When stretched along the direction parallel to the crystal growth direction, the yield strength and UTS of the sample are 1054 and 1090 MPa,and its elongation to fracture is 6.3%. When stretched along the direction perpendicular to the crystal growth direction, the yield strength and UTS of the sample are 1019 and 1068 MPa respectively, and its elongation to fracture is 8.7%.
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Authors: Yi Fei Luo, Yue Huang Xie, Jia Miao Liang, De Liang Zhang
Abstract: Ti-6Al-4V (wt.%) alloy rods were prepared successfully using a low-cost and short powder metallurgy process that involves mixing TiH2 and Al60V40 powders, compacting the powder blend and extruding the powder compact at elevated temperatures. The microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti-6Al-4V alloy and the effects of particle size, oxygen content and heat treatment on them were investigated. The results showed that the microstructure and homogeneity of the extruded rods were strongly affected by the particle size of TiH2/Al60V40 powder blends. By changing tumbler mixing into low-energy ball milling, the TiH2/Al60V40 particle sizes decreased, and the volume fraction of undissolved V rich particles in the microstructure of the extruded rod substantially decreased from 8.6% to zero. High yield strength and ultimate tensile strength of 1154 and 1353 MPa respectively with a moderate elongation to fracture of 3.6% are achieved with the Ti-6Al-4V rod prepared by using the powder blend. The extruded Ti-6Al-4V rod prepared using the ball milled powder had a very high strength, but limited ductility due to a high oxygen content. Solution treatment and aging slightly increase the strength of Ti-6Al-4V rods at the cost of dramatic decrease of ductility.
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