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Microstructural Control of Fatigue Behaviour in a Novel α + β Titanium Alloy
Metals, Volume: 9, Issue: 11
Swansea University Authors: Martin Bache, Helen Davies
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DOI (Published version): 10.3390/met9111200
The novel titanium alloy TIMETAL® 407 (Ti-407) has been developed as an alternative to Ti-6Al-4V (Ti-6-4), for applications that demand relatively high ductility and energy absorption. Demonstrating a combination of lower strength and greater ductility, the alloy introduces a variety of cost reducti...
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The novel titanium alloy TIMETAL® 407 (Ti-407) has been developed as an alternative to Ti-6Al-4V (Ti-6-4), for applications that demand relatively high ductility and energy absorption. Demonstrating a combination of lower strength and greater ductility, the alloy introduces a variety of cost reduction opportunities, including improved machinability. Thermo-mechanical processing and its effects on microstructure and subsequent mechanical performance are characterised, including a detailed assessment of the fatigue and crack propagation properties. Demonstrating relatively strong behaviour under high-cycle fatigue loading, Ti-407 is nevertheless susceptible to time-dependent fatigue effects. Its sensitivity to dwell loading is quantified, and the associated deformation and fracture mechanisms responsible for controlling fatigue life are explored. The intimate relationship between thermo-mechanical processing, micro-texture and fatigue crack initiation through the generation of quasi-cleavage facets is highlighted. Consistent fatigue crack growth kinetics are demonstrated, independent of local microstructure.
Ti-407; dwell sensitive fatigue; quasi-cleavage facets; micro-texture; macro-zones;
Faculty of Science and Engineering