Ductile Fracture Behaviour of Hot Isostatically Pressed Inconel 690 Superalloy

Adam J. Cooper, Andrew Sherry

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    Herein we assess the differences in Charpy impact behavior between Hot Isostatically Pressed and forged Inconel 690 alloy over the temperature range of 300 °C to − 196 °C. The impact toughness of forged 690 exhibited a relatively small temperature dependence, with a maximum difference of ca. 40 J measured between 300 °C and − 196 °C, whereas the HIP’d alloy exhibited a difference of approximately double that of the forged alloy over the same temperature range. We have conducted Charpy impact testing, tensile testing, and metallographic analyses on the as-received materials as well as fractography of the failed Charpy specimens in order to understand the mechanisms that cause the observed differences in material fracture properties. The work supports a recent series of studies which assess differences in fundamental fracture behavior between Hot Isostatically Pressed and forged austenitic stainless steel materials of equivalent grades, and the results obtained in this study are compared to those of the previous stainless steel investigations to paint a more general picture of the comparisons between HIP vs forged material fracture behavior. Inconel 690 was selected in this study since previous studies were unable to completely omit the effects of strain-induced martensitic transformation at the tip of the Chary V-notch from the fracture mechanism; Inconel 690 is unable to undergo strain-induced martensitic transformation due to the alloy’s high nickel content, thereby providing a sister study with the omission of any martensitic transformation effects on ductile fracture behavior.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A - Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
    Early online date18 Jan 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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