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Bending properties and fracture behavior of Ti-23AI-17Nb alloy laser beam welding joints

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Guoqing Wang ; Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology of the Ministry of Education, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China ; Aiping Wu ; Guisheng Zou ; Yue Zhao
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Ti-23Al-17Nb alloy is an important high temperature structural material used in the space and aerospace fields. Welding of this alloy is an indispensable processing method, so the microstructures and mechanical properties of these welded joints must be studied to improve the welds. Longitudinal three-point bending tests were conducted to measure the bending ductility of laser beam welded joints. The crack distribution and fracture surface were investigated to further analyze the fracture behavior. The results indicate that the bending ductility decreases as the heat input by the laser beam welding increases. The crack inducing strain reaches 4.24%, while the fracturing strain exceeds 5% when the heat input is below 316 J/cm. If the columnar crystal grain of the weld metal exhibits a uniform orientation, the bending ductility is worse. The fractography analysis shows that the cracking propagates transgranularly and the fracture surface has a cleavage mode.

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Tsinghua Science and Technology  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 3 )