Metallurgical modelling of Ti-6Al-4V for welding applications
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Manufacturing processes such as welding subject the α/β titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V to a wide range of temperatures and temperature rates, generating microstructure variations in the phases and in the precipitate dimensions. In this study, the metallurgical and numerical modelling of Ti-6Al-4V when subjected to a high energy density welding process was affected by a series of analytical equations coded in Sysweld commercial specialist FE welding software. Numerical predictions were compared with experimental results from laser welding tests on plates with different thicknesses, initial microstructural morphologies, and operating conditions. The evolution of the microstructure was described by using a diffusion-based approach when the material was operating in the α + β field, whilst empirical equations were used for temperatures above the β-transus temperature. Predictions made by the subroutines within the FE model were shown to match with reasonable trends when validated using experimental characterisation methods for various metallurgical features, including the α particle size, β grain size, martensitic needle thickness, and relative phase volume fractions.
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Jun 2021|