TENSILE PROPERTIES AND MICROSTRUCTURE OF DIRECT METAL LASER-SINTERED TI6AL4V (ELI) ALLOY

M G Moletsane, Pavel Krakhmalev, N Kazantseva, Anton du Plessis, I Yadroitsava, I Yadroitsev

Abstract


Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is an additive manufacturing technology used to melt metal powder by high laser power to produce customised parts, light-weight structures, or other complex objects. During DMLS, powder is melted and solidified track-by-track and layer-by-layer; thus, building direction can influence the mechanical properties of DMLS parts. The mechanical properties and microstructure of material produced by DMLS can depend on the powder properties, process parameters, scanning strategy, and building geometry. In this study, the microstructure, tensile properties, and porosity of DMLS Ti6Al4V (ELI) horizontal samples were analysed. Defect analysis by CT scans in pre-strained samples was used to detect the crack formation mechanism during tensile testing of as-built and heat-treated samples. The mechanical properties of the samples before and after stress relieving are discussed. 


Keywords


direct metal laser sintering, tensile properties, microstructure, Ti6Al4V

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/27-3-1667

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