A microstructural and mechanical property correlation of friction stir processed nickel aluminum bronze
Williams, Robert A.
McNelley, Terry R.
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Friction Stir Processing (FSP) is novel technique for localized modification of the surface layer of materials. FSP produces high local strains, strain rates and local temperatures that are 0.8 - 0.9 Tm, where Tm is the melting point. The processing enhances the microstructural and mechanical properties of materials through intense plastic deformation. This thesis examines the microstructure and tensile properties in FSPed Nickel Aluminum Propeller Bronze (NAB) as a function of position in the stir zone using a unique miniature tensile sample design. Test materials were single and multi-pass FSP runs from both 6 mm and 13 mm tools. Tensile ductility was observed to increase from 11 percent to more than 30 percent elongation to fracture at locations along the center of the stir zone. Yield and ultimate strengths also increased two-fold. These improved properties were associated with the formation of WidmanstaÌ tten [a] and fine, equiaxed [a] at peak temperatures of approximately 1000 [degrees] C in these locations. Some locations in the heat affected zone (HAZ) or thermomechanically affected zone (TMAZ) exhibited ductilities below that of as-cast material. Such regions had microstructures that contained a dark-etching constituent formed by cooling after being heated to approximately 800 [degrees] C.
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