Friction stir processing / welding of NiAl bronzes
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Friction stir processing (FSP) of as-cast NiAl bronzes converts the as-cast microstructure to a wrought condition in the volume of materials subjected to the process. This results in improved properties in the absence of component shape change. With the development of portable systems, friction stir processing may enable in situ repair of defective components such as propellers and thus avoid expensive procedures such as dry docking for such repairs.