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Ultrasonic Nano-Crystal Surface Modification Assisted Gas Nitriding of Ti6Al4V Alloy

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Jun Liu, Zhencheng Ren, Chi Ma, Yalin Dong, Chang Ye

University of Akron, Akron, OH

Paper No. MSEC2017-2847, pp. V002T03A027; 5 pages
doi:10.1115/MSEC2017-2847
From:
  • ASME 2017 12th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the JSME/ASME 2017 6th International Conference on Materials and Processing
  • Volume 2: Additive Manufacturing; Materials
  • Los Angeles, California, USA, June 4–8, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5073-2
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME

abstract

The effects of Ultrasonic Nanocrystal Surface Modification (UNSM) on the gas nitriding of Ti6Al4V alloy has been investigated. The gas nitriding was performed at 700 and 800 °C. The microstructure after UNSM and gas nitriding was characterized using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Microstructural investigations revealed the formation of an approximately 10 μm thick severe plastic deformation (SPD) layer after UNSM treatment. After nitriding at 700 °C and 800 °C, a compound layer consisting of an approximately 0.2 μm and 1.9 μm thick nitride layer was observed in UNSM-treated Ti6Al4V alloy, which exhibits a nearly two-fold increase in nitride layer thickness as compared with the un-treated sample. This suggests that the nitrogen adsorption and the reaction capability are enhanced in the UNSM-treated Ti6Al4V alloy. This enhancement can be attributed to the high density dislocations and grain boundaries introduced by UNSM that serve as efficient diffusivity channels for interstitial gaseous atoms.

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