Phase Transformation and Residual Stress in a Laser Beam Spot-Welded TiAl-Based Alloy


The microstructure, chemical composition, residual stress, and lattice parameter evolution of the welding zone (WZ) and heat-affected zone (HAZ) of a laser-beam-welded TiAl-based alloy were investigated. It was found that both α2 and γ phases remain highly restrained in the WZ edge, and the stresses are relieved in the HAZ. A grain refinement mechanism is proposed, which works by heating the material to the β or α + β phase field for a short time. The lamellar colonies are refined by the Nb-enriched segregations.
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