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Title: Crack propagation and fracture toughness of Ti6Al4V alloy produced by selective laser melting
Authors: Cain, Victoria 
Thijs, L 
van Humbeeck, Jan 
Van Hooreweder, B 
Knutsen, R 
Keywords: Selective laser melting;Ti6Al4V;Fracture toughness;Fatigue crack growth rate;Microstructure
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Additive Manufacturing 5 (2015) 68–76
Abstract: The fracture toughness (K1c) and fatigue crack growth rate (FCGR) properties of selective laser melted (SLM) specimens produced from grade 5 Ti6Al4V powder metal has been investigated. Three specimen orientations relative to the build direction as well as two different post-build heat treatments were considered. Specimens and test procedures were designed in accordance with ASTM E399 and ASTM E647 standard. The results show that there is a strong influence of post-build processing (heat treated versus ‘as built’) as well as specimen orientation on the dynamic behaviour of SLM produced Ti6Al4V. The greatest improvement in properties after heat treatment was demonstrated when the fracture plane is perpendicular to the SLM build direction. This behaviour is attributed to the higher anticipated influence of tensile residualstressfor this orientation. The transformation of the initial rapidly solidified microstructure during heat treatment has a smaller beneficial effect on improving mechanical properties.
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