Characterization of multi-material 316L-Hastelloy X fabricated via laser powder-bed fusion

Behzad Rankouhi, Zahabul Islam, Frank E. Pfefferkorn, Dan J. Thoma

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The aim of this work is to provide firsthand knowledge of 316 L stainless steel (316 L) and Hastelloy X (HX) multi-material processing via laser powder bed fusion (PBF). Specifically, microstructure of the interface is studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Surface metrology is performed to characterize the resulting surface roughness at the interface followed by tensile and flexural testing of multi-material samples to characterize the mechanical properties of the interfaces. Results showed that use of proper process parameters for each individual material led to formation of a compositional gradient at the interface that stretched for 240 μm (10–12 layers) with no evidence of cracking or porosity. The interface exhibited higher surface roughness compared to 316 L or HX as measured by arithmetic mean height, Sa, and maximum valley depth, Sv, parameters. During tensile testing, samples failed in the 316 L region away from the interface, with comparable yield strength, ultimate strength, and ductility. Finally, it was concluded that the “naturally” formed interface created a compositional gradient which was defect free due to similar values of coefficient of thermal expansion, input energy density, and different Marangoni numbers of the materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number142749
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering: A
StatePublished - Mar 14 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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