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Influence of laser beam power on the temperature distribution and dimensions of the molten pool formed during laser boriding of Nimonic 80A-alloy


[ 1 ] Instytut Inżynierii Materiałowej, Wydział Inżynierii Materiałowej i Fizyki Technicznej, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[2.8] Materials engineering

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Journal year: 2023 | Journal volume: vol. 13 | Journal number: iss. 3

Article type

scientific article

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  • laser boriding
  • laser alloying
  • temperature distribution
  • borides
  • hardness

EN Laser boriding is a surface treatment that involves the simultaneous re-melting and mixing of the alloying material, containing amorphous boron blended with diluted polyvinyl alcohol, with the substrate material (Nimonic 80A-alloy). As a result of high cooling rates, the boride layer is formed from a solidifying molten pool. The thickness of the produced layer depends on the laser treatment parameters, e.g., power of the laser beam, scanning rate, and laser beam radius. These parameters influence the temperature distribution on the cross-section of laser tracks and, thus, directly determine the size of the molten pool, from which the boride layer is formed after crystallization. In the present study, laser borided layers were produced on Nimonic 80A alloy using a CO2 molecular laser. Differences in the laser beam power used resulted in the formation of layers of different thicknesses, which resulted directly from the differences in the temperature distribution in the treated material. The amount of boron in the molten pool directly influenced the obtained hardness of the laser borided layer. It was found that the lower laser beam power had an advantageous effect on the hardness due to the higher percentage of nickel borides and chromium borides in the layer. The reasons for this situation are discussed in detail.

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507-1 - 507-18





Article number: 507

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