INFLUENCE OF THE CONTOUR PARAMETER IN MICROSTRUCTURE DUALITY AND FRACTURE INITIATION IN NON-COMBUSTIBLE MAGNESIUM ALLOYS FABRICATED BY LASER POWDER BED FUSION
Bryan ProanoGrand Ballroom E
Non-combustible Mg alloy components fabricated by laser powder bed fusion in as-built conditions have an average ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of 320 MPa, a significantly larger value than its casting counterparts, which present an average UTS of 200 MPa. In addition, it was determined that stable crack extension always starts at the outer surface due to the coarsened microstructure regions present in the area. Therefore, this paper will use fracture mechanics to predict the UTS value by determining the size of the coarsened microstructure region and considering it as a surface crack with the √area parameter. Then, by using a fixed fracture toughness value, the UTS will be predicted. Furthermore, a processing parameter known as contour, which is used for remelting the outer surface of the specimen, can also smoothen the microstructure and potentially increase the UTS value. Results showed that the √area of the surface crack responsible for fracture was 730 μm for the no-contour specimen and 630 μm for a contour specimen. Subsequently, using Murakami’s theory, the predicted UTS is 320 MPa and 345 MPa respectively. Finally, tensile testing was performed to confirm the prediction, showing similar results with an average deviation of 2.9%.