Kluczyński, J.; Śnieżek, L.; Grzelak, K.; Torzewski, J.; Szachogłuchowicz, I.; Wachowski, M.; Łuszczek, J. Crack Growth Behavior of Additively Manufactured 316L Steel—Influence of Build Orientation and Heat Treatment. Materials2020, 13, 3259.
Kluczyński, J.; Śnieżek, L.; Grzelak, K.; Torzewski, J.; Szachogłuchowicz, I.; Wachowski, M.; Łuszczek, J. Crack Growth Behavior of Additively Manufactured 316L Steel—Influence of Build Orientation and Heat Treatment. Materials 2020, 13, 3259.
The effects of build orientation and heat treatment on the crack growth behavior of 316L stainless steel (SS) fabricated via a selective laser melting (SLM) additive manufacturing process were investigated. Significant growth of available research results of additively manufactured metallic parts still needs to be improved. The most important issue connected with properties after additive manufacturing is properties high anisotropy, especially from the fatigue point of view. The research included crack growth behavior of additively manufactured 316L in comparison to conventionally made reference material. Both groups of samples were obtained using precipitation heat treatment. Different build orientation in additively manufactured samples and rolling direction in reference samples were taken into account as well. Precipitation heat treatment of additively manufactured parts allowed to reach similar microstructure and tensile properties to elements conventionally made. The heat treatment positively affected fatigue properties. Additionally, precipitation heat treatment of additively manufactured elements significantly affected the reduction of fatigue cracking velocity and changed the fatigue cracking mechanism.
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