Strategies for increasing the productivity of pulsed laser cladding of hot-crack susceptible nickel-base superalloy Inconel 738 LC

A novel repair strategy based on decoupled heat source for increasing the productivity of wire-assisted pulsed laser cladding of the [gamma]'-precipitation strengthening nickel-base superalloys Inconel 738 low carbon (IN 738 LC, base material) and Haynes 282 (HS 282, filler material) is presented. The laser beam welding process is supported by the hot-wire technology. The additional energy is utilized to increase the deposition rate of the filler material by increasing feeding rates and well-defining the thermal management in the welding zone. The simultaneous application of laser pulse modulation allows the precise control of the temperature gradients to minimize the hot-crack formation. Accompanying investigations such as high-speed recordings and numerical simulations allow a generalized statement on the influence of the adapted heat management on the resulting weld seam geometry (dilution, aspect ratio and wetting angle) as well as the formation of hot-cracks and lack of fusion between base and filler material. Statistical analysis of the data - the input parameters like laser pulse energy, pulse shape, hot-wire power and wire-feeding rate in conjunction with the objectives like dilution, aspect ratio, wetting angle and hot-cracking behavior - revealed regression functions to predict certain weld seam properties and hence the required input parameters.


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