Chromium and nickel equivalency modeling has long been used in welding to determine the weldability of steel chemistries. A study was conducted to determine the applicability of Cr-Ni modeling to the additive manufacturing process. Many AM methods involve rapid solidification of small melt pools, similar to welding. Chemistries with varying Cr/Ni ratios were selected for use in a selective laser melting process and modeled using known models. Initial results indicate that the standard "safe welding zone" may not directly apply to additive manufacturing. The capability to build with chemistries outside the weldability “safe zone” could result in improved and varied properties for additively manufactured materials.
Z. T. Hilton et al., "Studying Chromium and Nickel Equivalency to Identify Viable Additive Manufacturing Stainless Steel Chemistries," Proceedings of the 28th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (2017, Austin, TX), pp. 377 - 386, University of Texas at Austin, Aug 2017.
28th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium -- An Additive Manufacturing Conference, SFF 2017 (2017: Aug. 7-9, Austin, TX)
Materials Science and Engineering
Article - Conference proceedings
09 Aug 2017