The Processing of porous Ni-Rich TiNi alloys via powder metallurgy and their characterization

Nakaş, Gül İpek
In the scope of this study, TiNi foams with porosities in the range of 39-64 vol% were processed from prealloyed powders by Mg space holder technique. Porous TiNi alloys displayed homogeneously distributed spherical pores with interconnections, which is suitable for bone ingrowth. Porous Ti-50.8 at%Ni alloys were processed by sintering at 1200 °C for 2 h to analyze the microstructure as well as mechanical behavior. SEM, TEM and XRD studies were conducted for the characterization of microstructure and phase analyses in addition to the mechanical characterization performed by monotonic and superelasticity compression tests as well as compressive fatigue tests. It was observed that stress required to trigger martensitic transformation was decreased via increasing porosity. The monotonic compression test results also indicated that altering the porosity content of TiNi foams leads to different monotonic compression behaviors. It was observed that the foams display more bulk deformation like behavior as a composite structure composed of TiNi and macropores when the porosity content was low. As the porosity content has increased, the struts became more effective and deformation proceeds by the collapse of favorable struts. On the other hand, cyclic superelasticity tests results indicated that maximum achieved and recovered strain values at the end of fifth cycle increase while the fraction of strain recovered at the end of fifth cycle decreases with decreasing porosity content. Furthermore, the fatigue lives of the processed foams were observed to vary within a band which has a width decreasing with decreasing σmax / σy yielding an endurance limit ranging in between 26-89 MPa or 0.5-0.6 σy. Fractography studies on the failed foams after fatigue testing revealed that the failure occurs by the coalescence of micro-cracks initiated from pore walls leading to macro-cracks aligned at 45o with respect to the loading axis. In addition to the mentioned characterization studies, the effects of sintering temperature and time on TiNi foams with 58 vol% porosity as well as heat treatment on the microstructure and the mechanical behavior of TiNi foams with 49 vol% porosity were analyzed with SEM and compression tests. Aging of TiNi foams with 49 vol% porosity at 450 °C for 1.5 h has shown that the presence of Ti3Ni4 precipitates improve the superelastic response.


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Citation Formats
G. İ. Nakaş, “The Processing of porous Ni-Rich TiNi alloys via powder metallurgy and their characterization,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2012.