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Vol. 29. Issue 1.
Materiais 2015
Pages e51-e55 (January - April 2017)
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Vol. 29. Issue 1.
Materiais 2015
Pages e51-e55 (January - April 2017)
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctmat.2016.06.013
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Effect of heat input on microstructure and strength of welds in tantalum and niobium alloys
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M. Bexigaa, A. Tavaresa, F. Meloa, A. Loureirob,
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altino.loureiro@dem.uc.pt

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a ARSOPI – Indústrias Metalúrgicas Arlindo S. Pinho, S.A., Relva - Vila Chã 3730-954 Vale de Cambra, Portugal
b CEMUC – Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Rua Luis Reis Santos, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
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Welding of niobium and tantalum materials is currently conducted in vacuum or inert gas chambers, which limits the size of the equipment to be produced. The objective of this study is to investigate the means to make TIG welding on these materials in atmospheric environment and analyse the effect of heat input on the properties of welds. It was found that it is possible to make TIG welds on these materials in atmospheric environment, provided that adequate protection is ensured on the face and root sides of welds. The increase of weld heat input coarsens the microstructure in melted and heat affected zones of both materials; increases also hardness in melted zones and tensile strength of welds, and there is not an obvious loss of ductility in heat affected zones.

Keywords:
Weld heat-input
tantalum
niobium
microstructure
tensile strength
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