Studies on Weldability of Powder-Processed Fe-0.35P-0.15C Alloy Using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Process

Abstract

The objective of this study was to investigate the weldability of an iron-based powder metal alloy (Fe-P-C) using the gas tungsten arc welding process (GTAW) with two different filler metals. Optical microscopy revealed that for the Fe-P-C alloys, the fusion-welded zone was free of porosity and cracks. The thickness of the slab was 4 mm. The heat affected zone did not show excessive hardness. The SEM image of the fracture specimen showed elongated dimples. X-Ray mapping confirmed the absence of Fe3P. EPMA was used to determine the ability of carbon in preventing the segregation of P to the grain boundaries. Tensile tests showed that the failures of the specimens occurred always in the base metal with tensile strength slightly superior to the value of unwelded samples. As a result, this investigation showed the feasibility of joining ironbased powder metal alloys by the GTAW process, especially while welding the Fe-P-C alloy.

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Y. Mehta, S. Trivedi, K. Chandra and P. Mishra, "Studies on Weldability of Powder-Processed Fe-0.35P-0.15C Alloy Using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Process," Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering, Vol. 9 No. 3, 2010, pp. 211-229. doi: 10.4236/jmmce.2010.93018.

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