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Mechanical Behavior of Additively Manufactured Molybdenum and Fabrication of Microtextured Composites...

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Journal of the Minerals Metals & Materials Society (JOM)
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1 to 13

Refractory metals are a class of high-melting-temperature materials suitable for use in extreme environment applications. Interestingly, during additive manufacturing many pure refractory metals exhibit a switch from (001) to (111) build direction fiber preference with increasing surface energy density. We exploit this solidification physics to fabricate material with “mesoscale composite” engineered structures consisting of features with contrasting (001) and (111) build direction microtextures. Separately, elevated temperature tensile testing of EBM fabricated material with a randomized distribution of mixed (001)/(111)-fiber grains is shown to exhibit excellent properties. These results are utilized to build a crystal plasticity model for evaluating the local inelastic response of the composite mesoscale structures. Analysis of printed microstructures and microstructure-scale simulations indicate that both macro-scale and localized material behavior may be tailored. This strategy can be potentially used to synthesize materials with optimized performance for high-temperature applications.