Effect of welding parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a friction stir welded 11Cr-ferritic/martensitic steel

Yutaka S. Sato, Hiroyuki Kokawa, Yasuhide Yano, Yoshihiro Sekio

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Abstract

PNC-FMS is a newly developed 11Cr-ferritic/martensitic steel with good swelling resistance designed for the wrapper tubes of fast reactors. Because fusion welding of PNC-FMS significantly reduces mechanical properties through the formation of a brittle microstructure, friction stir welding (FSW) was attempted as a solid state welding process. FSW was applied to PNC-FMS at 100 to 300 rpm using a Q60 tool, and defect-free welds were obtained. The stir zones had a fine microstructure with ferrite and martensite with the grain size and fraction of martensite increasing with tool rotational speed. Since all welds were overmatched, all transverse tensile specimens failed in the base material. Based on mechanical properties in the stir zone, welds produced at 100 rpm exhibited both higher strengths and elongation than the base material. This study showed that FSW at lower rotational speed produced stir zone microstructures having better mechanical properties in PNC-FMS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFriction Stir Welding and Processing VII - Held During the TMS 2013 Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Pages91-99
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr 25
EventFriction Stir Welding and Processing VII - TMS 2013 Annual Meeting and Exhibition - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: 2013 Mar 32013 Mar 7

Publication series

NameTMS Annual Meeting

Other

OtherFriction Stir Welding and Processing VII - TMS 2013 Annual Meeting and Exhibition
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period13/3/313/3/7

Keywords

  • Ferritic/martensitic steel
  • Friction stir welding
  • Mechanical properties
  • Microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys

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