PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO MECHANICAL PROPERTIES AND MICROSTRUCTURAL BEHAVIOUR OF INCONEL ALLOY UNDER WELDED AND UNWELDED CONDITIONS
Keywords:718-Inconel alloy, welding, Tensile test, Hardness, Microstructure, Fractography
This work focusses on analysing mechanical properties and microscopic assessment into Inconel-718 plates in welded and unwelded conditions. Welding was performed by tungsten inert gas welding technique. Two mechanical tests such as tensile test and hardness were performed on both the types of plates to compare the properties of welded joint and unwelded plate. Although Inconel 718 possesses good weldability, the strength, ductility, and hardness of welded joint were reported lesser than these of Unwelded plate. The microstructural images revealed that metal carbides present in Inconel plate had reduced after welding. The ultimate tensile stress and elongation before breaking of welded joint were 16% and 72% lower than Unwelded plate. The fractography analysis of the ruptured part revealed that Unwelded plate possessed higher ductility than welded plate.