Effect of surface roughness on corrosion fatigue performance of AlSi10Mg alloy produced by Selective Laser Melting (SLM)

Avi Leon, Eli Aghion

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Abstract

The main interest in Additive Manufacturing technology relates to its ability to produce complex components with relatively reduced weight that are difficult to produce or cannot be produced by other conventional technologies. Although aluminum alloys are considered attractive material for this technology due to their high specific strength and favorable casting characteristics, their surface roughness may have a detrimental effect on their corrosion resistance and corrosion fatigue behavior in particular. The present study aims at evaluating the effect of surface roughness of AlSi10Mg produced by Selective Laser Melting (SLM) followed by stress-relief heat treatment, on the corrosion resistance and corrosion fatigue performance. This was achieved by comparing the corrosion resistance and low cycle corrosion fatigue behavior of SLM samples with their counterpart samples that were polished. The obtained results indicate that the corrosion resistance and corrosion fatigue life span of the SLM samples after polishing were improved compared to that of the unpolished SLM samples. The relatively reduced corrosion resistance and corrosion fatigue endurance of the unpolished SLM samples was related to their increased surface roughness in the form of large amounts of cavities and other surface defects that are inherently produced by the SLM process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-194
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Characterization
Volume131
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Aluminum
  • Corrosion
  • Corrosion fatigue
  • SLM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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