An Overview of Very High Cycle Fatigue Behavior of Additively Manufactured Ti-6Al-4V
Palmer Frye and Jutima Simsiriwong
School of Engineering, College of Computing, Engineering & Construction
University of North Florida
Journal Title:Journal of Management and Engineering Integration
This paper presents a brief review on the current state of knowledge of the very high cycle fatigue (VHCF) behavior of metallic parts fabricated using Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes. It has been shown that AM has significant potential to replace traditional manufacturing methods that impose geometric limitations to designs. Powder-based metallic AM methods allow for precise layerwise processing of complex net-shape parts without the use of special tooling or molds. Among various metals commonly used in AM processes, titanium (Ti) 6Al-4V alloy is currently of great interest especially in aerospace applications that contain parts with complex geometries (i.e., turbine blades in jet engines). To safely adapt AM Ti-6Al-4V parts in these applications, their mechanical properties and fatigue behavior must be understood. Various studies have identified AM processinduced defects (i.e., entrapped gas pores, lack of fusion defects between build layers, etc.) to be the main cause of fatigue failure of AM Ti-6Al-4V parts. However, there are limited studies relating to the effects of these defects on the behavior of AM metals in the VHCF regime (beyond 107 cycles). Knowledge of the VHCF behavior of AM Ti-6Al-4V is needed for the aforementioned applications due to the high loading frequencies and long service lives required for these parts.