SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1964

Investigation of Microstructure and Room-Temperature Fracture in SM-200 Nickel-Base Alloy


The deformation and fracture behavior of SM-200, a nickel-base alloy, was studied at room temperature under tension and flexural loading. Electron fractographic techniques were extensively used to determine which phases and fracture mechanisms contributed to the fracture process. In addition, an investigation of the phase constitution of SM-200 using electrolytic phase extraction was conducted in order to relate mechanical behavior to alloy microstructure. A solution heat treatment was employed in an attempt to produce a microstructure exhibiting properties superior to those shown by as-cast material. Failure was found to occur along subgrain boundaries containing titanium carbide particles and massive γ′ clusters in as-cast materials, while TiC and M23C6 particles were considered responsible for subgrain boundary fracture in solution heat-treated specimens.

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Hertzberg, R.
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.
Ford, J.
United Aircraft Corporation, East Hartford, Conn.
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Developed by Committee: E04
Pages: 31–43
DOI: 10.1520/STP48331S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-6802-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6612-7