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Solute redistribution and Rayleigh number in the mushy zone during directional solidifi cation of Inconel 718

Author(s): Wang Ling | Dong Jianxin | Liu Lin

Journal: China Foundry
ISSN 1672-6421

Volume: 6;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 208;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: superalloy | directional solidification | segregation | fluid flow

The interdendritic segregation along the mushy zone of directionally solidifi ed superalloy Inconel 718 has been measured by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersion analysis spectrometry (EDAX)techniques and the corresponding liquid composition profile was presented. The liquid density and Rayleigh number (Ra) profi les along the mushy zone were calculated as well. It was found that the liquid density difference increased from top to bottom in the mushy zone and there was no density inversion due to the segregation of Nb and Mo. However carbide formation in the freezing range and the preferred angle of the orientated dendrite array could prompt the fl uid fl ow in the mushy zone although there was no liquid density inversion. The largest relative Rayleigh number appeared at 1,326 篊 for Inconel 718 where the fl uid fl ow most easily occurred.
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