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Laser thermal shock and fatigue testing system
Author(s): Vincenzo Fantini; Laura Serri; P. Bianchi
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Paper Abstract

Thermal fatigue consists in repeatedly cycling the temperature of a specimen under test without any other constraint and stopping the test when predefined damage aspects. The result is a lifetime in terms of number of cycles. The parameters of the thermal cycle are the following: minimum and maximum temperature, time of heating, of cooling and time at high or at low temperature. When the temperature jump is very big and fast, phenomena of thermal shock can be induced. Among the numerous techniques used to perform these tests, the laser thermal fatigue cycling is very effective when fast heating of small and localized zones is required. That's the case of test performed to compare new and repaired blades of turbogas machines or components of combustion chambers of energy power plants. In order to perform these tests a thermal fatigue system, based on 1 kW Nd-YAG laser as source of heating, has been developed. The diameter of the heated zone of the specimen irradiated by the laser is in the range 0.5 - 20 mm. The temperatures can be chosen between 200 degree(s)C and 1500 degree(s)C and the piece can be maintained at high and/or low temperature from 0 s to 300 s. Temperature are measured by two sensors: a pyrometer for the high range (550 - 1500 degree(s)C) and a contactless thermocouple for the low range (200 - 550 degree(s)C). Two different gases can be blown on the specimen in the irradiated spot or in sample backside to speed up cooling phase. A PC-based control unit with a specially developed software performs PID control of the temperature cycle by fast laser power modulation. A high resolution vision system of suitable magnification is connected to the control unit to detect surface damages on the specimen, allowing real time monitoring of the tested zone as well as recording and reviewing the images of the sample during the test. Preliminary thermal fatigue tests on flat specimens of INCONEL 738 and HAYNES 230 are presented. IN738 samples, laser cladded by powder of the same material to simulate the refurbishing of a damaged turbine blade after long-term operation, are compared to the parents. Lifetimes are decreasing when high temperature of the cycle is increased and shorter lifetimes of repaired pieces have been found. Laser and TIG welding on HY230 specimens are compared to the parent. Parent and repaired samples have no evidence of cracks after 1500 thermal cycles between 650 and 1000 degree(s)C.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3097, Lasers in Material Processing, (18 August 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281114
Show Author Affiliations
Vincenzo Fantini, CISE SpA (Italy)
Laura Serri, CISE SpA (Italy)
P. Bianchi, ENEL/CRAM (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3097:
Lasers in Material Processing

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