Cold rotary forging of Inconel 718

Mandal, Paranjayee and Lalvani, Himanshu and Tuffs, Martin (2019) Cold rotary forging of Inconel 718. Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 46. pp. 77-99. ISSN 1526-6125

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    Abstract

    The present work includes an in-depth study of microstructure and mechanical property development in a cold rotary forged component manufactured from Inconel 718 alloy. This work is pioneering in that there is no detailed study available in the literature focussing on cold rotary forging of Inconel 718. A tubular preform of 6 mm wall thickness was cold rotary forged into a 90 degree flange part followed by annealing with double aging. The present study provides a thorough analysis of microstructure, hardness and surface roughness evolution from as-received to final cold rotary forged and heat-treated condition including crystallographic texture changes occurring at different stages. The solution-annealed condition of the preform was found to be most suitable for cold rotary forging of Inconel 718. An annealing treatment followed by double-aging imparted desired properties such as homogeneous microstructure, uniform hardness distribution and improved surface roughness into the cold rotary forged Inconel 718 flange. The cold rotary forging can be a cost-effective route for manufacture of axisymmetric components with high material yield and low buy-to-fly ratio for expensive materials such as Inconel 718.