Corrosion behavior and mechanisms of the heat-treated Ti5Cu produced by laser powder bed fusion
School of Engineering / School of Science / Centre for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
This work investigated the corrosion behavior of laser powder bed fusion produced (LPBFed) Ti5Cu and its heat-treated counterparts at 740 and 900 °C (named as HT-740 and HT-900 respectively) in Hank’s solution. The results indicated that the presence of acicular a'-Ti phase in LPBFed Ti5Cu was beneficial to corrosion, but the corrosion resistance of HT-740 and HT-900 were increased owing to the dual-phase microstructure (a'/a-Ti + Ti2Cu) or the increased content of Ti2Cu phase in the microstructure. The Ti2Cu phase could provide an ‘envelope’ protection to the a'/a-Ti phase and slow down the micro-galvanic reaction between a'/a-Ti phase and Ti2Cu phase.