There is significant need for Ni-based superalloys in the next generation automotive engine components such as exhaust valves. High temperature, high cycle fatigue life is one of the important properties required for such applications. The focus of this work is to evaluate the effect of microstructure on the high cycle fatigue properties of two Ni-based alloys, alloy 751, an alloy used in these applications at lower temperatures, and Waspaloy. High cycle fatigue lives of the alloys were evaluated using in-situ high temperature fully reversed fatigue tests at 870°C and a nominal frequency of 30 Hz. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the microstructure of the alloys. Computational modeling was used to calculate the equilibrium microstructure and microstructural coarsening at 870°C. Correlation of fatigue properties with microstructure of the alloys shows that for the experimental conditions used in the study, the fatigue life of Waspaloy, which has greater high temperature strength and larger γ’ volume fraction, is better than that of alloy 751. (AU) © 2010 by The Materials, Metals, & Materials Society. All rights reserved.
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