Analysis of laser cladding of Titanium alloy

Ruan Du Plooy, Esther T. Akinlabi

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In this study, laser cladding of Grade 5 Titanium alloy Ti6Al4V was investigated with the main goal being to optimize the cladding process by specifically optimizing the scanning speed. The scanning speed was varied from 0.5m/min to 3.5m/min in increments of 0.5m/min; while the other parameters were kept constant. Thereafter, a geometrical analysis, porosity analysis, microscopic analysis in the form of optical microscopy and SEM, atomic force microscopic analysis, Vickers microhardness testing and corrosion testing were all performed to ascertain the integrity of the clads and to optimize the process. These tests were corroborated and it was revealed that a scanning speed of 1.5m/min yielded the best all-round clad, i.e. most efficient while maintaining the quality at a relatively high level and can therefore be recommended for typical cladding processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19594-19603
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Today: Proceedings
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event8th International Conference on Materials Processing and Characterization, ICMPC 2018 - Hyderabad, India
Duration: 16 Mar 201818 Mar 2018


  • Laser cladding
  • Laser-metal deposition
  • Scanning speed
  • Titanium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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