Although TiB reinforced titanium matrix (TiB-Ti) composites exhibit superior wear resistance and strength, they still demonstrate severe problems resulted from lowered toughness and ductility, as compared with titanium and its alloys. To reduce these problems, this paper tailors a three-dimensional quasi-continuous network (3DQCN) microstructure within TiB-Ti composites by in-situ laser deposition-additive manufacturing process. Results show that the laser power has great impacts on the formation of 3DQCN microstructure and the 3DQCN microstructure is beneficial to both strengthening and toughening effects on TiB-Ti composites. To have a quantitative understanding of strengthening effects, this paper, for the first time, has modeled the yield strength of TiB-Ti composites with 3DQCN microstructure.
- Analytical modeling
- Laser deposition-additive manufacturing
- Mechanical properties
- Metal-matrix composites (MMCs)
- Powder processing