The hot rolling and superplastic forming response of Ti-6Al-4 V deposits, produced using a unique low pressure centrifugal spray deposition (LPCSD) facility, have been examined. Fundamental information has been generated relating to the parameters which govern microstructural development (porosity distribution, grain size, and α/β phase volume fraction) both during the deposition process and following post-spray thermomechanical processing. As sprayed deposits were characterised by relatively coarse transformed β microstructures, with α lath and prior β grain sizes varying from about 0.6 to 1.1 μm and from 70 to 400 μm respectively, depending on the spray forming environment (Ar or vacuum) and the position within the preform. Despite these coarse microstructural features, and relatively high levels of porosity, single and multipass hot rolling reductions of up to 80% were successfully achieved, yielding microstructures and strain rate sensitivity factors (m values) compatible with superplasticforming grade sheet specifications.
- hot rolling
- Ti-6Al-4 V deposits