A REVIEW ON THE MECHANICAL PERFORMANCE OF SUPERALLOYS
Superalloys are unique high temperature materials which display excellent mechanical properties. Most importantly, these materials possess a remarkable ability to maintain their performances and even improve it further at elevated temperatures. The ability to withstand loading at an operating temperature close to its melting point, a substantial resistance to mechanical degradation over extended periods of time and tolerance to severe operating environments made superalloys outstanding candidates for various niche applications. They are primarily used as the components of turbines, rockets and heat exchangers. For such applications, the performances are restricted by the operating conditions which need to be tolerated by the materials. When significant resistance to loading under static, fatigue and creep conditions is required at high temperature, the nickel-base superalloy is the material of choice. This category of superalloy is utilized particularly beyond 800 oC in gas turbines used for jet propulsion.
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