As more industries look toward additively manufactured (AM) components to combat lead times, re-design, cost of complexity, etc., those industries are faced with re-evaluating the performance of AM-based materials as compared to their well-documented wrought or machined counterparts. A particular alloy of interest to many industries including aerospace and energy/power generation is Inconel 718 due to its resistance to oxidation and high temperature degradation [1]. Additively manufactured Inconel 718 parts typically receive a series of post-build heat treatments prior to deployment. If not properly controlled, these post-build treatments may introduce secondary precipitates and other inhomogeneities that will affect the parts’ mechanical properties and susceptibility to corrosion. This is specifically true of susceptibility to localized corrosion mechanisms that may lead to crack initiation, accelerated crack growth and ultimately premature failure. By utilizing electrochemical parameter testing to analyze for localized breakdown potentials, this work investigates the variation in tolerance to localized corrosion that results from common post-build heat treatment steps and the secondary phase precipitation that can ensue in Inconel 718 AM parts.

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