Improvement of damping properties in laser processed superelastic Cu-Al-Mn shape memory alloys

TitleImprovement of damping properties in laser processed superelastic Cu-Al-Mn shape memory alloys
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
Authorsb Oliveira JP a, c Zeng Z b, Omori T d, Zhou N b, Miranda RM e, Fernandes FMB a
JournalMaterials and Design
KeywordsAluminum, Copper alloys, Cu-Al-Mn, Cycling behavior, Damping, Elasticity, Energy absorption, Laser materials processing, Laser process, Manganese, Mechanical properties, Post-weld treatment, Seismology, Shape memory effect, Strength of materials, Superelasticity, Tensile strength, Welding, Welds

Cu-based shape memory alloys may be a prime candidate to replace NiTi in specific applications due to their reduced cost and excellent superelasticity. Superelastic Cu-Al-Mn alloy is currently being studied for potential applications as damping systems in seismic devices. However, joining techniques are often required to obtain complex shapes to be incorporated into multi-functional systems. In this study, the effect of post-weld laser processing was investigated in a laser welded superelastic Cu-17Al-11.4Mn (at.%) alloy and the mechanical properties were assessed. It was observed that post-weld laser processing increased the alloy tensile strength to almost the double of the as-welded material while the capability to absorb energy during mechanical cycling increased up to 1.7 times. Thus, laser processing was seen as a suitable technique to improve mechanical properties of welded CuAlMn alloys, supporting the use of these materials in applications where both strength and energy absorption are required, such as in seismic applications. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.