Ti-6Al-4V

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Ti-6Al-4V (UNS designation R56400), also sometimes called TC4, Ti64,[1] or ASTM Grade 5, is an alpha-beta titanium alloy with a high specific strength and excellent corrosion resistance. It is one of the most commonly used titanium alloys and is applied in a wide range of applications where low density and excellent corrosion resistance are necessary such as e.g. aerospace industry and biomechanical applications (implants and prostheses).

Studies of titanium alloys used in armors began in the 1950s at the Watertown Arsenal, which later became a part of the Army Research Laboratory.[2][3]

Increased use of titanium alloys as biomaterials is occurring due to their lower modulus, superior biocompatibility and enhanced corrosion resistance when compared to more conventional stainless steels and cobalt-based alloys.[4] These attractive properties were a driving force for the early introduction of a (cpTi) and a#b (Ti—6Al—4V) alloys as well as for the more recent development of new Ti-alloy compositions and orthopaedic metastable b titanium alloys. The latter possess enhanced biocompatibility, reduced elastic modulus, and superior strain-controlled and notch fatigue resistance.[5] However, the poor shear strength and wear resistance of titanium alloys have nevertheless limited their biomedical use. Although the wear resistance of b-Ti alloys has shown some improvement when compared to a#b alloys, the ultimate utility of orthopaedic titanium alloys as wear components will require a more complete fundamental understanding of the wear mechanisms involved.

Chemistry[edit]

(in wt. %)[6]

V Al Fe O C N H Y Ti Remainder Each Remainder Total
Min 3.5 5.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Max 4.5 6.75 .3 .2 .08 .05 .015 .005 Balance .1 .3

Physical and Mechanical Properties[edit]

One possible microstructure of Ti-6Al-4V alloy with equiaxed alpha grains and discontinuous beta phase

Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy commonly exists in alpha, with hcp crystal structure, (SG : P63/mmc) and beta, with bcc crystal structure, (SG : Im-3m) phases. While mechanical properties are a function of the heat treatment condition of the alloy and can vary based upon properties, typical property ranges for well-processed Ti-6Al-4V are shown below.[7][8][9] Aluminum stabilizes the alpha phase, while vanadium stabilizes the beta phase.[10][11]

Density, g/cm3 Young's Modulus, GPa Shear Modulus, GPa Bulk Modulus,GPa Poisson's Ratio Yield Stress, MPa (Tensile) Ultimate Stress, MPa (Tensile) Hardness, Rockwell C Uniform Elongation, %
Min 4.429 104 40 96.8 0.31 880 900 36 (Typical) 5
Max 4.512 113 45 153 0.37 920 950 -- 18

Ti-6Al-4V has a very low thermal conductivity at room temperature, 6.7 - 7.5 W/m·K,[12][13] which contributes to its relatively poor machinability.[13]

The alloy is vulnerable to cold dwell fatigue.[14]

Heat Treatment of Ti-6Al-4V[edit]

Mill anneal, duplex anneal, and solution treatment and aging heat treatment processes for Ti-6Al-4V. Exact times and temperatures will vary by manufacturer.

Ti-6Al-4V is heat treated to vary the amounts of and microstructure of and phases in the alloy. The microstructure will vary significantly depending on the exact heat treatment and method of processing. Three common heat treatment processes are mill annealing, duplex annealing, and solution treating and aging.[15]

Applications[edit]

  • Implants and prostheses (wrought, cast or by Additive Manufacturing (AM))[16]
  • Additive Manufacturing[17]
  • Parts and prototypes for racing and aerospace industry. Used extensively within the Boeing 787 aircraft.
  • Marine applications
  • Chemical industry
  • Gas turbines
  • Firearm Silencers

Specifications[edit]

  • UNS: R56400
  • AMS Standard: 4911
  • ASTM Standard: F1472
  • ASTM Standard: B265 Grade 5[18]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Gutmanas, E.Y.; Gotman, I. (2004). "PIRAC Ti nitride coated Ti–6Al–4V head against UHMWPE acetabular cup–hip wear simulator study". Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. 15 (4): 327–330. doi:10.1023/B:JMSM.0000021096.77850.c5. PMID 15332594. S2CID 45437647.
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  10. ^ Wanhill, Russell; Barter, Simon (2012), "Metallurgy and Microstructure", Fatigue of Beta Processed and Beta Heat-treated Titanium Alloys, Springer Netherlands, pp. 5–10, doi:10.1007/978-94-007-2524-9_2, ISBN 9789400725232
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  13. ^ a b Yang, Xiaoping; Liu, C. Richard (1999-01-01). "Machining Titanium and Its Alloys". Machining Science and Technology. 3 (1): 107–139. doi:10.1080/10940349908945686. ISSN 1091-0344.
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  15. ^ ASM Committee (2000). "The Metallurgy of Titanium". Titanium: A Technical Guide. ASM International. pp. 22–23.
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  18. ^ "§1.1.5", ASTM B265-20a, Standard Specification for Titanium and Titanium Alloy Strip, Sheet, and Plate, West Conshohocken, PA: ASTM International, 2020, doi:10.1520/B0265-20A, retrieved 13 August 2020