Journal of Metals, Materials and Minerals

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Generally, the rejuvenation heat treatment of degraded turbine blades, which were made of cast nickel based superalloy, Grade Inconel 738, usually consist of solution treatment condition with temperature range of 1125C- 1205C for 3 hours and then following with double aging processes, which include primary aging at 1055C for 1 hour and secondary aging at 845C for 24 hours. However, in practical working conditions of reheat treatment processed, the possible change of temperature during solution treatment can be obtained by error or malfunction of heating furnace, which usually provides the temperature dropping down. To simulate this effect, the dropping temperature during solution treatment was chosen to decrease till the level of 845C, which usually happens in practices then immediately heating up again to solution temperature level. The various selected temperature dropping programs were performed during solution treatment. The maximum number of temperature droppings during the single solution treatment is up to 3 times. From the received results, it was found that the effect of temperature dropping during solution treatment has extremely influenced on the final rejuvenated microstructures.

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