2008 Volume 49 Issue 11 Pages 2702-2708
The excellent pseudoelasticity, shape memory and biocompatibility of Nitinol has made it a leading candidate for various applications, including aerospace, micro-electronics and medical devices. Challenges associated with the welding Nitinol need to be resolved before its full potential in practical applications can be attained. The current study details the effects of process parameters on the mechanical and pseudoelastic properties of Ni-rich pulsed Nd:YAG laser welded Nitinol. The weld strength, pseudoelastic and cyclic loading properties for varying welding parameters are compared to those of the base metal. Furthermore, fracture surfaces have been analysed and detailed. Results show that process parameters greatly influence the mechanical performance and fracture mode of weldments.