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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 876539, 5 pages
Research Article

Microstructure Modifications and Associated Corrosion Improvements in GH4169 Superalloy Treated by High Current Pulsed Electron Beam

1The Key Lab of Automobile Materials, Ministry of Education, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Nanling Campus, Changchun 130025, China
2Zhejiang Industry and Trade Vocational College, Wenzhou 325003, China
3School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China

Received 20 November 2014; Accepted 8 February 2015

Academic Editor: Gang Ji

Copyright © 2015 Yichang Su et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The surface of the nickel-based superalloy GH4169 was subjected to high-current pulsed electron beam (HCPEB) treatment. The microstructural morphologies of the material were analysed by means of optical microscope (OP), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results reveal that the irradiated surface was remelted and many craters were formed. The density of craters decreased with the increment of HCPEB pulses. After 20-pulsed HCPEB irradiation, nanostructures were formed in the melted region of the surface. Furthermore, slipping bands and high density of dislocations were also formed due to the severe plastic deformation. The selective purification effect, homogenized composition, nanostructures, and dislocation slips introduced by HCPEB irradiation bring a significant improvement of corrosion resistance of GH4169 superalloy.