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Int Poster J Dent Oral Med 11 (2009), No. 4     15. Dec. 2009

Int Poster J Dent Oral Med 2009, Vol 11 No 4, Poster 469

The importance of heat treating nickel based alloys used in fixed prostheses technology

Language: English
 

Authors:
Assist. Prof. Dr. Sorin Porojan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Liliana Sandu, Assist. Prof. Dr. Florin Topala, Prof. Dr. Cristina Maria Bortun,
"Victor Babes" University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, University School of Dentistry, Timisoara, Romania

Date/Event/Venue:
May 8, 2008
14th Swiss Conference on Biomaterials
Basel, Switzerland
 

Introduction

Nickel alloys may be subjected to different types of pre- and post-weld heat treatments, depending on the chemical composition, fabrication requirements and intended use. Ni-Cr alloys used in dental technology belong to the precipitation hardened alloys and their mechanical properties are developed by heat treatment to produce a fine distribution of particles in a nickel rich matrix [1-4].
 

Objectives

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of heat treatments on microplasma welded Ni-Cr alloys with different composition used in dental technology, by metallographic analyses and microhardness tests.
 

Material and Methods

The casting alloys used in this study were Ni-Cr alloys: Wirolloy (Ni 63.2, Cr 23.0, Fe 9.0, Mo 3.0, Si 1.8, C < 1.0, Bego, Bremen, Germany), Wirolloy NB (Ni 67.0, Cr 25.0, Si 15.0, Mo 5.0, Mn, Nb, B, C < 1.0, Bego, Bremen, Germany). For the experimental study 16 plates were cast conventionally using an induction melting centrifugal casting machine Orcacast (П dental, Budapest, Hungary). Half of them were coold slowly at room temperature and half quickly, quenching them in cold water.
After casting, the plates were divested, air abraded with 250μm Al2O3 particles, grinded and prepared for welding by polishing and degreasing.
The plates were matched and welded using microplasma Welder (Schütz-Dental, Rosbach, Germany).
Each specimen was bilaterally welded in a butt joint configuration, with a spot overlapping of more than 60%, using 0.5 mm in diameter wolfram electrode for joining and 1 mm diameter for surface fining. The pulse delay was maintained at 30 ms and the argon quantity at 5-6 l/min in all cases. The used power step was 8 for joining and 4 for fining (Fig. 1).
Half of the welded specimens were heat treated using a furnace (Sirio 720S, Sirio Dental, Meldola, Italy), 60 min at 800°C and then cooled uniformly to room temperature. They were analyzed metallographic, and the microhardness was determined in the base metal (BM), weld metal (WM) and heat affected zone (HAZ).

Fig. 1a-b: Microscopically aspect of the welded surface

Results

Cracks appear along the joining line and are propagated along the grain boundaries. The cracks and the modification of the microstructure due to the rapid heating and solidification process can be a real problem and affect the quality of the weld (Fig. 2).

Fig. 2a: Metallographic aspects of the welded samples: Wirolloy
Fig. 2b: Metallographic aspects of the welded samples: Wirolloy with pre-weld heat treatment
Fig. 2c: Metallographic aspects of the welded samples: Wirolloy NB
Fig. 2d: Metallographic aspects of the welded samples: Wirolloy NB with pre-weld heat treatment
Fig. 2e: Metallographic aspects of the welded samples: Wirolloy with post-weld heat treatment
Fig. 2f: Metallographic aspects of the welded samples: Wirolloy with pre-weld and post-weld heat treatment
Fig. 2g: Metallographic aspects of the welded samples: Wirolloy NB with post-weld heat treatment
Fig. 2h: Metallographic aspects of the welded samples: Wirolloy NB with pre-weld and post-weld heat treatment

The dendritic microstructure of the BM became finer especially for Wirolloy and the microhardness values decreased after after heat treatments for Wirolloy and increased for Wirolloy NB (Tab. 1).

Sample Examined area Microhardness HV1
1 BM 224, 229
HAZ 257, 251
WM 229
2 BM 239, 214
HAZ 263, 269
WM 251
3 BM 251, 245
HAZ 269, 290
WM 290
4 BM 234, 214
HAZ 276, 251
WM 269
5 BM 159, 201
HAZ 197, 219
WM 193
6 BM 201, 197
HAZ 201, 245
WM 189
7 BM 305, 389
HAZ 348, 321
WM 290
8 BM 313, 239
HAZ 321, 276
WM 358
Tab. 1: Microhardness values for samples 1-8
 

Conclusions

Even the chemical composition of the alloys was similar; their behavior at heat treatment was different. Therefore it is important that the heat treatments procedures be particularized for each alloy type. The microhardness reduction was obtained only for Wirolloy. Regarding the metallographic structure, the most affected by heat treatment was the same alloy.
 

Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Grant CNCSIS_171 from the Ministry of Education and Research, Romania.
 

Literature

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This Poster was submitted by Assist. Prof. Dr. Sorin Porojan.
 

Correspondence address:
Assist. Prof. Dr. Sorin Porojan
"Victor Babes" University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara
University School of Dentistry
2 L. Blaga Str., App. 5
code 300002, Timisoara, Romania