The sensitivity of the fatigue limit of an additively manufactured, Ni-based superalloy 718 sample to surface finishing conditions and solute hydrogen was investigated via a series of tension–compression fatigue tests. The results revealed that neither defects nor hydrogen diminished the fatigue limit of the sample. The high defect tolerance of this material is attributed to a large unit of crack initiation in the coarse grain, which eclipses the detrimental effect of AM-process-induced defects. Also, from the results, it is inferred that hydrogen has little effect on the crack propagation rate and the crack growth threshold of the material.
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