In this technology area, it is proposed to develop a generic methodology to develop new consumable alloys based on microstructure simulation/modeling & analysis of thermodynamic phase diagrams in conjunction with artificial neural network based methods to optimize the design. Prototype products would be made for the developed design and would be tested for its performance including burning/running characteristics, besides weld metal characterization and physical simulation techniques. This methodology would be applied for developing consumables for special high strength steels, Nickel alloys and Hard facing applications.
Similar to the other technologies, a few selected industry partners would be involved right through the design and development phase. In addition, it is proposed to involve well renowned academic and research institutions in the field of microstructure modeling and analysis of thermodynamic phase diagrams to develop the alloys.
Dr.V.Balusamy of the Metallurgical Engineering department would be the Principal Investigator of this project. The department has extensive expertise to carry out weldability studies for high strength materials and nickel alloys and have carried out many metallurgical studies in such new materials.
Similar to projects 1 & 2, It is planned to have user industry interface to verify the performance quality and consistency of the prototype consumable prior to know how transfer. Suitable technology transfer documents would also be prepared to enable know how transfer to industry.