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I. Pikos, A. Kiełbus and J. Adamiec


The Mg-RE alloys are attractive, constructional materials, especially for aircraft and automotive industry, thanks to combination of low density, good mechanical properties, also at elevated temperature, and good castability and machinability. Present paper contains results of fatigue resistance test carried out on Elektron 21 magnesium alloy, followed by microstructural and fractographical investigation of material after test. The as-cast material has been heat treated according to two different procedures. The fatigue resistance test has been conducted with 106 cycles of uniaxial, sine wave form stress between 9 MPa and 90 MPa. Fractures of specimens, which ruptured during the test, have been investigated with scanning electron microscope. The microstructure of specimens has been investigated with light microscopy. Detrimental effect of casting defects, as inclusions and porosity, on fatigue resistance has been proved. Also the influence of heat treatment's parameters has been described.

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I. Pikos, R. Kocurek and J. Adamiec


Modern design solutions of power boiler using the welded fin tubes for heat exchangers. Depending on thermal parameters (pressure and temperature), the heat transfer fluid and flue gas these constructions can be preheater, economizers or superheaters. Their use can significantly increase the energy efficiency of boilers. For the manufacture of welded fin tubes are used non-alloy steels and low-alloy C-Mo, C-Cr-Mo. Analysis of project assumptions supercritical blocks indicates that the range of conventional steel for power and martensitic steels has been depleted. Designing higher performance outlet of steam to 720°C and 35MPa requires the use of austenitic steels and nickel alloys. These materials are not easily available and not fully recognized, both technologically and in terms of materials, especially in the area of their weldability. In this work, performed the review of probably directions of development of materials for the finned tubes, with a particular focus on laser welding technology.