Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English Letters)

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 127–135 | Cite as

Cracking Behavior in Additively Manufactured Pure Tungsten

  • Dian-Zheng Wang
  • Kai-Lun Li
  • Chen-Fan Yu
  • Jing Ma
  • Wei Liu
  • Zhi-Jian Shen


In this study, near fully dense (96.5%) pure tungsten bulks were additively manufactured and the cracking behavior was investigated. A crack network with a spacing of ~ 100 μm was observed in the fabricated bulks. It was observed that the laser scanning strategy, which could tailor the microstructure, affected the crack distribution pattern in fabricated tungsten. The calculated surface temperature difference (7300 K) was much higher than the cracking criterion (800 K) of tungsten, indicating that cracking is almost inevitable in laser additive manufacturing of tungsten. It could be concluded that crack network formed because the cracks emerged in every laser molten track and then interconnected in the layer-by-layer building process.


Tungsten Selective laser melting Cracking Microstructure 



This work was supported financially by the National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Science Program of China (No. 2014GB117000) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. U1605243).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of New Ceramic and Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Arrhenius LaboratoryStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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