Inconel 718 (also known as Alloy 718, UNS N07718, or 2.4688) was initially created with the intention of being used in supercritical (very hot) steam power plants. Because nickel and chromium make up the majority of the alloy’s composition, it resists oxidation at high temperatures. However, throughout the controlled solution annealing and aging process steps, the addition of Nb, Ti, Al, and Ni generates a series of precipitates, leading to a significant increase in strength and hardness when compared to substitute nickel alloys. The exceptional temperature stability and creep resistance that these precipitates offer also contributed to their increased use in aeronautical applications.
The sharp rise in air travel increased the need for stronger, more efficient turbines that could operate at greater temperatures. The more crucial spinning parts used in turbines have applications for alloy 718. (shafts, sheets, blades, and discs). It is utilized in other parts of contemporary aircraft, such as pressure vessels, supporting structures, and airfoils.
Rocket engine tanks, containers, rings, and pressure vessels are another less typical use that makes use of the same temperature stability, but at cryogenic temperatures as low as 250degC.
Oil & Gas applications make up the majority of Alloy 718’s market outside of the aerospace industry. Although performance at very high temperatures is less of a concern, this alloy offers strong strength and exceptional seawater corrosion resistance. It was very easily accessible in a range of product forms and sizes due to its use in aeronautical applications throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Therefore, fasteners, valve gates, seats, stems, and trim were among the immediate target applications.
Stress corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement problems in production equipment were observed as the surroundings around oil and gas wells become harsher. Alloy 718 already outperformed the majority of previously used alloys, including Alloy K-500. However, the composition could be improved in order to enhance performance in particular applications. Because of this, Alloy 718 is currently offered in accordance with a variety of specifications, including AMS5662/AMS5663 for popular aerospace applications and API 6A CRA, which is most frequently used for applications relating to the oil and gas industry. The degree of the heat treatment process (aging) can produce a number of various strength levels, and it can also be given in a variety of different ways.
The stock program of Newzel Industries is based on API 6A CRA “120ksi,” which equals a 125ksi minimum yield strength. 12″ to 9″ diameter are the sizes that are delivered the most frequently.
Oil & Gas applications span a wide spectrum of industries. Packers (which regulate the flow from the well), hangers (which support the weight of the tubing string), and subsea valves are some of the down-hole applications. Alloy 718 will be used in drill tools as well, making use of its superior strength and non-magnetic properties. Blocks and valves used in well-head “Christmas trees” will largely be made of alloy 718.
Even though Alloy 718 is quite popular, Alloy 925 has gradually replaced it in several of the main applications for completing equipment. Designed with lower nickel content, it offers a significant chance to save money. Even though Alloy 925’s yield strength is a little bit lower than Alloy 718’s, NACE MR0175 permits its use under pressure and temperature restrictions that are comparable to those of Alloy 718. Alloy 925 (UNS N09925) is carried by Newzel Industries in an ever-growing inventory in the most widely used sizes up to 9″ in diameter.
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