In order to depress the “susceptibility artifacts” in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), improve the mechanical reliability for biomedical structural applications and realize tailor-made medical devices with complex shape, low magnetic Zr-1Mo(wt%) alloy builds with high relative density (c.a. 99.9%) fabricated by laser powder bed fusion process(L-PBF) were subjected to various heat treatment conditions followed by water quenching. After quenching process acicular α′ microsturcture in as-build Zr-1Mo(wt%) alloy builds changed to basket weave α + β structure, unique retained α + ultra fine (α′ + α″) martensite structure or retained α + acicular α′ microsturcture depending on quenching conditions. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution-transmission electron microscope(HR-TEM) revealed a unique retained α + ultra fine (α′ + α″) martensite microstructure in 1123 K specimens. The stress-induced competition between β to α′ transformation and β to α″ transformation contributed to this unique microstructure. This unique microstructure contributed to a good balance between strength (UTS:822 MPa) and ductility (Elongation:11.7%). The volume magnetic susceptibility of quenched Zr-1Mo(wt%) alloy builds maintained low(about 1.01 × 10−4) indicating good MRI compatibility. The magnetic susceptibility of each phase was modified to be χα″ > χβ > χα > χα ′ > χω. Zr-1Mo(wt%) alloy quenched from 1123 K will be an promising candidates for tailor made devices under MRI environments.
- Magnetic resonance imaging compatibility
- Powder bed fusion process
- Quenching process
- Zr-based alloy