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  1. Degradation assesment of aluminum alloy 6061-T6 using ultrasonic attenuation measurements

    Ultrasonic methods are widely used to degradation assesment. Remaining life cycle of metal can be estimated by ultrasonic parameters because ultrasonic velocity and attenuation are affected by change of material properties with accumulated fatigue in the metal. Therefore, in this study, we will estimate overall change of material properties by 2D C scan image. Fatigued aluminum alloy 6061-T6 samples from 0 to 85% were prepared for evaluating fatigue life cycle. Also, degraded image of materials using attenuation is proposed to estimate degree of material degradation for determining degraded area of fatigued samples. Finally, we will predicts process pf degradation with measured attenuation of fatigued aluminum alloy 6061-T6 samples

  2. The Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Porous Anodic 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy Oxide Film

    Tsung-Chieh Cheng; Chu-Chiang Chou

    2015-01-01

    The properties of the growth of the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy oxide were studied using sulfuric acid anodization. The parameters for the manufacturing process include electrolyte categories, electrolyte concentration, and operating voltages. The results showed that the aluminum oxides obtained by anodization process are mainly amorphous structure and the anodic current density is an important factor affecting the rate of response for oxygen and aluminum ions in barrier. In this experiment, polis...

  3. A Study of the Quench Sensitivity of 6061-T6 and 6069-T6 Aluminum Alloys

    M. E. Kassner; P. Geantil; Li, X

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the quench sensitivity of the mechanical properties of 6061 and 6069 aluminum alloys. The relationship between mechanical properties and quench delay time at various temperatures between 200–500°C was determined. It was concluded that the 6069-T6 was somewhat more quench sensitive than 6061, which may be consistent with the composition difference. This study also provides increased data on the quench sensitivity of the traditional alloy, 6061-T6.

  4. Friction Stir Weldabilities of AA1050-H24 and AA6061-T6 Aluminum Alloys

    Huijie LIU; Hidetoshi FUJIN; Masakatsu MAEDA; Kiyoshi NOGI

    2005-01-01

    The friction stir weldabilities of the strain-hardened AA1050-H24 and precipitate-hardened AA6061-T6 aluminum alloys were examined to reveal the effects of material properties on the friction stir welding behavior. The experimental results are obtlained. (1) For AA1050-H24, the weld can possess smoother surface ripples; there is no elliptical weld nugget in the weld; there is no discernible interface between the stir zone and the thermomechanically affected zone;and the internal defect of the weld looks like a long crack and is located in the lower part of the weld. (2) For AA6061-T6, the weld usually possesses slightly rougher surface ripples; an elliptical weld nugget clearly exists in the weld; there are discernible interfaces among the weld nugget, thermomechanically affected zone and heat affected zone; and the internal defect of the weld is similar to that of the AA1050-H24 weld. (3) The effective range of welding parameters for AA1050-H24 is narrow, while the one for AA6061-T6 is very wide. (4) The maximum tensile strength efficiency of the AA1050-H24 joints is similar to that of the AA6061-T6 joints, i.e. 79% and 77%, respectively.

  5. Experiments and simulation for 6061-T6 aluminum alloy resistance spot welded lap joints

    Florea, Radu Stefanel

    This comprehensive study is the first to quantify the fatigue performance, failure loads, and microstructure of resistance spot welding (RSW) in 6061-T6 aluminum (Al) alloy according to welding parameters and process sensitivity. The extensive experimental, theoretical and simulated analyses will provide a framework to optimize the welding of lightweight structures for more fuel-efficient automotive and military applications. The research was executed in four primary components. The first section involved using electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) scanning, tensile testing, laser beam profilometry (LBP) measurements, and optical microscopy(OM) images to experimentally investigate failure loads and deformation of the Al-alloy resistance spot welded joints. Three welding conditions, as well as nugget and microstructure characteristics, were quantified according to predefined process parameters. Quasi-static tensile tests were used to characterize the failure loads in specimens based upon these same process parameters. Profilometer results showed that increasing the applied welding current deepened the weld imprints. The EBSD scans revealed the strong dependency between the grain sizes and orientation function on the process parameters. For the second section, the fatigue behavior of the RSW'ed joints was experimentally investigated. The process optimization included consideration of the forces, currents, and times for both the main weld and post-heating. Load control cyclic tests were conducted on single weld lap-shear joint coupons to characterize the fatigue behavior in spot welded specimens. Results demonstrate that welding parameters do indeed significantly affect the microstructure and fatigue performance for these welds. The third section comprised residual strains of resistance spot welded joints measured in three different directions, denoted as in-plane longitudinal, in-plane transversal, and normal, and captured on the fusion zone, heat affected zone

  6. Tensile and fracture behavior of AA6061-T6 aluminum alloys: micro-mechanical approach

    The AA6061-T6 aluminum alloy was chosen as the material for the core vessel of the future Jules Horowitz testing reactor (JHR). The objective of this thesis is to understand and model the tensile and fracture behavior of the material, as well as the origin of damage anisotropy. A micro-mechanical approach was used to link the microstructure and mechanical behavior. The microstructure of the alloy was characterized on the surface via Scanning Electron Microscopy and in the 3D volume via synchrotron X-ray tomography and laminography. The damage mechanism was identified by in-situ SEM tensile testing, ex-situ X-ray tomography and in-situ laminography on different levels of triaxiality. The observations have shown that damage nucleated at lower strains on Mg2Si coarse precipitates than on iron rich intermetallics. The identified scenario and the in-situ measurements were then used to develop a coupled GTN damage model incorporating nucleation, growth and coalescence of cavities formed by coarse precipitates. The relationship between the damage and the microstructure anisotropies was explained and simulated. (author)

  7. Rupture locations of friction stir welded joints of AA2017-T351 and AA6061-T6 aluminum alloys

    LIU Hui-jie; FENG Ji-cai; H. Fujii; M. Maeda; K. Nogi

    2005-01-01

    The tensile rupture locations of friction stir welded joints of AA2017-T351 and AA6061-T6 aluminum alloys were examined. The experiments show that the rupture locations of the joints are different for the two aluminum alloys, which are influenced by the welding parameters. When the joints are free of welding defects, the AA2017-T351 joints are ruptured in the weld nugget adjacent to the thermo-mechanically affected zone on the advancing side and the rupture surfaces appear as oval contours of the weld nugget, while the AA6061-T6 joints are ruptured in the heat affected zone on the retreating side and the rupture surfaces are inclined at a certain degree to the bottom surfaces of the joints. When welding defects are present in the joints, the AA2017-T351 joints are ruptured in the weld center, while the AA6061-T6 joints are ruptured on the retreating side near the weld center. The rupture locations of the joints are dependent on the internal structures of the joints and can be explained through them.

  8. Fatigue limit investigation of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy in giga-cycle regime

    In order to investigate the fatigue limit micro-mechanism of a precipitation-hardened Al–Mg–Si alloy (6061-T6), the alloy was subjected to very-high-cycle fatigue (VHCF) of over 109 cycles by an ultrasonic fatigue method. Two kinds of specimens, one with smooth surface and the other with a small artificial hole on the surface, were compared. The smooth specimens showed no distinct fatigue limit. Conversely, the holed specimens showed clear fatigue limit which had been generally deemed to be absent in non-ferrous alloys. In addition to the conventional fatigue crack growth (FCG) observation by replica technique, metallographically critical analyses by electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and cross-sectional focused ion beam (FIB) were conducted to reveal the micro-plasticity associated with FCG. It was found that the fatigue life of smooth specimens at low stress amplitude was controlled by an unstoppable FCG mechanism mediated by persistent slip bands (PSBs). On the other hand, the emergence of distinct fatigue limit in holed specimens was attributed to a non-propagating crack having mode I characteristics in essence. No coaxing effect was, however, confirmed for such non-propagating cracks. The above results, which were somewhat different from previous ones obtained by rotating bending under normal frequency, were discussed in terms of both metallurgical and mechanical points of view

  9. Effect of laser shock processing on fatigue crack growth and fracture toughness of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy

    Laser shock processing (LSP) or laser shock peening is a new technique for strengthening metals. This process induces a compressive residual stress field which increases fatigue crack initiation life and reduces fatigue crack growth rate. Specimens of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy are used in this investigation. A convergent lens is used to deliver 1.2 J, 8 ns laser pulses by a Q-switch Nd:YAG laser, operating at 10 Hz. The pulses are focused to a diameter of 1.5 mm onto a water-immersed type aluminum samples. Effect of pulse density in the residual stress field is evaluated. Residual stress distribution as a function of depth is assessed by the hole drilling method. It is observed that the higher the pulse density the larger the zone size with compressive residual stress. Densities of 900, 1350 and 2500 pulses/cm2 with infrared (1064 nm) radiation are used. Pre-cracked compact tension specimens were subjected to LSP process and then tested under cyclic loading with R = 0.1. Fatigue crack growth rate is determined and the effect of LSP process parameters is evaluated. Fatigue crack growth rate is compared in specimens with and without LSP process. In addition fracture toughness is determined in specimens with and without LSP treatment. It is observed that LSP reduces fatigue crack growth and increases fracture toughness in the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy

  10. Effect of laser peening with different energies on fatigue fracture evolution of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy

    Sheng, J.; Huang, S.; Zhou, J. Z.; Lu, J. Z.; Xu, S. Q.; Zhang, H. F.

    2016-03-01

    To deeply understand the effect of laser peening (LP) with different laser pulse energies on 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, the fatigue fracture morphologies evolution process at various fatigue crack growth (FCG) stages and the corresponding strengthen mechanism were investigated. At the initial stage of FCG, more fatigue micro-cliffs were found after LP, while the fatigue striation spacing simultaneously reduced. A "stop-continue" phenomenon of crack propagation was discovered for laser peened samples. The fatigue striation spacing at the middle stage of FCG increased significantly while compared with that at the initial stage, in addition, the fatigue striation spacing decreased with an increase in laser pulse energy. Fracture morphologies in transition region of laser peened samples exhibit a mixing fracture characteristic of striations and dimples. The laser peened sample with laser pulse energy of 7 J presents more circuitous growing paths. Due to the complex stress state induced by LP, dimples with different sizes appeared in the final fracture region.

  11. Effect of Welding Speeds on Mechanical Properties of Level Compensation Friction Stir Welded 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy

    Wen, Quan; Yue, Yumei; Ji, Shude; Li, Zhengwei; Gao, Shuangsheng

    2016-04-01

    In order to eliminate the flash, arc corrugation and concave in weld zone, level compensation friction stir welding (LCFSW) was put forward and successfully applied to weld 6061-T6 aluminum alloy with varied welding speed at a constant tool rotational speed of 1,800 rpm in the present study. The glossy joint with equal thickness of base material can be attained, and the shoulder affected zone (SAZ) was obviously reduced. The results of transverse tensile test indicate that the tensile strength and elongation reach the maximum values of 248 MPa and 7.1% when the welding speed is 600 mm/min. The microhardness of weld nugget (WN) is lower than that of base material. The tensile fracture position locates at the heat affected zone (HAZ) of the advancing side (AS), where the microhardness is the minimum. The fracture surface morphology represents the typical ductile fracture.

  12. Quench sensitivity of hot extruded 6061-T6 and 6069-T6 aluminum alloys

    Bergsma, S C; Kassner, M E; Li, X; Rosen, R S

    2000-08-08

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the quench sensitivity of mechanical properties of hot extruded 6061 and 6069 aluminum alloys. The relationship between mechanical properties and quench delzty time at various temperatures between 200-500 C was determined. It was concluded that the 6069-T6 was somewhat more quench sensitive than 6061, which may be consistent with the composition difference.

  13. Angular distortion and through-thickness residual stress distribution in the friction-stir processed 6061-T6 aluminum alloy

    Residual stresses were measured through the thickness of friction-stir processed (FSP) 6061-T6 aluminum-alloy plates using neutron diffraction. Two different specimens were prepared to study the relationship between residual stress distributions through the thickness of the plate and angular distortion: (Case 1) a plate processed with both stirring pin and tool shoulder, i.e., a typical FSP plate subjected to both plastic deformation and frictional heat, and (Case 2) a plate processed only with the tool shoulder, i.e., subjected mainly to the frictional heating. The measured residual stress profiles show relatively small through-thickness residual stress variations in Case 1, while there is a significant through-thickness residual stress variations in Case 2. The main cause of the geometric angular distortion could be related to the non-uniform distribution of the frictional heat generated by the tool shoulder leading to the asymmetric distributions of the residual stress through the thickness of the FSP plate

  14. Present status on the mechanical characterization of aluminum alloys 5754-NET-O and 6061-T6 irradiated at high fluences

    The conception of the Jules Horowitz Reactor (JHR) requires to qualify at high neutron fluences the alloys which will be used for the tank, the core components and the experimental devices. To validate the choice of an aluminum alloy for the JHR tank, we started an extensive characterization program of Al-alloys irradiated in research reactors during at least 15 years. For this program, we investigated some highly irradiated materials : the AG3-NET in annealed condition (5754-NET-O) and the 6061-T6. The 5754-NET-O is coming from components replaced during the refurbishment of the OSIRIS and ORPHEE reactors operated by CEA at Saclay (France). The components are the lattice structure of OSIRIS irradiated for 30 years (from 1966 to 1996), and the cold source shell of ORPHEE irradiated for 15 years (from 1980 to 1995). The 6061-T6 alloy is extracted from rods used as beryllium plug during 32 years in the BR2 reactor located at Mol (Belgium). This paper describes the mechanical tests (tension, fracture toughness) already performed on these materials. The effect of neutron fluence on mechanical properties of the AG3-NET-O (5754-NET-O) and 6061-T6 alloys is investigated. Finally, an outline of the further program for the qualification of the JHR tank and experimental devices is provided for both alloys. In non-irradiated condition, erosion resistance tests are in progress, and welding ability is tested on different grades of 6061-T6. For the irradiated condition, an irradiation of specimens in the alloy chosen for the tank will be performed in OSIRIS. A great part of these specimens will be transferred into the JHR and used for a surveillance program of the tank. (author)

  15. Super Polishing of Aluminum 6061-T6 Mirrors Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — An innovative 2D super-polishing process for Aluminum 6061-T6 planar mirrors which removes diamond point turning (DPT) grooves and attains rms surface finishes...

  16. Investigation on dissimilar underwater friction stir lap welding of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy to pure copper

    Highlights: • 6061-T6 Al and pure Cu were successfully underwater friction stir lap welded. • The underwater weld was analyzed via comparing with the classical weld. • The oxidation of Cu was prevented via the external water. • The amount of Al–Cu intermetallic was decreased by the external water. • The thickness of Al–Cu diffusion interlayer was decreased by the external water. - Abstract: Friction stir welding (classical FSW) is considered to offer advantages over the traditional fusion welding techniques in terms of dissimilar welding. However, some challenges still exist in the dissimilar friction stir lap welding of the aluminum/copper (Al/Cu) metallic couple, among which the formation of the Al–Cu intermetallic compounds is the major problem. In the present research, due to the fact that the formation and growth of the intermetallic are significantly controlled by the thermal history, the underwater friction stir welding (underwater FSW) was employed for fabricating the weld, and the weld obtained by underwater FSW (underwater weld) was analyzed via comparing with the weld obtained under same parameters by classical FSW (classical weld). In order to investigate the effect of the external water on the thermal history, the K-type thermocouple was utilized to measure the weld temperature, and it is found that the water could decrease the peak temperature and shorten the thermal cycle time. The XRD results illustrate that the interface of the welds mainly consist of the Al–Cu intermetallic compounds such as CuAl2 and Cu9Al4 together with some amounts of Al and Cu, and it is also found that the amount of the intermetallic in the underwater weld is obvious less than in the classical weld. The SEM images and the EDS line scan results also illustrate that the Al–Cu diffusion interlayer at the Al–Cu interface of the underwater weld was obviously thinner than that of the classical weld

  17. Joint properties of dissimilar Al6061-T6 aluminum alloy/Ti–6%Al–4%V titanium alloy by gas tungsten arc welding assisted hybrid friction stir welding

    Highlights: • Hybrid friction stir welding for Al alloy and Ti alloy joint has been carried out. • Mechanical strength of dissimilar joint by HFSW and FSW has been compared. • Microstructure of dissimilar joint by HFSW and FSW has been compared. - Abstract: Hybrid friction stir butt welding of Al6061-T6 aluminum alloy plate to Ti–6%Al–4%V titanium alloy plate with satisfactory acceptable joint strength was successfully achieved using preceding gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) preheating heat source of the Ti alloy plate surface. Hybrid friction stir welding (HFSW) joints were welded completely without any unwelded zone resulting from smooth material flow by equally distributed temperature both in Al alloy side and Ti alloy side using GTAW assistance for preheating the Ti alloy plate unlike friction stir welding (FSW) joints. The ultimate tensile strength was approximately 91% in HFSW welds by that of the Al alloy base metal, which was 24% higher than that of FSW welds without GTAW under same welding condition. Notably, it was found that elongation in HFSW welds increased significantly compared with that of FSW welds, which resulted in improved joint strength. The ductile fracture was the main fracture mode in tensile test of HFSW welds

  18. Fatigue design curves for 6061-T6 aluminum

    Yahr, G.T.

    1993-06-01

    A request has been made to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee that 6061-T6 aluminum be approved for use in the construction of Class 1 welded nuclear vessels so it can be used for the pressure vessel of the Advanced Neutron Source research reactor. Fatigue design curves with and without mean stress effects have been proposed. A knock-down factor of two is applied to the design curve for evaluation of welds. The basis of the curves is explained. The fatigue design curves are compared to fatigue data from base metal and weldments.

  19. Microstructure and mechanical properties of twin-wire arc sprayed Ni-Al composite coatings on 6061-T6 aluminum alloy sheet

    Ji-xiao Wang; Jing-shun Liu; Lun-yong Zhang; Jian-fei Sun; Zhi-ping Wang

    2014-01-01

    We have systematically studied the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ni-5wt%Al and Ni-20wt%Al composite coat-ings fabricated on 6061-T6 aluminum alloy sheet by twin-wire arc spraying under different experimental conditions. The abrasive wear be-havior and interface diffusion behavior of the composite coatings were evaluated by dry/wet rubber wheel abrasive wear tests and heat treat-ment, respectively. Experimental results indicate that the composite coatings exhibit features of adhesive wear. Besides, the Vickers micro-hardness of NiAl and Ni3Al intermetallic compounds is relatively larger than that of the substrate, which is beneficial for enhancing the wear resistance. With the increase of annealing temperature and time, the interface diffusion area between the Ni-Al coating and the substrate gradually expands with the formation of NiAl3 and Ni2Al3 phases, and is controlled by diffusion of aluminum atoms. The grain growth ex-ponent n of diffusion kinetics of the Ni-Al coating, calculated via a high-temperature diffusion model at 400, 480, and 550°C, is between 0.28 and 0.38. This satisfies the cubic law, which is consistent with the general theoretical relationship of high-temperature diffusion.

  20. Microstructure and mechanical properties of twin-wire arc sprayed Ni-Al composite coatings on 6061-T6 aluminum alloy sheet

    Wang, Ji-xiao; Liu, Jing-shun; Zhang, Lun-yong; Sun, Jian-fei; Wang, Zhi-ping

    2014-05-01

    We have systematically studied the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ni-5wt%Al and Ni-20wt%Al composite coatings fabricated on 6061-T6 aluminum alloy sheet by twin-wire arc spraying under different experimental conditions. The abrasive wear behavior and interface diffusion behavior of the composite coatings were evaluated by dry/wet rubber wheel abrasive wear tests and heat treatment, respectively. Experimental results indicate that the composite coatings exhibit features of adhesive wear. Besides, the Vickers microhardness of NiAl and Ni3Al intermetallic compounds is relatively larger than that of the substrate, which is beneficial for enhancing the wear resistance. With the increase of annealing temperature and time, the interface diffusion area between the Ni-Al coating and the substrate gradually expands with the formation of NiAl3 and Ni2Al3 phases, and is controlled by diffusion of aluminum atoms. The grain growth exponent n of diffusion kinetics of the Ni-Al coating, calculated via a high-temperature diffusion model at 400, 480, and 550°C, is between 0.28 and 0.38. This satisfies the cubic law, which is consistent with the general theoretical relationship of high-temperature diffusion.

  1. Microscopic Observation of the Side Surface of Dynamically-Tensile-Fractured 6061-T6 and 2219-T87 Aluminum Alloys with Pre-Fatigue

    Itabashi, Masaaki; Nakajima, Shigeru; Fukuda, Hiroshi

    After unexpected failure of metallic structure, microscopic investigation will be performed. Generally, such an investigation is limited to search striation pattern with a SEM (scanning electron microscope). But, when the cause of the failure was not severe repeated stress, this investigation is ineffective. In this paper, new microscopic observation technique is proposed to detect low cycle fatigue-impact tensile loading history. Al alloys, 6061-T6 and 2219-T87, were fractured in dynamic tension, after severe pre-fatigue. The side surface of the fractured specimens was observed with a SEM. Neighboring fractured surface, many opened cracks on the side surface have been generated. For each specimen, the number of the cracks was counted together with information of individual sizes and geometric features. For 6061-T6 alloy specimen with the pre-fatigue, the number of the cracks is greater than that for the specimen without the pre-fatigue. For 2219-T87 alloy, the same tendency can be found after a certain screening of the crack counting. Therefore, the crack counting technique may be useful to detect the existence of the pre-fatigue from the dynamically fractured specimen surface.

  2. Comparative investigation of friction stir welding and fusion welding of 6061-T6 and 5083-O aluminum alloy based on mechanical properties and microstructure

    S. Jannet

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In this paper, the mechanical properties of welded joints of 6061 T6 and 5083 O aluminium alloy obtained using friction stir welding (FSW with four rotation speed (450, 560, 710 and 900 rpm and conventional fusion welding are studied. Design/methodology/approach: FSW welds were carried out on a milling machine. The performance of FSW and Fusion welded joints were identified using tensile, hardness and microstructure. Findings: Better tensile strength was obtained with FSW welded joints. The width of the heat affected zone of FSW was narrower than Fusion welded joints welded joints Research limitations/implications: Properties FSW and Fusion Welded processes were also compared with each other to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the processes for welding applications of the Al alloy. Originality/value: The results show that FSW improves the mechanical properties of welded joints.

  3. Mechanical shielding reduces weld surface cracking in 6061 T6 aluminum

    Hill, J. E.

    1968-01-01

    Mechanical shield of high melting point material protects 6061-T6 aluminum welded with high frequency ac tungsten arc equipment. It is held in place around the weld bead area and eliminates heat check cracks.

  4. Resistance spot welding of 6061-T6 aluminum: Failure loads and deformation

    Highlights: → Failure loads in 6061-T6 aluminum resistance spot welded joints were investigated. → Force, displacement, and time were captured prior complete failure. → Nugget and microstructure characteristics were quantified. → We used laser beam profilometry and electron back scatter diffraction techniques. → Process sensitivity was captured and optimal welding conditions were established. -- Abstract: This study offers a novel research approach to compare weld quality for different welding conditions in order to achieve optimal end-product results. Using electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) scanning, tensile testing, and laser beam profilometry (LBP) measurements along with optical microscopy (OM) images, failure loads and deformation of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, resistance spot welded (RSW) joints were experimentally investigated. Three welding conditions, nugget and microstructure characteristics were quantified according to predefined process parameters. Quasi-static tensile tests were used to characterize the failure loads in specimens based upon these same process parameters. Profilometer results showed that the larger the applied welding current, the deeper the weld imprints. In addition, good correlation was obtained between the EBSD scans and the welding conditions. A strong dependency was found between the grain size and orientation and the welding parameters.

  5. Investigation of Hot Cracking Sensitivity of Al 6061-T6 Alloy during Pulsed GTA Welding

    The temperatures and steep thermal gradients associated with welding, produce high tresses and complex transient stress patterns. These factors often combine to produce racking in the weld and HAZ region. Cracking is a major concern in welding aluminum alloys. This is due to the relatively high thermal expansion of aluminum, he large change in volume upon solidification and the wide solidification temperature range. High heat inputs, resulting from high currents and slow welding speeds, increase the thermal stress, solidification shrinkage and partially melted region, thus contributing to both the weld solidification cracking and HAZ liquation cracking. Aluminum alloys continue to be studied by many investigators, since many of the higher strength aluminum alloys arc susceptible to cracking in one or both of the weld metal and the partially molten heat affected zone, forming liquation cracks in the latter case. A1 6061-T6 alloy, one of the most widely used industrial heat treatable aluminum alloys, is particularly prone to cracking during arc welding. High-energy beam processes, such as electron beam welding that result in minimal heat input educe crack sensitivity, but their high cost limits their applications. In this study, the conventional continuous current gas tungsten arc welding process was improved by using pulsed-arc welding. Pulsed GTAW reduces the heat input and improves the weld penetration. The Unrestraint test to compare the hot cracking sensitivities of different alloys during using both GTA and gas metal arc (GMA) welding was developed by Savage and Lundin in 1965. In the present paper, the effects of using pulsed GTAW process on the observed solidification cracking and HAZ liquation , racking arc examined, using the Unrestraint test and plates of a commercial heat of Al 6061-T6 alloy. Microstructural characteristics of the Unrestraint tested welds were evaluated by optical and scanning electron microscopy and by energy-dispersive spectroscopy for

  6. High strength and high ductility behavior of 6061-T6 alloy after laser shock processing

    Gencalp Irizalp, Simge; Saklakoglu, Nursen

    2016-02-01

    The plastic deformation behavior of 6061-T6 alloy which was subjected to severe plastic deformation (SPD) at high strain rates during laser shock processing (LSP) was researched. In LSP-treated materials, the near surface microstructural change was examined by TEM and fracture surfaces after tensile testing were examined by SEM. An increase in strength of metallic materials brings about the decrease in ductility. In this study, the results showed that LSP-treated 6061-T6 alloy exhibited both high strength and high ductility. TEM observation showed that stacking fault (SF) ribbon enlarged, deformation twins formed and twin boundary increased in LSP-treated 6061-T6 alloy. This observation was an indication of stacking fault energy (SFE) decrease. Work hardening capability was recovered after LSP impacts.

  7. Dissimilar friction welding of 6061-T6 aluminum and AISI 1018 steel: Properties and microstructural characterization

    Joining of dissimilar materials is of increasing interest for a wide range of industrial applications. The automotive industry, in particular, views dissimilar materials joining as a gateway for the implementation of lightweight materials. Specifically, the introduction of aluminum alloy parts into a steel car body requires the development of reliable, efficient and economic joining processes. Since aluminum and steel demonstrate different physical, mechanical and metallurgical properties, identification of proper welding processes and practices can be problematic. In this work, inertia friction welding has been used to create joints between a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy and a AISI 1018 steel using various parameters. The joints were evaluated by mechanical testing and metallurgical analysis. Microstructural analyses were done using metallography, microhardness testing, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray elemental mapping, focused ion beam (FIB) with ultra high resolution SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in TEM and STEM modes. Results of these analysis first suggested that joint strengths on the order of 250 MPa could be achieved. In addition, failures were seen in the plasticized layer on the aluminum side of the joint. Further, bond lines were characterized by a thin layer of formed Al-Fe intermetallic. This intermetallic layer averaged roughly 250 nm thick and compositionally appears related to the FeAl and Fe2Al5 phases.

  8. Effect of the welding profile generated by the modified indirect electric arc technique on the fatigue behavior of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy

    This paper reports the effect of the welding profile generated by the modified indirect electric arc (MIEA) technique on the fatigue behavior of 6061-T6 welded joints. The calculations are based on the effect of the stress concentration factor produced by the characteristic geometry of the welding profile formed during the welding process. It was found that the fatigue life of welded samples using this welding technique was larger in comparison with data reported in the literature. Also, measurements of microhardness and tension testing were performed to account for the effect of different levels of fatigue damage on the mechanical properties of these welds. Experimental findings reveal that, with reference to undamaged samples, fatigue damage increases the microhardness in the weld metal and heat affected zone (HAZ) whereas it only produces a moderate increase in yield strength of approximately 14% for a 75% of fatigue damage. Tensile and fatigue tests indicate that the thermal affection undergone by the plates during fusion welding dictates failure in the HAZ under tension stress but not under fatigue. The failure mechanism under fatigue is discussed in terms of theoretical analyses and fractography.

  9. Mechanical Characteristics and Microstructure on Friction Stir Welded Joints with 6061-T6 Aluminium Alloy

    This paper shows mechanical properties and behaviors of macro- and micro-structures on friction stir welded specimen with 6061-T6 aluminum alloy plate. It apparently results in defect-free weld zone jointed at welding conditions like the traverse speed of 267mm/min, tool rotation speed of 2500rpm, pin inserted depth of 4.5mm and tilting angle of 2 .deg. with tool dimensions such as tool pin diameter of 5mm, shoulder diameter of 15mm and pin length of 4.5mm. The tensile stress σT=228MPa and the yield point σY=141MPa are obtained at the condition of traverse speed of 267mm/min and tool rotation speed of 2500rpm. With the constant rotation speed, the higher traverse speed become, the higher tensile stress and yielding point become. Vickers hardness for welding zone profile were also presented

  10. Gas tungsten arc welding assisted hybrid friction stir welding of dissimilar materials Al6061-T6 aluminum alloy and STS304 stainless steel

    Highlights: ► GTAW assisted hybrid friction stir welding (HFSW) has been carried out for dissimilar butt joint. ► Mechanical strength of dissimilar butt joint by HFSW and FSW has been investigated and compared. ► Microstructure of dissimilar butt joint by HFSW and FSW has been investigated and compared. -- Abstract: The aim of this research is to evaluate the potential for using the gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) assisted hybrid friction stir welding (HFSW) process to join a stainless steel alloy (STS304) to an aluminum alloy (Al6061) in order to improve the weld strength. The difference in mechanical and microstructural characteristics of dissimilar joint by friction stir welding (FSW) and HFSW has been investigated and compared. Transverse tensile strength of approximately 93% of the aluminum alloy (Al6061) base metal tensile strength is obtained with HFSW, which is higher than the tensile strength of FSW welds. This may be due to the enhanced material plastic flow and partial annealing effect in dissimilar materials due to preheating of stainless steel surface by GTAW, resulting in significantly increased elongation of welds. The results indicate that HFSW that integrates GTAW preheating to FSW is advantageous in joining dissimilar combinations compared to conventional FSW.

  11. Corrosion of type 6061-T6 aluminum in mercury and mercury vapor

    To examine potential corrosion of aluminum maintenance equipment in environments periodically containing mercury vapor and droplets of liquid mercury, c-rings of 6061-T6 aluminum have been exposed to a series of screening tests. The tests included vapor phase exposures as well as immersion of stressed and unstressed c-rings in the as-received condition and with chemical treatments to modify the passive film. Test conditions included the temperature range 0-160 deg. C, times of 3-30 days and, in addition to liquid Hg, various Hg vapor environments including residual air, residual helium and condensing conditions. The results indicate 6061-T6 is quite susceptible to pitting and cracking when immersed in Hg for even a brief time, but at least one chemical treatment was shown to improve corrosion resistance under immersion conditions. Type 6061-T6 was found to be essentially immune to vapor phase corrosion for the conditions examined, with only very minor development of pits or pit precursors

  12. The influence of a aging thermal treatment on the mechanical properties of 6061 T6 and 6063 T5 aluminums

    Because of its light weight and its good mechanical properties, aluminum alloys have been used traditionally in the production of structural airplane components and car parts. Aluminum alloys with magnesium-silicon (Al-Mg-Si), 6XXX series, respond acceptably to the aging thermal treatment; because the magnesium and silicon permit precipitation hardening, which significantly changes the mechanical properties of this alloy. Two aluminums were selected for this study: 6061 T6 and 6063 T5, which were thermally treated at 120oC, 150oC and 180oC for 8, 12, 24, 48 and 72 hours with later quenching in water. An experimental design established the number of test specimens needed to analyze the phenomena. Later, tension tests were developed to verify the property changes undergone during the thermal treatment. The results are presented in performance graphs that show the influence of time and temperature on the mechanical properties of the chosen aluminums

  13. Heat input effect of friction stir welding on aluminium alloy AA 6061-T6 welded joint

    Sedmak Aleksandar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the heat input and maximum temperature developed during friction stir welding with different parameters. Aluminium alloy (AA 6061-T6 has been used for experimental and numerical analysis. Experimental analysis is based on temperature measurements by using infrared camera, whereas numerical analysis was based on empirical expressions and finite element method. Different types of defects have been observed in respect to different levels of heat input.

  14. Prevention of non-ductile fracture in 6061-T6 aluminum nuclear pressure vessels

    The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee has approved rules for the use of 6061-T6 and 6061-T651 aluminum for the construction of Class 1 welded nuclear pressure vessels for temperatures not exceeding 149 C (300 F). Nuclear Code Case N-519 allows the use of this aluminum in the construction of low temperature research reactors such as the Advanced Neutron Source. The rules for protection against non-ductile fracture are discussed. The basis for a value of 25.3 MPa √m (23 ksi √in.) for the critical or reference stress intensity factor for use in the fracture analysis is presented. Requirements for consideration of the effects of neutron irradiation on the fracture toughness are discussed

  15. Prevention of nonductile fracture in 6061-T6 aluminum nuclear pressure vessels

    The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee has approved rules for the use of 6061-T6 and 6061-T651 aluminum for the construction of Class 1 welded nuclear pressure vessels for temperatures not exceeding 149 C (300 F). Nuclear Code Case N-519 will allow the use of this aluminum in the construction of low-temperature research reactors such as the Advanced Neutron Source. The rules for protection against nonductile fracture are discussed. The basis for a value of 25.3 MPa√m (23 ksi √in.) for the critical or reference stress intensity factor for use in the fracture analysis is presented. Requirements for consideration of the effects of neutron irradiation on the fracture toughness are discussed

  16. Cavitation pitting and erosion of aluminum 6061-T6 in mineral oil water

    Rao, B. C. S.; Buckley, D. H.

    1983-01-01

    Cavitation erosion studies of aluminum 6061-T6 in mineral oil and in ordinary tap water are presented. The maximum erosion rate (MDPR, or mean depth of penetration rate) in mineral oil was about four times that in water. The MDPR in mineral oil decreased continuously with time, but the MDPR in water remained approximately constant. The cavitation pits in mineral oil were of smaller diameter and depth than the pits in water. Treating the pits as spherical segments, we computed the radius r of the sphere. The logarithm of h/a, where h is the pit depth and 2a is the top width of the pit, was linear when plotted against the logarithm of 2r/h - 1.

  17. The corrosion protection of 6061-T6 aluminum by a polyurethane-sealed anodized coat

    Danford, M. D.

    1990-01-01

    The corrosion protection of 6061-T6 anodized aluminum afforded by a newly patented polyurethane seal was studied using the ac impedance technique. Values of the average corrosion rates over a 27-day exposure period in 3.5 percent NaCl solutions at pH 5.2 and pH 9.5 compared very favorably for Lockheed-prepared polyurethane-sealed and dichromate-sealed coats of the same thickness. Average corrosion rates for both specimens over the first 7 days of exposure compared well with those for a hard anodized, dichromate-sealed coat, but rose well above those for the hard anodized coat over the entire 27-day period. This is attributed both to the greater thickness of the hard anodized coat, and possibly to its inherently better corrosion protective capability.

  18. Development of electron beam welding of 6061-T6 aluminium alloy for the Jules Horowitz Reactor - Development of the electron beam welding of the 6061-T6 aluminium alloy

    In a text and in a Power Point presentation, the author first evokes the interesting properties of the 6061-T6 aluminium alloy and the problems its raises as far as welding is concerned. He also evokes that hundreds of tests and characterizations (destructive and non destructive testing) of TIG, MIG and EB (electron beam) welding processes have been performed before the selection of the electron beam welding process. The author discusses the weldability of aluminium alloys, and more particularly that of the 6061-T6 alloy (control of mechanical properties of the welded joint, hot cracking during welding, solidification or liquation)

  19. Shock-loading response of 6061-T6 aluminum-alumina metal-matrix composites

    Vecchio, K.; Gray, G

    1994-01-01

    The purpose of this research is to systematically study the influence of peak-shock pressure and second-phase reinforcement on the structure/property response of shock-loaded 6061-T6 Al-alumina composites. The reload stress-strain response of monolithic 6061-T6 Al showed no increased shock hardening compared to the unshocked material deformed to an equivalent strain. The reload stress-strain response of the shock-loaded 6061-T6 Al-alumina composites exhibits a lower reload yield strength than...

  20. Cold Metal Transfer joining of magnesium AZ31B-to-aluminum A6061-T6

    Automotive manufacturers are faced with increasing pressure to reduce vehicle weight, improve fuel economy, reduce emissions, and enhance vehicle safety and performance. Therefore, an increasing number of vehicle structures are built using a combination of dissimilar materials such as steel, aluminum and magnesium. Though the advantages are potentially huge, this hybrid fabrication approach raises substantial technical challenges to the design of vehicle structures and the associated joining processes. Once two elements (e.g., magnesium–aluminum, aluminum–steel) are mixed in a high temperature welding pool, brittle intermetallic phases (IMP) can be easily formed. Experimental observations showed that a series of intermetallic phases will greatly reduce the mechanical performance of the welded dissimilar materials. In this study, welding of 1 mm thick magnesium AZ31B-to-1 mm thick aluminum A6061-T6 using a 1.6 mm diameter aluminum filler wire 4047 was investigated. Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) arc welding technique was adopted. The key feature of this process is that the motion of the wire has been integrated into the overall control of the process. The wire retraction motion assists droplet detachment during the short circuit, thus the metal can transfer into the welding pool without the aid of the electromagnetic force. In this way the heat input and spatter can be controlled and the IMP formation minimized thereby improving the joint strength. Extensive experiments were performed and analyzed. It was found that although extensive efforts have been exercised to control the heat input, Mg-rich intermetallic γ-Al12Mg17 and Al-rich intermetallic β-Al3Mg2 were still produced in the weld. Fracture surfaces of CMT welded AZ31B–Al6061-T6 joints exhibited the Mg-rich intermetallic (γ-Al12Mg17) which contributes to the weld strength degradation. To improve the joint, minimizing the content of the intermetallics especially Mg-rich intermetallics (γ-Al12Mg17) is

  1. Surface Roughness Models and Their Experimental Validation in Micro Milling of 6061-T6 Al Alloy by Response Surface Methodology

    Jie Yi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to the widespread use of high-accuracy miniature and micro features or components, it is required to predict the machined surface performance of the micro milling processes. In this paper, a new predictive model of the surface roughness is established by response surface method (RSM according to the micro milling experiment of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy which is carried out based on the central composite circumscribed (CCC design. Then the model is used to analyze the effects of parameters on the surface roughness, and it can be concluded that the surface roughness increases with the increasing of the feed rate and the decreasing of the spindle speed. At last, based on the model the contour map of the surface roughness and material removal rate is established for optimizing the process parameters to improve the cutting efficiency with good surface roughness. The prediction results from the model have good agreement with the experimental results.

  2. The effect of coatings on deuterium retention and permeation in aluminum 6061-T6 APT tritium production tubes

    The accelerator production of tritium project will utilize spallation neutrons incident on thousands of 3He gas filled metal tubes to produce tritium by way of the exothermic 3He(n,p)3H reaction. Tritons with energies up to 192 keV and protons with energies up to 576 keV are directly implanted into the tube walls. To minimize tritium retention in the tubes and permeation into the coolant surrounding the tubes, it is desirable to have the implanted tritium migrate back to the inner surface of the tubes and rapidly recombine to be released as T2 and HT. Aluminum alloy (Al 6061-T6) is the primary candidate material for fabrication of the tubes. Aluminum alloy samples implanted with deuterons and protons to fluences as high as 3x1022 D (and p)/m2 were studied. Deuterium retention was measured by mass spectrometry during thermal desorption. Approximately 10% of the implanted deuterium was retained. Copper, nickel and anodized coatings on aluminum alloy were studied as possible methods of reducing retention and permeation of the tritium. In these experiments, the Cu and Ni coatings reduced the retention significantly, whereas retention increased in the anodized coated sample

  3. Cerium-based conversion coatings to improve the corrosion resistance of aluminium alloy 6061-T6

    Highlights: • Cerium-based conversion coatings. • Cerium salt sources assisted with hydrogen peroxide. • Protective properties of the conversion coating. - Abstract: Cerium-based conversion coatings were deposited on aluminium alloy 6061-T6 by immersion in two cerium salt sources (chloride- and nitrate-based) assisted with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The morphology and composition of the coatings were analysed using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Electrochemical measurements to assess corrosion behaviour were performed using free corrosion potential, polarisation and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with a 3% NaCl solution. The influence of H2O2 on the generation of the coating was studied by cyclic voltammetry tests. The protective properties of the coating generated are heavily dependent upon the chelating effect, chaotropic anion, the pH and H2O2 content

  4. Erosion of aluminum 6061-T6 under cavitation attack in mineral oil and water

    Rao, B. C. S.; Buckley, D. H.

    1985-01-01

    Studies of the erosion of aluminum 6061-T6 under cavitation attack in distilled water, ordinary tap water and a viscous mineral oil are presented. The mean depth of penetration for the mineral oil was about 40 percent of that for water at the end of a 40 min test. The mean depth of penetration and its rate did not differ significantly for distilled and tap water. The mean depth of penetration rate for both distilled and tap water increased to a maximum and then decreased with test duration, while that for mineral oil had a maximum during the initial period. The ratio h/2a of the pit depth h to the pit diameter 2a varied from 0.04 to 0.13 in water and from 0.06 to 0.20 in mineral oil. Scanning electron microscopy indicates that the pits are initially formed over the grain boundaries and precipitates while the surface grains are deformed under cavitation attack.

  5. Recovery of Mechanical Properties of a 6061-T6 Aluminum Weld by Heat Treatment After Welding

    Pérez, Javier Serrano; Ambriz, Ricardo Rafael; López, Francisco Fernando Curiel; Vigueras, David Jaramillo

    2016-07-01

    The dilution effects in welds of a 6061-T6 (Al-Si-Mg) alloy obtained by the modified indirect electric arc (MIEA), using an ER4043 filler metal (Al-Si), and postweld heat treatment (PWHT) were analyzed. The soft zone (55 to 70 HV0.1) formed by the microstructural transformation in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) was eliminated. The hardness measurements were presented on a traditional microhardness profile and mapping representation. A hardening effect of the fusion zone was observed; the hardness values were above 120 HV0.1 and tended to be uniform. This behavior could be attributed to the chemical composition of the filler metal, the Mg migration from the base to the weld metal, and the reversible process of the PWHT, which promotes precipitation hardening. Improvement for yield (260 MPa) and tensile strength (310 MPa) of the MIEA joints was observed; these values were similar to those obtained for the base metal. However, the presence of porosity in the fusion zone limits the ductility of the joints (4.3 pct). Even though the yield and tensile strengths of the base metal and welded joints were similar, the stress concentration due to porosity in the weld metal generated data dispersion in fatigue life. As a consequence, the high-cycle fatigue life decreases with respect to the base metal. In contrast, when the crack propagates under elastic conditions, the crack-tip singularity is affected by the porosity in the weld metal (stress liberator). This aspect, in conjunction with the hardening effect in joints subjected to PWHT, improves the fatigue crack growth rate when compared to the as-welded condition.

  6. Recovery of Mechanical Properties of a 6061-T6 Aluminum Weld by Heat Treatment After Welding

    Pérez, Javier Serrano; Ambriz, Ricardo Rafael; López, Francisco Fernando Curiel; Vigueras, David Jaramillo

    2016-05-01

    The dilution effects in welds of a 6061-T6 (Al-Si-Mg) alloy obtained by the modified indirect electric arc (MIEA), using an ER4043 filler metal (Al-Si), and postweld heat treatment (PWHT) were analyzed. The soft zone (55 to 70 HV0.1) formed by the microstructural transformation in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) was eliminated. The hardness measurements were presented on a traditional microhardness profile and mapping representation. A hardening effect of the fusion zone was observed; the hardness values were above 120 HV0.1 and tended to be uniform. This behavior could be attributed to the chemical composition of the filler metal, the Mg migration from the base to the weld metal, and the reversible process of the PWHT, which promotes precipitation hardening. Improvement for yield (260 MPa) and tensile strength (310 MPa) of the MIEA joints was observed; these values were similar to those obtained for the base metal. However, the presence of porosity in the fusion zone limits the ductility of the joints (4.3 pct). Even though the yield and tensile strengths of the base metal and welded joints were similar, the stress concentration due to porosity in the weld metal generated data dispersion in fatigue life. As a consequence, the high-cycle fatigue life decreases with respect to the base metal. In contrast, when the crack propagates under elastic conditions, the crack-tip singularity is affected by the porosity in the weld metal (stress liberator). This aspect, in conjunction with the hardening effect in joints subjected to PWHT, improves the fatigue crack growth rate when compared to the as-welded condition.

  7. Laser Shock Processing of 6061-T6 Al alloy with 1064 nm and 532 nm wavelengths

    Gomez-Rosas, G., E-mail: gomezrg@hotmail.com [Departamento de Fisica, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Exactas e Ingenierias, CUCEI, Universidad de Guadalajara, Blvd. Marcelino Garcia Barragan 1421, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44430 (Mexico); Rubio-Gonzalez, C. [Centro de Ingenieria y Desarrollo Industrial, Pie de la cuesta No. 702, Desarrollo San Pablo, Queretaro, Qro. 76130 (Mexico); Ocana, J.L.; Molpeceres, C.; Porro, J.A.; Morales, M. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada a la Ingenieria Industrial, ETSII. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain); Casillas, F.J. [Departamento de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnologicas, Universidad de Guadalajara, Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco 47460 (Mexico)

    2010-08-01

    Laser Shock Processing (LSP) has been proposed as a competitive alternative technology to classical treatments for improving fatigue and wear resistance of metals. We present a configuration and results in the LSP concept for metal surface treatments in underwater laser irradiation at 532 nm and 1064 nm. The purpose of the work is to compare the effect of both wavelengths on the same material. A convergent lens is used to deliver 1.2 J/pulse (1064 nm) and 0.9 J/pulse (532 nm) in a 8 ns laser FWHM pulse produced by 10 Hz Q-switched Nd:YAG laser with spots of a 1.5 mm in diameter moving forward along the work piece. A LSP configuration with experimental results using a pulse density of 2500 pulses/cm{sup 2} and 5000 pulses/cm{sup 2} in 6061-T6 aluminum samples are presented. High level compressive residual stresses are produced using both wavelengths. It has been shown that surface residual stress level is comparable to that achieved by conventional shot peening, but with greater depths. This method can be applied to surface treatment of final metal products.

  8. Laser Shock Processing of 6061-T6 Al alloy with 1064 nm and 532 nm wavelengths

    Laser Shock Processing (LSP) has been proposed as a competitive alternative technology to classical treatments for improving fatigue and wear resistance of metals. We present a configuration and results in the LSP concept for metal surface treatments in underwater laser irradiation at 532 nm and 1064 nm. The purpose of the work is to compare the effect of both wavelengths on the same material. A convergent lens is used to deliver 1.2 J/pulse (1064 nm) and 0.9 J/pulse (532 nm) in a 8 ns laser FWHM pulse produced by 10 Hz Q-switched Nd:YAG laser with spots of a 1.5 mm in diameter moving forward along the work piece. A LSP configuration with experimental results using a pulse density of 2500 pulses/cm2 and 5000 pulses/cm2 in 6061-T6 aluminum samples are presented. High level compressive residual stresses are produced using both wavelengths. It has been shown that surface residual stress level is comparable to that achieved by conventional shot peening, but with greater depths. This method can be applied to surface treatment of final metal products.

  9. Effects of Intermittent Versus Continuous Heating upon the Tensile Properties of 2024-T4, 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 Alloys

    Stickley, G. W.; Anerson, H. L.

    1956-01-01

    In some applications, aluminum alloys are subjected to intermittent heating at elevated temperature. It is generally considered that the effects of such intermittent heating are cumulative, and therefore are the same as if the heating had been continuous for the same total length of time. The object of these tests was to determine the effects of intermittent and continuous heating at 300 and 400 F, for total periods of 100 and 200 hr, upon the tensile properties of 2024-T4 and 6061-T6 alloy rolled-and-drawn rod and 7075-T6 alloy extrusions, at room temperature and at the temperature of heating.

  10. Electrochemical corrosion characteristics of aluminium alloy 6061 T6 in demineralized water containing 0.1 % chloride ion

    Direct current electrochemical method is one of the techniques has been used to study the corrosion behaviour of metal/alloy in its environment. This paper attempts to investigate the corrosion behaviour of Al 6061 T6 immersed in Reactor TRIGA Mark II pool water containing about 0.1% NaCl content. The result shown that the corrosion rate value of the aluminium 6061 T6 increased with the presence of 0.1 % Ion Chloride content in the demineralized water reactor pool as compared to normal demineralized water. This is due to aggressiveness of chloride ion attack to metal surface. Beside corrosion rate analysis, the further tests such as corrosion behaviour diagram, cyclic polarization have been carried and the results have been reported. (author)

  11. Electrochemical corrosion characteristics of aluminium alloy 6061 T6 in demineralized water containing 0.1 % chloride ion

    Direct current electrochemical method is one of the techniques has been used to study the corrosion behaviour of metal/ alloy in its environment. This paper attempts to investigate the corrosion behaviour of Al 6061 T6 immersed in Reactor TRIGA Mark II pool water containing about 0.1 % NaCl content. The result shown that the corrosion rate value of the aluminium 6061 T6 increased with the presence of 0.1 % Ion Chloride content in the demineralized water reactor pool as compared to normal demineralized water. This is due to aggressiveness of chloride ion attack to metal surface. Beside corrosion rate analysis, the further tests such as corrosion behaviour diagram, cyclic polarization have been carried and the results have been reported. (Author)

  12. Finite Element Simulation in Superplastic forming of Friction Stir Welded Aluminium Alloy 6061-T6

    P Ganesh

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Superplasticity in materials is the ability of materials to achieve large elongation only under specific conditions of temperature and strain rate. Superplastic Forming (SPF is an important industrial process that has found application in sheet metal forming in the aerospace and automotive industries. Friction Stir Welding (FSW is a solid state joining process that can alter the grain structure of the parent material. FSW process is an effective tool to refine the grain structure of the sheet metal and enhance their Superplasticity. Friction Stir Welding was used to join Superplastic AA 6061-T6 sheets. The Finite Element Simulation was performed for the Superplastic Forming of the Friction Stir Welded joints to evaluate the thinning and formability of AA 6061-T6 for hemispherical shape. The commercially available Finite Element Software ABAQUS was used to execute these simulations.

  13. Ballistic limit of 6061 T6 aluminum and threat to surface coatings for use with orbiting space station space suit materials

    Fish, D.

    1986-01-01

    In recent years orbiting satellites, spent components, collisions and explosions have populated the near earth orbit with debris potentially more hazardous than the average meteoroid debris. This new debris has an average density of aluminum (2.78 g/cc) and an average encounter velocity of 10 km/sec. The space station will require many hours of work in this environment and there is concern over hazard to the assembly personnel. A proposed hard suit design utilizes 6061-T6 Aluminum for most of its exposed area. The aluminum surface will be treated for thermal and radiation control. The basic thickness of this suit will be on the order of 1.78 mm (0.070 inches). The selection of 6061-T6 Aluminum for space suits for use on the space station would appear to be worthwhile. The relatively ductile behavior of 6061-T6 aluminum is better than a choice of a more brittle material.

  14. Development of the electron beam welding of the aluminium alloy 6061-T6 for the Jules Horowitz reactor

    The aluminium alloy 6061-T6 has been selected for the construction of the Jules Horowitz's reactor vessel. This reactor vessel is pressurized and will be made through butt welding of ∼ 2 cm thick aluminium slabs. The electron beam welding process has been tested and qualified. It appears that this welding process allows: -) welding without pre-heating, -) vacuum welding, -) welding of 100% of the thickness in one passage, -) very low deforming welding process, -) very low density and very low volume of blow holes, -) weak ZAT (Thermal Affected Zones), and -) high reproducibility that permits automation. (A.C.)

  15. Effect of laser-arc hybrid welding on fracture and corrosion behaviour of AA6061-T6 alloy

    Research highlights: → A dendritic cellular structure was formed in the weld fusion zone (WFZ) and caused alloying element segregation. → The precipitation of intermetallic phases and the formation of galvanic corrosion couplings contribute to the improving pitting susceptibility in the WFZ. → The intergranular corrosion nucleates on pit walls and spreads from them. - Abstract: The welding condition of the hybrid laser-gas metal arc (GMA) welding for AA6061-T6 alloy was optimized by tensile test. Formability performance was checked by the bend test. Fractographic analysis indicates a large number of fine ductile type voids in the fracture surface. The microstructure measurements exhibit a dendritic cellular structure in the weld fusion zone (WFZ) and a partially melted zone adjacent to the fusion boundaries. The corrosion behaviour of the weldment and the base alloy were investigated by weight-loss test in nitric acid solution. The WFZ suffers more severe pitting than the rest regions in the weldment. It shows that corrosion cracking is owing to the precipitation of intermetallic phases and the formation of galvanic corrosion couplings in the weldment of AA6061-T6 alloy.

  16. A Micro-Electrochemical Study of Friction Stir Welded Aluminum 6061-T6

    Hintze, Paul E.; Calle, Luz M.

    2005-01-01

    The corrosion behavior of friction stir welded Aluminum alloy 606 1-T6 was studied using a micro-electrochemical cell. The micro-electrochemical cell has a measurement area of about 0.25 square mm which allows for measurement of corrosion properties at a very small scale. The corrosion and breakdown potentials were measured at many points inside and outside the weld along lines perpendicular to the weld. The breakdown potential is approximately equal inside and outside the weld; however, it is lower in the narrow border between the weld and base material. The results of electrochemical measurements were correlated to micro-structural analysis. The corrosion behavior of the friction stir welded samples was compared to tungsten inert gas (TIG) welded samples of the same material.

  17. Postirradiation properties of the 6061-T6 aluminum High Flux Isotope Reactor hydraulic tube

    A tube of 6061 aluminum alloy in a T6 temper, precipitation-hardened with Mg2Si, was examined after irradiation in the core of the High Flux Isotope Reactor to fluences up to 1.3 x 1023 neutrons (n)/cm2 (0.1 MeV) and 3.1 x 1023 n/cm2 (thermal) in contact with the cooling water at a temperature of about 550C. The alloy displayed up to 2.5 percent swelling due mainly to a precipitate of transmutation-produced silicon of which more than 6 weight percent was formed. Some cavities were also observed. Tension tests in the temperature range 55 to 2000C showed radiation-induced increases in yield stresses and ultimate stresses of 50 to 80 percent; elongation was reduced from the range 10 to 15 percent to about 5 percent at 550C and to about 3 percent at test temperatures above 1000C. The fracture mode was changed from transgranular tearing around inclusions to a mixture of transgranular tearing and ductile intergranular separation. These changes are attributed primarily to the radiation-induced silicon precipitate. A rim of intergranular cracks formed at the originally oxidized surfaces of the tube duringtension testing and became deeper with increasing neutron irradiation and increasing temperature

  18. Postirradiation properties of the 6061-T6 aluminum high flux isotope reactor hydraulic tube

    A tube of 6061 aluminum alloy in a T6 temper, precipitation-hardened with Mg2Si, was examined after irradiation in the core of the High Flux Isotope Reactor to fluences up to 1.3 x 1023 neutrons (n)/cm2 (0.1 MeV) and 3.1 x 1023 n/cm2 (thermal) in contact with the cooling water at a temperature of about 550C. The alloy displayed up to 2.5 percent swelling due mainly to a precipitate of transmutaion-produced silicon of which more than 6 weight perent was formed. Some cavities were also observed. Tension tests in the temperature range 55 to 2000C showed radiation-induced increases in yield stresses and ultimate stresses of 50 to 80 percent; elongation was reduced from the range 10 to 15 percent to about 5 percent at 55C0 and to about 3 percent at test temperatures above 100C0. The fracture mode was changed from transgranular tearing around inclusions to a mixture of transgranular tearing and ductile intergradular separation. These changes are attributed primarily to the radiation-induced silicon precipitate. A rim of intergranular cracks formed at the originally oxidized surfaces of the tube during tension testing and became deeper with increasing neutron irradiation and increasing temperature

  19. Thermal efficiency on welding of AA6061-T6 alloy by modified indirect electric arc and current signals digitalisation; Eficiencia termica en soldadura de la aleacion AA6061-T6 por arco electrico indirecto modificado y digitalizacion de senales de intensidad de corriente

    Ambriz, R. R.; Barrera, G.; Garcia, R.; Lopez, V. H.

    2009-07-01

    The results of the thermal efficiency on welding by modified indirect electric arc technique (MIEA) [1] of the 6061- T6 aluminum alloy are presented. These values are in a range of 90 to 94 %, which depend of the preheating employed. Thermal efficiency was obtained by means of a balance energy which considers the heat input, the amount of melted mass of the welding profiles, and welding parameters during the joining, especially of the arc current data acquisition. Also, some dimensionless parameters were employed in order to determine the approximation grade of the melted pool, the heat affected zone (HAZ), and their corresponding values with the experimental results. (Author) 13 refs.

  20. Effects of Applied Load on 6061-T6 Aluminum Joined Employing a Novel Friction Bonding Process

    Douglas E. Burkes; Neil P. Hallinan; Karen L. Shropshire; Peter B. Wells

    2008-12-01

    Friction bonding is under consideration for use in mass production of plate-type nuclear fuels for research reactors. This article discusses the effects of applied load (the most important process parameter for fabrication of these fuels) on temperature distribution, microstructure, and mechanical properties. Friction bonding experiments showed that tool geometry caused temperature gradients across the tool surface. Temperatures at the joint interface suggested the advancing side of the tool produced a majority of the frictional heat, while the retreating side of the tool mainly forged the plasticized material while bonding increased with applied load. The microstructure across the tool surface was also altered and, as a function of applied load, affected the mechanical properties. The 6061 aluminum alloy had mechanical properties close to a T4 temper after processing. Results documented in this article will aid in continual enhancement of friction bonding for nuclear fuel plate fabrication, and will hopefully contribute to continued advancement of friction stir welding (FSW) state of the art.

  1. Corrosion Resistance of Synergistic Welding Process of Aluminium Alloy 6061 T6 in Sea Water

    Kharia Salman Hassan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This work involves studying corrosion resistance of AA 6061T6 butt welded joints using Two different welding processes, tungsten inert gas (TIG and a solid state welding process known as friction stir welding, TIG welding process carried out by using Rolled sheet of thickness6mm to obtain a weld joint with dimension of (100, 50, 5 mm using ER4043 DE (Al Si5 as filler metal and argon as shielding gas, while Friction stir welding process carried out using CNC milling machine with a tool of rotational speed 1000 rpm and welding speed of 50mm/min to obtain the same butt joint dimensions. Also one of weld joint in the same dimensions subjected to synergistic weld process TIG and FSW weld process at the same previous weld conditions. All welded joints were tested by X-ray radiography and Faulty pieces were excluded. The joints without defects used to prepare many specimens for Corrosion test by the dimensions of (15*15*3 mm according to ASTM G71-31. Specimens subjected to micro hardness and microstructure test. Corrosion test was achieved by potential at scan rate( +1000 ,-1000mv/sec to estimate corrosion parameters by extrapolator Tafle method after polarized ±100 mv around open circuit potential,in seawater (3.5%NaCl at a temperature of 25°C. From result which obtained by Tafel equation. It was found that corrosion rate for TIG weld joint was higher than the others but synergistic weld process contributed in improving TIG corrosion resistance by a percentage of 14.3%. and FSW give the lest corrosion rate comparing with base metal.

  2. Galvanic coupling between D6AC steel, 6061-T6 aluminum, Inconel 718 and graphite-epoxy composite material: Corrosion occurrence and prevention

    Danford, M. D.; Higgins, R. H.

    1983-01-01

    The effects of galvanic coupling between D6AC steel, 6061-T6 aluminum, Inconel 718, and graphite-epoxy composite material (G/E) in 3.5% NaCl were studied. Measurements of corrosion potentials, galvanic currents and corrosion rates of the bare metals using weight-loss methods served to establish the need for corrosion protection in cases where D6AC steel and 6061-T6 aluminum are galvanically coupled to G/E in salt water while Inconel 718 was shown to be compatible with G/E. Six tests were made to study corrosion protective methods for eliminating galvanic corrosion in the cases of D6AC steel and 6061-T6 aluminum coupled to G/E. These results indicate that, when the G/E is completely coated with paint or a paint/polyurethane resin combination, satisfactory protection of the D6AC steel is achieved with either a coat of zinc-rich primer or a primer/topcoat combination. Likewise, satisfactory corrosion protection of the aluminum is achieved by coating it with an epoxy coating system.

  3. Examination of irradiated 304L stainless steel to 6061-T6 aluminum inertia welded transition joints after irradiation in a spallation neutron

    The Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) designed and fabricated tritium target/blanket assemblies which were irradiated for six months at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). Cooling water was supplied to the assemblies through 1 inch diameter 304L Stainless Steel (SS) tubing. To attach the 304L SS tubing to the modules a 304L SS to 6061-T6 Aluminum (Al) inertia welded transition joint was used. These SS/Al inertia weld transition joints simulate expected transition joints in the Accelerator Production of Tritium (APT) Target/Blanket where as many as a thousand SS/Al weld transition joints will be used. Materials compatibility between the 304L SS and the 6061-T6 Al in the spallation neutron environment is a major concern as well as the corrosion associated with the cooling water flowing through the piping. The irradiated inertia weld examination will be discussed

  4. Effect of material strength on the relationship between the principal Hugoniot and quasi-isentrope of beryllium and 6061-T6 aluminum below 35 GPa

    Quasi-isentropic (QI) compression can be achieved by loading a specimen with a low strain rate, long rise time uniaxial strain wave. Recent experimental data show that the quasi-isentrope of 6061-T6 aluminum lies a few percent above the principal Hugoniot, that is, at a given specific volume, the QI stress exceeds the principal Hugoniot stress. It has been suggested that this effect is due to material strength. Using Hugoniot data, shock-reshock, and shock-unload data for beryllium and 6061-T6 aluminum, we have constructed the quasi-isentropes as functions of specific volume. Our results show that the QI stress exceeds the principal Hugoniot stress above a Hugoniot stress of 8.4 GPa in beryllium, and between Hugoniot stresses of 3.8 and 21.4 GPa in aluminum. The effect is due to strength and implies that the QI yield strength can be large. Our calculations show that the QI yield strength is 0.9 GPa in aluminum at a QI stress of 9 GPa, and 5.2 GPa in beryllium at a QI stress of 35 GPa

  5. The effects of maintaining temperature in annealing heat treatment for an FSWed 6061-T6 Al alloy.

    Lee, Seung-Jun; Han, Min-Su; Kim, Seong-Jong

    2013-08-01

    The technological development of all kinds of lightweight transportation devices including vehicles, aircraft, ships, etc. has progressed markedly with the demand for energy saving and environmental protection. Aluminum alloy is in the spotlight as it is a suitable environmentally friendly material. However, deformation is a major problem during the welding process because aluminum alloy has a large thermal expansion coefficient. In addition, it is known that its corrosion resistance is excellent; nevertheless, in practice, considerable corrosion is generated and this is a major problem. To solve this problem, the friction stir welding (FSW) technology is applied extensively at various industrial fields as a new welding technique. This method involves a process in which materials are joined by frictional heat and physical force. Therefore, we evaluated improvements in mechanical properties and corrosion resistance through annealing heat treatment after FSW. The electrochemical experiment did not show a significant difference. However, the microstructure observation showed defectless, fine crystal particles, indicating excellent properties at 200-225°C. PMID:23920178

  6. The Young's modulus of 1018 steel and 6061-T6 aluminum measured from quasi-static to elastic precursor strain-rates

    Rae, Philip; Trujillo, Carl; Gray, Rusty

    2009-06-01

    It is commonly assumed in engineering and physics that the elastic moduli of metals is independent of strain-rate, but is a weak function of temperature. An extensive literature search however has failed to find any citable reference in which the Young's modulus of any pedigreed metal was measured over a wide variety of strain-rates. To rectify this, samples of pedigreed 1018 steel and 6061-T6 aluminum have been tested at strain-rates from 10-4 s-1 to 10^6 s-1. Low strain-rate data (10-4-10-2 s-1)was obtained from commercial bonded strain gauges. Intermediate rate data ( 10-4 s-1) was obtained from time of flight ultrasonic measurements. Shock rate data was obtained by examining the elastic precursor using shock pins and PDV (photonic Doppler velocimetry). Correction for the adiabatic versus thermal nature of the disparate strain-rate regimes have been made. Additionally, the implications of the uniaxial strain nature of the shock elastic precursor are examined with respect to comparison with uniaxial stress lower rate data.

  7. Microstructure and mechanical properties of spot friction stir welded ultrafine grained 1050 Al and conventional grained 6061-T6 Al alloys

    Sun, Y.F., E-mail: jwrisun@gmail.com [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Ibaraki (Japan); Fujii, H. [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Ibaraki (Japan); Tsuji, N. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan)

    2013-11-15

    The ultrafine grained (UFGed) 1050 Al plates with a thickness of 2 mm, which were produced by the accumulative roll bonding technique after 5 cycles, were spot friction stir welded to 2 mm thick 6061-T6 Al alloy plates at different rotation speeds. Although the UFGed 1050 Al plates were used as the lower plates in order to reduce the heat generation therein during the welding process, the initial nano-sized lamellar structure still transformed into an equiaxial grain structure with a grain size of about 5.9 µm in the stir zone of the joints. Simultaneously, coarsening of the precipitates and formation of large quantities of nano-sized subgrains were found in the stir zone of the 6061 Al alloy plates. Microstructural observation by high resolution transmission electron microscope showed that the two plates were bonded through a transitional layer with a thickness of about 15 nm, within which a lot of screw dislocations formed due to the frictional force between the two plates. A mechanical properties evaluation revealed that the maximum shear tensile load can reach about 4127 N and the joints fractured just outside the hook region in the lower 1050 Al plate.

  8. Microstructure and mechanical properties of spot friction stir welded ultrafine grained 1050 Al and conventional grained 6061-T6 Al alloys

    The ultrafine grained (UFGed) 1050 Al plates with a thickness of 2 mm, which were produced by the accumulative roll bonding technique after 5 cycles, were spot friction stir welded to 2 mm thick 6061-T6 Al alloy plates at different rotation speeds. Although the UFGed 1050 Al plates were used as the lower plates in order to reduce the heat generation therein during the welding process, the initial nano-sized lamellar structure still transformed into an equiaxial grain structure with a grain size of about 5.9 µm in the stir zone of the joints. Simultaneously, coarsening of the precipitates and formation of large quantities of nano-sized subgrains were found in the stir zone of the 6061 Al alloy plates. Microstructural observation by high resolution transmission electron microscope showed that the two plates were bonded through a transitional layer with a thickness of about 15 nm, within which a lot of screw dislocations formed due to the frictional force between the two plates. A mechanical properties evaluation revealed that the maximum shear tensile load can reach about 4127 N and the joints fractured just outside the hook region in the lower 1050 Al plate

  9. 转速对6061-T6铝合金搅拌摩擦搭接焊接头力学性能的影响%Influence of rotational speed on mechanical properties of friction stir lap welded 6061-T6 Al alloy

    Firouz FADAEIFARD; Khamirul Amin MATORI; Meysam TOOZANDEHJANI; Abdul Razak DAUD; Mohd Khairol Anuar Mohd ARIFFIN; Norinsan Kamil OTHMAN; Farhad GHARAVI; Abdul Hadi RAMZANI; Farhad OSTOVAN

    2014-01-01

    采用场发射扫描电子显微镜(FE-SEM),研究转速对厚度为5 mm的6061-T6铝合金搅拌摩擦搭接焊接头的宏观和微观组织、硬度、搭接头剪切性能和失效模式的影响。结果表明:在最低的转速度下,上模板和下模板具有十分相似的硬度分布。采用EDX分析发现,焊核区的断裂面中含有Fe的化合物。%The effect of rotational speed on macro and microstructures, hardness, lap shear performance and failure mode of friction stir lap welding on AA6061-T6 Al alloy with 5 mm in thickness was studied by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The results represent much closer hardness distribution in the upper and lower plates at the lowest rotational speed. It indicates the Fe-compounds in the fracture surface of the nugget zone by EDX.

  10. Fatigue life of ablation-cast 6061-T6 components

    The fatigue life of 6061-T6 alloy, normally used in its wrought form, was investigated in this study in cast form from parts produced by the new ablation casting process. All specimens were excised from military castings. Unidirectional tensile test results yielded elongation values comparable to forgings and extrusions. A total of 39 fatigue specimens were tested by the rotating cantilever beam technique at five maximum stress levels. Moreover nine specimens excised from a forging were also tested for comparison. Results revealed that the fatigue life of ablation-cast 6061-T6 (i) follows a three-parameter Weibull distribution, and (ii) is comparable to data from the 6061 forging and is superior to conventionally cast Al-7% Si–Mg alloy castings published in the literature. Analysis of the fracture surfaces of ablation-cast 6061-T6 via scanning electron microscopy showed the existence of fracture surface facets and multiple cracks propagating in different directions.

  11. 基于Gurson-JC模型的铝合金6061T6和低碳钢Q235力学性能表征%Characterization of mechanical properties of aluminium alloy 6061T6 and low carbon steel Q235 based on Gurson-JC model

    陆善彬; 周璐瑶; 郭赛

    2014-01-01

    T he basic sheet material fracture testing under different stress triaxialities and strain rates is carried out on specimens of low carbon steel Q 235 and aluminium alloy 6061T6 ,and the mechanical properties of these two materials under different working conditions are obtained .Six parameters of Gurson model are optimized by using LS-OPT software .This optimization method improves the effi-ciency in parameters determination and makes Gurson model applicable under a certain range of stress triaxiality .However ,Gurson model is incapable of predicting shear fracture under low stress triaxiali-ty .So an improved Gurson model with the strain failure criterion of Johnson-Cook model under low stress triaxiality is used to overcome this weakness under the shear working condition .Through the simulation and comparison of two materials under different stress triaxialities and strain rates by Gur-son model and Johnson-Cook model ,the relevant parameters of Gurson-JC model of the two materials are determined so as to satisfy the accuracy requirement under a wider range of stress triaxiality and strain rate .%文章对低碳钢Q235和铝合金6061T6试样在不同应力三轴度下进行拉伸试验,得到2种材料在不同工况下的力学性能。采用LS-OPT软件对Gurson模型相关参数进行优化,该优化方法既可以提高参数确定的效率,同时可以使Gurson模型在一定应力三轴度范围内适用。但Gurson模型不能准确预测在低应力三轴度下的失效,所以在低应力三轴度下引入Johnson-Cook模型的应变失效标准,以弥补剪切工况下的不足。通过比较Gurson模型和Johnson-Cook模型对2种材料在不同应力三轴度下的仿真结果,确定2种材料的Gurson-JC模型相关参数,以满足在较大范围内的应力三轴度下的仿真精准度。

  12. Effect of Fatigue Crack on Static Strength: 2014-T6, 2024-T4, 6061-T6, 7075-T6 Open-Hole Monobloc Specimens

    Nordmark, Glenn E.; Eaton, Ian D.

    1957-01-01

    Static tensile test results are presented for specimens of 2014-T6, 2024-T4, 6061-T6, and 7075-T6 aluminum alloy containing fatigue cracks. The results are found to be in good agreement with the results reported for similar tests from other sources. The results indicate that the presence of a fatigue crack reduced the static strength, in all cases, by an amount larger than the corresponding reduction in net area; the 6061-T6 alloy specimens were least susceptible to the crack and the 7075-T6 alloy specimens were most susceptible. It is indicated that a 7075-T6 specimen may develop as little as one-third of the expected static tensile strength when the fatigue crack was consumed only one-fourth of the original area. It was found that the static strength was substantially higher for specimens which had stop holes drilled at the end of the fatigue crack.

  13. Study on the impact of welding on the corrosion properties of AA 6061 T6

    Mahdi, E.; Eltai, E.O.

    2014-01-01

    Aluminium alloy 6061 T6 circular specimens were joined using TIG welding method. AlMg5 was used as filler. The corrosion behavior of welded and un-welded AA 6061 T6 was investigated using potentiodynamic and open circuit potential (OCP) measurements. Specimens were immersed in 3.5 (wt %) NaCl solution. Different zones with different corrosion properties were created as a result of the welding process. Results reveals that sever pitting corrosion has taken place on the heat affected zone (HAZ)...

  14. Cavitation pitting and erosion of Al 6061-T6 in mineral oil and water

    Rao, B. C. S.; Buckley, D. H.

    1983-01-01

    The authors are currently carrying out a study of the cavitation erosion of different bearing metals and alloys in mineral oils were studied. The variations of weight loss, the pit diameter and depth due to cavitation erosion on Al 6061-T6 in mineral oil and water are presented.

  15. Cold metal transfer spot plug welding of AA6061-T6-to-galvanized steel for automotive applications

    Cao, R., E-mail: caorui@lut.cn; Huang, Q.; Chen, J.H., E-mail: zchen@lut.cn; Wang, Pei-Chung

    2014-02-05

    Highlights: • Two Al-to-galvanized steel spot plug welding joints were studied by CMT method. • The optimum process variables for the two joints were gotten by orthogonal test. • Connection mechanism of the two joints were discussed. -- Abstract: In this study, cold metal transfer (CMT) spot plug joining of 1 mm thick Al AA6061-T6 to 1 mm thick galvanized steel (i.e., Q235) was studied. Welding variables were optimized for a plug weld in the center of a 25 mm overlap region with aluminum 4043 wire and 100% argon shielding gas. Microstructures and elemental distributions were characterized by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer. Mechanical testing of CMT spot plug welded joints was conducted. It was found that it is feasible to join Al AA6061T6-to-galvanized steel by CMT spot plug welding method. The process variables for two joints with Al AA6061T6-to-galvanized mild steel and galvanized mild steel-to-Al AA6061T6 are optimized. The strength of CMT spot welded Al AA6061T6-to-galvanized mild steel is determined primarily by the strength and area of the brazed interface. While, the strength of the galvanized mild steel-to-Al AA6061T6 joint is mainly dependent upon the area of the weld metal.

  16. Cold metal transfer spot plug welding of AA6061-T6-to-galvanized steel for automotive applications

    Highlights: • Two Al-to-galvanized steel spot plug welding joints were studied by CMT method. • The optimum process variables for the two joints were gotten by orthogonal test. • Connection mechanism of the two joints were discussed. -- Abstract: In this study, cold metal transfer (CMT) spot plug joining of 1 mm thick Al AA6061-T6 to 1 mm thick galvanized steel (i.e., Q235) was studied. Welding variables were optimized for a plug weld in the center of a 25 mm overlap region with aluminum 4043 wire and 100% argon shielding gas. Microstructures and elemental distributions were characterized by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer. Mechanical testing of CMT spot plug welded joints was conducted. It was found that it is feasible to join Al AA6061T6-to-galvanized steel by CMT spot plug welding method. The process variables for two joints with Al AA6061T6-to-galvanized mild steel and galvanized mild steel-to-Al AA6061T6 are optimized. The strength of CMT spot welded Al AA6061T6-to-galvanized mild steel is determined primarily by the strength and area of the brazed interface. While, the strength of the galvanized mild steel-to-Al AA6061T6 joint is mainly dependent upon the area of the weld metal

  17. Evaluation of ultrasonic nonlinear characteristics in artificially aged Al6061-T6

    Generally, the nonlinearity of ultrasonic waves is measured using a nonlinear parameter β, which is defined as the ratio of the second harmonic's magnitude to the power of the fundamental frequency component after the ultrasonic wave propagates through a material. Nonlinear parameter β is recognized as an effective parameter for evaluating material degradation. In this paper, we evaluated the nonlinear parameter of Al6061-T6 which had been subjected to an artificial aging heat treatment. The measurement was using the transmitted signal obtained from contact-type transducers. After the ultrasonic test, a micro Vickers hardness test was conducted. From the result of the ultrasonic nonlinear parameter, the microstructural changes resulting from the heat treatment were estimated and the hardness test proved that these estimates were reasonable. Experimental results showed a correlation between the ultrasonic nonlinear parameter and microstructural changes produced by precipitation behavior in the material. These results suggest that the evaluation of mechanical properties using ultrasonic nonlinear parameter β can be used to monitor variations in the mechanical hardness of aluminum alloys in response to an artificial aging heat-treatment.

  18. The corrosion protection of several aluminum alloys by chromic acid and sulfuric acid anodizing

    Danford, M. D.

    1994-01-01

    The corrosion protection afforded 7075-T6, 7075-T3, 6061-T6, and 2024-T3 aluminum alloys by chromic acid and sulfuric acid anodizing was examined using electrochemical techniques. From these studies, it is concluded that sulfuric acid anodizing provides superior corrosion protection compared to chromic acid anodizing.

  19. Fracture toughness and mechanical properties of aluminum alloys for research reactors

    Aluminum alloys have been used as the structural material of the research reactor or because of their good properties for corrosion resistance and machinability as well as high neutron economy. In order to respond to the needs to maintain the aged core structure and to utilize for the high performance research reactor, irradiation test of aluminum alloys were initiated to provide the data base on the toughness and strength of aluminum alloys aged under research reactor condition. This report describes the results of tensile test, hardness test, Charpy impact test and fracture toughness test on A5052-O and A6061-T6 aluminum alloys under the unirradiated condition. From those tests, it was found that base metal of A5052-O has the highest toughness, welded joints of A5052-O and A6061-T6 is equivalent and have medium toughness, and base metal of A6061-T651 has very low toughness. (author)

  20. Effect of aging treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the similar and dissimilar 6061-T6/7075-T651 RSW joints

    Hayat, Fatih, E-mail: fatih-hayat@hotmail.com [Metallurgy Materials Engineering Department, Engineering Faculty, Karabuk University Baliklarkayasi, Karabuk (Turkey)

    2012-10-30

    The similar and dissimilar resistance spot weldability of 6061-T6 and 7075-T651 aluminium alloys was investigated in this study. Resistance spot weldability of commercial and aged samples in different variations was examined. The microstructure, microhardness, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron probe micro-analyses (EPMA) were conducted to study the effects aging heat treatment had on similar and dissimilar resistance spot welded (RSW) joints. In addition, tensile shear tests were performed to determine the mechanical properties and fracture behaviour of welded joints. The tests concluded that pre-weld aging heat treatment improves mechanical properties.

  1. Metallographic characterisation of Al6061-T6 aluminium plates subjected to ballistic impact

    Al6061-T6 aluminium single layer plates, of different thickness, impacted by two different 7.62 mm Armour Piercing projectiles are studied from a metallographic point of view. The material behaviour after ballistic impact is investigated by optical and scanning electron microscopy as well as by micro-hardness tests. The study allows one to highlight the physical phenomena that happen during the impact: the formation of adiabatic shear bands (ASB), the evolution of softening and hardening phenomena, the creation of petalling, plugging and the formation of a melted film between the target and the penetrator as well as the localised failure mechanism. The thermo-mechanical effects on the target and the penetrator material have been examined in order to investigate in the physical phenomena ruling the ballistic damage; the differences between the two types of impactors are also highlighted. Among interesting findings, it has been noticed that a complete penetration is less detrimental and tungsten core projectile seems more damaging for the structural integrity of Al6061-T6 plates. A complete penetration allows the material to better dissipate the plastic deformation energy induced by bullet whereas the arrest increases localised material softening effect resulting in the formation of ASB. Although the creation of numerical models is not the aim of the present paper, the findings could be useful for the building of a modelling approach capable of replicating all the involved phenomena in details

  2. High level compressive residual stresses produced in aluminum alloys by laser shock processing

    Laser shock processing (LSP) has been proposed as a competitive alternative technology to classical treatments for improving fatigue and wear resistance of metals. We present a configuration and results for metal surface treatments in underwater laser irradiation at 1064 nm. A convergent lens is used to deliver 1.2 J/cm2 in a 8 ns laser FWHM pulse produced by 10 Hz Q-switched Nd:YAG, two laser spot diameters were used: 0.8 and 1.5 mm. Results using pulse densities of 2500 pulses/cm2 in 6061-T6 aluminum samples and 5000 pulses/cm2 in 2024 aluminum samples are presented. High level of compressive residual stresses are produced -1600 MPa for 6061-T6 Al alloy, and -1400 MPa for 2024 Al alloy. It has been shown that surface residual stress level is higher than that achieved by conventional shot peening and with greater depths. This method can be applied to surface treatment of final metal products

  3. The effect of double pass GMAW process on microstructure and mechanical properties of AA 6061-T6 joining plates

    This paper presents an investigation on microstructure and mechanical properties of welded AA 6061-T6 plate using filler metal ER 4043 in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process. Double pass welding technique on both sides of 5 mm thick plate or more is required to provide sufficient weld pool in the joint. The weld metal of the first welding pass exhibits finer microstructure than the second welding pass. The size of Mg/sub 2/Si precipitations in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) region is larger than in the base metal due to the welding process that reheats the alloy from the T6 condition above the eutectic temperature. Rapid cooling of the first pass and moderate cooling rate for the second pass during weld metal solidification eventually resulted in significantly change the shape and size in the microstructure that had affected the hardness and mechanical properties. Comparisons made to the base metal on the hardness test results found that the hardness of first pass weld metal dropped by 15%, and by 37.5% for the second weld metal, while the hardness at the boundaries of the first and second weld metals dropped by 32.5%. The ultimate tensile strength and strain of the weld joint with ER 4043 also decreased by 48% and 94% respectively. Based on the findings of the study, it is concluded that even though the double sided welding technique is able to overcome shallow weld penetration to avoid stress concentration that leads to the fatigue failure, the metallurgical changes eventually contributes to degradation of mechanical properties. (author)

  4. Effect of Laser Shock Peening on surface properties and residual stress of Al6061-T6

    Salimianrizi, A.; Foroozmehr, E.; Badrossamay, M.; Farrokhpour, H.

    2016-02-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of Laser Shock Peening (LSP) on Al 6061-T6. The confined LSP regime using Nd: YAG laser with 1200 mJ of energy per pulse and 8 ns of pulse width were applied. The treated specimens were evaluated by means of surface integrity with optical microscopy, scanning electron microscope, microhardness, surface roughness and induced residual stress using an X-ray diffraction method. Results showed that by the use of LSP, compressive residual stress could effectively be induced on the surface of treated material. It was also revealed that the hardened depth of the material, up to a maximum depth of 1875 μm, could be achieved due to work hardening and grain refinement. In addition, surface roughness measurements showed that the LSP could deteriorate surface quality depending on the LSP parameters. The influences of beam overlap rates, number of laser shots and scanning pattern on microhardness as well as surface roughness are discussed.

  5. Tribological Properties of Aluminum Alloy treated by Fine Particle Peening/DLC Hybrid Surface Modification

    Nanbu H.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the adhesiveness of the DLC coating, Fine Particle Peening (FPP treatment was employed as pre-treatment of the DLC coating process. FPP treatment was performed using SiC shot particles, and then AA6061-T6 aluminum alloy was DLC-coated. A SiC-rich layer was formed around the surface of the aluminum alloy by the FPP treatment because small chips of shot particles were embedded into the substrate surface. Reciprocating sliding tests were conducted to measure the friction coefficients. While the DLC coated specimen without FPP treatment showed a sudden increase in friction coefficient at the early stage of the wear cycles, the FPP/DLC hybrid treated specimen maintained a low friction coefficient value during the test period. Further investigation revealed that the tribological properties of the substrate after the DLC coating were improved with an increase in the amount of Si at the surface.

  6. Butt-welding Residual Stress of Heat Treatable Aluminum Alloys

    C.M. Cheng

    2007-01-01

    This study, taking three types of aluminum alloys 2024-T351, 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 as experimental materials, conducted single V-groove GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding) butt-welding to analyze and compare the magnitude and differences of residual stress in the three aluminum alloys at different single V-groove angles and in restrained or unrestrained conditions. The results show that the larger the grooving angle of butt joint, the higher the residual tensile stress. Too small grooving angle will lead to dramatic differences due to the amount of welding bead filler metal and pre-set joint geometry. Therefore, only an appropriate grooving angle can reduce residual stress. While welding, weldment in restrained condition will lead to a larger residual stress. Also, a residual stress will arise from the restraint position. The ultimate residual stress of weldment is determined by material yield strength at equilibrium temperature. The higher the yield strength at equilibrium temperature, the higher the material residual stress. Because of its larger thermal conductivity, aluminum alloy test specimens have small temperature differential. Therefore, the residual tensile stress of all materials is lower than their yield strength.

  7. Effect of the Preheating Temperature on Process Time in Friction Stir Welding of Al 6061-T6

    Masoud Jabbari

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents the results obtained and the deductions made from an analytical modeling involving friction stir welding of Al 6061-T6. A new database was developed to simulate the contact temperature between the tool and the workpiece. A second-order equation is proposed for simulating the temperature in the contact boundary and the thermal history during the plunge phase. The effect of the preheating temperature on the process time was investigated with the proposed model. The results s...

  8. Effect of the Preheating Temperature on Process Time in Friction Stir Welding of Al 6061-T6

    Jabbari, Masoud

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents the results obtained and the deductions made from an analytical modeling involving friction stir welding of Al 6061-T6. A new database was developed to simulate the contact temperature between the tool and the workpiece. A second-order equation is proposed for simulating the...... temperature in the contact boundary and the thermal history during the plunge phase. The effect of the preheating temperature on the process time was investigated with the proposed model. The results show that an increase of the preheating time leads to a decrease in the process time up to the plunge and the...

  9. Mechanical and toughness properties of robotic-FSW repair welds in 6061-T6 aluminium alloys

    Brinckmann, S.; Strombeck, A. v.; Schilling, C.; Santos, J.F. dos; Kocak, M. [GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Materialforschung; Lohwasser, D. [DaimlerChrysler Aerospace Airbus GmbH, Bremen (Germany)

    2000-07-01

    Panel or structures welded in fixed installations might require local repair of eventual process induced defects. Ideally such repair operations should take place outside the production line to avoid interruption of the manufacturing flow. Robotic FSW systems offer the required flexibility to perform such repairs. The main objective of this work was to conduct a preliminary investigation on the microstructural, mechanical and toughness properties of robotic friction stir repair welds. To achieve this objective defective welds have been purposely produced and subsequently repaired. Specimens for microstructural analysis, mechanical and fracture toughness testing have been obtained from repaired and defect-free welds as well as from the base plate for comparison purposes. The mechanical properties have been established using standard tests, i.e. hardness, bending and tensile. Toughness properties of the joints have been determined using small (compact tension - CT) and large (M(T)) scale specimens. Fatigue pre-cracks were positioned in the nugget and HAZ. Crack resistance curves (R-Curves) were determined using the potential drop technique. The obtained results indicated that the additional thermal cycle and deformation process imposed by the repair weld did not adversely affect the mechanical and toughness properties of the nugget area. Both defect-free and repair welds showed higher toughness than the base material. Pre-cracks positioned in the nugget region were deviated into the lower strength TMAZ after initiation and ductile crack growth within the nugget area due to strength undermatch. Later propagation remained within the TMAZ. (orig.) [German] Das Schweissen von Elementen oder Strukturen kann eine lokale Reparatur erfordern, wenn durch den Fuegeprozess ausgeloeste Fehler auftreten. Vorteilhafterweise sollten die Reparaturen ausserhalb der Fertigungslinie erfolgen, um den Produktionsablauf nicht zu stoeren. Robotergestuetzte FSW-Systeme bieten die benoetigte Flexibilitaet, um die Reparaturen auszufuehren. Das Hauptaugenmerk dieser Untersuchungen lag in der vorlaeufigen Bestimmung der mikro-strukturellen, mechanischen und Zaehigkeitseigenschaften von Robotic Friction Stir Repair-Verbindungen. Fuer die Untersuchungen wurden zuerst zielgerichtet fehlerhafte Schweissnaehte hergestellt, die anschliessend repariert wurden. Es wurden aus reparierten und fehlerfreien Naehten Proben fuer mikrostrukturelle Untersuchungen und fuer die Bestimmung der mechanischen Eigenschaften und des Bruchzaehigkeitsverhaltens entnommen. Der Grundwerkstoff wurde zu Vergleichszwecken dem gleichen Pruefprogramm unterzogen. Die mechanischen Eigenschaften wurden durch Standardverfahren wie Haertepruefung, Biegepruefung und Zugpruefung bestimmt. Die Zaehigkeitseigenschaften wurden anhand von C(T) und M(T) Proben bestimmt. Der Ermuedungsriss wurde in der Schweissnahtmitte (Nugget) bzw. in der WEZ eingebracht. Risswiderstandskurven (R-Kurven) wurden mit Hilfe der Potentialmethode bestimmt. Die erzielten Ergebnisse zeigen, dass die mechanischen und Zaehigkeitseigenschaften im Nugget durch den zusaetzlichen Waermezyklus und Verformungsprozess des Reparaturvorganges nicht nachhaltig beeinflusst werden. Die fehlerfreien und auch die Reparaturnaehte zeigen eine hoehere Zaehigkeit als das Grundmaterial. Die im Nuggetbereich eingebrachten Risse wurden durch duktiles Risswachstum in den Bereich geringerer Festigkeit in der thermomechanisch beeinflussten Zone (TMAZ) abgelenkt. Die weitere Rissausbreitung verlief in der TMAZ. (orig.)

  10. Wear characteristics and defects analysis of friction stir welded joint of aluminium alloy 6061-t6

    Kumar, R.; Chattopadhyaya, S.; Hloch, Sergej; Krolczyk, G.; Legutko, S.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 18, č. 1 (2016), s. 128-135. ISSN 1507-2711 Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : Friction stir welding (FSW) * grinding machine * Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) Subject RIV: JQ - Machines ; Tools Impact factor: 0.983, year: 2014 http://www.ein.org.pl/2016-01-17

  11. EFFECT OF STRAIN HARDENING ON FATIGUE CRACK CLOSURE IN ALUMINUM ALLOY UNDER CONSTANT AMPLITUDE WITH SINGLE OVERLOAD

    Nirpesh Vikram

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study effect of strain hardening on crack closure has been examined with the help of experiments and finite element method on the side edge notched specimen of five different Aluminum alloy (3003 Al, 5052 Al, 6061 T6, 6063 T6, 6351 in mode I under constant amplitude fatigue loading with single overload using Abaqus® 6.10 which is very well accepted FEM application in research. Extended Finite Element Method Module has been used to determine effective stress intensity factor at the crack tip while propagation takes place. FEM results have given good agreement with experimental results. Regression analysis has also been done with SPSS® 16 and dependency of strain hardening coefficient on crack closure has analyzed. A generalized empirical formula has been developed based on strain hardening to calculate effective stress intensity range ratio and a modified Paris law has also been formulated for these aluminum alloy.

  12. Evaluation of Johnson-Cook model constants for aluminum based particulate metal matrix composites

    Hilfi, H.; Brar, N. S.

    1996-05-01

    High strain rate and high temperature response of three types of aluminum based particulate metal matrix ceramic composites is investigated by performing split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) experiments. The composites are: NGP-2014 (15% SiC), NGT-6061 (15% SiC), and NGU-6061 (15% Al2O3), in which all the reinforcement materials are percentage by volume. Johnson-Cook constitutive model constants are evaluated from the high strain rate/high temperature data and implemented in a two dimensional finite element computer code (EPIC-2D) to simulate the penetration of an ogive nose tungsten projectile (23 grams) at a velocity 1.17 km/sec into the base 6061-T6 aluminum alloy and the composite NGU-6061. The simulated penetrations in the composite and in 6061-T6 aluminum agree with in 2%, in both materials, with the measured values.

  13. Compressive strength, plastic flow properties, and surface frictional effects of 1100, 3003 and 6061 aluminum alloys

    The purpose of this study is to find aluminum alloys that are effective for use as wire vacuum seals in the 800MeV particle accelerator located at the Louis Anderson Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF) in Los Alamos, NM. Three alloys, Al 1100, Al 3003, and Al 6061, are investigated under uniaxial compression to determine stresses for a given height reduction from 0 to 70 percent, and to find plastic flow and surface interaction effects. Right-circular cylindrical specimens are compressed on-end (cylindrically) and radially (for modeling as compressed wire). Aluminum 1100 and 3003 alloys are compared for length to diameter ratios of 1 and 2 for both compression types, and are then compared to results of radial compression of annealed small diameter Al 1100 wire currently used at LAMPE. The specimens are also compressed between three different platen surfaces, polished steel, etched steel, and aluminum 6061-T6, to determine effects of friction. The Al 3003 alloy exhibits 20 to 25% lower stresses at all height reductions than Al 1100 for both cylindrical and radial compression

  14. Compressive strength, plastic flow properties, and surface frictional effects of 1100, 3003 and 6061 aluminum alloys

    Pinkerton, G.W.

    1993-12-31

    The purpose of this study is to find aluminum alloys that are effective for use as wire vacuum seals in the 800MeV particle accelerator located at the Louis Anderson Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF) in Los Alamos, NM. Three alloys, Al 1100, Al 3003, and Al 6061, are investigated under uniaxial compression to determine stresses for a given height reduction from 0 to 70 percent, and to find plastic flow and surface interaction effects. Right-circular cylindrical specimens are compressed on-end (cylindrically) and radially (for modeling as compressed wire). Aluminum 1100 and 3003 alloys are compared for length to diameter ratios of 1 and 2 for both compression types, and are then compared to results of radial compression of annealed small diameter Al 1100 wire currently used at LAMPE. The specimens are also compressed between three different platen surfaces, polished steel, etched steel, and aluminum 6061-T6, to determine effects of friction. The Al 3003 alloy exhibits 20 to 25% lower stresses at all height reductions than Al 1100 for both cylindrical and radial compression.

  15. Efecto de los ciclos térmicos de soldadura por arco eléctrico indirecto modificado (AEIM en las propiedades mecánicas de la aleación AA6061-T6

    Ambriz, Ricardo R.

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Results of temperature measurements during welding of 12.7 mm thick AA6061-T6 alloy plates by modified indirect electric arc (MIEA are presented. This study describes the thermal cycles of the heat affected zone (HAZ and also in the fusion zone. Depending upon the position of the transducers, the maximum temperatures measured in the HAZ range from 308 to 693 °C, these measurements were related with the tensile test results, and the failure zone reported previously by the authors [1]. It was observed that, there is a decrease in the mechanical strength of the welded joints, due to the microstructural changes suffered by AA6061-T6 alloy in which formation of the β’ occurs according to the TTT transformation diagram. The inherent cooling conditions of the weld pool observed for the MIEA technique (only one pass of welding, have permitted to establish the characteristics of solidification and microstructure for a specific cooling rate.

    Se presentan los resultados de medición de temperatura durante la soldadura por arco eléctrico indirecto modificado (AEIM de la aleación AA6061-T6. Éstas, describen los ciclos térmicos de la zona afectada por el calor (ZAC y en la zona de fusión. Los resultados muestran que las temperaturas máximas medidas en la ZAC se encuentran en un rango de 308 a 693 °C, dependiendo de la posición de los sensores, estas mediciones fueron correlacionadas con los resultados de resistencia a la tracción y la zona de fallo, reportados previamente por los autores[1]. Se observó que existe una disminución en la resistencia mecánica de las uniones, debido a los cambios microestructurales por la formación de precipitados sobreenvejecidos, β’, de acuerdo con su diagrama de transformación (TTT. Las condiciones de enfriamiento en el baño fundido inherentes a la técnica por AEIM (un solo paso de soldadura, permitieron establecer las características de solidificación y microestructura esperada

  16. Numerical Analysis of Welding Residual Stress and Distortion in Laser+GMAW Hybrid Welding of Aluminum Alloy T-Joint

    Guoxiang XU; Chuansong WU; Xuezhou MA; Xuyou WANG

    2013-01-01

    A 3-D finite element model is developed to predict the temperature field and thermally induced residual stress and distortion in laser+GMAW hybrid welding of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy T-joint.And the characteristics of residual stress distribution and deformation are numerically investigated.In the simulation,the heat source model takes into account the effect of joint geometric shape and welding torch slant on the heat flux distribution and a sequentially coupled thermo-mechanical method is used.The calculated results show that higher residual stress is distributed in and surround the weld zone.Its peak value is very close to the yield strength of base metal.Besides,a large deformation appears in the middle and rear part of the weldment.

  17. Grain structure and dislocation density measurements in a friction stir welded aluminum alloy using x-ray peak profile analysis

    Woo, Wan Chuck [ORNL; Balogh, Levente [Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary; Ungar, Prof Tomas [Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary; Choo, Hahn [ORNL; Feng, Zhili [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    The dislocation density and grain structure of a friction stir welded 6061-T6 aluminum alloy was determined as a function of distance from the weld centerline using high-resolution micro-beam x-ray diffraction. The results of the x-ray peak profile analysis show that the dislocation density is about 1.2 x 10^14 m-2 inside and 4.8 x 10^14 m-2 outside of the weld region. The average subgrain size is about 180 nm in both regions. Compared to the base material, the dislocation density was significantly decreased in the dynamic recrystallized zone of the friction stir welds, which is a good correlation with the TEM observations. The influence of the dislocation density on the strain hardening behavior during tensile deformation is also discussed.

  18. Influence of the microstructure of an age hardening alloy on its cyclic mechanical behaviour after transient heat treatments

    Bardel, Didier

    2014-01-01

    In order to assemble the pressure vessel of experimental Reactor Jules Horowitz (RJH) of France in the future, the electron beam welding process will be used. Several ferrules in a 6061-T6 age hardening aluminum alloy are used for manufacturing this vessel. The fine precipitation state (T6) is affected significantly by the electron beam welding process. Consequently, this microstructural degradation leads to an evolution of the mechanical behaviour and thus will affect the distribution of res...

  19. Grain structure and dislocation density measurements in a friction-stir welded aluminum alloy using X-ray peak profile analysis

    Woo, Wanchuck [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States)], E-mail: woowc@ornl.gov; Balogh, Levente; Ungar, Tamas [Department of General Physics, Eoetvoes University, P.O. Box 32, H-1518 Budapest (Hungary); Choo, Hahn [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Feng, Zhili [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States)

    2008-12-20

    The dislocation density and grain structure of a friction-stir welded 6061-T6 aluminum alloy were determined as a function of distance from the weld centerline using high-resolution micro-beam X-ray diffraction. The results of the X-ray peak profile analysis show that the dislocation density is about 1.2 x 10{sup 14} m{sup -2} inside and 4.8 x 10{sup 14} m{sup -2} outside of the weld region. The average subgrain size is about 180 nm in both regions. Compared to the base material, the dislocation density was significantly decreased in the dynamic recrystallized zone of the friction-stir welds, which is in good correlation with the TEM observations. The influence of the dislocation density on the strain hardening behavior during tensile deformation is also discussed.

  20. 46 CFR 160.035-6 - Construction of aluminum oar-, hand-, and motor-propelled lifeboats.

    2010-10-01

    ... sternpost, and the propeller shaft stern tube to the sternpost. When using 6061-T6 aluminum, the welded area... aluminum, the welded area is to be checked by a nondestructive test method such as X-ray, ultrasonic...

  1. Interface and properties of the friction stir welded joints of titanium alloy Ti6Al4V with aluminum alloy 6061

    Highlights: • Friction stir butt welding of titanium alloy Ti6Al4V and aluminum alloy A6061-T6. • Welding parameters affect interfacial microstructure of the joint. • Welding parameters affect the mechanical property of joint and fracture position. • Joining mechanism of Ti6Al4V/A6061 dissimilar alloys by FSW is investigated. - Abstract: Titanium alloy Ti6Al4V and aluminum alloy 6061 dissimilar material joints were made with friction stir welding (FSW) method. The effects of welding parameters, including the stir pin position, the rotating rate and the travel speed of the tool, on the interface and the properties of the joints were investigated. The macrostructure of the joints and the fracture surfaces of the tensile test were observed with optical microscope and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The interface reaction layer was investigated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The factors affecting the mechanical properties of the joints were discussed. The results indicated that the tensile strength of the joints and the fracture location are mainly dependent on the rotating rate, and the interface and intermetallic compound (IMC) layer are the governing factor. There is a continuous 100 nm thick TiAl3 IMC at the interface when the rotating rate is 750 rpm. When the welding parameters were appropriate, the joints fractured in the thermo-mechanically affected zone (TMAZ) and the heat affected zone (HAZ) of the aluminum alloy and the strength of the joints could reach 215 MPa, 68% of the aluminum base material strength, as well as the joint could endure large plastic deformation

  2. Tensile Fracture Location Characterizations of Friction Stir Welded Joints of Different Aluminum Alloys

    Huijie LIU; Hidetoshi FUJII; Masakatsu MAEDA; Kiyoshi NOGI

    2004-01-01

    The tensile fracture location characterizations of the friction stir welded joints of the AA1050-H24 and AA6061-T6Al alloys were evaluated in this study. The experimental results show that the fracture locations of the joints are different for the different Al alloys, and they are affected by the FSW parameters. When the joints are free of welding defects, the AA1050-H24 joints are fractured in the HAZ and TMAZ on the AS and the fracture parts undergo a large amount of plastic deformation, while the AA6061-T6 joints are fractured in the HAZ on the RS and the fracture surfaces are inclined a certain degree to the bottom surfaces of the joints. When some welding defects exist in the joints, the AA1050-H24 joints are fractured on the RS or AS, the AA6061-T6 joints are fractured on the RS, and all the fracture locations are near to the weld center. The fracture locations of the joints are dependent on the internal structures of the joints and can be explained by the microhardness profiles and defect morphologies of the joints.

  3. Cracking associated with micrometeoroid impact craters in anodized aluminum alloy clamps on LDEF

    Murr, Lawrence E.; Niou, Chorng S.; Quinones, Stella; Murr, Kyle S.

    1992-01-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) is a reusable hollow-cylindrical satellite sustaining a total of 57 different experiments. The 130 sq m of spacecraft surface area included anodized 6061-T6 Al alloy bay frames and clamps for holding experiment trays in the bay areas. Attention is presently given to the micrometeoroid impact crater features observed on two tray clamps recovered from the LDEF leading-edge locations. It is found that even very subtle surface modifications in structural alloy anodizing can influence micrometeoroid impact crater cracking, notable radial cracking due to the ejecta-rim of the impact craters.

  4. Characteristic Study of the Al 6061 T-6 used in RTP Primary Cooling System Using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

    Reactor TRIGA PUSPATI (RTP) is the only nuclear research reactor in Malaysia. Since the first criticality on 28th June 1982, RTP has been going through the safe operation and well maintenance. Along the period of operation almost 30 years, some of the reactor system and component has been refurbished, upgraded and replaced to ensure the functionality and safety to the reactor itself as well as to protect personnel and environment. Primary cooling system is to provide the sufficient cooling to the reactor by removal of the heat generated in the reactor core through the heat transfer process in the heat exchanger. In 2009, RTP has been undergoing the primary cooling system upgrades. Primary cooling system components including aluminium pipes has been dismantled and replaced with the new system. As a part of the ageing management programme and radiation damage study, the disposed aluminum pipes were taken and used in this study. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is used to study the surface topography and elemental composition in conjunction of energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analysis. This paper presents the study that has been conducted. (author)

  5. X-ray and neutron diffraction measurements of dislocation density and subgrain size in a friction stir welded aluminum alloy

    Claussen, Bjorn [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Woo, Wanchuck [ORNL; Zhili, Feng [ORNL; Edward, Kenik [ORNL; Ungar, Tamas [EOTVOS UNIV.

    2009-01-01

    The dislocation density and subgrain size were determined in the base material and friction-stir welds of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. High-resolution X-ray diffraction measurement was performed in the base material. The result of the line profile analysis of the X-ray diffraction peak shows that the dislocation density is about 4.5 x 10{sup 14} m{sup 02} and the subgrain size is about 200 nm. Meanwhile, neutron diffraction measurements have been performed to observe the diffraction peaks during friction-stir welding (FSW). The deep penetration capability of the neutron enables us to measure the peaks from the midplane of the Al plate underneath the tool shoulder of the friction-stir welds. The peak broadening analysis result using the Williamson-Hall method shows the dislocation density of about 3.2 x 10{sup 15} m{sup -2} and subgrain size of about 160 nm. The significant increase of the dislocation density is likely due to the severe plastic deformation during FSW. This study provides an insight into understanding the transient behavior of the microstructure under severe thermomechanical deformation.

  6. [Microbiological corrosion of aluminum alloys].

    Smirnov, V F; Belov, D V; Sokolova, T N; Kuzina, O V; Kartashov, V R

    2008-01-01

    Biological corrosion of ADO quality aluminum and aluminum-based construction materials (alloys V65, D16, and D16T) was studied. Thirteen microscopic fungus species and six bacterial species proved to be able to attack aluminum and its alloys. It was found that biocorrosion of metals by microscopic fungi and bacteria was mediated by certain exometabolites. Experiments on biocorrosion of the materials by the microscopic fungus Alternaria alternata, the most active biodegrader, demonstrated that the micromycete attack started with the appearance of exudate with pH 8-9 on end faces of the samples. PMID:18669265

  7. Fusion welding of Fe-added lap joints between AZ31B magnesium alloy and 6061 aluminum alloy by hybrid laser-tungsten inert gas welding technique

    Highlights: → Hybrid Laser-TIG fusion welding technique was used for joining Mg to Al alloys. → Laser defocusing amount determined penetration depth inside Al alloy of joints. → The addition of Fe interlayer suppressed Mg-Al intermetallics greatly in joints. → A maximum joint strength with optimum thickness of Fe interlayer was obtained. → Excessive addition of Fe interlayer was adverse for the strength improvement. -- Abstract: AZ31B magnesium alloy and 6061-T6 aluminum alloy were lap joined together with the addition of Fe interlayer by fusion welding of hybrid laser-tungsten inert gas (TIG) technique. The influence of location of laser focal spot (LFS) on joint penetration depth and that of the depth on joint strength were investigated. The results showed that when the LFS was just on the surface of Al plate, the deepest penetration could be obtained, which contributed to the improvement of shear strength of Fe-added joints, but not to the elevation of the strength of Mg/Al direct joints. The addition of Fe interlayer suppressed massive production of Mg-Al intermetallics but produced Fe-Al intermetallics in the fusion zone of the joints, whose micro-hardness was extremely high and was also adverse for the enhancement of joint shear strength. The effect of Fe-interlayer thickness on the joint shear strength was also examined, and the maximum shear strength of Fe-added joint could achieve 100 MPa with 0.13 mm thick Fe interlayer. The fracture modes of 0.07 and 0.13 mm Fe-interlayer-added joints were both quasi-cleavage, while those of direct and 0.22 mm interlayer-added joints were completely cleavage. The theoretical shear strength of the Fe-added joints was also discussed.

  8. Comparison of microstructure and mechanical properties of conventional and refilled friction stir spot welds in AA 6061-T6 using filler plate%回填搅拌摩擦点焊和传统搅拌摩擦点焊AA6061-T6接头的微观结构和力学性能的比较

    S. VENUKUMAR; S. YALAGI; S. MUTHUKUMARAN

    2013-01-01

    Friction stir spot welding with refilling by friction forming process (FSSW-FFP) was successfully modified using filler plate. Both of this new refilling technique and conventional friction stir spot welding (FSSW) process were used to weld Al 6061-T6 lap shear specimens and the results were compared. Effects of tool rotational speeds on mechanical and metallurgical properties in both the cases were studied. Static shear strength of refilled weld samples was found to be better than those welded by conventional FSSW process at all tool rotational speeds. This is explained in terms of effective increase in cross-sectional area of weld nugget due to addition of more material from filler plate, thereby eliminating the probe hole. Failure mechanisms were discussed and fracture surfaces were analyzed through scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The hardness profile of the welds exhibited a W-shaped appearance in both the processes and the minimum hardness was measured in the HAZ.%在搅拌摩擦点焊过程中,通过添加填充板来改善摩擦成形过程,这种新工艺被称为回填搅拌摩擦点焊。分别采用回填搅拌摩擦点焊和传统的搅拌摩擦点焊工艺焊接 AA6061-T6搭接焊样品,研究搅拌头的旋转速度对接头的力学性能和金相组织的影响。在不同的旋转速度下,回填搅拌摩擦点焊接头的静态剪切强度都比传统搅拌摩擦点焊接头的好。这归因于在回填搅拌摩擦点焊时,添加了填充板从而有更多的材料来填充孔洞,消除了形成的孔洞缺陷,从而使点焊焊核区的有效截面积增加。借助扫描电镜观察讨论了材料的失效机制,分析了断裂表面形貌。2种焊接接头的硬度曲线都呈W形,最小的硬度出现在热影响区。

  9. Corrosion resistance and durability of siloxane ceramic/polymer films for aluminum alloys in marine environments

    Kusada, Kentaro

    The objective of this study is to evaluate corrosion resistance and durability of siloxane ceramic/polymer films for aluminum alloys in marine environments. Al5052-H3 and Al6061-T6 were selected as substrates, and HCLCoat11 and HCLCoat13 developed in the Hawaii Corrosion Laboratory were selected for the siloxane ceramic/polymer coatings. The HCLCoat11 is a quasi-ceramic coating that has little to no hydrocarbons in its structure. The HCLCoat13 is formulated to incorporate more hydrocarbons to improve adhesion to substrate surfaces with less active functionalities. In this study, two major corrosion evaluation methods were used, which were the polarization test and the immersion test. The polarization tests provided theoretical corrosion rates (mg/dm 2/day) of bare, HCLCoat11-coated, and HCLCoat13-coated aluminum alloys in aerated 3.15wt% sodium chloride solution. From these results, the HCLCoat13-coated Al5052-H3 was found to have the lowest corrosion rate which was 0.073mdd. The next lowest corrosion rate was 0.166mdd of the HCLCoat11-coated Al5052-H3. Corrosion initiation was found to occur at preexisting breaches (pores) in the films by optical microscopy and SEM analysis. The HCLCoat11 film had many preexisting breaches of 1-2microm in diameter, while the HCLCoat13 film had much fewer preexisting breaches of less than 1microm in diameter. However, the immersion tests showed that the seawater immersion made HCLCoat13 film break away while the HCLCoat11 film did not apparently degrade, indicating that the HCLCoat11 film is more durable against seawater than the HCLCoat13. Raman spectroscopy revealed that there was some degradation of HCLCoat11 and HCLCoat13. For the HCLCoat11 film, the structure relaxation of Si-O-Si linkages was observed. On the other hand, seawater generated C-H-S bonds in the HCLCoat13 film resulting in the degradation of the film. In addition, it was found that the HCLCoat11 coating had anti-fouling properties due to its high water contact

  10. Investigating aluminum alloy reinforced by graphene nanoflakes

    Yan, S.J., E-mail: shaojiuyan@126.com [Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Beijing 100095 (China); Dai, S.L.; Zhang, X.Y.; Yang, C.; Hong, Q.H.; Chen, J.Z. [Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Beijing 100095 (China); Lin, Z.M. [Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Beijing 100022 (China)

    2014-08-26

    As one of the most important engineering materials, aluminum alloys have been widely applied in many fields. However, the requirement of enhancing their mechanical properties without sacrificing the ductility is always a challenge in the development of aluminum alloys. Thanks to the excellent physical and mechanical properties, graphene nanoflakes (GNFs) have been applied as promising reinforcing elements in various engineering materials, including polymers and ceramics. However, the investigation of GNFs as reinforcement phase in metals or alloys, especially in aluminum alloys, is still very limited. In this study, the aluminum alloy reinforced by GNFs was successfully prepared via powder metallurgy approach. The GNFs were mixed with aluminum alloy powders through ball milling and followed by hot isostatic pressing. The green body was then hot extruded to obtain the final GNFs reinforced aluminum alloy nanocomposite. The scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscope analysis show that GNFs were well dispersed in the aluminum alloy matrix and no chemical reactions were observed at the interfaces between the GNFs and aluminum alloy matrix. The mechanical properties' testing results show that with increasing filling content of GNFs, both tensile and yield strengths were remarkably increased without losing the ductility performance. These results not only provided a pathway to achieve the goal of preparing high strength aluminum alloys with excellent ductilitybut they also shed light on the development of other metal alloys reinforced by GNFs.

  11. Investigating aluminum alloy reinforced by graphene nanoflakes

    As one of the most important engineering materials, aluminum alloys have been widely applied in many fields. However, the requirement of enhancing their mechanical properties without sacrificing the ductility is always a challenge in the development of aluminum alloys. Thanks to the excellent physical and mechanical properties, graphene nanoflakes (GNFs) have been applied as promising reinforcing elements in various engineering materials, including polymers and ceramics. However, the investigation of GNFs as reinforcement phase in metals or alloys, especially in aluminum alloys, is still very limited. In this study, the aluminum alloy reinforced by GNFs was successfully prepared via powder metallurgy approach. The GNFs were mixed with aluminum alloy powders through ball milling and followed by hot isostatic pressing. The green body was then hot extruded to obtain the final GNFs reinforced aluminum alloy nanocomposite. The scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscope analysis show that GNFs were well dispersed in the aluminum alloy matrix and no chemical reactions were observed at the interfaces between the GNFs and aluminum alloy matrix. The mechanical properties' testing results show that with increasing filling content of GNFs, both tensile and yield strengths were remarkably increased without losing the ductility performance. These results not only provided a pathway to achieve the goal of preparing high strength aluminum alloys with excellent ductilitybut they also shed light on the development of other metal alloys reinforced by GNFs

  12. X-Ray and Neutron Diffraction Measurements of Dislocation Density and Subgrain Size in a Friction-Stir-Welded Aluminum Alloy

    Woo, Wanchuck; Ungár, Tamás; Feng, Zhili; Kenik, Edward; Clausen, Bjørn

    2010-05-01

    The dislocation density and subgrain size were determined in the base material and friction-stir welds of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. High-resolution X-ray diffraction measurement was performed in the base material. The result of the line profile analysis of the X-ray diffraction peak shows that the dislocation density is about 4.5 × 1014 m-2 and the subgrain size is about 200 nm. Meanwhile, neutron diffraction measurements have been performed to observe the diffraction peaks during friction-stir welding (FSW). The deep penetration capability of the neutron enables us to measure the peaks from the midplane of the Al plate underneath the tool shoulder of the friction-stir welds. The peak broadening analysis result using the Williamson-Hall method shows the dislocation density of about 3.2 × 1015 m-2 and subgrain size of about 160 nm. The significant increase of the dislocation density is likely due to the severe plastic deformation during FSW. This study provides an insight into understanding the transient behavior of the microstructure under severe thermomechanical deformation.

  13. Hydrogen effects in aluminum alloys

    The permeability of six commercial aluminum alloys to deuterium and tritium was determined by several techniques. Surface films inhibited permeation under most conditions; however, contact with lithium deuteride during the tests minimized the surface effects. Under these conditions phi/sub D2/ = 1.9 x 10-2 exp (--22,400/RT) cc (NTP)atm/sup --1/2/ s-1cm-1. The six alloys were also tested before, during, and after exposure to high pressure hydrogen, and no hydrogen-induced effects on the tensile properties were observed

  14. Aluminum alloy impact sparkling

    M. Dudyk

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The cast machine parts are widely used in many branches of industry. A very important issue is gaining the appropriate knowledge relating to the application of castings in places of explosion risks including but not limited to mining, chemical industry and rescue works. A possibility of explosion risks occurrence following the impact sparkling of the cast metal parts is still not solved problem in scientific research. In relation to this issue, in this article, the results of the study are presented, and relating to the tendency to impact sparkling of the aluminium alloys used in machine building. On the grounds of the results obtained, it was demonstrated that the registered impact sparkles bunches of feathers from the analyzed alloys: AlSi7Mg, (AK7; AlSi9Mg, (AK9; AlSi6Cu4, (AK64 and AlSi11, (AK11 show significant differences between each other. The quantitative analysis of the temperature distribution and nuclei surface area performed on the example of the alloy AK9 (subjected to defined period of corrosion allows for the statement that they are dangerous in conditions of explosion risk. Following this fact, designers and users of machine parts made from these materials should not use them in conditions where the explosive mixtures occur.

  15. Microbial corrosion of aluminum alloy.

    Yang, S S; Chen, C Y; Wei, C B; Lin, Y T

    1996-11-01

    Several microbes were isolated from the contaminated fuel-oil in Taiwan and the microbial corrosion of aluminum alloy A356-T6 was tested by MIL-STD-810E test method. Penicillium sp. AM-F5 and Cladosporium resinac ATCC 22712 had significant adsorption and pitting on the surface of aluminum alloy, Pseudomonas acruginosa AM-B5 had weak adsorption and some precipitation in the bottom, and Candida sp. AM-Y1 had the less adsorption and few cavities formation on the surface. pH of the aqueous phase decreased 0.3 to 0.7 unit for 4 months of incubation. The corrosion of aluminum alloy was very significant in the cultures of Penicillium sp. AM-F2, Penicillium sp. AM-F5 and C. resinac ATCC 22712. The major metabolites in the aqueous phase with the inoculation of C. resinac were citric acid and oxalic acid, while succinic acid and fumaric acid were the minors. PMID:10592801

  16. Thin wall ductile iron casting as a substitute for aluminum alloy casting in automotive industry

    M. Górny

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In paper it is presented thin wall ductile iron casting (TWDI as a substitute of aluminium alloy casting. Upper control arm made of ductile iron with wall thickness ranging from 2 – 3.7 mm was produced by inmold process. Structure, mechanical properties and computer simulations were investigated. Structural analysis of TWDI shows pearlitic-ferritic matrix free from chills and porosity. Mechanical testing disclose superior ultimate tensile strength (Rm, yield strength (Rp0,2 and slightly lower elongation (E of TWDI in comparison with forged control arm made of aluminium alloy (6061-T6. Moreover results of computer simulation of static loading for tested control arms are presented. Analysis show that the light-weight ductile iron casting can be loaded to similar working conditions as the forged Al alloy without any potential failures.

  17. Pulsed ion beam surface treatment for preparing rapidly solidified corrosion resistant steel and aluminum surfaces

    Buchheit, R.G.; Maestas, L.M.; McIntyre, D.C.; Stinnett, R.W. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Greenly, J.B. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)

    1995-03-01

    Intense, pulsed ion beams were used to melt and rapidly resolidify Types 316F, 316L and sensitized 304 stainless steel surfaces to eliminate the negative effects of microstructural heterogeneity on localized corrosion resistance. Anodic polarization curves determined for 316F and 316L showed that passive current densities were reduced and pitting potentials were increased due to ion beam treatment. Type 304 samples sensitized at 600 C for 100 h showed no evidence of grain boundary attack when surfaces were ion beam treated. Equivalent ion beam treatments were conducted with a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. Electrochemical impedance experiments conducted with this alloy exposed to an aerated chloride solution showed that the onset of pitting was delayed compared to untreated control samples.

  18. Low-aluminum content iron-aluminum alloys

    Sikka, V.K.; Goodwin, G.M.; Alexander, D.J. [and others

    1995-06-01

    The low-aluminum-content iron-aluminum program deals with the development of a Fe-Al alloy with aluminum content such as a produce the minimum environmental effect at room temperature. The FAPY is an Fe-16 at. % Al-based alloy developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as the highest aluminum-containing alloy with essentially no environmental effect. The chemical composition for FAPY in weight percent is: aluminum = 8.46, chromium = 5.50, zirconium = 0.20, carbon = 0.03, molybdenum = 2.00, yttrium = 0.10 and iron = 83.71. The ignots of the alloy can be hot worked by extrusion, forging, and rolling processes. The hot-worked cast structure can be cold worked with intermediate anneals at 800{degrees}C. Typical room-temperature ductility of the fine-grained wrought structure is 20 to 25% for this alloy. In contrast to the wrought structure, the cast ductility at room temperature is approximately 1% with a transition temperature of approximately 100 to 150{degrees}C, above which ductility values exceed 20%. The alloy has been melted and processed into bar, sheet, and foil. The alloy has also been cast into slabs, step-blocks of varying thicknesses, and shapes. The purpose of this section is to describe the welding response of cast slabs of three different thicknesses of FAPY alloy. Tensile, creep, and Charpy-impact data of the welded plates are also presented.

  19. Cavitation Erosion of Copper, Brass, Aluminum and Titanium Alloys in Mineral Oil

    Rao, B. C. S.; Buckley, D. H.

    1983-01-01

    The variations of the mean depth of penetration, the mean depth rate of penetration, MDRP, the pit diameter 2a and depth h due to cavitation attack on Al 6061-T6, Cu, brass of composition Cu-35Zn-3Pb and Ti-5A1-2.5Sn are presented. The experiments are conducted in a mineral oil of viscosity 110 CS using a magnetostrictive oscillator of 20 kHz frequency. Based on MDRP on the materials, it is found that Ti-5Al-2.5Sn exhibits cavitation erosion resistance which is two orders of magnitude higher than the other three materials. The values of h/a are the largest for copper and decreased with brass, titanium, and aluminum. Scanning electron microscope studies show that extensive slip and cross slip occurred on the surface prior to pitting and erosion. Twinning is also observed on copper and brass.

  20. Advanced powder metallurgy aluminum alloys and composites

    Lisagor, W. B.; Stein, B. A.

    1982-01-01

    The differences between powder and ingot metallurgy processing of aluminum alloys are outlined. The potential payoff in the use of advanced powder metallurgy (PM) aluminum alloys in future transport aircraft is indicated. The national program to bring this technology to commercial fruition and the NASA Langley Research Center role in this program are briefly outlined. Some initial results of research in 2000-series PM alloys and composites that highlight the property improvements possible are given.

  1. Materials data handbook, aluminum alloy 6061

    Sessler, J.; Weiss, V.

    1969-01-01

    Comprehensive compilation of technical data on aluminum alloy 6061 is presented in handbook form. The text includes data on the properties of the alloy at cryogenic, ambient, and elevated temperatures and other pertinent information required for the design and fabrication of components and equipment utilizing this alloy.

  2. Materials data handbook: Aluminum alloy 2219

    Muraca, R. F.; Whittick, J. S.

    1972-01-01

    A summary of the materials property information for aluminum 2219 alloy is presented. The scope of the information includes physical and mechanical properties at cryogenic, ambient, and elevated temperatures. Information on material procurement, metallurgy of the alloy, corrosion, environmental effects, fabrication, and joining techniques is developed.

  3. Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum Alloys

    FU Zhi-hong; HE Di-qiu; WANG Hong

    2004-01-01

    Friction stir welding(FSW), a new solid-state welding technology invited in the early 1990s,enables us weld aluminum alloys and titanium alloys etc. The processing of FSW, the microstructure in FSW alloysand the factors influencing weld quality are introduced. The complex factors affecting the properties are researched.

  4. Fast LIBS Identification of Aluminum Alloys

    Tawfik W.

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS has been applied to analysis aluminum alloy targets. The plasma is generated by focusing a 300 mJ pulsed Nd: YAG laser on the target in air at atmospheric pressure. Such plasma emission spectrum was collected using a one-meter length wide band fused-silica optical fiber connected to a portable Echelle spectrometer with intensified CCD camera. Spectroscopic analysis of plasma evolution of laser produced plasmas has been characterized in terms of their spectra, electron density and electron temperature assuming the LTE and optically thin plasma conditions. The LIBS spectrum was optimized for high S/N ratio especially for trace elements. The electron temperature and density were determined using the emission intensity and stark broadening, respectively, of selected aluminum spectral lines. The values of these parameters were found to change with the aluminum alloy matrix, i.e. they could be used as a fingerprint character to distinguish between different aluminum alloy matrices using only one major element (aluminum without needing to analysis the rest of elements in the matrix. Moreover, It was found that the values of T e and N e decrease with increasing the trace elements concentrations in the aluminum alloy samples. The obtained results indicate that it is possible to improve the exploitation of LIBS in the remote on-line industrial monitoring application, by following up only the values of T e and N e for aluminum in aluminum alloys as a marker for the correct alloying using an optical fiber probe.

  5. Fast LIBS Identification of Aluminum Alloys

    Tawfik W.

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS has been applied to analysis aluminum alloy targets. The plasma is generated by focusing a 300 mJ pulsed Nd: YAG laser on the target in air at atmospheric pressure. Such plasma emission spectrum was collected using a one-meter length wide band fused-silica optical fiber connected to a portable Echelle spectrometer with intensified CCD camera. Spectroscopic analysis of plasma evolution of laser produced plasmas has been characterized in terms of their spectra, electron density and electron temperature assuming the LTE and optically thin plasma conditions. The LIBS spectrum was optimized for high S/N ratio especially for trace elements. The electron temperature and density were determined using the emission intensity and stark broadening, respectively, of selected aluminum spectral lines. The values of these parameters were found to change with the aluminum alloy matrix, i.e. they could be used as a fingerprint character to distinguish between different aluminum alloy matrices using only one major element (aluminum without needing to analysis the rest of elements in the matrix. Moreover, It was found that the values of T(e and N(e decrease with increasing the trace elements concentrations in the aluminum alloy samples. The obtained results indicate that it is possible to improve the exploitation of LIBS in the remote on-line industrial monitoring application, by following up only the values of T(e and N(e for the aluminum in aluminum alloys using an optical fiber probe.

  6. Optimization of friction stir welding process parameters to maximize tensile strength of stir cast AA6061-T6/AlNp composite

    Highlights: • AA6061/AlNp cast composite was welded by FSW process. • Regression models were developed to predict UTS and elongation of the FS welded joint. • FS welded joint using the optimized parameters exhibited maximum UTS and joint efficiency. • Defect free weld joint was obtained with optimized parameters value. - Abstract: Aluminium Matrix Composites (AMCs) reinforced with particulate form of reinforcement has replaced monolithic alloys in many engineering industries due to its superior mechanical properties and tailorable thermal and electrical properties. As aluminium nitride (AlN) has high specific strength, high thermal conductivity, high electrical resistivity, low dielectric constant, low coefficient of thermal expansion and good compatibility with aluminium alloy, Al/AlN composite is extensively used in electronic packaging industries. Joining of AMCs is unavoidable in many engineering applications. Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is one of the most suitable welding process to weld the AMCs reinforced with particulate form of ceramics without deteriorating its superior mechanical properties. An attempt has been made to develop regression models to predict the Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS) and Percent Elongation (PE) of the friction stir welded AA6061 matrix composite reinforced with aluminium nitride particles (AlNp) by correlating the significant parameters such as tool rotational speed, welding speed, axial force and percentage of AlNp reinforcement in the AA6061 matrix. Statistical software SYSTAT 12 and statistical tools such as analysis of variance (ANOVA) and student’s t test, have been used to validate the developed models. It was observed from the investigation that these factors independently influenced the UTS and PE of the friction stir welded composite joints. The developed regression models were optimized to maximize UTS of friction stir welded AA6061/AlNp composite joints

  7. [The corrosion resistance of aluminum and aluminum-based alloys studied in artificial model media].

    Zhakhangirov, A Zh; Doĭnikov, A I; Aboev, V G; Iankovskaia, T A; Karamnova, V S; Sharipov, S M

    1991-01-01

    Samples of aluminum and its alloys, designed for orthodontic employment, were exposed to 4 media simulating the properties of biologic media. The corrosion resistance of the tested alloys was assessed from the degree of aluminum migration to simulation media solutions, which was measured by the neutron activation technique. Aluminum alloy with magnesium and titanium has shown the best corrosion resistance. PMID:1799002

  8. Corrosion of aluminum alloys as a function of alloy composition

    A study was initiated which included nineteen aluminum alloys. Tests were conducted in high purity water at 3600C and flow tests (approx. 20 ft/sec) in reactor process water at 1300C (TF-18 loop tests). High-silicon alloys and AlSi failed completely in the 3600C tests. However, coupling of AlSi to 8001 aluminum suppressed the failure. The alloy compositions containing iron and nickel survived tht 3600C autoclave exposures. Corrosion rates varied widely as a function of alloy composition, but in directions which were predictable from previous high-temperature autoclave experience. In the TF-18 loop flow tests, corrosion penetrations were similar on all of the alloys and on high-purity aluminum after 105 days. However, certain alloys established relatively low linear corrosion rates: Al-0.9 Ni-0.5 Fe-0.1 Zr, Al-1.0 Ni-0.15 Fe-11.5 Si-0.8 Mg, Al-1.2 Ni-1.8 Fe, and Al-7.0 Ni-4.8 Fe. Electrical polarity measurements between AlSi and 8001 alloys in reactor process water at temperatures up to 1500C indicated that AlSi was anodic to 8001 in the static autoclave system above approx. 500C

  9. Properties of alumina coating formed by microarc oxidation technique on 6061 aluminum alloy; Eigenschaften von mittels Microarc-Oxidations-Verfahren erzeugten Aluminiumbeschichtungen auf der Aluminiumlegierung 6061

    Polat, Aytekin; Usta, Metin [Gebze Institute of Technology, Kocaeli (Turkey). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Makaraci, Murat [Kocaeli Univ. (Turkey). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Tas, Zakir [Bozok Univ., Yozgat (Turkey); Ata, Ali

    2008-12-15

    In this study, thick and hard alumina coatings were produced on 6061-T6 Al alloy substrates for different oxidation times and current densities by using of microarc oxidation (MAO) technique in an alkali-silicate electrolytic solution. The influence of oxidation time and current density on the kinetics, phase composition, hardness, surface roughness and structure of the coating were investigated. It is found that the kinetics of coating mainly depends on applied current density and oxidation time. The XRD results revealed that the coatings are composed of mainly {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and mullite phase. The relative ratio of harder and denser {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase increases with increasing current density and oxidation time. For the same coating time, the position of maximum hardness of coatings moves away from the substrate-coating interface to the coating surface with increasing current density. The surface roughness of coating is a function of coating thickness and increases with increasing deposition time and current density. The surface micro hardness of Al 6061-T6 alloy substrate was increased up to 2200 HV hardness after the coating. (orig.)

  10. Casting Characteristics of Aluminum Die Casting Alloys

    Makhlouf M. Makhlouf; Diran Apelian

    2002-02-05

    The research program investigates the casting characteristics of selected aluminum die casting alloys. Specifically, the alloys' tendencies towards die soldering and sludge formation, and the alloys' fluidity and machinability are evaluated. It was found that: When the Fe and Mn contents of the alloy are low; caution has to be taken against possible die soldering. When the alloy has a high sludge factor, particularly a high level of Fe, measures must be taken to prevent the formation of large hardspots. For this kind of alloy, the Fe content should be kept at its lowest allowable level and the Mn content should be at its highest possible level. If there are problems in die filling, measures other than changing the alloy chemistry need to be considered first. In terms of alloy chemistry, the elements that form high temperature compounds must be kept at their lowest allowable levels. The alloys should not have machining problems when appropriate machining techniques and machining parameters are used.

  11. Galvanic aspects of aluminum sacrificial anode alloys in seawater.

    Cummings, Jon Richard

    2012-01-01

    Galvanic aspects of aluminum sacrificial anode alloys in artificial seawater were investigated. Specifically, two mercury-bearing alloys and one tin-bearing alloy were studied. The polarization behavior of the aluminum sacrificial anode alloys coupled to HY-80 steel is discussed. Current versus time curves were obtained for aluminum/steel galvanic couples immersed in artificial seawater for specific intervals. Scanning elecron microscopy was used to characterize the anode dissolution patt...

  12. Impact loading of an aluminum/alumina composite

    Johnson, J.; Hixson, R.; Gray, G

    1994-01-01

    The combined demands of increased strength and reduced weight in modern dynamic structural applications require improved understanding of composite materials subject to impact conditions. In order to isolate and identify individual contributions to composite material behavior under these conditions, an experimental and theoretical program was undertaken to examine dynamic behavior of an aluminum/alumina composite consisting of a 6061-T6 aluminum matrix containing elastic, spherical Al2O3 incl...

  13. Etching Behavior of Aluminum Alloy Extrusions

    Zhu, Hanliang

    2014-11-01

    The etching treatment is an important process step in influencing the surface quality of anodized aluminum alloy extrusions. The aim of etching is to produce a homogeneously matte surface. However, in the etching process, further surface imperfections can be generated on the extrusion surface due to uneven materials loss from different microstructural components. These surface imperfections formed prior to anodizing can significantly influence the surface quality of the final anodized extrusion products. In this article, various factors that influence the materials loss during alkaline etching of aluminum alloy extrusions are investigated. The influencing variables considered include etching process parameters, Fe-rich particles, Mg-Si precipitates, and extrusion profiles. This study provides a basis for improving the surface quality in industrial extrusion products by optimizing various process parameters.

  14. Deuterium transport and trapping in aluminum alloys

    A simple model of diffusion and evolution of the density of deuterium in metals is presented. A model of the deuterium evolution in the presence of uniform and nonuniform distributions of traps, as well as perfectly reflecting and partially permeable boundary conditions is discussed. Computers are compared with experimental results describe deuterium distribution after fatigue crack growth of 2219 and 7075 aluminum alloys in a D2O water vapor environment and after ion implantation

  15. Aluminum alloy nanosecond vs femtosecond laser marking

    S Rusu; A Buzaianu; D G Galusca; L Ionel; D Ursescu

    2013-11-01

    Based on the lack of consistent literature publications that analyse the effects of laser marking for traceability on various materials, the present paper proposes a study of the influence of such radiation processing on an aluminum alloy, a vastly used material base within several industry fields. For the novelty impact, femtolaser marking has been carried out, besides the standard commercial nanosecond engraving. All the marks have been analysed using profilometry, overhead and cross-section SEM microscopy, respectively and EDAX measurements.

  16. Torsional Stability of Aluminum Alloy Seamless Tubing

    Moore, R L; Paul, D A

    1939-01-01

    Torsion tests were made on 51ST aluminum-alloy seamless tubes having diameter-to-thickness ratios of from 77 to 139 and length-to-diameter ratios of from 1 to 60. The torsional strengths developed in the tubes which failed elastically (all tubes having lengths greater than 2 to 6 times the diameter) were in most cases within 10 percent of the value indicated by the theories of Donnel, Timoshenko, and Sturm, assuming a condition of simply supported ends.

  17. Roll bonding of 6061 aluminum alloy plates

    The roll bonding process is an important application of the solid state welding . in principle, two or more slabs of the materials to be bonded are placed in contact and welded around the edges. then, this assembled set is heated and rolled until the required thickness is obtained. this process is applied to clad the nuclear fuel, with high strength aluminum alloys during fabrication of plate type nuclear fuel elements for research reactors, or to produce many new constructions which have special uses in industrial applications. in the present work, the steps of the hot roll bonding of 6061 aluminum alloy plates were studies by using both microscopic examination and mechanical test namely singe lap shear strength test. also the effect of reduction degree in thickness, the sequence of hot rolling , surface roughness, degassing opening length and holding time on roll bonding process were studied. the results obtained due to variations in the above parameters are discussed with respect to their effects on the roll bonding of 6061 aluminum alloy plates as well as their effects on the specifications of the fuel plates

  18. Thermal coatings for titanium-aluminum alloys

    Cunnington, George R.; Clark, Ronald K.; Robinson, John C.

    1993-01-01

    Titanium aluminides and titanium alloys are candidate materials for use in hot structure and heat-shield components of hypersonic vehicles because of their good strength-to-weight characteristics at elevated temperature. However, in order to utilize their maximum temperature capability, they must be coated to resist oxidation and to have a high total remittance. Also, surface catalysis for recombination of dissociated species in the aerodynamic boundary layer must be minimized. Very thin chemical vapor deposition (CVD) coatings are attractive candidates for this application because of durability and very light weight. To demonstrate this concept, coatings of boron-silicon and aluminum-boron-silicon compositions were applied to the titanium-aluminides alpha2 (Ti-14Al-21Nb), super-alpha2 (Ti-14Al-23-Nb-2V), and gamma (Ti-33Al-6Nb-1Ta) and to the titanium alloy beta-21S (Ti-15Mo-3Al-3Nb-0.2Si). Coated specimens of each alloy were subjected to a set of simulated hypersonic vehicle environmental tests to determine their properties of oxidation resistance, surface catalysis, radiative emittance, and thermal shock resistance. Surface catalysis results should be viewed as relative performance only of the several coating-alloy combinations tested under the specific environmental conditions of the LaRC Hypersonic Materials Environmental Test System (HYMETS) arc-plasma-heated hypersonic wind tunnel. Tests were also conducted to evaluate the hydrogen transport properties of the coatings and any effects of the coating processing itself on fatigue life of the base alloys. Results are presented for three types of coatings, which are as follows: (1) a single layer boron silicon coating, (2) a single layer aluminum-boron-silicon coating, and (3) a multilayer coating consisting of an aluminum-boron-silicon sublayer with a boron-silicon outer layer.

  19. The Technological Improvements of Aluminum Alloy Coloring by Electrolysis

    LI Nai-jun

    2004-01-01

    The technological process of coloring golden-tawny on aluminum alloy by electrolysis was improved in this paper. The optimum composition of electrolyte was found, the conditions of deposition and anodic oxidation by electrolysis were studied. The oxidative membrane on aluminum alloy was satisfying, the colored aluminum alloy by electrolysis is uniformity,bright and beautiful, and the coloring by electrolysis is convenient and no pollution.

  20. The in-situ Ti alloying of aluminum alloys and its application in A356 alloys

    2005-01-01

    This research has investigated the in-situ Ti alloying of aluminum alloys and its application to A356 alloys and wheels through the evaluation of microstructure and mechanical properties, The results showed that stable titanium content can be obtained by adding a small quantity of TiO2 into electrolyte of pure aluminum. Under this approach, a greater than 95% absorptivity of titanium was achieved, and the microstructure of the specimens was changed to fine equiaxed grains from coarse columnar grains in the pure aluminum. In comparison with the tradition A356 alloys and wheels, the corresponding microstructure in the testing A356 alloys and wheels was finer. Although the tensile strength was similar between the testing and the tradition A356 alloys and wheels, the ductility of the former (testing) is superior to that of the later (tradition), leading to an excellent combination of strength and ductility from the testing alloys and wheels.

  1. Research progress of aluminum alloy automotive sheet and application technology

    Ma Mingtu; You Jianghai; Lu Hongzhou; Wang Zhiwen

    2012-01-01

    Pretrcatment technology is deeply discussed to explain its importance in guaranteeing properties and form- ability of aluminum alloy automotive sheet. Some typical applications of aluminum alloy automotive sheet to automotive industry are listed. Based on the author's knowledge and recognition and research progress presently, the important re- search contents about aluminum alloy automotive sheet are emphasized. Reducing cost and price of sheet and going deeply into application research are the main work for expending the application of aluminum alloy automotive sheet in the automobile.

  2. Microstructures and properties of aluminum die casting alloys

    M. M. Makhlouf; D. Apelian; L. Wang

    1998-10-01

    This document provides descriptions of the microstructure of different aluminum die casting alloys and to relate the various microstructures to the alloy chemistry. It relates the microstructures of the alloys to their main engineering properties such as ultimate tensile strength, yield strength, elongation, fatigue life, impact resistance, wear resistance, hardness, thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity. Finally, it serves as a reference source for aluminum die casting alloys.

  3. Ballistic Experiments with Titanium and Aluminum Targets

    Gogolewski, R.; Morgan, B.R.

    1999-11-23

    During the course of the project we conducted two sets of fundamental experiments in penetration mechanics in the LLNL Terminal Ballistics Laboratory of the Physics Directorate. The first set of full-scale experiments was conducted with a 14.5mm air propelled launcher. The object of the experiments was to determine the ballistic limit speed of 6Al-4V-alloy titanium, low fineness ratio projectiles centrally impacting 2024-T3 alloy aluminum flat plates and the failure modes of the projectiles and the targets. The second set of one-third scale experiments was conducted with a 14.5mm powder launcher. The object of these experiments was to determine the ballistic limit speed of 6Al-4V alloy titanium high fineness ratio projectiles centrally impacting 6Al-4V alloy titanium flat plates and the failure modes of the projectiles and the target. We employed radiography to observe a projectile just before and after interaction with a target plate. Early on, we employed a non-damaging ''soft-catch'' technique to capture projectiles after they perforated targets. Once we realized that a projectile was not damaged during interaction with a target, we used a 4-inch thick 6061-T6-alloy aluminum witness block with a 6.0-inch x 6.0-inch cross-section to measure projectile residual penetration. We have recorded and tabulated below projectile impact speed, projectile residual (post-impact) speed, projectile failure mode, target failure mode, and pertinent comments for the experiments. The ballistic techniques employed for the experiments are similar to those employed in an earlier study.

  4. Laser perforation of aluminum alloy sheet

    Migliore, Leonard; Nazary, George

    2010-02-01

    Recent advances in the design of gain modules for diode-pumped solid-state lasers have allowed the manufacture of high-powered Q-switched products. The high available pulse energy and good mode quality enable highly efficient harmonic conversion, enabling the generation of several hundred watts of average power at a wavelength of 532nm. Among the applications for which this class of product may be suited is the rapid drilling of small-diameter holes in aluminum sheet. To investigate this application, plates of several aluminum alloys were drilled under a variety of conditions. The drilled plates were sectioned and subjected to analysis by optical metallography. The initial results indicate ways in which the process may be optimized.

  5. "Determinación experimental del límite de resistencia a la fatiga por flexión rotativa a alta velocidad (150 Hz) cercano al límite elástico del aluminio (AL 6061-T6)"

    Tapia Silva, Edgar

    2012-01-01

    Este trabajo de Maestría está orientado al estudio de la resistencia a la fatiga de la aleación de aluminio con nominación AISI-SAE 6061-T6, en condiciones de flexión rotativa y con cargas aplicadas cercanas al límite elástico de este material. Este material fue seleccionado por su amplia utilización en la industria; algunos componentes de ejemplos motores son: de equipamiento combustión aeronáutico, interna, válvulas, accesorios para c...

  6. Using Neural Networks to Predict the Hardness of Aluminum Alloys

    B. Zahran

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum alloys have gained significant industrial importance being involved in many of the light and heavy industries and especially in aerospace engineering. The mechanical properties of aluminum alloys are defined by a number of principal microstructural features. Conventional mathematical models of these properties are sometimes very complex to be analytically calculated. In this paper, a neural network model is used to predict the correlations between the hardness of aluminum alloys in relation to certain alloying elements. A backpropagation neural network is trained using a thorough dataset. The impact of certain elements is documented and an optimum structure is proposed.

  7. Precipitate-Accommodated Plasma Nitriding for Aluminum Alloys

    Patama Visittipitukul; Tatsuhiko Aizawa; Hideyuki Kuwahara

    2004-01-01

    Reliable surface treatment has been explored to improve the strength and wear resistance of aluminum alloy parts in automotives. Long duration time as well as long pre-sputtering time are required for plasma nitriding of aluminum or its alloys only with the thickness of a few micrometers. New plasma inner nitriding is proposed to realize the fast-rate nitriding of aluminum alloys. Al-6Cu alloy is employed as a targeting material in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of this plasma nitriding. Mechanism of fast-rate nitriding process is discussed with consideration of the role of Al2Cu precipitates.

  8. Processing of Aluminum Alloys Containing Displacement Reaction Products

    Stawovy, Michael Thomas

    1998-01-01

    Aluminum and metal-oxide powders were mixed using mechanical alloying. Exothermic displacement reactions could be initiated in the powders either by mechanical alloying alone or by heat treating the mechanically alloyed powders. Exponential relationships developed between the initiation time of the reaction and the mechanical alloying charge ratio. The exponential relationships were the result of changes in the intensity and quantity of collisions occurring during mechanical alloying. Di...

  9. The Role of Particles in Fatigue Crack Propagation of Aluminum Matrix Composites and Casting Aluminum Alloys

    Zhenzhong CHEN; Ping HE; Liqing CHEN

    2007-01-01

    Fatigue crack propagation (FCP) behaviors were studied to understand the role of SiC particles in 10 wt pct SiCp/A2024 composites and Si particles in casting aluminum alloy A356. The results show that a few particles appeared on the fracture surfaces in SiCp/Al composites even at high AK region, which indicates that cracks propagated predominantly within the matrix avoiding SiC particles due to the high strength of the particles and the strong particle/matrix interface. In casting aluminum alloy, Si particle debonding was more prominent.Compared with SiCp/Al composite, the casting aluminum alloy exhibited lower FCP rates, but had a slight steeper slope in the Paris region. Crack deflection and branching were found to be more remarkable in the casting aluminum alloy than that in the SiCp/Al composites, which may be contributed to higher FCP resistance in casting aluminum alloy.

  10. Effect of an absorbent overlay on the residual stress field induced by laser shock processing on aluminum samples

    Laser shock processing (LSP) or laser shock peening is a new technique for strengthening metals. This process induces a compressive residual stress field, which increases fatigue crack initiation life and reduces fatigue crack growth rate. Specimens of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy are used in this investigation. A convergent lens is used to deliver 2.5 J, 8 ns laser pulses by a Q-switch Nd:YAG laser, operating at 10 Hz. The pulses are focused to a diameter of 1.5 mm onto aluminum samples. Density of 2500 pulses/cm2 with infrared (1064 nm) radiation was used. The effect of an absorbent overlay on the residual stress field using this LSP setup and this energy level is evaluated. Residual stress distribution as a function of depth is assessed by the hole drilling method. It is observed that the overlay makes the compressive residual stress profile move to the surface. This effect is explained on the basis of the vaporization of the coat layer suppressing thermal effects on the metallic substrate. The effect of coating the specimen surface before LSP treatment may have advantages on improving wear and contact fatigue properties of this aluminum alloy

  11. Electrodeposition of magnesium and magnesium/aluminum alloys

    Mayer, A.

    1988-01-21

    Electrolytes and plating solutions for use in processes for electroplating and electroforming pure magnesium and alloys of aluminum and magnesium and also electrodeposition processes. An electrolyte of this invention is comprised of an alkali metal fluoride or a quaternary ammonium halide, dimethyl magnesium and/or diethyl magnesium, and triethyl aluminum and/or triisobutyl aluminum. An electrolyte may be dissolved in an aromatic hydrocarbon solvent to form a plating solution. The proportions of the component compounds in the electrolyte are varied to produce essentially pure magnesium or magnesium/aluminum alloys having varying selected compositions.

  12. Friction Pull Plug Welding in Aluminum Alloys

    Brooke, Shane A.; Bradford, Vann

    2012-01-01

    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has recently invested much time and effort into the process development of Friction Pull Plug Welding (FPPW). FPPW, is a welding process similar to Friction Push Plug Welding in that, there is a small rotating part (plug) being spun and simultaneously pulled (forged) into a larger part. These two processes differ, in that push plug welding requires an internal reaction support, while pull plug welding reacts to the load externally. FPPW was originally conceived as a post proof repair technique for the Space Shuttle fs External Tank. FPPW was easily selected as the primary weld process used to close out the termination hole on the Constellation Program's ARES I Upper Stage circumferential Self-Reacting Friction Stir Welds (SR-FSW). The versatility of FPPW allows it to also be used as a repair technique for both SR-FSW and Conventional Friction Stir Welds. To date, all MSFC led development has been concentrated on aluminum alloys (2195, 2219, and 2014). Much work has been done to fully understand and characterize the process's limitations. A heavy emphasis has been spent on plug design, to match the various weldland thicknesses and alloy combinations. This presentation will summarize these development efforts including weld parameter development, process control, parameter sensitivity studies, plug repair techniques, material properties including tensile, fracture and failure analysis.

  13. Paint-Bonding Improvement for 2219 Aluminum Alloy

    Daech, Alfred F.; Cibula, Audrey Y.

    1987-01-01

    Bonding of adhesives and primers to 2219 aluminum alloy improved by delaying rinse step in surface-treatment process. Delaying rinse allows formation of rougher surface for stronger bonding and greater oxide buildup.

  14. Measurement of Thermodynamic Properties of Titanium Aluminum Alloys

    Mehrotra, Gopal

    1995-01-01

    This final report is a summary of the work done by Professor Mehrotra at NASA Lewis Research Center. He has worked extensively on the measurement of thermodynamic properties of titanium aluminum alloys over the past six years.

  15. The development of recycle-friendly automotive aluminum alloys

    Das, Subodh K.; Green, J. A. S.; Kaufman, J. Gilbert

    2007-11-01

    The continuing growth of aluminum alloy usage in transportation applications, notably passenger automobiles and minivans, and the demonstrated economic benefits of recycling aluminum-rich vehicles increase the need to seriously consider the desirability of designing recycling-friendly alloys. This article focuses on that aspect of the recycling process for passenger vehicles. The goals are to illustrate the opportunities afforded by identifying and taking full advantage of potential metal streams in guiding the development of new alloys that use those streams. In speculating on several possible aluminum recovery practices and systems that might be used in recycling passenger vehicles, likely compositions are identified and preliminary assessments of their usefulness for direct recycling are made. Specific compositions for possible new recycle-friendly alloys are suggested. In addition, recommendations on how the aluminum enterprise, including industry, academia, and government, can work together to achieve the aggressive but important goals described here are discussed.

  16. STABILITY OF THE FAST-QUENCHED ALUMINUM ALLOYS MICROSTRUCTURE

    A. S. Kalinichenko; V. A. Kalinichenko; V. S. Niss; S. V. Grigoryev

    2015-01-01

    The conducted researches of continuous stability of microstructures of the fast-quenched tapes from alloys of aluminum and chrome showed that the natural aging accompanied by discharge of stable phases is observed in copper-bearing alloys. There are no changes in microstructure in the chrome-bearing fast-chilled tapes that confirms their high temporary stability.

  17. Age hardening in beryllium-aluminum-silver alloys

    Three different alloys of beryllium-aluminum-silver were processed to powder by centrifugal atomization in a helium atmosphere. Alloy compositions were, by weight percent, Be-47.5Al-2.5Ag, Be-47Al-3Ag, and Be-46Al-4Ag. Due to the low solubility of both aluminum and silver in beryllium, the silver was concentrated in the aluminum phase, which separates from the beryllium in the liquid phase. A fine, continuous composite beryllium-aluminum microstructure was formed, which did not significantly change after hot isostatic pressing. Samples of hot isostatically pressed material were solution treated at 550 C for 1 h, followed by a water quench. Aging temperatures were 150, 175, 200, and 225 C for times ranging from half an hour to 65 h. Results indicate that peak hardness was reached in 36--40 h at 175 C and 12--16 h at 200 C aging temperature, relatively independent of alloy composition

  18. Corrosion behavior of Al6061 alloy weldment produced by friction stir welding process

    Farhad Gharavi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the corrosion behavior of welded lap joints of AA6061-T6 aluminum alloy produced by friction stir welding process has been investigated. Corrosion properties of welded lap joints were studied by cyclic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tests. All tests were performed in an aerated 0.6 mol L−1 NaCl aqueous solution with pH = 6.5 at a temperature of 30 °C to characterize corrosion morphology and realize corrosion features of weld regions as opposed to the parent alloy. The microstructure of weld nugget (WN, heated affected zone (HAZ, and parent alloy were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The experimental results indicated that the welding process has a major effect on the corrosion resistance, which possibly associated to the break-down and dissolution of intermetallic particles. It is supposed that an increasing in intermetallic distributed throughout the matrix of weld regions increases the galvanic corrosion couples. Furthermore, by decreasing the grain size in the weld regions, the susceptibility to corrosion is enhanced. The pitting corrosion and intergranular attack are the dominant corrosion types in the weld regions and the parent alloy.

  19. Thermoelectrical power analysis of precipitation in 6013 aluminum alloy

    The 6013 aluminum alloy was first developed for application in the aircraft industry and, more recently, as a replacement option for the use of the 6061 alloy in the automotive industry. The present work describes the evolution of the process of formation and dissolution of different kinds of precipitates in 6013 aluminum alloy, subjected to different conditions of heat treatment, using for this purpose measurements of thermoelectrical power, Vickers microhardness and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). Although in the last years many works have been published on the use of thermoelectrical power (TEP) measurements for the analysis of precipitation process in traditional alloys such as 6061, there is still little information related to 6013 alloy. The results obtained are compared with a previous characterization work on the same alloy using transmission electron microscopy. It was observed that TEP measurements are very sensitive to precipitation phenomena in this alloy, and it has been found that there is an inverse relation between TEP and Vickers microhardness values, which allowed proposing a precipitation sequence for 6013 aluminum alloy

  20. China’s Aluminum Alloy Die Castings Industry has Promising Prospects

    2013-01-01

    <正>Engine aluminum alloy engine block die casting experienced rapid development in recent years. Domestic enterprises introduced large die casting machine automatic production lines, and developed large aluminum alloy die cast-

  1. Low activation R-tokamak with aluminum alloy

    An aluminum alloy system is considered as an alternative of the first phase design of the R-tokamak. The 1-D calculation showed that the radiation level outside the vacuum vessel could be reduced by a factor of 30 about half a month after a D-T shot, when the aluminum alloy system is adopted instead of a stainless steel system. The aluminum system has weak mechanical strength, is highly conductive, and shows overaging effect at a certain low temperature. Accordingly, it is necessary to overcome these points. The highly conductive aluminum case leads to considerable increase in power consumption. Various problems on the toroidal coils, the vacuum system, and the limiter were studied. The optimization of the device parameters was investigated. (Kato, T.)

  2. Comments on process of duplex coatings on aluminum alloys

    Samir H.A.; QIAN Han-cheng(钱翰城); XIA Bo-cai(夏伯才); WU Shi-ming(吴仕明)

    2004-01-01

    Despite the great achievements made in improvement of wear resistance properties of aluminum alloys,their applications in heavy surface load-bearing are limited. Single coating is insufficient to produce the desired combination of surface properties. These problems can be solved through the duplex coatings. The aim of the present study is to overview the research advances on processes of duplex coatings on aluminum alloys combined with micro plasma oxidation process and with other modern processes such as physical vapour deposition and plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition and also to evaluate the performance of micro plasma oxidation coatings in improving the load-bearing, friction and wear resistance properties of aluminum alloys in comparison with other coatings. Wherein, a more detailed presentation of the processes and their performances and disadvantages are given as well.

  3. Characterization of 2024-T3: An aerospace aluminum alloy

    The 2024-T3 aerospace aluminum alloy, reported in this investigation, was acquired from a local aerospace industry: Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). The heat treatable 2024-T3 aluminum alloy has been characterized by use of modern metallographic and material characterization techniques (e.g. EPMA, SEM). The microstructural characterization of the metallographic specimen involved use of an optical microscope linked with a computerized imaging system using MSQ software. The use of EPMA and electron microprobe elemental maps enabled us to detect three types of inclusions: Al-Cu, Al-Cu-Fe-Mn, and Al-Cu-Fe-Si-Mn enriched regions. In particular, the presence of Al2CuMg (S-phase) and the CuAl2 (θ') phases indicated precipitation strengthening in the aluminum alloy

  4. Experimental study on activating welding for aluminum alloys

    Huang Yong; Fan Ding

    2005-01-01

    TIG welding and EB welding for aluminum alloy 3003 were carried out to study the effects of activating flux on weld penetration of activating welding for aluminum alloys. SiO2 was used as the activating flux. It is found that, SiO2 can increase the weld penetration and decrease the weld width of FBTIG when the flux gap is small. For A-TIG welding and EB welding with focused mode, the weld penetrations and the weld widths increase simultaneously. SiO2 has little effect on the weld penetration and weld width of EB welding with defocused mode. It is believed that, change of surface tension temperature gradient is not the main mechanism of SiO2 improving weld penetration of activating welding for aluminum alloys.

  5. Superplasticity in powder metallurgy aluminum alloys and composites

    Superplasticity in powder metallurgy Al alloys and composites has been reviewed through a detailed analysis. The stress-strain curves can be put into 4 categories: classical well-behaved type, continuous strain hardening type, continuous strain softening type and complex type. The origin of these different types of is discussed. The microstructural features of the processed material and the role of strain have been reviewed. The role of increasing misorientation of low angle boundaries to high angle boundaries by lattice dislocation absorption is examined. Threshold stresses have been determined and analyzed. The parametric dependencies for superplastic flow in modified conventional aluminum alloys, mechanically alloyed alloys and Al alloy matrix composites is determined to elucidate the superplastic mechanism at high strain rates. The role of incipient melting has been analyzed. A stress exponent of 2, an activation energy equal to that for grain boundary diffusion and a grain size dependence of 2 generally describes superplastic flow in modified conventional Al alloys and mechanically alloyed alloys. The present results agree well with the predictions of grain boundary sliding models. This suggests that the mechanism of high strain rate superplasticity in the above-mentioned alloys is similar to conventional superplasticity. The shift of optimum superplastic strain rates to higher values is a consequence of microstructural refinement. The parametric dependencies for superplasticity in aluminum alloy matrix composites, however, is different. A true activation energy of superplasticity in aluminum alloy matrix composites, however, is different. A true activation energy of 313 kJ/mol best describes the composites having SiC reinforcements. The role of shape of the reinforcement (particle or whisker) and processing history is addressed. The analysis suggests that the mechanism for superplasticity in composites is interface diffusion controlled grain boundary sliding

  6. Electrorefining of aluminum alloy in ionic liquids at low temperatures

    Kamavaram V.; Mantha D.; Reddy R.G.

    2003-01-01

    The electrorefining of aluminum alloy (A360) in ionic liquids at low temperatures has been investigated. The ionic liquid electrolyte was prepared by mixing anhydrous AlCl3 and 1-Butyl-3- methylimidazolium chloride (BMIC) in appropriate proportions. The effect of the cell voltage temperature, and the composition of the electrolyte on the electrorefining process has been studied. The characterization of the deposited aluminum was performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray dif...

  7. Improved thermal treatment of aluminum alloy 7075

    Cocks, F. H.

    1968-01-01

    Newly developed tempering treatment considerably increases the corrosion resistance of 7075-T6 alloy and concomitantly preserves its yield strength. The results of tests on samples of the alloy subjected to the above treatments show that when the overaging period is 12 hours /at 325 degrees F/, the alloy exhibits a yield strength of 73,000 psi.

  8. Forming analysis and application for aluminum-alloy material

    Wei Yuansheng

    2012-01-01

    The increase in car ownership brought about by energy shortages, and environmental crises became more acute. The most effective way to achieve energy saving and emission reduction of car is to improve engine efficiency. In addition to that, lightweight body is the key. Aluminum, magnesium alloy as significant materials of lightweight, and the application amount in the car body is a significant upward trend. However, there is high cost of material, with im- mature applied technology and a series of bottleneck problems. All of them affect general application of lightweight mate- rials. This paper focuses on forming process issues for aluminum, magnesium alloy and the solutions to achieve.

  9. Pitting behavior of 2024 aluminum alloy in nitrate solutions

    Pitting of 2024 aluminum alloy was investigated in chloride-containing nitrate solutions. Potentiostatic and potentiokinetic experiments followed by examination of the sample surface were performed in order to relate the pitting behavior of the alloy to its microstructure. The SEM examination showed that copper-rich particles were preferential sites for pitting. These particles started dissolving during the polarization in nitrate solutions due to the agressivity of nitrate ions toward copper. In the presence of chloride ions, these particles were completely dissolved. Nitrate ions on the other hand appeared to have a very strong inhibitory effect toward pitting in the aluminum matrix. (author)

  10. Thermodynamics of Titanium-Aluminum-Oxygen Alloys Studied

    Copland, Evan H.; Jacobson, Nathan S.

    2001-01-01

    Titanium-aluminum alloys are promising intermediate-temperature alloys for possible compressor applications in gas-turbine engines. These materials are based on the a2-Ti3Al + g-TiAl phases. The major issue with these materials is high oxygen solubility in a2-Ti3Al, and oxidation of unsaturated alloys generally leads to mixed non-protective TiO2+Al2O3 scales. From phase diagram studies, oxygen saturated a2-Ti3Al(O) is in equilibrium with Al2O3; however, oxygen dissolution has a detrimental effect on mechanical properties and cannot be accepted. To better understand the effect of oxygen dissolution, we examined the thermodynamics of titanium-aluminum-oxygen alloys.

  11. Testing of 2219-T87 aluminum alloy at 40K

    The tensile and fracture properties of heavy section (1.5 inches thick) 2219-T87 plate aluminum alloy at 40K were determined. Transverse and longitudinal crack growth parameters were measured. Tensile specimens were taken at L, T, and ST orientations and tensile data is tabulated. K/sub Ic/ tests results and fatigue-crack growth data are summarized

  12. Lead induced intergranular fracture in aluminum alloy AA6262

    De Hosson, JTM

    2003-01-01

    The influence of lead on the fracture behavior of aluminum alloy AA6262 is investigated. Under certain conditions, the mode of fracture changes from transgranular microvoid coalescence to an intergranular mechanism. Three different intergranular fracture mechanisms are observed: liquid metal embritt

  13. Effects of high frequency current in welding aluminum alloy 6061

    Fish, R. E.

    1968-01-01

    Uncontrolled high frequency current causes cracking in the heat-affected zone of aluminum alloy 6061 weldments during tungsten inert gas ac welding. Cracking developed when an improperly adjusted superimposed high frequency current was agitating the semimolten metal in the areas of grain boundary.

  14. Fracture behavior of low-density replicated aluminum alloy foams

    Amsterdam, E.; Goodall, R.; Mortensen, A.; Onck, P. R.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.

    2008-01-01

    Tensile tests have been performed on replicated aluminum alloy foams of relative density between 4.5% and 8%. During the test the electrical resistance was measured with a four-point set-up and the displacements along the gage section were measured using a digital image correlation (DIC) technique.

  15. Study made of ductility limitations of aluminum-silicon alloys

    Bailey, W. A.; Frederick, S. F.

    1967-01-01

    Study of the relation between microstructure and mechanical properties of aluminum-silicon alloys determines the cause of the variations in properties resulting from differences in solidification rate. It was found that variations in strength are a consequence of variations in ductility and that ductility is inversely proportional to dendrite cell size.

  16. Titanium-zirconium-phosphonate hybrid film on 6061 aluminum alloy

    Shuanghong WANG; Lei WANG; Changsheng LIU

    2011-01-01

    Three titanium-zirconium-phosphonate hybrid films were formed on AA6061 aluminum alloy by immersing in fluorotitanic acid and fluorozirconic acid based solution containing different phosphonic acids for protective coatings of aluminium alloy. The corrosion resistance of three hybrid films as the substitute for chromate film were evaluated and compared. The neutral salt spray test was explored,the immersion test was conducted and electrochemical test was also executed. The hybrid films exhibited well-pleasing corrosion resistance and adhesion to epoxy resin paints. It was found out that the hybrid films could efficiently be a substitute for chromate based primer over aluminium alloy.

  17. New all aluminum alloy ultrahigh vacuum system and fittings

    The Al-ICF ALFLAT FLANGE corresponds to the ordinary stainless steel Conflat flange. The Al-ICF ALFLAT FLANGE is made of special aluminum alloy 2219-T87 by forging. It has the highest strength at elevated high temperature among all aluminum alloys as well as superior weldability and stress corrosion cracking resistivity. CrN or TiC coating on the flange surface by ion plating. The CrN or TiC treatment on the surface gave nearly protection against sticking between the knife edge of the flange and the aluminum gasket and surface scratching. Sealing surface of the knife edge for the Helicoflex is finished to a smooth mirror surface by a diamond tool. (author)

  18. System for ultra high vacuum made of aluminum alloys

    We have developed the system for ultra high vacuum made of aluminum alloys for proton and electron synchrotron. This is the first system for ultra high vacuum in which bakable metal seal flange and small diametral bellows of aluminum alloys have been put to practical use. The system consists of the flange protected by a CrN thin film and made of 2219-T87 alloy, the chamber made of 6063-T6 alloy, the aluminum metal gasket of Helico Flex and the bellows made of 5052 alloy. As a result of experiments at the National Laboratory for High Energy Physics (KEK), it had been confirmed that this system shows the special qualities of ultra high vacuum operation, resistance to hard radiation and baking and cooling operations. Up to now, this system has been widely used for the beam lines of the booster synchrotron utilization facility, K1, K2, linac, PI 1 and EP2-B extension of the KEK proton synchrotron. We investigate that this system is applicable to nuclear energy utilization facility and general vacuum apparatus. (author)

  19. Microstructural Characterization of Friction Stir Welded Aluminum-Steel Joints

    Patterson, Erin E.; Hovanski, Yuri; Field, David P.

    2016-06-01

    This work focuses on the microstructural characterization of aluminum to steel friction stir welded joints. Lap weld configuration coupled with scribe technology used for the weld tool have produced joints of adequate quality, despite the significant differences in hardness and melting temperatures of the alloys. Common to friction stir processes, especially those of dissimilar alloys, are microstructural gradients including grain size, crystallographic texture, and precipitation of intermetallic compounds. Because of the significant influence that intermetallic compound formation has on mechanical and ballistic behavior, the characterization of the specific intermetallic phases and the degree to which they are formed in the weld microstructure is critical to predicting weld performance. This study used electron backscatter diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and Vickers micro-hardness indentation to explore and characterize the microstructures of lap friction stir welds between an applique 6061-T6 aluminum armor plate alloy and a RHA homogeneous armor plate steel alloy. Macroscopic defects such as micro-cracks were observed in the cross-sectional samples, and binary intermetallic compound layers were found to exist at the aluminum-steel interfaces of the steel particles stirred into the aluminum weld matrix and across the interfaces of the weld joints. Energy dispersive spectroscopy chemical analysis identified the intermetallic layer as monoclinic Al3Fe. Dramatic decreases in grain size in the thermo-mechanically affected zones and weld zones that evidenced grain refinement through plastic deformation and recrystallization. Crystallographic grain orientation and texture were examined using electron backscatter diffraction. Striated regions in the orientations of the aluminum alloy were determined to be the result of the severe deformation induced by the complex weld tool geometry. Many of the textures observed in the weld

  20. Microstructural Characterization of Friction Stir Welded Aluminum-Steel Joints

    Patterson, Erin E.; Hovanski, Yuri; Field, David P.

    2016-03-01

    This work focuses on the microstructural characterization of aluminum to steel friction stir welded joints. Lap weld configuration coupled with scribe technology used for the weld tool have produced joints of adequate quality, despite the significant differences in hardness and melting temperatures of the alloys. Common to friction stir processes, especially those of dissimilar alloys, are microstructural gradients including grain size, crystallographic texture, and precipitation of intermetallic compounds. Because of the significant influence that intermetallic compound formation has on mechanical and ballistic behavior, the characterization of the specific intermetallic phases and the degree to which they are formed in the weld microstructure is critical to predicting weld performance. This study used electron backscatter diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and Vickers micro-hardness indentation to explore and characterize the microstructures of lap friction stir welds between an applique 6061-T6 aluminum armor plate alloy and a RHA homogeneous armor plate steel alloy. Macroscopic defects such as micro-cracks were observed in the cross-sectional samples, and binary intermetallic compound layers were found to exist at the aluminum-steel interfaces of the steel particles stirred into the aluminum weld matrix and across the interfaces of the weld joints. Energy dispersive spectroscopy chemical analysis identified the intermetallic layer as monoclinic Al3Fe. Dramatic decreases in grain size in the thermo-mechanically affected zones and weld zones that evidenced grain refinement through plastic deformation and recrystallization. Crystallographic grain orientation and texture were examined using electron backscatter diffraction. Striated regions in the orientations of the aluminum alloy were determined to be the result of the severe deformation induced by the complex weld tool geometry. Many of the textures observed in the weld

  1. Cleavage crystallography of liquid metal embrittled aluminum alloys

    Reynolds, A. P.; Stoner, G. E.

    1991-01-01

    The crystallography of liquid metal-induced transgranular cleavage in six aluminum alloys having a variety of microstructures has been determined via Laue X-ray back reflection. The cleavage crystallography was independent of alloy microstructure, and the cleavage plane was 100-plane oriented in all cases. It was further determined that the cleavage crystallography was not influenced by alloy texture. Examination of the fracture surface indicated that there was not a unique direction of crack propagation. In addition, the existence of 100-plane cleavage on alloy 2024 fracture surfaces was inferred by comparison of secondary cleavage crack intersection geometry on the 2024 surfaces with the geometry of secondary cleavage crack intersections on the test alloys.

  2. Fabrication of superhydrophobic nanostructured surface on aluminum alloy

    Jafari, R.; Farzaneh, M.

    2011-01-01

    A superhydrophobic surface was prepared by consecutive immersion in boiling water and sputtering of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or Teflon®) on the surface of an aluminum alloy substrate. Immersion in boiling water was used to create a micro-nanostructure on the alloy substrate. Then, the rough surface was coated with RF-sputtered Teflon film. The immersion time in boiling water plays an important role in surface morphology and water repellency of the deposited Teflon coating. Scanning electron microscopy images showed a "flower-like" structure in first few minutes of immersion. And as the immersion time lengthened, a "cornflake" structure appeared. FTIR analyses of Teflon-like coating deposited on water treated aluminum alloy surfaces showed fluorinated groups, which effectively reduce surface energy. The Teflon-like coating deposited on a rough surface achieved with five-minute immersion in boiling water provided a high static contact angle (˜164°) and low contact angle hysteresis (˜4°).

  3. Reduction of Oxidative Melt Loss of Aluminum and Its Alloys

    Dr. Subodh K. Das; Shridas Ningileri

    2006-03-17

    This project led to an improved understanding of the mechanisms of dross formation. The microstructural evolution in industrial dross samples was determined. Results suggested that dross that forms in layers with structure and composition determined by the local magnesium concentration alone. This finding is supported by fundamental studies of molten metal surfaces. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data revealed that only magnesium segregates to the molten aluminum alloy surface and reacts to form a growing oxide layer. X-ray diffraction techniques that were using to investigate an oxidizing molten aluminum alloy surface confirmed for the first time that magnesium oxide is the initial crystalline phase that forms during metal oxidation. The analytical techniques developed in this project are now available to investigate other molten metal surfaces. Based on the improved understanding of dross initiation, formation and growth, technology was developed to minimize melt loss. The concept is based on covering the molten metal surface with a reusable physical barrier. Tests in a laboratory-scale reverberatory furnace confirmed the results of bench-scale tests. The main highlights of the work done include: A clear understanding of the kinetics of dross formation and the effect of different alloying elements on dross formation was obtained. It was determined that the dross evolves in similar ways regardless of the aluminum alloy being melted and the results showed that amorphous aluminum nitride forms first, followed by amorphous magnesium oxide and crystalline magnesium oxide in all alloys that contain magnesium. Evaluation of the molten aluminum alloy surface during melting and holding indicated that magnesium oxide is the first crystalline phase to form during oxidation of a clean aluminum alloy surface. Based on dross evaluation and melt tests it became clear that the major contributing factor to aluminum alloy dross was in the alloys with Mg content. Mg was

  4. Microstructural and superplastic characteristics of friction stir processed aluminum alloys

    Charit, Indrajit

    Friction stir processing (FSP) is an adapted version of friction stir welding (FSW), which was invented at The Welding Institute (TWI), 1991. It is a promising solid state processing tool for microstructural modification at localized scale. Dynamic recrystallization occurs during FSP resulting in fine grained microstructure. The main goal of this research was to establish microstructure/superplasticity relationships in FSP aluminum alloys. Different aluminum alloys (5083 Al, 2024 Al, and Al-8.9Zn-2.6Mg-0.09Sc) were friction stir processed for investigating the effect of alloy chemistry on resulting superplasticity. Tool rotation rate and traverse speeds were controlled as the prime FSP parameters to produce different microstructures. In another study, lap joints of 7475 Al plates were also studied to explore the possibility of developing FSW/superplastic forming route. Microstructures were evaluated using optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, orientation imaging microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. Mechanical properties were evaluated using tensile testing. FSP 2024 Al (3.9 mum grain size) exhibited an optimum ductility of 525% at a strain rate of 10-2 s-1 and 430°C. Grain boundary sliding mechanism was found to be the dominant mode of deformation in this alloy. In 5083 Al alloy, it was found that changing the process parameters, grain sizes in the range of 3.5--8.5 mum grain size could be obtained. Material processed with colder processing parameters showed a decrease in ductility due to microstructural instability, and followed solute drag dislocation glide mechanism. On the other hand, materials processed with hotter parameter combinations showed mode of deformation related to grain boundary sliding mechanism. FSP of as-cast Al-Zn-Mg-Sc alloy resulted in ultrafine grains (0.68 mum) with attractive combination of high strain rate and low temperature superplasticity. This also demonstrated that superplastic microstructures could be

  5. Analysis of Temperature and Residual Stress Distribution in CO2 Laser Welded Aluminum 6061 Plates Using FEM

    Sanaa Numan Mohammed

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper develops a nonlinear transient three-dimensional heat transfer finite element model and a rate independent three-dimensional deformation model, developed for the CO2 laser welding simulations in Al-6061-T6 alloy. Simulations are performed using an indirect coupled thermal-structural method for the process of welding. Temperature-dependent thermal properties of Al-6061-T6, effect of latent heat of fusion, and the convective and radiative boundary conditions are included in the model. The heat input to the model is assumed to be a Gaussian heat source. The finite element code ANSYS12, along with a few FORTRAN subroutines, are employed to obtain the numerical results. The benefit of the proposed methodology is that it offers the capability of optimizing laser welding process, and also provides a reliable estimation of the developed temperatures, as well as the thermal stress (residual stress and strain fields reducing the experimental effort.

  6. Hydrogen interactions in aluminum-lithium alloys

    Smith, S. W.; Scully, J. R.

    1991-01-01

    A program is described which seeks to develop an understanding of the effects of dissolved and trapped hydrogen on the mechanical properties of selected Al-Li-Cu-X alloys. A proposal is made to distinguish hydrogen (H2) induced EAC from aqueous dissolution controlled EAC, to correlate H2 induced EAC with mobile and trapped concentrations, and to identify significant trap sites and hydride phases (if any) through use of model alloys and phases. A literature review shows three experimental factors which have impeded progress in the area of H2 EAC for this class of alloys. These are as listed: (1) inter-subgranular fracture in Al-Li alloys when tested in the S-T orientation in air or vacuum make it difficult to readily detect H2 induced fracture based on straight forward changes in fractography; (2) the inherently low H2 diffusivity and solubility in Al alloys is further compounded by a native oxide which acts as a H2 permeation barrier; and (3) H2 effects are masked by dissolution assisted processes when mechanical testing is performed in aqueous solutions.

  7. Hot corrosion resistance of nickel-chromium-aluminum alloys

    Santoro, G. J.; Barret, C. A.

    1977-01-01

    The hot corrosion resistance of nickel-chromium-aluminum alloys was examined by cyclically oxidizing sodium sulfate-coated specimens in still air at 900, 1000, and 1100 C. The compositions tested were within the ternary region: Ni, Ni-50 at.% Cr, and Ni-50 at.% Al. At each temperature the corrosion data were statistically fitted to a third order regression equation as a function of chromium and aluminum contents. From these equations corrosion isopleths were prepared. Compositional regions with the best hot corrosion resistance were identified.

  8. Laser treatment of aluminum copper alloys: A mechanical enhancement

    Aluminum-copper alloys are commonly used as structural components for the car and aircraft industry. They combine low density, high strength, high fracture toughness and good machinability. Moreover, the strength and wear-resistance of the surface of alloys are improved by a high power laser beam. In this way the molten surface will be self-quenched by conduction of heat into the bulk. This technique ensures solidification velocities of 0.01--1 m/s. These high solidification velocities have a significant influence on the size and distribution of the morphology. This work concentrates on Al-Cu alloys, in which the Cu content ranges between 0--40 wt.%, and is aimed at describing the mechanical and microstructural properties of these alloys upon variation of the laser scan velocity in the range of 0.0125 to 0.125 m/s

  9. Advanced powder metallurgy aluminum alloys via rapid solidification technology

    Ray, R.

    1984-01-01

    Aluminum alloys containing 10 to 11.5 wt. pct. of iron and 1.5 to 3 wt. pct. of chromium using the technique of rapid solidification powder metallurgy were studied. Alloys were prepared as thin ribbons (.002 inch thick) rapidly solidified at uniform rate of 10(6) C/second by the melt spinning process. The melt spun ribbons were pulverized into powders (-60 to 400 mesh) by a rotating hammer mill. The powders were consolidated by hot extrusion at a high reduction ratio of 50:1. The powder extrusion temperature was varied to determine the range of desirable processing conditions necessary to yield useful properties. Powders and consolidated alloys were characterized by SEM and optical metallography. The consolidated alloys were evaluated for (1) thermal stability, (2) tensile properties in the range, room temperature to 450 F, and (3) notch toughness in the range, room temperature to 450 F.

  10. Investigation of the Precipitation Behavior in Aluminum Based Alloys

    Khushaim, Muna S.

    2015-11-30

    The transportation industries are constantly striving to achieve minimum weight to cut fuel consumption and improve overall performance. Different innovative design strategies have been placed and directed toward weight saving combined with good mechanical behavior. Among different materials, aluminum-based alloys play a key role in modern engineering and are widely used in construction components because of their light weight and superior mechanical properties. Introduction of different nano-structure features can improve the service and the physical properties of such alloys. For intelligent microstructure design in the complex Al-based alloy, it is important to gain a deep physical understanding of the correlation between the microstructure and macroscopic properties, and thus atom probe tomography with its exceptional capabilities of spatially resolution and quantitative chemical analyses is presented as a sophisticated analytical tool to elucidate the underlying process of precipitation phenomena in aluminum alloys. A complete study examining the influence of common industrial heat treatment on the precipitation kinetics and phase transformations of complex aluminum alloy is performed. The qualitative evaluation results of the precipitation kinetics and phase transformation as functions of the heat treatment conditions are translated to engineer a complex aluminum alloy. The study demonstrates the ability to construct a robust microstructure with an excellent hardness behavior by applying a low-energy-consumption, cost-effective method. The proposed strategy to engineer complex aluminum alloys is based on both mechanical strategy and intelligent microstructural design. An intelligent microstructural design requires an investigation of the different strengthen phases, such as T1 (Al2CuLi), θ′(Al2Cu), β′(Al3Zr) and δ′(Al3Li). Therefore, the early stage of phase decomposition is examined in different binary Al-Li and Al-Cu alloys together with different

  11. Fatigue crack propagation of new aluminum lithium alloy bonded with titanium alloy strap

    Sun Zhenqi; Huang Minghui

    2013-01-01

    A new type of aluminum lithium alloy (A1-Li alloy) Al-Li-S-4 was investigated by test in this paper.Alloy plate of 400 mm × 140 mm × 6 mm with single edge notch was made into samples bonded with Ti-6Al-4V alloy (Ti alloy) strap by FM 94 film adhesive after the surface was treated.Fatigue crack growth of samples was investigated under cyclic loading with stress ratio (R) of 0.1 and load amplitude constant.The results show that Al-Li alloy plate bonded with Ti alloy strap could retard fatigue crack propagation.Retardation effect is related with width and thickness of strap.Flaws have an observable effect on crack propagation direction.

  12. Salt Spray Test to Determine Galvanic Corrosion Levels of Electroless Nickel Connectors Mounted on an Aluminum Bracket

    Rolin, T. D.; Hodge, R. E.; Torres, P. D.; Jones, D. D.; Laird, K. R.

    2014-01-01

    During preliminary vehicle design reviews, requests were made to change flight termination systems from an electroless nickel (EN) connector coating to a zinc-nickel (ZN) plating. The reason for these changes was due to a new NASA-STD-6012 corrosion requirement where connectors must meet the performance requirement of 168 hr of exposure to salt spray. The specification for class F connectors, MIL-DTL-38999, certifies the EN coating will meet a 48-hr salt spray test, whereas the ZN is certified to meet a 168-hr salt spray test. The ZN finish is a concern because Marshall Space Flight Center has no flight experience with ZN-finished connectors, and MSFC-STD-3012 indicates that zinc and zinc alloys should not be used. The purpose of this test was to run a 168-hr salt spray test to verify the electrical and mechanical integrity of the EN connectors and officially document the results. The salt spray test was conducted per ASTM B117 on several MIL-DTL-38999 flight-like connectors mounted to an aluminum 6061-T6 bracket that was alodined. The configuration, mounting techniques, electrical checks, and materials used were typical of flight and ground support equipment.

  13. Cracking susceptibility of aluminum alloys during laser welding

    Lara Abbaschian

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available The influence of laser parameters in welding aluminum alloys was studied in order to reduce hot cracking. The extension of cracks at the welding surface was used as a cracking susceptibility (CS index. It has been shown that the CS changes with changing welding velocity for binary Al-Cu alloys. In general, the CS index increased until a maximum velocity and then dropped to zero, generating a typical lambda-curve. This curve is due to two different mechanisms: 1 the refinement of porosities with increasing velocity and 2 the changes in the liquid fraction due to decreasing microsegregation with increasing velocities.

  14. Research of Plasma Spraying Process on Aluminum-Magnesium Alloy

    Patricija Kavaliauskaitė

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The article examines plasma sprayed 95Ni-5Al coatings on alu-minum-magnesium (Mg ≈ 2,6‒3,6 % alloy substrate. Alumi-num-magnesium samples prior spraying were prepared with mechanical treatment (blasting with Al2O3. 95Ni-5Al coatings on aluminum-magnesium alloys were sprayed with different parameters of process and coating‘s thickness, porosity, micro-hardness and microstructure were evaluated. Also numerical simulations in electric and magnetic phenomena of plasma spray-ing were carried out.

  15. Plasma spraying of beryllium and beryllium-aluminum-silver alloys

    A preliminary investigation on plasma-spraying of beryllium and a beryllium-aluminum 4% silver alloy was done at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Beryllium Atomization and Thermal Spray Facility (BATSF). Spherical Be and Be-Al-4%Ag powders, which were produced by centrifugal atomization, were used as feedstock material for plasma-spraying. The spherical morphology of the powders allowed for better feeding of fine (<38 μm) powders into the plasma-spray torch. The difference in the as-deposited densities and deposit efficiencies of the two plasma-sprayed powders will be discussed along with the effect of processing parameters on the as-deposited microstructure of the Be-Al-4%Ag. This investigation represents ongoing research to develop and characterize plasma-spraying of beryllium and beryllium-aluminum alloys for magnetic fusion and aerospace applications

  16. Linear Anomaly in Welded 2219-T87 Aluminum Alloy

    Jemian, Wartan A.

    1987-01-01

    Study of causes and significance of two types of linear anomalies sometimes appearing in radiographs of welds described in preliminary report. Manifested as light or dark linear features parallel to weld line in radiograph of weld. Contains diagrams and descriptions of phenomena occurring during welding process. Includes microdensitometer traces from x-radiographs of actual welds and from computer simulations based calculation of x-ray transmission through assumed weld structures. Concludes anomalies not unique to 2219-T87 aluminum alloy.

  17. High speed twin roll caste for aluminum alloy thin strip

    T. Haga

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In the present study, effectiveness of a high-speed twin roll caster for recycling aluminum alloy was investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The effects of the high-speed twin roll caster on alleviating the deterioration of mechanical properties by impurities were investigated. Properties of the cast strip were investigated by metalography, a tension test, and a bending test.Findings: A vertical type twin roll caster for strip casting of aluminum alloys was devised. The strip, which was thinner than 3 mm, could be cast at speeds higher than 60 m/min. Features of the twin roll casters are as below. Copper rolls were used and lubricant was not used in order to increase the casting speed. A casting nozzle was used to set the solidification length precisely. Heat transfer between melt and the roll was improved by hydrostatic pressure of the melt. Separating force was very small in order to prevent sticking of the strip to the roll. Low superheat casting was carried out in order to improve microstructure of the strip. In the present study, effectiveness of a high-speed and high-cooling rate twin roll caster of the present study for recycling aluminum alloy was investigated. Fe was added as impurity to 6063 and A356. The roll caster of the present study was useful to decrease the influence of impurity of Fe.Research limitations/implications: A high-speed twin roll caster of vertical type was designed and assembled to cast aluminum alloy thin strip.Originality/value: The results demonstrate that the high-speed twin roll caster can improve the deterioration by impurities.

  18. Experimental Studies of Cold Roll Bonded Aluminum Alloys

    Lauvdal, Steinar

    2011-01-01

    This master’s thesis is based on experimental studies of the parameters influencing cold roll bonding (CRB) of the aluminum alloys AA1200 and AA3103,in the work hardened and annealed condition. The effect on the bond strength from the preparations parameters as degreasing agent, scratch brushing and exposure time for oxide growth is investigated in comparison to former studies. Further the effect of rolling speed and effect from contributing factors from the different testing methods is ...

  19. Die Casting Mold Design for Aluminum Alloy Shell of Instrument

    Li Yuanyuan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is about die casting mold design for aluminum alloy shell of instrument. Three-dimensional model of the casting and mold are designed by using Pro/Engineer and AutoCad which can analyze forming quality. Digital design and theoretical calculation can greatly shorten product development cycle and mold design cycle, improve the accuracy of product design and mold design, and reduce the cost of mold design.

  20. Residual stress profiling of an aluminum alloy by laser ultrasonics

    PAN Yondong; QIAN Menglu; XU Weijiang; M. OURAK

    2004-01-01

    A residual-stress profile along the thickness of an aluminum alloy sheet is determined by laser-ultrasonic technique. Surface acoustic waves are generated by a Nd:YAG pulse laser and detected by a Heterodyne interferometer on a lateral free surface of the sheet. The distribution of residual stress is determined by measuring the relative variation of the wavevelocities at different location of the sample along its thickness. This technique is validated by three different residual stress profiles obtained experimentally.

  1. Residual stress in quenched 7075 aluminum alloy thick plates

    林高用; 张辉; 朱伟; 彭大暑; 梁轩; 周鸿章

    2003-01-01

    The influence of quenching water temperature, pre-stretching amount and aging temperature and times on residual stress in 7075 aluminum thick plate was studied by the measurement of residual stress using drilling hole method. The results indicate that residual stress decreases by 30% with increasing quenching water temperature from 40 ℃ to 80 ℃, 20% with increasing aging temperature from 100 ℃ to 180 ℃,and 20% with increasing aging times from 5 h to 25 h. Also, residual stress decreases to zero with increasing pre-stretching amount to approximately 2%. Hence, residual stress in 7075 aluminum thick plate is reduced by the control of quenching water temperature at 80 ℃ and with pre-stretching amount of about 2%. An optimal aging temperature and time should be systemically investigated to obtain combination of high mechanical performances and lower residual stress for manufacturing of 7075 aluminum alloy thick plates.

  2. Solidification crack susceptibility of aluminum alloy weld metals

    2006-01-01

    The susceptibilities of the three aluminum alloys to solidification crack were studied with trans-varestraint tests and tensile tests at elevated temperature. Their metallurgical characteristics, morphologies of the fractured surface and dynamic cracking behaviors at elevated temperature were analyzed with a series of micro-analysis methods. The results show that dynamic cracking models can be classified into three types. The first model has the healing effect which is called type A. The second is the one with deformation and breaking down of metal bridge, called type B. The last one is with the separation of liquid film along grain boundary, called type C.Moreover, the strain rate has different effects on crack susceptibility of aluminum alloys with different cracking models. ZL101 and 5083 alloys belong to type A and type C cracking model respectively, in which strain rate has greater effect on eutectic healing and plastic deformation of metal bridge. 6082 alloy is type B cracking model in which the strain rate has little effect on the deformation ability of the liquid film.

  3. The characteristics of aluminum-scandium alloys processed by ECAP

    Aluminum-scandium alloys were prepared having different scandium additions of 0.2, 1.0 and 2.0 wt.% and these alloys were processed by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) at 473 K. The results show the grain refinement of the aluminum matrix and the morphology of the Al3Sc precipitates depends strongly on the scandium concentration. The tensile properties were evaluated after ECAP by pulling to failure at initial strain rates from 1.0 x 10-3 to 1.0 x 10-1 s-1. The Al-1% Sc alloy exhibited the highest tensile strength of ∼250 MPa at a strain rate of 1.0 x 10-1 s-1. This alloy also exhibited a superior grain refinement of ∼0.4 μm after ECAP where this is attributed to a smaller initial grain size and an optimum volume fraction of dispersed Al3Sc precipitates having both micrometer and nanometer sizes.

  4. In-situ processing of aluminum nitride particle reinforced aluminum alloy composites

    Zheng, Qingjun

    Discontinuously reinforced aluminum alloy composites (DRACs) have potential applications in automotive, electronic packaging, and recreation industries. Conventional processing of DRACs is by incorporation of ceramic particles/whiskers/fibers into matrix alloys. Because of the high cost of ceramic particles, DRACs are expensive. The goal of this work was to develop a low-cost route of AlN-Al DRACs processing through bubbling and reacting nitrogen and ammonia gases with aluminum alloy melt in the temperature range of 1373--1523 K. Thermodynamic analysis of AlN-Al alloy system was performed based on Gibbs energy minimization theory. AlN is stable in aluminum, Al-Mg, Al-Si, Al-Zn, and Al-Li alloys over the whole temperature range for application and processing of DRACs. Experiments were carried out to form AlN by bubbling nitrogen and ammonia gases through aluminum, Al-Mg, and Al-Si alloy melts. Products were characterized with XRD, SEM, and EDX. The results showed that in-situ processing of AlN reinforced DRACs is technically feasible. Significant AlN was synthesized by bubbling deoxidized nitrogen and ammonia gases. When nitrogen gas was used as the nitrogen precursor, the AlN particles formed in-situ are small in size, (interface. In comparison with nitrogen gas, bubbling ammonia led to formation of AlN particles in smaller size (about 2 mum or less) at a significantly higher rate. Ammonia is not stable and dissociated into nitrogen and hydrogen at reaction temperatures. The hydrogen functions as oxygen-getter at the interface and benefits chemisorption of nitrogen, thereby promoting the formation of AlN. The overall process of AlN formation was modeled using two-film model. For nitrogen bubbling gas, the whole process is controlled by chemisorption of nitrogen molecules at the gas bubble - aluminum melt interface. For ammonia precursor, the rate of the overall process is limited by the mass transfer of nitrogen atoms in the liquid boundary layer. The models agree

  5. Hydrogen solubility in aluminum-copper alloys

    Hydrogen solubility(S (10-2 cm3g-1atm-0.5)) in Al-(0-50mass%) Cu alloys were measured by a desorption technique for the thermally gas-charged cylindrical samples which were solidified unidirectionally in the pure nitrogen gas flow (sample ND). The solubility was compared with that in samples melted and cast in vacuum (sample VM) and with that in samples melted in air and cast into a metal mould (sample AM). Since the solubility S (ND) was almost equal to S (VM), samples ND were found to have no voids of gas defects such as porosity and cavity. In the region of α-solid solution (Cuθ) and got to the higher hydrogen solubility in the θ-phase (Sθ), according to the equation S (ND) = Sα (1-fθ) + Sθfθ. S (AM) was greater than S (ND) due to the trapped hydrogen gas in the voids. In the alloy of the eutectic composition (33 mass%Cu) which had little voids, S (33AM) was smaller than S (33ND). This was attributed to anon-equilibrium or suppressed charging of hydrogen due to the trapping of hydrogen in a finer metallic structure of a sample AM. (author)

  6. Electrorefining of aluminum alloy in ionic liquids at low temperatures

    Kamavaram V.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The electrorefining of aluminum alloy (A360 in ionic liquids at low temperatures has been investigated. The ionic liquid electrolyte was prepared by mixing anhydrous AlCl3 and 1-Butyl-3- methylimidazolium chloride (BMIC in appropriate proportions. The effect of the cell voltage temperature, and the composition of the electrolyte on the electrorefining process has been studied. The characterization of the deposited aluminum was performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD techniques. The influence of experimental parameters such as cell voltage and concentration of AlCl3 in the electrolyte on the deposit morphology was discussed. The composition of the aluminum deposits was analyzed using X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF. Aluminum deposits with purity higher than 99.89 % were obtained. At a cell voltage of 1.0 V vs. Al/Al(III, the energy consumption was about 3 kWh/kg-Al. The main advantage of the process is low energy consumption compared to the existing industrial aluminum refining process.

  7. The stamping behavior of an early-aged 6061 aluminum alloy

    Highlights: → Excellent stamping performance of 6061 aluminum alloy. → Improvement of stamping behavior of 6061 aluminum alloy by early-aging. → Observation of dislocations and precipitates using Weak-Beam Dark-Field technique. -- Abstract: The stamping behavior of 6061 aluminum alloy with various conditions of early-aging is investigated in the present study. The relationship between the stamping performance, microstructure and mechanical property for this alloy is also discussed. Experimental results show that the 6061 aluminum alloy with a 10-30 min. early-aging at 160 oC will exhibit excellent stamping performance. The burnished surface of these treated alloys can reach a quite high value of 47%. Meanwhile, the mechanical strength and impact toughness have important effects on the stamping behavior of 6061 aluminum alloy. The moderate values of mechanical strength and toughness will exhibit an optimal stamping performance.

  8. Enhancement of superplastic formability in a high strength aluminum alloy

    Agrawal, S. P.; Turk, G. R.; Vastava, R.

    1988-01-01

    A 7475 aluminum alloy was developed for superplastic forming (SPF). By lowering the Fe and Si contents in this alloy significantly below their normal levels and optimizing the thermomechanical processing to produce sheet, over 2000 percent thickness strain to failure was obtained. The microstructure, elevated-temperature uniaxial and biaxial tension, and cavitation behavior of the alloy were determined. In addition, a constitutive model was used to form a generic structural shape from which mechanical test specimens were removed and post-SPF characteristics were evaluated. The constitutive model included both material strain hardening and strain rate hardening effects, and was verified by accurately predicting forming cycles which resulted in successful component forming. Stress-life fatigue, stress rupture, and room and elevated temperature tensile tests were conducted on the formed material.

  9. Mechanical properties of hot rolled 2519 aluminum alloy plate

    彭大暑; 陈险峰; 林启权; 张辉

    2003-01-01

    The effects of differences of temper on mechanical properties of T6, T7 and T8 plates of aluminum alloy 2519 were studied. The stress corrosion cracking(SCC) sensitivity was evaluated with parameters such as Kσ and Kδ.Tensile tests were divided into two groups: one was performed on tensile specimens without pre-corrosion, the other was performed on tensile specimens which were pre-corroded in 3.5%NaCl+1%H2O2 solution at 25 ℃.The results show that SCC resistance of alloy 2519 ranks in the order of T8>T7>T6 and the mechanical properties rank in the order of T6>T8>T7. SEM fractographs of the failed specimen show that the SCC sensitivity can be determined by the distribution of the second phase particles and size and the shape of grains in the alloy.

  10. Effects of shot peening on internal friction in CP aluminum and aluminum alloy 6008

    Flejszar, Aneta; Ludian, Tomasz; Mielczarek, Agnieszka; Riehemann, Werner; Wagner, Lothar [Clausthal Univ. of Science and Technology, Inst. of Materials Science and Technology, Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany)

    2009-06-15

    The strain-amplitude-dependent damping of bending beams of aluminum alloy 6008 and CP aluminum was measured at room temperature after different heat treatments and after shot peening. Shot peening led to an increase of damping in almost the whole measured amplitude strain range from 10{sup -6} to 10{sup -3} for CP aluminum. Strong ageing effects at room temperature were observed immediately after the shot peening process, namely an increase of the amplitude dependent part and a decrease of the amplitude-independent part of damping. After about 2700 h, ageing of the samples had saturated. For aluminum alloy 6008 much smaller ageing effects were found being due to compensating effects like formation of Cottrell clouds, precipitation of G.P. - zones, and the reduction of foreign atoms in solid solution. The found amplitude-dependent damping can be explained by the reversible movement of dislocations between strong pinning points like, e.g., precipitates and weak pinning points like solid solute atoms as proposed by the dislocation damping theory of Granato and Luecke. Using this model the found ageing effects can be explained by the diffusion of solid solute atoms to the dislocations. (orig.)

  11. A High-Fe Aluminum Matrix Welding Filler Metal for Hardfacing Aluminum-Silicon Alloys

    2003-01-01

    A high-Fe containing aluminum matrix filler metal for hardfacing aluminum-silicon alloys has been developed by using iron,nickel,and silicon as the major strengthening elements,and by measuring mechanical properties,room temperature and high temperature wear tests,and microstructural analysis.The filler metal,which contains 3.0%-5.0% Fe and 11.0%-13.0% Si,exhibits an excellent weldability.The as-cast and as-welded microstructures for the filler metal are of uniformly distribution and its dispersed network of hard phase is enriched with Al-Si-Fe-Ni.The filler metal shows high mechanical properties and wear resistance at both room temperature and high temperatures.The deposited metal has a better resistance to impact wear at 220℃ than that of substrate Al-Si-Mg-Cu piston alloy;at room temperature,the deposited metal has an equivalent resistance to slide wear with lubrication as that of a hyper-eutectic aluminum-silicon alloy with 27% Si and 1% Ni.

  12. Dilution of molybdenum on aluminum during laser surface alloying

    Highlights: •Laser surface alloying significantly increased the solubility of transition metal. •Laser surface alloying produced dense coating with good metallurgical bonding. •Laser process parameters greatly influenced the evolution of various intermetallics. •Computationally predicted results closely matched with experimental findings. •Ability to generalize present model to other metal-transition metal systems. -- Abstract: A multiphysics based computational model was developed to predict the dilution of molybdenum (Mo) on an aluminum (Al) substrate during the laser surface alloying process. The influence of laser surface alloying processing parameters such as input energy, scanning speed, and overlapping ratio on dilution of Mo in Al was explored via computational model. The computational model, closely predicts the melt pool geometry (width and depth) that subsequently helps in estimating dilution. It was observed that the dilution increases with the increase in laser power, while it decreases with the increase in scanning speed. The phase and microstructural analyses revealed the existence of Al5Mo intermetallic for most of the laser surface alloying processing conditions. However, at higher (3.18 × 107 J/m2) and lower (1.91 × 107 J/m2) laser energy densities, the Al8Mo3 intermetallic was also evolved. These experimental observations validate the model’s predictions and points to its reliability in predicting the expected intermetallics in Al–Mo system for various laser surfacing alloying processing conditions

  13. Radiation Damages in Aluminum Alloy SAV-1 under Neutron Irradiation

    Salikhbaev, Umar; Akhmedzhanov, Farkhad; Alikulov, Sherali; Baytelesov, Sapar; Boltabaev, Azizbek

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this work was to study the effect of neutron irradiation on the kinetics of radiation damages in the SAV-1 alloy, which belongs to the group of aluminum alloys of the ternary system Al-Mg-Si. For fast-neutron irradiation by different doses up to fluence 1019 cm-2 the SAV-1 samples were placed in one of the vertical channels of the research WWR type reactor (Tashkent). The temperature dependence of the electrical resistance of the alloy samples was investigated in the range 290 - 490 K by the four-compensation method with an error about 0.1%. The experimental results were shown that at all the temperatures the dependence of the SAV-1 alloy resistivity on neutron fluence was nonlinear. With increasing neutron fluence the deviation from linearity and the growth rate of resistivity with temperature becomes more appreciable. The observed dependences are explained by means of martensitic transformations and the radiation damages in the studied alloy under neutron irradiation. The mechanisms of radiation modification of the SAV-1 alloy structure are discussed.

  14. Effect of vapor phase corrosion inhibitor on microbial corrosion of aluminum alloys.

    Yang, S S; Ku, C H; Bor, H J; Lin, Y T

    1996-02-01

    Vapor phase corrosion inhibitors were used to investigate the antimicrobial activities and anticorrosion of aluminum alloy. Aspergillus flavus, A. niger, A. versicolor, Chaetomium globosum and Penicillium funiculosum had moderate to abundant growth on the aluminum alloy AA 1100 at Aw 0.901, while there was less growth at Aw 0.842. High humidity stimulated microbial growth and induced microbial corrosion. Dicyclohexylammonium carbonate had a high inhibitory effect on the growth of test fungi and the microbial corrosion of aluminum alloy, dicyclohexylammonium caprate and dicyclohexylammonium stearate were the next. Aluminum alloy coating with vapor phase corrosion inhibitor could prevent microbial growth and retard microbial corrosion. PMID:10592784

  15. From 2007 to 2010,China Will Manufacture More Than 10,000 Aluminum Alloy Railcars

    2007-01-01

    <正>The clear advantage of the aluminum alloy rail- cars is the weight reduction.The deadweight of the aluminum alloy railcars usually does not exceed 8.5t each.The 52 motor train units used in the sixth nationwide railway speedup are all made of aluminum alloys except for the train units used in the line between Guangzhou and Shenzhen.It is estimated that in 2010,there are more than 10,000 railcars made of aluminum alloys,which will consume about 105kt alumi- num.

  16. Surface treatment of new type aluminum lithium alloy and fatigue crack behaviors of this alloy plate bonded with Ti–6Al–4V alloy strap

    Highlights: ► A new generation aluminum lithium alloy which special made for Chinese commercial plane was investigated. ► Pattern of aluminum lithium alloy and Ti alloy were shown after anodization. ► Crack propagation of samples bonded with different wide Ti straps were studied in this paper. -- Abstract: Samples consisting of new aluminum lithium alloy (Al–Li alloy) plate developed by the Aluminum Company of America and Ti–6Al–4V alloy (Ti alloy) plate were investigated. Plate of 400 mm × 140 mm × 2 mm with single edge notch was anodized in phosphoric solution and Ti alloy plate of 200 mm × 20 (40) mm × 2 mm was anodized in alkali solution. Patterns of two alloys were studied at original/anodized condition. And then, aluminum alloy and Ti alloy plates were assembled into a sample with FM 94 film adhesive. Fatigue crack behaviors of the sample were investigated under condition of nominal stress σ = 36 MPa and 54 MPa, stress ratio of 0.1. Testing results show that anodization treatment modifies alloys surface topography. Ti alloy bonding to Al–Li alloy plate effectively retards crack growth than that of Al–Li alloy plate. Fatigue life of sample bonded with Ti alloy strap improves about 62.5% than that of non-strap plate.

  17. The Effect of Impurities on the Processing of Aluminum Alloys

    Zi-Kui Liu; Shengjun Zhang; Qingyou Han; Vinod Sikka

    2007-04-23

    For this Aluminum Industry of the Future (IOF) project, the effect of impurities on the processing of aluminum alloys was systematically investigated. The work was carried out as a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Industrial support was provided by ALCOA and ThermoCalc, Inc. The achievements described below were made. A method that combines first-principles calculation and calculation of phase diagrams (CALPHAD) was used to develop the multicomponent database Al-Ca-K-Li-Mg-Na. This method was extensively used in this project for the development of a thermodynamic database. The first-principles approach provided some thermodynamic property data that are not available in the open literature. These calculated results were used in the thermodynamic modeling as experimental data. Some of the thermodynamic property data are difficult, if not impossible, to measure. The method developed and used in this project allows the estimation of these data for thermodynamic database development. The multicomponent database Al-Ca-K-Li-Mg-Na was developed. Elements such as Ca, Li, Na, and K are impurities that strongly affect the formability and corrosion behavior of aluminum alloys. However, these impurity elements are not included in the commercial aluminum alloy database. The process of thermodynamic modeling began from Al-Na, Ca-Li, Li-Na, K-Na, and Li-K sub-binary systems. Then ternary and higher systems were extrapolated because of the lack of experimental information. Databases for five binary alloy systems and two ternary systems were developed. Along with other existing binary and ternary databases, the full database of the multicomponent Al-Ca-K-Li-Mg-Na system was completed in this project. The methodology in integrating with commercial or other aluminum alloy databases can be developed. The mechanism of sodium-induced high-temperature embrittlement (HTE) of Al-Mg is now understood. Using the thermodynamic

  18. Bearing Strengths of Some Wrought-aluminum Alloys

    Moore, R L; Wescoat, C

    1943-01-01

    Although a number of investigations of the bearing strength of aluminum alloys have been made, the problem remains one of considerable interest to the aircraft industry. For this reason it has seemed advisable to make additional tests of the commonly used aircraft alloys in an effort to establish a better basis for the selection of allowable bearing values. Current design practice does not recognize the effect of edge distance upon bearing strengths, and for this reason edge distance was one of the principal variables considered in this investigation. The increasing emphasis being placed upon permanent set limitations makes it essential that more information on bearing yield phenomena be obtained. The object of this investigation was to determine bearing yield and ultimate strengths of the following aluminum alloy products: 17S-T, 24S-T, Alclad 24S-T, 24S-RT, 52S-0, 52S-1/2H, 52S-H, 53S-T, and 61S-T extrusions. Ratios of these bearing properties to tensile properties were also determined.

  19. Electric pulse treatment of welded joint of aluminum alloy

    A.A. Mitiaev

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Explanation of the redistribution effect of residual strengthes after electric pulse treatment of ark welding seam of the aluminum alloy. Methodology. Alloy on the basis of aluminium of АК8М3 type served as the research material. As a result of mechanical treatment of the ingots after alloy crystallization the plates with 10 mm thickness were obtained. After edge preparation the elements, which are being connected were butt welded using the technology of semiautomatic argon arc welding by the electrode with a diameter of 3 mm of AK-5 alloy. Metal structure of the welded joint was examined under the light microscope at a magnification of 200 and under the scanning electronic microscope «JSM-6360 LA». The Rockwell hardness (HRF was used as a strength characteristic of alloy. Hardness measuring of the phase constituents (microhardness was carried out using the device PМТ-3, with the indenter loadings 5 and 10 g. The crystalline structure parameters of alloy (dislocation density, second kind of the crystalline grid distortion and the scale of coherent scattering regions were determined using the methods of X-ray structural analysis. Electric pulse treatment (ET was carried out on the special equipment in the conditions of the DS enterprise using two modes A and В. Findings. On the basis of researches the previously obtained microhardness redistribution effect in the area of welded connection after ET was confirmed. As a result of use of the indicated treatment it was determined not only the reduction of microhardness gradient but also the simultaneous hardening effect in the certain thermal affected areas near the welding seam. During study of chemical composition of phase constituents it was discovered, that the structural changes of alloy as a result of ET first of all are caused by the redistribution of chemical elements, which form the connections themselves. By the nature of the influence the indicated treatment can be

  20. Comparison of recrystallization and recrystallization textures in cold-rolled DC and CC AA 5182 aluminum alloys

    The recrystallization and recrystallization textures in cold-rolled direct chill cast (DC) and continuous cast (CC) AA 5182 aluminum alloys were investigated. The recrystallization behavior of cold-rolled DC and CC AA 5182 aluminum alloys was evaluated by tensile properties. The evolution of recrystallization textures in cold-rolled DC and CC AA 5182 aluminum alloys was determined by X-ray diffraction. The results showed that the recrystallization temperature of cold-rolled DC AA 5182 aluminum alloy was somewhat lower than that of cold-rolled CC AA 5182 aluminum alloy. The resulting recrystallization textures of cold-rolled AA 5182 aluminum alloy were characterized by the strong R orientation and the cube orientation with strong scattering about the rolling direction towards the Goss orientation. CC AA 5182 aluminum alloy showed slightly weaker recrystallization textures than DC AA 5182 aluminum alloy

  1. Corrosion fatigue of 2219-T87 aluminum alloy

    Mcmillan, V. C.

    1986-01-01

    Corrosion fatigue studies were conducted on bare, chemical conversion coated, and anodized 2219-T87 aluminum alloy. These tests were performed using a rotating beam machine running at a velocity of 2500 rpm. The corrosive environments tested were distilled water, 100 ppm NaCl, and 3.5 percent NaCl. Results were compared to the endurance limit in air. An evaluation of the effect of protective coatings on corrosion fatigue was made by comparing the fatigue properties of specimens with coatings to those without.

  2. Effect of Coolant Water Flow Rate on Aluminum Alloys Corrosion

    Golosov, O.A. [Institute of Nuclear Materials, Zarechny, Sverdlovsk region, 624250 (Russian Federation)

    2011-07-01

    One of the most important factors limiting a life-time of fuel elements in high-flux research reactors are a corrosion rate of fuel cladding material and a formation rate of oxide film. This study presents the results of the corrosion tests with and without irradiation. The aluminum alloys systems Al-Fe-Ni, Al-Fe-Ni-Cu-Mg and Al-Mg-Si-Cu were irradiated in the water flow of a velocity from 1.3 to 14.2m/s at 200 {sup o}C for time within 570 to 2000 hours. (author)

  3. Sensors Array Technique for Monitoring Aluminum Alloy Spot Welding

    王蕤; 罗震; 单平; 步贤政; 袁书现; 敖三三

    2010-01-01

    In this paper,the sensors array technique is applied to the quality detection of aluminum alloy spot welding.The sensors array has three forms,i.e.,linear magnetic sensors array,annular magnetic sensors array and cross magnetic sensors array.An algorithm based on principal component analysis is proposed to extract the signal eigenvalues.The three types of magnetic sensors array are used in the experiment of monitoring the signal.After the eigenvalues are extracted,they are used to build a relationship with ...

  4. Corrosion damage evolution and residual strength of corroded aluminum alloys

    Youhong Zhang; Guozhi Lv; Hui Wang; Bomei Si; Yueliang Cheng

    2008-01-01

    The LY12CZ aluminum alloy specimens were eurroded under the conditions of different test temperatures and exposure durations. After corrosion exposure, fatigue tests were performed. Scanning electron microscopy and optical microscope analyses on corrosion damage were carried out. The definition of surface corrosion damage ratio was provided to describe the extent of surface corrosion damage. On the basis of the measured data sets of the corrosion damage ratio, the probabilistic model of corrosion damage evolution was built. The corrosion damage decreased the fatigue life by a factor of about 1.25 to 2.38 and the prediction method of residual strength of the corroded structure was presented.

  5. Material and information flows pertaining to aluminum alloy pipe distribution

    D. Simić

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the distribution flow of aluminum (Al alloy pipes, starting with the completion of the manufacturing process and final inspection. The proposed solution considers the use of bar-coded caps produced from recycled polymer materials that are placed on the ends of the tubes in order to achieve protection against potential changes in material properties and preserve the product quality. For the preparation of capped tube bundles for shipment from the manufacturer output storage to the customer input warehouse, a technical solution that enables correct and efficient Al alloy pipe handling is proposed, in terms of safety, security, reliability, financial feasibility and ecological viability, with optimal utilization of transport and storage.

  6. Rheo-diecasting Process for Semi-solid Aluminum Alloys

    2007-01-01

    A novel one-step semisolid processing technique, the rheo-diecasting (RDC) process, was developed, which adapts in situ creation of semisolid metal slurry with fine and spherical solid particles followed by direct shaping of the slurry into a near-net shape component using the existing cold chamber diecasting process. The RDC process was applied to process A356 and A380 aluminum alloys. The resulting microstructures and mechanical properties of RDC products under as-cast and various heat treatment conditions were analyzed. The experimental results show that the RDC samples have an extremely low porosity, a fine and uniform microstructure throughout entire casting, and consequently much improved strength and ductility in the as-cast condition. The strength of RDC A356 alloy can be substantially improved under T5 and T6 heat treatments without loss of ductility.

  7. A Rare Earth High-iron Aluminum Alloy Cable Company to Settle in Chongqing

    2014-01-01

    <正>On September 14,the reporter learnt from the Seminar on Application of New Rare Earth High-iron Aluminum Alloy Cable Technologies for Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection held by Chongqing Electric Industry Association that a rare earth high-iron aluminum alloy cable company with

  8. Contrasting LME in aluminum and nickel alloys, with overtones to SCC

    The susceptibility of Alloys 400, 600, 200 and 800 to liquid metal embrittlement (LME), hydrogen embrittlement and stress corrosion cracking are in that order (most to least). Correlations exist, too, in the cracking mode, intergranular or transgranular. Accordingly, understanding LME and LME tests have potential uses in alloy development and screening. The use of a quick indentation test for LME is described that worked admirably for aluminum alloys but did not work for nickel-base alloys. The problem is that LME is strain rate sensitive in nickel alloys but not in aluminum alloys. This is believed to be a wetting issue

  9. The use of surface modification techniques for the corrosion protection of aluminum and aluminum alloys

    Surface modification techniques such as ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) and radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) offer a means to produce surfaces with unique and improved properties. This paper reviews the advantages of the IBAD and PECVD processes and discusses the preparation and pitting corrosion behavior of IBAD modified aluminum surfaces and PECVD coatings on a 7075 aluminum alloy. Pitting potential values for the base materials and for the base materials with silicon nitride IBAD, tantalum oxide IBAD, or PECVD diamond-like carbon coatings were determined in deaerated 0.1M NaCl solutions. The thickness of the modified region ranged from 0.01 to 5.0 microm. All three coatings improved the resistance to pit initiation

  10. Single-aging characteristics of 7055 aluminum alloy

    WANG Tao; YIN Zhi-min; SHEN Kai; LI Jie; HUANG ji-wu

    2007-01-01

    The microstructures and properties of 7055 aluminum alloy were studied at different single-aging for up to 48 h using hardness test, tensile test, electrical conductivity measurement, XRD and TEM microstructure analysis. The results show that at the early stage of aging, the hardness and strength of the alloy increase rapidly, the peak hardness and strength are approached after 120 ℃ aging for 4 h, then maintained at a high level for a long time. The suitable single-aging treatment of 7055 alloy is 480 ℃, 1 h solution treatment and water quenching, then aging at 120 ℃ for 24 h. Under those condition, the tensile strength, yield strength, elongation and electrical conductivity of the studied alloy are 513 MPa, 462 MPa, 9.5% and 29%(IACS), respectively. During aging, the solid solution decomposes and precipitation occurs. At the early aging stage of 120 ℃, GP zones form and then grow up gradually with increasing ageing time. η' phase forms after ageing for 4 h and η phase starts to occur after 24 h aging.

  11. Retention and release of tritium in aluminum clad, Al-Li alloys

    Tritium retention in and release from aluminum clad, aluminum-lithium alloys is modeled from experimental and operational data developed during the thirty plus years of tritium production at the Savannah River Site. The model assumes that tritium atoms, formed by the 6Li(n,α)3He reaction, are produced in solid solution in the Al-Li alloy. Because of the low solubility of hydrogen isotopes in aluminum alloys, the irradiated Al-Li rapidly becomes supersaturated in tritium. Newly produced tritium atoms are trapped by lithium atoms to form a lithium tritide. The effective tritium pressure required for trap or tritide stability is the equilibrium decomposition pressure of tritium over a lithium tritide-aluminum mixture. The temperature dependence of tritium release is determined by the permeability of the cladding to tritium and the local equilibrium at the trap sites. This model is used to calculate tritium release from aluminum clad, aluminum-lithium alloys. 9 refs., 3 figs

  12. High-strength and high-RRR Al-Ni alloy for aluminum-stabilized superconductor

    Wada, K; Sakamoto, H; Yamamoto, A; Makida, Y

    2000-01-01

    The precipitation type aluminum alloys have excellent performance as the increasing rate in electric resistivity with additives in the precipitation state is considerably low, compared to that of the aluminum alloy with additives in the solid-solution state. It is possible to enhance the mechanical strength without remarkable degradation in residual resistivity ratio (RRR) by increasing content of selected additive elements. Nickel is the suitable additive element because it has very low solubility in aluminum and low increasing rate in electric resistivity, and furthermore, nickel and aluminum form intermetallic compounds which effectively resist the motion of dislocations. First, Al-0.1wt%Ni alloy was developed for the ATLAS thin superconducting solenoid. This alloy achieved high yield strength of 79 MPa (R.T.) and 117 MPa (4.2 K) with high RRR of 490 after cold working of 21% in area reduction. These highly balanced properties could not be achieved with previously developed solid-solution aluminum alloys. ...

  13. Interfacial study of semi-solid aluminum alloy and stainless steel sheathed extrusion

    LIU Hong-wei; GUO Cheng; LIU Xu-feng; SHAO Guang-jie

    2006-01-01

    Using sheathed extrusion technique, the bonding and forming of semi solid aluminum alloy with stainless steel sheath are successfully realized. The relationship between the interfacial shear strength and the solid fraction of semi solid aluminum alloy at different extrusion ratios is analyzed; the interfacial and fracture structure of the sheath material are studied by optical microscopy(OM) and scanning electric microscopy(SEM). The result shows that interfacial shear strength increases with the increase of extrusion ratio, the maximum value of the interfacial shear strength is obtained when solid fraction of aluminum alloy is 30%,solid phase and liquid phase of the semi solid aluminum alloy are bonded with stainless steel by turns along the interface, and the aluminum alloy can not be peeled from the stainless steel completely, which means nicer bonding occurs at the interface.

  14. Flexural-torsional buckling behavior of aluminum alloy beams

    Xiaonong GUO; Zhe XIONG; Zuyan SHEN

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents an investigation on the flexural-torsional buckling behavior of aluminum alloy beams (AAB). First, based on the tests of 14 aluminum alloy beams under concentrated loads, the failure pattern, load- deformation curves, bearing capacity and flexural-torsional buckling factor are studied. It is found that all the beam specimens collapsed in the flexuml-torsional buckling with excessive deformation pattern. Moreover, the span, loading location and slenderness ratio influence the flexural-torsional buckling capacity of beams significantly. Secondly, besides the experiments, a finite element method (FEM) analysis on the flexural-torsional buckling behavior of AAB is also conducted. The main parameters in the FEM analysis are initial imperfection, material property, cross-section and loading scheme. According to the analytical results, it is indicated that the FEM is reasonable to capture mechanical behavior of AAB. Finally, on the basis of the experimental and analytical results, theoretical formulae to estimate the flexural- torsional buckling capacity of AAB are proposed, which could improve the application of present codes for AAB.

  15. Stress corrosion cracking susceptibility of 7A52 aluminum alloy

    ZHAO Jun-jun; WANG Wei-xin; CAI Zhi-hai; ZHANG Ping

    2006-01-01

    The stress corrosion sensitivity of 7A52 aluminum alloy was investigated in the artificial sea water through slow stain rate test(SSRT). The stress corrosion cracking(SCC) susceptibility was estimated with the loss of elongation and stress corrosion sensitivity index. The results show that the susceptibility of 7A52 aluminum alloy is always high when the strain rate is in the range of 10-5-10-7s-1. It reaches the maximum at the strain rate of 8.7×10-7s-1, and the sensitivity index reaches 0.346. The characteristics of stress corrosion can be observed clearly on the fracture of tensile specimen. The process of SCC is depicted according to the fracture morphology. The SCC initiates at the edge of the specimen. Then the SCC grows rapidly because of the anode dissolving and stress concentration. When the area of specimen cannot support the tensile stress, it ruptures suddenly. The secondary cracks and quasi-cleavage surface can be found on the fracture morphology.susceptibility

  16. and Carbon Fiber Reinforced 2024 Aluminum Alloy Composites

    Kaczmar, Jacek W.; Naplocha, Krzysztof; Morgiel, Jerzy

    2014-08-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of 2024 aluminum alloy composite materials strengthened with Al2O3 Saffil fibers or together with addition of carbon fibers were investigated. The fibers were stabilized in the preform with silica binder strengthened by further heat treatment. The preforms with 80-90% porosity were infiltrated by direct squeeze casting method. The microstructure of the as-cast specimens consisted mainly of α-dendrites with intermetallic compounds precipitated at their boundaries. The homogenization treatment of the composite materials substituted silica binder with a mixture of the Θ phase and silicon precipitates distributed in the remnants of SiO2 amorphous phase. Outside of this area at the binder/matrix interface, fine MgO precipitates were also present. At surface of C fibers, a small amount of fine Al3C4 carbides were formed. During pressure infiltration of preforms containing carbon fibers under oxygen carrying atmosphere, C fibers can burn releasing gasses and causing cracks initiated by thermal stress. The examination of tensile and bending strength showed that reinforcing of aluminum matrix with 10-20% fibers improved investigated properties in the entire temperature range. The largest increase in relation to unreinforced alloy was observed for composite materials examined at the temperature of 300 °C. Substituting Al2O3 Saffil fibers with carbon fibers leads to better wear resistance at dry condition with no relevant effect on strength properties.

  17. Investigation of Corrosion Behavior Of 6013 Aluminum Alloys For Artificial Aged Microwave Furnace

    Muzaffer Erdoğan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Low density and high strength aluminum alloys can be achieved today is a type of an alloy. These alloys are more resistant, particularly the aging process is the precipitate formed. In this study, increased strength 6013 aluminum alloy in a microwave furnace yaşlandırarak artificial. Volume samples in a microwave oven aging method and aging has provided a homogeneous way.6013 aluminum alloys, pure argon gas atmosphere in a microwave furnace hardness after being subjected to artificial aging process analysis, the internal structure (optical microscope, SEM, characterization of the studied. Aging of the phases, the presence server in the XRD of the samples was determined by curves. Corrosion of artificial aged samples has been analyzed by the internal structure of the phases present. Depending on the time of artificial aging of aluminum alloy 6013 samples in a microwave furnace in the mechanical properties of the sediment affected the corrosion resistance values.

  18. Thermal Decoating of Aerospace Aluminum Alloys for Aircraft Recycling

    Muñiz Lerma, Jose Alberto; Jung, In-Ho; Brochu, Mathieu

    2016-06-01

    Recycling of aircraft aluminum alloys can be complex due to the presence of their corrosion protection coating that includes inorganic compounds containing Cr(VI). In this study, the characterization and thermal degradation behavior of the coating on aluminum substrates coming from an aircraft destined for recycling are presented. Elements such as Sr, Cr, Si, Ba, Ti, S, C, and O were found in three different layers by EDS elemental mapping corresponding to SrCrO4, Rutile-TiO2, SiO2, and BaSO4 with an overall particle size D 50 = 1.96 µm. The thermal degradation profile analyzed by TGA showed four different stages. The temperature of complete degradation at the fourth stage occurred at 753.15 K (480 °C) at lower heating rates. At higher heating rates and holding an isotherm at the same temperature, the residence time to fully decompose the aircraft coating has been estimated as 4.0 ± 0.2 minutes. The activation energy calculated by the Flynn-Wall-Ozawa and the modified Coats-Redfern methods for multiple fraction of decomposition showed a non-constant behavior indicating the complexity of the reaction. Finally, the concentration of Cr(VI) released to the environment during thermal decoating was obtained by UV-Vis spectroscopy. It was found that 2.6 ± 0.1 µg of Cr(VI)/mm2 of aluminum substrate could be released unless adequate particle controls are used.

  19. Thermal Decoating of Aerospace Aluminum Alloys for Aircraft Recycling

    Muñiz Lerma, Jose Alberto; Jung, In-Ho; Brochu, Mathieu

    2016-03-01

    Recycling of aircraft aluminum alloys can be complex due to the presence of their corrosion protection coating that includes inorganic compounds containing Cr(VI). In this study, the characterization and thermal degradation behavior of the coating on aluminum substrates coming from an aircraft destined for recycling are presented. Elements such as Sr, Cr, Si, Ba, Ti, S, C, and O were found in three different layers by EDS elemental mapping corresponding to SrCrO4, Rutile-TiO2, SiO2, and BaSO4 with an overall particle size D 50 = 1.96 µm. The thermal degradation profile analyzed by TGA showed four different stages. The temperature of complete degradation at the fourth stage occurred at 753.15 K (480 °C) at lower heating rates. At higher heating rates and holding an isotherm at the same temperature, the residence time to fully decompose the aircraft coating has been estimated as 4.0 ± 0.2 minutes. The activation energy calculated by the Flynn-Wall-Ozawa and the modified Coats-Redfern methods for multiple fraction of decomposition showed a non-constant behavior indicating the complexity of the reaction. Finally, the concentration of Cr(VI) released to the environment during thermal decoating was obtained by UV-Vis spectroscopy. It was found that 2.6 ± 0.1 µg of Cr(VI)/mm2 of aluminum substrate could be released unless adequate particle controls are used.

  20. Fatigue Resistance of Liquid-assisted Self-repairing Aluminum Alloys Reinforced with Shape Memory Alloys

    Wright, M. Clara; Manuel, Michele; Wallace, Terryl

    2013-01-01

    A self-repairing aluminum-based composite system has been developed using a liquid-assisted healing theory in conjunction with the shape memory effect of wire reinforcements. The metal-metal composite was thermodynamically designed to have a matrix with a relatively even dispersion of a low-melting eutectic phase, allowing for repair of cracks at a predetermined temperature. Additionally, shape memory alloy (SMA) wire reinforcements were used within the composite to provide crack closure. Investigators focused the research on fatigue cracks propagating through the matrix in order to show a proof-of-concept Shape Memory Alloy Self-Healing (SMASH) technology for aeronautical applications.

  1. Ultrasonic semi-solid coating soldering 6061 aluminum alloys with Sn-Pb-Zn alloys.

    Yu, Xin-ye; Xing, Wen-qing; Ding, Min

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, 6061 aluminum alloys were soldered without a flux by the ultrasonic semi-solid coating soldering at a low temperature. According to the analyses, it could be obtained that the following results. The effect of ultrasound on the coating which promoted processes of metallurgical reaction between the components of the solder and 6061 aluminum alloys due to the thermal effect. Al2Zn3 was obtained near the interface. When the solder was in semi-solid state, the connection was completed. Ultimately, the interlayer mainly composed of three kinds of microstructure zones: α-Pb solid solution phases, β-Sn phases and Sn-Pb eutectic phases. The strength of the joints was improved significantly with the minimum shear strength approaching 101MPa. PMID:26964943

  2. Surface properties of aluminum alloy as material for ultrahigh vacuum

    The characteristics of aluminum alloy (2017 alloy) for the vacuum chambers of TRISTAN were studied. Machining, electric discharge machining and chemical polishing were made successively on the samples of the 2017 alloy. The observation of surface state, the analysis of surface composition and high temperature desorption experiment were performed. The measurement of surface roughness with a probe, the observation with a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and the measurement of surface roughness factor (SRF) were carried out as the study of the surface state. The analysis of surface composition was made by the Auger electron spectrometry. It was found that the surfaces of samples treated by discharge machining were rough and have thick oxide layer. When chemical polishing was applied to these samples, the surfaces became smooth, and the oxide layer became thin. By heating the samples to raise the temperature, the desorption of H2O, CO and CO2 was caused. The amount of desorption was in close relation with the SRF. (Kato, T.)

  3. Corrosion of aluminum alloys in ocean thermal energy conversion seawaters

    Aluminum alloys 5052, 3004, and Alclad 3003 and 3004 were exposed to flowing seawater at 2.44 m/s (8 fps) at the Seacoast Test Facility on Hawaii. One year data for warm surface water and three mouth data for cold water from 600 m depth are reported for free fouling, chlorinated and sponge ball cleaned conditions. All alloys pit in deep seawater, but show no pitting in warm surface water. Uniform corrosion in the warm water is initially rapid, but after 25 to 30 days the rate becomes slower and extrapolated 30 year material losses are in the 125 to 215 μm range. Chlorination at a level of 0.05 ppm for one hour per day has only a minor effect on corrosion rates, while sponge ball cleaning leads to erosion-corrosion of the Alclad surfaces and has no effect on alloy 5052. The need for additional testing in tropical seawater is discussed, as is the need for an improved understanding of the formation of inorganic scale films, their properties, and their effect on corrosion rates and heat transfer

  4. Anisotropic Effects on Constitutive Model Parameters of Aluminum Alloys

    Brar, Nachhatter; Joshi, Vasant

    2011-06-01

    Simulation of low velocity impact on structures or high velocity penetration in armor materials heavily rely on constitutive material models. The model constants are required input to computer codes (LS-DYNA, DYNA3D or SPH) to accurately simulate fragment impact on structural components made of high strength 7075-T651 aluminum alloys. Johnson-Cook model constants determined for Al7075-T651 alloy bar material failed to simulate correctly the penetration into 1' thick Al-7075-T651plates. When simulations go well beyond minor parameter tweaking and experimental results are drastically different it is important to determine constitutive parameters from the actual material used in impact/penetration experiments. To investigate anisotropic effects on the yield/flow stress of this alloy we performed quasi-static and high strain rate tensile tests on specimens fabricated in the longitudinal, transverse, and thickness directions of 1' thick Al7075-T651 plate. Flow stresses at a strain rate of ~1100/s in the longitudinal and transverse direction are similar around 670MPa and decreases to 620 MPa in the thickness direction. These data are lower than the flow stress of 760 MPa measured in Al7075-T651 bar stock.

  5. Microstructural features of intergranular brittle fracture and cold cracking in high strength aluminum alloys

    Lalpoor, M.; Eskin, D. G.; ten Brink, Gert; Katgerman, L.

    2010-01-01

    Intergranular brittle fracture has been mainly observed and reported in steel alloys and precipitation hardened At-alloys where intergranular precipitates cover a major fraction of the grain boundary area. 7xxx series aluminum alloys suffer from this problem in the as-cast condition when brittle int

  6. Acoustic Emission Characteristics of Notched Aluminum Plate Repaired with a Composite Patch

    Yoon, Hyun Sung; Choi, Nak Sam [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-02-15

    Edge notched Al6061-T6 aluminum was repaired with a GFRP composite patch as a function of the number of stacking. Damage progress of specimen for tension load has been monitored by acoustic emission(AE). AE energy rate, hit rate, amplitude, waveform and 1st peak frequency distribution were analyzed. Fracture processes were classified into Al cracking, Fiber breakage, Resin cracking and Delamination. Displacement of a specimen can be divided into Region I, II and III according to acoustic emission characteristics. Region II where the patch itself was actually fractured was focused on to clarify the AE characteristics difference for the number of stacking

  7. A modified Johnson–Cook model of dynamic tensile behaviors for 7075-T6 aluminum alloy

    Highlights: • The dynamic mechanical behaviors at various strain rates were measured. • The strain rate hardening effect of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy is significant. • A new Johnson–Cook constitutive model of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy was obtained. • Numerical simulations of tensile tests at different rates were conducted. • Accuracy of the modified Johnson–Cook constitutive equation was proved. - Abstract: The dynamic mechanical behaviors of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy at various strain rates were measured by dynamic tensile tests using the electronic universal testing machine, high velocity testing system and split Hopkinson tensile bar (SHTB). Stress–strain curves at different rates were obtained. The results show that the strain rate hardening effect of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy is significant. By modifying the strain rate hardening term in the Johnson–Cook constitutive model, a new Johnson–Cook (JC) constitutive model of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy was obtained. The improved Johnson–Cook model matched the experiment results very well. With the Johnson–Cook constitutive model, numerical simulations of tensile tests at different rates for 7075-T6 aluminum alloy were conducted. According to tensile loading and stress–strain relation of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy, calculation results were compared with experimental results. Accuracy of the modified Johnson–Cook constitutive equation was further proved

  8. A modified Johnson–Cook model of dynamic tensile behaviors for 7075-T6 aluminum alloy

    Zhang, Ding-Ni, E-mail: siping4840@126.com [The College of Information, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234 (China); Shangguan, Qian-Qian [The College of Information, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234 (China); Xie, Can-Jun [Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd., Shanghai 200120 (China); Liu, Fu [Shanghai Aircraft Design and Research Institute of COMAC, Shanghai 201210 (China)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • The dynamic mechanical behaviors at various strain rates were measured. • The strain rate hardening effect of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy is significant. • A new Johnson–Cook constitutive model of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy was obtained. • Numerical simulations of tensile tests at different rates were conducted. • Accuracy of the modified Johnson–Cook constitutive equation was proved. - Abstract: The dynamic mechanical behaviors of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy at various strain rates were measured by dynamic tensile tests using the electronic universal testing machine, high velocity testing system and split Hopkinson tensile bar (SHTB). Stress–strain curves at different rates were obtained. The results show that the strain rate hardening effect of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy is significant. By modifying the strain rate hardening term in the Johnson–Cook constitutive model, a new Johnson–Cook (JC) constitutive model of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy was obtained. The improved Johnson–Cook model matched the experiment results very well. With the Johnson–Cook constitutive model, numerical simulations of tensile tests at different rates for 7075-T6 aluminum alloy were conducted. According to tensile loading and stress–strain relation of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy, calculation results were compared with experimental results. Accuracy of the modified Johnson–Cook constitutive equation was further proved.

  9. Effect of aging on the corrosion of aluminum alloy 6061

    Not only alloying additions may affect the corrosion resistance of aluminum alloys, but also practices that result in a nonuniform microstructure may introduce susceptibility to some forms of corrosion, especially if the microstructural effect is localized. This work was intended to study the effect of aging time at 225, 185 and 140 degree C and the effect of constant aging time ( 24 hrs ) in the temperature range 100 - 450 degree C as well as the influence of the solution ph on the corrosion characteristics of 6061 aluminum alloy, (Al-Mg-Si alloy) containing 0.22 wt% Cu. The investigation was performed by standard immersion corrosion test according to the British Standard BS 11846 method B and by applying potentiodynamic polarization technique in neutral deaerated 0.5 % M NaCl solution as well as in alkaline NaOH solution (ph = 10). The susceptibility to corrosion and the dominant corrosion type was evaluated by examination of transverse cross sections of corroded samples after the immersion test and examination of the corroded surfaces after potentiodynamic polarization using optical microscope. Analysis of the polarization curves was used to determine the effect of different aging parameters on corrosion characteristics such as the corrosion current density I (corr), the corrosion potential E (corr), the cathodic current densities and the passivation behavior.Results of the immersion test showed susceptibility to intergranular corrosion in the under aged tempers while pitting was the dominant corrosion mode for the over aged tempers after aging at 225 and 185 degree C.Analysis of the potentiodynamic polarization curves showed similar dependence of I (corr) and cathodic current densities on the aging treatment in the neutral 0.5 %M NaCl solution and in the alkaline NaOH solution. It was observed that E(corr) values in the NaCl solution were shifted in the more noble direction for the specimens aged before peak aging while it decreased again with aging time for

  10. High cycle fatigue characteristics of 2124-T851 aluminum alloy

    LI Xue; YIN Zhimin; NIE Bo; ZHONG Li; PAN Qinglin; JIANG Feng

    2007-01-01

    The fatigue crack growth rate, fracture toughness and fatigue S-N curve of 2124-T851 aluminum alloy at high cycle fatigue condition were measured and fatigue fracture process and fractography were studied using optical microscopy (OM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique, trans-mission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that at room tempera-ture and R = 0.1 conditions, the characteristics of fatigue fracture could be observed. Under those conditions, the fatigue strength and the fracture toughness of a 2124-T851 thick plate is 243 MPa and 29.64 MPa·m1/2,respectively.At high cycle fatigue condition, the higher the stress amplitude,the wider the space between fatigue striations, the faster the rate of fatigue crack developing and going into the intermittent fracture area, and the greater the ratio between the intermittent fracture area and the whole fracture area.