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

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    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.

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

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    Zongxia LIU

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available 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 fineequiaxed 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.

  3. Nucleation Catalysis in Aluminum Alloy A356 Using Nanoscale Inoculants

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    de Cicco, Michael P.; Turng, Lih-Sheng; Li, Xiaochun; Perepezko, John H.

    2011-08-01

    Different types of nanoparticles in aluminum (Al) alloy A356 nanocomposites were shown to catalyze nucleation of the primary Al phase. Nanoparticles of SiC β, TiC, Al2O3 α, and Al2O3 γ were added to and dispersed in the A356 matrix as nucleation catalysts using an ultrasonic mixing technique. Using the droplet emulsion technique (DET), undercoolings in the nanocomposites were shown to be significantly reduced compared to the reference A356. None of the nanocomposites had a population of highly undercooled droplets that were observed in the reference samples. Also, with the exception of the A356/Al2O3 α nanocomposite, all nanocomposites showed a reduction in undercooling necessary for the onset of primary Al nucleation. The observed nanocomposite undercoolings generally agreed with the undercooling necessary for free growth. The atomic structure of the particles showed an influence on nucleation potency as A356/Al2O3 γ nanocomposites had smaller undercoolings than A356/Al2O3 α nanocomposites. The nucleation catalysis illustrates the feasibility of, and basis for, grain refinement in metal matrix nanocomposites (MMNCs).

  4. Modeling of Microporosity Size Distribution in Aluminum Alloy A356

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    Yao, Lu; Cockcroft, Steve; Zhu, Jindong; Reilly, Carl

    2011-12-01

    Porosity is one of the most common defects to degrade the mechanical properties of aluminum alloys. Prediction of pore size, therefore, is critical to optimize the quality of castings. Moreover, to the design engineer, knowledge of the inherent pore population in a casting is essential to avoid potential fatigue failure of the component. In this work, the size distribution of the porosity was modeled based on the assumptions that the hydrogen pores are nucleated heterogeneously and that the nucleation site distribution is a Gaussian function of hydrogen supersaturation in the melt. The pore growth is simulated as a hydrogen-diffusion-controlled process, which is driven by the hydrogen concentration gradient at the pore liquid interface. Directionally solidified A356 (Al-7Si-0.3Mg) alloy castings were used to evaluate the predictive capability of the proposed model. The cast pore volume fraction and size distributions were measured using X-ray microtomography (XMT). Comparison of the experimental and simulation results showed that good agreement could be obtained in terms of both porosity fraction and size distribution. The model can effectively evaluate the effect of hydrogen content, heterogeneous pore nucleation population, cooling conditions, and degassing time on microporosity formation.

  5. Modeling of microporosity formation in A356 aluminum alloy casting

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    Zhu, J. D.; Cockcroft, S. L.; Maijer, D. M.

    2006-03-01

    A numerical model for predicting microporosity formation in aluminum castings has been developed, which describes the redistribution of hydrogen between solid and liquid phases, the transport of hydrogen in liquid by diffusion, and Darcy flow in the mushy zone. For simulating the nucleation of hydrogen pores, the initial pore radius is assumed to be a function of the secondary dendrite arm spacing, whereas pore growth is based on the assumption that hydrogen activity within the pore and the liquid are in equilibrium. One of the key features of the model is that it uses a two-stage approach for porosity prediction. In the first stage, the volume fraction of porosity is calculated based on the reduced pressure, whereas, in the second stage, at fractions solid greater than the liquid encapsulation point, the fraction porosity is calculated based on the volume of liquid trapped within the continuous solid network, which is estimated using a correlation based on the Niyama parameter. The porosity model is used in conjunction with a thermal model solved using the commercial finite-element package ABAQUS. The parameters influencing the formation of microporosity are discussed including a means to describe the supersaturation of hydrogen necessary for pore nucleation. The model has been applied to examine the evolution of porosity in a series of experimental samples cast using unmodified A356 in which the initial hydrogen content was varied from 0.048 to 0.137 (cc/100 g). A comparison between the model predictions and the experimental measurements indicates good agreement in terms of the variation in porosity with distance from the chill and the variation resulting from initial hydrogen content.

  6. DEGASSING OF ALUMINUM A356 ALLOY USING ULTRASONIC VIBRATIONS

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    Xu, Hanbing [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Meek, Thomas T. [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Han, Qingyou [ORNL

    2007-01-01

    In order to investigate the effects of ultrasonic vibration on degassing of aluminum alloys, three experimental systems have been designed and built: one for ultrasonic degassing in open air, one for ultrasonic degassing under reduced pressure, and one for ultrasonic degassing with a purging gas. Experiments were first carried out in air to test degassing using ultrasonic vibration alone. The limitations with ultrasonic degassing were outlined. Further experiments were then performed under reduced pressures and in combination with purging argon gas. Experimental results suggest that ultrasonic vibration alone is efficient for degassing a small volume of melt. Ultrasonic vibration can be used for assisting vacuum degassing, making vacuum degassing much faster than that without using ultrasonic vibration. Ultrasonically assisted argon degassing is the fastest method for degassing among the three methods tested in this research. More importantly, dross formation during ultrasonically assisted argon degassing is much less than that during argon degassing. The mechanisms of ultrasonic degassing are discussed.

  7. Mechanical properties of the A356 aluminum alloy modified with La/Ce

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    E. Aguirre-De la Torre; R. Pérez-Bustamante; J. Camarillo-Cisneros; C.D. Gómez-Esparza; H.M. Medrano-Prieto; R. Martínez-Sánchez

    2013-01-01

    The research of rare earths for the synthesis of materials with improved mechanical performance is of great interest when they are considered for potential applications in the automotive industry. In this regard, the effect on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the automotive A356 aluminum alloy reinforced with 0.2 (wt.%) Al-6Ce-3La (ACL) was investigated. The ACL was added to the melted A356 alloy in the as-received condition and processed by mechanical milling. In the second route, the effect of the ACL processed by mechanical milling and powder metallurgy techniques was investigated, and compared with the results ob-tained from the A356 alloy strengthened with ACL in the as-received condition. Microstructural properties were evaluated by means of X-ray diffraction in order to observe the solubility of Ce/La in the Al matrix. In addition, electron microscopy was employed in or-der to investigate the effect of milling time on the size and morphology of La/Ce phase under milling process. Mechanical properties of the A356 alloy modified with ACL were measured by hardness and tensile test. For comparison unmodified specimens of the A356 were characterized according to the previous procedure. The microstructural and mechanical characterization was carried out in specimens after solution and artificial aging. Observations in scanning electron microscopy indicated a homogeneous dispersion of La/Ce phases by using both routes;however, mechanical results, in the modified A356 alloy with the ACL in the as-received condi-tion, showed an improvement in the mechanical performance of the A356 alloy over that reinforced with the ACL mechanically milled.

  8. Thixoforming of an ECAPed Aluminum A356 Alloy: Microstructure Evolution, Rheological Behavior, and Mechanical Properties

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    Campo, Kaio Niitsu; Zoqui, Eugênio José

    2016-04-01

    Thixoforming depends upon three aspects: (a) solid to liquid transformation; (b) size and morphology of the remaining solid phase in the semisolid state, and (c) the effect of both input factors on rheology of the semisolid slurry. The aluminum A356 alloy presents an ideal solid to liquid transformation, but the solidification process generates coarse aluminum dendrites surrounded by eutectic. In this regard, Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP) has great potential as a method for manufacturing thixotropic raw material due to its grain refining effect. Therefore, the microstructure evolution and rheological behavior in the semisolid state of an ECAPed aluminum A356 alloy were investigated. Samples were heated up to 853 K (580 °C) and held for 0, 30, 60, 90, 210, and 600 seconds at this temperature. The isothermal heat treatment caused the globularization of the solid phase without any significant microstructure coarsening. Compression tests were carried out at the same temperature and holding times using an instrumented mechanical press. Apparent viscosities values close to 250 Pa s were obtained, revealing the exceptional rheological behavior of the produced samples. The thixoformed material also presented good mechanical properties, with high yield and ultimate tensile strength values (YS = 110/122 MPa, UTS = 173/202), and good ductility (E = 6.9/7.5 pct). These results indicate that the production of the A356 alloy via the ECAP process increases its thixoformability.

  9. Effect of Eu addition on the microstructures and mechanical properties of A356 aluminum alloys

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    Mao, Feng; Yan, Guangyuan; Xuan, Zhenjing [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion, and Electron Beams (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Cao, Zhiqiang, E-mail: caozq@dlut.edu.cn [Laboratory of Special Processing of Raw Materials, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Wang, Tongmin, E-mail: tmwang@dlut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion, and Electron Beams (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2015-11-25

    The effect of Eu additions (0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08 and 0.1 wt.%) and T6 heat treatment on the microstructures and mechanical properties of A356 alloy have been investigated in the present work. Microstructures of the as-cast and T6 heat treated samples were examined by optical microscopy (OM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that 0.1%Eu modified the eutectic Si from a coarse plate-like form to a fully modified and fine fibrous one with a better uniform distribution. T6 treatment encouraged the spheroidization of eutectic Si particles. Correlating with the as-cast samples, the 0.1%Eu modified A356 alloy achieved likewise full modification of eutectic Si particles with lowest mean area and aspect ratio. In addition, the coarse and small Eu-rich intermetallics were both found in the 0.1%Eu modified A356 alloy. The cooling curves of A356 alloys showed that increasing Eu addition resulted in increasing nucleation undercooling and increasing growth undercooling. However, the recalescence (T{sub G} − T{sub Min}) increased by the initial addition of Eu, while it remained relatively stable for increasing additions (above 0.06%). The quenching experiment indicated that a large number of eutectic grains were located at or close to the tips of the aluminum dendrites with a jagged solid–liquid interface in unmodified alloy, while very few eutectic grains were formed in the interdendritic region with a smooth solid–liquid interface in 0.1%Eu modified alloy. An optimal combination of UTS (265 MPa) and EI (14.7%) of A356 alloy was achieved by the 0.1%Eu addition combined with T6 heat treatment. - Highlights: • The rare earth Eu is firstly used to improve the mechanical property of A356 alloy. • A fully modified and fine fibrous eutectic Si is observed by addition of 0.1 wt% Eu. • A complete spheroidization of 0.1wt%Eu modified eutectic Si is observed after T6. • Three kinds of Eu-rich intermetallics are found in the 0.1%Eu modified A356 alloy

  10. Effects of erbium modification on the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 aluminum alloys

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    Shi, Z.M., E-mail: shizm@imut.edu.cn; Wang, Q.; Zhao, G.; Zhang, R.Y.

    2015-02-25

    The effects of erbium (Er) modification on the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 aluminum alloys were investigated using optical microscope, X-ray diffraction, scanning electronic microscope and mechanical testing. Experimental results show that additions of Er refined the α-Al grains and eutectic Si phases in its as-cast state; the addition of 0.3 wt% of Er has the best effects on them. The Fe-containing Al{sub 3}Er phases were introduced by the modifications; by a T6 treatment, the eutectic Si phases were further sphereodized; the large Al{sub 3}Er and β-Al{sub 5}FeSi phases were changed into fine particles and short rods; which enhanced the hardness of the alloys. The highest strength and elongation were obtained for the 0.3 wt% of Er-modified and T6-treated A356 alloy.

  11. Gating system optimization of low pressure casting A356 aluminum alloy intake manifold based on numerical simulation

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    Jiang Wenming Fan Zitian

    2014-01-01

    To eliminate the shrinkage porosity in low pressure casting of an A356 aluminum alloy intake manifold casting, numerical simulation on filling and solidification processes of the casting was carried...

  12. Study of corrosion protection of the composite fdms on A356 aluminum alloy

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    SUN Huanhuan; WANG Hui; MENG Fanling

    2011-01-01

    Composite films were fabricated on A356 aluminum alloy by combined anodizing and rare earth deposition.The corrosion protection effect and corrosion behavior of the composite films in 3.5% NaC1 solution were studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).SEM observation indicated that the rare earth Ce film completely sealed the porous structure of the anodic film,and the composite films composed of anodic film and Ce film were compact and integrated.According to the characteristics of EIS,the EIS plots of the composite films at different immersion times were simulated using the equivalent circuits of Rsol(QceRce)(QaRa),Rsol(QceRce)(QpRp)(QbRb) and Rsol(QpRp)(QbRb) models,respectively.The test results showed that the Ce film at the outer layer of the composite films had good protection effect at the initial stage of the immersion corrosion.It effectively helped the anodie film at the inner layer to prevent chloride irons from penetrating the aluminum alloy matrix.After 18 days,the Ce film lost its anticorrosive property,and the anodic film took the leading role of the corrosion protection.When the corrosion time was up to 42 days,the aluminum matrix was not corroded yet.Thus,the higher protection degree of the composite films for A356 aluminum alloy was attributed to the synergism effects of anodic film and rare earth Ce film.

  13. Evaluation of microstructure of A356 aluminum alloy casting prepared under vibratory conditions during the solidification

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    SAKENDRA KUMAR; S P TEWARI

    2016-10-01

    The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the effect of vibrations (during solidification) on the metallurgical properties of A356 aluminum casting. Mechanical vibrations were applied to A356 aluminum alloy through set up. A356 melt has been subjected to mechanical vibration with the frequency range from 0 to 400 Hz with constant amplitude 5 lm. Grain refinement was obtained through mold vibration. Metallurgical properties were examined through optical microstructure, tensile fracture scanning electron microscope (SEM) and SEM image of test specimens prepared under different conditions of solidification. Results indicate that mold vibration effectively modified the microstructure of A356 casting and it has uniform and smaller grain sizewith fibrous silicon particle than nonvibrated casting. Grain refinement results increase in mechanical properties with increase in frequency of vibration of mold during the solidification. SEM micrograph of tensile fracture surface was carried out to study the influence of microstructure on fracture mode. SEM image of tensile fractured surface shows transgranular cleavage facets due to fracture of primary silicon particles. Fractures are brittle in nature so observation indicates low ductility and brittle fracture.

  14. Semi-solid metal processing of aluminum alloy A356 and magnesium alloy AZ91: Comparison based on metallurgical consideration

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    Kleiner, S.; Beffort, O. [Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, EMPA Thun, CH-3602 Thun (Switzerland); Ogris, E.; Uggowitzer, P.J. [Institute of Metallurgy, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, CH-8092 Zuerich (Switzerland)

    2003-09-01

    Thixocasting or rheocasting of AZ and AM magnesium alloys continues to be a problematic case in semi-solid processing. The comparison with the aluminum thixo alloy A356 shows that the metallurgical and physical properties of the Mg alloy AZ91 are little compatible with this technology: The conclusions from this study are of fundamental importance for future developments in this field of research. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  15. Influence of wire EDM parameters on the damping behaviour of A356.2 aluminum alloy

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    Prasad, Dora Siva, E-mail: dorasivaprasad@gmail.com [Dept of Mechanical Engineering, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, 530045 (India); Shoba, Chintada [Dept of Industrial Engineering, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, 530045 (India); Varma, Kalidindi Rahul [Dept of Mechanical Engineering, RAGHU College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam (India); Khurshid, Abdul [M.Tech (CAD/CAM), Dept of Mechanical Engineering, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, 530045 (India)

    2015-10-15

    The effect of different Wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) process parameters on the damping behavior of A356.2 aluminum alloy is investigated. In the present investigation pulse on time (T{sub ON}), pulse off time (T{sub OFF}) and peak current (IP) which are considered to be the most significant process parameters from the previous studies are varied using one factor at a time approach, to study the effect on damping behavior of A356.2 aluminum alloy. Damping experiments are performed on a dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA 8000) at constant strain under dual cantilever mode over a frequency range of 1–100 Hz at room temperature. The scanning electron microscope was used for characterization of the wire EDMed samples. Experimental results reveal that the damping behavior greatly depends on the wire EDM process parameters. The related mechanisms are presented. - Highlights: • Damping capacity increase with the increase in frequency. • Increasing pulse on time increases the damping capacity of aluminum alloy. • The damping capacity was found to decrease with the increase in pulse off time. • No significant change in damping capacity was noticed with varied peak current. • The formation of white layer plays an important role in the damping behavior.

  16. Effects of Solid-Liquid Mixing on Microstructure of Semi-Solid A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    Guo, H. M.; Wang, L. J.; Wang, Q.; Yang, X. J.

    2014-08-01

    The desired starting material for semi-solid processing is the semi-solid slurry in which the solid phase is present as fine and globular particles. A modified solid-liquid mixing (SLM) is reported wherein semi-solid slurry can be produced by mixing a solid alloy block into a liquid alloy, and mechanical vibration is utilized to enhance the mixing. Effects such as liquid alloy temperature, mass ratio, and mixing intensity on the microstructure and the cooling curves during SLM were evaluated. 2D and 3D microstructure analysis of treated A356 aluminum alloy shows that microstructure can be refined significantly with a considerable morphology change in primary Al phase. It is critical that the temperature of mixture after mixing is lower than its liquidus temperature to obtain a valid SLM process. Specially, mixing intensity is identified as a primary factor for a favorable microstructure of semi-solid slurry.

  17. Factors Affecting the Nucleation Kinetics of Microporosity Formation in Aluminum Alloy A356

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    Yao, Lu; Cockcroft, Steve; Reilly, Carl; Zhu, Jindong

    2012-03-01

    Metal cleanliness is one of the most critical parameters affecting microporosity formation in aluminum alloy castings. It is generally acknowledged that oxide inclusions in the melt promote microporosity formation by facilitating pore nucleation. In this study, microporosity formation under different casting conditions, which aimed to manipulate the tendency to form and entrain oxide films in small directionally cast A356 samples was investigated. Castings were prepared with and without the aid of argon gas shielding and with a varying pour surface area. Two alloy variants of A356 were tested in which the main difference was Sr content. Porous disc filtration analysis was used to assess the melt cleanliness and identify the inclusions in the castings. The porosity volume fraction and size distribution were measured using X-ray micro-tomography analysis. The measurements show a clear increment in the volume fraction, number density, and pore size in a manner consistent with an increasing tendency to form and entrain oxide films during casting. By fitting the experimental results with a comprehensive pore formation model, an estimate of the pore nucleation population has been made. The model predicts that increasing the tendency to form oxide films increases both the number of nucleation sites and reduces the supersaturation necessary for pore nucleation in A356 castings. Based on the model predictions, Sr modification impacts both the nucleation kinetics and the pore growth kinetics via grain structure.

  18. Secondary Solidification Behavior of A356 Aluminum Alloy Prepared by the Self-Inoculation Method

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    Ming Li

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Semisolid slurry of A356 aluminum alloy was prepared by Self-Inoculation Method, and the secondary solidification behavior during rheo-diecasting forming process was researched. The results indicate that the component with non-dendritic and uniformly distributed microstructures can be produced by Rheo-Diecasting (RDC process (combining Self-inoculation Method (SIM with High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC. The isothermal holding time of the slurry has large effect on primary particles, but has little effect on secondary particles. Growth rate of the primary particles in the isothermal holding process conforms to the dynamic equation of Dt3 − D03 = Kt. The suitable holding time for rheo-diecasting of A356 aluminum alloy is 3 min. During filling process, the nucleation occurs throughout the entire remaining liquid, and nuclei grow stably into globular particles with the limited grain size of 6.5μm firstly, then both α1 and α2 particles appear unstable growth phenomenon due to the existence of constitutional undercooling. The average particle sizes and shape factors of both α1 and α2 are decreasing with the increase of filling distance due to different cooling rate in different positions. The growth rate of the eutectic in RDC is 4 times faster than HPDC, which is mainly due to the limitation of α2 particles in RDC process. The average eutectic spacings are decreasing with the increase of filling distance.

  19. Multistage Fatigue Modeling of Cast A356-T6 and A380-F Aluminum Alloys

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    Xue, Y.; Burton, C. L.; Horstemeyer, M. F.; McDowell, D. L.; Berry, J. T.

    2007-08-01

    This article presents a microstructure-based multistage fatigue (MSF) model extended from the model developed by McDowell et al.[1,2] to an A380-F aluminum alloy to consider microstructure-property relations of descending order, signifying deleterious effects of defects/discontinuities: (1) pores or oxides greater than 100 μm, (2) pores or oxides greater than 50 μm near the free surface, (3) a high porosity region with an area greater than 200 μm, and (4) oxide film of an area greater than 10,000 μm2. These microconstituents, inclusions, or discontinuities represent different casting features that may dominate fatigue life at stages of fatigue damage evolutions. The incubation life is estimated using a modified Coffin Mansion law at the microscale based on the microplasticity at the discontinuity. The microstructurally small crack (MSC) and physically small crack (PSC) growth was modeled using the crack tip displacement as the driving force, which is affected by the porosity and dendrite cell size (DCS). When the fatigue damage evolves to several DCSs, cracks behave as long cracks with growth subject to the effective stress intensity factor in linear elastic fracture mechanics. Based on an understanding of the microstructures of A380-F and A356-T6 aluminum alloys, an engineering treatment of the MSF model was introduced for A380-F aluminum alloys by tailoring a few model parameters based on the mechanical properties of the alloy. The MSF model is used to predict the upper and lower bounds of the experimental fatigue strain life and stress life of the two cast aluminum alloys.

  20. Computer-assisted Rheo-forging Processing of A356 Aluminum Alloys

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    Kim, H. H.; Kang, C. G.

    2010-06-01

    Die casting process has been used widely for complex automotive products such as the knuckle, arm and etc. Generally, a part fabricated by casting has limited strength due to manufacturing defects by origin such as the dendrite structure and segregation. As an attempt to offer a solution to these problems, forging has been used as an alternative process. However, the forging process provides limited formability for complex shape products. Rheo-forging of metal offers not only superior mechanical strength but also requires significantly lower machine loads than solid forming processes. In order to produce semi-solid materials of the desired microstructure, a stirring process is applied during solidification of A356 aluminum molten state. This paper presents the results of an A356 aluminum alloy sample, which were obtained by experiment and by simulation using DEFORM 3D V6.1. Samples of metal parts were subsequently fabricated by using hydraulic press machinery. In order to compare the influence of loading method, two types of samples were fabricated: (1) samples fabricated under direct loading die sets (2) those fabricated under indirect loading die sets. The formability and defects, which were predicted by FEM simulation, were similar to those of samples used in practice.

  1. Filling ability of semi-solid A356 aluminum alloy slurry in rheo-diecasting

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    Yuelong Bai; Weimin Mao; Songfu Gao; Guoxing Tang; Jun Xu

    2008-01-01

    The effects of slurry temperature, injection pressure, and piston velocity on the rheo-filling ability of semisolid A356 al-loys were studied by the reho-diecasting methods. The results show that the slurry temperature of the semi-solid A356 aluminum al-loy has an important effect on the filling ability; the higher the slurry temperature, the better is the filling ability, and the appropriate slurry temperature for rheo-filling is in the range of 585-595~C. The injection pressure also has a great effect on the filling ability, and it is appropriate to the rheo-fiUing when the injection pressure is in the range of 15-25 MPa. The piston velocity also has a great effect on the filling ability, and it is appropriate to the rheo-filling when the piston velocity is in the range of 0.072-0.12 m/s. The Idling ability of the slurry prepared by low superheat pouring with weak electromagnetic stirring is very good and the microstructural distribution in the rheo-formed die castings is homogeneous, which is advantageous to the high quality die casting.

  2. Dynamic and Thermal Properties of Aluminum Alloy A356/Silicon Carbide Hollow Particle Syntactic Foams

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    James Cox

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum alloy A356 matrix syntactic foams filled with SiC hollow particles (SiCHP are studied in the present work. Two compositions of syntactic foams are studied for quasi-static and high strain rate compression. In addition, dynamic mechanical analysis is conducted to study the temperature dependent energy dissipation and damping capabilities of these materials. The thermal characterization includes study of the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE. A356/SiCHP syntactic foams are not strain rate sensitive as the compressive strength displayed little variation between the tested strain rates of 0.001–2100 s−1. Microscopic analysis of the high strain rate compression tested specimens showed that the fracture is initiated by the failure of hollow particles at the onset of the plastic deformation region. This is followed by plastic deformation of the matrix material and further crushing of particles. The syntactic foams showed decrease in storage modulus with increasing temperature and the trend was nearly linear up to 500 °C. The alloy shows a similar behavior at low temperature but the decrease in storage modulus increases sharply over 375 °C. The loss modulus is very small for the tested materials because of lack of viscoelasticity in metallic materials. The trend in the loss modulus is opposite, where the matrix alloy has lower loss modulus than syntactic foams at low temperature. However, over 250 °C the matrix loss modulus starts to increase rapidly and attains a peak around 460 °C. Syntactic foams have higher damping parameter at low temperatures than the matrix alloy. Incorporation of SiCHP helps in decreasing CTE. Compared to the CTE of the matrix alloy, 23.4 × 10−6 °C−1, syntactic foams showed CTE values as low as 11.67 × 10−6 °C−1.

  3. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Gd-modified A356 aluminum alloys

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    史志铭; 王强; 史玉亭; 赵鸽; 张瑞英

    2015-01-01

    The effect of Gd modification on the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 aluminum alloys was investigated using the metallurgical microscopy, scanning electronic microscopy, X-ray diffraction and mechanical testing. The addition of 0.2 wt.%–0.4 wt.%Gd had an excellent refining effect on primaryα-Al grains and a modification effect on Si phases in its as-cast state. The needle-like Si phases were adjusted into fine particles and uniformly distributed in the matrix by the T6 treatment, especially for the 0.2 wt.% Gd-modified alloy. The Gd additions introduced the Fe-containing GdAl2Si2 compounds, which precipitated in the forms of flakes and bulks. The GdAl2Si2 andβ-Al5FeSi phases were also refined by the T6 treatment. The mechanical properties of the Gd-modified alloys were very poor in as-cast state;however, the highest strength and elongation were obtained for the 0.2 wt.%Gd-modified alloy by the T6 treatment.

  4. X-Ray Microtomographic Characterization of Porosity in Aluminum Alloy A356

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    Lashkari, Omid; Yao, Lu; Cockcroft, Steve; Maijer, Daan

    2009-04-01

    The presence of microporosity can, in certain circumstances, lead to a significant reduction in the mechanical properties of cast aluminum alloys. The size of the microporosity is especially crucial to the performance of castings in fatigue applications. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of cooling rate and degassing time on the formation and evolution of microporosity in aluminum alloy A356 (Al-7Si-0.3Mg) castings using traditional metallography and X-ray microtomography (XMT) methods. The final results clearly confirm that increasing the cooling rate and degassing time yield lower microporosity within the microstructure. The XMT analysis enabled the calculation of the volume fraction and size distribution of microporosity. The XMT analysis revealed a bimodel distribution of pores with one population of small pores and a second population of large pores. The large population has been attributed to hydrogen gas solubility, whereas the smaller population is proposed to be linked to the localized entrapment of liquid metal occurring at the end of mass feeding.

  5. Effect of pressure on heat transfer coefficient at the metal/mold interface of A356 aluminum alloy

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    Fardi Ilkhchy, A.; Jabbari, Masoud; Davami, P.

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to correlate interfacial heat transfer coefficient (IHTC) to applied external pressure, in which IHTC at the interface between A356 aluminum alloy and metallic mold during the solidification of casting under different pressures were obtained using the inverse heat...

  6. Microstructural Inclusion Influence on Fatigue of a Cast A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    Jordon, J. B.; Horstemeyer, M. F.; Yang, N.; Major, J. F.; Gall, K. A.; Fan, J.; McDowell, D. L.

    2010-02-01

    We examine the dependence of fatigue properties on the different size scale microstructural inclusions of a cast A356 aluminum alloy in order to quantify the structure-property relations. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis was performed on fatigue specimens that included three different dendrite cell sizes (DCSs). Where past studies have focused upon DCSs or pore size effects on fatigue life, this study includes other metrics such as nearest neighbor distance (NND) of inclusions, inclusion distance to the free surface, and inclusion type (porosity or oxides). The present study is necessary to separate the effects of numerous microstructural inclusions that have a confounding effect on the fatigue life. The results clearly showed that the maximum pore size (MPS), NND of gas pores, and DCS all can influence the fatigue life. These conclusions are presumed to be typical of other cast alloys with similar second-phase constituents and inclusions. As such, the inclusion-property relations of this work were employed in a microstructure-based fatigue model operating on the crack incubation and MSC with good results.

  7. Effect of Dynamic Composite Refinement and Modification on Microstructure of A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    WANG Zheng-jun

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available To make up for the inadequacy of Sr modification,Al-5Ti-1B-1RE master alloy refiner was prepared,then were used together with Al-10Sr master alloy for dynamic composite refinement and modification of A356 alloy.The A356 alloy microstructure of modification was studied and compared with the theoretical calculating results.The results show that the melt is fiercely stirred and vibrated by the JJ-1 laboratory electric stirrer;the refining effect of α-Al phase is excellent;the coarse and needle-like eutectic Si phase transforms into tiny,widely dispersed spherical particles and well-distributed at the grain boundaries.And mechanical property of the A356 alloy increases obviously.The grain size control study results are consistent with Johnson-Mehl equation theory.At the same time,the contents of gases of the A356 alloy are significantly reduced,which can not be achieved by Sr alone.Quantitative calculating results of degassing mechanism are consistent with the approximate calculating equations of thermodynamics and Stokes Law.

  8. Production of A356 aluminum alloy wheels by thixo-forging combined with a low superheat casting process

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    Wang Shuncheng

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The A356 aluminum alloy wheels were produced by thixo-forging combined with a low superheat casting process. The as-cast microstructure, microstructure evolution during reheating and the mechanical properties of thixo-forged wheels made from the A356 aluminum alloy were studied. The results show that the A356 aluminum alloy round billet with fine, uniform and non-dendritic grains can be obtained when the melt is cast at 635 篊. When the round billet is reheated at 600 篊 for 60 min, the non-dendritic grains are changed into spherical ones and the round billet can be easily thixo-forged into wheels. The tensile strength, yield strength and elongation of the thixo-forged wheels with T6 heat treatment are 327.6 MPa, 228.3 MPa and 7.8%, respectively, which are higher than those of a cast wheel. It is suggested that the thixo-forging combined with the low superheat casting process is an effective technique to produce aluminum alloy wheels with high mechanical properties.

  9. Simulation of unconstrained solidification of A356 aluminum alloy on distribution of micro/macro shrinkage

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    Hossein Bayani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In the condition of Newtonian heat transfer, A356 aluminum alloy is solidified with randomly distributed equiaxed dendrites. Ability of interdendritic liquid flow is described by permeability parameter using Darcy's law and this parameter is used to predict the micro-shrinkages. In this study the interdendritic liquid flow during nucleation and grain growth are simulated in a 1 mm × 1 mm domain. Temperature gradient is zero in the initial condition of the unconstrained solidification. The numerical simulation procedure includes two stages; first, numerical evolution of the shape, number, size, and distribution of dendrites during solidification using a novel Cellular Automation Finite Volume (CA-FV method, and second, numerical determination of the micro-permeability by a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD technique. Subsequently, the effect of Reynolds number, cooling rate and solidification rate on a critical permeability range was investigated in order to predict the micro/macro shrinkage distribution. Results showed that it is possible to propose a mathematical model to relate the Reynolds number and liquid flow rate, in the creeping flow range, on the micro-permeability during unconstrained solidification.

  10. Grain refinement of ASTM A356 aluminum alloy using sloping plate process through gravity die casting

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    Adnan Mehmood

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Sloping plate flow is used for enhancement of material properties through grain refinement in gravity die casting of Aluminum alloy ASTM A356. The castings are prepared with different slope angles of an 800 mm long, naturally cooled stainless steel plate. The specimens obtained are then tested for tensile strength and elongation. Microstructure of the cast specimens is observed and conclusions drawn on the grain size and precipitate morphology as a function of angle of sloping plate. Analysis is presented for the boundary layer created while the material flows over the plate. An indication of the boundary layer thickness is determined by measuring the thickness of the residual metal layer on the plate after casting. An analytical solution of the boundary layer thickness is also presented. It is shown that the calculated boundary layer thickness and the thickness of the layer of material left in the channel after casting are in good agreement. Moreover, microstructure examination and tensile tests show that best properties are achieved with a 60° sloping plate.

  11. Effects of Eutectic Si Particles on Mechanical Properties and Fracture Toughness of Cast A356 Aluminum Alloys

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    Lee, Kyu Hong; Lee, Sung Hak [Pohang Univ. of Institute of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Yong Nam [Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-01-15

    The present study aims at investigating the effects of eutectic Si particles on mechanical properties and fracture toughness of three A356 aluminum alloys. These A356 alloys were fabricated by casting processes such as rheo-casting, squeeze-casting, and casting-forging, and their mechanical properties and fracture toughness were analyzed in relation with microfracture mechanism study. All the cast A356 alloys contained eutectic Si particles mainly segregated along solidification cells, and the distribution of Si particles was modified by squeeze-casting and casting-forging processes. Microfracture observation results showed that eutectic Si particles segregated along cells were cracked first, but that aluminum matrix played a role in blocking crack propagation. Tensile properties and fracture toughness of the squeeze cast and cast-forged alloys having homogeneous distribution of eutectic Si particles were superior to those of the rheo-cast alloy. In particular, the cast-forged alloy had excellent hardness, strength, ductility, and fracture toughness because of the matrix strengthening and homogeneous distribution of eutectic Si particles due to forging process.

  12. Refinement of Eutectic Silicon Phase of Aluminum A356 Alloy Using High-Intensity Ultrasonic Vibration

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    Jian, Xiaogang [ORNL; Han, Qingyou [ORNL

    2006-01-01

    The eutectic silicon in A356 alloy can be refined and modified using either chemical, quench, or superheating modification. We observed, for the first time, that the eutectic silicon can also be significantly refined using high-intensity ultrasonic vibration. Rosette-like eutectic silicon is formed during solidification of specimen treated with high-intensity ultrasonic vibration.

  13. The Microstructure and Compressive Properties of Aluminum Alloy (A356 Foams with Different Al-Ti-B Additions

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    Zan ZHANG

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Closed-cell aluminum alloy (A356 foams with different percentages of Al-Ti-B are prepared by melt foaming method, using Ca and TiH2 as thickening agent and foaming agent, respectively. SEM and Quasi-static compression tests are performed to investigate the effect of Al-Ti-B on the microstructure and compressive properties of aluminum alloy (A356 foams. The results show that foams with Al-Ti-B percentage of 0.3 wt.% possess good combinations of micro hardness, yield strength, plateau strength, densification strain and energy absorption capacity under the present conditions. The reasons are mainly due to the foams with Al-Ti-B percentage of 0.3 wt.% possess optimal eutectic Si morphology (with eutectic Si existing in the forms of particles or short fiber.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.22.3.8559

  14. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of MWCNTs Reinforced A356 Aluminum Alloys Cast Nanocomposites Fabricated by Using a Combination of Rheocasting and Squeeze Casting Techniques

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    Abou Bakr Elshalakany; T. A. Osman; A. Khattab; B. Azzam; M. Zaki

    2014-01-01

    ...) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). This method remarkably facilitated a uniform dispersion of nanotubes within A356 aluminum alloy matrix as well as a refinement of grain size...

  15. Effect of Sr-modification on the bendability of cast aluminum alloy A356 using digital image correlation method

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    Marzouk, M.; Jain, M., E-mail: jainmk@mcmaster.ca; Shankar, S.

    2014-03-01

    The effect of cast microstructure on bendability of automotive cast aluminum alloy A356 has been studied by machining sheet specimens and conducting V-bend tests. Specimens in the loaded condition are observed from the through-thickness section using a CCD camera and also using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The latter allowed recording of high magnification images from the through-thickness region of the bend to determine aspects of strain localization and particle induced damage in the microstructure. In addition, the initial microstructure is utilized as a speckle pattern for further analysis of through-thickness strain development in the bent region using digital image correlation (DIC) method. The method is applied to unmodified and Sr-modified A356 compositions. The results indicate superior bendability of Sr modified A356 alloy compared to the unmodified alloy. The differences in bendability are attributed to the size and morphology of eutectic Si phase particles that undergo significant cracking in the tensile region of specimen during bending. The results demonstrate that high magnification SEM imaging of bent specimens coupled with DIC based strain analysis offers a useful method of analyzing the effect of microstructure on bendability of cast materials.

  16. Rotary bending fatigue behavior of A356 –T6 aluminum alloys by vacuum pressurizing casting

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    Yong-qin Liu

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Vacuum pressurizing casting technique, providing better mould filling and inter-dendritic feeding, can reduce the porosity greatly in cast aluminum alloys, and improve the fatigue properties. The rotary bending fatigue properties of A356-T6 alloys prepared by vacuum pressurizing casting were investigated. The S-N curve and limit strength 90 MPa under fatigue life of 107 cycles were obtained. The analyses on the fatigue fractography and microstructure of specimens showed that the fatigue fracture mainly occurs at the positions with casting defects in the subsurface, especially at porosities regions, which attributed to the crack propagation during the fatigue fracture process. Using the empirical crack propagation law of Pairs-Erdogon, the quantitative relationship among the initial crack size, fatigue life and applied stress was established. The fatigue life decreases with an increase in initial crack size. Two constants in the Pairs-Erdogon equation of aluminum alloy A356-T6 were calculated using the experimental data.

  17. Optimization of semi-solid metal processing of A356 aluminum alloy

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    Nourouzi, S.; Baseri, H.; Kolahdooz, A.; Ghavamodini, S. M. [Babol University of Technology, Babol (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-12-15

    Semi-solid metal (SSM) processing has been recognized as an advanced process to produce high-quality and low-cost engineering components. The cooling slope method is a simple route that can develop non-dendritic slurry for various purposes with reduced equipment and processing costs. In this study, the cooling slope method was employed to produce the A356 feedstock in SSM processing. The dendritic primary phase in the conventionally cast A356 alloy has transformed into a non-dendritic one through the use of ingots cast over a cooling plate with a different pouring temperature. After pouring, the melt that becomes semi-solid at the end of the plate is consequently poured into cylindrical steel molds with different mold temperatures. Also, the process has been conducted in different cooling slopes and different cooling lengths. Then, a back-propagation neural network has been designed to correlate the process parameters to grain size. Finally, genetic algorithm (GA) has been used to optimize the process parameters. Results indicate that the pouring temperature, mold temperature, cooling slope, and cooling length have significant effects on size and morphology of α-Al phase. The GA can optimize the process as well.

  18. Rheologic behaviors of A356 aluminum alloy billet produced by semisolid continuous casting process

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    2004-01-01

    The experiments for rheologic behaviors of semisolid continuous casting billets of A356 alloy in semisolid state had been carried out with a rnultifunctional rheometer. The results show that the deformation rate increases with loading time, the maximum strain reaches to 120 % ( which is one time larger than that of traditional mold casting billet) and the strain can be rapidly elirninated to 10% after unloading. Moreover, there is a critic stress for billet deformation even in semisolid state, which is named as critic shear stress. This stress increases with the decreasing of heating time. The rheologic behaviors can be expressed by five elements mechanical model (H2 - [N1 | H2] - [N2|S] ) and can be modified with the increasing of heating time.

  19. Rheologic behaviors of A356 aluminum alloy billet produced by semisolid continuous casting process

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    Shuming XING

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available The experiments for rheologic behaviors of semisolid continous casting billets of A356 alloy in semisolid state has been carried out with a multifunctional rheometer. The results show that the deformation rate increases with loading time, the maximum strain reaches 120% (which is one time larger than that of traditional casting billet and the strain can be rapidly eliminated to 10% after unloading. Moreover, there is a critic stress for billet deformation even in semisolid state, which is named as critic shear stress. This stress increases with the decreasing of heating time. The rheologic behaviors can be expressed by five elements mechanical model and can be modified with the increasing of heating time.

  20. Gating system optimization of low pressure casting A356 aluminum alloy intake manifold based on numerical simulation

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    Jiang Wenming

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available To eliminate the shrinkage porosity in low pressure casting of an A356 aluminum alloy intake manifold casting, numerical simulation on filling and solidification processes of the casting was carried out using the ProCAST software. The gating system of the casting is optimized according to the simulation results. Results show that when the gating system consists of only one sprue, the filling of the molten metal is not stable; and the casting does not follow the sequence solidification, and many shrinkage porosities are observed through the casting. After the gating system is improved by adding one runner and two in-gates, the filling time is prolonged from 4.0 s to 4.5 s, the filling of molten metal becomes stable, but this casting does not follow the sequence solidification either. Some shrinkage porosity is also observed in the hot spots of the casting. When the gating system was further improved by adding risers and chill to the hot spots of the casting, the shrinkage porosity defects were eliminated completely. Finally, by using the optimized gating system the A356 aluminum alloy intake manifold casting with integrated shape and smooth surface as well as dense microstructure was successfully produced.

  1. Simulation of cooling channel rheocasting process of A356 aluminum alloy using three-phase volume averaging model

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    T. Wang; B.Pustal; M. Abondano; T. Grimmig; A. B(u)hrig-Polaczek; M. Wu; A. Ludwig

    2005-01-01

    The cooling channel process is a rehocasting method by which the prematerial with globular microstructure can be produced to fit the thixocasting process. A three-phase model based on volume averaging approach is proposed to simulate the cooling channel process of A356 Aluminum alloy. The three phases are liquid, solid and air respectively and treated as separated and interacting continua, sharing a single pressure field. The mass, momentum, enthalpy transport equations for each phase are solved. The developed model can predict the evolution of liquid, solid and air fraction as well as the distribution of grain density and grain size. The effect of pouring temperature on the grain density, grain size and solid fraction is analyzed in detail.

  2. Solidification behavior and rheo-diecasting microstructure of A356 aluminum alloy prepared by self-inoculation method

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    Ming Li

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Semisolid slurry of A356 aluminum alloy was prepared by self-inoculation method, and the microstructure and solidification behavior during rheo-diecasting process were investigated. The results indicate that the semisolid slurry of A356 aluminum alloy can be prepared by self-inoculation method at 600 °C. Primary α-Al particles with fine and spherical morphologies are uniformly distributed when the isothermal holding time of slurry is 3 min. Liquid phase segregation occurs during rheo-diecasting process of semisolid slurry and the primary particles (α1 show obvious plastic deformation in the area of high stress and low cooling rate. A small amount of dendrites resulting from the relatively low temperature of the shot chamber at the initial stage of secondary solidification are fragmented as they pass through the in-gate during the mould filling process. The amount of dendrite fragments decreases with the increase of filling distance. During the solidification process of the remaining liquid, the nucleation rate of secondary particles (α2 increases with the increase of cooling rate, and the content of Si in secondary particles (α2 are larger than primary particles (α1. With the increase of cooling rate, the content of Si in secondary particles (α2 gradually increases. The morphologies of eutectic Si in different parts of die casting are noticeably different. The low cooling rate in the first filling positions leads to coarse eutectic structures, while the high cooling rate in the post filling positions promotes small and compact eutectic structures.

  3. Effect of Stirring Velocity in Micro Fused-Casting for Metal on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of A356 Aluminum Alloy Slurry

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    LUO Xiaoqiang; LI Zhengyang; SHI Xiaojiao; YAN Qingzhi

    2016-01-01

    A novel micro fused-casting for metal (MFCM) process for producing A356 aluminum alloy slurry was proposed. MFCM means that the reifned metal slurry is pressed out from the outlet of bottom of crucible to the horizontal movable plate. With the aid of 3D manufacturing software, the melt is solidiifed and formed layer by layer. The stirring could keep the ingredients and the heat diffusion of metal slurry uniform in the crucible due to the shear force breaking down the dendrite arms. The solidus and liquidus temperatures of A356 alloy were 559.2 and 626.3℃, respectively, which were measured by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Effect of different stirring velocities of MFCM on the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 slurry was investigated with the pouring temperature controlled at 620℃. The microstructure and mechanical performance were the best when the stirring velocity was 1 200 r/min in MFCM. The microstructures of the A356 aluminum alloy slurry were mainly composed of ifne spherical or rose grains. The average roundness and average grain size reached 2.2 and 41 µm and the tensile strength of A356 alloy slurry reached 207.8 MPa, while the average vickers hardness was 81.1 HV.

  4. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of MWCNTs Reinforced A356 Aluminum Alloys Cast Nanocomposites Fabricated by Using a Combination of Rheocasting and Squeeze Casting Techniques

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    Abou Bakr Elshalakany

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A356 hypoeutectic aluminum-silicon alloys matrix composites reinforced by different contents of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs were fabricated using a combination of rheocasting and squeeze casting techniques. A novel approach by adding MWCNTs into A356 aluminum alloy matrix with CNTs has been performed. This method is significant in debundling and preventing flotation of the CNTs within the molten alloy. The microstructures of nanocomposites and the interface between the aluminum alloy matrix and the MWCNTs were examined by using an optical microscopy (OM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX. This method remarkably facilitated a uniform dispersion of nanotubes within A356 aluminum alloy matrix as well as a refinement of grain size. In addition, the effects of weight fraction (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 wt% of the CNT-blended matrix on mechanical properties were evaluated. The results have indicated that a significant improvement in ultimate tensile strength and elongation percentage of nanocomposite occurred at the optimal amount of 1.5 wt% MWCNTs which represents an increase in their values by a ratio of about 50% and 280%, respectively, compared to their corresponding values of monolithic alloy. Hardness of the samples was also significantly increased by the addition of CNTs.

  5. Effects of the Delay Between Quenching and Aging on Hardness and Tensile Properties of A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    Ceschini, Lorella; Morri, Alessandro; Morri, Andrea

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the accuracy of heat treatment guidelines, generally followed in industrial practices, about the T6 heat treatment of A356 aluminum alloy. In particular, the effect of the delay between quenching and artificial aging (pre-aging time) on microstructure, hardness, and tensile behavior was studied using specimens extracted from different locations of a cylinder head, characterized by different cooling rates and, consequently, by different secondary dendrite arm spacing values. Hardness and tensile tests confirmed the detrimental effect of pre-aging with a 20% reduction in hardness and strength after approximately 1 h of pre-aging, both for samples with fine and large SDAS. Differential scanning calorimetry analyses on samples that were solutionized, quenched, and pre-aged between 0 and 96 h, suggested that the nature and composition of the clusters formed during pre-aging, rather than their size, influenced the subsequent precipitation process and the final mechanical properties of the alloy.

  6. Microstructure and fracture of SiC-particulate-reinforced cast A356 aluminum alloy composites

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    Lee, Sunghak; Suh, Dongwoo; Kwon, Dongil

    1996-12-01

    A microstructural analysis of local microfracture of cast A356 Al-SiC p composites fabricated by permanent mold re-casting and squeeze-casting methods was made. Notch fracture toughness tests were conducted on these composites to identify critical fracture parameters using a stress-modified critical-strain criterion. The composite microstructure shows continuous networks of densely populated SiC and eutectic Si particles along the intercellular regions. Squeeze casting produces a more homogeneous structure and larger spacing of brittle particles and increases the tensile ductility and fracture toughness, while strength levels are almost identical to the re-casting case. The calculated values of the microstructurally characteristic distance l* for the re-cast and squeeze-cast composites are about 40 µm, which is comparable to the average sizes of the intercellular network. However, the reference critical strainbar \\varepsilon _0^* for squeeze casting is larger than that for re-casting, showing a trend to higher ductility and fracture toughness.

  7. The Influence of ScF3 Nanoparticles on the Physical and Mechanical Properties of New Metal Matrix Composites Based on A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    Vorozhtsov, S.; Zhukov, I.; Promakhov, V.; Naydenkin, E.; Khrustalyov, A.; Vorozhtsov, A.

    2016-12-01

    The development of the aerospace and automotive industries demands the development of aluminum alloys and composites reinforced with new nanoparticles. In this work, metal matrix composites (MMC) with an A356 aluminum alloy matrix reinforced with 0.2 wt.% and 1 wt.% of ScF3 nanoparticles were produced by ultrasonic dispersion of nanoparticles in the melt followed by casting in a metallic mold. Structure as well as physical and mechanical properties of the cast samples were examined using electron and optical microscopy, hardness and tensile testing. It is shown that nanoparticles clusters are formed during the solidification at grain boundaries and silicon inclusions. Increasing nanoparticles content significantly reduced the grain size in the MMC and increased the mechanical properties—ultimate tensile strength, elongation and hardness. The contribution of different strengthening mechanisms is discussed. It is suggested that the coefficient of thermal expansion mismatch between the nanoparticles ScF3 and the aluminum matrix is a dominant strengthening mechanism.

  8. Mathematical modeling and experimental study of squeeze casting of magnesium alloy AM50A and aluminum alloy A356

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    Yu, Fang

    In recent years, the squeeze casting process has been widely used with various aluminum alloys to manufacture near-net shape automotive components. Preliminary research has also demonstrated technical feasibility potential of squeeze casting for magnesium. A better understanding of squeeze casting process is essential for applying the process for the production of large automotive components, such as engine block, using aluminum and magnesium. Meanwhile, simulation can help to achieve the analysis and optimization of the casting process. Unfortunately, for squeeze casting, no appropriate model is presently available. In this study, a mathematical model has been developed to simulate the transport phenomena and solidification occurring in squeeze casting process. The model was based on the control-volume finite difference approach and on an enthalpy method. An experimental system was developed capable of characterizing local in-cavity pressures, determining casting/die interfacial heat transfer, and observing pressurized solidification phenomena taking place in squeeze casting of aluminum and magnesium alloys. It was found that, during squeeze casting process, the local cavity pressure distribution was inhomogeneous. Experimental correlations of heat transfer coefficient were integrated into the model with local cavity pressures estimated by a force balance approach. Hence, instead of using static boundary condition, a dynamic boundary condition was established in the model. In order to minimize the deviation of calculation, experimental correlations between solidification temperatures and applied pressures were also integrated into the model. The predicted results, including cooling curves, solidification times, and local pressure cavity pressures, were compared with the experimental measurements and they were found to be in good agreement. The model was further advanced to predict shrinkage porosity during squeeze casting by a newly proposed criterion based on

  9. Microstructure evolution of A356 alloy under compound field

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    Zhang Zhongtao, E-mail: zhongtaozhang@yahoo.com.c [State Key Laboratory for Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams and School of Material Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, Liaoning 116024 (China); Li Jie; Yue Hongyun; Zhang Jian [State Key Laboratory for Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams and School of Material Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, Liaoning 116024 (China); Li Tingju, E-mail: tjuli@dlut.edu.c [State Key Laboratory for Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams and School of Material Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, Liaoning 116024 (China)

    2009-09-18

    Compound field (combination of power ultrasonic field and rotating electromagnetic field) was used to modify the microstructure of A356 alloy. The effect of compound field on the solidification of the A356 alloy was investigated and the obtained samples were characterized by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that: (1) both the primary aluminum and eutectic silicon were significantly refined; (2) the dendritic primary aluminum became spherical, and the plate-like eutectic silicon turned into rod-like during the solidification process under compound field. The mechanism of the microstructure evolution under compound field was also preliminarily discussed.

  10. Optimal modifying and refining processes for A356 aluminium alloys

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    ZUO Xiu-rong; ZHONG Zhi-guo

    2006-01-01

    The influence of Ti, B, RE (cerium-rich mixtures of rare earth) and Sr, applied in modification and refining processes, on A356 aluminum alloys has been studied with the aids of OM, etc. The results show that the grain refining efficiency of Grain-Refining Aluminium Ingot (GRAI) and Al-Ti master alloys is similar. But the Ti addition from GRAI has lower costs than that with Al-Ti master alloys. So A356 aluminum alloys produced with GRAI are feasible in economy.Grain refining with GRAI with 0.01%Ti plus additional 0.03% B offers significant advantages over that from GRAI with 0.1% Ti only in A356 aluminum alloys, which made the dendrite α (Al) grain structure transform into equiaxed α (Al) grain structure, plus a partially modified eutectic silicon structure. RE addition to A356 aluminum alloys with Sr modifier is enable to achieve small DAS,reduced pores, well-refined fibrous silicon, small and dispersive eutectic colonies.

  11. Investigation into the Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behavior of A356 Aluminum Alloy-Based ZrO2-Particle-Reinforced Metal-Matrix Composites

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    Abdizadeh, H.; Baghchesara, M. A.

    2013-11-01

    In the present study, an investigation has been carried out into the influence of ZrO2 content and casting temperature on the mechanical properties and fracture behavior of A356 Al/ZrO2 composites. A356 aluminum alloy matrix composites reinforced with 5, 10 and 15 vol.% ZrO2 were fabricated at 750, 850, and 95 0°C via the stir-casting method. Based on the results obtained, the optimum amount of reinforcement and casting temperature were determined by evaluating the density and mechanical properties of the composites through the use of hardness and tensile tests. The fracture surfaces of composite specimens were also studied to identify the main fracture mechanisms of the composites. The results obtained indicated that all samples fractured due to the interdendritic cracking of the matrix alloy. Reinforcing the Al matrix alloy with ZrO2 particles increased the hardness and ultimate tensile strength of the alloy to the maximum values of 70 BHN and 232 MPa, respectively. The best mechanical properties were obtained for the specimens with 15 vol.% of ZrO2 produced at 75 0°C.

  12. Fatigue crack paths and properties in A356-T6 aluminum alloy microstructurally modified by friction stir processing under different conditions

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    A. Tajiri

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available A356-T6 cast aluminum alloy is a light weight structural material, but fatigue crack initiates and propagates from a casting defect leading to final fracture. Thus it is important to eliminate casting defects. In this study, friction stir processing (FSP was applied to A356-T6, in which rotating tool with probe and shoulder was plunged into the material and travels along the longitudinal direction to induce severe plastic deformation, resulting in the modification of microstructure. Two different processing conditions with low and high tool rotational speeds were tried and subsequently fully reversed fatigue tests were performed to investigate the effect of processing conditions on the crack initiation and propagation behavior. The fatigue strengths were successfully improved by both conditions due to the elimination of casting defects. But the lower tool rotational speed could further improve fatigue strength than the higher speed. EBSD analyses revealed that the higher tool rotational speed resulted in the severer texture having detrimental effects on fatigue crack initiation and propagation resistances.

  13. Effect of various melt and heat treatment conditions on impact toughness of A356 aluminum alloy%熔化和热处理条件对 A356铝合金冲击韧性的影响

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    M. AMNE ELAHI; S. G. SHABESTARI

    2016-01-01

    研究 A356铝合金在非热处理和 T6热处理条件下经熔化处理过程中的晶粒细化和改性后的显微组织和冲击性能。通过添加 Al−10%Sr 和 Al−5Ti−1B 中间合金分别实现改性和晶粒细化。为了重点突出上述处理的影响,所有的铸造参数都保持不变。结果表明:共晶硅形貌是控制合金冲击行为的主要参数。因此,铸态合金的晶粒细化不能像改性一样改善其冲击韧性。然而,相对于单个处理,同时进行晶粒细化和改性能提供更高的冲击韧性。合金的 T6热处理在所有的熔化处理条件下都改善了冲击韧性,这与共晶硅颗粒的进一步改性有关。为证明这些结果并阐明其机制,使用三点弯曲实验和金属断面的显微观察来阐述合金冲击韧性的改善。%The microstructure and impact behavior of A356 aluminum alloy were studied after melt treatment processes of grain refinement and modification under both non-heat treated and T6 heat treated conditions. The modification and grain refinement were done with the addition of Al−10%Sr and Al−5Ti−1B master alloys, respectively. All casting parameters were kept constant in order to focus on the influence of mentioned treatments. The results indicate that the eutectic silicon morphology is the main parameter to control the impact behavior of alloy. Consequently, the individual grain refinement of as-cast alloy does not improve the impact toughness as the modification does. While, simultaneous grain refinement and modification provide higher impact toughness in comparison with individual treatments. T6 heat treatment of the alloy improves the impact toughness under all melt-treated conditions. This is related to the further modification of eutectic silicon particles. To verify the results and clarify the mechanisms, three-point bending test and fractography were used to interpret the improvement of impact toughness of the alloy.

  14. Interfacial heat-transfer between A356-aluminium alloy and metal mould

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    Zhao Jianhua; Tian Jun; Qian Hancheng

    2009-01-01

    The interracial heat-transfer coefficient at casting/mould interface is a key factor that impacts the simulation accuracy of solidification progress. At present, the simulation result of using available data is comparatively different from the practice. In the current study, the methods of radial heating and electricity measurement under steady-state condition were employed to study the nature of interfacial heat-transfer between A356 Aluminum alloy and metal mould. The experimental results show that the interracial heat-transfer between A356 Aluminum alloy and the outer mould drops linearly with time while that of A356 aluminum alloy and the inner mould increases with time during cooling. The interracial heat-transfer coefficient between A356 aluminum alloy and mould is inversely proportional to the electrical resistance.

  15. Interfical heat-transfer between A356-aluminmum alloy and metal mould

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    Zhao Jianhua

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available The interfacial heat-transfer coefficient at casting/mould interface in a key factor that impacts the simulation accuracy of solidification progress. At present, the simulation result of using available data is comparatively different from the practice. In the current study, the methods of radial heating and electricity measurement under steady-state condition were employed to study the nature of interfacial heat-transfer between A356 aluminum alloy and metal mould. The experimental results show that the interfacial heat-transfer between A356 aluminum alloy and the outer mould drops linearly with time while that of A356 aluminum alloy and the inner mould increases with time during cooling. The interfacial heat-transfer coefficient between A356 aluminum alloy and mould is inversely proportional to the electrical resistance.

  16. Investigation on inductive heating of A356 alloy for thixo-forming

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    Kai-kun Wang; Jian-lin Sun; Yong-lin Kang; Qi Zhang; Lei Yang; Chun-mei Ma

    2009-01-01

    To meet the demands of continuous stream-line for component production in the thixo-forming industry, billet heating should be of high quality and in a controllable way. A 4-step inductive heating strategy for aluminum alloy A356 was performed. Thixotropic testing and microstructure analysis showed that a homogenous temperature distribution was achieved after tempera-ture-power-time optimization. Theoretical analysis was given concerning the thermal conductivity and heat capacity of A356 be-tween conventional and semisolid casting microstructures. The experimental results show that the optimized 4-step strategy could bethe best strategy for billet heating during the thixo-forming of aluminum alloy A356.

  17. Effect of trace La addition on the microstructures and mechanical properties of A356 (Al-7Si-0.35Mg) aluminum alloys

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    Tsai, Y.-C.; Chou, C.-Y. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taiwan (China); Lee, S.-L., E-mail: shenglon@cc.ncu.edu.t [Department of Mechanical Engineering/Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taiwan (China); Lin, C.-K. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taiwan (China); Lin, J.-C. [Department of Mechanical Engineering/Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taiwan (China); Lim, S.W. [Renewable Energy R and D Center, Chung-Hsin Electric and Machinery Mfg. Corp., Taiwan (China)

    2009-11-13

    A356 hypoeutectic alloy is a heat-treatable Al-Si-Mg system with a normal composition of Al-7 wt.% Si and about 0.35 wt.% Mg which has widespread applications in the aerospace and automotive industries. The purpose of this study is to determine the influence of different amounts of La on the microstructures and mechanical properties of A356 alloys. The microstructures of as-cast samples were examined by using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and image analysis. The mechanical properties were investigated by tensile test, and the quality index (Q = UTS + 150 x log (elongation)) was used to evaluate the modification efficiency of different La contents. The findings indicated that the modification efficiency in microstructures and mechanical properties of A356 alloy with 1.0 wt.% La are similar to those modified by the commercial modifier, 0.01 wt.% Sr. Furthermore, the results of thermal analysis reveal that there is no direct relationship between eutectic growth temperature and silicon morphology/modification rating.

  18. 某缸体铝合金金属型低压铸造工艺研究%Study on Low Pressure Die Casting Process of A356 Aluminum Alloy Cylinder

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    王狂飞; 王凯; 王有超; 米国发

    2012-01-01

    利用ViewCast软件对低压金属型铝合金A356铸造过程进行了计算机模拟,预测了产生缩孔、缩松缺陷的位置.通过计算机模拟以及对铸件表面缺陷进行分析,提出了生产工艺方案,铸造出了满足质量要求的铸件.所铸的铸件表面质量好、无缩松等铸造缺陷.这为铝合金金属型低压铸造模具设计及工艺研究提供了有价值的参考.%The low pressure die casting process of A356 aluminum alloy was simulated by ViewCast software, and the location of the shrinkage defects was forecasted. The producing process was proposed by computer simulating and analyzing the surface defect of the aluminum alloy castings. Regular castings were produced, the surface quality was obviously improved and no defects such as shrinkage were found. It provides the valuable reference for the research of low pressure die casting process and mold design of aluminum alloy permanent mold.

  19. Squeeze Casting of Semiolid A356 Alloy

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    Xiang-Jie Yang

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The rheo-squeeze casting (rheo-SQC combining the rheocasting and the SQC was developed, in which semisolid slurry was produced by the low superheat pouring with a shearing field (LSPSF process. The three-dimensional morphology of the primary α-Al phase and the rest spacing of slurry prepared by LSPSF process have been reconstructed and visualized, and the microstructures of squeeze cast A356 alloy have been obtained. Based on the three-dimensional microstructure reconstructed, their three-dimensional characterizations such as solid volume fraction and equivalent diameter of the extracted primary α-Al phase of the slurry were measured and calculated. And the microstructures of cross-section of squeeze cast product were investigated. Compared and analyzed the typical microstructure characteristics of parts in different positions produced by SQC and rheo-SQC, the results show that the primary α-Al phase was in the form of enriched dendrites across the whole section of parts produced by SQC. Nevertheless, in the relative case of the rheo-SQC, the whole formations of dendrites have been inhibited effectively, revealing a conspicuous modification in morphology and refinement of the primary α-Al phase. In addition, the solid fraction decreased from the centre to the verge of products along the slurry flow orientation.

  20. Wear Behaviour of A356/TiAl3 in Situ Composites Produced by Mechanical Alloying

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    Seda Çam

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the effects of in situ TiAl3 particles on dry sliding wear behavior of A356 aluminum alloy (added Ti composites were investigated. The wear samples were prepared by adding different amounts of Ti (4%, 6%, and 8% into A356 powder alloy by mechanical alloying. The mechanically alloyed powders were cold pressed at 600 MPa and sintered 530 °C for 1 h in argon atmosphere and cooled in the furnace. After the sintering process, the samples were characterized. The results show that AlTi and TiAl3 intermetallic phases were formed and their amount increased depending on the amount of Ti added into A356 powder alloy. Out of the samples sintered with different titanium amounts (1 h at 530 °C, the highest hardness value and, accordingly, the lowest wear amount, were observed in the alloy containing 8% Ti.

  1. The Influence of Ni and V Trace Elements on High-Temperature Tensile Properties and Aging of A356 Aluminum Foundry Alloy

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    di Giovanni, Maria Teresa; Cerri, Emanuela; Casari, Daniele; Merlin, Mattia; Arnberg, Lars; Garagnani, Gian Luca

    2016-05-01

    High-temperature tensile properties of unmodified A356 alloy with and without the addition of Ni or V in traces (600 and 1000 ppm of Ni and V, respectively) were investigated by analyzing samples obtained from sand and permanent mold castings in the as-cast and T6 heat-treated conditions. Tensile tests were performed at 508 K (235 °C) at a crosshead speed of 1 mm/min. In addition, samples were subjected to artificial aging at 508 K (235 °C) for different times, and corresponding hardness curves were plotted. Microstructures and fracture surfaces, analyzed by FEG-SEM equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, showed that neither Ni nor V addition had a detrimental effect on high-temperature tensile properties. Aging curves showed a strong loss of hardness affecting the T6 class between 30-min and 1-h exposure time. After 6-h aging, no evidence of aging treatment persisted on hardness of the tested material. Hardness values did not reveal any significant difference between the reference alloy and the Ni- and V-containing alloys in both casting conditions, in complete analogy with the tensile properties. Unmodified eutectic silicon particles provided inhomogeneity in the α-Al matrix and acted as the principal source of stress concentration leading to fracture.

  2. Influence of additive element on surface oxide film of A356 alloy

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    OUYANG Zhi-ying; LIANG Hong-yu; MAO Xie-min; HONG Mei

    2006-01-01

    The influences of RE-modification and Sr-modification on the hydrogen content and surface oxide film of A356 aluminum alloy melt were investigated. The hydrogen content of the melt was measured by reduce pressure test. The phases in the surface oxide film were analyzed by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), and the morphology of the surface oxide film was observed by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). The results show that RE-modification reduces the hydrogen content of A356 aluminum alloy greatly.Contrarily, Sr-modification increases the hydrogen content remarkably. After being treated with RE, a large number of LaAl11O18 consisting of Al2O3 and La2O3, are generated in the surface oxide film of A356 alloy. The surface oxide film of Sr-modification is almost composed of Al2SrO4. According to the results of SEM, the surface oxide film of Sr-modification is very easy to crack,destroy the continuity and compactness of surface oxide film, accelerate the vapor diffusing into the melt, consequently, increase the hydrogen content of A356 alloy melt significantly. But RE-modification makes the surface oxide film compact, and restrains the aluminum exposed to water, so reduces the hydrogen content of A356 alloy melt.

  3. 铸造铝合金A356平面断裂韧度KIC的研究%Study of Fracture Toughness KIC for Casting Aluminum Alloy A356

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    董大军; 上官晓峰

    2007-01-01

    按照HB5142-1996实验标准,采用紧凑拉伸(CT)试样测定铸造铝合金A356的平面断裂韧度KIC值,并使用光学显微镜(OP)、扫描电镜(SEM)以及能谱分析仪(ESA)等现代技术观察了合金的组织、断口形貌并对其夹杂物成分进行了鉴定,从微观角度给予解释.试验结果表明:铝合金A356铸件的KIC值15~20 MPa·m1/2,接近2×××系(Al-Cu合金)和7×××系(Al-Zn-Mg-Cu合金)变形铝合金的下限,断口为准解理断裂,铸造缺陷明显降低KIC值.最后提出了一些提高平面断裂韧性的改进措施.

  4. Evolution of microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 aluminium alloy processed by hot spinning process

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    Xiao-yan Wu

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The evolution of microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 aluminum alloy subjected to hot spinning process has been investigated. The results indicated that the deformation process homogenized microstructure and improved mechanical properties of the A356 aluminum alloy. During the hot spinning process, eutectic Si particles and Fe-rich phases were fragmented, and porosities were eliminated. In addition, recrystallization of Al matrix and precipitation of AlSiTi phases occurred. The mechanical property testing results indicated that there was a significant increase of ductility and a decrease of average microhardness in deformed alloy over die-cast alloy. This is attributed to uniform distribution of finer spherical eutectic Si particles, the elimination of casting defects and to the recrystallized finer grain structure.

  5. The New Heat Treatment Technology of A356 Aluminium Alloy Prepared by Ptc

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    Zhang, Lianyong; Jiang, Yanhua; Ma, Zhuang; Wang, Wenkui

    Phase Transition Cooling (PTC), using the absorbed latent heat during the melting of phase transition cooling medium to cool and solidify alloys in the process of casting, is a new casting technology. Specimens of A356 casting aluminum alloy were prepared by this method in the paper. The new heat treatment process (cast and then aging directly without solid solution) of A356 alloy was performed. For comparison, the conventional T6 heat treatment (solution and then aging treatment) was performed too. The mechanical properties of A356 alloy with different heat treatments were measured by tensile strength testing methods and microstructures of the alloy with different heat treatment process were investigated by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-rays diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) too. The results show that ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of A356 alloy with the new heat treatment process is much higher than that with conventional heat treatment while the elongations with the two heat treatment processes are very close. This is due to the grain refinement obtained after PTC processing.

  6. Optimization of Drilling Parameters for Reducing the Burr Height in Machining the Silicon Carbide Particle (SiCp) Coated with Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tubes (MWCNT) Reinforced in Aluminum Alloy (A 356) Using Meta Modeling Approach

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    Sangeetha, M.; Prakash, S.

    2017-05-01

    This paper explains the optimization of drilling parameters using meta modeling approach to reduce the burr height while machining Silicon Carbide Particle (SiCp) coated with Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tubes (MWCNT) and reinforced in aluminum alloy (A 356). The specimen is prepared by the combination of sonication and stir casting processes. The volume fraction of MWCNT used is 1.5% and the volume fraction of SiCp is 10%. The combination of input parameters for drilling the holes is designed using Taguchi experimental design technique. The input parameters chosen for drilling operations are spindle speed, feed rate and drill diameter. The ranges of input parameters are listed in Table 1. The tools used for drilling operation are made up of solid carbide drill bit. Meta model is a mathematical and statistical model whose second-order model can be fitted by factorial design. The optimization model can be improved significantly by the second-order model compared to the first-order model. Twenty-seven holes are drilled using vertical machining center in the prepared specimen (A 356/MWCNT coated SiCp). Desirability function shows the optimized values of input parameters to obtain minimum burr height. Meta modeling approach is used to design a model using input parameters and output response burr height. The residuals plot shows the predicted values are closer to the measured values. This plot explains that the Meta model is adequately used to predict the burr height. The optimized values of input parameters for obtaining minimum burr height are the combination of high speed, low feed and low drill diameter. The minimum value of burr height observed in this experiment is 0.002mm and it is obtained in the optimized combination of N3, f1 and d1.

  7. Aluminum alloy

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    Blackburn, Linda B. (Inventor); Starke, Edgar A., Jr. (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    This invention relates to aluminum alloys, particularly to aluminum-copper-lithium alloys containing at least about 0.1 percent by weight of indium as an essential component, which are suitable for applications in aircraft and aerospace vehicles. At least about 0.1 percent by weight of indium is added as an essential component to an alloy which precipitates a T1 phase (Al2CuLi). This addition enhances the nucleation of the precipitate T1 phase, producing a microstructure which provides excellent strength as indicated by Rockwell hardness values and confirmed by standard tensile tests.

  8. Effect of united refining and modification on mechanical properties of A356 aluminium alloys

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    ZUO Xiu-rong; ZHONG Zhi-guo

    2006-01-01

    The refining and modification effect of Ti (from GRAI), B, Sr and RE (cerium-riched mixtures of rare earth) on the mechanical properties of A356 aluminum alloys under T5 and T6 treatment condition were studied by OM, SEM, EDAX, etc. It is found that the addition of RE to A356 alloys containing Ti and/or B and Sr makes strength and elongation increase in T6 treatment,but make elongation decrease in T5 treatment, at the same time, the long axis of α(Al) grain structure decreases and the mean diameters of silicon particles increase with RE additions increasing. Grain refining with 0.01%Ti plus 0.03% B makes the dendrite α(Al) grain structure transform into equiaxed structure, resulting in obvious increase of elongation percentage. The mean diameters of silicon particles in T5 treatment are smaller than that in T6 treatrnent. Roundness of silicon particles in T5 treatment is higher than that in T6 treatment. A356 alloys modified and refined with Ti, B and Sr obtain the best mechanical properties in T5 treatment,however, the alloys with Ti, B, RE and Sr additions obtain the best mechanical properties in T6 treatment.

  9. Impact properties of A356-T6 alloys

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    Shivkumar, S.; Wang, L.; Keller, C.

    1994-02-01

    The Charpy impact energy of A356 alloys has been measured. Instrumented Charpy impact tests have been conducted at 25,100,150, and 200 °C. The Charpy specimens were machined from plate castings ortapered cylindrical castings. The plates were produced in sand molds, and tapered cylinders were produced in water-cooled copper molds. Both unmodified and strontium-modified castings were tested. The results indicate that strontium modification improves the impact properties of sand and permanent mold castings. The impact energy increases with solution treatment time. Strontium modification reduces the solution treatment time for attaining a specific impact property level in the casting.

  10. Effects of Melt Thermal Treatment on A356 Alloy

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    2003-01-01

    To increase the casting quality of hypoeutectic Al-Si alloys, the effects of melt thermal treatment on the solidification structure of the A356 alloy were analyzed by a factorial experiment, in which the overheated melt was mixed with the low temperature melt. Experimental results show that the elongation ratio and strength of the treated samples increase remarkably compared with the control sample. The primary dendrite size reduces dramatically and the dendrite changes from columnar to equiaxed, with a little change of the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS).Combined with the measurement of the nucleation undercooling, it is concluded that the solidification structure and refining effect are dependent primarily on the low temperature melt. The refining mechanism is believed as a result of the multiplication of the nuclei in the melt thermal treatment procedure.

  11. Effect of yttrium on the microstructure of a semi-solid A356 Al alloy

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    LIU Zheng; HU Yongmei

    2008-01-01

    The semi-solid slurry of an A356 Al alloy,which was grain-freed by yttrium,was manufactured by low temperature pouring.The effects of grain-refining on the morphology and the grain size of the primary α phase in the semi-solid A356 Al alloy were researched.The results indicate that the semi-solid A356 Al alloy with particle-like and rosette-like primary α-Al can be prepared by low temperature pouring from a liquid grain-refined A356 alloy.The grain size and particle morphology of primary α-Al in the A356 Al alloy are markedly improved by the addition of 0.5 wt.% Y.The fining mechanism of Y on the morphology and grain size of the primary α-Al in the semi-solid A356 Al alloy was delved.

  12. Effects of stress concentration on low-temperature fracture behavior of A356 alloy

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    Ma, Guanghui; Li, Runxia; Li, Rongde

    2016-06-14

    The effect of stress concentration on the dislocation motion, the Si particles and the crack propagation path in A356 alloy at the temperature of 20 °C to −60 °C was analyzed by scanning electron microscope and optical microscope using a series of notched tensile specimens and normal tensile specimens. The results show that the sensitivity of A356 alloy to the stress concentration increases, the tensile strength and yield strength of normal specimens and notched specimens increase, and the elongation shows a decreasing trend with the decrease of test temperature from 20 °C to −60 °C. The yield strength is not affected by the notch, and the tensile strength is sensitive to the stress concentration. Stress concentration leads to a large number of dislocation generation. Local plastic deformation occurred in the stress concentration region during the tensile process firstly. With the stress concentration in the aluminum matrix between the Si phase and the crack further increasing, the distribution of cracks along the Si phase leads to the cracking of aluminum matrix particle.

  13. Grain Size Control of Semisolid A356 Alloy Manufactured by Electromagnetic Stirring

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    Z Yang; P.K. Seo; C.G.Kang

    2005-01-01

    To investigate the possibility of substituting the mechanical stirring system with electromagnetic stirring (EMS)system for aluminum rheo die-casting, the EMS under the different stirring cooling conditions was carried out. It was found that in the early period of solidification, the dendrite breakages led to a fine primary phase. When dendrites grew coarsely, the effect of ripening on grain size overwhelmed that of dendrite breakage. It was also found that the high cooling rate favored large nucleation rate, and led to a fine primary phase. But high cooling rate also made the growth rate of the dendrite arm, which prevented the dendrite arm from being sheared off. Therefore there were a suitable stirring time and suitable cooling rate to obtain the best rheo die-casting structure. Qualified semisolid A356aluminum alloy was successfully manufactured with short time EMS.

  14. Numerical Simulation on A356 Aluminum Alloy Semi-solid Slurry Preparation with Electromagnetic Stirring%A356铝合金半固态浆料电磁搅拌法制备过程的数值模拟

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    陶文琉; 赵升吨; 林文捷

    2012-01-01

    A two-dimensional model coupling of the electromagnetic field, temperature field asd flow field of A356 alloy semi-solid slurry preparation by electromagnetic stirring (EMS) method is established. The power law cut-off (PLCO) semi-solid model is used to model the slurry. The effects of EMS parameters such as stirring frequency and stirring current on the electromagnetic field, temperature field and flow field are investigated by finite element code ANSYS combined with secondary development INTEL FORTRAN software. The results show that, electromagnetic field increases but non-uniformly distributes as stirring frequency and stirring current increase, as a result, flow field increases but non-uniformly distributes. The reasonable stirring parameters for A356 alloy semi-solid slurry preparation by EMS are obtained. The simulation results are verified with corresponding experiments.%建立电磁搅拌法制备A356铝合金半固态浆料过程的电磁场、温度场和流体力学场多场耦合的二维数值模型,采用Power law cut-off(PLCO)半固态模型来描述铝合金浆料的流场,并利用有限元软件ANSYS和编程软件INTEL FORTRAN相结合对电磁场、温度场和流场耦合模拟,研究多场搅拌参数对电磁场、温度场和流场的影响规律.模拟结果表明,搅拌频率和搅拌电流增加时会使电磁场增大且分布不均匀,从而造成浆料流速迅速增大并且分布不均匀.进一步获得电磁搅拌法制备A356铝合金半固态浆科的合理搅拌参数.在所研制的试验装置上验证了数值模拟的可靠性.

  15. Microstructural Feature of As-cast A-356 Alloy Modifiers with the Addition of SrO

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    MUIZ Rodrigo; FLORES Alfredo; ORTIZ Juan; RODRGUEZ Nelly; MARTNEZ Fernando; OROZCO Pilar; LUNA Jess; Equihua Fabin; Garca Adrin

    2014-01-01

    To explore the effect of strontium on the structure of as-cast A356 alloy, the strontium was incorporated to the alloy by metallothermic reduction of SrO where the mineral was added to the melt through the submerged powders injection technique. The evaluation of the modification of the eutectic silicon and the chemical analysis of samples were done using optical microscopy (OP) and inductively coupled plasma (ICP), respectively, while microstructural analyses by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the injection time was variable. Magnesium was added to the melt to increase the reactivity and reduce the surface tension of the molten aluminum. It was possible to increase the strontium content from 0 to 0.027%after 20 minutes treatment. This concentration was sufficient to bring about full modification structure of eutectic silicon of as cast alloy A 356 and the acceptable quality metallurgical of alloy.

  16. Mechanical properties of cast A356 alloy, solidified at cooling rates enhanced by phase transition of a cooling medium

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    Zhang, L.Y. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)]. E-mail: zhangly6244@yahoo.com.cn; Zhou, B.D. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhan, Z.J. [R and D Center for Advanced Materials, National University Science Park Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Jia, Y.Z. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Shan, S.F. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zhang, B.Q. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Wang, W.K. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2007-03-15

    Phase transition cooling (PTC), using the absorbed latent heat during the melting of phase transition cooling medium to cool and solidify alloys in the process of casting, is a new fast cooling technology. Specimens of A356 casting aluminum alloy were prepared by this method. For comparison, specimens made by water-cooling copper mould (WCCM) were prepared too. The mechanical properties of A356 alloy made by PTC and WCCM were measured by microhardness and tensile strength testing methods. Microstructures of A356 alloy were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-rays diffraction (XRD). The results show that both microhardness and ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of A356 alloy made by PTC method are much higher than those made by WCCM method. This can be attributed to the refined microstructure and the extended solubility of silicon in {alpha}-Al. The solubility of silicon in {alpha}-Al was 2.7 at.% in specimens solidified in phase transition cooling medium and 2.4 at.% in specimens solidified in water-cooling copper mould.

  17. Impact Behavior of A356 Foundry Alloys in the Presence of Trace Elements Ni and V

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    Casari, Daniele; Ludwig, Thomas H.; Merlin, Mattia; Arnberg, Lars; Garagnani, Gian Luca

    2015-02-01

    In the present work, the impact behavior of unmodified A356 alloys with the addition of Ni or V in as-cast and T6 heat-treated conditions was assessed. Charpy V-notched specimens obtained from sand and permanent mold casting showed low total absorbed energy average values ( W t permanent mold cast alloys due to the locally finer microstructure. Concurrent mechanisms related to the chemical composition, solidification conditions and heat treatment were found to control the impact properties of the alloys. While the trace element Ni exerted only minor effects on the impact toughness of the A356 alloy, V had a strong influence: (i) V-containing sand cast alloys absorbed slightly higher impact energies compared to the corresponding A356 base alloys; (ii) in the permanent mold cast alloys, V in solid solution led to a considerable loss of ductility, which in turn decreased the total absorbed energy.

  18. Continuous cleaning of A356 alloy melt using high frequency electromagnetic field

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    李克; 倪红军; 疏达; 王俊; 孙宝德; 周尧和

    2004-01-01

    A set of device for electromagnetic separation (EMS) was designed and applied to process the continuous flowing melt. Tensile test was employed to compare effect of electromagnetic separation with that of the traditional processes. Compared with filtration by ceramic foam filter and process without filtration, multiple process combined with filtration and electromagnetic separation can effectively remove most of inclusions with diameter finer than 10μm in A356 alloy casting, hence improve its tensile properties. After being processed by electromagnetic filtration,the tensile strength of A356 scrap is enhanced by 8.27%, approaching the level of fresh A356 alloy.

  19. Comparison of Lost Foam Casting of AM60B Alloy and A356 Alloy

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    Han, Qingyou [ORNL; Dinwiddie, Ralph Barton [ORNL; Sklad, Philip S [ORNL; Currie, Kenneth [Tennessee Technological University; Vondra, Fred [Tennessee Technological University; Abdelrahman, Mohamed [Tennessee Technological University; Walford, Graham [Walford Technologies; Nolan, Dennis J [Foseco-Morval; Nedkova, Teodora [Kaiser Aluminum

    2007-01-01

    The article describes the research activities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Tennessee Technological University on lost foam casting of magnesium alloys. The work was focused on castings of simple geometries such as plate castings and window castings in order to compare the difference in castability between magnesium alloys and aluminum alloy using the lost foam casting process. Significant differences between lost foam aluminum casting and lost foam magnesium casting have been observed.

  20. Investigation of the controlled atmosphere of semisolid metal processing of A356 aluminium alloy

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    Kolahdooz, A.; Nourouzi, S.; Bakhshi, M.; Hosseinipour, S. J. [Babol University of Technology, Babol (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    The cooling slope (CS) method is one of the semi-solid methods in which the molten alloy with a suitable amount of superheat is poured on a cooling slope to achieve a fine and non-dendritic structure. After pouring, the melt, which becomes semisolid at the end of the plate, is subsequently poured into a cylindrical steel mold with different mold temperatures. Also, the process has been done in different cooling slopes and different cooling lengths. This work, at first discusses the effect of these parameters on the final microstructure of A356 aluminum alloy and then the effect of the controlled atmosphere is discussed. Also, in this research, the advantages of using the controlled atmosphere system are discussed by tests such as XRD, SEM and ultrasonic test. Results indicate that the pouring temperature, mold temperature, cooling slope and cooling length have significant effects on the size and morphology of α-Al phase. Also, the controlled atmosphere could optimize the process as well and increase the mechanical properties of alloy.

  1. Role of cerium, lanthanum, and strontium additions in an Al-Si-Mg (A356) alloy

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    Nabawy, Ahmed M.; Samuel, Agnes M.; Samuel, Fawzy H. [Universite du Quebec, Chicoutimi (Canada). Dept. des Sciences Appliquees; Alkahtani, Saleh A.; Abuhasel, Khaled A. [Salman Bin Abdulaziz Univ., Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). Mechanical Engineering Dept.

    2016-05-15

    The effects of individual and combined additions of cerium (Ce), lanthanum (La), and strontium (Sr) on the eutectic modification and solidification characteristics of an Al-Si-Mg (A356) aluminum alloy were investigated using optical microscopy and thermal analysis techniques. Addition of Ce, La, and Sr resulted in different depression levels of the eutectic nucleation temperature and eutectic growth undercooling, generating modified eutectic structures exhibiting different levels of modification. Microstructural results showed that the best modification levels using individual additions were achieved by Sr which produced a fine fibrous eutectic structure, followed by La, which produced a refined lamellar structure, with Ce providing the lowest level of modification. On the other hand, a combined addition of Ce and Sr provided the highest modification level, with the production of a very fine fibrous eutectic silicon structure. In general, the addition of Sr helped to further increase the refinement obtained in the alloys containing La or Ce + La additions. In the latter alloy, the main intermetallic phases observed were La(Al,Si){sub 2} and Al{sub 20}(La,Ce)Ti{sub 2}Si. The improved modification levels were found to be proportional to the depression in the eutectic nucleation temperature and the eutectic growth undercooling. A high cooling rate also improved the modification level by at least one level.

  2. Microstructure Development and Characteristics of Semisolid Aluminum Alloys

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    Merton Flemings; srinath Viswanathan

    2001-05-15

    A drop forge viscometer was employed to investigate the flow behavior under very rapid compression rates of A357, A356 diluted with pure aluminum and Al-4.5%Cu alloys. The A357 alloys were of commercial origin (MHD and SIMA) and the rheocast, modified A356 and Al-4.5Cu alloys were produced by a process developed at the solidification laboratory of MIT.

  3. Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) Coatings on an A356 Alloy for Improved Corrosion and Wear Resistance

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    Peng, Zhijing

    Plasma electrolytic oxidizing (PEO) is an advanced technique that has been used to deposit thick and hard ceramic coatings on aluminium (Al) alloys. This work was however to use the PEO process to produce thin ceramic oxide coatings on an A356 Al alloy for improving corrosion and wear resistance of the alloy. Effects of current density and treatment time on surface morphologies and thickness of the PEO coatings were investigated. The improvement of galvanic corrosion properties of the coated A356 alloy vs. steel and carbon fibre were evaluated in E85 fuel or NaCl environments. Tribological properties of the coatings were studied with comparison to the uncoated A356 substrate and other commercially-used engine bore materials. The research results indicated that the PEO coatings could have excellent tribological and corrosion properties for aluminium engine applications.

  4. T6 heat treatment of semi-solid metal processed alloy A356

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    Moller, H

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available -solid Metal Processed Alloy A356 H. Möller1*, G. Govender1 and W.E. Stumpf2 1Materials Science and Manufacturing, CSIR, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa 2Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa Abstract: A... solution treatment of 1 hour at 540oC provided the best results for rheocast alloy A356-T6. Natural aging has a significant influence on the subsequent artificial aging response of the alloy. Arrhenius-type equations were derived to predict the time...

  5. Comparison of heat treatment response of semisolid metal processed alloys A356 and F357

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    Moller, H

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The heat treatment response of semisolid metal high pressure die cast Al-7Si-Mg alloys A356 and F357 was studied and compared. It was found that the heat treatment behaviour of alloy F357 is influenced markedly by the stability of the Mg containing...

  6. Natural and artificial aging response of semisolid metal processed Al–Si–Mg alloy A356

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    Moller, H

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available processed Al–Si–Mg alloy A356 has a significant influence on the natural and artificial aging behaviour of the alloy. Furthermore, natural aging before artificial aging causes the time to peak hardness (T6) to be longer compared to the time when only...

  7. Recrystallization behavior of ECAPed A356 alloy at semi-solid reheating temperature

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    Moradi, M. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nili-Ahmadabadi, M., E-mail: nili@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Center of Excellence for High Performance Material, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Poorganji, B. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); Heidarian, B.; Parsa, M.H. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Furuhara, T. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan)

    2010-06-25

    The microstructural evolution of A356 aluminum alloy during reheating was investigated. In this study, thermomechanical treatment (TMT) method was carried out to produce feed stock for semi-solid forming by using equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) in solid state at ambient temperature. In TMT processes, globular microstructure is obtained by a deformation-recrystallization technique followed by partial re-melting. This work is an attempt to study in detail, the mechanism of the formation of globular microstructure of severely deformed Al-7% Si alloy by ECAP during reheating process by using scanning electron microscope (SEM) provided with an electron back scatter detection (EBSD) observation as well as recrystallization kinetics. The results indicated that equal channel angular pressing followed by reheating was an effective method to produce semi-solid ingot for thixoforming. According to the kinetics calculation and experimental results presented in this paper, recrystallization kinetics, which is mainly depended on the intrinsic material properties, amount of strain and heating rate, plays an important role on the grain size of the semi-solid microstructure.

  8. Impact of External Pressure on the Heat Transfer Coefficient during Solidification of Al-A356 Alloy

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    Jabbari, Masoud; Ilkhchy, A.Fardi; Moumani, E.

    In this paper the interfacial heat transfer coefficient (IHTC) is correlated to applied external pressure, in which IHTC at the interface between A356 aluminum alloy and metallic mold during the solidification of the casting under different pressures were obtained using the Inverse Heat Conduction...... Problem (IHCP) method. The method covers the expedient of comparing theoretical and experimental thermal histories. Temperature profiles obtained from thermocouples were used in a finite difference heat flow program to estimate the transient heat transfer coefficients. The new simple formula was presented...

  9. Smaller is Softer : An Inverse Size Effect in a Cast Aluminum Alloy

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    Benzerga, A.A.; Hong, S.S.; Kim, K.S.; Needleman, A.; van der Giessen, E.

    2001-01-01

    The stress–strain curves of A356 cast aluminum alloys exhibit an unusual size effect on flow properties: the finer the microstructure, the lower the tensile flow strength. Tensile tests were carried out on specimens made of an A356 alloy with 7% Si as the main alloying element. The specimens were

  10. Smaller is Softer : An Inverse Size Effect in a Cast Aluminum Alloy

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    Benzerga, A.A.; Hong, S.S.; Kim, K.S.; Needleman, A.; van der Giessen, E.

    2001-01-01

    The stress–strain curves of A356 cast aluminum alloys exhibit an unusual size effect on flow properties: the finer the microstructure, the lower the tensile flow strength. Tensile tests were carried out on specimens made of an A356 alloy with 7% Si as the main alloying element. The specimens were ca

  11. Effect of melt pulse electric current and thermal treatment on A356 alloy

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    何树先; 王俊; 江莞; 孙宝德; 周尧和

    2003-01-01

    Effects of the melt pulse electric current and thermal treatment on solidification structures of A356 alloywere investigated. In the experiments, the low temperature melt(953 K and 903 K) treated by pulse electric currentwas mixed with high temperature melt(1 223 K). By the control experiments, the results show that the solidificationstructure of A356 alloy is refined apparently by the pulse electric current togeth er with melt thermal treatmentprocess, and the mechanical properties, especially the elongation ratio of the specimen treated is improved greatly.The structure change of the melt by pulse electric current and melt thermal treatment is the main reason for the re-finement of the solidification structure of A356 alloy.

  12. Laser welding of SSM Cast A356 aluminium alloy processed with CSIR-Rheo technology

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    Akhter, R

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Samples of aluminium alloy A356 were manufactured by Semi Solid Metals HPDC technology, developed recently in CSIR, Pretoria. They were butt welded in as cast conditions using as Nd: YAG laser. The best metal and weld microstructure were presented...

  13. Evaluation of surface chemical segregation of semi-solid cast aluminium alloy A356

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    Govender, G

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available be minimized. The surface liquid segregation phenomenon was investigated on high pressure die cast (HPDC) A356 alloy. SSM slurries were prepared using the CSIR Rheocasting System and plates of 4mm × 80mm × 100mm were HPDC. The chemical composition depth profile...

  14. Effects of casting conditions and deformation processing on A356 aluminum and A356-20 vol. pct SiC composites

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    Rozak, G. A.; Lewandowski, J. J.; Wallace, J. F.; Altmisoglu, A.

    1992-01-01

    The effects of casting conditions and deformation processing on the mechanical properties of unreinforced A356 aluminum and A356-20 vol pct SiC composite were investigated by tensile properties in these compounds fabricated by either sand casting or squeeze casting techniques followed by hot working to 33, 50, 90, and 95 percent reductions. The evolution of the microstructure and values of tensile properties were evaluated for the cast materials in each of the hot worked conditions. It was found that, while the deformation processing of the sand-cast composite resulted in banding of the Al and SiC particles within the microstructure, such features were not observed in the squeeze-cast microstructure. The tensile strengths of the squeeze cast materials was found to be higher than those of the sand cast materials, for both the unreinforced and composite samples, while increased amounts of deformation were found to improve the ductility of the composite.

  15. Microbial corrosion of aluminum alloy.

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    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.

  16. EBSD and DTA Characterization of A356 Alloy Deformed by ECAP During Reheating and Partial Re-melting

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    Moradi, Marzyeh; Nili-Ahmadabadi, Mahmoud; Poorganji, Behrang; Heidarian, Bashir; Furuhara, Tadashi

    2013-11-01

    Recrystallization and partial re-melting processes have been developed for producing semi-solid feedstock in a solid state in which a globular microstructure is obtained by plastic deformation followed by reheating. In this research, to induce strain, a cast- and solution-treated Aluminum A356 (7 wt pct Si) alloy was subjected to a repetitive equal channel angular pressing process using a 90 deg die, up to a total accumulated strain of approximately 8 in route A (increasing strain through a sequence of passes with no rotation of the sample after each pass) at ambient temperature. The microstructural evolutions of deformed and reheated materials were studied by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and electron back-scattered diffraction analysis. In addition, the influences of pre-deformation on the recrystallization mechanism and liquid formation of A356 alloy were presented and discussed. The results are also supported by differential thermal analysis experiments. Evaluation of the observations indicated that the average cell boundary misorientation increased with increasing strain, so this increased misorientation accelerated the mobility of boundaries and recrystallization kinetics. Therefore, the recrystallization mechanism and kinetics affected by deformation, reheating condition, and intrinsic material properties determined the particle size in the semi-solid state.

  17. Industrial Semi-Solid Rheocasting of Aluminum A356 Brake Calipers

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    U. A. Curle

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Industrial semi-solid casting trials of aluminum A356 brake calipers were performed over five days with the CSIR-RCS and high-pressure die casting process cell. Consecutive visual passed castings were used as the measure of process stability, and common defects between trials were categorized. Short fill results are erratic and caused by unintended underdosing by the furnace or incomplete billet discharge at the delivery point in the shot sleeve. Cold shuts can be significantly reduced by adjusting the shot control profile. Surface finish defects include surface roughness and staining caused by lubricant burn off. Visual passed castings display none of the above-mentioned external defects. X-ray examination and pressure testing of heat-treated castings from the consecutive visual passed castings show improvement over the five days. These initial-stage industrialization efforts pave the way for process commercialization.

  18. Solidified structure and solute segregation in Al2O3/A356-La alloy composites

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    LIU Zheng; TU Tao

    2006-01-01

    Al2O3/A356-La alloy composites were fabricated by squeeze casting, and the effects of La on the solidified structure and the solute segregation during alloy solidification were studied. The results indicate that the structure of the matrix alloy becomes fine and small by the addition of La. La has been richened at the interface to help improve the wettability between the fiber and Al alloy, but there are no intermetallic compounds richening La found at the interface yet. There is no special influence of La on the Mg segregation in the matrix alloy. The distribution of Mg and La in the composites has been at the same position-near the interface.

  19. Simulation and Experimental Study on the Steady Conduction Solution for Continuous Rheo-Casting for A356 Alloy

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    Duc, Do Minh; Hai, Nguyen Hong; Quang, Pham [Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Hanoi (Viet Nam)

    2017-03-15

    Computational fluid dynamic modeling of a continuous rheo-casting technology was conducted, consistent with the manufacturing of 3 {sup mm-thin} plates made of aluminum alloy A356. The A numerical simulation on of the stabilizing time of the material crystallization was carried out using the ANSYS FLUENT code. Solidification and melting models were simulated with heat transfer and solid-liquid phase transformation involving the latent heat of crystallization were simulated. The calculated temperature distribution and the evolution of cooling rate through the material were examined and used to clarify their influence on microstructure, and further investigated with hardness testing. The thickness of the mushy zone was determined for the steady conduction solution of the continuous rheo-casting process.

  20. Effect of Oxide Level on Pore Formation in A356 Alloy by X-Ray Imaging and Directional Solidification Technology

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    Liao, Hengcheng; Song, Wan; Wang, Qigui; Zhao, Lei; Fan, Ran

    Effect of oxide level on porosity formation in an A356 alloy was investigated using micro-focus X-ray imaging and directional solidification technology. The increase of oxide level in liquid aluminum was achieved by violently stirring molten metal at elevated temperature. During solidification, the increased oxide content in melt significantly increases the amount of active nucleation sites for porosity and thus raises the nucleation temperature of pores. The fast growth of those early formed pores further restrains the succeeding nucleation operations of new pores in local regions and results in a considerable reduction in pore density. It was also found that the melt with high oxide content shows less dependency of growth rate reduction with local temperature.

  1. Effect of pouring temperature on fractal dimension of primary phase morphology in semi-solid A356 alloy

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    LIU Zheng; MAO Wei-min; LIU Xiao-mei

    2009-01-01

    The fractal dimensions of primary phase morphology in semi-solid A356 alloy prepared by low superheat pouring and slightly electromagnetic stirring were calculated, and the effect of pouring temperature on fractal dimension of primary phase morphology in semi-solid A356 alloy was researched. The results indicate that it is feasible to prepare semisolid A356 alloy slurry by low superheat pouring and slightly electromagnetic stirring, and there is an important effect of pouring temperature on the morphology and the grain size of the primary phase in semi-solid A356 alloy, in which the reduction of pouring temperature can obviously improve grain size and shape factor of primary phase in semi-solid A356 alloy under the condition of a certain stirring power. The primary phase morphology of semi-solid A356 alloy prepared by low superheat pouring and slightly electromagnetic stirring can be characterized by fractal dimension, and the primary phase morphology obtained by the different processing parameters has the different fractal dimensions. Solidification of semi-solid alloy is a course of change in fractal dimension.

  2. The Effect of Iron Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of A356 Cast Alloy

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    Tunçay, Tansel; Bayoğlu, Samet

    2017-04-01

    In the present study, microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 alloy including various amounts (0.2 to 1.2 wt pct) of iron were investigated. The alloys were produced by conventional gravity sand casting method. In order to determine the effect of iron addition to A356, optical and scanning electron microscopes (SEM/EDS) were used for microstructural examinations, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was carried out for phase characterization. Tensile tests were also conducted in order to determine effect of the Fe content on mechanical properties. It was found that as the Fe content of A356 was increased, the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) was decreased and the morphology of Al-Si eutectic became finer. From XRD examinations, different iron-based intermetallic compounds ( β-Al5FeSi and α-Al8Fe2Si) formations were observed. It was also observed that as iron content increased, α-Al8Fe2Si intermetallic was transformed into β-Al5FeSi intermetallic. The tensile test results revealed that tensile strength and elongation values were reduced by increasing Fe content. It was also determined that β-Al5FeSi intermetallics were more negatively effective on tensile strength than α-Al8Fe2Si intermetallics.

  3. The Effect of Iron Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of A356 Cast Alloy

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    Tunçay, Tansel; Bayoğlu, Samet

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 alloy including various amounts (0.2 to 1.2 wt pct) of iron were investigated. The alloys were produced by conventional gravity sand casting method. In order to determine the effect of iron addition to A356, optical and scanning electron microscopes (SEM/EDS) were used for microstructural examinations, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was carried out for phase characterization. Tensile tests were also conducted in order to determine effect of the Fe content on mechanical properties. It was found that as the Fe content of A356 was increased, the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) was decreased and the morphology of Al-Si eutectic became finer. From XRD examinations, different iron-based intermetallic compounds (β-Al5FeSi and α-Al8Fe2Si) formations were observed. It was also observed that as iron content increased, α-Al8Fe2Si intermetallic was transformed into β-Al5FeSi intermetallic. The tensile test results revealed that tensile strength and elongation values were reduced by increasing Fe content. It was also determined that β-Al5FeSi intermetallics were more negatively effective on tensile strength than α-Al8Fe2Si intermetallics.

  4. Microstructural and mechanical properties of gravity-die-cast A356 alloy inoculated with yttrium and Al-Ti-B grain refiner simultaneously

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    Y.P. Lim

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, the effect of inoculating yttrium and Al-5Ti-1B simultaneously on A356 aluminum alloy has been studied. Gravity die casting process is used to cast the ASTM tensile test specimens for analysis. In each experiment, the Ti and B contents were maintained constantly at 0.1 and 0.02 wt% respectively. The addition of yttrium was manipulated at the amount of 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 wt%. Microstructural characterization of the as-cast A356 alloy was investigated by means of optical microscope and its phases are detected by XRD. The mechanical properties tested are tensile strength and hardness. The inoculation of yttrium was found to enhance the grain refinement effect of Al-5Ti-1B grain refiner and improve the mechanical properties. The optimal weight percentage of yttrium was found to be 0.3. The grain refining efficiency of combining yttrium and Al-5Ti-1B on A356 aluminum alloy was mainly attributed to the heterogeneous nucleation of TiB2 and TiAl3 particles which were dispersed more evenly in the presence of yttrium and the grain growth restriction effected by the accumulation of Al-Y compound at grain boundaries.

  5. Hot Extrusion of A356 Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite with Carbon Nanotube/Al2O3 Hybrid Reinforcement

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    Kim, H. H.; Babu, J. S. S.; Kang, C. G.

    2014-05-01

    Over the years, the attention of material scientists and engineers has shifted from conventional composite materials to nanocomposite materials for the development of light weight and high-performance devices. Since the discovery of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), many researchers have tried to fabricate metal matrix composites (MMCs) with CNT reinforcements. However, CNTs exhibit low dispersibility in metal melts owing to their poor wettability and large surface-to-volume ratio. The use of an array of short fibers or hybrid reinforcements in a preform could overcome this problem and enhance the dispersion of CNTs in the matrix. In this study, multi-walled CNT/Al2O3 preform-based aluminum hybrid composites were fabricated using the infiltration method. Then, the composites were extruded to evaluate changes in its mechanical properties. In addition, the dispersion of reinforcements was investigated using a hardness test. The required extrusion pressure of hybrid MMCs increased as the Al2O3/CNT fraction increased. The deformation resistance of hybrid material was over two times that of the original A356 aluminum alloy material due to strengthening by the Al2O3/CNTs reinforcements. In addition, an unusual trend was detected; primary transition was induced by the hybrid reinforcements, as can be observed in the pressure-displacement curve. Increasing temperature of the material can help increase formability. In particular, temperatures under 623 K (350 °C) and over-incorporating reinforcements (Al2O3 20 pct, CNTs 3 pct) are not recommended owing to a significant increase in the brittleness of the hybrid material.

  6. Processing and Microstructure Characteristics of As-Cast A356 Alloys Manufactured via Ultrasonic Cavitation during Solidification

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    Xuan, Yang; Jia, Shian; Nastac, Laurentiu

    2017-04-01

    Recent studies have showed that the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 alloy can be significantly improved when ultrasonic cavitation and solidification processing is used. This is because during the fabrication of A356 castings, ultrasonic cavitation processing plays an important role in degassing and refining the as-cast microstructure. In the present study, A356 alloy and Al2O3/SiC nanoparticles are used as the matrix alloy and the reinforcements, respectively. Nanoparticles are injected into the molten alloy and dispersed by ultrasonic cavitation. Ultrasonic cavitation was also applied during solidification of these nanocomposites. The microstructure and nanoparticle distribution of the cast samples have been investigated in detail. The current experimental results indicated that ultrasonic cavitation during solidification will greatly improve the microstructure of the samples. Al2O3 and SiC nanoparticle reinforced nanocomposites have different nanoparticle distributions in the matrix.

  7. Influence of Initial Microstructure on Microstructural Stability and Mechanical Behavior of Cryorolled A356 Alloy Subjected to Annealing

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    Immanuel, R. J.; Panigrahi, S. K.

    2017-08-01

    In the present work, various heat treatment cycles are imposed on an A356 aluminum alloy to develop two different base microstructures, one with supersaturated aluminum matrix and the other with coarse and uniformly distributed precipitates. Both the developed materials are subjected to cryorolling and then isochronally annealed for 1 hour at various temperatures ranging from 373 K to 673 K (100 °C to 400 °C). The overall strength is maximum for the cryorolled material with supersaturated base microstructure due to the dominant dislocation strengthening and precipitation strengthening mechanisms. However, the cryorolled material with precipitated base microstructure is found to have superior microstructural stability with retained ultrafine-grained (UFG) microstructure up to the annealing temperature of 473 K (200 °C) due to effective grain boundary pinning by the precipitates. Also, the material retains about 85 pct of as-cryorolled strength with enhanced ductility even after annealing at 473 K (200 °C). A detailed investigation on the microstructural evolution of the material at various annealing temperatures along with their mechanical behavior is presented in this article.

  8. Effect of TiN-Coated Al Powders on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of A356 Alloy

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    Hu, Jiaoyu; Liu, Jun; Wang, Chunxia; Tang, Xin

    2017-01-01

    The core/shell nano-TiN-coated Al powders (TiN/Al) were prepared and added into A356 alloy by ultrasonic-assisted casting method in this work. The results show that TiN/Al has a better dispersion in A356 matrix and a stronger strengthening effect than TiN without the core/shell structure. With the addition of TiN/Al, most of the coarse primary α-Al dendrites of A356 turn into equiaxial. After T6 heat treatment, it is found that eutectic silicon in A356 with TiN/Al becomes columnar or globular in shape and smaller in size, which causes a greatly enhanced elongation of 11.7%. The results also suggest that the addition of nanoparticles can affect the precipitation behaviors and change the shapes and sizes of the precipitation.

  9. Investigation of the T4 and T6 heat treatment cycles of semi-solid processed aluminium alloy A356

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available and T6 heat treatment cycles of semi- solid processed aluminium alloy A356 H. Möller*,1, G. Govender1 and W.E. Stumpf2 1Materials Science and Manufacturing, CSIR, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa 2Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering... treatments. It is shown that a decrease of the solution treatment time at 540oC from 6 hours to 1 hour does not alter the T4 or T6 tensile properties of the SSM processed A356 alloy. Slightly better impact properties are obtained with the shorter solution...

  10. RHEOCASTING OF A356 ALLOY BY LOW SUPERHEAT POURING WITH A SHEARING FIELD

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    H.M. Guo; X.J. Yang; B. Hu

    2006-01-01

    A novel semi-solid slurry-making process was developed, which was a controlled nucleation and growth technique using a specially designed rotational barrel. Experimental study was undertaken to investigate the effects of pouring temperature and rotation speed of barrel on the microstructure of A356 alloy. Localized rapid cooling, combined with vigorous mixing during the initial stage of solidification enhanced wall nucleation and nuclei survival. High nuclei density combined with a much gradual cooling afterwards led to the formation of the near-ideal semi-solidslurry under a large processing window for the pouring temperature. Primary phase presented in mean equivalent diameter of 50-70μm and shape factor of 0.812-0.847, and featured zero-entrapped eutectic.

  11. Influence of process parameters on microstructure of semisolid A356 alloy slug cast through vertical pipe

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    YANG Xiao-rong; MAO Wei-min; PEI Sheng

    2008-01-01

    Suitable microstructures required for semisolid casting were formed by using a vertical pipe. Different lengths of vertical pipe, slug dimensions and pouring time were used to investigate their influence on the microstructure of A356 alloy. The results indicate that at the same length of the vertical pipe, the morphology of the primary α(Al) gradually deteriorates by the enlargement in the slug size, but the deteriorating speed slows down with increasing pipe length. They also reveal that the increase in the pipe length improves the microstructure, whereas no further improvement appears when the pipe length reaches a certain value. The optimum length of the pipe obtained in the present work is 430 mm. The microstructure of larger slug poured at higher pouring temperature gets worse and it can be improved by moderately elongating pouring time. The relative mechanisms were also discussed.

  12. Semi-solid A356 alloy slurry for rheocasting prepared by a new process

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    Liu Zheng

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available To obtain the semi-solid slurry with uniform and fine structure morphology that satisfies the requirement of rheocasting process, a new process for preparing semi-solid Al alloy slurry was developed, in which local chilling was combined with low superheat pouring and slight electromagnetic stirring (LSPSEMS. The morphology and the size of primary α-Al in the A356 alloy slurry prepared with the new process, i.e., LSPSEMS with local chilling, were investigated using MIAPS image analyzing software, and the grain refinement mechanism was discussed. The results indicate that the semi-solid primary phase consists of particle-like or globular-like α-Al, and the morphology and grain size of primary α-Al in the slurry can be markedly improved by the new process. The fine primary α-Al distributes uniformly in the slurry, which satisfies the requirement of rheocasting. Compared with the alloy prepared by LSPSEMS, the average equal-area-circle grain diameter of primary α-Al in semi-solid A356 alloy ingot prepared by the new process is decreased from 85.6 μm to 68.8 μm at the central area, 112.6 μm to 77.6 μm at the transition area and is 84.7 μm in the edge area, respectively. The corresponding shape factor of primary α-Al is increased from 0.78 to 0.83, 0.54 to 0.77 and 0.28 to 0.59, respectively. In addition, the pouring temperature could be suitably raised from 620-630 ℃ of the traditional process to 650 ℃ using this technique, which is convenient for practical operation. The mechanism of grain refinement, in the new process, is that the local chilling quickens up the temperature decrease in the center of the melt. The nuclei could not grow up in a short time so the finer grains are formed in the melt.

  13. Redistribution Mechanisms and Quantification of Homogeneity in Friction Stir Welding and Processing of an Aluminum Silicon Alloy

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    2012-09-01

    processing on the microstructure of cast A356 aluminum ,” Materials Science and Engineering: A, Vol. 433, pp. 269–78, 2006. [37] Y. Zha and T. Moan...and S. M. Fatemi-Varzaneh, “The effects of thermo-mechanical parameters on the microstructure of thixocast A356 aluminum alloy,” Materials Science and...E. Fine, “The effect of microscopic inclusion locations and silicon segregation on fatigue lifetimes of aluminum alloy A356 castings,” Materials

  14. Influence of temper condition on microstructure and mechanical properties of semisolid metal processed Al–Si–Mg alloy A356

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    Moller, H

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available on microstructure and mechanical properties of semisolid metal processed Al–Si–Mg alloy A356 H. Mo¨ller*1, G. Govender1, W. E. Stumpf2 and R. D. Knutsen3 The microstructures and mechanical properties of strontium modified semisolid metal high pressure die cast...

  15. Investigation on Formation Mechanism of Irregular Shape Porosity in Hypoeutectic Aluminum Alloy by X-Ray Real Time Observation

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    Liao, Hengcheng; Zhao, Lei; Wu, Yuna; Fan, Ran; Wang, Qigui; Pan, Ye

    2012-08-01

    The formation mechanism of irregular shape porosity in hypoeutectic aluminum silicon alloy (A356) was investigated by X-ray real time observation on porosity evolution during solidification and re-melting. Porosity in the hypoeutectic aluminum A356 alloy with high hydrogen content (>0.3 mL/100 g Al) first forms in the liquid as small spherical gas bubbles, then expands along with the pressure drop in the mushy zone due to shrinkage and lack of feeding, and finally deforms into irregular morphology by the impingement of aluminum dendrite network. Degassing is a key to eliminate porosity in aluminum alloy castings.

  16. A Model for Gas Microporosity in Aluminum and Magnesium Alloys

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    Felicelli, Sergio D.; Wang, Liang; Pita, Claudio M.; Escobar de Obaldia, Enrique

    2009-04-01

    A quantitative prediction of the amount of gas microporosity in aluminum and magnesium-alloy castings is performed with a continuum model of dendritic solidification. The distribution of the pore volume fraction and pore size is calculated from a set of conservation equations that solves the transport phenomena during solidification at the macroscale and the hydrogen diffusion into the pores at the microscale. A technique based on a pseudo-alloy solute that is transported by the melt is used to determine the potential sites of pore growth, subject to considerations of mechanical and thermodynamic equilibrium. The modeling results for aluminum alloy A356 are found to agree well with published studies. In view of the limited availability of experimental data for Mg-alloy gravity-poured castings, the formation of porosity in AZ91 is studied qualitatively, assuming that casting conditions are similar to A356. In particular, the minimum initial hydrogen content that leads to the formation of gas porosity was compared for both alloys. It is found that the initial hydrogen content necessary for forming porosity is much higher in AZ91 than in A356. This is attributed to significant differences in the solubility of the hydrogen in both alloys.

  17. Comparison of modification with strontium and the refining with antimony in A 356 aluminium alloys; Comparacao entre a modificacao com estroncio e o refino com antimonio em ligas de aluminio a 356

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    Fuoco, Ricardo; Correa, Edison Roberto; Correa, Alzira V.O.; Bocalini Junior, Mario

    1992-12-31

    Strontium and Antimony treated A356 aluminium alloy samples were metallographically characterized in the as cast and solution and aged conditions. Antimony treated alloy has shown slower spheroidizing kinetics of the Silicon particles during solution treatment, lower porosity level and higher tensile strength and elongation than Strontium treated one. (author) 26 refs., 13 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Computational Investigation of Hardness Evolution During Friction-Stir Welding of AA5083 and AA2139 Aluminum Alloys

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    2011-01-01

    and R.S. Mishra, Effect of Friction Stir 940Processing on the Microstructure of Cast A356 Aluminum , Mater. Sci. 941Eng. A, 2006, 433, p 269–278...REPORT Computational Investigation of Hardness Evolution During Friction-Stir Welding of AA5083 and AA2139 Aluminum Alloys 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY...is combined with the basic physical metallurgy of two wrought aluminum alloys to predict/assess their FSW behaviors. The two alloys selected are AA5083

  19. A novel Al-10Si-2Fe master alloy and its effect on inoculation of eutectic cells in Sr-modified A356 alloy

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    Zhang Yong

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available To investigate the possibility of inoculating eutectic cells, a novel Al-10Si-2Fe master alloy was synthesized and tested in Sr-modified A356 alloy. The new master alloy that consists of メ-Al, Si and モ-Al5FeSi phases was prepared by a casting process, and the silicon phase was found to grow epitaxially from the モ-Al5FeSi particles. The inoculation efficiency of the new master alloy on Sr-modified A356 alloy has been investigated by quenching experiment and thermal analysis. With the addition of the new master alloy, the area density of eutectic cells is effectively increased by 100% and the eutectic growth temperature is increased by 1.5 ìC. Therefore, the new master alloy is deduced to introduce nucleating substrates for eutectic cells and to refine the eutectic cells in Sr-modified A356 alloy. There is no poisonous interaction between the Al-10Si-2Fe master alloy and the Sr in this study. Consequently, the mechanical properties have been improved by the addition of the new master alloy.

  20. Investigation on the modification behavior of A356 alloy inoculated with a Sr-Y composite modifier

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    DONG Yun; ZHENG Runguo; LIN Xiaoping; YE Jie; SUN Ling

    2013-01-01

    In the present paper,differential scanning calorimetry (DSC),scanning electron microscopy (SEM),and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to examine the effects of a Sr-Y composite modifier on the microstructure of A356 alloy.After adding Y to A356,YAl3 compounds formed,and the size of the α (Al) crystal nucleus increased.The degree of supercooling caused by Sr-Y composite modifier was higher than Sr modification by 2.7 ℃,leading to an increased nucleation rate.This increase in supercooling temperature was favorable to the refinement of eutectic structure of the alloy and its eutectic reaction was delayed to the maximum extent.The Si phase in the as-cast Sr-Y composite-modified A356 alloy was either granular or flaky.No large flakes of eutectic Si were found,and the modification effects were completely comparable with those obtained using a lone Sr modifier.After T6 heat treatment,most of the eutectic Si showed a grain-like shape with smaller grains.No eutectic Si with long-strip shapes,significant enhancements in the particle roundness and evenness of the Si crystals,and increased globosity were observed.Both the roundness and evenness of thegrained Si crystals were enhanced,and the amount of globular eutectic Si available increased,these findings showed that excellent modification effects were achieved.

  1. Rapidly solidified aluminum alloy powder

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    Cho, S.S.; Chun, B.S.; Won, C.W.; Lee, B.S.; Kim, H.K.; Ryu, M. [Chungnam National Univ., Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Antolovich, S.D. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States)

    1997-01-01

    Miniaturization and weight reduction are becoming increasingly important in the fabrication of vehicles. In particular, aluminum-silicon alloys are the logical choice for automotive parts such as pistons and cylinders liners because of their excellent wear resistance and low coefficient of thermal expansion. However, it is difficult to produce aluminum-silicon alloys with silicon contents greater than 20 wt% via ingot metallurgy, because strength is drastically reduced by the coarsening of primary silicon particles. This article describes an investigation of rapid solidification powder metallurgy techniques developed in an effort to prevent coarsening of the primary silicon particles in aluminum-silicon alloys.

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

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    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.

  3. Influence of prior natural aging on the subsequent artificial aging response of aluminium alloy A356 with respective globular and dendritic microstructures

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    Moller, H

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Alloy A356 is one of the most popular alloys used for semisolid metal forming. The heat treatment cycles that are currently applied to semisolid processed components are mostly those that are in use for dendritic casting alloys. The assumption has...

  4. Development Program for Natural Aging Aluminum Casting Alloys

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    Dr. Geoffrey K. Sigworth

    2004-05-14

    A number of 7xx aluminum casting alloys are based on the ternary Al-Zn-Mg system. These alloys age naturally to high strength at room temperature. A high temperature solution and aging treatment is not required. Consequently, these alloys have the potential to deliver properties nearly equivalent to conventional A356-T6 (Al-Si-Mg) castings, with a significant cost saving. An energy savings is also possible. In spite of these advantages, the 7xx casting alloys are seldom used, primarily because of their reputation for poor castibility. This paper describes the results obtained in a DOE-funded research study of these alloys, which is part of the DOE-OIT ''Cast Metals Industries of the Future'' Program. Suggestions for possible commercial use are also given.

  5. Modeling dissolution in aluminum alloys

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    Durbin, Tracie Lee

    2005-07-01

    Aluminum and its alloys are used in many aspects of modern life, from soda cans and household foil to the automobiles and aircraft in which we travel. Aluminum alloy systems are characterized by good workability that enables these alloys to be economically rolled, extruded, or forged into useful shapes. Mechanical properties such as strength are altered significantly with cold working, annealing, precipitation-hardening, and/or heat-treatments. Heat-treatable aluminum alloys contain one or more soluble constituents such as copper, lithium, magnesium, silicon and zinc that individually, or with other elements, can form phases that strengthen the alloy. Microstructure development is highly dependent on all of the processing steps the alloy experiences. Ultimately, the macroscopic properties of the alloy depend strongly on the microstructure. Therefore, a quantitative understanding of the microstructural changes that occur during thermal and mechanical processing is fundamental to predicting alloy properties. In particular, the microstructure becomes more homogeneous and secondary phases are dissolved during thermal treatments. Robust physical models for the kinetics of particle dissolution are necessary to predict the most efficient thermal treatment. A general dissolution model for multi-component alloys has been developed using the front-tracking method to study the dissolution of precipitates in an aluminum alloy matrix. This technique is applicable to any alloy system, provided thermodynamic and diffusion data are available. Treatment of the precipitate interface is explored using two techniques: the immersed-boundary method and a new technique, termed here the "sharp-interface" method. The sharp-interface technique is based on a variation of the ghost fluid method and eliminates the need for corrective source terms in the characteristic equations. In addition, the sharp-interface method is shown to predict the dissolution behavior of precipitates in aluminum

  6. Characteristics of mold filling and entrainment of oxide film in low pressure casting of A356 alloy

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    Liu, Shan-Guang; Cao, Fu-Yang; Zhao, Xin-Yi; Jia, Yan-Dong; Ning, Zhi-Liang; Sun, Jian-Fei, E-mail: jfsun_hit@263.net

    2015-02-25

    The effect of pressurizing speed of low pressure casting on mold filling and mechanical properties of A356 alloy was studied. The mold filling behavior was calculated by two phase flow model using VOF (Volume of Fluid) method. In order to evaluate the accuracy of simulated results, the real mold filling process observed by X-ray radiography was compared. The results show that during mold filling the gate velocity first increased dramatically, then kept unchanged under relatively low pressurizing speed, or increased slowly under relatively high pressurizing speed. High gate velocity causes melt falling back under gravity with high speed. The falling velocity and the resultant relative rotating vortex are the main causes of oxide film entrainment in low pressure casting. The mechanical properties of the as-cast A356 alloy were measured by four-point bend test. Weibull probability plots were used to assess the fracture mechanisms under different pressurizing speeds. The results obtained in this paper illuminate on designing suitable pressurizing speed for mold filling in low pressure casting.

  7. Modification Performance of WC Nanoparticles in Aluminum and an Al-Si Casting Alloy

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    Borodianskiy, Konstantin; Zinigrad, Michael

    2016-04-01

    The influence of a modifier based on tungsten carbide (WC) nanoparticles is investigated first using 1 kg of bulk aluminum and then in a real industrial process using a commercial Al-Si casting alloy. The modifier is prepared by two different approaches, and its influence is investigated in pure aluminum and in commercial aluminum alloy A356. Microstructural studies show that the mean grain size in pure aluminum is reduced by 11.5 pct. Such a change usually causes an improvement in the mechanical properties of metals. Accordingly, the mechanical properties of the A356 alloy modified with WC nanoparticles are determined after T6 heat treatment and compared with unmodified specimens of the same alloy. The results obtained in the modified A356 alloy reveal unusual behavior of the mechanical properties, where the elongation of the alloys improved by 32 to 64 pct, while the tensile strength and yield strength remained unchanged. This behavior is attributable to a grain-size strengthening mechanism, where strengthening occurs due to the high concentration of grain boundaries, which act as obstacles to the motion of dislocations in the lattice.

  8. Friction stir surfacing of cast A356 aluminium–silicon alloy with boron carbide and molybdenum disulphide powders

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    R. Srinivasu

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Good castability and high strength properties of Al–Si alloys are useful in defence applications like torpedoes, manufacture of Missile bodies, and parts of automobile such as engine cylinders and pistons. Poor wear resistance of the alloys is major limitation for their use. Friction stir processing (FSP is a recognized surfacing technique as it overcomes the problems of fusion route surface modification methods. Keeping in view of the requirement of improving wear resistance of cast aluminium–silicon alloy, friction stir processing was attempted for surface modification with boron carbide (B4C and molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 powders. Metallography, micro compositional analysis, hardness and pin-on-disc wear testing were used for characterizing the surface composite coating. Microscopic study revealed breaking of coarse silicon needles and uniformly distributed carbides in the A356 alloy matrix after FSP. Improvement and uniformity in hardness was obtained in surface composite layer. Higher wear resistance was achieved in friction stir processed coating with carbide powders. Addition of solid lubricant MoS2 powder was found to improve wear resistance of the base metal significantly.

  9. Aluminum Alloy 7050 Extrusions.

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    1977-03-01

    Artificial Aging Conditions 250 A-l Fatigue Crack Growth Data for C5A Extruded Panel, 7050-T7351X, L-T Orientation, R=0.1 254 A-2 Fatigue...cooldd aluminum and steel bottom blocks (Figure 2) were fabricated for use with this tooling. Metal was melted in a 10,000-lb capacity open- hearth ...time factor, effects of heating through this temperature range to the maximum artificial agirg temperature are additive. The solution of the

  10. A356合金流变压铸成型试验研究%Experimental Studies on Rheocasting Processing of A356 Alloy

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    冯鹏发; 唐靖林; 李双寿; 曾大本

    2007-01-01

    采用自行设计的台阶板流变性能试件和半固态合金压铸模具,对A356合金的制浆-成形分离式流变压铸技术进行了试验研究.结果表明,选用适当的坩埚结构和涂料配方,采用搅拌坩埚直接输送半固态合金浆料,可简便快速地实现合金浆料从制备系统到成形系统的转移,从而实现二者的分离;在优化后的流变压铸工艺(增压压力180MPa,模具温度200~220℃)下,试件的抗拉强度和断后伸长率(Rm=280~310 MPa,A=12%~15%)分别比液态压铸提高11.6%~18.2%和42.5%~50%;在适当的压铸工艺下,流变压铸充型过程平稳,不易发生紊流,试样的内部组织致密,且具有一定的热处理强化潜力.

  11. Morphologies of AlaSr Intermetallic Phase and Its Modification Property upon A356 Alloys

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    Chengwei Liao; Jianchun Chun; Yang Li; Rui Tu; Chunxu Pan

    2012-01-01

    In general, the modification performance of AI-Sr master alloys is primarily dependent upon the morphologies and sizes of the AI4Sr intermetallic phase. In this paper, the crystal structure, morphologies, sizes, hardness and elastic modulus of AI4Sr in AI-Sr master alloys prepared from variant processes were studied by means of optical metallurgical microscope, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and nanoindentation system. The results revealed that the microstructures and modification performance of the AI4Sr phase were related to the preparation processes. That is to say, when a "direct reaction-hot extrusion" process was used, the AI4Sr phase exhibited a homogeneous distribution in the AI matrix with small size and roundish shapes, which ensured the AI-Sr master alloy wire advantages involving high recovery, good reproducibility, no delitescence of modification, no corrosion on equipments, and good workability. However, in the case of the traditional "direct reaction" process, the AI4Sr phase was in large size with shapes of rectangular stripe and plates, which limited the Sr content increasing due to the brittleness of the AI-Sr alloy. It was also found that the morphology and size of the AI4Sr phases changed during heat treatment at high temperature up to 600℃.

  12. Aluminum alloy impact sparkling

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    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.

  13. Microbiologically induced corrosion of aluminum alloys in fuel-oil/aqueous system.

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    Yang, S S; Lin, J Y; Lin, Y T

    1998-09-01

    To investigate the microbiologically induced corrosion of aluminum alloys in fuel-oil/aqueous system, aluminum alloys A356, AA 5052, AA 5083 and AA 6061 were chosen as the test alloys and Cladosporium and several fuel-oil contaminated microbes isolated in Taiwan were used as test organisms. Aluminum alloy AA 5083 in fuel-oil/aqueous system was the most susceptible material for microbial corrosion, then followed by aluminum alloys AA 5052 and A356, and AA 6061 was more resistant to microbial aggression. Mixed culture had high capability of corrosion, then followed by Penicillium sp. AM-F5, Fusarium sp. AM-F1, Pseudomonas aeruginosa AM-B5, Ps. fluorescens AM-B9, C. resinae ATCC 22712, Penicillium sp. AM-F2, Candida sp. AM-Y1 and Ps. aeruginosa AM-B11. From energy dispersive spectrometer analysis, aluminum and magnesium contents decreased in the corrosion area, while chlorine and sulfur contents increased. The major organic acid produced in fuel-oil/aqueous system was acetic acid, and the total organic acids content had a positive correlation with the degree of microbial corrosion.

  14. Process capability improvement through DMAIC for aluminum alloy wheel machining

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    Sharma, G. V. S. S.; Rao, P. Srinivasa; Babu, B. Surendra

    2017-07-01

    This paper first enlists the generic problems of alloy wheel machining and subsequently details on the process improvement of the identified critical-to-quality machining characteristic of A356 aluminum alloy wheel machining process. The causal factors are traced using the Ishikawa diagram and prioritization of corrective actions is done through process failure modes and effects analysis. Process monitoring charts are employed for improving the process capability index of the process, at the industrial benchmark of four sigma level, which is equal to the value of 1.33. The procedure adopted for improving the process capability levels is the define-measure-analyze-improve-control (DMAIC) approach. By following the DMAIC approach, the C p, C pk and C pm showed signs of improvement from an initial value of 0.66, -0.24 and 0.27, to a final value of 4.19, 3.24 and 1.41, respectively.

  15. About Alloying of Aluminum Alloys with Transition Metals

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    Zakharov, V. V.

    2017-05-01

    An attempt is made to advance Elagin's principles of alloying of aluminum alloys with transition metals (TM) such as Mn, Cr, Zr, Ti, V with allowance for the ternary equilibrium and metastable Al - TM - TM phase diagrams. The key moments in the analysis of the phase diagrams are the curves (surfaces) of joint solubility of TM in aluminum, which bound the range of the aluminum solid solution. It is recommended to use combinations of such TM (two and more), the introduction of which into aluminum alloys widens the phase range of the aluminum solid solution.

  16. Kinetics of aluminum lithium alloys

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    Pletcher, Ben A.

    2009-12-01

    Aluminum lithium alloys are increasingly used in aerospace for their high strength-to-weight ratio. Additions of lithium, up to 4.2 wt% decrease the alloy density while increasing the modulus and yield strength. The metastable, second phase Al3Li or delta' is intriguing, as it remains spherical and coherent with the matrix phase, alpha, well into the overaged condition. Small interfacial strain energy allows these precipitates to remain spherical for volume fractions (VV ) of delta' less than 0.3, making this alloy system ideal for investigation of late-stage coarsening phenomena. Experimental characterization of three binary Al-Li alloys are presented as a critical test of diffusion screening theory and multi-particle diffusion simulations. Quantitative transmission electron microscopy is used to image the precipitates directly using the centered dark-field technique. Images are analyzed autonomously within a novel Matlab function that determines the center and size of each precipitate. Particle size distribution, particle growth kinetics, and maximum particle size are used to track the precipitate growth and correlate with the predictions of screening theory and multi-particle diffusion simulations. This project is the first extensive study of Al-Li alloys, in over 25 years, applying modern transmission electron microscopy and image analysis techniques. Previous studies sampled but a single alloy composition, and measured far fewer precipitates. This study investigates 3 alloys with volume fractions of the delta precipitates, VV =0.1-0.27, aged at 225C for 1 to 10 days. More than 1000 precipitates were sampled per aging time, creating more statistically significant data. Experimental results are used to test the predictions based on diffusion screening theory and multi-particle aging simulations. (Full text of this dissertation may be available via the University of Florida Libraries web site. Please check http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/etd.html)

  17. Production of semi-solid feedstock of A356 alloy and A356-5TiB2 in-situ composite by cooling slope casting

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    Kumar, S. Deepak; Acharya, Mihira; Mandal, A.; Chakraborty, M.

    2015-02-01

    Cooling Slope casting process has gained significant importance for manufacturing of semi-solid feedstock Al alloys and composites which find applications in automotive and aerospace industries. The primary objective of this research is to generate the semi-solid feedstock suitable for thixoforming process. The current work discusses the phenomena involved in the evolution of microstructure of the semi-solid feed stock by Cooling Slope casting process and the effect of various parameters. The process parameters like the angle and length of inclined plate affect the size and morphology of α-Al phase. The Cooling slope process resulted in the formation of fine grain size of about 38 μm of α-Al phase, compared to that of 98 μm processed conventionally. Further, the pouring temperature played a crucial role in the generation of semi-solid microstructures in case of both the alloy and composites. Moreover, fine TiB2 particles of size 0.2-0.5 μm are uniformly distributed in the almost spherical α-Al grains and at the grain boundaries in the composite feed stock. Cooling slope casting route is a suitable and economical route for semi-solid slurry generation by effectively varying the process parameters.

  18. Effects of Warm Laser Peening on Thermal Stability and High Temperature Mechanical Properties of A356 Alloy

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    Hansong Chen

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available To study the effects of warm laser peening (WLP on the thermal stability and mechanical properties of A356 alloy, the samples were treated by WLP using a Nd:YAG solid-state laser and temperature control device. The residual stress, micro-hardness and microstructures of samples treated by WLP were observed. The result shows that the temperature significantly affects the strengthening effect of laser peening (LP. The residual stress induced by WLP decreases with the increasing temperature. The micro-hardness and dislocation density increase first, and then decrease with the increases of temperature. The grain refinement degree of the samples treated by WLP is much higher than that of LP. In addition, after aging for 100 min at 220 °C, the samples treated by LP and WLP were comparatively investigated in thermal stability. Obviously, the residual compressive stress, micro-hardness and microstructure induced by WLP present a better thermal stability property than that of LP. The residual stress and micro-hardness of WLP samples are obviously improved, and the increasing degrees are 23.31% and 19.70%, respectively. The dislocation density remains at a high level, while the grains are still in fine crystalline state.

  19. Optical Transmittance of Anodically Oxidized Aluminum Alloy

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    Saito, Mitsunori; Shiga, Yasunori; Miyagi, Mitsunobu; Wada, Kenji; Ono, Sachiko

    1995-06-01

    Optical transmittance and anisotropy of anodic oxide films that were made from pure aluminum and an aluminum alloy (A5052) were studied. The alloy oxide film exhibits an enhanced polarization function, particularly when anodization is carried out at a large current density. It was revealed by chemical analysis that the alloy oxide film contains a larger amount of unoxidized aluminum than the pure-aluminum oxide film. The polarization function can be elucidated by considering unoxidized aluminum particles that are arranged in the columnar structure of the alumina film. Electron microscope observation showed that many holes exist in the alloy oxide film, around which columnar cells are arranged irregularly. Such holes and irregular cell arrangement cause the increase in the amount of unoxidized aluminum, and consequently induces scattering loss.

  20. Centrifugal casting of ZA8 zinc alloy and composite A356/silicon carbide: Study and modeling of phases' and particles' segregation

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    Balout, Bahaa

    Centrifugation is a casting technology that allows the production of cylindrical and graduated parts with different mechanical properties through the section. The need for materials with good quality and specific mechanical properties has been driven this technology in order to produce different types of materials such as zinc alloys and graduated metal matrix composites reinforced by hard and wear resistant particles. The goal of this research project is to study and model the eutectic macrosegregation, the solidification speed, and the speeds of solidification fronts during centrifugal casting of ZA8 zinc-aluminum alloy in order to improve the part quality and increase its strength and field reliability. Moreover, the segregation of the particles during centrifugal casting of an aluminum matrix composite reinforced by silicon carbide particles (A356/SiC) is also studied to improve and control the graduation of the parts. The cooling rate, the speed, acceleration/deceleration, displacement, and segregation of the particles across the section will be modeled by discretization of Stokes' law in time in order to take into consideration the change in the centrifugal radius and melt viscosity during cooling process. This study will allow the control of the graduation degree of particles across the section in order to improve the properties and wear resistance of the composite. This composite can be used in systems where friction is critical and load is high (reinforcements of parts for the cylinders of pneumatic systems). The results show that the maximum macrosegregation zone of the eutectic across the casting section corresponds to the last point of solidification. The eutectic macrosegregation produced during centrifugal casting of thin walled part is a normal segregation which varies depending on the solidification speed and the ratio between the speeds of solidification fronts. On the other hand, it was found that the position and volume fraction of the particles

  1. 采用蛇形通道制备较大容量A356铝合金半固态浆料%Preparation of semisolid A356 alloy slurry with larger capacity cast by serpentine channel

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    杨小容; 毛卫民; 孙斌煜

    2011-01-01

    采用蛇形通道制备较大容量的A356铝合金半固态浆料,对制备的半固态浆料的整体组织和管道冷却能力对组织的影响进行研究.结果表明,采用冷却能力良好的蛇形通道可制备出理想的较大容量半固态A356铝合金浆料.蛇形通道连续通冷却水时,较大容量半固态A356铝合金浆料轴向和径向的组织均由颗粒状的初生相组成,浆料的整体均匀性良好;而未通冷却水的蛇形通道只能在较大容量浆料的心、中部获得颗粒状初生相,靠近浆料的边部区域则主要为树枝状初生相,整个浆料径向的组织不均匀.浇注温度达到680℃,可以解决合金熔体在浇注过程中容易堵塞的问题.%The integral microstructure of semisolid A356 alloy slurry with larger capacity cast by serpentine channel was studied and the influence of cooling ability of serpentine channel on the microstructure was investigated. The results indicate that ideal slurry with larger capacity can be prepared through serpentine channel with good cooling ability. When the serpentine channel was continuously cooled,both the longitudinal and the radial microstructure of the slurry was composed of granular primary phase and the integral microstructure uniformity of the slurry was good. However,uncooled serpentine channel can only produce larger slurry with fine grains in positions adjacent to its centre and with a large number of dendrites in positions close to its edge,thus,the radial microstructure of larger slurry is nonuniform. The pouring temperature is set up to 680 ℃ and the solid shell inside the channel can be avoided at this pouring temperature.

  2. Low-aluminum content iron-aluminum alloys

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    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.

  3. Advanced powder metallurgy aluminum alloys and composites

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    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.

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

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    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.

  5. Comparative Evaluation of Cast Aluminum Alloys for Automotive Cylinder Heads: Part I—Microstructure Evolution

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    Roy, Shibayan; Allard, Lawrence F.; Rodriguez, Andres; Watkins, Thomas R.; Shyam, Amit

    2017-05-01

    The present study stages a comparative evaluation of microstructure and associated mechanical and thermal response for common cast aluminum alloys that are used for manufacturing automotive cylinder heads. The systems considered are Al-Cu (206-T6), Al-Si-Cu (319-T7), and Al-Si (356-T6, A356-T6, and A356 + 0.5Cu-T6). The focus of the present manuscript is on the evaluation of microstructure at various length scales after aging, while the second manuscript will deal with the mechanical and thermal response of these alloys due to short-term (aging) and long-term (pre-conditioning) heat treatments. At the grain-scale, the Al-Cu alloy possessed an equiaxed microstructure as opposed to the dendritic structure for the Al-Si-Cu or Al-Si alloys which is related to the individual solidification conditions for these alloy systems. The composition and morphology of intermetallic precipitates within the grain and at the grain/dendritic boundary are dictated by the alloy chemistry, solidification, and heat treatment conditions. At the nanoscale, these alloys contain various metastable strengthening precipitates (GPI and θ^'' in Al-Cu alloy, θ^' in Al-Si-Cu alloy, and β^' in Al-Si alloys) with varying size, morphology, coherency, and thermal stability.

  6. Manufacturing Methods for Process Effects on Aluminum Casting Allowables

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    1985-03-01

    aluminum alloy A356 ingots were melted in a silicon Scarbide crucible and held at 1350F. Flux was added, and the oxides were Sskim~med off the...1REFERENCES 1. Lemon, R.C., and Hunsicker, H.Y., "New Aluminum Permanent Mold Casting Alloys C355 and A356 ," Aluminum Company of America, May 1956. 2... A356 ," Aluminum Company of America, May 1956. Lipson, S., "Effect of Section Thickness on the Tensile Properties of Thin- Section Aluminum Alloy Sand

  7. Influence of heat treatments for laser welded semi solid metal cast A356 alloy on the fracture mode of tensile specimens

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    Kunene, G

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available . Sample Si Fe Cu Mn Mg Zn Ti Cr Sr Al A356 Literature Spec10 6.5 - 7.5 0.2 max. 0.20 max. 0.10 max. 0.25 - 0.45 0.10 max. 0.20 max. - - 0.30 max Bal. Virgin material 7.33 0.13 0.01 0.01 0... for Laser Welded Semi Solid Metal Cast A356 Alloy on the Fracture Mode of Tensile Specimens G. Kunene1, a, G. Govender1,b, L. Ivanchev1,c, R. Knutsen2,d and H. Burger3,e 1CSIR: Materials Science and Manufacturing, P.O. Box 395, Pretoria, 0001 South...

  8. Standard Specification for Copper-Aluminum-Silicon-Cobalt Alloy, Copper-Nickel-Silicon-Magnesium Alloy, Copper-Nickel-Silicon Alloy, Copper-Nickel-Aluminum-Magnesium Alloy, and Copper-Nickel-Tin Alloy Sheet and Strip

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    Standard Specification for Copper-Aluminum-Silicon-Cobalt Alloy, Copper-Nickel-Silicon-Magnesium Alloy, Copper-Nickel-Silicon Alloy, Copper-Nickel-Aluminum-Magnesium Alloy, and Copper-Nickel-Tin Alloy Sheet and Strip

  9. Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum Alloys

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    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.

  10. Si、Mg含量及合金元素对A356合金力学性能的影响%Effects of Si and Mg Content and Alloying Elements on Mechanical Properties of A356 Alloy

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    汪长勤; 赵玉涛; 张松利; 陈刚; 杨华静

    2010-01-01

    研究了Si、Mg含量及合金元素对A356合金力学性能的影响.结果表明,在A356合金中,Si元素和Mg元素在允许范围内适当增加添加量,能促使更多的Mg_2Si生成,增加了共晶Si数量,合金在铸态和T6态的力学性能都有一定程度提高;在此基础上添加合金元素,初生α-Al能得到更有效细化,共晶硅变质更充分,合金的力学性能有了极大提高.高si、Mg含量的A356合金对细化变质处理更加敏感,T6处理后力学性能达到最佳,抗拉强度和伸长率达到320 MPa和8.0%,分别比低Si、Mg含量合金提高了18.6%和35.6%.

  11. Fast LIBS Identification of Aluminum Alloys

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    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.

  12. NASA-427: A New Aluminum Alloy

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    Nabors, Sammy A.

    2015-01-01

    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center researchers have developed a new, stronger aluminum alloy, ideal for cast aluminum products that have powder or paint-baked thermal coatings. With advanced mechanical properties, the NASA-427 alloy shows greater tensile strength and increased ductility, providing substantial improvement in impact toughness. In addition, this alloy improves the thermal coating process by decreasing the time required for heat treatment. With improvements in both strength and processing time, use of the alloy provides reduced materials and production costs, lower product weight, and better product performance. The superior properties of NASA-427 can benefit many industries, including automotive, where it is particularly well-suited for use in aluminum wheels.

  13. Characteristics of A356/SiC{sub p} and A390/SiC{sub p} composites

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    Goo, Byeong Choon [Korea Railroad Research Institute, Uiwang (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Myung Ho [Inha Univ., Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-07-15

    Aluminum alloy matrix composites reinforced with SiC particles (AMC) are potential materials applicable to weight reduction of friction materials. We developed two AMC: A356/SiC and A390/SiC. 30{mu}m and 60{mu}m SiC particles with volume fraction of 20% were dispersed in the matrix of A356 and A390 alloys. When the temperature of the liquid alloy was higher than that of the melting point, SIC particles floated up to the surface because of the low viscosity, high surface tension and interfacial energy. To mix the ceramic particles, the aluminum alloy was in the mushy state near the solidus temperature, 610 .deg. C for A356 and 645 .deg. C for A390. Metallurgical, mechanical and tribological characteristics of the manufactured composites were evaluated.

  14. Grain Refiner Effect on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of the A356 Automotive Wheels

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    Aguirre-De la Torre, E.; Afeltra, U.; Gómez-Esparza, C. D.; Camarillo-Cisneros, J.; Pérez-Bustamante, R.; Martínez-Sánchez, R.

    2013-12-01

    A356 aluminum alloy automotive wheels, 17 inch in diameter, were produced by low-pressure die casting. Contents of Al-5Ti-B (ATB) master alloy were added from 0 to 0.79 wt.%. Microstructural and mechanical properties were evaluated under industrial casting process conditions. The obtained results from mechanical testing provide evidence that additions of 0.13 and 0.27 wt.% of ATB have an improvement on the mechanical performance of the automotive wheels. This can be compared with the use of a grain refiner's higher concentrations, leading to a significant reduction in the cost-benefit ratio for the manufacturing of A356 automotive wheels.

  15. Subsurface Aluminum Nitride Formation in Iron-Aluminum Alloys

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    Bott, June H.

    Transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) steels containing higher amounts of aluminum than conventional steels are ideal for structural automotive parts due to their mechanical properties. However, the aluminum tends to react with any processing environment at high temperatures and therefore presents significant challenges during manufacturing. One such challenge occurs during secondary cooling, reheating, and hot-rolling and is caused by a reaction with nitrogen-rich atmospheres wherein subsurface aluminum nitride forms in addition to internal and external oxides. The nitrides are detrimental to mechanical properties and cause surface cracks. It is important to understand how these nitrides and oxides form and their consequences for the quality of steel products. This study looks at model iron-aluminum (up to 8 wt.% aluminum) alloys and uses confocal laser scanning microscopy, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry, and transmission electron microscopy to study the effect of various conditions on the growth and development of these precipitates in a subsurface oxygen-depleted region. By using model alloys and controlling the experimental atmosphere, this study is able to understand some of the more fundamental materials science behind aluminum nitride formation in aluminum-rich iron alloys and the relationship between internal nitride and oxide precipitation and external oxide scale morphology and composition. The iron-aluminum alloys were heated in N2 atmospheres containing oxygen impurities. It was found that nitrides formed when bulk aluminum content was below 8 wt.% when oxygen was sufficiently depleted due to the internal oxidation. In the samples containing 1 wt.% aluminum, the depth of the internal oxide and nitride zones were in agreement with a diffusion-based model. Increasing aluminum content to 3 and 5 wt% had the effects of modifying the surface-oxide scale composition and increasing its continuity

  16. Fast LIBS Identification of Aluminum Alloys

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    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.

  17. Simulation of the aluminum alloy A356 solidification cast in cylindrical permanent molds

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    2008-01-01

    A mathematical model based on the control volume method with fixed mesh was selected in order to simulate the solidification of cylindrical castings poured in permanent steel mold. The latent heat was incorporated using the effective specific heat. The application of the model allowed us to obtain the solidification front and the temperature fields at any time from the pouring. The mold was made of the SAE 1010 steel. Two mold temperatures were evaluated: 25°C and 300°C. The mathematical mode...

  18. Numerical simulation on the rheo-diecasting of the semi-solid A356 aluminum alloy

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    Yue-long Bai; Jun Xu; Zhi-feng Zhang; Wei-min Mao; Hong Xu

    2009-01-01

    w when the injection pressure, the piston velocity, and the forming temperature are much higher. Therefore it is necessary to determine the appropriate processing parameters to get a steady flow of the slurry in the cavity.

  19. Composite purification technology and mechanism of recycled aluminum alloys

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    房文斌; 耿耀宏; 安阁英; 叶荣茂

    2002-01-01

    Iron-rich inclusions in aluminum alloys can be effectively removed by composite purification of sedimentation and filtration technology.The results show that the purposed method has no negative effects on aluminum alloys and obviously improve their mechanical properties.

  20. Wear behaviour of A356 aluminium alloy reinforced with micron and nano size SiC particles

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    Camagu, ST

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available in fabrication of MMNCs has been the difficulty to obtain uniform dispersion of nano-sized ceramic particles in liquid metals due to high viscosity, poor wettability in the metal matrix and the increase of specific surface area caused by the reduction... surfaces of the pins were viewed under a Stereo and Scanning Electron Microscopes. 3. Results and discussion 3.1.Mass loss Mass losses recorded on A356 in the F condition as well as 15 % MMHC in the F and T6 conditions are shown in figure 1. Inspection...

  1. Degassing of Aluminum Alloys Using Ultrasonic Vibration

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    Meek, T. T.; Han, Q.; Xu, H.

    2006-06-01

    The research was intended to lead to a better fundamental understanding of the effect of ultrasonic energy on the degassing of liquid metals and to develop practical approaches for the ultrasonic degassing of alloys. The goals of the project described here were to evaluate core principles, establish a quantitative basis for the ultrasonic degassing of aluminum alloy melts, and demonstrate the application of ultrsaonic processing during ingot casting and foundry shape casting.

  2. Aluminum Alloy and Article Cast Therefrom

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    Lee, Jonathan A. (Inventor); Chen, Po-Shou (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A cast article from an aluminum alloy, which has improved mechanical properties at elevated temperatures, has the following composition in weight percent: Silicon 14 - 25.0, Copper 5.5 - 8.0, Iron 0.05 - 1.2, Magnesium 0.5 - 1.5, Nickel 0.05 - 0.9, Manganese 0.05 - 1.0, Titanium 0.05 - 1.2, Zirconium 0.05 - 1.2, Vanadium 0.05 - 1.2, Zinc 0.05 - 0.9, Phosphorus 0.001 - 0.1, and the balance is Aluminum, wherein the silicon-to-magnesium ratio is 10 - 25, and the copper-to-magnesium ratio is 4 - 15. The aluminum alloy contains a simultaneous dispersion of three types of Al3X compound particles (X=Ti, V, Zr) having a LI2, crystal structure, and their lattice parameters are coherent to the aluminum matrix lattice. A process for producing this cast article is also disclosed, as well as a metal matrix composite, which includes the aluminum alloy serving as a matrix and containing up to about 60% by volume of a secondary filler material.

  3. Preparation of titanium/aluminum alloys

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    Jecker, G.

    1984-03-20

    Alloys comprising titanium and aluminum, or titanium, aluminum and at least one of the metals M, wherein M is vanadium, zirconium, chromium, niobium, tantalum and/or iron, are facilely prepared by reducing an alkali metal fluotitanate, or coreducing admixture of an alkali metal fluotitanate and at least one halide of a metal M, with aluminum, in the presence of an alkali metal oxide reactive flux, either Na/sub 2/O and/or K/sub 2/O; next solubilizing with water the fluorine compounds of reduction/coreduction which are in admixture of reduction/coreduction with dispersion of the aforesaid metals in metallic state; separating said dispersion of metals in metallic state from said admixture of reduction/coreduction; and then alloying by melting and cooling said separated dispersion of metals in metallic state.

  4. Numerical Modeling of the Dispersion of Ceramic Nanoparticles during Ultrasonic Processing of A356-based Nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Daojie; Nastac, Laurentiu

    The metal-matrix-nano-composite in this study consist of a A356 alloy matrix reinforced with 1.0 wt.% SiC-nanoparticles dispersed within the matrix via ultrasonic cavitation system, available in the Solidification Laboratory at The University of Alabama. The required ultrasonic parameters to achieve cavitation for adequate degassing and refining of the A356 alloy as well as the fluid flow and solidification characteristics for uniform dispersion of the nanoparticles into the aluminum alloy matrix are being investigated via CFD ultrasonic cavitation modeling. The multiphase CFD model for nanoparticle dispersion accounts for turbulent fluid flow, heat transfer and solidification as well as the complex interaction between the molten alloy and nanoparticles by using the Ansys's Fluent DDPM model. The modeling parametric study includes the effects of ultrasonic probe location, the fluid flow intensity, and the initial location where the nanoparticles are released into the molten alloy.

  5. Casting Characteristics of Aluminum Die Casting Alloys

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    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.

  6. Friction stir surfacing of cast A356 aluminium–silicon alloy with boron carbide and molybdenum disulphide powders

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    R. Srinivasu; A.Sambasiva Rao; Madhusudhan Reddy, G.; Srinivasa Rao, K.

    2015-01-01

    Good castability and high strength properties of Al–Si alloys are useful in defence applications like torpedoes, manufacture of Missile bodies, and parts of automobile such as engine cylinders and pistons. Poor wear resistance of the alloys is major limitation for their use. Friction stir processing (FSP) is a recognized surfacing technique as it overcomes the problems of fusion route surface modification methods. Keeping in view of the requirement of improving wear resistance of cast alumini...

  7. 含C细化剂和含Sr变质剂对A356铝合金组织的影响%Effects of refiner contained C and modifier contained Sr on structures of A356 alloy

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    王军; 赵红亮; 宋勇; 张立超; 卢广玺

    2009-01-01

    A356铝合金中分别加入自制的Al-5Ti-0.5C、Al-10Sr和Al-5Ti-0.5C-8Sr三种中间合金,利用SEM以及EDS等手段研究了其对A356铝合金组织的影响.结果表明,添加w(Al-5Ti-0.5C)=0.5%的A356铝合金的晶粒尺寸由1 720 μm减小到530 μm左右,但针片状共晶硅形貌基本没变化;添加w(Al-10Sr):0.4%的A356铝合金的晶粒尺寸减少至1 550 μm,共晶硅由原来的针片状变成了细小的纤维状或颗粒状;当添加w(Al-5Ti.0.5C-8Sr)0.5%后,A356铝合金的晶粒尺寸减小至210 μm,对共晶硅的变质效果与Al-10Sr的相当,Al-5Ti-0.5G-8Sr具有双重的细化和变质效果,没有出现Ti与Sr中毒现象.

  8. Ultrasonic processing of aluminum alloys

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    Zhang, L.

    2013-01-01

    The research in ultrasonic processing for metallurgical application shows a promising influence on improving casting properties of aluminium alloys. The principle of ultrasonic processing is introduction of acoustic waves with a frequency higher than 17 kHz into liquid metal. Several promising

  9. A Combined Numerical-Experimental Approach to Quantify the Thermal Contraction of A356 During Solidification

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    Macht, J. P.; Maijer, D. M.; Phillion, A. B.

    2017-07-01

    A process for generating thermal contraction coefficients for use in the solidification modeling of aluminum castings is presented. Sequentially coupled thermal-stress modeling is used in conjunction with experimentation to empirically generate the thermal contraction coefficients for a strontium-modified A356 alloy. The impact of cooling curve analysis on the modeling procedure is studied. Model results are in good agreement with experimental findings, indicating a sound methodology for quantifying the thermal contraction. The technique can be applied to other commercially relevant aluminum alloys, increasing the utility of solidification modeling in the casting industry.

  10. Etching Behavior of Aluminum Alloy Extrusions

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    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.

  11. Preparation of semi-solid aluminum alloy slurry poured through a water-cooled serpentine channel

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    Chen, Zheng-Zhou; Mao, Wei-Min; Wu, Zong-Chuang

    2012-01-01

    A water-cooled serpentine channel pouring process was invented to produce semi-solid A356 aluminum alloy slurry for rheocasting, and the effects of pouring temperature and circulating cooling water flux on the microstructure of the slurry were investigated. The results show that at the pouring temperature of 640-680°C and the circulating cooling water flux of 0.9 m3/h, the semi-solid A356 aluminum alloy slurry with spherical primary α(Al) grains can be obtained, whose shape factors are between 0.78 and 0.86 and the grain diameter can reach 48-68 μm. When the pouring temperatures are at 660-680°C, only a very thin solidified shell remains inside the serpentine channel and can be removed easily. When the serpentine channel is cooled with circulating water, the microstructure of the semi-solid slurry can be improved, and the serpentine channel is quickly cooled to room temperature after the completion of one pouring. In terms of the productivity of the special equipment, the water-cooled serpentine channel is economical and efficient.

  12. Multilayer Clad Plate of Stainless Steel/Aluminum/Aluminum Alloy

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    YUAN Jiawei; PANG Yuhua; LI Ting

    2011-01-01

    The 3, 5, 20 layer clad plate from austenitic stainless steel, pure aluminum and aluminum alloy sheets were fabricated in different ways. The stretch and interface properties were measured. The result shows that 20 layer clad plate is better than the others. Well-bonded clad plate was successfully obtained in the following procedure: Basic clad sheet from 18 layer A11060/A13003sheets was firstly obtained with an initial rolling reduction of 44% at 450 ℃, followed by annealing at 300 ℃, and then with reduction of 50% at 550 ℃ from STS304 on each side. The best 20 layer clad plate was of 129 MPa bonding strength and 225 MPa stretch strength.

  13. Aluminum alloy nanosecond vs femtosecond laser marking

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    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.

  14. High temperature oxidation of aluminum brazing alloys. [3003 and 6063 aluminum alloys

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    Field, D.J. (Banbury Laboratories, Banbury (England))

    The oxide film which develops on aluminum and its alloys provides a tough tenacious barrier which must be disrupted in order to promote filler metal flow and wetting during any brazing operation. When considering the mechanisms of current brazing processes (both flux based and flux free), it is necessary to understand the changes which can occur in oxide films through the braze cycle. This study seeks to characterize thee crystallography, morphology, composition and growth kinetics of oxide films developed on aluminum brazing alloys over the temperature range 400 to 600 C using a combination of electron, optical (in-situ HVEM), and thermogravimetric techniques. Results show that crystalline oxide formation occurs at 550 C on alloys such as 3003 and 6063, compared with 475 C for pure aluminum, and this corresponds with increased oxidation weight gains and sigmoidal oxidation kinetics.

  15. China’s Aluminum Alloy Cable Market has Taken Shape

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    2014-01-01

    <正>Aluminum alloy cable is a mature product and technology that has been used for nearly fifty years in the U.S.Through six years’promotion,it has been widely recognized and accepted in the China market since 2013,which laid the foundation for the development of the aluminum alloy cable market.Aluminum alloy cable is widely applied in the fields of civil construction and industrial and mining enterprises,especially in real estate,steel and metallurgy.

  16. The Technological Improvements of Aluminum Alloy Coloring by Electrolysis

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    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.

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

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    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.

  18. Influences of Nickel and Vanadium Impurities on Microstructure of Aluminum Alloys

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    Zhu, Suming; Yao, Ji-Yong; Sweet, Lisa; Easton, Mark; Taylor, John; Robinson, Paul; Parson, Nick

    2013-05-01

    In recent years, the deterioration in the available coke quality for anode production has led to increased levels of metal impurities such as nickel and vanadium in primary aluminum. There is growing concern from the industry with regard to the impact of increased Ni and V levels on the downstream properties of Al alloy products. This article presents a detailed investigation of the influences of Ni and V impurities on microstructure of three common Al alloys, i.e., AA6063, AA3102, and A356, in both as-cast and heat-treated conditions. The characterization techniques employed include scanning electron microscopy, electron backscattered diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. It is shown that the phase constituents of AA6063 are not altered by Ni additions up to 0.05% or V additions up to 0.04%. Whereas there is no change in phase constituents with increasing Ni up to 0.015% for AA3102, the addition of 0.05% Ni seems to have significant influence on the microstructure. For A356, Ni additions up to 0.02% do not seem to have significant influence on the microstructure, but a new phase with significantly high Ni content is formed when the Ni impurity level is increased to 0.05%. The deep insight obtained in this work should be helpful to understand the influences of Ni and V impurities on properties of Al alloys.

  19. Technique of Aluminum Alloy Composite by Inversion Casting

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    2002-01-01

    The influence of the temperature of liquid aluminum alloy, the dipping time in liquid alloy and the thickness of base strips on the solidified layer was studied during the process of producing aluminum alloy composite strips used in automobile radiator with inversion casting. It is concluded that there is welding as well as diffusion of alloying elements between the base strip and the coating. Experiments proved that the interface has a good bonding.

  20. Microstructures and properties of aluminum die casting alloys

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    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.

  1. Welding of Aluminum Alloys to Steels: An Overview

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    2013-08-01

    alloy /Ag interlayer/steel non-centered electron beam welded joints, Transaction of non- Ferrous Metals Society of China 21 (2011) 2592-2596. [53] K.-J...UNCLASSIFIED: Distribution Statement A. Approved for public release. 1 UNCLASSIFIED Welding of aluminum alloys to steels: an overview M. Mazar...different materials, iron-based alloys and aluminum-based alloys are among the most significant materials that are finding applications on the various

  2. Dry Sliding Wear Behavior of A356 Alloy/Mg2Sip Functionally Graded in-situ Composites: Effect of Processing Conditions

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    S.C. Ram

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In present study, the effect of dry sliding wear conditions of A356 alloy/Mg2Sip functionally graded in-situ composites developed by centrifugal casting method has been studied. A pure commercial A356 alloy (Al–7.5Si–0.3Mg was selected to be the matrix of the composites and primary Mg2Sip reinforcing particles were formed by in-situ chemical reaction with an average grain size of 40-47.8 µm. The Al–(Mg2Sip functionally graded metal matrix composites (FGMMC’s were synthesized by centrifugal casting technique with radial geometry, using two different mould rotating speeds ( 1200 and 1600 rpm. The X-ray diffraction (XRD characterization technique was carried out to confirm the in-situ formed Mg2Si particles in composites. Optical microscopy examination was carried out to reveals the grain refinement of Al-rich grains due to in-situ formed Mg2Si particles. Scanning electron microscope (SEM and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS techniques were carried out to reveal the distribution of phases, morphological characteristics and confirmation of primary Mg2Si particles in the matrix. The sliding wear behavior was studied using a Pin-on-Disc set-up machine with sliding wear parameters: effect of loads (N, effect of sliding distances (m and effect of Mg on wear at room temperature with a high-carbon chromium steel disc (HRC-64 as counter surfaces. A good correlation was evidenced between the dry sliding behaviour of functionally graded in-situ composites and the distribution of Mg2Si reinforcing particles. Beside the above processing conditions, the dominant wear mechanisms of functionally graded in-situ composites have been correlated with the microstructures. The hardness and wear resistance properties of these composites increase with increasing volume percent of reinforced primary Si/Mg2Si particles toward inner zone of cast cylindrical shapes. The objective of this works was to study the tribological characteristics under dry sliding

  3. Grain Nucleation Parameters for Aluminum Alloys: Experimental Determination and Model Validation

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    Ahmadein, M.; Pustal, B.; Berger, R.; Subašić, E.; Bührig-Polaczek, A.

    2009-03-01

    A statistical grain nucleation model was implemented as a part of a multiphase flow and solidification simulation code for metallic alloys. Three characteristic parameters control the solution accuracy of the nucleation model: the total grain density, the mean undercooling, and the standard deviation of the undercooling. These parameters were obtained experimentally for grain-refined (GR) A356, GR AlCu4, and unrefined (UR) AlCu4 aluminum alloys. An apparatus was constructed and equipped with a cooling system to provide different cooling rates throughout the cast sample. The local grain density related to each cooling rate and undercooling was determined. The model parameters were obtained via statistical tools and were used to perform a simulation for the solidification of the cast sample. Calculated results were compared to experimental results, and the model exhibited good agreement with the experiments.

  4. Study of the Tensile Damage of High-Strength Aluminum Alloy by Acoustic Emission

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    Chang Sun

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The key material of high-speed train gearbox shells is high-strength aluminum alloy. Material damage is inevitable in the process of servicing. It is of great importance to study material damage for in-service gearboxes of high-speed train. Structural health monitoring methods have been widely used to study material damage in recent years. This study focuses on the application of an acoustic emission (AE method to quantify tensile damage evolution of high-strength aluminum alloy. First, a characteristic parameter was developed to connect AE signals with tensile damage. Second, a tensile damage quantification model was presented based on the relationship between AE counts and tensile behavior to study elastic deformation of tensile damage. Then tensile tests with AE monitoring were employed to collect AE signals and tensile damage data of nine samples. The experimental data were used to quantify tensile damage of high-strength aluminum alloy A356 to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  5. Comparison of the heat treatment response of SSM-HPDC 6082 and 6004 wrought alloys with A356 and F357 casting alloys

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    Müller, H

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available alloys compared with the Al-Mg-Si wrought alloys has recently been highlighted [2]. In Al-Si-Mg alloys in general, the decomposition of the supersaturated solid solution (SSS) is believed to occur as follows [3]: SSS ? (Mg + Si)clusters / GP...

  6. Modeling of Alternative Compositions of Recycled Wrought Aluminum Alloys

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    Kevorkijan, Varužan

    2013-08-01

    Nowadays, a significant part of postconsumed wrought aluminum scrap is still used for the production of comparatively cheaper cast alloys, in that way losing an important part of the potential added value. The share of postconsumed scrap in wrought aluminum alloys could be increased either by sorting to fractions with the required chemical composition and/or by broadening the standard compositional tolerance limits of alloying elements. The first solution requires hand or automatic sorting of postconsumed scrap as alloys or groups of alloys to the degree of separation sufficient to enable the blending of standard compositions of wrought alloys; the second solution is much more radical, predicting changes in the existing standards for wrought aluminum alloys toward nonstandard alloys but yet having properties acceptable for customers. In this case, the degree of separation of incoming postconsumed scrap required is much less demanding. The model presented in this work enables the design of optimal (standard and nonstandard recycling-friendly) compositions and properties of wrought aluminum alloys with significantly increased amounts of postconsumed scrap. The following two routes were modeled in detail: (I) the blending of standard and nonstandard compositions of wrought aluminum alloys starting from postconsumed aluminum scrap sorted to various degrees simulated by the model and (II) changing the initial standard composition of wrought aluminum alloys to nonstandard "recycling-friendly" ones, with broader concentration tolerance limits of alloying elements and without influencing the selected alloy properties, specified in advance. The applied algorithms were found to be very useful in the industrial design of both procedures: (I) the computation of the required chemical composition of the scrap streams obtained by sorting (or, in other words, the postconsumed scrap sorting level), necessary for achieving the standard wrought alloy composition and (II) the

  7. Comparative Evaluation of Cast Aluminum Alloys for Automotive Cylinder Heads: Part II—Mechanical and Thermal Properties

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    Roy, Shibayan; Allard, Lawrence F.; Rodriguez, Andres; Porter, Wallace D.; Shyam, Amit

    2017-05-01

    The first part of this study documented the as-aged microstructure of five cast aluminum alloys namely, 206, 319, 356, A356, and A356+0.5Cu, that are used for manufacturing automotive cylinder heads (Roy et al. in Metall Mater Trans A, 2016). In the present part, we report the mechanical response of these alloys after they have been subjected to various levels of thermal exposure. In addition, the thermophysical properties of these alloys are also reported over a wide temperature range. The hardness variation due to extended thermal exposure is related to the evolution of the nano-scale strengthening precipitates for different alloy systems (Al-Cu, Al-Si-Cu, and Al-Si). The effect of strengthening precipitates (size and number density) on the mechanical response is most obvious in the as-aged condition, which is quantitatively demonstrated by implementing a strength model. Significant coarsening of precipitates from long-term heat treatment removes the strengthening efficiency of the nano-scale precipitates for all these alloys systems. Thermal conductivity of the alloys evolve in an inverse manner with precipitate coarsening compared to the strength, and the implications of the same for the durability of cylinder heads are noted.

  8. Microstructural characterization and artificial aging of compo-casted hybrid A356/SiC{sub p}/Gr{sub p} composites with graphite macroparticles

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    Bobić, Ilija, E-mail: ilijab@vinca.rs [“Vinča” Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, Mike Petrovića Alasa 12-14, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Ružić, Jovana, E-mail: jruzic@vinca.rs [“Vinča” Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, Mike Petrovića Alasa 12-14, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Bobić, Biljana, E-mail: biljanabobic@gmail.com [Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Njegoševa 12, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Babić, Miroslav, E-mail: babic@kg.ac.rs [Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac, Sestre Janjic 6, 34000 Kragujevac (Serbia); Vencl, Aleksandar, E-mail: avencl@mas.bg.ac.rs [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Kraljice Marije 16, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Mitrović, Slobodan, E-mail: boban@kg.ac.rs [Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac, Sestre Janjic 6, 34000 Kragujevac (Serbia)

    2014-08-26

    Hybrid A356/SiC{sub p}/Gr{sub p} composites were produced via compo-casting using the A356 aluminum alloy as the composite matrix, with silicon carbide microparticles (SiC{sub p}) and graphite macroparticles (Gr{sub p}) as reinforcements. The effect of the thixocasting process on the microstructure of a modified A356 alloy (with 0.03 mass% of strontium) was considered. The microstructures of the thixocast A356 alloy and the synthesized composite materials were examined by means of optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The fracture surfaces of the composite matrix and the composites were also analyzed. The thixocast A356 alloy and the composites were subjected to artificial aging after a solution heat treatment. Aging kinetics was followed by hardness measurements. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was applied to reveal the presence of phases formed during artificial aging. The composites reached maximum hardness faster than the thixocast A356 alloy. The time required to attain peak hardness decreases with the increase in the content of particulate reinforcements.

  9. Precipitate-Accommodated Plasma Nitriding for Aluminum Alloys

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    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.

  10. The Elastic Constants for Wrought Aluminum Alloys

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    Templin, R L; Hartmann, E C

    1945-01-01

    There are several constants which have been devised as numerical representations of the behavior of metals under the action of loadings which stress the metal within the range of elastic action. Some of these constants, such as Young's modulus of elasticity in tension and compression, shearing modulus of elasticity, and Poisson's ratio, are regularly used in engineering calculations. Precise tests and experience indicate that these elastic constants are practically unaffected by many of the factors which influence the other mechanical properties of materials and that a few careful determinations under properly controlled conditions are more useful and reliable than many determinations made under less favorable conditions. It is the purpose of this paper to outline the methods employed by the Aluminum Research Laboratories for the determination of some of these elastic constants, to list the values that have been determined for some of the wrought aluminum alloys, and to indicate the variations in the values that may be expected for some of the commercial products of these alloys.

  11. 搅拌摩擦焊工艺参数对铸态A356铝合金抗拉强度的影响%Effect of process parameters on tensile strength of friction stir welded cast A356 aluminium alloy joints

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    M.JAYARAMAN; V.BALASUBRAMANIAN

    2013-01-01

    A356是一种高强度铝硅铸造态合金,广泛用于食品、化工、船舶、电器和汽车行业.熔焊这种铸造合金时存在许多问题,如孔隙、微裂隙、热裂等.然而,用搅拌摩擦焊(FSW)来焊接这种铸造态合金可以避免上述缺陷发生.研究了搅拌摩擦焊工艺参数对铸造态A356铝合金抗拉强度的影响;对旋转速度、焊接速度和轴向力等工艺参数进行优化;从宏观和微观组织分析角度对焊接区的质量进行分析;对焊接接头的抗拉强度进行了测定,并对抗拉强度与焊缝区硬度和显微组织的相关性进行了研究.在旋转速度1000 r/min、焊接速度75 mm/min和轴向力5kN的条件下得到的焊接接头具有最高的抗拉强度.%A356 is a high strength aluminium-silicon cast alloy used in food,chemical,marine,electrical and automotive industries.Fusion welding of this cast alloy will lead to many problems such as porosity,micro-fissuring,and hot cracking.However,friction stir welding (FSW) can be used to weld this cast alloy without above mentioned defects.An attempt was made to study the effect of FSW process parameters on the tensile strength of cast A356 aluminium alloy.Joints were made using different combinations of tool rotation speed,welding speed and axial force.The quality of weld zone was analyzed by macrostructure and microstructure analyses.Tensile strengths of the joints were evaluated and correlated with the weld zone hardness and microstructure.The joint fabricated using a rotational speed of 1000 r/min,a welding speed of 75 mm/min and an axial force of 5 kN showed a higher tensile strength compared to the other joints.

  12. Effect of mass fraction of mischmetal addition on microstructures of A356 alloy%混合稀土含量对A356铝合金组织结构的影响

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    唐小龙; 彭继华; 黄芳亮; 许德英; 杜日升

    2010-01-01

    采用金相显微镜、SEM、EDS和差示扫描量热法(DSC)等手段研究混合稀土(RE)合金添加量对Ti-B-Sr联合细化变质的A356 铝合金显微组织结构的影响.结果表明:当稀土添加量为0.1%~0.3%(质量分数)时,随着稀土含量的增加,初晶晶胞尺寸、硅相尺寸、二次枝晶臂间距减小,硅相圆整度提高(长径比降低);当稀土添加量为0.3%时,初始α(Al)相的平均枝晶胞尺寸为76 (m,二次枝晶间距为11.3 (m,Si相长径比为2.13;加入0.1%~0.3%的稀土降低了合金的共晶点温度和初晶((Al)的形核温度,并减小组织熔化过程中共晶反应的放热量.

  13. Effect of iron-intermetallics and porosity on tensile and impact properties of aluminum-silicon-copper and aluminum-silicon-magnesium cast alloys

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    Ma, Zheyuan

    Aluminum-silicon (Al-Si) alloys are an important class of materials that constitute the majority of aluminum cast parts produced, due to their superior properties and excellent casting characteristics. Within this family of alloys, Al-Si-Cu and Al-Si-Mg cast alloys are frequently employed in automotive applications. The commercially popular 319 and 356 alloys, representing these two alloy systems, were selected for study in the present work, with the aim of investigating the effect of iron intermetallics and porosity on the alloy performance. This was carried out through a study of the tensile and impact properties, these being two of the important mechanical properties used in design calculations. Iron, through the precipitation of second phase intermetallic constituents, in particular the platelike beta-Al5FeSi phase, is harmful to the alloy properties. Likewise, gas- or shrinkage porosity in castings is also detrimental to the mechanical properties. By determining the optimum alloying, melt processing and solidification parameters (viz., Fe content, Sr modification and cooling rate) required to minimize the harmful effects of porosity and iron intermetallics, and studying their role on the fracture behavior, the fracture mechanism in the alloys could be determined. Castings were prepared from both industrial and experimental 319.2, B319.2 and A356.2 alloy melts, containing Fe levels of 0.2--1.0 wt%. Sr-modified (˜200 ppm) melts were also prepared for each alloy Fe level. The end-chilled refractory mold used provided directional solidification and a range of cooling rates (or dendrite arm spacings, DAS) within the same casting. Tensile and impact test samples machined from specimen blanks sectioned from the castings at various heights above the chill end provided DASs of 23--85mum. All samples were T6-heat-treated before testing. Tests were carried out employing Instron Universal and Instrumented Charpy testing machines. Optical microscopy, image analysis, SEM

  14. Localized corrosion of aluminum alloys for OTEC heat exchangers

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    Dexter, S C

    1979-01-01

    The effects of dissolved oxygen, pH and temperature on the rate of initiation and growth of pitting and crevice corrosion of aluminum alloy 5052 and pure aluminum have been determined. Variations in pH and temperature rather than dissolved oxygen are shown to account for increased corrosion rates of 5000 series aluminum alloys that have been reported for deep ocean exposures. The impact of these results on the use of aluminum for OTEC heat exchanger tubing and on possible approaches to corrosion control are discussed.

  15. The effects of mischmetal, cooling rate and heat treatment on the eutectic Si particle characteristics of A319.1, A356.2 and A413.1 Al-Si casting alloys

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    Sebaie, O. El; Samuel, A.M. [Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, Quebec, G7H 2B1 (Canada); Samuel, F.H. [Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, Quebec, G7H 2B1 (Canada)], E-mail: fhsamuel@uqac.ca; Doty, H.W. [GM Powertrain Group, Metal Casting Technology, Inc., Milford, NH 03055 (United States)

    2008-05-15

    The effects of mischmetal, cooling rate and heat treatment on the eutectic Si particle characteristics of A319.1, A356.2 and A413.1 Al-Si casting alloys were investigated and recorded for this study. Mischmetal was added to the alloys in the form of Al-20% mischmetal master alloy to produce four levels of mischmetal addition (0, 2, 4 and 6 wt%). The alloys were also modified with strontium ({approx}250 ppm) to study the combined modification effect of Sr and mischmetal at both high and low cooling rates corresponding to dendrite arm spacings of {approx}40 and 120 {mu}m, respectively. The alloys were subjected to solution heat treatment (495 deg. C/8 h for A319.1 and A413.1 alloys, and 540 deg. C/8 h for A356.2 alloy) to investigate its effect on the eutectic Si particle morphology. An optical microscope-image analyzer system was used to measure the characteristics of eutectic Si particles such as area, length, roundness ratio and aspect ratio, in order to monitor the modifying effect of mischmetal, as well as the combined modification effect of mischmetal and Sr. For each alloy sample examined, the Si particle characteristics were measured over an area of 50 fields and the average particle characteristics were thus determined. The eutectic Si particle measurements revealed that partial modification was obtained with the addition of mischmetal while full modification was achieved with the addition of Sr in the as-cast condition, at both high and low cooling rates. The interaction between Sr and mischmetal was observed to weaken the effectiveness of Sr as a Si particle-modifying agent. This effect was particularly evident at the low cooling rate. During solution heat treatment, the eutectic Si particles in the non-modified alloys underwent rapid coarsening, otherwise known as Ostwald ripening, whereas those in the Sr-modified alloys exhibited a high spheroidization rate. The coarsening was evidenced by an increase in the thickness of the Si particles, clearly

  16. Abnormal Grain Growth Suppression in Aluminum Alloys

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    Hales, Stephen J. (Inventor); Claytor, Harold Dale (Inventor); Alexa, Joel A. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    The present invention provides a process for suppressing abnormal grain growth in friction stir welded aluminum alloys by inserting an intermediate annealing treatment ("IAT") after the welding step on the article. The IAT may be followed by a solution heat treatment (SHT) on the article under effectively high solution heat treatment conditions. In at least some embodiments, a deformation step is conducted on the article under effective spin-forming deformation conditions or under effective superplastic deformation conditions. The invention further provides a welded article having suppressed abnormal grain growth, prepared by the process above. Preferably the article is characterized with greater than about 90% reduction in area fraction abnormal grain growth in any friction-stir-welded nugget.

  17. Manufacturing Methods for High Speed Machining of Aluminum

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    1978-02-01

    by Aluminum 105 Effect of Feed Rate on Tool Life for Al-6061-TS . 122 106 Effect of Feed Rate on Tool Life for A1- A356 -T6 . . . 123 107 Effect of...Effect of Depths of Cut on Spindle Horsepower for Al- A356 -T6 Aluminum . . . . ........ . 145 127 Effect of Aluminm Alloy on Spindle Hornepower . . . 146...results obtained from end milling, drilling and turning tests on 7075-T631, 6061-TG51 and A356 -TG aluminum axe presented. This type of information should

  18. Gas-tungsten arc welding of aluminum alloys

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    Frye, Lowell D.

    1984-01-01

    A gas-tungsten arc welding method for joining together structures formed of aluminum alloy with these structures disposed contiguously to a heat-damagable substrate of a metal dissimilar to the aluminum alloy. The method of the present invention is practiced by diamond machining the fay surfaces of the aluminum alloy structures to provide a mirror finish thereon having a surface roughness in the order of about one microinch. The fay surfaces are aligned and heated sufficiently by the tungsten electrode to fuse the aluminum alloy contiguous to the fay surfaces to effect the weld joint. The heat input used to provide an oxide-free weld is significantly less than that required if the fay surfaces were prepared by using conventional chemical and mechanical practices.

  19. Friction Stir-Welded Dissimilar Aluminum Alloys: Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, and Physical State

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    Ghosh, M.; Husain, Md. M.; Kumar, K.; Kailas, S. V.

    2013-12-01

    A356 and 6061 aluminum alloys were joined by friction stir welding at constant tool rotational rate with different tool-traversing speeds. Thermomechanical data of welding showed that increment in tool speed reduced the pseudo heat index and temperature at weld nugget (WN). On the other hand, volume of material within extrusion zone, strain rate, and Zenner Hollomon parameter were reduced with decrease in tool speed. Optical microstructure of WN exhibited nearly uniform dispersion of Si-rich particles, fine grain size of 6061 Al alloy, and disappearance of second phase within 6061 Al alloy. With enhancement in welding speed, matrix grain size became finer, yet size of Si-rich particles did not reduce incessantly. Size of Si-rich particles was governed by interaction time between tool and substrate. Mechanical property of WN was evaluated. It has been found that the maximum joint efficiency of 116% with respect to that of 6061 alloy was obtained at an intermediate tool-traversing speed, where matrix grain size was significantly fine and those of Si-rich particles were substantially small.

  20. INSULATING CERAMIC INSERTS FOR CASTING PRODUCTS FROM ALUMINUM ALLOYS

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    2015-01-01

    The paper analyses production of reusable ceramic insulating inserts applied in permanent mold casting of aluminum alloys. It presents results of manufacturing of ceramic products from synthesized materials based on wollastonite, secondary grog, aluminum slag, etc. The paper demonstrates prospects of their applying.

  1. INSULATING CERAMIC INSERTS FOR CASTING PRODUCTS FROM ALUMINUM ALLOYS

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    A. T. Volochko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper analyses production of reusable ceramic insulating inserts applied in permanent mold casting of aluminum alloys. It presents results of manufacturing of ceramic products from synthesized materials based on wollastonite, secondary grog, aluminum slag, etc. The paper demonstrates prospects of their applying.

  2. An improved stress corrosion test medium for aluminum alloys

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    Humphries, T. S.; Coston, J. E.

    1981-01-01

    A laboratory test method that is only mildly corrosive to aluminum and discriminating for use in classifying the stress corrosion cracking resistance of aluminum alloys is presented along with the method used in evaluating the media selected for testing. The proposed medium is easier to prepare and less expensive than substitute ocean water.

  3. Effect of Alloying Element Antimony on Macrostructural and Microstructural Development in A356 Alloy Directionally Solidified under Unsteady-state Conditions

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    2008-01-01

    Microstructure development is well accepted to have a major effect on mechanical properties during its services.One of the most interesting ways to improve mechanical properties is to reduce secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS). SDAS also plays an important role in controlling and providing the well distributed and fine microstructure resulting in better tensile strength and elongation. To reduce SDAS, it is commonly known by increasing cooling rate and increasing interface instability by limited-soluble alloy addition. It is, however,unclear that how both cooling rate and limited-soluble alloy, e.g. Sb, relate to each other. This may be the reason that the limited-soluble alloy may not effectively reduce SDAS. To better understand this phenomenon,influences of Sb on solid/liquid interface instability using columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) were studied in the directionally solidification experiment. From macrographs and micrographs, it was observed that at 0.06-0.18 wt pct Sb the CET min, CET max, CET zone and %CET area gradually increased. The increases of CET max and CET zone in samples with 0.06 to 0.18 wt pct Sb addition results from recalesced zone. On the other hand, the variations of CET max and CET zone in samples with 0.24 to 0.30 wt pct Sb results from equiaxed grain formations that prohibit the growth of columnar grain and latent heat from intermetallic phase solidified.

  4. Purification effects of glass flux on A356 melt

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    倪红军; 孙宝德; 蒋海燕; 陈晨; 丁文江

    2002-01-01

    In order to remove hydrogen and inclusions from A356 alloy melt,a low melting-point glass flux,JDN-Ⅱ,was developed.The results indicated that JDN-Ⅱ flux has distinct effect of purification and protection on A356 alloy melt.When the dosage of the flux was 3%,the content of hydrogen in A356 melt was only 2.6 mL/kg at 857 ℃ and 0.7 mL/kg even at 750 ℃.In the meantime,the mechanical properties of the alloy increase greatly with the covering of 3% JDN-Ⅱ flux.Compared with no flux,the tensile strength of A356 alloy increases by 9.42% and the elongation increases by 22%.The purification mechanism of JDN-Ⅱ glass flux was discussed too.

  5. Corrosion protection of aluminum alloys in contact with other metals

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    Kuster, C. A.

    1969-01-01

    Study establishes the quality of chemical and galvanized protection afforded by anodized and aldozided coatings applied to test panels of various aluminum alloys. The test panels, placed in firm contact with panels of titanium alloys, were subjected to salt spray tests and visually examined for corrosion effect.

  6. High Speed Twin Roll Casting of Aluminum Alloy Strips

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    Toshio; Haga

    2002-01-01

    The twin roll caster for aluminum alloys has many a dv antages. For example, rapid solidification, low equipment cost, and low running cost, etc. However, the twin roll caster has some disadvantages. They are slow c asting speed and limitation of alloys. In the conventional twin roll caster, the casting speed is slower than 10 m/min. Aluminum alloys, which freezing range is wide, can not be cast. In the present study, break through of these problems wa s tried, and a new type twin roll caster was devised...

  7. Particulate and gaseous emissions when welding aluminum alloys.

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    Cole, Homer; Epstein, Seymour; Peace, Jon

    2007-09-01

    Fabrication and repair of aluminum components and structures commonly involves the use of electric arc welding. The interaction of the arc and the metal being welded generates ultraviolet radiation, metallic oxides, fumes, and gases. Aluminum is seldom used as the pure metal but is often alloyed with other metals to improve strength and other physical properties. Therefore, the exact composition of any emissions will depend on the welding process and the particular aluminum alloy being welded. To quantify such emissions, The Aluminum Association sponsored several studies to characterize arc welding emissions by the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) processes for various combinations of base and filler alloys. In all cases, the tests were conducted under conditions that could be found in a production weld shop without forced ventilation. The concentrations of each analyte that a welder could be exposed to were greatly affected by the welding process, the composition of the base and filler alloys, the position of the welder, and the welding helmet. The results obtained can be used by employers to identify and control potential hazards associated with the welding of aluminum alloys and can provide the basis for hazard communication to employees involved in the welding of these alloys.

  8. Preparation of cast aluminum alloy-mica particle composites

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    Deonath, MR.; Bhat, R. T.; Rohatgi, P. K.

    1980-01-01

    A method for making aluminum-mica particle composites is presented in which mica particles are stirred in molten aluminum alloys followed by casting in permanent molds. Magnesium is added either as an alloying element or in the form of pieces to the surface of the alloy melts to disperse up to 3 wt% mica powders in the melts and to obtain high recoveries of mica in the castings. The mechanical properties of the aluminum alloy-mica composite decrease with increasing mica content; however, even at 2.2% it has a tensile strength of 14.22 kg/sq mm with 1.1% elongation, a compression strength of 42.61 kg/sq mm, and an impact strength of 0.30 kgm/sq cm. Cryogenic and self-lubricating bearing are mentioned applications.

  9. Preparation of cast aluminum alloy-mica particle composites

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    Deonath, MR.; Bhat, R. T.; Rohatgi, P. K.

    1980-01-01

    A method for making aluminum-mica particle composites is presented in which mica particles are stirred in molten aluminum alloys followed by casting in permanent molds. Magnesium is added either as an alloying element or in the form of pieces to the surface of the alloy melts to disperse up to 3 wt% mica powders in the melts and to obtain high recoveries of mica in the castings. The mechanical properties of the aluminum alloy-mica composite decrease with increasing mica content; however, even at 2.2% it has a tensile strength of 14.22 kg/sq mm with 1.1% elongation, a compression strength of 42.61 kg/sq mm, and an impact strength of 0.30 kgm/sq cm. Cryogenic and self-lubricating bearing are mentioned applications.

  10. Synthesis of aluminum-based scandium-yttrium master alloys

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    Bazhin, V. Yu.; Kosov, Ya. I.; Lobacheva, O. L.; Dzhevaga, N. V.

    2015-07-01

    The preparation technology for an Al-2% Sc-0.5% Y master alloy using aluminum-manganese alloys has been developed and tested. The microstructure of the prepared master alloy is studied and the compositions of intermetallics is determined. The efficient technological parameters of the synthesis are determined. It is shown that varying the compositions of starting reagents and alloying additions and optimizing the process conditions (temperature, mixing, etc.) allow us to forecast the manufacturing and operating characteristics of aluminum-based master alloys. Joint additions of scandium and yttrium oxides to a charge favor a substantial decrease in the grain size of the formed intermetallics; this effect appears to the utmost in the case of microallying with yttrium up to 0.5 wt %.

  11. Heat Treatment of Closed-Cell A356 + 4 wt.%Cu + 2 wt.%Ca Foam and Its Effect on the Foam Mechanical Behavior

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    Mirbagheri, S. M. H.; Vali, H.; Soltani, H.

    2016-11-01

    In this investigation, aluminum-silicon alloy foam is developed by adding certain amounts of copper and calcium elements in A356 alloy. Addition of 4 wt.%Cu + 2 wt.%Ca to the melt changed bubbles morphology from ellipsoid to spherical by decreasing Reynolds number and increasing Bond number. Compression behavior and energy absorption of the foams are assessed before and after aging. Solid solution treatment and aging lead to the best mechanical properties with 170% enhancement in yield strength and 185% improvement in energy absorption capacity as compared to non-heat-treated foams. The metallographic observations showed that bubbles geometry and structure in the A356 + 4wt.% Cu + 2 wt.%Ca foam are more homogeneous than the A356 foam.

  12. Heat Treatment of Closed-Cell A356 + 4 wt.%Cu + 2 wt.%Ca Foam and Its Effect on the Foam Mechanical Behavior

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    Mirbagheri, S. M. H.; Vali, H.; Soltani, H.

    2017-01-01

    In this investigation, aluminum-silicon alloy foam is developed by adding certain amounts of copper and calcium elements in A356 alloy. Addition of 4 wt.%Cu + 2 wt.%Ca to the melt changed bubbles morphology from ellipsoid to spherical by decreasing Reynolds number and increasing Bond number. Compression behavior and energy absorption of the foams are assessed before and after aging. Solid solution treatment and aging lead to the best mechanical properties with 170% enhancement in yield strength and 185% improvement in energy absorption capacity as compared to non-heat-treated foams. The metallographic observations showed that bubbles geometry and structure in the A356 + 4wt.% Cu + 2 wt.%Ca foam are more homogeneous than the A356 foam.

  13. Aerospace Structural Metals Handbook. Volume 5. Supplement XI. Nonferrous Alloys

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    1978-12-01

    356, A356 Dec 69 310O , AI-4.SCu-0.BAq-O.25Mn-0 .25Ti ................................................ KO-1 cast Jun 69 ALUMINUM ALLOYS...DECEMBER 1978 VOLUME 3 CONTENTS CODE DESIGNATION REVISED ALUMINUM ALLOYS; Cast (AIC) 3104 AI-SSi-l.3Cu-0 .5f1g...2048 1 Jun 27 ALUMINUM ALLOYS; Wrought, Not Heat Treatable (AIWN) 3301 A -7 .5 7-O . 25Cr

  14. Comments on process of duplex coatings on aluminum alloys

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    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.

  15. Microstructural evolution of aluminum alloy 3003 during annealing

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    WU Wen-xiang; ZHANG Xin-ming; SUN De-qin; HU Guo-qiang; LIU Guo-jin

    2006-01-01

    The microstructural evolution of cold-rolled aluminum alloy 3003 during annealing was investigated by means of micro-hardness measurement, electrical resistivity measurement, optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The interaction of recrystallization and precipitation of aluminum alloy 3003 was also discussed. The results show that the recrystallized grain size of cold-rolled aluminum alloy 3003 is strongly affected by precipitation during annealing. When precipitation occurs prior to recrystallization at low temperature(300 ℃), the grain structure becomes coarse, and the precipitation process is affected by the presence of lattice defects, i.e. high cold reduction results in a large number of precipitates. When annealing at 500 ℃, however, for the recrystallization is prior to precipitation, the precipitation is independent of cold deformation reduction and a fine, equiaxed grain structure is obtained.

  16. Experimental study on activating welding for aluminum alloys

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    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.

  17. Improved thermal treatment of aluminum alloy 7075

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    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.

  18. Forming analysis and application for aluminum-alloy material

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    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.

  19. Thermodynamics of Titanium-Aluminum-Oxygen Alloys Studied

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    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.

  20. A Comparative Study on Wear Properties of As Cast, Cast Aged and Forge Aged A356 Alloy with Addition of Grain Refiner and/or Modifier

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    D.G. Mallapur

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, a comparative wear behavior study of three categories of materials viz, as cast, cast aged (casting followed by T6 and forge aged (forging followed by T6 has been investigated. Neither melt treatment nor solid state processing (like aging and forging seems to be altering the wear behavior of the materials drastically. Cast aged A356 materials exhibit higher wear resistance compared to as cast and forge aged A356 materials. Further, it was observed that cast aged samples register lower coefficient of friction compared to other samples. It is also noted that the difference in wear behavior is revealed only at conditions of higher load, higher speed and longer sliding distance of testing. At lower regimes the difference is marginal. Among cast aged samples, ones treated with combined addition exhibit better wear resistance compared to other materials. Samples treated with combined addition register lowest coefficient of friction followed by samples treated with Sr, those with B, those with Ti and untreated ones. Abrasive wear mechanism is found to be operative in the regime of higher loading and higher velocity of sliding. Adhesive wear mechanism seems to be dominating the wear process at the lower regime of load and velocity of sliding.

  1. The Examination of the Aluminum Alloy 7017 as a Replacement for the Aluminum Alloy 7039 in Lightweight Armor Systems

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    2016-07-01

    any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters...ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Tyrone L Jones and Brian E Placzankis 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK NUMBER 5f. WORK UNIT NUMBER 7. PERFORMING...ABSTRACT The aluminum alloy (AA) 7039 has been recognized as a serviceable armor plate alloy for years. However, the inherent stress corrosion

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

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    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.

  3. Secondary Heating Under Quenching Cooling of Aluminum Alloys

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    Tsukrov, S. L.; Ber, L. B.

    2017-07-01

    Variants of secondary heating of aluminum alloys are considered, i.e., under quenching of plates in a water tank or on a horizontal quenching unit with water jet cooling, under continuous quenching of strips, and under quenching of tubes in vertical furnaces. Recommendation are given for removal or substantial reduction of the intensity of secondary heating under industrial conditions.

  4. Characteristics of aluminum alloy microplastic deformation in different structural states

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    Seregin, G.V.; Efimenko, L.L.; Leonov, M.V. [Novosibirsk Pedagogical Inst. (Russian Federation)

    1995-07-01

    The solution to the problem of improving the mechanical properties (including cyclic strength) of structural materials is largely dependent on our knowledge of the laws governing the development of microplastic deformations in them. The effect of heat and mechanical treatment on the elastoplastic properties and fatigue resistance of the commercial aluminum alloys AK4-1 and D16 is analyzed.

  5. Oxidation resistant, thoria-dispersed nickel-chromium-aluminum alloy

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    Baranow, S.; Klingler, L. J.

    1973-01-01

    Modified thoria-dispersed nickel-chromium alloy has been developed that exhibits greatly improved resistance to high-temperature oxidation. Additions of aluminum have been made to change nature of protective oxide scale entirely and to essentially inhibit oxidation at temperatures up to 1260 C.

  6. Materials Design for Joinable, High Performance Aluminum Alloys

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    Glamm, Ryan James

    An aluminum alloy compatible with friction stir welding is designed for automotive and aerospace structural applications. Current weldable automotive aluminum alloys do not possess the necessary strength to meet safety standards and therefore are not able to replace steel in the automotive body. Significant weight savings could be achieved if steel components are replaced with aluminum. Current aerospace alloys are not weldable, requiring machining of large pieces that are then riveted together. If an aerospace alloy could be friction stir welded, smaller pieces could be welded, reducing material waste. Using a systems approach for materials design, property goals are set from performance objectives. From previous research and computational predictions, a structure is designed for a prototype alloy containing dynamic precipitates to readily dissolve and re-precipitate and high stability precipitates to resist dissolution and coarsening in the weld region. It is found that a Ag modified Al-3.9Mg-0.04Cu (at. %) alloy enhanced the rate and magnitude of hardening during ageing, both beneficial effects for dynamic precipitation. In the same alloy, ageing at 350°C results in hardening from Al 3(Sc,Zr) precipitates. Efforts to effectively precipitate both populations simultaneously are unsuccessful. The Al3(Sc,Zr) precipitation hardened prototype is friction stir processed and no weak zones are found in the weld hardness profile. An aerospace alloy design is proposed, utilizing the dual precipitate structure shown in the prototype. The automotive alloy is designed using a basic strength model with parameters determined from the initial prototype alloy analysis. After ageing to different conditions, the alloy is put through a simulated heat affected zone thermal cycle with a computer controlled induction heater. The aged samples lose hardness from the weld cycle but recover hardness from a post weld heat treatment. Atom probe tomography and transmission electron

  7. The Effect of Applied Pressure During Feeding of Critical Cast Aluminum Alloy Components With Particular Reference to Fatigue Resistance

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    J.T. Berry; R. Luck; B. Zhang; R.P. Taylor

    2003-06-30

    the medium to long freezing range alloys of aluminum such as A356, A357, A206, 319 for example are known to exhibit dispersed porosity, which is recognized as a factor affecting ductility, fracture toughness, and fatigue resistance of light alloy castings. The local thermal environment, for example, temperature gradient and freezing from velocity, affect the mode of solidification which, along with alloy composition, heat treatment, oxide film occlusion, hydrogen content, and the extent to which the alloy contracts on solidification, combine to exert strong effects on the porosity formation in such alloys. In addition to such factors, the availability of liquid metal and its ability to flow through the partially solidified casting, which will be affect by the pressure in the liquid metal, must also be considered. The supply of molten metal will thus be controlled by the volume of the riser available for feeding the particular casting location, its solidification time, and its location together with any external pressure that might be applied at the riser.

  8. Precipitation behavior of aluminum alloy 2139 fabricated using additive manufacturing

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    Brice, Craig, E-mail: craig.a.brice@lmco.com [NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23681 (United States); Shenoy, Ravi [Northrop Grumman Corporation Technical Services, Hampton, VA 23681 (United States); Kral, Milo; Buchannan, Karl [University of Canterbury, Christchurch (New Zealand)

    2015-11-11

    Additive manufacturing (AM) is an emerging technology capable of producing near net shape structures in a variety of materials directly from a computer model. Standard metallic alloys that were developed for cast or wrought processing have largely been adopted for AM feedstock. In many applications, these legacy alloys are quite acceptable. In the aluminum alloy family, however, there is a significant performance gap between the casting alloys currently being used in AM processes and the high strength/toughness capability available in certain wrought alloys. The precipitation hardenable alloys, most often used in high performance structures, present challenges for processing by AM. The near net shape nature of AM processes does not allow for mechanical work prior to the heat treatment that is often necessary to develop a uniform distribution of precipitates and give peak mechanical performance. This paper examines the aluminum (Al) alloy 2139, a composition that is strengthened by homogeneous precipitation of Ω (Al{sub 2}Cu) plates and thus ideally suited for near net shape processes like AM. Transmission electron microscopy, microhardness, and tensile testing determined that, with proper processing conditions, Al 2139 can be additively manufactured and subsequently heat treated to strength levels comparable to those of peak aged wrought Al 2139.

  9. Creep Aging Behavior Characterization of 2219 Aluminum Alloy

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    Lingfeng Liu

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to characterize the creep behaviors of 2219 aluminum alloy at different temperatures and stress levels, a RWS-50 Electronic Creep Testing Machine (Zhuhai SUST Electrical Equipment Company, Zhuhai, China was used for creep experiment at temperatures of 353~458 k and experimental stresses of 130~170 MPa. It was discovered that this alloy displayed classical creep curve characteristics in its creep behaviors within the experimental parameters, and its creep value increased with temperature and stress. Based on the creep equation of hyperbolic sine function, regression analysis was conducted of experimental data to calculate stress exponent, creep activation energy, and other related variables, and a 2219 aluminum alloy creep constitutive equation was established. Results of further analysis of the creep mechanism of the alloy at different temperatures indicated that the creep mechanism of 2219 aluminum alloy differed at different temperatures; and creek characteristics were presented in three stages at different temperatures, i.e., the grain boundary sliding creep mechanism at a low temperature stage (T < 373 K, the dislocation glide creep mechanism at a medium temperature stage (373 K ≤ T < 418 K, and the dislocation climb creep mechanism at a high temperature stage (T ≥ 418 K. By comparative analysis of the fitting results and experiment data, they were found to be in agreement with the experimental data, revealing that the established creep constitutive equation is suitable for different temperatures and stresses.

  10. Cleavage crystallography of liquid metal embrittled aluminum alloys

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    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.

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

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    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

  12. Grain size control and superplasticity in 6013-type aluminum alloys

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    Troeger, Lillianne Plaster Whitelock

    Aluminum alloys have been the material of choice for aircraft construction since the 1930's. Currently, the automotive industry is also showing an increasing interest in aluminum alloys as structural materials. 6xxx aluminum alloys possess a combination of strength and formability which makes them attractive to both industries. In addition, 6xxx alloys are highly weldable, corrosion resistant, and low in cost as compared with the 2xxx and 7xxx aluminum alloys. Superplastic forming (SPF) is a manufacturing process which exploits the phenomenon of superplasticity in which gas pressure is used to form complex-shaped parts in a single forming operation. This reduces part counts and the need for fasteners and connectors, resulting in reduced product weight. Reduced product/vehicle weight improves fuel economy. Most alloys must be specially processed for superplasticity. Much research effort has been directed at the development of thermomechanical processes for the grain refinement of aluminum alloys by static or dynamic recrystallization. to induce superplasticity. While large numbers of studies have been conducted on 2xxx, 5xxx, 7xxx, and 8xxx aluminum alloys, very few studies have been focused on the grain refinement of 6xxx aluminum alloys for superplasticity. The current research describes a new thermomechanical process for application to 6xxx aluminum alloys for grain refinement and superplasticity. The process is shown to successfully refine and induce superplasticity in an Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloy which falls within the compositional limits of both 6013 and 6111. The grain refinement is by particle-stimulated nucleation of recrystallization. The microstructural evolution during the thermomechanical processing is characterized in terms of precipitate size, shape, distribution and composition; texture; recrystallization; and grain size, shape, and thermal stability. The new process produces a statically-stable, weakly-textured, equiaxed grain structure with an average

  13. Deformation and Damage of Two Aluminum Alloys from Ballistic Impact

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    Anderson, Charles E., Jr.; Dannemann, Kathryn A.

    2002-07-01

    A series of impact experiments were conducted on 4.76-mm-thick aluminum plates to investigate the deformation and damage behavior of two aluminum alloys, 6061-T6 and 7075-T6. The Sierra 165 lead-filled bullet was used to load the plates. Impact velocities were varied from approximately 260 m/s to 370 m/s. The flow stress for 7075-T6 aluminum is approximately twice that for 6061-T6 aluminum; however, the ballistic limit velocities differ by only 10%. The 7075-T6 aluminum plates exhibit less deformation than the 6061-T6 plates at the same impact velocity, but at some critical velocity, a through-thickness crack appears in the 7075-T6 plate, ultimately leading to plate perforation. In contrast, the 6061-T6 plates continue to deform and fail by ductile tearing. These differences in damage/failure result in the two alloys having much closer ballistic limit velocities than expected based on differences in strength.

  14. Cast Aluminum Alloy for High Temperature Applications

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2003-01-01

    Originally developed by NASA as high performance piston alloys to meet U.S. automotive legislation requiring low exhaust emission, the novel NASA alloys now offer dramatic increase in tensile strength for many other applications at elevated temperatures from 450 F (232 C) to about 750 F (400 C). It is an ideal low cost material for cast automotive components such as pistons, cylinder heads, cylinder liners, connecting rods, turbo chargers, impellers, actuators, brake calipers and rotors. It can be very economically produced from conventional permanent mold, sand casting or investment casting, with silicon content ranging from 6% to 18%. At high silicon levels, the alloy exhibits excellent dimensional stability, surface hardness and wear resistant properties.

  15. Aluminum-lithium alloy development for thixoforming

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    Sauermann, R.; Friedrich, B. [IME Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling, RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Puettgen, W.; Bleck, W. [IEHK Inst. for Ferrous Metallurgy, RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Balitchev, E.; Hallstedt, B.; Schneider, J.M. [MCh Materials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Bramann, H.; Buehrig-Polaczek, A. [GI Foundry Inst., RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Uggowitzer, P.J. [ETH Zuerich, Metal Physics and Technology (Germany)

    2004-12-01

    This paper presents a scientific contribution to the development of lightweight/high-performance Al-Li alloys suitable for semi-solid processing. Thermodynamic calculations identified the most promising compositions with focus on the solidus-liquidus interval, fraction of solid-versus-temperature and phase reactions. The synthesis of Al-Li precursor billets was performed by overpressure induction melting in controlled atmosphere. DTA and microstructure investigations on Al-Li specimens were carried out as well as thixocasting trials of demonstrator components. New rheocasting of Al-Li alloys was investigated to identify the potential of this alternative precursor material route. It is shown that specifically developed Al-Li alloys offer great potential for semi-solid manufacturing. (orig.)

  16. Predicting Microstructure and Microsegregation in Multicomponent Aluminum Alloys

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    Yan, Xinyan; Ding, Ling; Chen, ShuangLin; Xie, Fanyou; Chu, M.; Chang, Y. Austin

    Accurate predictions of microstructure and microsegregation in metallic alloys are highly important for applications such as alloy design and process optimization. Restricted assumptions concerning the phase diagram could easily lead to erroneous predictions. The best approach is to couple microsegregation modeling with phase diagram computations. A newly developed numerical model for the prediction of microstructure and microsegregation in multicomponent alloys during dendritic solidification was introduced. The micromodel is directly coupled with phase diagram calculations using a user-friendly and robust phase diagram calculation engine-PANDAT. Solid state back diffusion, undercooling and coarsening effects are included in this model, and the experimentally measured cooling curves are used as the inputs to carry out the calculations. This model has been used to predict the microstructure and microsegregation in two multicomponent aluminum alloys, 2219 and 7050. The calculated values were confirmed using results obtained from directional solidification.

  17. Advanced powder metallurgy aluminum alloys via rapid solidification technology

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    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.

  18. Overheating temperature of 7B04 high strength aluminum alloy

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    GAO Feng-hua; LI Nian-kui; TIAN Ni; SUN Qiang; LIU Xian-dong; ZHAO Gang

    2008-01-01

    The microstructure and overheating characteristics of the direct chill semicontinuous casting ingot of 7B04 high strength aluminum alloy, and those after industrial homogenization treatment and multi-stage homogenization treatments, were studied by differential scanning calorimetry(DSC), optical microscopy(OM) and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy(SEM-EDX). The results show that the microstructure of direct chill semicontinuous casting ingot of the 7B04 alloy contains a large number of constituents in the form of dendritic networks that consist of nonequilibrium eutectic and Fe-containing phases. The nonequilibrium eutectic contains Al, Zn, Mg and Cu, and the Fe-containing phases include two kinds of phases, one containing Al, Fe, Mn and Cu, and the other having Al, Fe, Mn, Cr, Si and Cu. The melting point of the nonequilibrium eutectic is 478 ℃ for the casting ingot of the 7B04 alloy which is usually considered as its overheating temperature. During industrial homogenization treatment processing at 470 ℃, the nonequilibrium eutectic dissolves into the matrix of this alloy partly, and the remainder transforms into Al2CuMg phase that cannot be dissolved into the matrix at that temperature completely. The melting point of the Al2CuMg phase which can dissolve into the matrix completely by slow heating is about 490 ℃. The overheating temperature of this high strength aluminum alloy can rise to 500-520 ℃. By means of special multi-stage homogenization, the temperature of the homogenization treatment of the ingot of the 7B04 high strength aluminum alloy can reach 500 ℃ without overheating.

  19. Investigation of the Precipitation Behavior in Aluminum Based Alloys

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    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

  20. Friction and wear of titanium alloys and copper alloys sliding against titanium 6-percent-aluminum - 4-percent-vanadium alloy in air at 430 C

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    Wisander, D. W.

    1976-01-01

    Experiments were conducted to determine the friction and wear characteristics of aluminum bronzes and copper-tin, titanium-tin, and copper-silver alloys sliding against a titanium-6% aluminum-4% vanadium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V). Hemispherically tipped riders of aluminum bronze and the titanium and copper alloys were run against Ti-6Al-4V disks in air at 430 C. The sliding velocity was 13 cm/sec, and the load was 250 g. Results revealed that high tin content titanium and copper alloys underwent significantly less wear and galling than commonly used aluminum bronzes. Also friction force was less erratic than with the aluminum bronzes.

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

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    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.

  2. Cracking susceptibility of aluminum alloys during laser welding

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    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.

  3. A Positron Annihilation Study of Corrosion of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy by NaOH

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    Wu, Y. C.; Zhai, T.; Coleman, P. G.

    2012-08-01

    Corrosion of fully-annealed pure aluminum and a continuous-cast AA2037 aluminum alloy (solutionized and water quenched) in a 1M NaOH solution for various periods of time were analyzed with positron beam-based Doppler broadening spectroscopy. By varying the energy of the incident positron beam, corrosion-induced defects at different depths from the surface were detected. It was found that the Doppler-broadened annihilation line-width parameter was significantly increased near the surface of pure aluminum after corrosion, probably due to the interaction between positrons and nanometer-sized voids formed near the aluminum surface during corrosion. Examination by atomic force microscopy indicated that many pits were formed on the aluminum surface after corrosion. In contrast, a significant decrease in the line-width parameter was observed in AA2037 alloy after corrosion and interpreted as being caused by copper enrichment at the metal-oxide interface during corrosion; such enrichment at large cavity sites was confirmed by energy dispersion spectrometry.

  4. Dynamic Mechanical Behaviors of 6082-T6 Aluminum Alloy

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    Peng Yibo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The structural components of high speed trains are usually made of aluminum alloys, for example, 6082. The dynamic mechanical behavior of the material is one of key factors considered in structural design and safety assessment. In this paper, dynamic mechanical experiments were conducted with strain rate ranging from 0.001 s−1 to 100 s−1 using Instron tensile testing machine. The true stress-strain curves were fitted based on experimental data. Johnson-Cook model of 6082-T6 aluminum alloy was built to investigate the effect of strain and strain rate on flow stress. It has shown that the flow stress was sensitive to the strain rate. Yield strength and tensile strength increased with a high strain rate, which showed strain rate effect to some extent. Fracture analysis was carried out by using Backscattered Electron imaging (BSE. As strain rate increased, more precipitates were generated in fracture.

  5. Structure/property relations of aluminum under varying rates and stress states

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    Tucker, Matthew T [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Horstemeyer, Mark F [MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIV; Whittington, Wilburn R [MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIV; Solanki, Kiran N [MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIV.

    2010-11-19

    In this work we analyze the plasticity, damage, and fracture characteristics of three different processed aluminum alloys (rolled 5083-H13, cast A356-T6, and extruded 6061-T6) under varying stress states (tension, compression, and torsion) and strain rates (0.001/, 1/s., and 1000/s). The stress state difference had more of a flow stress effect than the applied strain rates for those given in this study (0.001/sec up to 1000/sec). The stress state and strain rate also had a profound effect on the damage evolution of each aluminum alloy. Tension and torsional straining gave much greater damage nucleation rates than compression. Although the damage of all three alloys was found to be void nucleation dominated, the A356-T6 and 5083-H131 aluminum alloys incurred void damage via micron scale particles where the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy incurred void damage from two scales, micron-scale particles and nanoscale precipitates. Having two length scales of particles that participated in the damage evolution made the 6061-T6 incur a strain rate sensitive damage rate that was different than the other two aluminum alloys. Under tension, as the strain rate increased, the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy's void nucleation rate decreased, but the A356-T6 and 5083-H131 aluminum alloys void nucleation rate increased.

  6. Retrogression and reaging of 7075 T6 aluminum alloy

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    Fleck, P.; Calleros, D.; Madsen, M.; Trinh, T.; Hoang, D.; Foyos, J.; Es-Said, O.S. [Loyola Univ., Los Angeles, CA (United States). NSF Res. Experience for Undergraduates Program; Lee, E.W.

    2000-07-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility of performing retrogression and reaging (RRA) heat treatments on 7075-T6 aluminum alloy in muffle furnaces instead of salt and oil baths. The retrogression temperatures were 180 C, 200 C, 220 C and 240 C and retrogression times were 5, 10, 15 and 25 minutes. Reaging was performed at 120 C for 24, 36 and 48 hours. Tensile testing, hardness and electrical resistivity measurements were determined. (orig.)

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

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    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.

  8. Microstructure characteristics and mechanical properties of rheocasting 7075 aluminum alloy

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    Yang Bin; Mao Weimin; Song Xiaojun

    2013-01-01

    The microstructure characteristics and mechanical properties of 7075 aluminum alloy produced by a new rheoforming technique, under as-cast and optimized heat treatment conditions, were investigated. The present rheoforming combined the innovatively developed rheocasting process, named as ICSPC (inverted cone-shaped pouring channel) process, and the existing HPDC (high pressure die casting) process. The experimental results show that the ICSPC can be used to prepare high quality semi-solid slu...

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

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    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.

  10. Residual stress in quenched 7075 aluminum alloy thick plates

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    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.

  11. Corrosion of Aluminum Alloys by IRFNA

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    1990-02-24

    and electropolishing and anodising, have been studied. aNeither had a significant long term effect on the corrosion rate of 2014 alumninium alloy in... steel spatula. (iv) The cell was assembled and raw eghed, the charge of galled Acid being determined by difference. Two additional bottom-working...The anodiuing solution was 1swt% sulphuric acid And the conditions were 25oC, 1 Mwm, 12V. The anodic oxide film waS scaled in delonised water (30

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

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    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.

  13. Rapid Assessment of the Role of Microstructural Variability in the Fatigue Behavior of Structural Alloys using Ultrasonic Fatigue

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    2007-06-23

    649. References 17. Q.C. Wang, D. Apelian, D.A. Lados, "Fatigue behavior of A356 -T6 aluminum cast alloys. Part 1: Effect of casting defects", I. J...Apelian, D.A. Lados, "Fatigue behavior of 2. R.E. Little, E.H. Jebe, Statistical Design of Fatigue A356 -T6 aluminum cast alloys. Part II: Effect of...einforced aluminum alloy, 2009AVI15SiCp, where clustering of SiC particles and the presence of processing-related inclusions is expected to contri

  14. In-situ reactions in hybrid aluminum alloy composites during incorporating silica sand in aluminum alloy melts

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    Benjamin F. Schultz

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available In order to gain a better understanding of the reactions and strengthening behavior in cast aluminum alloy/silica composites synthesized by stir mixing, experiments were conducted to incorporate low cost foundry silica sand into aluminum composites with the use of Mg as a wetting agent. SEM and XRD results show the conversion of SiO2 to MgAl2O4 and some Al2O3 with an accompanying increase in matrix Si content. A three-stage reaction mechanism proposed to account for these changes indicates that properties can be controlled by controlling the base Alloy/SiO2/Mg chemistry and reaction times. Experimental data on changes of composite density with increasing reaction time and SiO2 content support the three-stage reaction model. The change in mechanical properties with composition and time is also described.

  15. 流变压铸工艺参数对半固态A356铝合金充填性的影响%Effect of technological parameters on filling behavior of semi-solid A356 alloy by rheocasting

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    白月龙; 毛卫民; 高松福; 李强

    2006-01-01

    研究了半固态A356铝合金浆料的成形温度、压射比压和压射冲头速度对半固态A356铝合金流变压铸充填性的影响.实验结果表明:较高的半固态A356铝合金浆料的成形温度有利于获得良好的充填性.压射比压和压射冲头速度对半固态A356铝合金浆料充填性也具有较大的影响.在本实验条件下,压射冲头速度越大或压射比压越大,充填性越好.试片的壁厚对半固态A356铝合金浆料的充填性影响较大,试片壁厚越大,越容易充填.此外,采用低过热度浇注和弱电磁搅拌技术制备的A356铝合金浆料和流变压铸试片的组织分布很均匀,有利于获得优质的半固态压铸件.

  16. Diffusion bonding of Al7075 alloy to titanium aluminum vanadate alloy

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    Alhazaa, Abdulaziz Nasser

    The aluminum alloy (Al7075) and titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V) are used in a variety of applications in the aerospace industry. However, the high cost of Ti-6Al-4V alloy has been a major factor which has limited its use and therefore, the ability to join Al7075 alloy to Ti-6Al-4V alloy can provide a product that is less costly, but retains the high strength and light weight properties necessary for the transport industry. However, the large difference in the physical properties between these two alloys prevents the use of conventional joining techniques such as fusion welding to join these dissimilar alloys. Therefore, the diffusion bonding technique was used to join Al7075 alloy to Ti-6Al-4V alloy with the objective of minimizing microstructural changes of the two alloys during the bonding process. In this thesis, solid state and liquid phase bonding processes were undertaken. Solid state bonding was employed without interlayers and was successful at 510°C and 7 MPa. The bond interface showed an absence of the oxides due to the dissolution of oxygen into the titanium solution. Bonds made using copper interlayers at a temperature sufficient enough to form eutectic liquid formation between copper and aluminum were produced. The intermetallics theta(Al2Cu), S(Al2CuMg) and T(Al2Mg3Zn3) were identified at the aluminum interface while Cu3Ti2 intermetallic was identified at the titanium interface. Bonds made using tin based alloys interlayers and copper coatings were successful and gave the highest shear strength. The eutectic formation on the Al7075 alloy was responsible for joint formation at the aluminum interface while the formation of Sn3Ti5 intermetallic was responsible for the joint formation at titanium interface. The corrosion rate of the bonds decreased with increasing bonding time for joints made using the tin based interlayer in 3% NaCl solution. However, the presence of copper within the joint increased the corrosion rate of the bonds and this was attributed to

  17. Russian aluminum-lithium alloys for advanced reusable spacecraft

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    Charette, Ray O.; Leonard, Bruce G.; Bozich, William F.; Deamer, David A.

    1998-01-01

    Cryotanks that are cost-affordable, robust, fuel-compatible, and lighter weight than current aluminum design are needed to support next-generation launch system performance and operability goals. The Boeing (McDonnell Douglas Aerospace-MDA) and NASA's Delta Clipper-Experimental Program (DC-XA) flight demonstrator test bed vehicle provided the opportunity for technology transfer of Russia's extensive experience base with weight-efficient, highly weldable aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloys for cryogenic tank usage. As part of NASA's overall reusable launch vehicle (RLV) program to help provide technology and operations data for use in advanced RLVs, MDA contracted with the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS/IMASH) for design, test, and delivery of 1460 Al-Li alloy liquid oxygen (LO2) cryotanks: one for development, one for ground tests, and one for DC-XA flight tests. This paper describes the development of Al-Li 1460 alloy for reusable LO2 tanks, including alloy composition tailoring, mechanical properties database, forming, welding, chemical milling, dissimilar metal joining, corrosion protection, completed tanks proof, and qualification testing. Mechanical properties of the parent and welded materials exceeded expectations, particularly the fracture toughness, which promise excellent reuse potential. The LO2 cryotank was successfully demonstrated in DC-XA flight tests.

  18. Solidification crack susceptibility of aluminum alloy weld metals

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    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.

  19. FORMABILITY OF THIN SHEETS FROM ALUMINUM ALLOYS

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    Emil Spišák

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this contribution there have been evaluated properties of four types of sheets made from aluminium alloys. In the case of each of the examined sheets there has been checked its shearing ability via the influence of punch-die clearance change on the quality of blanking edge. Quality of blanking edge is characterized by a ratio of plastic zone height to the total thickness of the sheared material. Formability during the drawing process was measured with earring test. Results are presented by the earring coefficient (unequal height of the cups.

  20. Mechanical properties of hot rolled 2519 aluminum alloy plate

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  3. Fatigue characterization of flowformed A356-T6

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    Roy Matthew J.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Flowforming is an incremental rotary forming technology consisting of deforming a cylindrical workpiece through contact between a roller and a rotating mandrel. This process delivers significant local compressive plastic strain to the workpiece. The effects on fatigue resilience of a common aluminum foundry alloy (A356 processed in this manner at an elevated temperature has been shown to improve post heat treatment. Fatigue properties of material processed with a standard heat treatment following casting is compared to material which has been cast and flowformed to varying degrees and then heat treated. Flowformed material with varying degrees of rotary deformation have been tested. Endurance limits have been found to be generally governed by porosity and maximum principal stress for high cycle fatigue on undeformed material. Fatigue properties have been quantified employing stress-life relationships derived from uniaxial fatigue tests. A 30% increase in the high-cycle endurance limits of flowformed compared to non-deformed material has been observed and is linked to the extent of deformation. Fractographic examination shows that this increase in endurance limit can be attributed primarily to the mitigation of porosity. Microstructural changes due to processing appear to be a secondary factor.

  4. The recycling of standard quality wrought aluminum alloys from low-grade contaminated scrap

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    Kevorkjjan, Varužan

    2010-08-01

    In recent decades an increasingly large fraction of the world’s wrought aluminum alloys supply has come from the aluminum scrap recovered from industrial waste and discarded post-consumer items. However, replacing even a minor part of primary aluminum in wrought alloys with recycled counterpart originated from lower grades of scrap (typically scrap contaminated with various non-metallic impurities) without influencing the quality of the allay is very demanding from a metallurgical point of view. This article discusses the two approaches for achieving the requested chemical composition of wrought alloys made from recycled aluminum: (i) before melting, by combining the appropriate qualities and quantities of scrap, primary aluminum, and the alloying elements and (ii) during melting, by diluting impurity content with primary aluminum to the needed level and adding, at the same time, the necessary amount of alloying elements for achieving their standard concentration in diluted melts.

  5. Crack Repair in Aerospace Aluminum Alloy Panels by Cold Spray

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    Cavaliere, P.; Silvello, A.

    2017-02-01

    The cold-spray process has recently been recognized as a very useful tool for repairing metallic sheets, achieving desired adhesion strengths when employing optimal combinations of material process parameters. We present herein the possibility of repairing cracks in aluminum sheets by cold spray. A 2099 aluminum alloy panel with a surface 30° V notch was repaired by cold spraying of 2198 and 7075 aluminum alloy powders. The crack behavior of V-notched sheets subjected to bending loading was studied by finite-element modeling (FEM) and mechanical experiments. The simulations and mechanical results showed good agreement, revealing a remarkable K factor reduction, and a consequent reduction in crack nucleation and growth velocity. The results enable prediction of the failure initiation locus in the case of repaired panels subjected to bending loading and deformation. The stress concentration was quantified to show how the residual stress field and failure are affected by the mechanical properties of the sprayed materials and by the geometrical and mechanical properties of the interface. It was demonstrated that the crack resistance increases more than sevenfold in the case of repair using AA2198 and that cold-spray repair can contribute to increased global fatigue life of cracked structures.

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

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    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

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

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    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

  8. Fabrication of superhydrophobic nanostructured surface on aluminum alloy

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    Jafari, R.; Farzaneh, M. [Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC (Canada)

    2011-01-15

    A superhydrophobic surface was prepared by consecutive immersion in boiling water and sputtering of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or Teflon registered) 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 ({proportional_to}164 ) and low contact angle hysteresis ({proportional_to}4 ). (orig.)

  9. Textures, microstructures, anisotropy and formability of aluminum-manganese-magnesium and aluminum-magnesium alloys

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    Liu, Jiantao

    In this dissertation work, the microstructure and texture evolution of continuous cast (CC) and direct chill (DC) cast Al-Mn-Mg (AA 3105 and AA 3015) and Al-Mg (AA 5052) alloys during cold rolling and annealing are systematically investigated. Macrotexture analyses were based on three-dimensional orientation distribution functions (ODFs) calculated from incomplete pole figures from X-ray diffraction by using arbitrarily defined cell (ADC) and series expansion methods. A new technique, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), was adopted for microtexture and mesotexture investigation. The anisotropy and formability of Al-Mn-Mg and Al-Mg alloys are correlated to the texture results. For aluminum alloys studied in this work, a stronger Cube orientation is observed in DC hot band than in CC hot band after complete recrystallization. alpha and beta fibers become well developed beyond 50% cold rolling in both CC and DC aluminum alloys. The highest intensity along the beta fiber (skeleton line) is located between the Copper and the S orientations in both materials after high cold rolling reductions. In both CC and DC aluminum alloys, a cell structure develops with the indication of increasing CSL Sigma1 boundaries during the early stages of cold rolling. There is no evidence of the development of twin boundaries (Sigma3, Sigma9, Sigma27a & 27b) in either CC or DC aluminum alloys when the cold rolling reductions are less than 40%. The R and Cube textures are dominant recrystallization texture components in CC and DC AA 5052 alloys. The volume fraction of the Cube component is increased by increasing cold rolling reduction and annealing temperature but not by increasing annealing time while the volume fraction of the R component is only increased by increasing cold rolling reduction. Stronger Cube and R orientations are found at the surface layer than at half-thickness layer of cold rolled hot bands after annealing. The Cube and P textures are dominant recrystallization

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

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    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.

  11. Recrystallization model for hot-rolling of 5182 aluminum alloy

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    2001-01-01

    A recrystallization model for hot-rolling of 5182 aluminum alloy was presented by means of the fractional softening during double interval deformation. It is found that the recrystallization rate depends on strain rate more sensitively than deformation temperature, and the time for full recrystallization is very short as strain rate is greater than 1 s-1. Using the recrystallization—time—temperature curves, the desirable hot rolled microstructure can be obtained by controlling the rolling speed, temperature and cooling rate before cooling during the last pass in reversing mill.

  12. Sensors Array Technique for Monitoring Aluminum Alloy Spot Welding

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    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 ...

  13. Effects of Machining on the Microstructure of Aluminum Alloy 7075

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    Tabei, A.; Liang, S. Y.; Garmestani, H.

    Experimental investigations show that depending on the parameters, aggressive machining of aluminum alloy 7075 can trigger several microstructural phenomena including recrystallization, grain growth and crystallographic texture modifications below the machined surface. Increasing the depth of cut will lead to a significant recrystallization and consequently grain refinement. On the other hand, increasing the feed rate will result into development of a unique crystallographic texture. The mechanical and thermal loads imposed to the material experiences by machining leads to such microstructural phenomena. Finite element analysis is used to determine these loads.

  14. Solar selective black nickel-cobalt coatings on aluminum alloys

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    Shashikala, A.R.; Sharma, A.K.; Bhandari, D.R. [Thermal System Group, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore 560 017 (India)

    2007-04-16

    Solar selective black nickel-cobalt plating on pre cleaned aluminum alloy substrates with nickel undercoat were investigated. Process optimization was carried out by the hull cell experiments investigating the influence of operating variables on the optical selectivity of the coating. The coatings were characterized with scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopic and polarization studies. Evaluation of the coatings was carried out by adhesion, measurement of coating thickness and optical properties, humidity, thermal cycling, thermo-vacuum performance and thermal stability tests. (author)

  15. Parameter prediction in laser bending of aluminum alloy sheet

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    Xuyue WANG; Weixing XU; Hua CHEN; Jinsong WANG

    2008-01-01

    Based on the basic platform of BP neural net-works, a BP network model is established to predict the bending angle in the laser bending process of an aluminum alloy sheet (1-2 mm in thickness) and to optimize laser bending parameters for bending control. The sample experimental data is used to train the BP network. The nonlinear regularities of sample data are fitted through the trained BP network; the predicted results include laser bending angles and parameters. Experimental results indi-cate that the prediction allowance is controlled less than 5%-8% and can provide a theoretical and experimental basis for industry purpose.

  16. Electrodeposition of aluminum and aluminum-magnesium alloys at room temperature

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    阚洪敏; 祝跚珊; 张宁; 王晓阳

    2015-01-01

    Electrodeposition of aluminum from benzene-tetrahydrofuran−AlCl3−LiAlH4 was studied at room temperature. Galvanostatic electrolysis was used to investigate the effect of various parameters on deposit morphology and crystal size, including current density, temperature, molar ratio of benzene/tetrahydrofuran and stirring speed. The deposit microstructure was adjusted by changing the parameters, and the optimum operating conditions were determined. Dense, bright and adherent aluminum coatings were obtained over a wide range of current densities (10−25 mA/cm2), molar ratio of benzene and tetrahydrofuran (4:1 to 7:8) and stirring speeds (200−500 r/min). Smaller grain sizes and well-adhered deposits were obtained at lower temperatures. Aluminum-magnesium alloys could potentially be used as hydrogen storage materials. A novel method for Al−Mg deposition was proposed by using pure Mg anodes in the organic solvents system benzene-tetrahydrofuran−AlCl3−LiAlH4. XRD shows that the aluminum−magnesium alloys are mainly Al3Mg2 and Al12Mg17.

  17. Characterization of Nanocrystalline Aluminum Alloy 5083 Powders Produced by Cryogenic Attrition

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    2014-11-01

    Characterization of Nanocrystalline Aluminum Alloy 5083 Powders Produced by Cryogenic Attrition by Tiffany Ngo ARL-TN-0643...November 2014 Characterization of Nanocrystalline Aluminum Alloy 5083 Powders Produced by Cryogenic Attrition Tiffany Ngo Weapons and... Materials Research Directorate, ARL Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited

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

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    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

  19. Damage percolation during stretch flange forming of aluminum alloy sheet

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    Chen, Zengtao; Worswick, Michael J.; Keith Pilkey, A.; Lloyd, David J.

    2005-12-01

    A multi-scale finite element (FE)-damage percolation model was employed to simulate stretch flange forming of aluminum alloys AA5182 and AA5754. Material softening and strain gradients were captured using a Gurson-based FE model. FE results were then fed into the so-called damage percolation code, from which the damage development was modelled within measured microstructures. The formability of the stretch flange samples was predicted based upon the onset of catastrophic failure triggered by profuse void coalescence within the measured second-phase particle field. Damage development is quantified in terms of crack and void areal fractions, and compared to metallographic results obtained from interrupted stretch flange specimens. Parametric study is conducted on the effect of void nucleation strain in the prediction of formability of stretch flanges to "calibrate" proper nucleation strains for both alloys.

  20. Corrosive wear behavior of 2014 and 6061 aluminum alloy composites

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    Varma, S.K.; Andrews, S.; Vasquez, G. [Univ. of Texas, El Paso, TX (United States). Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

    1999-02-01

    Alloys of 2014 and 6061 aluminum reinforced with 0.1 volume fraction of alumina particles (VFAP) were subjected to impact scratching during a corrosive wear process. The transient currents generated due to the impact were measured in the two composites as well as in their respective monoliths. The effect of solutionizing time on the transient currents was correlated to the near surface microstructures, scratch morphology, concentration of quenched-in vacancies, and changes in grain sizes. It was observed that the transient current values increase with an increase in solutionizing time, indicating that the corrosive wear behavior is not strongly affected by the grain boundaries. However, a combination of pitting and the galvanic corrosion may account for the typical corrosive wear behavior exhibited by the alloys and the composites of this study.

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

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    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.

  2. Stress Relaxation Behavior and Springback Equation of 7050 Aluminum Alloys During Age-forming Process

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    REN Wei-wei

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The stress relaxation behavior and springback equation of 7050 aluminum alloys during the age-forming process were studied through self-designed uniaxial tension device. The results show that in traditional aging temperature, the stress relaxation curve of 7050 aluminum alloys exhibits a classical logarithmic decrement curve. The stress relaxation process can be divided into three stages, which are the initial stress decayed fast stage, the subsequent stress slowly decayed stage and the stress constantly maintained stage, respectively. Stress relaxation limit of 7050 aluminum alloys decreases with increasing aging temperature. The threshold stress presents during the stress relaxation process due to the interaction between precipitation behavior and dislocation creep of 7050 aluminum alloys. The stress relaxation equation of 7050 aluminum alloys is obtained through resolving the feature and Taylor equation of relaxation process, and using the stress relaxation equation can precisely predict the springback of workpiece after age-forming.

  3. A perspective of microplasma oxidation (MPO) and vapor deposition coatings in surface engineering of aluminum alloys

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    AWAD Samir Hamid; QIAN Han-cheng

    2004-01-01

    Over the past years, great achievements have been made in the development of coating technologies for surface improvement of aluminum alloys. Despite these achievements, the role in the market strongly depends on the ability of surface coating technology under technical and economic considerations to meet the increased demands for heavy tribological applications of aluminum alloys. Microplasma oxidation (MPO) technology has recently been studied as a novel and effective means to provide thick and hard ceramic coating with improved properties such as excellent load-bearing and wear resistance properties on aluminum alloys. The present work covers the evaluation of the performances of current single and duplex coatings combining MPO, physical vapor deposition (PVD), and plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) coatings on aluminum alloys. It suggests that the MPO coating is a promising candidate for design engineers to apply aluminum alloys to heavy load-bearing applications. The prospective future for the research on MPO coatings is introduced as well.

  4. Air cushion furnace technology for heat treatment of high quality aluminum alloy auto body sheet

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    Li Yong; Wang Zhaodong; Ma Mingtu; Wang Guodong; Fu Tianliang; Li Jiadong; Liang Xiong

    2014-01-01

    The process characteristics of heat treatment of aluminum alloy auto body sheet and the working prin-ciple of air cushion furnace were introduced. The process position and irreplaceable role of air cushion furnace in the aluminum alloy auto body sheet production was pointed out after the difficulty and key points in the whole production process of auto body sheet were studied. Then the development process of air cushion furnace line of aluminum alloy sheet was reviewed,summarized and divided to two stages. Based on the research of air cushion furnace,the key technology of it was analyzed,then the key points on process,equipment and control models of air cushion furnace for aluminum alloy auto body sheet in future were put forward. With the rapid de-velopment of automotive industry,there will be certainly a new upsurge of research and application of air cush-ion furnace for heat treatment of aluminum alloy auto body sheet.

  5. Single-aging characteristics of 7055 aluminum alloy

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    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.

  6. Super High Strength Aluminum Alloy Processed by Mechanical Alloying and Hot Extrusion

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    Zheng, Ruixiao; Yang, Han; Wang, Zengjie; Wen, Shizhen; Liu, Tong; Ma, Chaoli

    Nanostructure strengthened aluminum alloy was prepared by powder metallurgic technology. The rapid solidification Al-Cu-Mg alloy powder was used in this study. To obtain nanostructure, the commercial powder was intensely milled under certain ball milling conditions. The milled powder was compacted first by cold isostatic pressing (CIP) at a compressive pressure of 300MPa, and then extruded at selected temperature for several times to obtain near full density material. Microstructure and mechanical properties of the extruded alloy were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and mechanical tests. It is revealed that the compressive strength of extruded alloy is higher than 800MPa. The strengthening mechanism associated with the nanostructure is discussed.

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

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    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.

  8. Conversion Coatings for Aluminum Alloys by Chemical Vapor Deposition Mechanisms

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    Reye, John T.; McFadden, Lisa S.; Gatica, Jorge E.; Morales, Wilfredo

    2004-01-01

    With the rise of environmental awareness and the renewed importance of environmentally friendly processes, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has targeted surface pre-treatment processes based on chromates. Indeed, this process has been subject to regulations under the Clean Water Act as well as other environmental initiatives, and there is today a marked movement to phase the process out in the near future. Therefore, there is a clear need for new advances in coating technology that could provide practical options for replacing present industrial practices. Depending on the final application, such coatings might be required to be resistant to corrosion, act as chemically resistant coatings, or both. This research examined a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) mechanism to deposit uniform conversion coatings onto aluminum alloy substrates. Robust protocols based on solutions of aryl phosphate ester and multi-oxide conversion coating (submicron) films were successfully grown onto the aluminum alloy samples. These films were characterized by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). Preliminary results indicate the potential of this technology to replace aqueous-based chromate processes.

  9. Helical Feed Milling with MQL for Boring of Aluminum Alloy

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    Sasahara, Hiroyuki; Kawasaki, Makoto; Tsutsumi, Masaomi

    MQL is applied to the helical feed milling hole-making process of aluminum alloy. It is difficult to drill on aluminum alloy without cutting fluid because the adhesion to the tool leads to a chip jam, the tool breakage or low accuracy. By employing the helical feed milling, cutting temperature will decrease, each chip length will become short and a chip jam in a hole will be avoided, because the intermittent cutting is realized. As a result of employing the helical feed milling with MQL, it was shown that the shape error is decreased, a burr formation is decreased, machining temperature becomes low and the cutting force becomes small comparing with drilling process. Shape error by helical feed milling with MQL is comparable with that with flood coolant. In this case, small mist particle counts under 5μm, which affects working environment, are almost constant if the spindle speed varies. Scattered mist particle counts are less when MQL is employed over 20000 min-1 spindle speed comparing with the flood coolant.

  10. Laser shocking of 2024 and 7075 aluminum alloys

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    Clauer, A. H.; Fairand, B. P.; Slater, J. E.

    1977-01-01

    The effect of laser generated stress waves on the microstructure, hardness, strength and stress corrosion resistance of 2024 and 7075 aluminum alloys was investigated. Pulsed CO2 and neodymium-glass lasers were used to determine the effect of wavelength and pulse duration on pressure generation and material property changes. No changes in material properties were observed with CO2 laser. The strength and hardness of 2024-T351 and the strength of 7075-T73 aluminum alloys were substantially improved by the stress wave environments generated with the neodymium-glass laser. The mechanical properties of 2024-T851 and 7075-T651 were unchanged by the laser treatment. The correlation of the laser shock data with published results of flyer plate experiments demonstrated that a threshold pressure needed to be exceeded before strengthening and hardening could occur. Peak pressures generated by the pulsed laser source were less than 7.0 GPa which was below the threshold pressure required to change the mechanical properties of 2024-T851 and 7075-T651. Corrosion studies indicated that laser shocking increased the resistance to local attack in 2024-T351 and 7075-T651.

  11. Fatigue crack growth in an aluminum alloy-fractographic study

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    Salam, I.; Muhammad, W.; Ejaz, N.

    2016-08-01

    A two-fold approach was adopted to understand the fatigue crack growth process in an Aluminum alloy; fatigue crack growth test of samples and analysis of fractured surfaces. Fatigue crack growth tests were conducted on middle tension M(T) samples prepared from an Aluminum alloy cylinder. The tests were conducted under constant amplitude loading at R ratio 0.1. The stress applied was from 20,30 and 40 per cent of the yield stress of the material. The fatigue crack growth data was recorded. After fatigue testing, the samples were subjected to detailed scanning electron microscopic (SEM) analysis. The resulting fracture surfaces were subjected to qualitative and quantitative fractographic examinations. Quantitative fracture analysis included an estimation of crack growth rate (CGR) in different regions. The effect of the microstructural features on fatigue crack growth was examined. It was observed that in stage II (crack growth region), the failure mode changes from intergranular to transgranular as the stress level increases. In the region of intergranular failure the localized brittle failure was observed and fatigue striations are difficult to reveal. However, in the region of transgranular failure the crack path is independent of the microstructural features. In this region, localized ductile failure mode was observed and well defined fatigue striations were present in the wake of fatigue crack. The effect of interaction of growing fatigue crack with microstructural features was not substantial. The final fracture (stage III) was ductile in all the cases.

  12. Defect analysis of complex-shape aluminum alloy forging

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    SHAN De-bin; ZHANG Yan-qiu; WANG Yong; XU Fu-chang; XU Wen-chen; L(U) Yan

    2006-01-01

    The isothermal precision forging was applied for the purpose of forming aluminum alloy with complex shape. The complexity of forging is easy to lead to the occurrence of the defects, such as underfilling, folding, metal flow lines disturbance and fibre breaking. The reasons for the defects were analyzed on the basis of experiments and finite element method(FEM). The results show that the size of flash gutter bridge, the lubricating condition and the deformation process are the main factors influencing the filling qualities of complex-shape aluminum alloy forging. The folding defect is mainly caused by different velocities of filling cavities, fast flow of much metal in one direction and confluence of two or multi metal strands. Improper metal distribution in different regions can cause the flow lines disturbance and fast metal flow in one direction is also a cause of the flow lines disturbance According to the reasons, some measures were taken to improve the quality of the forged parts. These studies can contribute to offering some experiences in making process project and optimizing the process parameters for forging complex-shape aviation products.

  13. Flexural-torsional buckling behavior of aluminum alloy beams

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    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.

  14. Physical Modeling of Plastic Working Conditions for Rods of 7xxx Series Aluminum Alloys

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    Dyja H.

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The continuing high level of demand for lightweight structural materials is the reason for the ever-growing interest in aluminum alloys. The main areas of application for aluminum alloys products are the aerospace and automotive industries. Production of profiles and structural elements from lightweight alloys gives possibility to reduce the curb weight of construction, which directly translates into among other reduction of fuel consumption and lower amount of generated exhaust gas.

  15. Thermal Decoating of Aerospace Aluminum Alloys for Aircraft Recycling

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    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.

  16. Influence of mechanical vibration on the filling capacity of A356 and AZ91D in lost foam casting%机械振动对A356和AZ91D消失模充型的影响

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    赵忠; 樊自田; 成平; 唐波

    2009-01-01

    Mechanical vibration was applied during lost foam casting (LFC) process of A356 aluminum alloy and AZ91D magnesium alloy. The vibration direction was the same as the flow direction, and the influence of mechanical vibration at different frequency and amplitude on the filling capacity of A356 and AZ91D under lost foam casting was studied. The filling mathematical model was established in lost foam casting by the vibration, and the filling capacity was analyzed by the fluid dynamics and heat transfer, and the influence of the vibration on the filling capacity of the alloys was explained. The results show that the filling capacity of the alloys increase with the vibration frequency and amplitude increased, and it is obviously increased applying mechanical vibration to be at the peak acceleration between from 1g to 4g. The calculated results of filling capacity of the mathematical model are basically consistent with the experimental results.%在A356铝合金和AZg1D镁合金消失模铸造浇注过程中采用与流动方向一致的水平振动,研究不同频率和振幅的机械振动对A356和AZ91D消失模铸造充型能力的影响.建立了消失模振动浇注时金属液充型数学模型,利用流体动力学和传热学原理,分析振动对消失模铸造浇注过程中充型能力的影响.结果表明:金属液充型能力随着振动频率和振幅的增加而增强,振动峰值加速度在1g~4g之间,机械振动可明显提高A356和AZ91D消失模铸造充型能力.数学模型计算结果与实验结果基本一致.

  17. Synthesis of metastable aluminum-based intermetallics by mechanical alloying

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    Schwarz, R.B.; Srinivasan, S.; Desch, P.B.

    1991-01-01

    We have used mechanical alloying (MA) to prepare fine-grained powders of Al 25 at. % X (X = Ti, Zr, Hf) having the metastable cubic L1{sub 2} structure. Hexane (C{sub 6}H{sub 14}) is added to the milling media to avoid the agglomeration of the aluminum powder. Carbon from the decomposition of the hexane incorporates into the powder to form a fine dispersion of carbides. These carbides are beneficial because they limit grain growth during consolidation and add strength to the alloy. We have consolidated the mechanically alloyed powders using conventional hot-pressing and non-conventional dynamic pressing. We used hot pressing to consolidate mechanically alloyed L1{sub 2}-Al{sub 3}Ti powder in the presence of excess of Al. The compact has the DO{sub 22} structure. Its room-temperature compressive strength is 1.2 GPa (exceeding that of cast Al{sub 3}Ti by a factor of 10). At 400{degrees}C, the compressive strength decreases to 1 GPa. The ductility, which is negligible at room temperature, increases to 6% at 400{degrees}C. We used dynamic pressing to consolidate L1{sub 2}-Al{sub 5}CuZr{sub 2} powder. The compact, having the L1{sub 2} structure, has fine grains (44 nm) and a fine dispersion of ZrC precipitates (7 nm). Its hardness is in the range of 1030 kg mm{sup {minus}2}. Current efforts are to investigate ternary alloys based on fine-grained trialuminides which include a ductile second phase. 26 refs., 8 figs.

  18. Method to increase the toughness of aluminum-lithium alloys at cryogenic temperatures

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    Sankaran, Krishnan K. (Inventor); Sova, Brian J. (Inventor); Babel, Henry W. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    A method to increase the toughness of the aluminum-lithium alloy C458 and similar alloys at cryogenic temperatures above their room temperature toughness is provided. Increasing the cryogenic toughness of the aluminum-lithium alloy C458 allows the use of alloy C458 for cryogenic tanks, for example for launch vehicles in the aerospace industry. A two-step aging treatment for alloy C458 is provided. A specific set of times and temperatures to age the aluminum-lithium alloy C458 to T8 temper is disclosed that results in a higher toughness at cryogenic temperatures compared to room temperature. The disclosed two-step aging treatment for alloy 458 can be easily practiced in the manufacturing process, does not involve impractical heating rates or durations, and does not degrade other material properties.

  19. Mechanical Properties of Squeeze-Cast A356 Composites Reinforced With B4C Particulates

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    Mazahery, Ali; Ostad Shabani, Mohsen

    2012-02-01

    In this study, different volume fractions of B4C particles were incorporated into the aluminum alloy by a mechanical stirrer, and squeeze-cast A356 matrix composites reinforced with B4C particles were fabricated. Microstructural characterization revealed that the B4C particles were distributed among the dendrite branches, leaving the dendrite branches as particle-free regions in the material. It also showed that the grain size of aluminum composite is smaller than that of monolithic aluminum. X-ray diffraction studies also confirmed the existence of boron carbide and some other reaction products such as AlB2 and Al3BC in the composite samples. It was observed that the amount of porosity increases with increasing volume fraction of composites. The porosity level increased, since the contact surface area was increased. Tensile behavior and the hardness values of the unreinforced alloy and composites were evaluated. The strain-hardening behavior and elongation to fracture of the composite materials appeared very different from those of the unreinforced Al alloy. It was noted that the elastic constant, strain-hardening and the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of the MMCs are higher than those of the unreinforced Al alloy and increase with increasing B4C content. The elongation to fracture of the composite materials was found very low, and no necking phenomenon was observed before fracture. The tensile fracture surface of the composite samples was indicative of particle cracking, interface debonding, and deformation constraint in the matrix and revealed the brittle mode of fracture.

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

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    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

  1. Laser surface alloying of aluminum (AA1200) with Ni and SiC Powders

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    Mabhali, Luyolo AB

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available An Nd:YAG laser was used for surface alloying of aluminum AA1200. The alloying powder was a mixture of Ni and SiC in different ratios. A study of the microstructures obtained after alloying was conducted using optical and scanning electron...

  2. Friction stir welding characteristics of two aluminum alloys

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    刘会杰; 藤井英俊; 前田将克; 野城清

    2003-01-01

    The friction stir welding characteristics of the strain-hardened AA1050-H24 and precipitate-hardened AA2017-T351 aluminum alloys were examined in order to reveal the effects of the alloy properties on the friction stir welding behavior of the base materials. The results show that (1) for AA1050-H24, the weld possesses a smooth surface and clear ripples, there is no elliptical weld nugget in the weld, there is not discernible interface between the stir zone and the thermo-mechanically affected zone(TMAZ), and the internal defect of the weld looks like a long crack and is located in the lower part of the weld; (2) for AA2017-T351, the weld usually possesses a rough surface and visible ripples, the elliptical weld nugget clearly exists in the weld and there is obvious plastic flow and a discernible interface between the nugget and the TMAZ, and the internal defect of the weld is composed of many voids and distributed in the middle part of the weld; (3) the effective ranges of the welding parameters for AA1050-H24 and AA2017-T351 are both narrow, especially for the latter; and (4) the tensile strength efficiencies of the joints for the two typical alloys are similar, i e 79% for AA1050-H24 and 82% for AA2017-T351.

  3. Modeling the Controlled Recrystallization of Particle-Containing Aluminum Alloys

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    Adam, Khaled; Root, Jameson M.; Long, Zhengdong; Field, David P.

    2016-12-01

    The recrystallized fraction for AA7050 during the solution heat treatment is highly dependent upon the history of deformation during thermomechanical processing. In this work, a state variable model was developed to predict the recrystallization volume fraction as a function of processing parameters. Particle stimulated nucleation (PSN) was observed as a dominant mechanism of recrystallization in AA7050. The mesoscale Monte Carlo Potts model was used to simulate the evolved microstructure during static recrystallization with the given recrystallization fraction determined already by the state variable model for AA7050 alloy. The spatial inhomogeneity of nucleation is obtained from the measurement of the actual second-phase particle distribution in the matrix identified using backscattered electron (BSE) imaging. The state variable model showed good fit with the experimental results, and the simulated microstructures were quantitatively comparable to the experimental results for the PSN recrystallized microstructure of 7050 aluminum alloy. It was also found that the volume fraction of recrystallization did not proceed as dictated by the Avrami equation in this alloy because of the presence of the growth inhibitors.

  4. Modeling the Controlled Recrystallization of Particle-Containing Aluminum Alloys

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    Adam, Khaled; Root, Jameson M.; Long, Zhengdong; Field, David P.

    2017-01-01

    The recrystallized fraction for AA7050 during the solution heat treatment is highly dependent upon the history of deformation during thermomechanical processing. In this work, a state variable model was developed to predict the recrystallization volume fraction as a function of processing parameters. Particle stimulated nucleation (PSN) was observed as a dominant mechanism of recrystallization in AA7050. The mesoscale Monte Carlo Potts model was used to simulate the evolved microstructure during static recrystallization with the given recrystallization fraction determined already by the state variable model for AA7050 alloy. The spatial inhomogeneity of nucleation is obtained from the measurement of the actual second-phase particle distribution in the matrix identified using backscattered electron (BSE) imaging. The state variable model showed good fit with the experimental results, and the simulated microstructures were quantitatively comparable to the experimental results for the PSN recrystallized microstructure of 7050 aluminum alloy. It was also found that the volume fraction of recrystallization did not proceed as dictated by the Avrami equation in this alloy because of the presence of the growth inhibitors.

  5. Effects of Hot Deformation on Microstructure and Properties of Permanent Mold A356 Aluminum Alloy Castings%热变形对A356金属型铸件性能和组织的影响

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    黄龙辉; 杨弋涛; 刘立坤; 张轶群; 邵光杰

    2009-01-01

    热变形会改变金属型铸件的力学性能和组织,针对铸件相同部位的不同变形量及不同部位的相同变形量,研究了其热变形前后性能和组织的差异.结果表明,热变形不仅可以有效地消除铸造缺陷,而且使共晶硅颗粒呈有序分布,从而提高了金属型铸件的伸长率,试样同一部位的伸长率从铸态的2.1%提高到热变形态的11.0%;不同部位的试样在经过变形量为20%的热变形后,伸长率分别提高到6.1%、7.86%和8.7%.

  6. 半固态A356铝合金浆料的LSPWES制备和流变成形%Slurry Preparation by LSPWES Method and Rheocasting of A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    毛卫民; 朱达平; 郑秋; 汤国兴

    2009-01-01

    利用短时弱电磁搅拌和低过热度浇注(LSPWES)制备了半固态AlSi7Mg铝合金浆料,随后对该浆料进行了均热处理,并探讨了压射比压对铝合金浆料流变挤压铸造过程的影响.制备结果表明:在630~650℃下浇注.同时附以短时低强度电磁搅拌,AlSi7Mg合金中的初生α-Al呈现为球状,个别的初生α-Al呈现为蔷薇状;在固液两相区进行均热处理时,促进了初生α-Al的熟化作用,使初生α-Al进一步球化和粗化.压射比压对半固态AlSi7Mg合金浆料的充填性影响较大,压射比压越高,型腔越容易充满;对于本试验条件,只要压射比压≥34MPa,半固态AlSi7Mg合金浆料都可充满型腔.流变挤压铸件的组织分布很均匀,表明采用低过热度浇注和弱电磁搅拌相结合所制备的半固态AlSi7Mg铝合金浆料适合流变挤压成形,有利于获得高质量的压铸件.

  7. Influence of Processing Parameters on Microstructure of Semi-solid A356 Slurry Prepared by Inclined Tubes%倾斜管制备A356半固态浆料工艺参数对组织的影响

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    徐宁; 邱锡荣

    2015-01-01

    A356 aluminum alloy slurry was prepared by inclined tubes,and effects of some parameters, such as pouring temperature,rotating velocity and inclined angle of feeding tube,preheating tempera-ture of mould,on microstructure of semi-solid slurry,were investigated.Through optimizing processing parameters,desirable microstructure of the A356 alloy semi-solid slurry can be prepared.%利用倾斜管技术制备了A356铝合金半固态浆料,通过改变浇注温度、输送管转速和倾角、结晶器预热温度等工艺参数,观察了半固态浆料的组织变化,研究分析了各种工艺参数对A356半固态浆料的影响规律,获得了理想的微观组织。

  8. High Strength and Wear Resistant Aluminum Alloy for High Temperature Applications

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    Lee, Jonathan A.; Munafo, Paul M. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, a new high strength and wear resistant aluminum cast alloy invented by NASA-MSFC for high temperature applications will be presented. Developed to meet U.S. automotive legislation requiring low-exhaust emission, the novel NASA 398 aluminum-silicon alloy offers dramatic improvement in tensile and fatigue strengths at elevated temperatures (500 F-800 F), enabling new pistons to utilize less material, which can lead to reducing part weight and cost as well as improving performance. NASA 398 alloy also offers greater wear resistance, surface hardness, dimensional stability, and lower thermal expansion compared to conventional aluminum alloys for several commercial and automotive applications. The new alloy can be produced economically using permanent steel molds from conventional gravity casting or sand casting. The technology was developed to stimulate the development of commercial aluminum casting products from NASA-developed technology by offering companies the opportunity to license this technology.

  9. Fracture characteristics of structural aerospace alloys containing deep surface flaws. [aluminum-titanium alloys

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    Masters, J. N.; Bixler, W. D.; Finger, R. W.

    1973-01-01

    Conditions controlling the growth and fracture of deep surface flaws in aerospace alloys were investigated. Static fracture tests were performed on 7075-T651 and 2219-T87 aluminum, and 6Ai-4V STA titanium . Cyclic flaw growth tests were performed on the two latter alloys, and sustain load tests were performed on the titanium alloy. Both the cyclic and the sustain load tests were performed with and without a prior proof overload cycle to investigate possible growth retardation effects. Variables included in all test series were thickness, flaw depth-to-thickness ratio, and flaw shape. Results were analyzed and compared with previously developed data to determine the limits of applicability of available modified linear elastic fracture solutions.

  10. Mechanical properties of friction stir welded aluminum alloys 5083 and 5383

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    Jeom Kee Paik

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The use of high-strength aluminum alloys is increasing in shipbuilding industry, particularly for the design and construction of war ships, littoral surface craft and combat ships, and fast passenger ships. While various welding methods are used today to fabricate aluminum ship structures, namely gas metallic arc welding (GMAW, laser welding and friction stir welding (FSW, FSW technology has been recognized to have many advantages for the construction of aluminum structures, as it is a low-cost welding process. In the present study, mechanical properties of friction stir welded aluminum alloys are examined experimentally. Tensile testing is undertaken on dog-bone type test specimen for aluminum alloys 5083 and 5383. The test specimen includes friction stir welded material between identical alloys and also dissimilar alloys, as well as unwelded (base alloys. Mechanical properties of fusion welded aluminum alloys are also tested and compared with those of friction stir welded alloys. The insights developed from the present study are documented together with details of the test database. Part of the present study was obtained from the Ship Structure Committee project SR-1454 (Paik, 2009, jointly funded by its member agencies.

  11. Micromechanical models of delamination in aluminum-lithium alloys

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    Messner, Mark Christian

    Aluminum lithium (Al-Li) alloys are lighter, stiffer, and tougher than conventional aerospace aluminum alloys. Replacing conventional aluminums with Al-Li could substantially decrease the weight and cost of aerospace structures. However, Al-Li alloys often fracture intergranularly via a mechanism called delamination cracking. While secondary delamination cracks can improve the effective toughness of a component, no current model accurately predicts the initiation and growth of intergranular cracks. Since simulations cannot incorporate delamination into a structural model, designers cannot quantify the effect of delamination cracking on a particular component. This uncertainty limits the application of Al-Li alloys. Previous experiments identify microstructural features linked to delamination. Fractography of failed surfaces indicates plastic void growth triggers intergranular failure. Furthermore, certain types of soft/stiff grain boundaries tend to localize void growth and nucleate delamination cracks. This dissertation develops a mechanism for the initiation of delamination on the microscale that accounts for these experimental observations. Microscale simulations of grain boundaries near a long primary crack explore the delamination mechanism on the mesoscale. In these simulations, a physically-based crystal plasticity (CP) model represents the constitutive response of individual grains. This CP model incorporates plastic voriticity correction terms into a standard objective stress rate integration, to accurately account for the kinematics of lattice deformation. The CP model implements slip system hardening with a modular approach to facilitate quick testing and calibration of different theories of hardening. The microscale models reveal soft/stiff grain boundaries develop elevated mean stress and plastic strain as a consequence of the mechanics of the interface. These elevated stresses and strain drive plastic void growth. The results indicate plastic void

  12. Tribological Behavior of A356/Al2O3 Surface Nanocomposite Prepared by Friction Stir Processing

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    Mazaheri, Y.; Karimzadeh, F.; Enayati, M. H.

    2014-04-01

    Surface A356 aluminum alloy matrix composites containing micro and nanosized Al2O3 are prepared by a new approach utilizing high-velocity oxy-fuel spraying and friction stir processing (FSP). Optical and scanning electron microscopy, microhardness, and wear tests were used to characterize the surface composites. Results indicated that, the presence of Al2O3 in matrix can improve the mechanical properties of specimens. The microhardness of surface composites containing micro and nanosized Al2O3 were 89.8 ± 2.6 HV and 109.7 ± 2.5 HV, respectively, which were higher than those for the as-received (79.6 ± 1.1 HV) and the FSPed A356-T6 with no alumina powder (66.8 ± 0.9 HV). Surface composites revealed low friction coefficients and wear rates, which were significantly lower than those obtained for substrate. The wear mass losses of the as-received, the FSPed, and surface micro and nanocomposite specimens after 500-m sliding distance were 50.5, 55.6, 31, and 17.2 mg, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy tests revealed different wear mechanisms on the surface of the wear test specimens.

  13. Properties of welded joints in laser welding of aeronautic aluminum-lithium alloys

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    Malikov, A. G.; Orishich, A. M.

    2017-01-01

    The work presents the experimental investigation of the laser welding of the aluminum-lithium alloys (system Al-Mg-Li) and aluminum alloy (system Al-Cu-Li) doped with Sc. The influence of the nano-structuring of the surface layer welded joint by the cold plastic deformation method on the strength properties of the welded joint is determined. It is founded that, regarding the deformation degree over the thickness, the varying value of the welded joint strength is different for these aluminum alloys.

  14. Butt weld of aluminum alloy plates 6063 and LY12 by laser beam

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    Xia, Jin'an; Cheng, Zhaogu; Xu, Guoliang; Li, Xianqin

    2000-02-01

    By means of a transverse flow 5 kW CO2 laser with low- order mode laser beam output, 1 - 4 mm thick aluminum alloy plates 6063 and LY12 were successfully butt welded. The result shows that the butt weldability and the weld quality of the aluminum alloy plates are mainly dependent on incident laser power density, laser beam defocused distance and shielding gas. The relationship between the weld quality of the aluminum alloy plates and the welding parameters is discussed. The macrostructure and microstructure of the welded seams are analyzed. The mechanical properties of the welded seams are discussed.

  15. Interface properties and phase formation between surface coated SKD61 and aluminum alloys

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    Se-Weon CHOI; Young-Chan KIM; Se-Hun CHANG; Ik-Hyun OH; Joon-Sik PARK; Chang-Seog KANG

    2009-01-01

    The intermediate phase formation and surface protection effects between SKD61 die mold alloys and aluminum alloys were investigated during a simulated die-casting process. The surface coatings of SKD61 alloy were carried out via Si pack cementation coatings at 900 ℃ for 10 h and the e-FeSi phase formed. When the coated SKD61 alloy was dipped in the liquid aluminum alloy (ALDC12), the surface coated SKD61 alloys showed better surface properties compared with uncoated SKD61 alloys, i.e., the intermediate phases (FeSiAl compound) were not produced for the coated SKD61 alloy. The coating layer of e-FeSi served as a diffusion barrier for the formation of FeSiAl compounds.

  16. Laser Surface Alloying of Copper, Manganese, and Magnesium with Pure Aluminum Substrate

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    Jiru, Woldetinsay G.; Sankar, M. Ravi; Dixit, Uday S.

    2016-03-01

    Laser surface alloying is one of the recent technologies used in the manufacturing sector for improving the surface properties of the metals. Light weight materials like aluminum alloys, titanium alloys, and magnesium alloys are used in the locomotive, aerospace, and structural applications. In the present work, an experimental study was conducted to improve the surface hardness of commercially pure aluminum plate. CO2 laser is used to melt pre-placed powders of pure copper, manganese, and magnesium. Microstructure of alloyed surface was analyzed using optical microscope. The best surface alloying was obtained at the optimum values of laser parameters, viz., laser power, scan speed, and laser beam diameter. In the alloyed region, microhardness increased from 30 HV0.5 to 430 HV0.5, while it was 60 HV0.5 in the heat-affected region. Tensile tests revealed some reduction in the strength and total elongation due to alloying. On the other hand, corrosion resistance improved.

  17. Elevated temperature crack growth in advanced powder metallurgy aluminum alloys

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    Porr, William C., Jr.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    1990-01-01

    Rapidly solidified Al-Fe-V-Si powder metallurgy alloy FVS0812 is among the most promising of the elevated temperature aluminum alloys developed in recent years. The ultra fine grain size and high volume fraction of thermally stable dispersoids enable the alloy to maintain tensile properties at elevated temperatures. In contrast, this alloy displays complex and potentially deleterious damage tolerant and time dependent fracture behavior that varies with temperature. J-Integral fracture mechanics were used to determine fracture toughness (K sub IC) and crack growth resistance (tearing modulus, T) of extruded FVS0812 as a function of temperature. The alloy exhibits high fracture properties at room temperature when tested in the LT orientation, due to extensive delamination of prior ribbon particle boundaries perpendicular to the crack front. Delamination results in a loss of through thickness constraint along the crack front, raising the critical stress intensity necessary for precrack initiation. The fracture toughness and tensile ductility of this alloy decrease with increasing temperature, with minima observed at 200 C. This behavior results from minima in the intrinsic toughness of the material, due to dynamic strain aging, and in the extent of prior particle boundary delaminations. At 200 C FVS0812 fails at K levels that are insufficient to cause through thickness delamination. As temperature increases beyond the minimum, strain aging is reduced and delamination returns. For the TL orientation, K (sub IC) decreased and T increased slightly with increasing temperature from 25 to 316 C. Fracture in the TL orientation is governed by prior particle boundary toughness; increased strain localization at these boundaries may result in lower toughness with increasing temperature. Preliminary results demonstrate a complex effect of loading rate on K (sub IC) and T at 175 C, and indicate that the combined effects of time dependent deformation, environment, and strain aging

  18. Applications of pattern recognition in aluminum alloy texture characterization

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    Liu, Guizhong; Rehbein, D. K.; Foley, James C.; Thompson, R. B.

    2000-05-01

    This paper presents a methodology to extract texture information in Aluminum alloys using pattern recognition algorithm. The orientation of the samples can be obtained by the orientation Image Microscope (OIM) technique. The ISO DATA pattern recognition algorithm is implemented to classify the OIM data into different clusters. Based on the classification results, the probability density function (pdf) is estimated. Then, the pdf is expanded as a series of Legendre functions with coefficients, i.e., the orientation distribution coefficients (ODC) as texture parameters. Three of these ODC's are of special interests, namely W400, W420, and W440. This paper includes results from ultrasonic NDE and this novel algorithm.—Ames Laboratory is operated for U.S. Department of Energy by Iowa State University under Contract W-7405-ENG-82. This work was supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences as a part of the Center of Excellence of the Synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials.

  19. Mechanisms of pressure filtration of liquid aluminum alloys

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    Cao, X.

    2006-12-01

    The Prefil Footprinter, a portable pressure filtration instrument, is usually used to detect the quality of liquid aluminum alloys. However, no investigations have ever been done to calculate the cake resistance to date. Based on the identification and classification of flow behavior using the first derivative method for filtrate mass vs filtration time curves, conventional filtration equations are successfully employed to understand the filtration behaviors. From the analyses of the variations of cake resistance with filtration time, the filtration mechanisms are discussed in detail over the different filtration stages. During the steady stage, either incompressible or compressible cake mode is the main mechanism. At the initial and terminal transient stages, however, deep-bed filtration, complete straining, and solidification clogging may appear. Solid inclusions in liquid metal have significant influence on the cake structures and properties. Some important issues related to the heterogeneity of filter media and test methodology are highlighted in this work.

  20. Laser vision sensing based on adaptive welding for aluminum alloy

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    CHEN Zhixiang; SONG Yonglun; ZHANG Jun; ZHANG Wanchun; JIANG Li; XIA Xuxin

    2007-01-01

    A laser vision sensing based on the adaptive tungsten inert gas(TIG)welding system for large-scale aluminum alloy components was established to fit various weld groove conditions.A new type of laser vision sensor was used to precisely measure the weld groove.The joint geometry data,such as the bevel angle,the gap,the area,and the mismatch,etc.,aided in assembling large-scale aerospace components before welding.They were also applied for automatic seam tracking,such as automatic torch transverse alignment and torch height adjustment in welding.An adaptive welding process was realized by automatically adjusting the wire feeding speed and the welding current according to the groove conditions.The process results in a good weld formation and high welding quality,which meet the requirements of related standards.

  1. Microstructure characteristics and mechanical properties of rheocasting 7075 aluminum alloy

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure characteristics and mechanical properties of 7075 aluminum alloy produced by a new rheoforming technique, under as-cast and optimized heat treatment conditions, were investigated. The present rheoforming combined the innovatively developed rheocasting process, named as ICSPC (inverted cone-shaped pouring channel process, and the existing HPDC (high pressure die casting process. The experimental results show that the ICSPC can be used to prepare high quality semi-solid slurry for the subsequent die casting. Compared with conventional HPDC process, the ICSPC process can improve the microstructures and mechanical properties of the cast tensile samples. An optimized heat treatment results in significant improvement in ultimate tensile strength. However, the ductility of the samples, both under as-cast and optimized heat treatment conditions, are relatively poor.

  2. Microstructural stability of ultrafine grained cold sprayed 6061 aluminum alloy

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    Rokni, M.R., E-mail: mohammadreza.rokni@mines.sdsmt.edu [Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Advanced Materials Processing Center, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM and T), SD (United States); Widener, C.A. [Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Advanced Materials Processing Center, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM and T), SD (United States); Champagne, V.R. [U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (United States)

    2014-01-30

    The microstructural stability of ultrafine grained (UFG) cold spray 6061 aluminum deposits produced by high pressure cold spray were investigated by in situ heating to a fully annealed state via a hot-stage transmission electron microscope (TEM). It was possible to observe the precise locations and temperatures of different microstructural changes, like dislocation movement and other restoration processes. Even after heating up to the annealing temperature for this alloy, the deposited layer in the perpendicular direction was found to preserve the UFG structures, which were the result of different recrystallization mechanisms caused by the high strains present during cold spraying. Extensive solute segregation at the grain boundaries acted as an obstruction for grain boundary migration in this direction, thereby preventing grain growth. However, in the direction parallel to the deposited surface, the UFGs were not resistant to grain coursing like the other direction, since the grain boundaries had much less solute segregation.

  3. Subsequent yield loci of 5754O aluminum alloy sheet

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    WANG Hai-bo; WAN Min; WU Xiang-dong; YAN Yu

    2009-01-01

    Complex loading paths were realized with cruciform specimens and biaxial loading testing machine. Experimental method for determining the subsequent yield locus of sheet metal was established. With this method, the subsequent yield loci of 5754O aluminum alloy sheet were obtained under complex loading paths. Theoretical subsequent yield loci based on Yld2000-2d yield criterion and three kinds of hardening modes were calculated and compared with the experimental results. The results show that the theoretical subsequent yield loci based on mixed hardening mode describe the experimental subsequent yield loci well, whereas isotropic hardening mode, which is widely used in sheet metal forming fields, predicts values larger than the experimental results. Kinematic hardening mode predicts values smaller than the experimental results and its errors are the largest.

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

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    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.

  5. Effects of zincate treatment on adhesion of electroless Ni-P coating onto various aluminum alloys

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    Makoto HINO; Koji MURAKAMI; Yutaka MITOOKA; Ken MURAOKA; Teruto KANADANI

    2009-01-01

    The effects of alloying elements on zincate treatment and adhesion of electroless Ni-P coating onto various aluminum alloy substrates were examined. Surface morphology of zinc deposits in the 1st zincate treatment and its adhesion were changed depending on the alloying element. The zinc deposits in the 2nd zincate treatment became thinly uniform, and the adhesion between aluminum alloy substrate and Ni-P coating was improved irrespective of the alloying element. XPS analysis revealed the existence of zinc on the surface of each aluminum alloy substrate after the pickling in 5% nitric acid. This zinc on the surface should be an important factor influencing the morphology of zinc deposit at the 2nd zincate treatment and its adhesion.

  6. Formability analysis of aluminum alloys through deep drawing process

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    Pranavi, U.; Janaki Ramulu, Perumalla; Chandramouli, Ch; Govardhan, Dasari; Prasad, PVS. Ram

    2016-09-01

    Deep drawing process is a significant metal forming process used in the sheet metal forming operations. From this process complex shapes can be manufactured with fewer defects. Deep drawing process has different effectible process parameters from which an optimum level of parameters should be identified so that an efficient final product with required mechanical properties will be obtained. The present work is to evaluate the formability of Aluminum alloy sheets using deep drawing process. In which effects of punch radius, lubricating conditions, die radius, and blank holding forces on deep drawing process observed for AA 6061 aluminum alloy sheet of 2 mm thickness. The numerical simulations are performed for deep drawing of square cups using three levels of aforesaid parameters like lubricating conditions and blank holding forces and two levels of punch radii and die radii. For numerical simulation a commercial FEM code is used in which Hollomon's power law and Hill's 1948 yield criterions are implemented. The deep drawing setup used in the FEM code is modeled using a CAD tool by considering the modeling requirements from the literature. Two different strain paths (150x150mm and 200x200mm) are simulated. Punch forces, thickness distributions and dome heights are evaluated for all the conditions. In addition failure initiation and propagation is also observed. From the results, by increasing the coefficient of friction and blank holding force, punch force, thickness distribution and dome height variations are observed. The comparison has done and the optimistic parameters were suggested from the results. From this work one can predict the formability for different strain paths without experimentation.

  7. Study on Friction and Wear Characteristics of Aluminum Alloy Hydraulic Valve Body and Its Antiwear Mechanism

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    Rong Li

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available In order for the working status of the aluminum alloyed hydraulic valve body to be controlled in actual conditions, a new friction and wear design device was designed for the cast iron and aluminum alloyed valve bodies comparison under the same conditions. The results displayed that: (1 The oil leakage of the aluminum alloyed hydraulic valve body was higher than the corresponding oil leakage of the iron body during the initial running stage. Besides during a later running stage, the oil leakage of the aluminum alloyed body was lower than corresponding oil leakage of the iron body; (2 The actual oil leakage of different materials consisted of two parts: the foundation leakage that was the leakage of the valve without wear and wear leakage that was caused by the worn valve body; (3 The aluminum alloyed valve could rely on the dust filling furrow and melting mechanism that led the body surface to retain dynamic balance, resulting in the valve leakage preservation at a low level. The aluminum alloy modified valve body can meet the requirements of hydraulic leakage under pressure, possibly constituting this alloy suitable for hydraulic valve body manufacturing.

  8. Long-term strategies for increased recycling of automotive aluminum and its alloying elements.

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    Løvik, Amund N; Modaresi, Roja; Müller, Daniel B

    2014-04-15

    Aluminum recycling currently occurs in a cascading fashion, where some alloys, used in a limited number of applications, absorb most of the end-of-life scrap. An expected increase in scrap supply in coming decades necessitates restructuring of the aluminum cycle to open up new recycling paths for alloys and avoid a potential scrap surplus. This paper explores various interventions in end-of-life management and recycling of automotive aluminum, using a dynamic substance flow analysis model of aluminum and its alloying elements with resolution on component and alloy level (vehicle-component-alloy-element model). It was found that increased component dismantling before vehicle shredding can be an effective, so far underestimated, intervention in the medium term, especially if combined with development of safety-relevant components such as wheels from secondary material. In the long term, automatic alloy sorting technologies are most likely required, but could at the same time reduce the need for magnesium removal in refining. Cooperation between the primary and secondary aluminum industries, the automotive industry, and end-of-life vehicle dismantlers is therefore essential to ensure continued recycling of automotive aluminum and its alloying elements.

  9. Evaluation of Sc-Bearing Aluminum Alloy C557 for Aerospace Applications

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    Domack, Marcia S.; Dicus, Dennis L.

    2002-01-01

    The performance of the Al-Mg-Sc alloy C557 was evaluated to assess its potential for a broad range of aerospace applications, including airframe and launch vehicle structures. Of specific interest were mechanical properties at anticipated service temperatures and thermal stability of the alloy. Performance was compared with conventional airframe aluminum alloys and with other emerging aluminum alloys developed for specific service environments. Mechanical properties and metallurgical structure were evaluated for commercially rolled sheet in the as-received H116 condition and after thermal exposures at 107 C. Metallurgical analyses were performed to de.ne grain morphology and texture, strengthening precipitates, and to assess the effect of thermal exposure.

  10. In-plane anisotropy of 1545 aluminum alloy sheet

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    PENG Yong-yi; YIN Zhi-min; YANG Jin; DU Yu-xuan

    2005-01-01

    The microstructures and the tensile mechanical properties in the rolling plane of 1545 aluminum alloy sheet at different orientations with respect to the rolling direction were studied by means of tensile test,X-ray diffractometer(XRD),optical microscope and transmission electron microscope.The in-plane anisotropy of tensile mechanical properties was calculated and the inverse pole figures of the rolling plane,transversal section and longitudinal section were obtained by Harris method.The results show that the 1545 Al alloy sheet has remarkable in-plane anisotropy of mechanical properties and the main texture component is{110}texture.On the basis of the model that regards the sheet containing only{110}texture as a monocrystal,the relationship of in-plane anisotropy and the anisotropy of crystallography was analyzed.The study shows that it is the combined effects of the anisotropy of crystallography and microstructures that cause the in-plane anisotropy of mechanical properties,but the main cause is the crystallographic texture.

  11. Superplasticity of the aluminum alloys containing the Al{sub 3}Ni eutectic particles

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    Portnoy, V.K. [Department of Physical Metallurgy Non-Ferrous Metals, National University of Science and Technology ' ' MISIS' ' , Moscow (Russian Federation); Mikhaylovskaya, A.V.

    2012-09-15

    The structures and parameters of superplasticity of aluminum alloys containing fine and coarse eutectic Al{sub 3}Ni particles were investigated. Traditional hot and cold rolling were used for sheet producing. The research alloys have low- or high - alloying solid solution. Superplasticity characterization of the alloy with high-alloying solid solution is much better beside alloys with low-alloying solid solution. Alloying by zirconium improves superplasticity in some investigated alloys. Some alloys with partially recrystallized structure show d = 500-700% at T = 0.95 Tm with the constant strain rates to the range of (1.10{sup -3}-1.10{sup -2}) s{sup -1}. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Aluminum-Lithium Alloy 2050 for Reduced-Weight, Increased-Stiffness Space Structures Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Touchstone Research Laboratory, along with Alcan Rolled Products ? Ravenswood WV, has identified the Aluminum-Lithium Alloy 2050 as a potentially game-changing...

  13. Cryogenic Fracture Toughness Evaluation of an Investment Cast Aluminum-Beryllium Alloy for Structural Applications

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    Gamwell, Wayne; McGill, Preston

    2006-01-01

    This document is a viewgraph presentation that details the fracture toughness of Aluminum-Beryllium Alloy for use in structures at cryogenic temperatures. Graphs and charts are presented in the presentation

  14. The mechanism of stress-corrosion cracking in 7075 aluminum alloy

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    Jacobs, A. J.

    1970-01-01

    Various aspects of stress-corrosion cracking in 7075 aluminum alloy are discussed. A model is proposed in which the continuous anodic path along which the metal is preferentially attacked consists of two phases which alternate as anodes.

  15. WAYS TO IMPROVE SEDIMENTATION STABILITY OF RELEASE COATING FOR DIE CASTING OF ALUMI-NUM ALLOYS

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    A. A. Pivovarchyk

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of a study on the effect of a method for dispersing the size of the component of the dispersed phase separation coatings used in high pressure die casting aluminum alloys.

  16. Computational Modeling aided Near Net Shape Manufacturing for Aluminum Alloys Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This program will focus on developing and validating computational models for near-net shape processing of aluminum alloys. Computational models will be developed...

  17. Wear resistance analysis of the aluminum 7075 alloy and the nanostructured aluminum 7075 - silver nanoparticles composites

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    Estrada-Ruiz R.H.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured composites of the aluminum 7075 alloy and carbon-coated silver nanoparticles were synthetized by the mechanical milling technique using a high-energy mill SPEX 8000M; the powders generated were compacted, sintered and hot-extruded to produce 1 cm-diameter bars. The composites were then subjected to a wear test using a pin-on-disc device to validate the hypothesis that second phase-ductile nanometric particles homogenously distributed throughout the metalmatrix improve the wear resistance of the material. It was found that silver nanoparticles prevent the wear of the material by acting as an obstacle to dislocations movement during the plastic deformation of the contact surface, as well as a solid lubricant when these are separated from the metal-matrix.

  18. Study of localized corrosion in aluminum alloys by the scanning reference electrode technique

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    Danford, M. D.

    1995-01-01

    Localized corrosion in 2219-T87 aluminum (Al) alloy, 2195 aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloy, and welded 2195 Al-Li alloy (4043 filler) have been investigated using the relatively new scanning reference electrode technique (SRET). Anodic sites are more frequent and of greater strength in the 2195 Al-Li alloy than in the 2219-T87 Al alloy, indicating a greater tendency toward pitting for the latter. However, the overall corrosion rates are about the same for these two alloys, as determined using the polarization resistance technique. In the welded 2195 Al-Li alloy, the weld bean is entirely cathodic, with rather strongly anodic heat affected zones (HAZ) bordering both sides, indicating a high probability of corrosion in the HAZ parallel to the weld bead.

  19. Microstructure and properties of vacuum counter-pressure cast aluminum alloy

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    YAN Qing-song; Yu, Huan; WEI Bo-kang

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure and properties of vacuum counter-pressure cast aluminum alloy were studied. Results indicated that under the condition of vacuum counter-pressure, liquid melts fill mould cavity under the vacuum and crystallize under high pressure which have very good effect on nucleation and solidification feeding. Compared with gravity casting, the microstructure of vacuum counter-pressure cast aluminum alloy is much finer and more uniformly distributed. Mechanical properties of vacuum co...

  20. Effect of Chromate and Chromate-Free Organic Coatings on Corrosion Fatigue of an Aluminum Alloy

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    2012-02-20

    the vicinity. Bentonite is hydrated alumino silicate clay primarily composed of the smectite class mineral montmorillonite [73]. The ideal formula for...used as inhibitors. It was studied also bentonite clay , which contains 99% of montmorillonite. The reason of choosing bentonite as aluminum alloy...natural bentonite , natural zeolite and Ca-ion exchanged and Zn-ion exchanged zeolites were studied as aluminum alloy corrosion inhibitors in organic

  1. Fabrication of Aluminum Tubes Filled with Aluminum Alloy Foam by Friction Welding

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    Yoshihiko Hangai

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum foam is usually used as the core of composite materials by combining it with dense materials, such as in Al foam core sandwich panels and Al-foam-filled tubes, owing to its low tensile and bending strengths. In this study, all-Al foam-filled tubes consisting of ADC12 Al-Si-Cu die-cast aluminum alloy foam and a dense A1050 commercially pure Al tube with metal bonding were fabricated by friction welding. First, it was found that the ADC12 precursor was firmly bonded throughout the inner wall of the A1050 tube without a gap between the precursor and the tube by friction welding. No deformation of the tube or foaming of the precursor was observed during the friction welding. Next, it was shown that by heat treatment of an ADC12-precursor-bonded A1050 tube, gases generated by the decomposition of the blowing agent expand the softened ADC12 to produce the ADC12 foam interior of the dense A1050 tube. A holding time during the foaming process of approximately tH = 8.5 min with a holding temperature of 948 K was found to be suitable for obtaining a sound ADC12-foam-filled A1050 tube with sufficient foaming, almost uniform pore structures over the entire specimen, and no deformation or reduction in the thickness of the tube.

  2. Advanced powder metallurgy aluminum alloys via rapid solidification technology, phase 2

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    Ray, Ranjan; Jha, Sunil C.

    1987-01-01

    Marko's rapid solidification technology was applied to processing high strength aluminum alloys. Four classes of alloys, namely, Al-Li based (class 1), 2124 type (class 2), high temperature Al-Fe-Mo (class 3), and PM X7091 type (class 4) alloy, were produced as melt-spun ribbons. The ribbons were pulverized, cold compacted, hot-degassed, and consolidated through single or double stage extrusion. The mechanical properties of all four classes of alloys were measured at room and elevated temperatures and their microstructures were investigated optically and through electron microscopy. The microstructure of class 1 Al-Li-Mg alloy was predominantly unrecrystallized due to Zr addition. Yield strengths to the order of 50 Ksi were obtained, but tensile elongation in most cases remained below 2 percent. The class 2 alloys were modified composition of 2124 aluminum alloy, through addition of 0.6 weight percent Zr and 1 weight percent Ni. Nickel addition gave rise to a fine dispersion of intermetallic particles resisting coarsening during elevated temperature exposure. The class 2 alloy showed good combination of tensile strength and ductility and retained high strength after 1000 hour exposure at 177 C. The class 3 Al-Fe-Mo alloy showed high strength and good ductility both at room and high temperatures. The yield and tensile strength of class 4 alloy exceeded those of the commercial 7075 aluminum alloy.

  3. Development of a 3D Filling Model of Low-Pressure Die-Cast Aluminum Alloy Wheels

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    Duan, Jianglan; Maijer, Daan; Cockcroft, Steve; Reilly, Carl

    2013-12-01

    A two-phase computational fluid dynamics model of the low-pressure die-cast process for the production of A356 aluminum alloy wheels has been developed to predict the flow conditions during die filling. The filling model represents a 36-deg section of a production wheel, and was developed within the commercial finite-volume package, ANSYS CFX, assuming isothermal conditions. To fully understand the behavior of the free surface, a novel technique was developed to approximate the vent resistances as they impact on the development of a backpressure within the die cavity. The filling model was first validated against experimental data, and then was used to investigate the effects of venting conditions and pressure curves during die filling. It was found that vent resistance and vent location strongly affected die filling time, free surface topography, and air entrainment for a given pressure fill-curve. With regard to the pressure curve, the model revealed a strong relation between the pressure curve and the flow behavior in the hub, which is an area prone to defect formation.

  4. Commercialization of NASA's High Strength Cast Aluminum Alloy for High Temperature Applications

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, the commercialization of a new high strength cast aluminum alloy, invented by NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center, for high temperature applications will be presented. Originally developed to meet U.S. automotive legislation requiring low- exhaust emission, the novel NASA aluminum alloy offers dramatic improvement in tensile and fatigue strengths at elevated temperatures (450 F-750 F), which can lead to reducing part weight and cost as well as improving performance for automotive engine applications. It is an ideal low cost material for cast components such as pistons, cylinder heads, cylinder liners, connecting rods, turbo chargers, impellers, actuators, brake calipers and rotors. NASA alloy also offers greater wear resistance, dimensional stability, and lower thermal expansion compared to conventional aluminum alloys, and the new alloy can be produced economically from sand, permanent mold and investment casting. Since 2001, this technology was licensed to several companies for automotive and marine internal combustion engines applications.

  5. Numerical simulation of different pulse width of long pulsed laser on aluminum alloy

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    Li, Mingxin; Jin, Guangyong; Zhang, Wei; Chen, Guibo; Bi, Juan

    2015-03-01

    Established a physical model to simulate the melt ejection induced by long pulsed laser on aluminum alloy and use the finite element method to simulate the whole process. This simulation is based on the interaction between single pulsed laser with different pulse width and different peak energy and aluminum alloy material. By comparing the theoretical simulation data and the actual test data, we discover that: the theoretical simulation curve is well consistent with the actual experimental curve, this two-dimensional model is with high reliability; when the temperature at the center of aluminum alloy surface increases and evaporation happens after the surface temperature at the center of aluminum alloy surface reaches boiling point and later the aluminum alloy material sustains in the status of equilibrium vaporization; the keyhole appears on the surface of the target, an increment of the keyhole, the maximum temperature at the center of aluminum alloy surface gradually moves inwardly. This research may provide the theoretical references to the understanding of the interaction between millisecond pulsed laser and many kinds of materials, as well as be beneficial to the application of the laser materials processing and military field.

  6. Machining studies of die cast aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites

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    Sornakumar, Thambu; Kathiresan, Marimuthu

    2010-10-01

    Metal matrix composites (MMCs) with high specific stiffness, high strength, improved wear resistance, and thermal properties are being increasingly used in advanced structural, aerospace, automotive, electronics, and wear applications. Aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites were developed using a new combination of the vortex method and the pressure die-casting technique in the present work. Machining studies were conducted on the aluminum alloy-silicon carbide (SiC) composite work pieces using high speed steel (HSS) end-mill tools in a milling machine at different speeds and feeds. The quantitative studies on the machined work piece show that the surface finish is better for higher speeds and lower feeds. The surface roughness of the plain aluminum alloy is better than that of the aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites. The studies on tool wear show that flank wear increases with speed and feed. The end-mill tool wear is higher on machining the aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites than on machining the plain aluminum alloy.

  7. Quality Evaluation of Remelted A356 Scraps

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    Yuksel C.

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A356 is one of the widely used aluminium casting alloy that has been used in both sand and die casting processes. Large amounts of scrap metal can be generated from the runner systems and feeders. In addition, chips are generated in the machined parts. The surface area with regard to weight of chips is so high that it makes these scraps difficult to melt. Although there are several techniques evolved to remedy this problem, yet the problem lies in the quality of the recycled raw material. Since recycling of these scrap is quite important due to the advantages like energy saving and cost reduction in the final product, in this work, the recycling efficiency and casting quality were investigated. Three types of charges were prepared for casting: %100 primary ingot, %100 scrap aluminium and fifty-fifty scrap aluminium and primary ingot mixture were used. Melt quality was determined by calculating bifilm index by using reduced pressure test. Tensile test samples were produced by casting both from sand and die moulds. Relationship between bifilm index and tensile strength were determined as an indication of correlation of melt quality. It was found that untreated chips decrease the casting quality significantly. Therefore, prior to charging the chips into the furnace for melting, a series of cleaning processes has to be used in order to achieve good quality products.

  8. A Review of Dissimilar Welding Techniques for Magnesium Alloys to Aluminum Alloys

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    Liming Liu

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Welding of dissimilar magnesium alloys and aluminum alloys is an important issue because of their increasing applications in industries. In this document, the research and progress of a variety of welding techniques for joining dissimilar Mg alloys and Al alloys are reviewed from different perspectives. Welding of dissimilar Mg and Al is challenging due to the formation of brittle intermetallic compound (IMC such as Mg17Al12 and Mg2Al3. In order to increase the joint strength, three main research approaches were used to eliminate or reduce the Mg-Al intermetallic reaction layer. First, solid state welding techniques which have a low welding temperature were used to reduce the IMCs. Second, IMC variety and distribution were controlled to avoid the degradation of the joining strength in fusion welding. Third, techniques which have relatively controllable reaction time and energy were used to eliminate the IMCs. Some important processing parameters and their effects on weld quality are discussed, and the microstructure and metallurgical reaction are described. Mechanical properties of welds such as hardness, tensile, shear and fatigue strength are discussed. The aim of the report is to review the recent progress in the welding of dissimilar Mg and Al to provide a basis for follow-up research.

  9. Measurement and control of ice adhesion to aluminum 6061 alloy

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    Archer, Paul; Gupta, Vijay

    1998-10-01

    A new experimental strategy for measuring the tensile strength of ice coatings to structural surfaces is presented. In this experiment, a laser-induced compressive stress pulse travels through a 1 mm-thick substrate disc that has a layer of ice grown on its front surface. The compressive stress pulse reflects into a tensile wave from the free surface of the ice and pulls the iceinterface apart, given a sufficient amplitude. The interface strength was calculated by recording the free surface velocity of an Al substrate using a Doppler interferometer and calculating the stress at the interface using a finite-difference elastic wave mechanics simulation with the free surface velocity as an input. The test procedure was used to study ice adhesion on 6061 aluminum alloy sheets. It was found that the adhesion strength of ice to unpolished aluminum substrates was 274 MPa at -10°C. This value decreased with temperature, down to 179 MPa at -40°C. Interestingly, this decrement in the tensile strength could be directly related to the existence of a liquid-like layer that is known to exist on the surface of solid ice till -30°C. The interface strength was also shown to decrease by polishing the Al substrate surface or by adding thin polymer coatings on the unpolished Al substrate. The sensitivity of the technique to such microstructural changes in the interfacial region is indicative of the experiments ability to provide basic adhesion data, which in turn, can be used to solve the deicing problem from a fundamental standpoint. 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd.

  10. Diffusion Bonding and Characterization of a Dispersion Strengthened Aluminum Alloy

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    Cooke, Kavian Omar

    Aluminum metal matrix composites (Al-MMC's) containing silicon carbide or alumina particle reinforcements are used extensively in automotive and aircraft industries. The addition of a reinforcing phase has led to significant improvements in the mechanical properties of these alloys. However, despite substantial improvements in the properties, the lack of a reliable joining method has restricted their full potential. The differences in physical and metallurgical properties between the ceramic phase and the Al-MMC, prevents the successful application of the fusion welding processes, conventionally used for joining monolithic aluminum alloys. Therefore, alternative techniques that prevent microstructural changes in the base metal need to be developed. In this study, the transient liquid phase diffusion bonding and eutectic bonding of a particle reinforced Al 6061-MMC was investigated to identify a method that could control particle segregation within the joint and increase the final joint strength. The results showed that TLP bonding using Ni-foil was possible at 600°C for 10 minutes using a pressure of 0.01 MPa. However, characterization of the bond interface showed a wide particle segregated zone due to the "pushing effect" of the solid/liquid interface during isothermal solidification stage of bonding. The presence of this particle segregated zone was shown to cause low joint strengths. In order to overcome these problems, TLP bonding was performed using electrodeposited coatings of Ni and Ni-Al 2O3 as a way of controlling the volume of eutectic liquid formed at the joint. Theoretical and experimental work showed that the use of thin coatings was successful in reducing the width of the segregated zone formed at the joint and this had the effect of increasing joint shear strength values. Furthermore, lower bonding temperature could also be used as a method of reducing particle segregation and therefore, a Cu-Sn interlayer was used to form a eutectic bond. The

  11. Purification technology of molten aluminum

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    孙宝德; 丁文江; 疏达; 周尧和

    2004-01-01

    Various purification methods were explored to eliminate the dissolved hydrogen and nonmetallic inclusions from molten aluminum alloys. A novel rotating impeller head with self-oscillation nozzles or an electromagnetic valve in the gas circuit was used to produce pulse gas currents for the rotary impeller degassing method. Water simulation results show that the size of gas bubbles can be decreased by 10%-20% as compared with the constant gas current mode. By coating ceramic filters or particles with active flux or enamels, composite filters were used to filter the scrap A356 alloy and pure aluminum. Experimental results demonstrate that better filtration efficiency and operation performance can be obtained. Based on numerical calculations, the separation efficiency of inclusions by high frequency magnetic field can be significantly improved by using a hollow cylinder-like separator or utilizing the effects of secondary flow of the melt in a square separator. A multi-stage and multi-media purification platform based on these methods was designed and applied in on-line processing of molten aluminum alloys. Mechanical properties of the processed scrap A356 alloy are greatly improved by the composite purification.

  12. Ultrafine nanoporous palladium-aluminum film fabricated by citric acid-assisted hot-water-treatment of aluminum-palladium alloy film

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    Harumoto, Takashi; Tamura, Yohei; Ishiguro, Takashi, E-mail: ishiguro@rs.noda.tus.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, 6-3-1 Niijyuku, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo, 125-8585 (Japan)

    2015-01-15

    Hot-water-treatment has been adapted to fabricate ultrafine nanoporous palladium-aluminum film from aluminum-palladium alloy film. Using citric acid as a chelating agent, a precipitation of boehmite (aluminum oxide hydroxide, AlOOH) on the nanoporous palladium-aluminum film was suppressed. According to cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy observations, the ligament/pore sizes of the prepared nanoporous film were considerably small (on the order of 10 nm). Since this fabrication method only requires aluminum alloy film and hot-water with chelating agent, the ultrafine nanoporous film can be prepared simply and environmentally friendly.

  13. Calculation of Liquidus Temperature for Aluminum and Magnesium Alloys Applying Method of Equivalency

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    Mile B. Djurdjević

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to develop a mathematical equation, which will be able to accurately predict the liquidus temperature of various aluminum and magnesium cast alloys on the basis of their known chemical compositions. An accurate knowledge of liquidus temperature permits a researcher to predict a variety of physical parameters pertaining to a given alloy. The analytical expressions presented in this paper are based on the “method of equivalency.” According to this concept, the influence of any alloying element on the liquidus temperature of an aluminum and/or magnesium alloy can be translated into the equivalent influence of a reference element. Silicon as a reference element has been chosen for aluminum alloys and aluminum for magnesium alloys. The sum of the equivalent concentrations for other elements, when added to the influence of the actual reference element is used to calculate the liquidus temperature of the alloy. The calculated liquidus temperatures for wide ranges of alloy chemical compositions show a good correlation with corresponding measured liquidus temperatures.

  14. Selection Of Cutting Inserts For Aluminum Alloys Machining By Using MCDM Method

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    Madić, Miloš; Radovanović, Miroslav; Petković, Dušan; Nedić, Bogdan

    2015-07-01

    Machining of aluminum and its alloys requires the use of cutting tools with special geometry and material. Since there exists a number of cutting tools for aluminum machining, each with unique characteristics, selection of the most appropriate cutting tool for a given application is very complex task which can be viewed as a multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) problem. This paper is focused on multi-criteria analysis of VCGT cutting inserts for aluminum alloys turning by applying recently developed MCDM method, i.e. weighted aggregated sum product assessment (WASPAS) method. The MCDM model was defined using the available catalogue data from cutting tool manufacturers.

  15. Corrosion Behavior of Commercial Aluminum Alloy Processed by Equal Channel Angular Pressing

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    Atef Korchef

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A commercial aluminum alloy was subjected to severe plastic deformation through equal channel angular pressing (ECAP. The alloy contains a low volume fraction of α-AlFeSi located essentially at the grain boundaries. The corrosion behavior of the ECAP’ed alloy was investigated in NaCl solution using potentiodynamic polarization and immersion tests. The effects of scan rate and NaCl concentration on the alloy susceptibility to corrosion were also studied. The results obtained were compared with those of the nonpressed alloy. ECAP leads to an intensive grain refinement accompanied by an increased dislocation density. All electrochemical tests confirm that corrosion resistance of the alloy remarkably diminished with increasing the ECAP number of passes. This is presumably due to the breakdown of the α-AlFeSi after ECAP leading to higher number of galvanic cells and enhanced dissolution of the aluminum matrix.

  16. Iron-aluminum alloys having high room-temperature and method for making same

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    Sikka, V.K.; McKamey, C.G.

    1993-08-24

    A wrought and annealed iron-aluminum alloy is described consisting essentially of 8 to 9.5% aluminum, an effective amount of chromium sufficient to promote resistance to aqueous corrosion of the alloy, and an alloying constituent selected from the group of elements consisting of an effective amount of molybdenum sufficient to promote solution hardening of the alloy and resistance of the alloy to pitting when exposed to solutions containing chloride, up to about 0.05% carbon with up to about 0.5% of a carbide former which combines with the carbon to form carbides for controlling grain growth at elevated temperatures, and mixtures thereof, and the balance iron, wherein said alloy has a single disordered [alpha] phase crystal structure, is substantially non-susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement, and has a room-temperature ductility of greater than 20%.

  17. Studies on the effect of vibration on hot cracking and Grain size in AA7075 Aluminum alloy Welding

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    2011-01-01

    The aim of this present study is to investigate the vibration effect which is applied during Gas tungsten Arc welding (GTAW) welding in order to improve the quality of high strength Aluminum alloy weldment. An important metallurgical difficulty in arc welding of high strength aluminum alloys is formation of hot cracking. When Aluminum alloy is welded by GTAW process, weld fusion zone shows coarse columnar grains during weld metal solidification. This often leads to poor resistance to hot crac...

  18. Accelerated corrosion test and corrosion failure distribution model of aircraft structural aluminum alloy

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    LIU Wen-lin; MU Zhi-tao; JIN Ping

    2006-01-01

    Based on corrosion damage data of 10 years for a type of aircraft aluminum alloy, the statistical analysis was conducted by Gumbel, Normal and two parameters Weibull distribution function. The results show that aluminum alloy structural member has the corrosion history of pitting corrosion-intergranular corrosion-exfoliation corrosion, and the maximum corrosion depth is in conformity to normal distribution. The accelerated corrosion test was carried out with the complied equivalent airport accelerated environment spectrum. The corrosion damage failure modes of aluminum alloy structural member indicate that the period of validity of the former protective coating is about 2.5 to 3 years, and that of the novel protective coating is about 4.0 to 4.5 years. The corrosion kinetics law of aluminum spar flange was established by fitting corrosion damage test data. The law indicates two apparent corrosion stages of high strength aluminum alloy section material: pitting corrosion and intergranular corrosion/exfoliation corrosion.The test results agree with the statistical fit result of corrosion data collected from corrosion member in service. The fractional error is 5.8% at the same calendar year. The accelerated corrosion test validates the corrosion kinetics law of aircraft aluminum alloy in service.

  19. A Numerical Formula for General Prediction of Interface Bonding between Alumina and Aluminum-Containing Alloys

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    Michiko Yoshitake

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Interface termination between alumina and aluminum-containing alloys is discussed from a viewpoint of thermodynamics by extending the authors’ previous discussion on the interface termination between alumina and pure metal. A numerical formula to predict interface bonding at alumina-aluminum-containing alloys is proposed. The effectiveness of the formula is examined by extracting information on interface termination from experimental results and first-principle calculations in references. It is revealed that the prediction by the formula agrees quite well with the results reported in the references. According to the formula, a terminating species can be switched from oxygen to aluminum, which had been actually demonstrated experimentally. The formula uses only basic quantities of pure elements and the formation enthalpy of oxides. Therefore it can be applied for most of aluminum-containing alloys in the periodic table and is useful for material screening in developing interfaces with particular functions.

  20. Correlation between shear punch and tensile data for neutron-irradiated aluminum alloys

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    Hamilton, M.L.; Edwards, D.J. [Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, WA (United States); Toloczko, M.B. [Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA (United States)] [and others

    1995-04-01

    This work was performed to determine whether shear punch and tensile data obtained on neutron irradiated aluminum alloys exhibited the same type of relationship as had been seen in other work and to assess the validity of extrapolating the results to proton-irradiated alloys. This work was also meant to be the first of a series of similar test matrices designed to determine whether the shear punch/tensile relationship varied or was the same for different alloy classes.

  1. Macrosegregation in aluminum alloy ingot cast by the semicontinuous direct chill method

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    Yu, H.; Granger, D. A.

    1984-01-01

    A theoretical model of the semicontinuous DC casting method is developed to predict the positive segregation observed at the subsurface and the negative segregation commonly found at the center of large commercial-size aluminum alloy ingot. Qualitative analysis of commercial-size aluminum alloy semicontinuous cast direct chill (DC) ingot is carried out. In the analysis, both positive segregation in the ingot subsurface and negative segregation at the center of the ingot are examined. Ingot subsurface macrosegregation is investigated by considering steady state casting of a circular cross-section binary alloy ingot. Nonequilibrium solidification is assumed with no solid diffusion, constant equilibrium partition ratio, and constant solid density.

  2. Several braze filler metals for joining an oxide-dispersion-strengthened nickel-chromium-aluminum alloy

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    Gyorgak, C. A.

    1975-01-01

    An evaluation was made of five braze filler metals for joining an aluminum-containing oxide dispersion-strengthened (ODS) alloy, TD-NiCrAl. All five braze filler metals evaluated are considered suitable for joining TD-NiCrAl in terms of wettability and flow. Also, the braze alloys appear to be tolerant of slight variations in brazing procedures since joints prepared by three sources using three of the braze filler metals exhibited similar brazing characteristics and essentially equivalent 1100 C stress-rupture properties in a brazed butt-joint configuration. Recommendations are provided for brazing the aluminum-containing ODS alloys.

  3. Influence of Post Weld Heat Treatment on Strength of Three Aluminum Alloys Used in Light Poles

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    Craig C. Menzemer; Eric Hilty; Shane Morrison; Ray Minor; Tirumalai S. Srivatsan

    2016-01-01

    The conjoint influence of welding and artificial aging on mechanical properties were investigated for extrusions of aluminum alloy 6063, 6061, and 6005A. Uniaxial tensile tests were conducted on the aluminum alloys 6063-T4, 6061-T4, and 6005A-T1 in both the as-received (AR) and as-welded (AW) conditions. Tensile tests were also conducted on the AR and AW alloys, subsequent to artificial aging. The welding process used was gas metal arc (GMAW) with spray transfer using 120–220 A of current at ...

  4. Adhesion enhancement of titanium nitride coating on aluminum casting alloy by intrinsic microstructures

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    Nguyen, Chuong L.; Preston, Andrew; Tran, Anh T. T.; Dickinson, Michelle; Metson, James B.

    2016-07-01

    Aluminum casting alloys have excellent castability, high strength and good corrosion resistance. However, the presence of silicon in these alloys prevents surface finishing with conventional methods such as anodizing. Hard coating with titanium nitride can provide wear and corrosion resistances, as well as the aesthetic finish. A critical factor for a durable hard coating is its bonding with the underlying substrate. In this study, a titanium nitride layer was coated on LM25 casting alloy and a reference high purity aluminum substrate using Ion Assisted Deposition. Characterization of the coating and the critical interface was carried out by a range of complementing techniques, including SIMS, XPS, TEM, SEM/EDS and nano-indentation. It was observed that the coating on the aluminum alloy is stronger compared to that on the pure aluminum counterpart. Silicon particles in the alloy offers the reinforcement though mechanical interlocking at microscopic level, even with nano-scale height difference. This reinforcement overcomes the adverse effect caused by surface segregation of magnesium in aluminum casting alloys.

  5. Influence of Shot Peening on Failure of an Aluminum Alloy Exposed to Aggressive Aqueous Environments

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    Lv, Shengli; Cu, You; Zhang, Wei; Tong, Xiaoyan; Srivatsan, T. S.; Gao, Xiaosheng

    2013-06-01

    Pre-corrosion damage tests were performed on the high strength aluminum alloy (Al-Zn-Mg-Cu) that was subject to shot peening surface treatment. The tests were performed for different time levels and compared one-on-one with the performance and characteristics of the non-shot-peened alloy. The residual stress induced by the shot peening surface treatment for two different intensity levels was measured using the method of incremental drilling of holes. Based on an observation of morphology of corrosion experienced by the aluminum alloy the depth of corrosion was measured using a laser displacement sensor. The surface of the aluminum alloy that was shot peened revealed an overall better resistance to pitting while concurrently revealing evidence of partial degradation. The depth of degradation is related to the residual stress that is induced in the aluminum alloy sample by the shot peening treatment. The key mechanisms that control damage during corrosion of the shot-peened aluminum alloy can be divided into the distinct stages of (a) initial occurrence of uniform corrosion followed by (b) the generation of degradation, and (c) culminating in the initiation of pitting once the depth of degradation reaches a certain level.

  6. Morphology stability of Al{sub 3}BC phase in aluminum alloys

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    Tian, Wenjie; Li, Pengting; Liu, Xiangfa, E-mail: xfliu@sdu.edu.cn

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • Al{sub 3}BC show hexagonal prism and tetrakaidecahedron morphologies. • The morphology and size of Al{sub 3}BC remain stable at 1073–1573 K. • The growth mechanism of Al{sub 3}BC crystals was proposed. • The strengthening effect of Al{sub 3}BC on A356 alloy was investigated. -- Abstract: In this work, Al{sub 3}BC was synthesized as the main reaction product in an Al–8B–2C master alloy by using the liquid–solid sintering reaction method. Morphologies of Al{sub 3}BC crystals were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), which indicated that the morphology as well as the size of Al{sub 3}BC remain stable at 1073–1573 K and its growth mechanism was also discussed. Since {101"¯1} facets have the highest growth rate, Al{sub 3}BC crystal tends to form the hexagonal prism (equilibrium crystal shape), with {101"¯0} and {0 0 0 1} (or {0 0 0 3}) facets being exposed. However, Al{sub 3}BC crystal also appears in tetrakaidecahedron (non-equilibrium shape), caused by the melt environment. Furthermore, the effect of Al{sub 3}BC on the tensile strength and elongation of A356 alloy was studied. This work enriches the morphological characteristics about Al{sub 3}BC and puts forward a new strengthening phase in particle-reinforced composite area.

  7. Numerical simulation of high speed incremental forming of aluminum alloy

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    Giuseppina, Ambrogio; Teresa, Citrea; Luigino, Filice; Francesco, Gagliardi

    2013-12-01

    In this study, an innovative process is analyzed with the aim to satisfy the industrial requirements, such as process flexibility, differentiation and customizing of products, cost reduction, minimization of execution time, sustainable production, etc. The attention is focused on incremental forming process, nowadays used in different fields such as: rapid prototyping, medical sector, architectural industry, aerospace and marine, in the production of molds and dies. Incremental forming consists in deforming only a small region of the workspace through a punch driven by a NC machine. SPIF is the considered variant of the process, in which the punch gives local deformation without dies and molds; consequently, the final product geometry can be changed by the control of an actuator without requiring a set of different tools. The drawback of this process is its slowness. The aim of this study is to assess the IF feasibility at high speeds. An experimental campaign will be performed by a CNC lathe with high speed to test process feasibility and the influence on materials formability mainly on aluminum alloys. The first results show how the material presents the same performance than in conventional speed IF and, in some cases, better material behavior due to the temperature field. An accurate numerical simulation has been performed to investigate the material behavior during the high speed process substantially confirming experimental evidence.

  8. Sensors Array Technique for Monitoring Aluminum Alloy Spot Welding

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    WANG Rui; LUO Zhen; SHAN Ping; BU Xianzheng; YUAN Shuxian; AO Sansan

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, the sensors array technique is applied to the quality detection of aluminum alloy spot weld-ing. 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 eigen-values. The three types of magnetic sensors array are used in the experiment of monitoring the signal. After the eigen-values are extracted, they are used to build a relationship with the nugget information. The result shows that when the distance between the core of the array and the pole is 60 mm, the arrays work best. In this case, when the eigenvalues' range of the linear array is 0.006 5-0.015 1, the quality of the spots is eligible. To the annular and cross array, when the ranges are 0.082 9—0.131 6 and 0.085 1—0.098 2 respectively, the nugget quality is eligible.

  9. Tool For Friction Stir Tack Welding of Aluminum Alloys

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    Bjorkman, Gerald W.; Dingler, Johnny W.; Loftus, Zachary

    2003-01-01

    A small friction-stir-welding tool has been developed for use in tack welding of aluminum-alloy workpieces. It is necessary to tack-weld the workpieces in order to hold them together during friction stir welding because (1) in operation, a full-size friction-stir-welding tool exerts a large force that tends to separate the workpieces and (2) clamping the workpieces is not sufficient to resist this force. It is possible to tack the pieces together by gas tungsten arc welding, but the process can be awkward and time-consuming and can cause sufficient damage to necessitate rework. Friction stir tack welding does not entail these disadvantages. In addition, friction stir tack welding can be accomplished by use of the same automated equipment (except for the welding tool) used in subsequent full friction stir welding. The tool for friction stir tack welding resembles the tool for full friction stir welding, but has a narrower shoulder and a shorter pin. The shorter pin generates a smaller workpiece-separating force so that clamping suffices to keep the workpieces together. This tool produces a continuous or intermittent partial-penetration tack weld. The tack weld is subsequently consumed by action of the larger tool used in full friction stir welding tool.

  10. Friction stir welding of 5052 aluminum alloy plates

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    Yong-Jai KWON; Seong-Beom SHIM; Dong-Hwan PARK

    2009-01-01

    Friction stir welding between 5052 aluminum alloy plates with a thickness of 2 mm was performed. The tool for welding was rotated at speeds ranging from 500 to 3 000 r/min under a constant traverse speed of 100 mm/min. The results show that at all tool rotation speeds, defect-free welds are successfully obtained. Especially at 1 000, 2 000 and 3 000 r/min, the welds exhibit very smooth surface morphologies. At 500, 1 000, and 2 000 r/min, onion ring structure is clearly observed in the friction-stir-welded zone (SZ). In addition, the onion ring structure region becomes wider as the tool rotation speed is increased. The gain size in the SZ is smaller than that in the base metal, and is decreased with a decrease of the tool rotation speed. In all tool rotation speeds, the SZ exhibits higher average hardness than the base metal. Especially at 500 r/min, the average hardness of the SZ reaches a level about 33% greater than that of the base metal. At 500, 1 000 and 2 000 r/min, the tensile strength of the friction stir welded (FSWed) plates is similar to that of the base metal (about 204 Mpa). The elongation of the FSWed plates is lower than that of the base metal (about 22%). However, it is noticeable that the maximum elongation of about 21% is obtained at 1 000 r/min.

  11. Ultrasonic measurement of residual stress in shot peened aluminum alloy

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    Lavrentyev, Anton I.; Veronesi, William A.

    2001-04-01

    Shot peening is a well-known method for extending the fatigue life of metal components by introducing compressive residual stresses near their surfaces. The capability to non-destructively evaluate the near surface residual stress would greatly aid the assurance of proper fatigue life in shot-peened components. This paper addresses issues encountered in near-surface residual stress measurement by an ultrasonic surface wave method. In this method, a variation of ultrasonic surface wave speed with shot peening intensity is measured. Since the effective wave penetration depth inversely related to the excitation frequency, by making measurements at different frequencies, the method has the potential to provide the stress-depth profile. Experiments were conducted on aluminum specimens (alloy 7075-T7351) peened within the Almen peening intensity from 4A-16A. Several factors were found to contribute to the measured responses: surface roughness, near surface texture change, dislocation density increase and residual stress. In this paper, the contributions of residual stress, dislocation density and surface roughness to the overall effect are separately estimated. It is shown that the experimentally observed velocity change in shot peened samples is dominated by the effect of surface roughness while the role of residual stress is much smaller.

  12. Investigation on the Explosive Welding of 1100 Aluminum Alloy and AZ31 Magnesium Alloy

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    Chen, Pengwan; Feng, Jianrui; Zhou, Qiang; An, Erfeng; Li, Jingbo; Yuan, Yuan; Ou, Sanli

    2016-07-01

    The undesirable properties of magnesium alloys include easy embrittlement, low oxidation resistance, and difficulty in welding with other materials. Their application in industry is, therefore, restricted. In this paper, plates of 1100 aluminum alloy and AZ31 magnesium alloy were successfully welded together using the explosive welding technique. The influences of the welding parameters on the weld quality were investigated. The surface morphology and microstructure near the weld interface were examined by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (equipped with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy), and transmission electron microscopy. The experimental results demonstrated the typical wavy bonding interface. In addition, elemental diffusion with a thickness of approximately 3 μm occurred near the bonding interface. The two plates were joined together well at the atomic scale. Nanograins with a size of approximately 5 nm were observed in the diffusion layer. The microhardness and shear strength were measured to evaluate the mechanical properties, which confirmed that a high quality of bonding was acquired.

  13. 铝及铝合金TIG焊接特性%Character of TIG Welding for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy

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    殷春喜; 黄军庆; 熊震东; 贾翠催

    2011-01-01

    The characters of TIG welding for aluminum and aluminum alloys were described, it includes the shielding gas and groove of TIG welding and the effect of welding process on the weld shape and welding quality.%概述了铝及铝合金TIG焊接技术特性,包括铝及铝合金TIG焊接保护气体、坡口的选择和焊接工艺对焊缝成形和焊接质量的影响.

  14. A study on the surface shape and roughness of aluminum alloy for heat exchanger using ball end milling

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    Lee, E.; Kim, Y.; jeong, H.; Chung, H.

    2015-09-01

    Aluminum alloy is a material with a high strength-weight ratio and excellent thermal conductivity. It neither readily corrodes nor quickly weakens at low temperatures, but can be easily recycled. Because of these features, aluminum heat exchangers are widely used in aluminum alloy. In addition, the aluminum alloy used in other areas is expected to gradually increase. As a result, researchers have been continuously studying the cutting patterns of aluminium alloy. However, such studies are fewer than those on the cutting patterns of ordinary steel. Moreover, the research on ball end milling with aluminium alloys has not received much attention. Therefore, in this study, an attempt was made to find the optimal cutting pattern among the seven cutting patterns for the machining of the commonly used aluminum alloy using ball end milling for a heat exchanger. The optimal pattern was found by comparing the different shapes and surface roughness values produced by the seven patterns.

  15. Development of Deformation-Semisolid-Casting (D-SSC) Process and Applications to Some Aluminum Alloys

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    2008-01-01

    Recent advances in the semisolid casting technologies are introduced for aluminum alloys. The advantages of the rheocast and thixocast methods to fabricate alloys with refined spheroidized α-Al particles are described.The deformation-semisolid-casting (D-SSC) process developed by the author's group is presented. The D-SSC process is extremely effective to produce microstructures of refined intermetallic compound particles as well as the spheroidized α-Al particles in the Al-Si based alloys containing highly concentrated Fe. In the D-SSC processed Al-Si-Cu alloy high elongation of about 20% was achieved even contained concentrated impurity of Fe. The D-SSC process is also useful to produce wrought aluminum alloys with microstructures of refined α-Al particles.

  16. Influence of Composition on the Environmental Impact of a Cast Aluminum Alloy

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    Patricia Gómez

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The influence of alloy composition on the environmental impact of the production of six aluminum casting alloys (Al Si12Cu1(Fe, Al Si5Mg, Al Si9Cu3Zn3Fe, Al Si10Mg(Fe, Al Si9Cu3(Fe(Zn and Al Si9 has been analyzed. In order to perform a more precise environmental impact calculation, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA with ReCiPe Endpoint methodology has been used, with the EcoInvent v3 AlMg3 aluminum alloy dataset as a reference. This dataset has been updated with the material composition ranges of the mentioned alloys. The balanced, maximum and minimum environmental impact values have been obtained. In general, the overall impact of the studied aluminum alloys varies from 5.98 × 10−1 pts to 1.09 pts per kg, depending on the alloy composition. In the analysis of maximum and minimum environmental impact, the alloy that has the highest uncertainty is AlSi9Cu3(Fe(Zn, with a range of ±9%. The elements that contribute the most to increase its impact are Copper and Tin. The environmental impact of a specific case, an LED luminaire housing made out of an Al Si12Cu1(Fe cast alloy, has been studied, showing the importance of considering the composition. Significant differences with the standard datasets that are currently available in EcoInvent v3 have been found.

  17. Influence of Composition on the Environmental Impact of a Cast Aluminum Alloy.

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    Gómez, Patricia; Elduque, Daniel; Sarasa, Judith; Pina, Carmelo; Javierre, Carlos

    2016-05-25

    The influence of alloy composition on the environmental impact of the production of six aluminum casting alloys (Al Si12Cu1(Fe), Al Si5Mg, Al Si9Cu3Zn3Fe, Al Si10Mg(Fe), Al Si9Cu3(Fe)(Zn) and Al Si9) has been analyzed. In order to perform a more precise environmental impact calculation, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with ReCiPe Endpoint methodology has been used, with the EcoInvent v3 AlMg3 aluminum alloy dataset as a reference. This dataset has been updated with the material composition ranges of the mentioned alloys. The balanced, maximum and minimum environmental impact values have been obtained. In general, the overall impact of the studied aluminum alloys varies from 5.98 × 10(-1) pts to 1.09 pts per kg, depending on the alloy composition. In the analysis of maximum and minimum environmental impact, the alloy that has the highest uncertainty is AlSi9Cu3(Fe)(Zn), with a range of ±9%. The elements that contribute the most to increase its impact are Copper and Tin. The environmental impact of a specific case, an LED luminaire housing made out of an Al Si12Cu1(Fe) cast alloy, has been studied, showing the importance of considering the composition. Significant differences with the standard datasets that are currently available in EcoInvent v3 have been found.

  18. Study on shear resistance of aluminum alloy I-section members

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    Zhen DONG; Qilin ZHANG

    2008-01-01

    The design method for the shear resistance of aluminum alloy I-section members is presented, taking into consideration of the post-buckling strength of webs and the restraint effect of flanges, and the practical design formulas are proposed. The deflection of aluminum alloy I-section members under concentrated load is simulated by using the finite element method, and several design theories are discussed. The relation of shear resistance to the maximum web displacement reflects that the web of aluminum alloy I-section member is under fewer shears buckling force, while the whole member has higher shear resistance. However, the traditional design method is not able to give the real shear resistance of aluminum alloy I-section members. The proposed design formulas for the shear resistance of aluminum alloy I-section members is used to calculate accurately the post-buckling resistance of webs and the shear resistance contribution of flanges. The results are in a great agreement with the test data of Hamoodi M J, Burr C A, Evans H R and the results from Eurocode9 formulas.

  19. Odontologic use of copper/aluminum alloys: mitochondrial respiration as sensitive parameter of biocompatibility

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    Rodrigues Luiz Erlon A.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Copper/aluminum alloys are largely utilized in odontological restorations because they are less expensive than gold or platinum. However, tarnishing and important corrosion in intrabuccal prostheses made with copper/aluminum alloys after 28 days of use have been reported. Several kinds of food and beverage may attack and corrode these alloys. Copper is an essential component of several important enzymes directly involved in mitochondrial respiratory metabolism. Aluminum, in contrast, is very toxic and, when absorbed, plasma values as small as 1.65 to 21.55 mg/dl can cause severe lesions to the nervous system, kidneys, and bone marrow. Because mitochondria are extremely sensitive to minimal variation of cellular physiology, the direct relationship between the mitocondrial respiratory chain and cell lesions has been used as a sensitive parameter to evaluate cellular aggression by external agents. This work consisted in the polarographic study of mitochondrial respiratory metabolism of livers and kidneys of rabbits with femoral implants of titanium or copper/aluminum alloy screws. The experimental results obtained did not show physiological modifications of hepatic or renal mitochondria isolated from animals of the three experimental groups, which indicate good biocompatibility of copper/aluminum alloys and suggest their odontological use.

  20. Thin-walled aluminum alloy tube NC precision bending based on finite element simulation

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    GU Rui-jie; YANG He; ZHAN Mei; LI Heng

    2006-01-01

    Elongation and springback are the bottleneck problems of thin-walled aluminum alloy tube NC precision bending. So thin-walled aluminum alloy tube NC precision bending based on finite element simulation is put forward. The finite element model of thin-walled aluminum alloy tube NC bending is established based on the DYNAFORM platform. The process of thin-walled aluminum alloy tube NC precision bending is simulated with the model and the elongation and springback of tube bending can be is put forward and the computing equations of bending angle, bending radius, blanking length and initial bending section based on elongation and springback angle are derived. The bending angle, bending radius, blanking length and initial bending section of tube bending can be gained with these equations based on the elongation and springback angle from the simulation. The study can be used to control the quality of thin-walled aluminum alloy tube NC bending so that precision bending without redundance can be realized.

  1. A New Creep Constitutive Model for 7075 Aluminum Alloy Under Elevated Temperatures

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    Lin, Y. C.; Jiang, Yu-Qiang; Zhou, Hua-Min; Liu, Guan

    2014-12-01

    Exposure of aluminum alloy to an elastic loading, during "creep-aging forming" or other manufacturing processes at relatively high temperature, may lead to the lasting creep deformation. The creep behaviors of 7075 aluminum alloy are investigated by uniaxial tensile creep experiments over wide ranges of temperature and external stress. The results show that the creep behaviors of the studied aluminum alloy strongly depend on the creep temperature, external stress, and creep time. With the increase of creep temperature and external stress, the creep strain increases quickly. In order to overcome the shortcomings of the Bailey-Norton law and θ projection method, a new constitutive model is proposed to describe the variations of creep strain with time for the studied aluminum alloy. In the proposed model, the dependences of creep strain on the creep temperature, external stress, and creep time are well taken into account. A good agreement between the predicted and measured creep strains shows that the established creep constitutive model can give an accurate description of the creep behaviors of 7075 aluminum alloy. Meanwhile, the obtained stress exponent indicates that the creep process is controlled by the dislocation glide, which is verified by the microstructural observations.

  2. Determination of dynamic shear strength of 2024 aluminum alloy under shock compression

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    H. S. Zhang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available A series of plate impact shock-reshock and shock-release experiments were conducted by using an one-stage light gas gun to determine the critical shear strength of the 2024 aluminum alloy under shock compression levels ranging from 0.66 to 3.05 GPa in the present study. In the experiments, a dual flyer plate assembly, i.e., the 2024 aluminum alloy flyer backed either by a brass plate or a PMMA plate, was utilized to produce reshock or release wave. The stress profiles of uniaxial plane strain wave propagation in the 2024 aluminum alloy sample under different pre-compressed states were measured by the embedded stress gauges. The stress-strain data at corresponding states were then calculated by a Lagrangian analysis method named as path line method. The critical shear strengths at different stress levels were finally obtained by self-consistent method. The results show that, at the low shock compression level (0.66 to 3.05 GPa, the critical shear strength of the 2024 aluminum alloy cannot be ignored and increases with the increasing longitudinal stress, which may be attributed to rate-dependence and/or pressure dependent yield behavior of the 2024 aluminum alloy.

  3. Copper, Aluminum and Nickel: A New Monocrystalline Orthodontic Alloy

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    Wierenga, Mark

    Introduction: This study was designed to evaluate, via tensile and bend testing, the mechanical properties of a newly-developed monocrystalline orthodontic archwire comprised of a blend of copper, aluminum, and nickel (CuAlNi). Methods: The sample was comprised of three shape memory alloys; CuAlNi, copper nickel titanium (CuNiTi), and nickel titanium (NiTi); from various orthodontic manufacturers in both 0.018" round and 0.019" x 0.025" rectangular dimensions. Additional data was gathered for similarly sized stainless steel and beta-titanium archwires as a point of reference for drawing conclusions about the relative properties of the archwires. Measurements of loading and unloading forces were recorded in both tension and deflection testing. Repeated-measure ANOVA (alpha= 0.05) was used to compare loading and unloading forces across wires and one-way ANOVA (alpha= 0.05) was used to compare elastic moduli and hysteresis. To identify significant differences, Tukey post-hoc comparisons were performed. Results: The modulus of elasticity, deflection forces, and hysteresis profiles of CuAlNi were significantly different than the other superelastic wires tested. In all tests, CuAlNi had a statistically significant lower modulus of elasticity compared to the CuNiTi and NiTi wires (P <0.0001). The CuAlNi wire exhibited significantly lower loading and unloading forces than any other wire tested. In round wire tensile tests, loading force at all deflections was significantly lower for CuAlNi than CuNiTi or NiTi (P <0.0001). In tensile testing, the CuAlNi alloy was able to recover from a 7 mm extension (10% elongation) without permanent deformation and with little to no loss in force output. In large-deflection bend tests at 4, 5, and 6 mm deflection, CuAlNi showed the significantly lowest loading forces across the three wire materials (P <0.0001). The NiTi wires showed up to 12 times the amount of energy loss due to hysteresis compared to CuAlNi. CuAlNi showed a hysteresis

  4. Evaluation of Vitreous and Devitrifying Enamels as Hot Forming Lubricants for Aluminum AA5083 Alloy

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    Riahi, A. R.; Morales, A. T.; Alpas, A. T.

    2008-06-01

    The adhesion of aluminum to tool surfaces during the hot forming of sheet aluminum alloys presents challenging tribological problems. Graphite and boron nitride are commonly used as aluminum adhesion mitigating solid lubricants for hot forming processes, but lubricant breakdown in high-stress areas, such as corners and bends, remains an issue compromising the quality of the formed parts as well as the tool life. Low-melting temperature enamels may provide an affordable and easy to apply alternative. In this study, vitreous (amorphous glass) and devitrifying (two phase crystalline glass) layers were deposited on the surface of sheet aluminum samples with a sedimentation technique. Enamel lubrication was effective in preventing aluminum transfer to the steel counterface. Hence, the prospect exists for the use of these enamels as aluminum workpiece lubricants in hot forming operations.

  5. Pore structure and mechanical properties of directionally solidified porous aluminum alloys

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    Komissarchuk Olga

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous aluminum alloys produced by the metal-gas eutectic method or GASAR process need to be performed under a certain pressure of hydrogen, and to carry over melt to a tailor-made apparatus that ensures directional solidification. Hydrogen is driven out of the melt, and then the quasi-cylindrical pores normal to the solidification front are usually formed. In the research, the effects of processing parameters (saturation pressure, solidification pressure, temperature, and holding time on the pore structure and porosity of porous aluminum alloys were analyzed. The mechanical properties of Al-Mg alloys were studied by the compressive tests, and the advantages of the porous structure were indicated. By using the GASAR method, pure aluminum, Al-3wt.%Mg, Al-6wt.%Mg and Al-35wt.%Mg alloys with oriented pores have been successfully produced under processing conditions of varying gas pressure, and the relationship between the final pore structure and the solidification pressure, as well as the influences of Mg quantity on the pore size, porosity and mechanical properties of Al-Mg alloy were investigated. The results show that a higher pressure of solidification tends to yield smaller pores in aluminum and its alloys. In the case of Al-Mg alloys, it was proved that with the increasing of Mg amount, the mechanical properties of the alloys sharply deteriorate. However, since Al-3%Mg and Al-6wt.%Mg alloys are ductile metals, their porous samples have greater compressive strength than that of the dense samples due to the existence of pores. It gives the opportunity to use them in industry at the same conditions as dense alloys with savings in weight and material consumption.

  6. 用稀土合金对铸造铝合金精炼和变质处理的研究%A New Approach to Refining and Modifying Cast Aluminum Alloys with Rare Earth Alloys

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    唐多光; 毛协民

    2000-01-01

    The effects of rare earth (RE) alloys on the refining and modifying of cast aluminum alloys were investigated. Compared to other substances in common use, rare earth alloys maintain the refining and modifying effects of the aluminum alloys for a longer time. RE alloys can also reduce environmental pollution in the melting process. These effects of RE alloys make them become a superior choice for the applications in aluminum foundry.

  7. Optimization of Squeeze Casting for Aluminum Alloy Parts

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    David Schwam; John F. Wallace; Qingming Chang; Yulong Zhu

    2002-07-30

    This study was initiated with the installation of a new production size UBE 350 Ton VSC Squeeze Casting system in the Metal Casting Laboratory at Case Western University. A Lindberg 75k W electrical melting furnace was installed alongside. The challenge of installation and operation of such industrial-size equipment in an academic environment was met successfully. Subsequently, a Sterling oil die heater and a Visi-Track shot monitoring system were added. A significant number of inserts were designed and fabricated over the span of the project, primarily for squeeze casting different configurations of test bars and plates. A spiral ''ribbon insert'' for evaluation of molten metal fluidity was also fabricated. These inserts were used to generate a broad range of processing conditions and determine their effect on the quality of the squeeze cast parts. This investigation has studied the influence of the various casting variables on the quality of indirect squeeze castings primarily of aluminum alloys. The variables studied include gating design, fill time and fill patter, metal pressure and die temperature variations. The quality of the die casting was assessed by an analysis of both their surface condition and internal soundness. The primary metal tested was an aluminum 356 alloy. In addition to determining the effect of these casting variables on casting quality as measured by a flat plate die of various thickness, a number of test bar inserts with different gating designs have been inserted in the squeeze casting machine. The mechanical properties of these test bars produced under different squeeze casting conditions were measured and reported. The investigation of the resulting properties also included an analysis of the microstructure of the squeeze castings and the effect of the various structural constituents on the resulting properties. The main conclusions from this investigation are as follows: The ingate size and shape are very important

  8. Influence of Mg and Ti on the microstructure and electrochemical performance of aluminum alloy sacrificial anodes

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    MA Jingling; WEN Jiuba; LI Xudong; ZHAO Shengli; YAN Yanfu

    2009-01-01

    The experiments focused on the influence of magnesium and titanium as additional alloying elements on the microstructure and electro-chemical behavior of Al-Zn-ln sacrificial anodes. The electrochemical behavior of the aluminum sacrificial anode with 3 wt.% sodium chlo-fide solution was studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) tests. It was found that a microstructure with few precipitates and refined grains could be achieved by adding 1 wt.% Mg and 0.05 wt.% Ti to the Al-Zn-In alloy, resulting in the improved current capacity and efficiency of the alloy. The equivalent circuit based on the EIS experimental data revealed less corrosion and lower adsorbed corrosion pro-duction on the surface of the aluminum alloy with a combination of 1 wt.% Mg and 0.05 wt.% Ti, which suggested that the corrosion behav-ior seemed to be strongly related to the presence of precipitate particles in the aluminum alloy, and moderate amounts of precipitate particles could be beneficial to the electrochemical performance of the aluminum alloy sacrificial anode.

  9. Elements loss analysis based on spectral diagnosis in laser-arc hybrid welding of aluminum alloy

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    Chen, Yong; Chen, Hui; Zhu, Minhao; Yang, Tao; Shen, Lin

    2017-07-01

    Aluminum alloy has been widely used in automobiles, high-speed trains, aerospace and many other fields. The loss of elements during welding process causes welding defects and affects the microstructure and properties of the joints. This paper discusses the correlation between welding process, spectral intensity and loss of elements in laser-arc hybrid welding of Al alloys. The results show that laser power and arc current have a significant impact on the spectral intensity and loss of elements. Compared with the base metal, the contents of alloying elements in the weld area are lower. The burning losses of alloy elements increase with the welding heat input.

  10. Numerical and experimental study of phase transformation in resistance spot welding of 6082 aluminum alloy

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    TANG Xinxin; SHA Ping; LUO Zhen; LUO Baofa

    2009-01-01

    Resistance spot welding(RSW) is an efficient and convenient joining process for aluminum alloy sheet assembly. Because the RSW has the character of energy concentration and quick cooling rate, the microstructure transformation of the base metal can be confined in the least limit. The material properties and the welding parameters have significant effects on thequality of the nugget. To predict the microstructure evolution in the melted zone and the heat-affected zone, an electrical, thermal, metallurgical and mechanical coupled finite element model is described and applied to simulate the welding process of the 6082 aluminum alloy. Experimental tests are also carried out. The comparison between experimental and numerical results shows that the adopted model is effective enough to well interpret and predict some important phenomena in terms of the phase transformation in spot welding of 6082 aluminum alloy.

  11. A new dynamic method for measuring hydrogen partial pressure in molten aluminum alloy

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    Sun Qian

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Hydrogen partial pressure is an important parameter to calculate hydrogen concentration levels in molten aluminum alloy. A new dynamic method for measuring hydrogen partial pressure in molten aluminum alloy is studied. Dynamic and rapid measurement is realized through changing the volume of the vacuum chamber and calculating the pressure difference ΔP between the theoretical and measured pressures in the vacuum chamber. Positive ΔP indicates hydrogen transmits from melt to vacuum chamber and negative ΔP means the reverse. When ΔP is equal to zero, hydrogen transmitted from both sides reached a state of dynamical equilibrium and the pressure in the vacuum chamber is equal to the hydrogen partial pressure in the molten aluminum alloy. Compared with other existing measuring methods, the new method can significantly shorten the testing time and reduce measuring cost.

  12. Preparation of three-dimensional shaped aluminum alloy foam by two-step foaming

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    Shang, J.T. [Key laboratory of MEMS of Ministry of Education, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China)], E-mail: Jshang@seu.edu.cn; Xuming, Chu; Deping, He [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China)

    2008-06-25

    A novel method, named two-step foaming, was investigated to prepare three-dimensional shaped aluminum alloy foam used in car industry, spaceflight, packaging and related areas. Calculations of thermal decomposition kinetics of titanium hydride showed that there is a considerable amount of hydrogen releasing when the titanium hydride is heated at a relatively high temperature after heated at a lower temperature. The hydrogen mass to sustain aluminum alloy foam, having a high porosity, was also estimated by calculations. Calculations indicated that as-received titanium hydride without any pre-treatment can be used as foaming agents in two-step foaming. The processes of two-step foaming, including preparing precursors and baking, were also studied by experiments. Results showed that, low titanium hydride dispersion temperature, long titanium hydride dispersion time and low precursors porosity are beneficial to prepare three-dimensional shaped aluminum alloy foams with uniform pores.

  13. A Study on Friction Stir Welding of 12mm Thick Aluminum Alloy Plates

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    Deepati Anil Kumar; Pankaj Biswas; Sujoy Tikader; M. M. Mahapatra; N. R. Mandal

    2013-01-01

    Most of the investigations regarding friction stir welding (FSW) of aluminum alloy plates have been limited to about 5 to 6 mm thick plates. In prior work conducted the various aspects concerning the process parameters and the FSW tool geometry were studied utilizing friction stir welding of 12 mm thick commercial grade aluminum alloy. Two different simple-to-manufacture tool geometries were used. The effect of varying welding parameters and dwell time of FSW tool on mechanical properties and weld quality was examined. It was observed that in order to achieve a defect free welding on such thick aluminum alloy plates, tool having trapezoidal pin geometry was suitable. Adequate tensile strength and ductility can be achieved utilizing a combination of high tool rotational speed of about 2000 r/min and low speed of welding around 28 mm/min. At very low and high dwell time the ductility of welded joints are reduced significantly.

  14. Effect of Multi-repair Welding on Fatigue Performance of Aluminum Alloy Profile Welded Joint

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    Diao, You-De; Shi, Chun-Yuan; Tian, Hong-Lei

    2016-05-01

    Aluminum alloy profile has been widely used in the manufacture of the rail vehicles. But it's necessary for the repair welding of the welded joints to be conducted because some defects exist in the weld such as porosity, inclusions and incomplete penetrations in the welding processes. In this paper, the influence of the multi-repair welding of 6005A aluminum alloy profile butt welded joints on the fatigue performance are investigated based on the results of fatigue tests. The parameters of curves and the fatigue strength of the welded joints are calculated, and Goodman fatigue limit diagram is also obtained. The results show that fatigue strength of aluminum alloy profile butt welded joints, in condition of 107 cycle life, meet the standard requirement for the as-welded, repair welded state one time or two times respectively.

  15. Welding Distortion Prediction in 5A06 Aluminum Alloy Complex Structure via Inherent Strain Method

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    Zhi Zeng

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Finite element (FE simulation with inherent deformation is an ideal and practical computational approach for predicting welding stress and distortion in the production of complex aluminum alloy structures. In this study, based on the thermal elasto-plastic analysis, FE models of multi-pass butt welds and T-type fillet welds were investigated to obtain the inherent strain distribution in a 5A06 aluminum alloy cylindrical structure. The angular distortion of the T-type joint was used to investigate the corresponding inherent strain mechanism. Moreover, a custom-designed experimental system was applied to clarify the magnitude of inherent deformation. With the mechanism investigation of welding-induced buckling by FE analysis using inherent deformation, an application for predicting and mitigating the welding buckling in fabrication of complex aluminum alloy structure was developed.

  16. Evolution of aluminum iron silicide intermetallic particles during homogenization of aluminum alloy 6063

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    Claves, Steven R.

    As-cast 6xxx aluminum alloys contain beta-Al9Fe2Si 2 intermetallic particles that form at grain boundaries and interdendritic regions during solidification. This secondary phase has a considerable negative influence on the workability of the material during subsequent deformation processing; e.g. it has been linked to the extrusion pick-up defect. To lessen its deleterious effects, beta-Al9Fe2Si2 is transformed to alpha-Al8Fe2Si during the homogenization process, a typical heat treatment cycle at 540--580°C for 6--8 hours. The scientific objective of this Ph.D. research was to increase the understanding of morphological, chemical, and crystallographic aspects of the beta- to alpha-AlFeSi phase transformation. The two AlFeSi phases differ in size, shape, color, chemical composition, crystal structure, and bonding strength with the surrounding aluminum matrix. Various microscopy (optical and electron) techniques have been employed to examine these particle characteristics. This research investigates the particles' evolution during intermediate heat treatment conditions. Light optical microscopy was used to study the size, color, and two-dimensional shapes of AlFeSi particles. As homogenization progresses, microstructures contain long, charcoal-colored needles (beta-Al9Fe2Si 2), which slowly transform to shorter, gray spheroids (alpha-Al 8Fe2Si). Backscatter electron imaging in the scanning electron microscope was used for higher magnification micrographs and more detailed particle measurements. Due to the complex morphologies of the AlFeSi particles, planar imaging was insufficient to accurately describe their shape. Three-dimensional microstructures were obtained via serial sectioning performed on a dual-beam focused ion beam instrument. Particle-matrix interfaces from sequential images were extracted and compiled into isosurfaces. alpha-spheroids possess much lower surface area-to-volume ratios than beta-platelets. For intermediate homogenization times, the alpha

  17. The Cleaning of OAB Universal Covers - An Origin of Smut in Aluminum Alloys

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    Shen, T

    2002-05-14

    The smut that appeared on the universal covers after the OAB cleaning process consists of sub-micron size aluminum particles originating from the machining of these parts prior to cleaning. The rigorous gross and precision cleanings with Brulin in the OAB cleaning process could not completely wash these fine particles away from the surfaces. However, applying a phosphoric acid etch before the cleaning helped to remove these fine aluminum particles. Experimental results again showed that an acid etching before cleaning is essential in preventing the occurrence of smut in aluminum alloy after gross/precision cleaning. A mechanism, based on the electrostatic {zeta}-potential, is proposed to explain the occurrence of smut that is often encountered during the cleaning of aluminum alloys.

  18. A rapid stress-corrosion test for aluminum alloys

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    Helfrich, W. J.

    1968-01-01

    Stressed alloy specimens are immersed in a salt-dichromate solution at 60 degrees C. Because of the minimal general corrosion of these alloys in this solution, stress corrosion failures are detected by low-power microscopic examination.

  19. Numerical analysis of thermal effect in aluminum alloy by monopulse laser

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    Gu, Xiuying; Chen, Guibo; Jin, Guangyong; Zhang, Wei; Li, Mingxin

    2014-12-01

    A spatial axisymmetric finite element model is established to investigate the distribution characteristics of temperature field that monopulse millisecond laser act on aluminum alloy. The thermal process of laser acting on aluminum alloy (melting, gasification and temperature drop) is simulated. Using the specific quivalent heat capacity method to simulate the solid-liquid, liquid-gas phase transition of aluminum alloy, and considering the differences of thermal physical parameters between different states (solid-liquid, liquid-gas) of aluminum alloy in the process of numerical simulation. The distribution of temperature field of aluminum alloy caused by the change of energy density, pulse width and spot radius of monopulse millisecond laser are investigated systematically by using numerical simulation model. The numerical results show that the temperature of target no longer rises after reaching the target gasification. Given the pulse width and spot radius, the temperature of target rise as the energy density increases, the laser intensity distribution is gaussian, so the temperature distribution of the target surface also shows Gaussian. The energy absorption mechanism of aluminum alloy is surface absorption mechanism, the temperature gradient in axial of the target is much lager than the temperature gradient in radial of the target surface, so the temperature rise in axial only exists a thin layer of target surface. Given the energy density and spot radius, as the pulse width increases, the power density of laser decreases, therefore the temperature of target center point decreases as the pulse width increases, and the temperature difference becomes small. As the pulse width decreases, the heat transfer in axial reduce, the deposition of energy enhances on the surface. Given the energy density and pulse width, the distribution of the temperature is enlarged as the spot radius increases, but the distribution of the temperature in axial is independent of the spot

  20. The thickness of native oxides on aluminum alloys and single crystals

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    Evertsson, J.; Bertram, F.; Weissenrieder, J.; Goethelid, Mats; Pan, J; Mikkelsen, A.; Nilsson, J.-O.; Lundgren, E.; Zhang, F.; Rullik, L.; Merte, L. R.; Shipilin, Mikhail; Soldemo, M.; S Ahmadi; Vinogradov, N.

    2015-01-01

    We present results from measurements of the native oxide film thickness on four different industrial aluminum alloys and three different aluminum single crystals. The thicknesses were determined using X-ray reflectivity, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. In addition, atomic force microscopy was used for micro-structural studies of the oxide surfaces. The reflectivity measurements were performed in ultra-high vacuum, vacuum, ambient, nitrogen and liq...

  1. Investigation of the Microstructure of Joints of Aluminum Alloys Produced by Friction Stir Welding

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    Kolubaev, E. A.

    2015-02-01

    Special features of the microstructure of joints of aluminum-magnesium and aluminum-copper alloys produced by friction stir welding are analyzed. It is demonstrated that a layered structure with ultradisperse grains is produced by friction stir welding at the center of the weld joint. An analogy is drawn between the microstructures of joints produced by friction stir welding and surface layer produced by sliding friction.

  2. Effect of temperature on corrosion behavior of 3003 aluminum alloy in ethylene glycol-water solution

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    Chen Xin; Tian Wenming; Li Songmei; Yu Mei; Liu Jianhua

    2016-01-01

    The effect of temperature on the corrosion behavior of 3003 aluminum alloy in ethylene glycol–water solution was investigated by potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impe-dance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. The surface characterization was observed and determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and energy dispersive spec-trometer (EDS). The results demonstrate that the anodic aluminum dissolution and the cathodic oxygen reduction were accelerated by the increased temperature. However, as temperature was over 60 °C, the solubility and concentration of oxygen decreased, resulting in the inhibition of cathodic reaction. The cathodic reaction rate of 3003 aluminum alloy rose to the maximum at 60 °C. The Warburg impedance in Nyquist diagram diminished and then was replaced by a negative capaci-tance caused by the absorption of intermediate corrosion product on electrode. On the other hand, after potentiodynamic measurements, 3003 aluminum alloy suffered pitting corrosion. The dissolu-tion of aluminum alloy around secondary phase particles expanded both horizontally and vertically. © 2016 The Authors. Production and hosting by Elsevier Ltd. on behalf of Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.

  3. Effect of Electromagnetic Frequency on Microstructures of Continuous Casting Aluminum Alloys

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    2002-01-01

    The relationship between electromagnetic frequency and microstructures of continuous casting aluminum alloyswas studied. 7075 aluminum alloy ingot of 100 mm in diameter was produced by electromagnetic continuouscasting process, the microstructures of as-cast ingot was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equippedwith energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS). The results showed that electromagnetic frequency greatly influencedsegregation and microstructures of as-cast ingot, and product quality can be guaranteed by the application of aproper frequency. Electromagnetic frequency plays a significant role in solute redistribution; Iow frequency is moreefficient for promoting solution of alloying elements.

  4. Study on quality of resistance spot welded aluminum alloys under various electrode pressures

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    San-san AO; Zhen LUO; Xin-xin TANG; Lin-shu ZHOU; Shu-xian YUAN; Rui WANG; Kai-lei SONG; Xing-zheng BU; Xiao-yi LI; Zhi-qing XUE

    2009-01-01

    The electrode force is One of the main parameters in resistance spot welding (RSW). It is very important to guarantee the quality of aluminum alloys and determine whether the electrode pressure is stable or adjustable in the welding process. With the drive set of a servo-motor, we conduct the RSW tests and tensile shear tests on the 5052 aluminum alloy sheets. Results of these tests show that all variable pressure curves are suitable for spot welding, and all have their own rules in affecting the tensile strength of the spot welded joints.

  5. Thermal conductivity prediction of closed-cell aluminum alloy considering micropore effect

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    Donghui Zhang

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Large quantities of micro-scale pores are observed in the matrix of closed-cell aluminum alloy by scanning electron microscope, which indicates the dual-scale pore characteristics. Corresponding to this kind of special structural morphology, a new kind of dual-scale method is proposed to estimate its effective thermal conductivity. Comparing with the experimental results, the article puts forward the view that the prediction accuracy can be improved by the dual-scale method greatly. Different empirical formulas are also investigated in detail. It provides a new method for thermal properties estimation and makes preparation for more suitable empirical formula for closed-cell aluminum alloy.

  6. Multi-Response Optimization of Friction-Stir-Welded AA1100 Aluminum Alloy Joints

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    Rajakumar, S.; Balasubramanian, V.

    2012-06-01

    AA1100 aluminum alloy has gathered wide acceptance in the fabrication of light weight structures. Friction stir welding process (FSW) is an emerging solid state joining process in which the material that is being welded does not melt and recast. The process and tool parameters of FSW play a major role in deciding the joint characteristics. In this research, the relationships between the FSW parameters (rotational speed, welding speed, axial force, shoulder diameter, pin diameter, and tool hardness) and the responses (tensile strength, hardness, and corrosion rate) were established. The optimal welding conditions to maximize the tensile strength and minimize the corrosion rate were identified for AA1100 aluminum alloy and reported here.

  7. Optimization of pulsed TIG welding process parameters on mechanical properties of AA 5456 Aluminum alloy weldments

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    Kumar, A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Warangal 506 004 (India)], E-mail: adepu_kumar7@yahoo.co.in; Sundarrajan, S. [Scientist ' G' , Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad 500 028 (India)

    2009-04-15

    The present work pertains to the improvement of mechanical properties of AA 5456 Aluminum alloy welds through pulsed tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding process. Taguchi method was employed to optimize the pulsed TIG welding process parameters of AA 5456 Aluminum alloy welds for increasing the mechanical properties. Regression models were developed. Analysis of variance was employed to check the adequacy of the developed models. The effect of planishing on mechanical properties was also studied and observed that there was improvement in mechanical properties. Microstructures of all the welds were studied and correlated with the mechanical properties.

  8. Effect of Porosity and Cell Size on the Dynamic Compressive Properties of Aluminum Alloy Foams

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    2002-01-01

    The dynamic mechanical properties of open-cell aluminum alloy foams with different relative densities and cell sizeshave been investigated by compressive tests. The strain rates varied from 700 s-1 to 2600 s-1. The experimentalresults showed that the dynamic compressive stress-strain curves exhibited a typical three-stage behavior: elastic,plateau and densification. The dynamic compressive strength of foams is affected not only by the relative densitybut also by the strain rate and cell size. Aluminum alloy foams with higher relative density or smaller cell size aremore sensitive to the strain rate than foams with lower relative density or larger cell size.

  9. Influence of Density on Compressive Properties and Energy Absorption of Foamed Aluminum Alloy

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    WEI Peng; LIU Lin

    2007-01-01

    The foamed aluminum alloys with different densities were fabricated by melt foaming technique. The compressive properties and energy absorption of the foamed aluminum alloy with different densities were analyzed. The results reveal that the compressive stress-strain curves follow the typical behavior of cellular foams with three deformation stages. Under the same strain, the energy absorption capability decreases with the decrease of density. However, with increasing the strain, the energy absorption efficiency of foamed metal increases initially and then decreases. The lower the density, the longer the plateau region, within the range of high strain, the energy absorption efficiency is always high.

  10. Constitutive description of casting aluminum alloy based on cylindrical void-cell model

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    CHEN Bin; PENG Xiang-he; ZENG Xiang-guo; WU Xin-yan; SUN Shi-tao

    2006-01-01

    Casting aluminum alloys are highly heterogeneous materials with different types of voids that affect the mechanical properties of the material. Through the analysis ora cylindrical void-cell model the evolution equation of the voids was obtained. The evolution equation was embedded into a nonclassical elastoplastic constitutive relation, and an elastoplastic constitutive relation involving void evolution was obtained. A corresponding finite element procedure was developed and applied to the analyses of the distributions of the axial stress and porosity of notched cylindrical specimens of casting aluminum alloy A101. The computed results show good agreement with experimental data.

  11. Low temperature bonding of LD31 aluminum alloys by electric brush plating Ni and Cu coatings

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    Zhao Zhenqing; Wang Chunqing; Du Miao

    2005-01-01

    Soldering of LD31 aluminum alloys using Sn-Pb solder paste after electric brush plating Ni and Cu coatings was nvestigated. The technology of electric brush plating Ni and Cu was studied and plating solution was developed. The microstructure of the coatings, soldered joint and fracture face were analyzed using optic microscopy, SEM and EDX. The shear strength of soldered joint could reach as high as 26. 83 MPa. The results showed that reliable soldered joint could be obtained at 230℃, the adhesion of coatings and LD31 aluminum alloy substrate was high enough to bear the thermal process in the soldering.

  12. The enhancement of wear properties of squeeze-cast A356 composites reinforced with B{sub 4}C particulates

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    Mazahery, Ali; Shabani, Mohsen Ostad [Islamic Azad Univ., Karaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-07-15

    In the present study, squeeze-cast A356 matrix composites reinforced with B{sub 4}C particles were prepared and different volume fractions of B{sub 4}C particles of various sizes were incorporated into the aluminum alloy by a mechanical stirrer. Wear properties of the unreinforced alloy and composites with different vol.% of boron carbide particles were measured and compared. It is noted that composites exhibit better wear resistance compared to the unreinforced alloy. According to the differences in wear rates of the composites, two separate wear-rate regimes were identified as low- and high-wear-rate regimes. It is observed that all the composite samples reinforced with 1 {mu}m B{sub 4}C particles show high wear-rate, regardless of the particle volume fraction. However, none of the samples containing 50 {mu}m particles display this type of wear regime. Microscopic examination using a scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy-dispersive spectrometer, was carried out on the worn surfaces, subsurfaces, and debris. Rough and smooth regions are distinguished on the worn surface of the composites similar to the unreinforced alloy. (orig.)

  13. A Parametric Analysis of CO2 Laser Heat Absorption Profile of 5083 Aluminum Alloy

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    JOSEPH .I. ACHEBO

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum alloys are amongst the most difficult everyday metals that can be welded using the laser welding process. For this reason, high power density lasers are needed to weld these alloys because they require higher thermal diffusivity to form a key hole than would be needed for other metals such as steel. This means that more heat wouldhave to be applied while welding aluminum alloys than would be needed to weld steel to achieve a satisfactory coupling effect. The heat input generated from laser welding is affected by the absorptivity coefficient, the welding speed and the time spent. Once the optimum heat input is attained, it is expected to create less heat distortion, its energy is more concentrated within the weld area and deep weld penetration is achieved. Determining optimum values of welding parameters would lead to acceptable weld quality. In this study, the heat absorption profile of a CO2 laser welding of 5083 aluminum alloy was investigated using the models proposed by Bramson in 1968 and Okon et al in 2002. The 4mm thick aluminum alloy investigated was as received from the vendors. The calculated laser beam absorptivity coefficient, irradiance and boiling temperature were 0.12, 2.3 x 106 Wcm-2 and 2482oC respectively. These calculated values compared well with reported values in other literature.

  14. To find effects of GMAW parameters on Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Alloys

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    Chandan Kaushal

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The present research aims to investigate the effects of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW on the mechanical properties of different grades of aluminum alloys. GMAW is the most common method of joining aluminum alloys used in various industrial processes. It replaces the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG method of providing equally high quality of joints with a much higher performance. Aluminum alloys under consideration for this experiment will be from 6XXX series, consisting of Silicon and Magnesium as main alloying elements. Weld joints Will be produced with the help of a Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW process. The Hardness, Tensile strength, yield stresses and elongation will be the mechanical properties to be obtained. As aluminum alloys show large micro structural changes after welding it is necessary to know about the effect of welding parameters on the mechanical properties of weldements as too high welding current and too high welding speed will result in high heat input and weakening of weld profile so a balance is need to be struck between welding parameters and mechanical properties. Scattering Electron Microscopy (SEM technique will be used to analyze micro structural changes.

  15. Aging Optimization of Aluminum-Lithium Alloy L277 for Application to Cryotank Structures

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    Sova, B. J.; Sankaran, K. K.; Babel, H.; Farahmand, B.; Cho, A.

    2003-01-01

    Compared with aluminum alloys such as 2219, which is widely used in space vehicle for cryogenic tanks and unpressurized structures, aluminum-lithium alloys possess attractive combinations of lower density and higher modulus along with comparable mechanical properties and improved damage tolerance. These characteristics have resulted in the successful use of the aluminum-lithium alloy 2195 for the Space Shuttle External Tank, and the consideration of newer U.S. aluminum-lithium alloys such as L277 and C458 for future space vehicles. A design of experiments aging study was conducted for plate and a limited study on extrusions. To achieve the T8 temper, Alloy L277 is typically aged at 290 F for 40 hours. In the study for plate, a two-step aging treatment was developed through a design of experiments study and the one step aging used as a control. Based on the earlier NASA studies on 2195, the first step aging temperature was varied between 220 F and 260 F. The second step aging temperatures was varied between 290 F and 310 F, which is in the range of the single-step aging temperature. For extrusions, two, single-step, and one two-step aging condition were evaluated. The results of the design of experiments used for the T8 temper as well as a smaller set of experiments for the T6 temper for plate and the results for extrusions will be presented.

  16. ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK MODEL OF CONSTITUTIVE RELATIONSHIP FOR 2A70 ALUMINUM ALLOY

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    F. Liu; D.B. Shan; Y. Lu; Y.Y. Yang

    2005-01-01

    The hot deformation behavior of 2A70 aluminum alloy was investigated by means of isothermal compression tests performed on a Gleeble-1500 thermal simulator over a wide range of temperatures 360-480℃ with strain rates of 0.01-1s-1 and the largest deformation of 60%, and the true stress of the material was obtained under the above-mentioned conditions. The experimental results shows that 2A70 aluminum alloy is a kind of aluminum alloy with the property of dynamic recovery; its flow stress declines with the increase of temperature, while its flow stress increases with the increase of strain rates. On the basis of experiments, the constitutive relationship of the 2A70 aluminum alloy was constructed using a BP artificial neural network. Comparison of the predicted values with the experimental data shows that the relative error of the trained model is less than ±3% for the sampled data while it is less than ±6% for the nonsampled data. It is evident that the model constructed by BP ANN can accurately predict the flow stress of the 2A70 alloy.

  17. Microstructural Evolution of Semisolid 6063 Aluminum Alloy Prepared by Recrystallization and Partial Melting Process

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    Wang, Yongfei; Zhao, Shengdun; Zhang, Chenyang

    2017-08-01

    Radial forging (RF) was proposed as a novel deformation method to prepare semisolid 6063 aluminum alloy in the recrystallization and partial melting (RAP) process. The effects of area reduction rate, isothermal holding temperature and time on the microstructural evolution of RF-deformed 6063 aluminum alloy were investigated. Results showed that RF can be successfully introduced in RAP process to prepare large semisolid 6063 aluminum alloy bar. With the increase of the area reduction rate, the average grain size firstly decreased and then no significant change occurred. Meanwhile, the spheroidization degree of solid grains firstly increased rapidly, and then increased slowly. The effects of isothermal holding temperature and time are similar, with the increase of the isothermal holding temperature or time, the average grain size initially decreased but then increased; and the spheroidization degree of solid grains gradually increased. High-quality semisolid 6063 aluminum alloy can be prepared with 70% area reduction rate and subsequent semisolid isothermal treatment (SSIT) at 630 °C for 10 min. The coarsening rate constant was 5185.2 µm3/s at 630 °C. Additionally, a strong deformation texture was created in the RF-deformed alloy with 70% area reduction rate, which was transformed to a weakened texture following the SSIT process.

  18. Quantitative analysis of impurities in aluminum alloys by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy without internal calibration

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    LI Hong-kun; LIU Ming; CHEN Zhi-jiang; LI Run-hua

    2008-01-01

    To develop a fast and sensitive alloy elemental analysis method, a laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy(LIBS) system was established and used to carry out quantitative analysis of impurities in aluminum alloys in air at atmospheric pressure. A digital storage oscilloscope was used as signal recording instrument, instead of traditional gate integrator or Boxcar averager, to reduce the cost of the whole system. Linear calibration curves in the concentration range of 4×10-5-10-2 are built for Mg, Cr, Mn, Cu and Zn using absolute line intensity without internal calibrations. Limits of detection for these five elements in aluminum alloy are determined to be (2-90)×10-6. It is demonstrated that LIBS can provide quantitative trace elemental analysis in alloys even without internal calibration. This approach is easy to use in metallurgy industries and relative research fields.

  19. Evaluation of Aluminum Alloy 2050-T84 Microstructure and Mechanical Properties at Ambient and Cryogenic Temperatures

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    Hafley, Robert A.; Domack, Marcia S.; Hales, Stephen J.; Shenoy, Ravi N.

    2011-01-01

    Aluminum alloy 2050 is being considered for the fabrication of cryogenic propellant tanks to reduce the mass of future heavy-lift launch vehicles. The alloy is available in section thicknesses greater than that of the incumbent aluminum alloy, 2195, which will enable designs with greater structural efficiency. While ambient temperature design allowable properties are available for alloy 2050, cryogenic properties are not available. To determine its suitability for use in cryogenic propellant tanks, tensile, compression and fracture tests were conducted on 4 inch thick 2050-T84 plate at ambient temperature and at -320degF. Various metallurgical analyses were also performed in order to provide an understanding of the compositional homogeneity and microstructure of 2050.

  20. Thermal analysis of aluminum alloys as a tool to evaluate the grain refiners efficiency

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    Hariedy, M.M. [Aluminium Co. of Egypt, Nag Hammadi (Egypt); Niazi, A. [Assiut Univ. (Egypt); Nofal, A.A. [Central Metallurgical Research and Development Inst., Cairo (Egypt)

    1996-10-01

    Al-5%Ti-1%B and Al-5%Ti-1C master alloys were used to grain refine some aluminum alloys. The factors that affect the efficiency of grain refiners (addition rate, holding time, pouring temperature and metal composition) were studied. Thermal analysis was used to evaluate the efficiency of the two grain refiners in parallel with a conventional method (KBI test). The characteristic parameters of the cooling curves have been correlated to the grain size of the castings. It was found that thermal analysis could be used as a tool to evaluate the efficiency of the grain refiners of aluminum alloys prior to casting. Also, it was found that Al-5%Ti-1%C master alloy is more efficient grain refiner than Al-5%Ti-1%B.

  1. Microstructure and properties of 2618-Ti heat resistant aluminum alloy

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    王建华; 易丹青; 王斌

    2003-01-01

    The mechanical properties of alloy 2618 with 0.5%(mass fraction) titanium and its microstructures in different states such as as-cast and quenching-aging were investigated. Titanium was added into the alloy with Al-5%Ti master alloy that was extruded severely. Al3Ti particles in the microstructure of cast alloy 2618-Ti are very small because those of master alloy are also small. When titanium is used as an alloying element, it does not affect the morphology of Al9FeNi phase in cast alloy, but decreases the grain size of as-cast alloy remarkably. The grain size of quenching-aging alloy 2618 decreases apparently due to the existence of a great deal of dispersive Al3Ti particles. Adding 0.5%Ti has no effect on the room temperature tensile properties of alloy 2618, but apparently increases the elevated temperature instantaneous tensile properties and that of the alloy which is exposed at 250 ℃ for 100 h.

  2. Selection of crucible oxides in molten titanium and titanium aluminum alloys by thermo-chemistry calculations

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    Kostov A.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Titanium and its alloys interstitially dissolve a large amount of impurities such as oxygen and nitrogen, which degrade the mechanical and physical properties of alloys. On the other hand crucible oxides based on CaO, ZrO2 Y2O3, etc., and their spinels (combination of two or more oxides can be used for melting titanium and its alloys. However, the thermodynamic behavior of calcium, zirconium, yttrium on the one side, and oxygen on the other side, in molten Ti and Ti-Al alloys have not been made clear and because of that, it is very interesting for research. Owing of literature data, as well as these crucibles are cheaper than standard crucibles for melting titanium and titanium alloys, in this paper will be presented the results of selection of thermo-chemistry analysis with the aim to determine the crucible oxide stability in contact with molten titanium and titanium-aluminum alloys.

  3. Hot hardness of nickel-rich nickel-chromium-aluminum alloys

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    Levine, S. R.

    1976-01-01

    Rockwell A hardness of cast nickel-chromium-aluminum (NiCrAl) alloys was examined from ambient to 1150 K and compared to cast NiAl and IN-100. Alloy constitution was either gamma, gamma prime + gamma or gamma + beta + alpha + gamma prime. Below 1000 K beta containing NiCrAl alloys have hardnesses comparable to IN-100; above 1000 K they soften faster than IN-100. At 1150 K the hardness of beta-containing NiCrAl alloys decreases with increasing beta-content. The beta-containing NiCrAl alloys were harder than beta-NiAl. The ultimate tensile strengths of the NiCrAl alloys were estimated. The effects of NiCrAl coatings on strength and fatigue life of cooled turbine components were deduced.

  4. Texture analysis of cold rolled and annealed aluminum alloy produced by twin-roll casting

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    Juliana de Paula Martins; André Luis Moreira de Carvalho; Angelo Fernando Padilha

    2012-01-01

    A 7.4 mm thick strip of 3003 aluminum alloy produced by the industrial twin-roll casting (TRC) process was homogenized at 500 °C for 12 hours, after which it was cold rolled in two conditions: 1) to reduce the strip's thickness by 67%, and 2) to reduce it by 91%. The alloy was annealed at 400 °C for 1 hour in both conditions. The results revealed that a rotated cube texture, the {001}

  5. Research on Semisolid Microstructural Evolution of 2024 Aluminum Alloy Prepared by Powder Thixoforming

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    Pubo Li; Tijun Chen; Suqing Zhang; Renguo Guan

    2015-01-01

    A novel method, powder thixoforming, for net-shape forming of the particle-reinforced Aluminum matrix composites in semi-solid state has been proposed based on powder metallurgy combining with thixoforming technology. The microstructural evolution and phase transformations have been investigated during partial remelting of the 2024 bulk alloy, prepared by cold pressing of atomized alloy powders to clarify the mechanisms of how the consolidated powders evolve into small and spheroidal primary...

  6. Crack Initiation and Growth Behavior at Corrosion Pit in 7075-T6 High Strength Aluminum Alloy

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    2013-06-01

    was not used to measure the transition from corrosion pit to long crack [25]. . . . . . . . . . . 22 3.1 Composition of a typical sample of 7075 -T6...lives. 24 III. Methodology 3.1 Material Research was conducted using 7075 -T6 aluminum. This alloy is commonly used in aerospace applications and as a... material properties of this alloy. It is important to note that these properties were also used in all finite element models. Table 3.1: Composition of

  7. Preparation of Al-Sr Master Alloy in Aluminum Electrolysis Cell

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    2000-01-01

    Al-Sr master alloy was prepared by using liquid aluminum cathode and a mixture of Na3AlF6- SrCO3 as the basic molten salt electrolyte in a laboratory electrolysis cell.The effects of electrolyte composition,electrolysis temperature,cathodic current density and the electrolytic duration on Sr content of Al-Sr alloy were studied.Through laboratory experiments,the parameters for smooth electrolytic reaction were proposed.

  8. A study of Al-Sc-Zr alloys in the aluminum-rich region

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    Toropova, L.S.; Kamardinkin, A.N.; Kindzhibalo, V.V.; Tyvanchuk, A.T. (AN SSSR, Institut Metallurgii, Moscow (USSR))

    1990-12-01

    Alloys in the ternary system Al-Sc-Zr along a section of approximately 1.0 pct Sc and 0.8 pct Zr were investigated by X-ray diffraction and electron probe analyses. It is found that phases Al3Sc and Al3Zr are in equilibrium with the alpha solid solution of aluminum. The contents of zirconium and scandium in the phase Al3Sc are determined as a function of their concentrations in the alloy.

  9. Friction Stir Welding in Wrought and Cast Aluminum Alloys: Weld Quality Evaluation and Effects of Processing Parameters on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties

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    Pan, Yi; Lados, Diana A.

    2017-01-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a solid-state process widely used for joining similar and dissimilar materials for critical applications in the transportation sector. Understanding the effects of the process on microstructure and mechanical properties is critical in design for structural integrity. In this study, four aluminum alloy systems (wrought 6061-T651 and cast A356, 319, and A390) were processed in both as-fabricated and pre-weld heat-treated (T6) conditions using various processing parameters. The effects of processing and heat treatment on the resulting microstructures, macro-/micro-hardness, and tensile properties were systematically investigated and mechanistically correlated to changes in grain size, characteristic phases, and strengthening precipitates. Tensile tests were performed at room temperature both along and across the welding zones. A new method able to evaluate weld quality (using a weld quality index) was developed based on the stress concentration calculated under tensile loading. Optimum processing parameter domains that provide both defect-free welds and good mechanical properties were determined for each alloy and associated with the thermal history of the process. These results were further related to characteristic microstructural features, which can be used for component design and materials/process optimization.

  10. Friction Stir Welding in Wrought and Cast Aluminum Alloys: Weld Quality Evaluation and Effects of Processing Parameters on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties

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    Pan, Yi; Lados, Diana A.

    2017-04-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a solid-state process widely used for joining similar and dissimilar materials for critical applications in the transportation sector. Understanding the effects of the process on microstructure and mechanical properties is critical in design for structural integrity. In this study, four aluminum alloy systems (wrought 6061-T651 and cast A356, 319, and A390) were processed in both as-fabricated and pre-weld heat-treated (T6) conditions using various processing parameters. The effects of processing and heat treatment on the resulting microstructures, macro-/micro-hardness, and tensile properties were systematically investigated and mechanistically correlated to changes in grain size, characteristic phases, and strengthening precipitates. Tensile tests were performed at room temperature both along and across the welding zones. A new method able to evaluate weld quality (using a weld quality index) was developed based on the stress concentration calculated under tensile loading. Optimum processing parameter domains that provide both defect-free welds and good mechanical properties were determined for each alloy and associated with the thermal history of the process. These results were further related to characteristic microstructural features, which can be used for component design and materials/process optimization.

  11. Evolution of Surface Oxide Film of Typical Aluminum Alloy During Medium-Temperature Brazing Process

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    程方杰; 赵海微; 王颖; 肖兵; 姚俊峰

    2014-01-01

    The evolution of the surface oxide film along the depth direction of typical aluminum alloy under medium-temperature brazing was investigated by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). For the alloy with Mg content below 2.0wt%, whether under cold rolling condition or during medium-temperature brazing process, the en-richment of Mg element on the surface was not detected and the oxide film was pure Al2O3. However, the oxide film grew obviously during medium-temperature brazing process, and the thickness was about 80 nm. For the alloy with Mg content above 2.0wt%, under cold rolling condition, the original surface oxide film was pure Al2O3. However, the Mg element was significantly enriched on the outermost surface during medium-temperature brazing process, and MgO-based oxide film mixed with small amount of MgAl2O4 was formed with a thickness of about 130 nm. The alloy-ing elements of Mn and Si were not enriched on the surface neither under cold rolling condition nor during medium-temperature brazing process for all the selected aluminum alloy, and the surface oxide film was similar to that of pure aluminum, which was almost entire Al2O3.

  12. Aging Optimization of Aluminum-Lithium Alloy C458 for Application to Cryotank Structures

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    Sova, B. J.; Sankaran, K. K.; Babel, H.; Farahmand, B.; Rioja, R.

    2003-01-01

    Compared with aluminum alloys such as 2219, which is widely used in space vehicle for cryogenic tanks and unpressurized structures, aluminum-lithium alloys possess attractive combinations of lower density and higher modulus along with comparable mechanical properties. These characteristics have resulted in the successful use of the aluminum-lithium alloy 2195 (Al-1.0 Li-4.0 Cu-0.4 Mg-0.4 Ag-0.12 Zr) for the Space Shuttle External Tank, and the consideration of newer U.S. aluminum-lithium alloys such as L277 and C458 for future space vehicles. These newer alloys generally have lithium content less than 2 wt. % and their composition and processing have been carefully tailored to increase the toughness and reduce the mechanical property anisotropy of the earlier generation alloys such 2090 and 8090. Alloy processing, particularly the aging treatment, has a significant influence on the strength-toughness combinations and their dependence on service environments for aluminum-lithium alloys. Work at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on alloy 2195 has shown that the cryogenic toughness can be improved by employing a two-step aging process. This is accomplished by aging at a lower temperature in the first step to suppress nucleation of the strengthening precipitate at sub-grain boundaries while promoting nucleation in the interior of the grains. Second step aging at the normal aging temperature results in precipitate growth to the optimum size. A design of experiments aging study was conducted for plate. To achieve the T8 temper, Alloy C458 (Al-1.8 Li-2.7 Cu-0.3 Mg- 0.08 Zr-0.3 Mn-0.6 Zn) is typically aged at 300 F for 24 hours. In this study, a two-step aging treatment was developed through a comprehensive 24 full factorial design of experiments study and the typical one-step aging used as a reference. Based on the higher lithium content of C458 compared with 2195, the first step aging temperature was varied between 175 F and 250 F. The second step aging temperatures was

  13. Aging Optimization of Aluminum-Lithium Alloy C458 for Application to Cryotank Structures

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    Sova, B. J.; Sankaran, K. K.; Babel, H.; Farahmand, B.; Rioja, R.

    2003-01-01

    Compared with aluminum alloys such as 2219, which is widely used in space vehicle for cryogenic tanks and unpressurized structures, aluminum-lithium alloys possess attractive combinations of lower density and higher modulus along with comparable mechanical properties. These characteristics have resulted in the successful use of the aluminum-lithium alloy 2195 (Al-1.0 Li-4.0 Cu-0.4 Mg-0.4 Ag-0.12 Zr) for the Space Shuttle External Tank, and the consideration of newer U.S. aluminum-lithium alloys such as L277 and C458 for future space vehicles. These newer alloys generally have lithium content less than 2 wt. % and their composition and processing have been carefully tailored to increase the toughness and reduce the mechanical property anisotropy of the earlier generation alloys such 2090 and 8090. Alloy processing, particularly the aging treatment, has a significant influence on the strength-toughness combinations and their dependence on service environments for aluminum-lithium alloys. Work at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on alloy 2195 has shown that the cryogenic toughness can be improved by employing a two-step aging process. This is accomplished by aging at a lower temperature in the first step to suppress nucleation of the strengthening precipitate at sub-grain boundaries while promoting nucleation in the interior of the grains. Second step aging at the normal aging temperature results in precipitate growth to the optimum size. A design of experiments aging study was conducted for plate. To achieve the T8 temper, Alloy C458 (Al-1.8 Li-2.7 Cu-0.3 Mg- 0.08 Zr-0.3 Mn-0.6 Zn) is typically aged at 300 F for 24 hours. In this study, a two-step aging treatment was developed through a comprehensive 24 full factorial design of experiments study and the typical one-step aging used as a reference. Based on the higher lithium content of C458 compared with 2195, the first step aging temperature was varied between 175 F and 250 F. The second step aging temperatures was

  14. Order/disorder in electrodeposited aluminum-titanium alloys

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    Stafford G.R.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The composition, morphology, and crystallographic microstructure of Al-Ti alloys electrodeposited from two different chloroaluminate molten salt electrolytes were examined. Alloys containing up to 28 % atomic fraction Ti were electrodeposited at 150 °C from 2:1 AlCl3-NaCl with controlled additions of Ti2+. The apparent limit on alloy composition is proposed to be due to a mechanism by which Al3Ti forms through the reductive decomposition of [Ti(AlCl43]-. The composition of Al-Ti alloys electrodeposited from the AlCl3-EtMeImCl melt at 80 °C is limited by the diffusion of Ti2+ to the electrode surface. Alloys containing up to 18.4 % atomic fraction Ti are only obtainable at high Ti2+ concentrations in the melt and low current densities. Alloys electrodeposited from the higher temperature melt have an ordered L12 crystal structure while alloys of similar composition but deposited at lower temperature are disordered fcc. The appearance of antiphase boundaries in the ordered alloys suggests that the deposit may be disordered initially and then orders in the solid state, subsequent to the charge transfer step and adatom incorporation into the lattice. This is very similar to the disorder-trapping observed in rapidly solidified alloys. The measured domain size is consistent with a mechanism of diffusion-controlled doman growth at the examined deposition temperatures and times.

  15. Softening phenomenon during compression test in nanograined aluminum alloys

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    Ko, S.H.; Jang, J.M.; Lee, W. [Korea Inst. of Industrial Technology, ChonAn (Korea)

    2005-07-01

    Al-Mg and Al-Mg-Cu alloys are known well to reveal superplasticity in tension at high temperatures. In this study, deformation behaviors of those alloys nanograined were investigated under compression test at room temperature. During plastic deformation softening phenomena occurred obviously in nanograined Al-1.5wt%Mg and Al-0.7wt%Mg-1.0wt%Cu alloys while slight strain hardening appeared in nanograined pure Al. These results suggest that the softening strongly depends on composition of alloys. The softening takes place over strain rate range from 10{sup -4} up to 10{sup -1}. (orig.)

  16. Precipitation hardening and hydrogen embrittlement of aluminum alloy AA7020

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    Santosh Kumar; T K G Namboodhiri

    2011-04-01

    AA7020 Al–Mg–Zn, a medium strength aluminium alloy, is used in welded structures in military and aerospace applications. As it may be subjected to extremes of environmental exposures, including high pressure liquid hydrogen, it could suffer hydrogen embrittlement. Hydrogen susceptibility of alloy AA7020 was evaluated by slow strain-rate tensile testing, and delayed failure testing of hydrogen-charged specimens of air-cooled, duplexaged, and water-quenched duplex agedmaterials. The resistance to hydrogen embrittlement of the alloy was found to be in the order of air-cooled duplex aged alloy > as-received (T6 condition) > water quenched duplex aged material.

  17. Fundamental research regarding the ultrasonic stirring effects on the microstructure of A356 castings

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    Jia, Shian

    Ultrasonic stirring treatment (UST) of molten metal has significant effects on the solidification microstructure of A356 alloy, which includes grain structure, distribution of inclusions, refinement of secondary phases, etc. The primary causes are due to ultrasonic cavitation, acoustic streaming and propagation of ultrasound waves in media. However, the mechanism of how those effects happen are not fully understood and quantified. In this research, molten A356 alloy was treated with high power ultrasound at a frequency of 18 kHz, and then at relatively high superheat, the melt was cast into a permanent metal mold which complies with ASTM B108-02. The UST processing system was custom built to perform the present UST study. The relatively high superheat condition is similar to the one used in the standard foundry practice, which will assist in the scale up of practical application of ultrasonic stirring technology. The selected parameters for the ultrasonic stirring technology (UST) were determined by using an UST modeling software tool that was recently developed and validated. The UST modeling software tool is capable of modeling and simulating the acoustic streaming and ultrasonic cavitation as well as the microstructure evolution during the solidification of cast alloys. Since the UST was preceded in the molten alloy, no dendrites are growing during the UST processing. Besides, more energy is required for homogeneous nucleation to occur. Consequently, the dominant mechanism of nucleation in this research is heterogeneous nucleation. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the A356 alloy processed with and without UST were analyzed and compared in detail in this study. It was demonstrated that the ultrasonically-stirred A356 alloy shows superior microstructure characteristics with very low micro-porosity levels and improved tensile properties when compared with the standard A356 alloy.

  18. Laser Shock Peening of Aluminum Alloy 7050 for Fatigue Life Improvement

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    Qian; Ming; Lian; Ying; Zou; Shikun; Gong; Shuili

    2007-01-01

    The effects of laser shock peening (LSP) on improving fatigue life of aluminum alloy 7050 are investigated.Surface hardness is increased corresponding to a high dislocation density induced by LSP.The X-ray diffraction stress measurement shows that LSP results in prominent increase of surface compressive stress,quasi-symmetrically distributed in the laser peened region.The fatigue life of the alloy 7050 in rivet fastener hole structure is notably improved owing to LSP.The sequence of LSP and fastener hole preparation also influence the fatigue cycle life of the alloy.

  19. Effects of Aluminum on Hydrogen Solubility and Diffusion in Deformed Fe-Mn Alloys

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    C. Hüter

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We discuss hydrogen diffusion and solubility in aluminum alloyed Fe-Mn alloys. The systems of interest are subjected to tetragonal and isotropic deformations. Based on ab initio modelling, we calculate solution energies and then employ Oriani’s theory which reflects the influence of Al alloying via trap site diffusion. This local equilibrium model is complemented by qualitative considerations of Einstein diffusion. Therefore, we apply the climbing image nudged elastic band method to compute the minimum energy paths and energy barriers for hydrogen diffusion. Both for diffusivity and solubility of hydrogen, we find that the influence of the substitutional Al atom has both local chemical and nonlocal volumetric contributions.

  20. Tensile and elastic properties of deformed heterogeneous aluminum alloys at room and elevated temperatures

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    Eskin, D.G. (A.A. Baikov Institute of Metallurgy, Russian Academy of Sciences, 49, Leninskii prosp., Moscow 117334 (Russian Federation)); Toropova, L.S. (A.A. Baikov Institute of Metallurgy, Russian Academy of Sciences, 49, Leninskii prosp., Moscow 117334 (Russian Federation))

    1994-06-15

    In this study we investigated the tensile and elastic properties of deformed binary Al-Ni, Al-Fe, and Al-Cu alloys containing 10-25 vol.% of second phase. Sheets and rods of the alloys exhibit an increase in Young''s modulus of 15%-25%, and tensile properties at room and elevated temperatures comparable with those of conventional medium-strength wrought aluminum alloys. The elastic moduli of the phases were estimated. ((orig.)). Letter-to-the-editor

  1. Deposition of aluminum-magnesium alloys from electrolytes containing organo-aluminum complexes

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    Lehmkuhl, H.; Mehler, K.; Bongard, H.; Tesche, B. [Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Kohlenforschung, Muelheim an der Ruhr (Germany); Reinhold, B. [Audi AG Technische Entwicklung, Ingolstadt (Germany)

    2001-06-01

    Organo-aluminum compounds have been used for many years as electrolytes in the coating industry. In this communication the development of a galvanic process for generating aluminum-magnesium coatings from organometallic electrolyte systems is reported as well as results on physical properties like adhesion, ductility and corrosion resistance. (orig.)

  2. Aluminum for bonding Si-Ge alloys to graphite

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    Eggemann, Robert V.

    1976-01-13

    Improved thermoelectric device and process, comprising the high-temperature, vacuum bonding of a graphite contact and silicon-germanium thermoelectric element by the use of a low void, aluminum, metallurgical shim with low electrical resistance sandwiched therebetween.

  3. Fatigue Strength Estimation Based on Local Mechanical Properties for Aluminum Alloy FSW Joints

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    Kittima Sillapasa

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Overall fatigue strengths and hardness distributions of the aluminum alloy similar and dissimilar friction stir welding (FSW joints were determined. The local fatigue strengths as well as local tensile strengths were also obtained by using small round bar specimens extracted from specific locations, such as the stir zone, heat affected zone, and base metal. It was found from the results that fatigue fracture of the FSW joint plate specimen occurred at the location of the lowest local fatigue strength as well as the lowest hardness, regardless of microstructural evolution. To estimate the fatigue strengths of aluminum alloy FSW joints from the hardness measurements, the relationship between fatigue strength and hardness for aluminum alloys was investigated based on the present experimental results and the available wide range of data from the references. It was found as: σa (R = −1 = 1.68 HV (σa is in MPa and HV has no unit. It was also confirmed that the estimated fatigue strengths were in good agreement with the experimental results for aluminum alloy FSW joints.

  4. Structure and properties of castable aluminum alloy MVTU-6 after laser treatment

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    Silaeva, V. I.; Smirnova, N. A.; Solov'eva, T. V.

    2008-01-01

    The effect of laser treatment modes on the structure and properties of high-strength castable aluminum alloy MVTU-6 of the Al-Si-Cu-Cd system developed at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University by a group of researchers headed by I. I. Sidorin is studied.

  5. Strain hardening and damage in 6xxx series aluminum alloy friction stir welds

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    Simar, Aude; Nielsen, Kim Lau; de Meester, Bruno

    2010-01-01

    A friction stir weld in 6005A-T6 aluminum alloy has been prepared and analyzed by micro-hardness measurements, tensile testing and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The locations of the various weld zones were determined by micro-hardness indentation measurements. The flow behavior of the various...

  6. Influences on Burr Size During Face-Milling of Aluminum Alloys and Cast Iron

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    Shefelbine, Wendy; Dornfeld, David

    2004-01-01

    The Exit Order Sequence (EOS) theory discussed by previous LMA students predicts the size of burrs formed during face milling. Other influences are tool geometry, coolant use, and material properties in aluminum silicon alloys and cast iron. Used, worn tools also increase the size of the burr. The effect of speed and feed are also discussed, particularly with regards to cast iron.

  7. Influence of Post Weld Heat Treatment on Strength of Three Aluminum Alloys Used in Light Poles

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    Craig C. Menzemer

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The conjoint influence of welding and artificial aging on mechanical properties were investigated for extrusions of aluminum alloy 6063, 6061, and 6005A. Uniaxial tensile tests were conducted on the aluminum alloys 6063-T4, 6061-T4, and 6005A-T1 in both the as-received (AR and as-welded (AW conditions. Tensile tests were also conducted on the AR and AW alloys, subsequent to artificial aging. The welding process used was gas metal arc (GMAW with spray transfer using 120–220 A of current at 22 V. The artificial aging used was a precipitation heat treatment for 6 h at 182 °C (360 °F. Tensile tests revealed the welded aluminum alloys to have lower strength, both for yield and ultimate tensile strength, when compared to the as-received un-welded counterpart. The beneficial influence of post weld heat treatment (PWHT on strength and ductility is presented and discussed in terms of current design provisions for welded aluminum light pole structures.

  8. Low alloy additions of iron, silicon, and aluminum to uranium: a literature survey

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    Ludwig, R.L.

    1980-12-31

    A survey of the literature has been made on the experimental results of small additions of iron, silicon, and aluminum to uranium. Information is also included on the constitution, mechanical properties, heat treatment, and deformation of various binary and ternary alloys. 42 references, 24 figures, 13 tables.

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

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    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.

  10. Environmentally assisted crack growth rates of high-strength aluminum alloys

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    Connolly, Brain J.; Deffenbaugh, Kristen L.; Moran, Angela L.; Koul, Michelle G.

    2003-01-01

    The scope of this project is to evaluate the environmentally assisted long crack growth behavior of candidate high-strength aluminum alloys/tempers, specifically AA7150-T7751 and AA7040-T7651, for consideration as viable replacements/refurbishment for stress-corrosion cracking in susceptible AA7075-T6 aircraft components found in aging aircraft systems.

  11. Performance Comparison of Steam-Based and Chromate Conversion Coatings on Aluminum Alloy 6060

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    Din, Rameez Ud; Jellesen, Morten Stendahl; Ambat, Rajan

    2015-01-01

    In this study, oxide layers generated on aluminum alloy 6060(UNS A96060) using a steam-based process were compared with conventional chromate and chromate-phosphate conversion coatings. Chemical composition and microstructure of the conversion coatings were investigated and their corrosion perfor...

  12. Microstructure and mechanical properties of friction stir welded thin sheets of 2024-T4 aluminum alloy

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    LI Lian; TONG Jian-hua; WAN Fa-rong; LONG Yi

    2006-01-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a new and promising welding processing that can produce low-cost and high-quality joints of aluminum alloys. 1 mm thick sheets of 2024-T4 aluminum alloys which are always used as building and decorating materials were welded by FSW. The microstrueture and mechanical properties of friction stir welded 1 mm thick sheets of 2024-T4 aluminum alloy were studied. It was found that the thinner the 2024 aluminum alloy, the larger the FSW technological parameters field. The grains size of weld nugget zone (WNZ) is approximately 10 times smaller than that of the parent material, but the second phase in the material is not refined apparently in the welding. The FS welded joints have about 40% higher yield strength than the parent material,but the elongation of FS welded joints is under about 50% of the parent material. The electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD)results show that there are much more low angle boundaries (LAB) in WNZ than that in parent material, which indicates that FSW causes a number of sub-grain structures in WNZ, and this is also the reason of the increase of yield strength and Vickers hardness of the welded joint.

  13. Microstructure and Strain Fatigue Dislocation Structure of 7075-RRA Aluminum Alloy

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    2001-01-01

    The microstructure and the strain fatigue dislocation substructure of 7075-RRA (Retrogression and Reaging) aluminum alloy have been studied by using transmission electron microscopy. From these, a competitive mechanism of cyclic microscopic softening/hardening is put forward to explain the relation between macroscopic cyclic stability behavior and microscopic substructure.

  14. State of residual stress in laser-deposited ceramic composite coatings on aluminum alloys

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    Kadolkar, P. B.; Watkins, T. R.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.; Kooi, B. J.; Dahotre, N. B.

    2007-01-01

    The nature and magnitude of the residual stresses within laser-deposited titanium carbide (TiC) coatings on 2024 and 6061 aluminum (Al) alloys were investigated. Macro- and micro-stresses within the coatings were determined using an X-ray diffraction method. Owing to increased debonding between the

  15. An Application of ANFIS to Predict the Hot Flow Behavior of 6063 Aluminum Alloy

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    Chunlei, Gan; Mengjun, Wang

    2012-07-01

    In order to determine the optimum hot-forming processing parameters for 6063 aluminum alloy, the compressive deformation behavior of 6063 aluminum alloy was investigated at the temperatures from 300 to 500 °C and strain rates from 0.5 to 50 s-1 on a Gleeble-1500 Thermal Simulator. Based on the compression experimental data, a novel adaptive network-based fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) model is developed to predict the flow behavior of 6063 aluminum alloy. In the ANFIS system, the inputs of the ANFIS are the strain, the strain rate and the temperature, whereas the flow stress is the output. The effects of strain, strain rate, and temperature on the flow behavior of 6063 aluminum alloy have been studied by comparing the experimental and the predicted results using the developed ANFIS model. The results show that predicted values using the developed model are in good agreement with the experimental data, which demonstrates the reliability of the developed ANFIS model.

  16. Innovation Group Will Invest 20 Billion Yuan to Launch a Hard Aluminum Alloy Project

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    2012-01-01

    <正>On November 20, the People’s Government of Tongliao City of Inner Mongolia, the People’s Government of Huolinguole City and Shandong-based Innovation Group signed an investment framework agreement on a new-type hard aluminum alloy project. Under the agreement

  17. Fabrication of the superhydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy by anodizing and polymeric coating

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    Liu Wenyong, E-mail: lwy@iccas.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Technology for Packaging, Hunan University of Technology, Zhuzhou 412007 (China); College of Packaging and Materials Engineering, Hunan University of Technology, Zhuzhou 412007 (China); Luo Yuting; Sun Linyu [College of Packaging and Materials Engineering, Hunan University of Technology, Zhuzhou 412007 (China); Wu Ruomei, E-mail: cailiaodian2004@126.com [College of Packaging and Materials Engineering, Hunan University of Technology, Zhuzhou 412007 (China); Jiang Haiyun [College of Packaging and Materials Engineering, Hunan University of Technology, Zhuzhou 412007 (China); Liu Yuejun [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Technology for Packaging, Hunan University of Technology, Zhuzhou 412007 (China); College of Packaging and Materials Engineering, Hunan University of Technology, Zhuzhou 412007 (China)

    2013-01-01

    Graphical abstract: The hydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy fabricated by anodizing and polymeric coating. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Anodizing and polymeric coating were used to prepare a superhydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Superhydrophobic surfaces with a high water contact angle of 162 Degree-Sign and a low rolling angle of 2 Degree-Sign were obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The method is facile, and the materials are inexpensive, and is expected to be used widely. - Abstract: We reported the preparation of the superhydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy via anodizing and polymeric coating. Both the different anodizing processes and different polymeric coatings of aluminum alloy were investigated. The effects of different anodizing conditions, such as electrolyte concentration, anodization time and current on the superhydrophobic surface were discussed. The results showed that a good superhydrophobic surface was facilely fabricated by polypropylene (PP) coating after anodizing. The optimum conditions for anodizing were determined by orthogonal experiments. When the concentration of oxalic acid was 10 g/L, the concentration of NaCl was 1.25 g/L, anodization time was 40 min, and anodization current was 0.4 A, the best superhydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy with the contact angle (CA) of 162 Degree-Sign and the sliding angle of 2 Degree-Sign was obtained. On the other hand, the different polymeric coatings, such as polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP) and polypropylene grafting maleic anhydride (PP-g-MAH) were used to coat the aluminum alloy surface after anodizing. The results showed that the superhydrophobicity was most excellent by coating PP, while the duration of the hydrophobic surface was poor. By modifying the surface with the silane coupling agent before PP coating, the duration of the superhydrophobic surface was improved. The morphologies of the superhydrophobic surface were further confirmed

  18. Fabrication of super-hydrophobic surfaces on aluminum alloy substrates by RF-sputtered polytetrafluoroethylene coatings

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    Yang Wang

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we present a method of fabricating super-hydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy substrate. The etching of aluminum surfaces has been performed using Beck's dislocation etchant for different time to create micrometer-sized irregular steps. An optimised etching time of 50 s is found to be essential before polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE coating, to obtain a highest water contact angle of 165±2° with a lowest contact angle hysteresis as low as 5±2°. The presence of patterned microstructure as revealed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM together with the low surface energy ultrathin RF-sputtered PTFE films renders the aluminum alloy surfaces highly super-hydrophobic.

  19. Deformation nanotwins in coarse-grained aluminum alloy at ambient temperature and low strain rate

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    Xu, Zhu; Li, Ning, E-mail: hslining@mail.hust.edu.cn; Jiang, Huawen; Liu, Lin

    2015-01-05

    In order to reveal the possible occurrence of deformation twins in coarse-grained aluminum/aluminum alloy at normal experimental conditions, a 5A02-O aluminum alloy with coarse grains was compressed quasi-statically to various plastic strains at ambient temperature, followed by high-resolution transmission electron analysis. The results revealed some long streaks produced by the thin plate-like structure with 2 atomic planes thick in the specimen undergoing a large strain, while under a relatively small plastic strain, the striped characteristics disappeared. The fast Fourier transform and theoretical analysis have shown that these long streaks are nanotwins, derived from the overlapping of stacking fault ribbons formed by Shockley partial dislocation on adjacent slip planes, which are triggered by the large plastic strain.

  20. XRD and TEM analysis of the microstructure in the brazing joint of 3003 cladding aluminum alloy

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    Tao Feng; Songnian Lou; Luhai Wu; Yajiang Li

    2005-01-01

    The material used in this experiment was 3003 cladding aluminum alloy, the cladding metal was 4004 aluminum alloy.The aluminum plate was brazed by means of vacuum brazing. The microstructure in the brazing joint was studied by means of X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The test result indicates that the suitable brazing technique parameters are brazing temperature, 628℃; keeping time, 10 min; vacuum degree, 6.5×10-4 Pa. XRD test indicates that there are new intermetallic compounds different from the base metal. TEM analysis indicates that Cu2Mg and Cu3Mn2Mg are formed in the brazing joint. The shape of Cu2Mg is irregular and the shape of Cu3Mn2Mg is circle, and there are tiny particles in it.

  1. Protection against Corrosion of Aluminum Alloy in Marine Environment by Lawsonia inermis

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    H. M. Hajar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The corrosion performance of aluminum alloy 5083 (AA5083 was investigated in the splash zone area simulated in salt spray cabinet at ambient temperature. Three paint formulations were prepared in accordance with different percentages of henna extract. FTIR method was used to determine the constituent of henna while weight loss and electrochemical method were applied to investigate the inhibition behaviour. The findings show that corrosion rate of aluminum alloy decreased with the increases of henna extract in the coating formulation. The rise of charge transfer resistance (Rct value has contributed to the greater protection of the coated aluminum. The decrease in double layer capacitance value (Cdl is another indicator that a better protective barrier has been formed in the presence of henna in the coating matrix.

  2. System integration and demonstration of adhesive bonded high temperature aluminum alloys for aerospace structure, phase 2

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    Falcone, Anthony; Laakso, John H.

    1993-01-01

    Adhesive bonding materials and processes were evaluated for assembly of future high-temperature aluminum alloy structural components such as may be used in high-speed civil transport aircraft and space launch vehicles. A number of candidate high-temperature adhesives were selected and screening tests were conducted using single lap shear specimens. The selected adhesives were then used to bond sandwich (titanium core) test specimens, adhesive toughness test specimens, and isothermally aged lap shear specimens. Moderate-to-high lap shear strengths were obtained from bonded high-temperature aluminum and silicon carbide particulate-reinforced (SiC(sub p)) aluminum specimens. Shear strengths typically exceeded 3500 to 4000 lb/in(sup 2) and flatwise tensile strengths exceeded 750 lb/in(sup 2) even at elevated temperatures (300 F) using a bismaleimide adhesive. All faceskin-to-core bonds displayed excellent tear strength. The existing production phosphoric acid anodize surface preparation process developed at Boeing was used, and gave good performance with all of the aluminum and silicon carbide particulate-reinforced aluminum alloys investigated. The results of this program support using bonded assemblies of high-temperature aluminum components in applications where bonding is often used (e.g., secondary structures and tear stoppers).

  3. Hybrid manufacturing processes for fusion welding and friction stir welding of aerospace grade aluminum alloys

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    Gegesky, Megan Alexandra

    Friction stir welding and processing can provide for joints in aerospace grade aluminum alloys that have preferable material properties as compared to fusion welding techniques. Aerospace grade aluminum alloys such as AA2024-T3 and AA7075-T6 are considered non-weldable by traditional fusion welding techniques. Improved mechanical properties over previously used techniques are usually preferable for aerospace applications. Therefore, by combining traditional fusion welding and friction stir processing techniques, it could be plausible to create more difficult geometries in manufactured parts instead of using traditional techniques. While this combination of fusion welding and friction stir processing is not a new technology, its introduction to aerospace grade aluminum alloys as well as non-weldable alloys, is new. This is brought about by a lowered required clamping force required by adding a fusion weld before a friction stir processing technique. The changes in properties associated with joining techniques include: microstructural changes, changes in hardness, tensile strength, and corrosion resistance. This thesis illustrates these changes for the non-weldable AA2024-T351 and AA7075-T651 as well as the weldable alloy AA5052-H32. The microhardness, tensile strength and corrosion resistance of the four processing states: base material, fusion welded material, friction stir welded material, and friction stir processed fusion welded material is studied. The plausibility of this hybrid process for the three different materials is characterized, as well as plausible applications for this joining technique.

  4. A study of spectrum fatigue crack propagation in two aluminum alloys. 2: Influence of microstructures

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    Telesman, J.; Antolovich, S. D.

    1985-01-01

    The important metallurgical factors that influence both constant amplitude and spectrum crack growth behavior in aluminum alloys were investigated. The effect of microstructural features such as grain size, inclusions, and dispersoids was evaluated. It was shown that a lower stress intensities, the I/M 7050 alloy showed better fatigue crack propagation (FCP) resistance than P/M 7091 alloy for both constant amplitude and spectrum testing. It was suggested that the most important microstructural variable accounting for superior FCP resistance of 7050 alloy is its large grain size. It was further postulated that the inhomogenous planar slip and large grain size of 7050 limit dislocation interactions and thus increase slip reversibility which improves FCP performance. The hypothesis was supported by establishing that the cyclic strain hardening exponent for the 7091 alloy is higher than that of 7050.

  5. Development and evaluation of Al-Ti-C master alloys as grain refiner for aluminum

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    Hadia, M.A. [Aluminum Co. of Egypt, Nag Hammadi (Egypt); Ghaneya, A.A.; Niazi, A. [Assiut Univ. (Egypt)

    1996-10-01

    A series of Al-Ti-C master alloys with different amounts of titanium and carbon (Al-3.5%Ti-0.5%C, Al-3.5%Ti-0.7%C and Al-5%Ti-1%C) has been developed by adding activated graphite to molten Al-Ti binary alloys. The micro-structures of the developed alloys were investigated. The efficiency of the produced alloys as aluminum grain refiner was evaluated. The effects of the following factors were investigated: addition rate of each master alloy, the pouring temperature of the refined metal and the holding time before pouring. Also, the contact time for each refiner was studied. The results were significant and the refiner Al-5%Ti-1%C was the most effective.

  6. Fabrication of the superhydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy by anodizing and polymeric coating

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    Liu, Wenyong; Luo, Yuting; Sun, Linyu; Wu, Ruomei; Jiang, Haiyun; Liu, Yuejun

    2013-01-01

    We reported the preparation of the superhydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy via anodizing and polymeric coating. Both the different anodizing processes and different polymeric coatings of aluminum alloy were investigated. The effects of different anodizing conditions, such as electrolyte concentration, anodization time and current on the superhydrophobic surface were discussed. The results showed that a good superhydrophobic surface was facilely fabricated by polypropylene (PP) coating after anodizing. The optimum conditions for anodizing were determined by orthogonal experiments. When the concentration of oxalic acid was 10 g/L, the concentration of NaCl was 1.25 g/L, anodization time was 40 min, and anodization current was 0.4 A, the best superhydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy with the contact angle (CA) of 162° and the sliding angle of 2° was obtained. On the other hand, the different polymeric coatings, such as polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP) and polypropylene grafting maleic anhydride (PP-g-MAH) were used to coat the aluminum alloy surface after anodizing. The results showed that the superhydrophobicity was most excellent by coating PP, while the duration of the hydrophobic surface was poor. By modifying the surface with the silane coupling agent before PP coating, the duration of the superhydrophobic surface was improved. The morphologies of the superhydrophobic surface were further confirmed by optical microscope (OM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Combined with the material of PP with the low surface free energy, the micro/nano-structures of the surface resulted in the superhydrophobicity of the aluminum alloy surface.

  7. Removing hydrochloric acid exhaust products from high performance solid rocket propellant using aluminum-lithium alloy

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    Terry, Brandon C., E-mail: terry13@purdue.edu [School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, Zucrow Laboratories, 500 Allison Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Sippel, Travis R. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2025 Black Engineering, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Pfeil, Mark A. [School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, Zucrow Laboratories, 500 Allison Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Gunduz, I.Emre; Son, Steven F. [School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Zucrow Laboratories, 500 Allison Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States)

    2016-11-05

    Highlights: • Al-Li alloy propellant has increased ideal specific impulse over neat aluminum. • Al-Li alloy propellant has a near complete reduction in HCl acid formation. • Reduction in HCl was verified with wet bomb experiments and DSC/TGA-MS/FTIR. - Abstract: Hydrochloric acid (HCl) pollution from perchlorate based propellants is well known for both launch site contamination, as well as the possible ozone layer depletion effects. Past efforts in developing environmentally cleaner solid propellants by scavenging the chlorine ion have focused on replacing a portion of the chorine-containing oxidant (i.e., ammonium perchlorate) with an alkali metal nitrate. The alkali metal (e.g., Li or Na) in the nitrate reacts with the chlorine ion to form an alkali metal chloride (i.e., a salt instead of HCl). While this technique can potentially reduce HCl formation, it also results in reduced ideal specific impulse (I{sub SP}). Here, we show using thermochemical calculations that using aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloy can reduce HCl formation by more than 95% (with lithium contents ≥15 mass%) and increase the ideal I{sub SP} by ∼7 s compared to neat aluminum (using 80/20 mass% Al-Li alloy). Two solid propellants were formulated using 80/20 Al-Li alloy or neat aluminum as fuel additives. The halide scavenging effect of Al-Li propellants was verified using wet bomb combustion experiments (75.5 ± 4.8% reduction in pH, ∝ [HCl], when compared to neat aluminum). Additionally, no measurable HCl evolution was detected using differential scanning calorimetry coupled with thermogravimetric analysis, mass spectrometry, and Fourier transform infrared absorption.

  8. Effect of Electromagnetic Treatment on Fatigue Resistance of 2011 Aluminum Alloy

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    Mohin, M. A.; Toofany, H.; Babutskyi, A.; Lewis, A.; Xu, Y. G.

    2016-08-01

    Beneficial effects of the electromagnetic treatment on fatigue resistance were reported on several engineering alloys. These could be linked to the dislocation activity and the rearrangement of the crystal structure of the material under the electromagnetic field (EMF), resulting in delayed crack initiation. This paper presents an experimental study on the effect of pulsed electromagnetic treatment on the fatigue resistance of 2011 aluminum alloy. Circular cantilever specimens with loads at their ends were tested on rotating fatigue machine SM1090. Fatigue lives of treated and untreated specimens were analyzed and compared systematically. It has been found that the effect of the pulsed electromagnetic treatment on the fatigue resistance is dependent on the intensity of the pulsed EMF and the number of the treatment applied. Clear beneficial effect of the pulsed electromagnetic treatment on the fatigue resistance of the aluminum alloys has been observed, demonstrating a potential new technique to industries for fatigue life extension.

  9. Nanoscale microstructure effects on hydrogen behavior in rapidly solidified aluminum alloys

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    Tashlykova-Bushkevich, Iya I. [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Minsk (Belarus)

    2015-12-31

    The present work summarizes recent progress in the investigation of nanoscale microstructure effects on hydrogen behavior in rapidly solidified aluminum alloys foils produced at exceptionally high cooling rates. We focus here on the potential of modification of hydrogen desorption kinetics in respect to weak and strong trapping sites that could serve as hydrogen sinks in Al materials. It is shown that it is important to elucidate the surface microstructure of the Al alloy foils at the submicrometer scale because rapidly solidified microstructural features affect hydrogen trapping at nanostructured defects. We discuss the profound influence of solute atoms on hydrogen−lattice defect interactions in the alloys. with emphasis on role of vacancies in hydrogen evolution; both rapidly solidified pure Al and conventionally processed aluminum samples are considered.

  10. Joining of dissimilar metals by diffusion bonding. Titanium alloy with aluminum

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    Akca, Enes [International Univ. of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Research and Development Center; International Univ. of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Gursel, Ali [International Univ. of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2017-05-01

    This paper presents a novel diffusion bonding process of commercially pure aluminum to Ti-6Al-4V alloy at 520, 560, 600 and 640 C for 30, 45 and 60 minutes under argon gas shielding without the use of interlayer. The approach is to overcome the difficulties in fusion welding of dissimilar alloys. Diffusion bonding is a dissimilar metal welding process which can be applied to the materials without causing any physical deformations. Processed samples were metallographically prepared, optically examined followed by Vickers microhardness test and subjected to tensile test in order to determine joint strength. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy were used in this work to investigate the compositional changes across the joint region. Elemental composition of the region has been successfully defined between titanium alloy and aluminum. The maximum tensile strength was obtained from the samples bonded at the highest temperatures of 600 and 640 C.

  11. Filtration of aluminum alloys and its influence on mechanical properties and shape of eutectical silicium

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    M. Brůna

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Filtration during casting of high quality aluminum alloys belongs to main refining methods. Even when there are many years of experiences and experimental works on this subject, there are still some specific anomalies. While using ceramic filtration media during casting of aluminum alloys, almost in all experiments occurred increase of strength limit and atypical increase of extension. This anomaly was not explained with classical metallurgical methods, black-white contrast after surface etching neither with color surface etching. For that reason was used deep etching on REM. By using pressed ceramic filters, by studying morphology eutectical silicon was observed modification morphology of eutectical silicon, this explains increase extension after filtration. Pressed ceramic filters were used on experimental works. Casting was executed on hardenable alloy AlSi10MgMn.

  12. A Model for Evaluation of Grain Sizes of Aluminum Alloys with Grain Refinement Additions

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    2007-01-01

    Based on the assumption that the nucleation substrates are activated by constitutional undercooling generated by an adjacent grain growth and solute distribution during the initial solidification, a model for calculation of the grain size of aluminum alloys with the grain refinement is developed, where the nucleation is dominated by two parameters, I.e. Growth restriction factor Q and the undercooling parameter P. The growth restriction factor Q is proportional to the initial rate of constitutional undercooling development and can be used directly as a criterion of the grain refinement in the alloys with strong potential nucleation particles. The undercooling parameter P can be regarded as the maximum of constitutional undercooling △TC. For weak potential nucleation particles, the use of RGS would be more accurate. The experimental data of the grain refinement of pure aluminum and AISi7 alloys are coincident predicted results with the model.

  13. Numerical simulation of deep cryogenic treatment electrode tip temperature for spot welding aluminum alloy

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    Wu Zhisheng; Hu Minying; Liu Cuirong

    2006-01-01

    Deep cryogenic treatment technology of electrodes is put forward to improve electrode life of resistance spot welding of aluminum alloy LF2. Deep cryogenic treatment makes electrode life for spot welding aluminum alloy improve. The specific resistivity of the deep cryogenic treatment electrodes is tested and experimental results show that specific resistivity is decreased sharply. The temperature field and the influence of deep cryogenic treatment on the electrode tip temperature during spot welding aluminium alloy is studied by numerical simulation method with the software ANSYS. The axisymmetric finite element model of mechanical, thermal and electrical coupled analysis of spot welding process is developed. The numerical simulation results show that the influence of deep cryogenic treatment on electrode tip temperature is very large.

  14. The Mechanical Behavior of Friction-Stir Spot Welded Aluminum Alloys

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    Güler, Hande

    2014-10-01

    Aluminum and alloys are widely used in the automotive industry due to the light weight, good formability, and malleability. Spot welding is the most commonly used joining method of these materials, but the high current requirements and the inconsistent quality of the final welds make this process unsuitable. An alternative welding technique, the friction-stir spot welding process, can also be successfully used in joining of aluminum and alloys. In this study, 1-mm-thick AA5754 Al-alloy plates in the H-111 temper conditions were joined by friction-stir spot welding using two different weld parameters such as tool rotational speed and dwell time. Mechanical properties of the joints were obtained with extensive hardness measurements and tensile shear tests. The effect of these parameters on the failure modes of welded joints was also determined.

  15. Research for the method of image acquisition of the molten pool in the TIG welding of aluminum alloy

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    王建军; 林涛; 陈善本; 王伟

    2004-01-01

    Obtaining the image of molten pool aluminum alloy's tungsten inert gas(TIG)welding becomes a challenging problem in the welding field. In this paper, a bran-new optical sensor based analyzing the light spectrum was designed, and the clear image of the molten pool during the aluminum alloy's welding using the common industrial CCD camera was obtained. And with the new algorithm provided by myself, the desirable characteristic parameters of the molten pool of aluminum alloy's welding were obtained, and it provides a good base for advanced monitor welding quality.

  16. Properties of splat-quenched 7075 aluminum type alloys

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    Durand, J. P. H. A.; Pelloux, R. M.; Grant, N. J.

    1976-01-01

    The 7075 alloy belonging to the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu system, prepared by powder metallurgy techniques, was used in a study of alloys prepared from splat-quenched foils consolidated into bar material by hot extrusion. Ni and Fe were included in one alloy specimen, producing a fine dispersion of FeAl3 type particles which added to the strength of the aged alloy but did not coarsen upon heat treatment. Fine oxide films showing up on air-splatted foils induce finely dispersed oxide stringers (if the foils are not hot-worked subsequently) which in turn promote axial cracking (but longitudinal tensile strength is not seriously impaired). Splatting in a protective atmosphere, or thermomechanical processing, is recommended to compensate for this.

  17. Chemical effects in the Corrosion of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys. A Bibliography

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    1976-10-01

    Reduction of corrosion rate of Al cladding on fuel elements in Savannah River reactors by lithium silicate. 1970-30 B.A. Pandya, S.S. Sampat, J.C. Vora...Resistance Of Al Alloys" Statistical study of the corrosion of Al alloys in sea water and in an industrial atm for 5 yrs. 1974-29 A. Soudan Galvano

  18. New explosive welding technique to weld aluminum alloy and stainless steel plates using a stainless steel intermediate plate

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    Hokamoto, K.; Fujita, M. (Kumamoto Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering); Izuma, T. (Asahi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Siga (Japan))

    1993-10-01

    Various aluminum alloys and stainless steel were explosively welded using a thin stainless steel intermediate plate inserted between the aluminum alloy driver and stainless steel base plates. At first. the velocity change of the driver plate with flying distance is calculated using finite-difference analysis. Since the kinetic energy lost by collision affects the amount of the fused layer generated at the interface between the aluminum alloy and stainless steel, the use of a thin stainless steel intermediate plate is effective for decreasing the energy dissipated by the collision. The interfacial zone at the welded interface is composed of a fine eutectic structure of aluminum and Fe[sub 4]Al[sub 13], and the explosive welding, process of this metal combination proceeds mainly by intensive deformation of the aluminum alloy. The weldable region for various aluminum alloys is decided by the change in collision velocity and kinetic energy lost by collision, and the weldable region is decreased with the increase in the strength of the aluminum alloy.

  19. Thermal compatibility studies of unirradiated UMo alloys dispersed in aluminum

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    Lee, Don Bae; Kim, Ki Hwan; Kim, Chang Kyu

    1997-11-01

    The thermal compatibility of centrifugally atomized UMo alloys with aluminium has been studied. The results of the investigations show that the U-2 wt% Mo/aluminum dispersions increase in volume by 26% at 400°C after 2000 h. This large volume change is mainly due to the formation of voids and cracks resulting from nearly complete interdiffusion of UMo and aluminum. No significant dimensional changes occur in the U-10 wt% Mo/aluminum dispersions. Interdiffusion between U-10 wt% Mo and aluminum is found to be minimal. The different diffusion behavior is primarily due to the fact that U-10 wt% Mo particles are much more supersaturated with substitutional molybdenum than U-2 wt% Mo particles. The aluminum diffuses into the U-2 wt% Mo particles relatively rapidly along grain boundary with nearly pure uranium, forming UAl 3 almost fully throughout the 2000 h anneal, whereas the molybdenum supersaturated in the U-10 wt% Mo particles inhibits the diffusion of aluminum atoms. U-10 wt% Mo displays superior thermal compatibility with aluminum compared to U-2 wt% Mo.

  20. Process Modeling of Low-Pressure Die Casting of Aluminum Alloy Automotive Wheels

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    Reilly, C.; Duan, J.; Yao, L.; Maijer, D. M.; Cockcroft, S. L.

    2013-09-01

    Although on initial inspection, the aluminum alloy automotive wheel seems to be a relatively simple component to cast based on its shape, further insight reveals that this is not the case. Automotive wheels are in a select group of cast components that have strict specifications for both mechanical and aesthetic characteristics due to their important structural requirements and their visibility on a vehicle. The modern aluminum alloy automotive wheel continues to experience tightened tolerances relating to defects to improve mechanical performance and/or the physical appearance. Automotive aluminum alloy wheels are assessed against three main criteria: wheel cosmetics, mechanical performance, and air tightness. Failure to achieve the required standards in any one of these categories will lead to the wheel either requiring costly repair or being rejected and remelted. Manufacturers are becoming more reliant on computational process modeling as a design tool for the wheel casting process. This article discusses and details examples of the use of computational process modeling as a predictive tool to optimize the casting process from the standpoint of defect minimization with the emphasis on those defects that lead to failure of aluminum automotive wheels, namely, macroporosity, microporosity, and oxide films. The current state of applied computational process modeling and its limitations with regard to wheel casting are discussed.

  1. Removing hydrochloric acid exhaust products from high performance solid rocket propellant using aluminum-lithium alloy.

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    Terry, Brandon C; Sippel, Travis R; Pfeil, Mark A; Gunduz, I Emre; Son, Steven F

    2016-11-05

    Hydrochloric acid (HCl) pollution from perchlorate based propellants is well known for both launch site contamination, as well as the possible ozone layer depletion effects. Past efforts in developing environmentally cleaner solid propellants by scavenging the chlorine ion have focused on replacing a portion of the chorine-containing oxidant (i.e., ammonium perchlorate) with an alkali metal nitrate. The alkali metal (e.g., Li or Na) in the nitrate reacts with the chlorine ion to form an alkali metal chloride (i.e., a salt instead of HCl). While this technique can potentially reduce HCl formation, it also results in reduced ideal specific impulse (ISP). Here, we show using thermochemical calculations that using aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloy can reduce HCl formation by more than 95% (with lithium contents ≥15 mass%) and increase the ideal ISP by ∼7s compared to neat aluminum (using 80/20 mass% Al-Li alloy). Two solid propellants were formulated using 80/20 Al-Li alloy or neat aluminum as fuel additives. The halide scavenging effect of Al-Li propellants was verified using wet bomb combustion experiments (75.5±4.8% reduction in pH, ∝ [HCl], when compared to neat aluminum). Additionally, no measurable HCl evolution was detected using differential scanning calorimetry coupled with thermogravimetric analysis, mass spectrometry, and Fourier transform infrared absorption. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Effect of wire EDM conditions on generation of residual stresses in machining of aluminum 2014 T6 alloy

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    Pujari Srinivasa Rao

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Wire electrical discharge machining (EDM possesses many advantages over the conventional manufacturing process. Hence, this process was used for machining of all conductive materials; especially, nowadays this is the most common process for machining of aerospace aluminum alloys. This process produces complex shapes in aluminum alloys with extremely tight tolerances in a single setup. But, for good surface integrity and longer service life, the residual stresses generated on the components should be as low as possible and it depends on the setting of process parameters and the material to be machined. In wire EDM, much of the work was concentrated on Titanium alloys, Inconel alloys and various types of steels and partly on aluminum alloys. The present investigation was a parametric analysis of wire EDM parameters on residual stresses in the machining of aluminum alloy using Taguchi method. The results obtained had shown a wide range of residual stresses from 8.2 to 405.6 MPa. It also influenced the formation of various intermetallics such as AlCu and AlCu3. Microscopic examination revealed absence of surface cracks on aluminum surface at all the machining conditions. Here, an attempt was made to compare the results of aluminum alloy with the available machined data for other metals.

  3. Optimum parameters for wetting and pressureless infiltration of silicon carbide preforms by aluminum alloys

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    Pech-Canul, Martin Ignacio

    The effect of processing parameters on the wetting of SiC by molten aluminum and the pressureless infiltration of SiCp preforms by aluminum alloys has been investigated. The effect of magnesium and silicon additions to aluminum, free silicon on the SiC substrate, nitrogen gas in the atmosphere, and process temperature on the wetting characteristics of SiC by aluminum alloys was investigated using the sessile drop technique. The contribution of each of these parameters and their interactions to the contact angle, surface tension, and driving force for wetting were determined via an L8 Taguchi experiment and analysis of variance (ANOVA). In addition, an optimized process for enhanced wetting is suggested and validated. The process parameters under which optimum wetting of SiC by Al was obtained were used to infiltrate SiCp preforms with Al without the use of pressure. The effect of SiC particle size, infiltration time, preform height, vol. % SiC in the preform, and Si coating on the SiC particles on the pressureless infiltration of SiCp compacts with aluminum was investigated and quantified via a Taguchi experiment and ANOVA. The contribution of each of these parameters and their interactions to the density, modulus of elasticity, and modulus of rupture of the composites were determined. Processing conditions for obtaining optimum density, modulus of rupture and modulus of elasticity were projected. The projected modulus of elasticity obtainable under optimum processing conditions was validated experimentally. A mechanism is proposed to explain the beneficial role that the interaction of nitrogen with magnesium plays in enhancing wetting. The role of silicon in wetting and pressureless infiltration of SiCp preforms by aluminum alloys is explained.

  4. Microstructures of erbium modified aluminum-copper alloys

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    Berghof-Hasselbaecher, Ellen; Schmidt, Gerald; Galetz, Mathias; Schuetze, Michael [DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut, Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Masset, Patrick J. [Fraunhofer UMSICHT-ATZ Entwicklungszentrum, Sulzbach-Rosenberg (Germany); Zhang, Ligang [Technische Univ. Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany). ZIK Virtuhcon; Liu, Libin; Jin, Zhanpeng [Central South Univ., Changsha, Hunan (China)

    2012-07-01

    Alloying with rare earth metals improves to the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of aluminium base alloys at high temperatures. The rare earth metal erbium may be used for grain refinement. Within a project of computer-aided alloy development based on the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams) method various alloys were melted on the Al-rich side of the ternary system Al-Cu-Er under argon atmosphere and their microstructures were characterized in the as-cast state or after long-term isothermal annealing (400 C/960 h) by means of different investigation techniques. As a result, the phases fcc (Al), {tau}{sub 1}-Al{sub 8}Cu{sub 4}Er, {theta}-CuAl{sub 2}, {eta}-CuAl, and Al{sub 3}Er were identified, their compositions and fractions were quantified, and their hardnesses were determined. The experimental obtained microstructures agree very well with the calculated solidification behaviors of the cast alloys. The knowledge gained from this work about the phase compositions and microstructures can also be utilized for the fine optimization of the phase diagram. (orig.)

  5. Influence of melting and filtration processes on the structure and mechanical properties of aluminum alloys

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    M. Dudyk

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available In the article are presented the results of the study on the applied upgrading processes such as refining, modification and filtration of thenear eutectics alloy EN AC- 44000, AlSi11, (AK11, cast into the chill. The upgrading processes applied to the said alloy caused, incomparison to the alloy which was not upgraded, significant differences in the shape of the crystallization curves, obtained in the graphicrecord of the ATD-AED method. It was demonstrated the existence of connections between the thermal and electric phenomena duringsolidification and crystallization of the studied silumin. The obtained results of the metallographic analysis showed the occurrence of theimpurities within the alloy structure in the form of porosity and oxides following the metallurgical processing (in pig sows. The primarystudies on microstructure of the cast ceramic filters have demonstrated the purposefulness of introduction of the filtration process to thetechnology of aluminum alloys manufacturing. The microstructures of the filters cast with the studied alloys illustrate the extent anddeployment of the impurities retained (in the filter during the process of samples casting for measurement of the mechanical strengthproperties. On the example of the near eutectics alloy AK11, it has been demonstrated, that in comparison to the refined alloy there isa possibility to obtain significant improvement of mechanical properties, and especially elongation A5 and impact strength KCV.

  6. Interactive effect of cerium and aluminum on the ignition point and the oxidation resistance of magnesium alloy

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    Lin Pengyu [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanling Campus of Jilin University, Changchun Jilin 130025 (China)], E-mail: linpengyu2000@yahoo.com.cn; Zhou Hong; Li Wei; Li Wenping; Sun Na [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanling Campus of Jilin University, Changchun Jilin 130025 (China); Yang Rong [Public Mathematics Teaching and Research Center, College of Mathematics, Qianwei Campus of Jilin University, Changchun Jilin 130012 (China)

    2008-09-15

    This paper focused on the interactive effect of cerium (Ce) addition and aluminum (Al) content in magnesium alloy on ignition point and oxidation resistance. Ce content played an important role in improving the oxidation resistance of Mg alloy. Ignition point ascended with increasing Ce content. 0.25 wt% Ce content in Mg alloys could greatly improve tightness of the oxide film of Mg alloys. However, when Ce content in the alloy exceeded its solid solubility, ignition point descended. Furthermore, Al content in the alloy also influenced the ignition point. The higher the Al content was, the lower the ignition point.

  7. Classification of wrought aluminum alloys by Artificial Neural Networks evaluation of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy spectra from aluminum scrap samples

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    Campanella, B.; Grifoni, E.; Legnaioli, S.; Lorenzetti, G.; Pagnotta, S.; Sorrentino, F.; Palleschi, V.

    2017-08-01

    Every year throughout the world > 50 million vehicles reach the end of their life, producing millions of tons of automotive waste. The current strategies for the separation of the non-ferrous waste fraction, contain mainly aluminum, magnesium, zinc and copper alloys, involve high investment and operational costs, and pose environmental concerns. The European project SHREDDERSORT, in which our research group was actively involved, aimed to overcome this issue by developing a new dry sorting technology for the shredding of non-ferrous automotive wastes. This work represents one step of the complex SHREDDERSORT project, dedicated to the development of a strategy based on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for the sorting of light alloys. LIBS was here applied in laboratory for the analysis of stationary aluminum shredder samples. To process the LIBS spectra a methodological approach based on artificial neural networks was used. Although separation could in principle be based on simple emission line ratios, the neural networks approach enables more reproducible results, which can accommodate the unavoidable signal variations due to the low intrinsic reproducibility of the LIBS systems. The neural network separated samples into different clusters and estimates their elemental concentrations.

  8. Novel algorithm for determining optimal blankholder forces in deep drawing of aluminum alloy sheet

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    孙成智; 陈关龙; 林忠钦; 赵亦希

    2004-01-01

    Wrinkling and fracture are main defects in sheet metal forming of aluminum alloy sheet, which can be reduced or even eliminated by manipulating a suitable blank-holder forces (BHF). But, it is difficult to attain the optimum BHF during sheet metal forming. A new optimization algorithm integrating the finite element method (FEM)and adaptive response surface method is presented to determinate the optimal BHFs in deep drawing of aluminum rectangular box. To assure convergence, the trust region modes management strategies are used to adjust the move limit of design spaces. Finally, the optimum results of rectangular box deep drawing are given. Verification experiments are performed to verify the optimal result.

  9. Some organic compounds as inhibitors for the corrosion of aluminum alloy 6063 in deaerated carbonate solution

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    Bazzi, L.; Hamdani, M. [Lab. de Chimie Physique, Agadir (Morocco); Kertit, S. [Ecole Normale Superieure de Takaddoum, Rabat (Morocco). Lab. de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux

    1995-11-01

    Some organic compounds were tested as corrosion inhibitors for aluminum alloy 6063 (Al 6063, UNS A96063) in a deaerated carbonate solution using the electrochemical polarization method. The compounds studied were thiourea (TOR), diorthoaminodiphenyldisulfane (DOAPD), and benzotriazole (BTA). Results showed DOAPD was the best inhibitor. Its inhibition efficiency reaches a maximum value of 95.8% at 10{sup {minus}2} M. Polarization measurements indicated DOAPD acted as a cathodic and anodic (mixed) inhibitor without changing the mechanism of the water evolution reaction. DOAPD was adsorbed on the aluminum surface according to a Langmuir isotherm model. The other compounds tested had no effect on pitting corrosion of Al 6063.

  10. Corrosion of LY12 aluminum alloy in sodium chloride solution

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    程英亮; 张昭; 曹发和; 李劲风; 张鉴清; 王建明; 曹楚南

    2003-01-01

    The corrosion behavior of LY12 alloy in sodium chloride solution and its electrochemical noise were reported. The development of the micro-pits on the alloy surface was monitored by scanning electron microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and electrochemical noise method. All the measurements show that the corrosion of LY12 alloy can be divided into two stages: a very reactive initial stage and a relative constant stable stage. The initial stage is corresponded to the adsorption of Cl ions and its reaction with the oxide film and the dissolution of Mg containing particles. The stable stage is corresponded to the development of the micro-pits by the galvanic attack formed by Al-Fe-Cu-Mn containing particles and the matrix. The initial stage lasts about 2-3 h while the stable stage dominates the whole corrosion process.

  11. Effects of electromagnetic stirring on microstructures of solidified aluminum alloys

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    时海芳; 张伟强

    2003-01-01

    Al-20%Cu, Al-33%Cu and Al-7%Si alloys were solidified with electromagnetic stirring(EMS). The fluid flow induced by electromagnetic stirring leads to the increases of the lamellar spacing of Al-CuAl2 and Al-Si eutectics and the secondary dendritic arm spacing. Rod-like eutectic structure plus pro-eutectic α(Al) are observed in Al-Cu eutectic alloy when the agitating voltage is increased over 130 V, and in the hypoeutectic alloys, globular grains of proeutectic α(Al) grains may form when the magnetic field is strong enough. The Si flakes in the Al-Si eutectic are also coarsened by applying forced flow during solidification, which is always related to the depression of their branching in the growth by the forced convection.

  12. Continuous Severe Plastic Deformation Processing of Aluminum Alloys

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    Raghavan Srinivasan (PI); Prabir K. Chaudhury; Balakrishna Cherukuri; Qingyou Han; David Swenson; Percy Gros

    2006-06-30

    by SPD techniques. This combination of properties makes UFG metals produced by SPD very attractive as machining, forging or extrusion stock, both from the point of view of formability as well as energy and cost saving. However, prior to this work there had been no attempt to transfer these potential benefits observed in the laboratory scale to industrial shop floor. The primary reason for this was that the laboratory scale studies had been conducted to develop a scientific understanding of the processes that result in grain refinement during SPD. Samples that had been prepared in the laboratory scale were typically only about 10-mm diameter and 50-mm long (about 0.5-inch diameter and 2-inches long). The thrust of this project was three-fold: (i) to show that the ECAE/P process can be scaled up to produce long samples, i.e., a continuous severe plastic deformation (CSPD) process, (ii) show the process can be scaled up to produce large cross section samples that could be used as forging stock, and (iii) use the large cross-section samples to produce industrial size forgings and demonstrate the potential energy and cost savings that can be realized if SPD processed stock is adopted by the forging industry. Aluminum alloy AA-6061 was chosen to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach used. The CSPD process developed using the principles of chamber-less extrusion and drawing, and was demonstrated using rolling and wire drawing equipment that was available at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In a parallel effort, ECAE/P dies were developed for producing 100-mm square cross section SPD billets for subsequent forging. This work was carried out at Intercontinental Manufacturing Co. (IMCO), Garland TX. Forging studies conducted with the ECAE/P billets showed that many of the potential benefits of using UFG material can be realized. In particular, the material yield can be increased, and the amount of material that is lost as scrap can be reduced by as much as 50%. Forging

  13. Continuous Severe Plastic Deformation Processing of Aluminum Alloys

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    Raghavan Srinivasan (PI); Prabir K. Chaudhury; Balakrishna Cherukuri; Qingyou Han; David Swenson; Percy Gros

    2006-06-30

    by SPD techniques. This combination of properties makes UFG metals produced by SPD very attractive as machining, forging or extrusion stock, both from the point of view of formability as well as energy and cost saving. However, prior to this work there had been no attempt to transfer these potential benefits observed in the laboratory scale to industrial shop floor. The primary reason for this was that the laboratory scale studies had been conducted to develop a scientific understanding of the processes that result in grain refinement during SPD. Samples that had been prepared in the laboratory scale were typically only about 10-mm diameter and 50-mm long (about 0.5-inch diameter and 2-inches long). The thrust of this project was three-fold: (i) to show that the ECAE/P process can be scaled up to produce long samples, i.e., a continuous severe plastic deformation (CSPD) process, (ii) show the process can be scaled up to produce large cross section samples that could be used as forging stock, and (iii) use the large cross-section samples to produce industrial size forgings and demonstrate the potential energy and cost savings that can be realized if SPD processed stock is adopted by the forging industry. Aluminum alloy AA-6061 was chosen to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach used. The CSPD process developed using the principles of chamber-less extrusion and drawing, and was demonstrated using rolling and wire drawing equipment that was available at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In a parallel effort, ECAE/P dies were developed for producing 100-mm square cross section SPD billets for subsequent forging. This work was carried out at Intercontinental Manufacturing Co. (IMCO), Garland TX. Forging studies conducted with the ECAE/P billets showed that many of the potential benefits of using UFG material can be realized. In particular, the material yield can be increased, and the amount of material that is lost as scrap can be reduced by as much as 50%. Forging

  14. Predictions of precipitation reaction mechanisms for 7xxx series aluminum alloys cast by CDS technique

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    Sobrino, Luca

    The need to reduce the fleet fuel consumption is pushing the automotive industry to reduce vehicles weight. In this context high strength aluminum alloys are a viable alternative to the heavier steel currently adopted. In particular 7xxx series wrought alloys, thanks to their excellent strength to weight ratio, are drawing the attention of carmakers. The development of the Controlled Diffusion Solidification (CDS) technique allows now the casting of these alloys into near net shapes, thus reducing all the costs related to the manufacturing process and making them attractive. Because of the completely different microstructure resulting from the CDS process, a new design of the heat treatments is required to achieve the best mechanical properties. This project therefore evaluates the macro and microhardness evolution of CDS cast 7xxx alloys in T4 and T6 conditions to predict their precipitation sequence, thus providing useful information for the heat treatments design.

  15. Marginal and internal adaptation of commercially pure titanium and titanium-aluminum-vanadium alloy cast restorations.

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    Al Wazzan, Khalid A; Al-Nazzawi, Ahmad A

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this in vitro study was to investigate the marginal accuracy and internal fit of complete cast crowns and three-unit fixed partial dentures (FPDs) cast with commercially pure titanium (CPTi) and Titanium-Aluminum-Vanadium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V). CPTi and Ti-6Al-4V alloy were used to cast twelve single crowns and twelve three-unit FPDs. A traveling microscope was used to measure marginal gap and discrepancies in internal fit. Two and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) analyses were used to determine the effects of the marginal and internal fit discrepancies. The Ti-6Al-4V alloy demonstrated a significantly smaller marginal gap than CPTi (Pcast by CPTi or Ti-6Al-4V alloy were within the range of what is clinically acceptable for longevity of restorations.

  16. Effect of age condition on fatigue properties of 2E12 aluminum alloy

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    YAN Liang; DU Feng-shan; DAI Sheng-long; YANG Shou-jie

    2010-01-01

    The fatigue behaviors of 2E12 aluminum alloy in T3 and T6 conditions at room temperature in air were investigated.The microstructures and fatigue fracture surfaces of the alloy were examined by transmission electron microscopy(TEM)and scanning electron microscopy(SEM).The results show that the alloy exhibits higher fatigue crack propagation(FCP)resistance in T3condition than in T6 condition,the fatigue life is increased by 54% and the fatigue crack growth rate(FCGR)decreases significantly.The fatigue fractures of the alloy in T3 and T6 conditions are transgranular.But in T3 condition,secondary cracks occur and fatigue striations are not clear.In T6 condition,ductile fatigue striations are observed.The effect of aging conditions on fatigue behaviors is explained in terms of the slip planarity of dislocations and the cyclic slip reversibility.

  17. Fundamental Studies on the Aluminum-Lithium-Beryllium Alloy System.

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    1986-08-01

    Rapidly Solidified Crystalline Alloys ," S.K... Solidified Crystalline Alloys ," S.K. Das, B.H. Kear, and C.M. Adam, eds., pp. 157-183, The ,W Metallurgical Society of AIME, Warrendale, PA, (1986). 2.i...Adda, J. Phys. 29, 345(1968) °t. 8. W.C. Oliver and W.D. Nix, Acta Metall. vol. 30,pp. 1335 to - 1347(1982). 9. C.M. Adam and R.E. Lewis, " Rapidly

  18. Effect of Surface Pretreatment on Adhesive Properties of Aluminum Alloys

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    Jinsheng ZHANG; Xuhui ZHAO; Yu ZUO; Jinping XIONG; Xiaofeng ZHANG

    2008-01-01

    The lap-shear strength and durability of adhesive bonded AI alloy joints with different pretreatments were studied by the lap-shear test and wedge test. The results indicate that the maximum lap-shear strength and durability of the bonding joints pretreated by different processes are influenced by the grade of abrasive papers and can be obviously improved by phosphoric acid anodizing. Alkali etching can obviously improve the durability of bonding joints although it slightly influences the maximum lap-shear strength. The process which is composed of grit-finishing, acetone degreasing, alkali etching and phosphoric acid anodizing, provides a better adhesive bonding property of AI alloy.

  19. Technical parameters in electromagnetic continuous casting of aluminum alloy

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    李玉梅; 张兴国; 贾非; 姚山; 金俊泽

    2003-01-01

    The temperature field of aluminum ingot during electromagnetic continuous casting was calculated by the numerical method, and the effects of cooling water strength, position of the cooling water holes and pouring temperature as well as induction heat on casting speed, were studied. The results show that among the technical parameters the distance from the position of the cooling water holes to the bottom of the mold is the most important factor, whose change from 20mm to 15mm and from 15mm to 10mm causes the setting rate increasing respectively by 0.14mm/s and 0.3mm/s.The calculated results also agree with the experiment well. The simulation program can be used to determine technical parameters of electromagnetic casting of aluminum ingot effectively.

  20. Spectro-photometric determinations of Mn, Fe and Cu in aluminum master alloys

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    Rehan; Naveed, A.; Shan, A.; Afzal, M.; Saleem, J.; Noshad, M. A.

    2016-08-01

    Highly reliable, fast and cost effective Spectro-photometric methods have been developed for the determination of Mn, Fe & Cu in aluminum master alloys, based on the development of calibration curves being prepared via laboratory standards. The calibration curves are designed so as to induce maximum sensitivity and minimum instrumental error (Mn 1mg/100ml-2mg/100ml, Fe 0.01mg/100ml-0.2mg/100ml and Cu 2mg/100ml-10mg/ 100ml). The developed Spectro-photometric methods produce accurate results while analyzing Mn, Fe and Cu in certified reference materials. Particularly, these methods are suitable for all types of Al-Mn, Al-Fe and Al-Cu master alloys (5%, 10%, 50% etc. master alloys).Moreover, the sampling practices suggested herein include a reasonable amount of analytical sample, which truly represent the whole lot of a particular master alloy. Successive dilution technique was utilized to meet the calibration curve range. Furthermore, the workout methods were also found suitable for the analysis of said elements in ordinary aluminum alloys. However, it was observed that Cush owed a considerable interference with Fe, the later one may not be accurately measured in the presence of Cu greater than 0.01 %.