Ageing Precipitation and Strengthening Behavior of the Spray Formed Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy
In this study, the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy was prepared by spray forming process. The ageing precipitation and strengthening behavior of the spray formed Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy were studied by microhardness tests, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) .The results show that the main strengthening precipitates of the spray formed Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy are GPI (solute-rich clusters), GPII (vacancy-rich clusters) under peak aging condition. The effect of the microstructure on ageing hardness is controlled by the size and amount of the existing precipitates, and therefore depends critically on the ageing temperature and ageing time. Strength of this alloy is influenced significantly during natural ageing at room temperature, which is related to the dominant formation of GPI. During the initial stage of artificial ageing at 120°C, strong age-strengthening response is due to the formation of GP zones (both GPI and GPII ) .During later stages of artificial ageing , GPII precipitation is accelerated significantly but GPI is not affected clearly.
Chunxiang Cui, Yali Li and Zhihao Yuan
H. W. Liu et al., "Ageing Precipitation and Strengthening Behavior of the Spray Formed Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 535-537, pp. 903-908, 2012