Behavior of Hydrogen in Al-4%Mg Alloys during Heat Treatment

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The effect of the annealing atmosphere, the annealing temperature etc. on the hydrogen behavior in several Al-4% Mg alloys during heat treatment, was investigated. The results have shown that the hydrogen content in the as-cast slab is uniform, while the hydrogen content in the slab tends to be higher near the surface than in the interior after annealing. Such a tendency becomes more marked when annealing time is prolonged and Si and Fe content is lowered. The condensation of hydrogen near the surface can be seen only when it is annealed in a wet atmosphere. When annealed in a dry atmosphere, the hydrogen content near the surface becomes lower than in the center of the specimen. The hydrogen in Al-Mg alloys tends to be released to outside intrinsically at temperatures around 400°C and above. It is revealed that oxide film formed on the surface prevents the hydrogen from being released to outside.

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Materials Science Forum (Volumes 539-543)

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T. Chandra, K. Tsuzaki, M. Militzer , C. Ravindran

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305-310

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H. Umeda et al., "Behavior of Hydrogen in Al-4%Mg Alloys during Heat Treatment", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 539-543, pp. 305-310, 2007

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March 2007

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5 0 0. 2 0. 4 0. 6 0. 8 1. 0 1. 2 Thickness of oxide film, t/µm Hydrogen content (ppm) before annealing 540°C, 24h Fig. 5 Change in hydrogen content of anodized specimens B during annealing at 540˚C for 24h as a function of film thickness.

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