HRTEM Analysis of Aging Electrolytic Low-Ti Al Alloy
Electronic tensile testing, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffractometer and high resolution transmission microscope were employed to investigate the mechanical properties, microstructure, tensile fracture and morphology of the precipitated phases of an electrolytic low-titanium wrought 6009 aluminum alloy. Results showed that the mechanical properties of the electrolytic aluminum sheet were improved by solid solution treatment incorporating with pre-aging treatment. The tensile strength and extensibility were enhanced by a factor of 23% and 38% by pre-aging treatment at 150 °C for 5 minutes respectively; a large quantity of nucleation sites of β˝ phase were generated by pre-aging treatment, which was propitious to the transformation from solid solution state to GP zone, and the stable size of GP zone formed during the pre-aging process promoted the precipitation of Mg2Si phase. The Mg2Si phase was revealed by HRTEM and the crystalline stripes were obtained by Fourier transformation.
Yafang Han et al.
W. Y. Wang et al., "HRTEM Analysis of Aging Electrolytic Low-Ti Al Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 546-549, pp. 1015-1020, 2007