Novel Grain Boundary Solute Architecture in a Nanostructured Ultra-High Strength 7075 Aluminium Alloy
In recent years, the pursuit of higher strength metals and alloys has led researchers to nanometer scale grain refinement. New nanocrystalline engineering techniques have successfully increased properties for a wide range of materials. Here we report a nanocrystalline 7075 alloy processed by high-pressure torsion that exhibits ultra-high strength and features a hierarchical solute architecture. The new hierarchy of solute architecture was discovered through high-resolution characterisation using novel techniques we have developed in atom probe tomography. These new techniques – nanotexture and fine scale solute cluster measurements, are the focus of this paper. Our results indicate that nanometer-scale engineering of solid solutions could offer a pathway towards a new generation of super-strong alloys that hold promise for creating entirely new regimes of property-performance space.
M.S. Dargusch & S.M. Keay
P. V. Liddicoat et al., "Novel Grain Boundary Solute Architecture in a Nanostructured Ultra-High Strength 7075 Aluminium Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 618-619, pp. 543-546, 2009