Work- and Age-Hardening Behaviour of a Commercial AA7108 Aluminium Alloy
Understanding and prediction of the mechanical properties of aluminium alloys are of great importance with respect to e.g. strength requirements and forming operations. In the 7xxx alloying system several mechanisms influence the hardening behaviour of the alloys, e.g. particle size and distribution, dislocation density, and alloying elements in solid solution. This work is an experimental study of work- and age-hardening considering a commercial AA7108 alloy in the as-cast and homogenized condition. Tensile specimens have been exposed to a solution heat treatment and a two-step age-hardening treatment with varying time at the final temperature. The tensile data for the different tempers have been evaluated in elucidation of already existing models based on the one-parameter framework by Kocks, Mecking, and Estrin. The particle size has been further investigated in the transmission electron microscope for one under- and one over-aged condition and the influence of particles on work-hardening behavior has been discussed.
M.S. Dargusch & S.M. Keay
I. Westermann et al., "Work- and Age-Hardening Behaviour of a Commercial AA7108 Aluminium Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 618-619, pp. 555-558, 2009