Evaluation of the Heat Treatment Role for Light Aluminum Alloys Subjected to Creep and Low Cycle Fatigue
The AlSi8Cu3 and AlSi7MgCu0.5 cast aluminium alloys of different composition and heat treatment were investigated to verify their applicability as cylinder heads in the car engines . Creep tests under the step-increased stresses at different temperatures, and low cycle fatigue (LCF) tests for a range of strain amplitudes and temperatures were carried out. The results exhibit a significant influence of the heat treatment on the mechanical properties of the AlSi8Cu3 and AlSi7MgCu0.5. An interesting fact is that the properties strongly depend on the type of quenching. Lower creep resistance (higher strain rates) and lower stress response during fatigue tests were observed for the air quenched materials in comparison to those in the water quenched. Cyclic hardening/softening were also observed during the LCF tests due to the heat treatment applied. The mechanical properties determined during the tests can be used to identify new constitutive equations and to verify existing numerical models.
T. Chandra, N. Wanderka, W. Reimers , M. Ionescu
A. Rutecka et al., "Evaluation of the Heat Treatment Role for Light Aluminum Alloys Subjected to Creep and Low Cycle Fatigue ", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 638-642, pp. 455-460, 2010