Dispersoid Phases in 6xxx Series Aluminium Alloys
In high strength AlMgSi alloys additions of Mn and Cr lead to the formation of dispersoid phases whose primary functions are to improve fracture toughness and control grain structure. Whether or not dispersoid phases form during heating to the homogenisation temperature and which dispersoid forms is strongly dependent on the alloy composition. By correlating dispersoid features after different homogenisation heat treatments to TEM investigations into the crystal structure, it is proposed that the crystal structure and chemical composition of the dispersoids changes as the dispersoids coarsen at increased temperatures and times.
Jian-Feng Nie and Allan Morton
K. Strobel et al., "Dispersoid Phases in 6xxx Series Aluminium Alloys", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 654-656, pp. 926-929, 2010