Structure and Hardness of Cryorolled and Heat-Treated 2xxx Aluminum Alloy
The effects of severe plastic deformation (SPD) by isothermal rolling at the temperature of liquid nitrogen combined with prior- and post-SPD heat treatment, on microstructure and hardness of Al-4.4%Cu-1.4%Mg-0.7%Mn (D16) alloy were investigated. It was found no nanostructuring even after straining to 75%. Сryodeformation leads to microshear banding and processing the high-density dislocation substructures with a cell size of ~ 100-200 nm. Such a structure remains almost stable under 1 hr annealing up to 200oC and with further temperature increase initially transforms to bimodal with a small fraction of nanograins and then to uniform coarse grained one. It is found the change in the alloy post–SPD aging response leading to more active decomposition of the preliminary supersaturated aluminum solid solution, and to the alloy extra hardening under aging with shorter times and at lower temperatures compared to T6 temper.
Jing Tao Wang, Roberto B. Figueiredo and Terence G. Langdon
S.V. Krymskiy et al., "Structure and Hardness of Cryorolled and Heat-Treated 2xxx Aluminum Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 667-669, pp. 925-930, 2011