Effect of Cold Plastic Deformation Prior to Ageing on Creep Resistance of an Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloy
Effect of thermomechanical processing on creep resistance at 150°C of an Al-5.6Cu-0.72Mg-0.5Ag-0.32Mn-0.17Sc-0.12Zr (wt. %) alloy was examined. It was shown that increasing strain prior to artificial aging provides achieving high strength. However, a degradation of the creep resistance, i.e., significant decrease in the rupture time and increase in the minimal creep rate, took place, concurrently. The effect of cold rolling on the strength and creep resistance is discussed in relation with the strain effect on the dispersion of secondary phases. The increase in strength and degradation of creep properties of the alloy subjected to cold working before ageing result from superposition of two competitive processes. First, an increase in the lattice dislocation density facilitates the precipitation of Ω-phase plates with high aspect ratio, leading to increase in the static strength at room temperature. Second, acceleration of the diffusion processes results in coarsening of strengthening phase in grain/subgrain interiors and precipitation of Ω-phase on deformation-induced boundaries during creep that deteriorates creep resistance.
Knut Marthinsen, Bjørn Holmedal and Yanjun Li
M. Gazizov et al., "Effect of Cold Plastic Deformation Prior to Ageing on Creep Resistance of an Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 794-796, pp. 278-283, 2014