Thixo-Extrusion of 5182 Aluminium Alloy
Extrusion is a well established technology for the production of complex sections of aluminium alloys. Thixo-extrusion in comparison to traditional hot-extrusion offers several advantages such as lower extrusion and friction forces, higher material fluidity, longer tool life etc. Aluminium alloy 5182 is an important commercial alloy characterized by high strength and ductility, high corrosion resistance and good formability; it is commonly used for the production of wrought automotive components and it is also suitable for semi-solid applications thanks to its wide solidification range. The aim of this paper is to attempt the shaping of 5182 Al-Mg alloy through the thixo-extrusion process using a ceramic tool and evaluating the effect of different routes of making the feedstock on the semisolid microstructure. Particularly, two different methods were investigated: Near-solidus casting and Roll-casting using a cooling slope. All the samples produced were characterized by metallographic analysis in order to measure globule size and shape factor, as the main criteria used for assessing thixo-formability.
G. Hirt, A. Rassili, A. Bührig-Polaczek
P. Kapranos et al., "Thixo-Extrusion of 5182 Aluminium Alloy", Solid State Phenomena, Vols. 141-143, pp. 115-120, 2008