Effect of ECAP Strain on the Precipitation Kinetics of the AlMg3 Aluminium Alloy
Variation of hardness and microstructure evolution in a solution treated AlMg3 aluminium processed by equal channel angular pressing and subjected to subsequent artificial ageing are investigated. The microstructure features of the UFG aluminium alloy are studied by light, electron microscopy and using X-ray diffraction analysis. Microstructural observations showed significant grain refinement. After four ECAP passes microstructure consist of elongated grains with average widths of shear bands of ∼100 nm. A significant increase in the microhardness was observed in the ECAPed samples due to the grain refinement and strain hardening. Prior ECAP solution treatment and a short time artificial ageing can additionally increase the strength of AlMg3 aluminium alloy.
Prof. Tomasz Tański and Przemysław Snopiński
P. Snopiński and T. Tański, "Effect of ECAP Strain on the Precipitation Kinetics of the AlMg3 Aluminium Alloy", Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 275, pp. 3-14, 2018