On the effect of interrupted ageing (T6I4) on the mechanical properties of AA6351 and AA7050 alloys

Ana Márcia Barbosa da Silva Antunes, Carlos Antônio Reis Pereira Baptista, Miguel Justino Ribeiro Barboza, André Luís Moreira de Carvalho
2021 REM: International Engineering Journal  
The mechanical properties of age-hardenable aluminum alloys are strongly influenced by the volume fraction, size and spacing of hardening precipitates. In addition, researches have shown that interrupted ageing (T6I4) could benefit the hardening response of these alloys. Interrupted ageing is a term generally used for the microstructural development process of an alloy aged at a reduced temperature after partially aged at a higher temperature. Thus, this process produces a change in the
more » ... ange in the mechanical properties of the alloy. In this study, the precipitate structures and mechanical properties of AA6351 and AA7050 alloys were investigated. Transmission electron microscopy analyses of the hardening precipitates were carried out. Hardness and tensile properties were performed to compare the effect of disrupted ageing on AA6351-T6 / AA6351-T6I4 and AA7050-T7451 / AA7050-T6I4 alloys. AA6351-T6I4 showed a higher volumetric fraction of hardening precipitates with heterogeneous size and resistance lower than AA6351-T6. In addition, AA7050-T6I4 showed a higher volumetric fraction of hardening precipitates with smaller size and similar resistance to AA7050-T7451. However, in both cases, interrupted ageing contributed to increase ductility and toughness.
doi:10.1590/0370-44672019740154 fatcat:yphasq25hnavlfp24pwi4glxcu