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Title: Solute nanostructures and their strengthening effects in Al–7Si–0.6Mg alloy F357
Authors: Sha, G
Moller, H
Stumpf, WE
Xia, JH
Govender, G
Ringer, SP
Keywords: Solute nanostructure
Cast aluminium alloys
Atom probe tomography
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Publisher: Elsevier for Acta Materialia Inc and Pergamon
Citation: Sha, G, Moller, H, Stumpf, WE et al. 2012. Solute nanostructures and their strengthening effects in Al–7Si–0.6Mg alloy F357. Acta Materialia, Vol 60(2), pp 692–701
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Abstract: The solute nanostructures formed in the primary a-Al grains of a semi-solid metal cast Al–7Si–0.6Mg alloy (F357) during ageing at 180°C, and the age-hardening response of the alloy, have been systematically investigated by transmission electron microscopy, atom probe tomography and hardness testing. A 120 h natural pre-ageing led to the formation of solute clusters and Guinier–Preston (GP) zones. The natural pre-ageing slowed down the precipitation kinetics 6-fold during 1 h ageing at 180°C, but this effect diminished after 4 h when the sample reached the same hardness as that without the pre-ageing treatment. It reduced the number density of b00 needles to approximately half of that formed in samples without the treatment, and postponed the peak hardness occurrence to 4 h, four times that of the as-quenched sample. A hardness plateau developed in the as-quenched sample between 1 and 4 h ageing corresponds to the growth of the b00 precipitates and a significant concurrent decrease of solute clusters and GP zones. The average Mg:Si ratio of early solute clusters is <0.7 while that of GP zones changes from 0.8 to 0.9 with increasing size, and that of b00 needles increases from 0.9 to 1.2. b00 needles, GP zones and solute clusters are important strengthening solute nanostructures of the alloy. The partitioning of solutes and precipitation kinetics of the alloy are discussed in detail.
Description: Copyright: 2012 Elsevier. This is an ABSTRACT ONLY
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1359645411007348
ISSN: 1359-6454
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