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Title: Assessment of retrogression and re-aging treatment on microstructural and mechanical properties of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu P/M alloy

In order to understand the importance of the retrogression and re-aging as a heat treatment for improving microstructural and mechanical properties of the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu powder metallurgy alloys, Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Fe-Cr alloys were fabricated from the elemental powders. Green compacts are compressed under compaction pressure about 370 MPa. The sintering process carried out for the samples of aluminum alloys at temperature was 650°C under argon atmosphere for two hours. The sintered compacts were subjected into homogenizing condition at 470°C for 1.5 hours and then aged at 120°C for 24 hours (T6 temper) after that it carried out the retrogressed at 180°C for 30 min., and then re-aged at 120°C for 24 hours (RRA). Observations microstructures were examined using optical, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Density and porosity content was conducted for the samples of alloys. The result showing that the highest Vickers hardness exhibited for an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy after underwent the retrogression and reaging treatment. Increasing in hardness was because of the precipitation hardening through precipitate the (Mg Zn) and (Mg{sub 2}Zn{sub 11}) phases during matrix of aluminum-alloy.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ; ; ;  [1]
  1. School of Materials Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Taman Muhibbah, 02600 Jejawi, Perlis (Malaysia)
  2. (Iraq)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22391661
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1660; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: ICoMEIA 2014: International Conference on Mathematics, Engineering and Industrial Applications 2014, Penang (Malaysia), 28-30 May 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; AGING; ALUMINIUM ALLOYS; CHROMIUM ALLOYS; COPPER ALLOYS; HARDNESS; HEAT TREATMENTS; MAGNESIUM ALLOYS; MICROSTRUCTURE; POROSITY; PRECIPITATION HARDENING; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SINTERING; VICKERS HARDNESS; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; X-RAY SPECTROSCOPY; ZINC ALLOYS