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Title: Initial precipitation and hardening mechanism during non-isothermal aging in an Al–Mg–Si–Cu 6005A alloy

The characterization of precipitation and hardening mechanism during non-isothermal aging had been investigated using high resolution transmission electron microscopy for an Al–Mg–Si–Cu 6005A alloy. It was proposed that the needle-shaped β″ precipitates with a three-dimension coherency strain-field and an increased number density in the Al matrix provided the maximum strengthening effect for the Al–Mg–Si–Cu 6005A alloy. Simultaneously, it was also found that the formation and evolution of clusters in the early precipitation were associated with the vacancy binding energy, during which Si atoms played an important role in controlling the numbers density of Mg/Si co-clusters, and the excess Si atoms provided the increased number of nucleation sites for the subsequent precipitates to strengthen and improve the precipitation rate. Finally, based on the experimental observation and theoretical analysis, the precipitation sequence during the early precipitation in the Al–Mg–Si–Cu 6005A alloy was proposed as: supersaturated solid solution → Si-vacancy pairs, Mg-vacancy pairs and Mg clusters → Si clusters, and dissolution of Mg clusters → Mg atoms diffusion into the existing Si clusters → Mg/Si co-clusters → GP zone. - Highlights: • β″ precipitates provide the maximum strengthening effect for the 6005A alloy. • Si atoms play an important role in controlling themore » numbers of Mg/Si co-clusters. • The early aging sequence is deduced based on the solute-vacancy binding energy.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ; ; ;  [1]
  1. School of material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China)
  2. (BCAST), Brunel University, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH (United Kingdom)
  3. Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Brunel University, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH (United Kingdom)
  4. State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22403529
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Characterization; Journal Volume: 94; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; AGE HARDENING; AGING; ALUMINIUM ALLOYS; BINDING ENERGY; COPPER ALLOYS; DIFFUSION; MAGNESIUM ALLOYS; MICROSTRUCTURE; NUCLEATION; PRECIPITATION; SILICON ALLOYS; SOLID CLUSTERS; SOLID SOLUTIONS; SOLUTES; STRAINS; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; VACANCIES