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Title: Microstructural characterization of aluminum alloys using Weck's reagent, part I: Applications

This paper focuses on the applications of a color etchant for aluminum alloys named Weck's reagent. The Al phase shows different colors from location to location after being etched by Weck's reagent. It is proved that Weck's reagent is very sensitive to the micro-segregations of Ti, Si and Mg in Al alloys so that characterization of the micro-segregations can be qualitatively realized which is usually done by electronic probe techniques. With the help of this characterization method, we are able to evaluate solid fractions for the semi-solid processed Al alloy with a better accuracy by excluding the Al grain growth during water quenching. To understand this reagent better, the color change during etching is investigated by applying different etching times at room temperature (25 °C). Among those results, 12 s shows the best color contrast after etching. Finally, we repeat the 12 second etching for four times through repeating a polishing–etching process. The result exhibits that Weck's reagent has a satisfying re-producibility with stable color and color distribution for the four times etching result. The second part of this study covers the coloring mechanism of Weck's reagent by characterizing the etched surface via various characterization methods. - Highlights: • Themore » applications of Weck's reagent for Al alloys are introduced in detail. • Detailed relationship between micro-segregations in Al phase and the color difference revealed by Weck's reagent are studied. • Etching time has a strong influence on the color revealed by Weck's reagent. • Besides micro-segregation, grain boundaries can also be visualized by Weck's reagent, which was proved by EBSD analysis.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan)
  2. Department of Metallurgy and Ceramics Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo 152-8550 (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22476181
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Characterization; Journal Volume: 107; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 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; ACCURACY; ALUMINIUM ALLOYS; BACKSCATTERING; COLOR; DISTRIBUTION; ELECTRON DIFFRACTION; ETCHING; GRAIN BOUNDARIES; GRAIN GROWTH; REAGENTS; SEGREGATION; SURFACES; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0273-0400 K