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Title: Precipitate evolution during severe plastic deformation of cast Al-Zn-Mg alloys and their thermal stability
Authors: Manjunath, G.K.
Huilgol, P.
Kumar, G.V.P.
Bhat, K.U.
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Materials Research Express, 2019, Vol.6, 1, pp.-
Abstract: In the current investigation, an effort was made to understand the precipitate evolution process during equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) of an alloy composed of only aluminium, zinc and magnesium. For this purpose, three different compositions of cast Al-Zn-Mg alloys were selected and ECAP processed in route BC upto four passes. Microstructural observations indicated that, ECAP processing leads to refined structure possessing high density dislocations and large amount of grains with high angle grain boundaries. The precipitate volume in the alloys increased with increase in the zinc quantity in the alloy. Microstructural characterization through transmission electron microscope (TEM) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) revealed that, processing by ECAP results in structure having stable ? phase precipitates without the presence of GP zones and intermediate ?? phase precipitates. Thereby demonstrates that, ECAP process accelerates the precipitation kinetics and also shifts the morphology of the precipitates. Higher mechanical properties were noticed in the alloy containing large quantity of MgZn2 precipitates. 2018 IOP Publishing Ltd.
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