Microstructure Study of the Effect of Titanium in the Aging Treatment of an Al-Zn-Mg Alloy.
RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INST TROY N Y DEPT OF MATERIALS ENGINEERING
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A study has been made on the effect of Ti additions on the microstructure in two stage and single stage aging of an Al-5 Zn-2 Mg alloy. The influence of aging treatment was examined for alloys with and without Ti addition. The alloys were solution heat treated at 510 C, air cooled then aged at various temperatures below the G. P. zone solvus for short times before aging above the G. P. zone solvus at 200 C. The Ti addition alloy yields a small precipitate free zone PFZ and a higher density of precipitate near the edge of the PFZ than in the mid-grain region. The ternary alloy without Ti addition produces a wide range of PFZ sizes 0.4 to 4 micron depending upon the aging temperature below the G. P. zone solvus. Significant changes in the morphology of the matrix precipitate, the amount of grain boundary precipitate, and the width of PFZ were observed in single stage aging at 200 C as a result of the Ti addition. These results could be explained in terms of Ti interacting with vacancies or solute atoms, causing the changes in the vacancy andor solute concentration profiles. A model based upon solute and vacancy concentrations coupled with a time at temperature effect has been developed to allow the interpretation of the observed two-stage aging results in an Al-Zn-Mg alloy. Author
- Laminates and Composite Materials
- Properties of Metals and Alloys
- Fabrication Metallurgy