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Metals 2016, 6(11), 254; doi:10.3390/met6110254

Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of an Al-Li-Mg-Sc-Zr Alloy Subjected to ECAP

Laboratory of Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials and Superalloys, Belgorod State University, 85 Pobedy, Belgorod 308015, Russia
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Academic Editor: Soran Birosca
Received: 31 August 2016 / Revised: 3 October 2016 / Accepted: 17 October 2016 / Published: 25 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Process-Structure-Property Relationships in Metals)
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The effect of post-deformation solution treatment followed by water quenching and artificial aging on microstructure and mechanical properties of an Al-Li-Mg-Sc-Zr alloy subjected to equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) was examined. It was shown that the deformed microstructure produced by ECAP remains essentially unchanged under solution treatment. However, extensive grain refinement owing to ECAP processing significantly affects the precipitation sequence during aging. In the aluminum-lithium alloy with ultrafine-grained (UFG) microstructure, the coarse particles of the S1-phase (Al2LiMg) precipitate on high-angle boundaries; no formation of nanoscale coherent dispersoids of the δ′-phase (Al3Li) occurs within grain interiors. Increasing the number of high-angle boundaries leads to an increasing portion of the S1-phase. As a result, no significant increase in strength occurs despite extensive grain refinement by ECAP. View Full-Text
Keywords: aluminum alloys; equal channel angular pressing; thermomechanical processing; microstructure; mechanical properties; precipitation aluminum alloys; equal channel angular pressing; thermomechanical processing; microstructure; mechanical properties; precipitation
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Mogucheva, A.; Kaibyshev, R. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of an Al-Li-Mg-Sc-Zr Alloy Subjected to ECAP. Metals 2016, 6, 254.

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