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Metals 2018, 8(9), 709; https://doi.org/10.3390/met8090709

Effect of Remelting Temperature and Soaking Time on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of the Thixoformed Part of Nano-Sized SiCp/7075 Composite

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School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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School of Mechatronics Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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Received: 5 August 2018 / Revised: 30 August 2018 / Accepted: 7 September 2018 / Published: 11 September 2018
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Semisolid billet of the 7075 aluminum matrix composite reinforced with nano-sized SiC particles was first fabricated by an ultrasonic-assisted semisolid stirring method and rheoforming technology. Then it was thixoformed into a cylinder part under different remelting temperatures and soak times. The effects of the remelting temperature and soaking time on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the thixoformed composite part were investigated. The results show that parts of good quality were thixoformed successfully. The microstructure of the top side wall of the thixoformed part consisted of near spheroidal grains. A large quantity of elongated grains occurred in the medium and bottom side walls and the bottom itself. With increasing remelting temperatures, the size of the solid grains of the thixoformed parts showed a trend of first to increase and afterwards to decrease. High density dislocations were found in the microstructure when the remelting temperatures were 590 °C and 600 °C. When the soaking time was 15 min, the severest deformation occurred in the thixoformed part. High mechanical properties of the thixoformed parts were achieved under conditions such as a remelting temperature between 590 °C and 600 °C and a soaking time between 10 min and 15 min. The fracture mode of the thixoformed part changed from transgranular fracture to intergranular fracture when the remelting temperature was elevated from 580 °C to 610 °C. After the thixoformed parts were treated by T6, the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation of the side wall were improved to 552 MPa and 7.9%, respectively. Dispersed MgZn2 precipitates created by T6 heat treatment led to an improvement of the mechanical properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: nano-sized SiC particles; 7075 aluminum alloy; microstructure; mechanical properties; thixoforming nano-sized SiC particles; 7075 aluminum alloy; microstructure; mechanical properties; thixoforming
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Jiang, J.; Xiao, G.; Liu, Y.; Wang, Y.; Nie, X. Effect of Remelting Temperature and Soaking Time on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of the Thixoformed Part of Nano-Sized SiCp/7075 Composite. Metals 2018, 8, 709.

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