The industrial production of products, such as foil and aluminium alloy strips, begins with the production of semi-finished products in the form of slabs. These are produced by the continuous casting process, which is quick and does not allow the equilibrium conditions of solidification. Non-homogeneity—such as micro and macro segregation, non-equilibrium phases and microstructural constituents, as well as stresses arising during non-equilibrium solidification—are eliminated by means of homogenization annealing. In this way, a number of technological difficulties in the further processing of semi-finished products can be avoided. The aim of this research was the optimization of the homogenization annealing of the EN AW 8006 alloy. With the Thermo-Calc software, a thermodynamic simulation of equilibrium and non-equilibrium solidification was performed. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was performed on selected samples in as-cast state and after various regimes of homogenization annealing and was used for the simulation of homogenization annealing. Using an optical microscope (OM), a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and an energy dispersion spectrometer (EDS), the microstructure of the samples was examined. Based on the results, it was concluded that homogenization annealing has already taken place after 8 h at 580 °C to the extent, that the material is then suitable for further processing.
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