Effects of Zr Additive on Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, and Fractography of Al-Si Alloy
AbstractThe effects of Zr additive on the microstructure, mechanical properties, and fracture behavior of Al-Si alloy were systematically investigated. The additive of Zr obviously reduced the size of Si particles and changed its morphology. Grain size refinement was promoted by the reaction between Al and Zr forming Al3Zr and ZrSi2 compounds. Compared to a Zr-free alloy, the additive enhanced the tensile strength, compressive strength, shear strength, and hardness. The optimized Zr content was 2.4 wt % corresponding to a tensile strength of 231.1 MPa, compressive strength of 343.1 MPa, shear strength of 174.9 MPa, and hardness of 85.5 HV, greater than those of the Zr-free alloy. This illustrates that fine-grain strengthening and the existence of a second phase can improve the mechanical properties of Al-Si alloy. The fracture surface of Al-Si alloy without Zr additive showed a brittle fracture mode and there were no pits on the fractured surface. In the presence of Zr addictive, a typical plastic deformation with a large amount of pits was evidenced. View Full-Text
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Qian, H.; Zhu, D.; Hu, C.; Jiang, X. Effects of Zr Additive on Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, and Fractography of Al-Si Alloy. Metals 2018, 8, 124.
Qian H, Zhu D, Hu C, Jiang X. Effects of Zr Additive on Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, and Fractography of Al-Si Alloy. Metals. 2018; 8(2):124.Chicago/Turabian Style
Qian, Hui; Zhu, Degui; Hu, Chunfeng; Jiang, Xiaosong. 2018. "Effects of Zr Additive on Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, and Fractography of Al-Si Alloy." Metals 8, no. 2: 124.
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