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Mechanical Properties and Microstructure Improvement of a Two-Step Strain Induced Melt Activation Processed 7075 Aluminum Alloy Compared to that SIMA Process

Version 1 : Received: 26 April 2017 / Approved: 26 April 2017 / Online: 26 April 2017 (18:12:46 CEST)

How to cite: Karamouz, M.; Alizadeh, M.; Ahmadi, A.R. Mechanical Properties and Microstructure Improvement of a Two-Step Strain Induced Melt Activation Processed 7075 Aluminum Alloy Compared to that SIMA Process. Preprints 2017, 2017040172 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201704.0172.v1). Karamouz, M.; Alizadeh, M.; Ahmadi, A.R. Mechanical Properties and Microstructure Improvement of a Two-Step Strain Induced Melt Activation Processed 7075 Aluminum Alloy Compared to that SIMA Process. Preprints 2017, 2017040172 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201704.0172.v1).

Abstract

Strain induced melt activation process (SIMA) creates a globular microstructure which improves the hardness and ultimate tensile stress (UTS) of 7075 aluminum alloys. But, at the grain boundaries of SIMA processed 7075 aluminum alloy, presence of continuous and brittle intermetallic compounds and the eutectic structure result in decreasing mechanical properties, such as elongation, formability and etc. Hence, in order to improve microstructure and formability of 7075 aluminum alloy respect to SIMA process, a new process was done that is called two-step strain induced melt activation (TSSIMA). This process, which has been mentioned in the experimental procedure section, both organized globular structure and significantly modified the microstructure of the alloy compared to that of the SIMA method. It promoted discontinuity and more homogeneity in distribution of the precipitates and, approximately removed the eutectic mixture. Performing the rolling process on the alloy also revealed that it is more effective in formability enhancement in comparison with SIMA process. Also, it increased the hardness of 7075 aluminum alloy respect to that of SIMA process.

Subject Areas

7075 Aluminum alloy; eutectic mixture; formability; hardness.

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