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Effect of cooling rate and eutectic modification on texture and grain structure of Al-Si-Cu-Mg die cast alloy
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Materials and Manufacturing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1190-836X
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Materials and manufacturing – Casting.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6481-5530
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Materials and manufacturing – Casting.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7527-719X
2016 (English)In: La Metallurgia Italiana, ISSN 0026-0843, Vol. 108, no 6, 5-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The effect of cooling rate and eutectic modification on texture evolution and grain structure of an Al-Si-Cu-Mg die cast alloy were investigated using optical microscopy (OM) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques. Directional solidification technique was utilized to produce as-cast specimens having low level of casting defects with controlled microstructural scale: specimens with average SDAS of 10 and 25 µm. Mode of solidification, cooling rate and eutectic modification did not induce any significant texture in the microstructure. An increase in cooling rate resulted in reduction grain size. High degree of grains orientation randomness was found in high cooling rate regardless of modification treatment.

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Milano: Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia , 2016. Vol. 108, no 6, 5-8 p.
Keyword [en]
Al-Si alloy, Anistropy, Microstructure, Directional Solidification, EBSD
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Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-30662ISI: 000382098100007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84985912317OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-30662DiVA: diva2:939752
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-20 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved
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1. Al-Si Cast Alloys - Microstructure and Mechanical Properties at Ambient and Elevated Temperatures
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Al-Si Cast Alloys - Microstructure and Mechanical Properties at Ambient and Elevated Temperatures
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Swedish industry is a global leader in development and manufacture of automotive and aviation components where the usage of aluminium products is remarkable. In addition to manufacturing aluminium components, casting enables low-cost and low-emission production of complex geometry components with a range of sizes. Aluminium with Si as the major alloying element forms a class of alloys representing the most significant fraction of all cast products, for a wide range of applications due to an excellent combination of castability and mechanical properties, as well as good corrosion resistance, wear resistance and recyclability. The microstructure in Al-Si alloys strongly governs their mechanical properties. Several industrial practices such as eutectic modification and alloying are well-known to improve mechanical properties. Al-Si cast alloys generally suffer a lack of ductility and poor high temperature properties due to presence of either brittle or thermally unstable phases. The aim of this work is to study the explicit role of each microstructural constituent on the behaviour of Al-Si cast alloys at room and high temperatures. The results will accordingly highlight the potential for improvement in properties of such alloys.

Casting defects have an immediate and negative effect on the properties of Al-Si alloys and reducing the overall level of defects substantially improves tensile properties. An increased cooling rate refines all microstructural features and reduces volumetric porosity which leads to substantial improvement in tensile properties (e.g. Rm and εF) at any test temperature. Modification of eutectic Si-particles (through Sr-addition) generally has a positive effect on alloy ductility. Depression in eutectic growth temperature as a result of eutectic modification was found to be strongly correlated to the level of modification irrespective of coarseness of the microstructure.

Addition of transition metals (Ni-Ti-Zr-Cr-V) to Al-Si improves tensile strength, particularly at temperatures above 200 ºC caused by formation of thermally stable intermetallic compounds. Below 200 ºC however, a substantial potential for improvement through solute-reinforcement was obtained.

A physically-based constitutive model with a wide validity range was successfully developed to describe the flow behaviour of Al-Si alloys at different temperatures, as a reliable input for finite element simulation. 

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Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering, 2017. 66 p.
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JTH Dissertation Series, 21
Keyword
Aluminium cast alloys, eutectic modification, microstructural scale effect, transition metals, room and elevated temperatures tensile properties, physically-based constitutive model.
National Category
Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
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urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35185 (URN)978-91-87289-22-4 (ISBN)
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2017-04-07, E1405, School of Engineering, Gjuterigatan 5, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-03-13 Created: 2017-03-10 Last updated: 2017-03-14Bibliographically approved

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