Volume 27, Issue 4 (July 1999)

    Effect of Heat Treatment on Mechanical Properties and Surface Roughness of Aluminum Alloy 601

    (Received 2 October 1998; accepted 26 April 1999)

    CODEN: JTEOAD

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    Abstract

    Aluminum alloy 601 has an extensive range of industrial applications due to its consistent mechanical properties and structural integrity. The other intrinsic features of this alloy include excellent corrosion resistance and lack of brittleness or susceptibility to stress-corrosion cracking. Continued attempts are being made to decrease the processing time of this alloy without affecting the associated mechanical properties. This paper shows a systematic experimental investigation carried out in a modern aluminum wheel manufacturing plant to study the effects of heat treatment of this alloy. It is shown in this work that a reduction in processing time at the heat treatment stage of manufacturing is achievable without significant effect on the mechanical properties of the alloy wheel produced. A comprehensive set of experimental investigations has shown that the mechanical properties of the alloy, processed using two separate heat treatment methods, are not significantly different. The findings reported in this paper have real implications to aluminum-processing industries in which heat treatment is a fundamental part of the manufacturing process.


    Author Information:

    Frost, FF
    Research engineer, Comalco Aluminium Limited, Tasmania

    Karri, V
    Senior lecturer, School of Science and Engineering, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania


    Stock #: JTE12224J

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE12224J

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    Title Effect of Heat Treatment on Mechanical Properties and Surface Roughness of Aluminum Alloy 601
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    Committee E02