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    STP890

    Thermomechanical Treatment of 2124 PM Aluminum Alloys with Low and High Dispersoid Levels

    Published: 01 January 1986


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    Abstract

    The effects of thermomechanical treatment (TMT) on the mechanical properties and metallurgical structure of 2124 powder metallurgy (PM) aluminum alloys prepared from rapidly solidified powders were investigated. The alloys were prepared by using a standard canning/vacuum degassing/hot consolidation/extrusion sequence. Two compositions, with manganese contents of 0.5 and 1.5%, were investigated to examine the effects of low and high dispersoid levels.

    The results indicate that significant improvements in strength can be accomplished through TMT for this PM alloy system with little loss in toughness. The increase in strength observed is attributed to the presence of much finer, more homogeneous S′ precipitation than that observed without TMT. Rolling deformation at room temperature resulted in some tendency for nonuniform (planar) deformation and resulted in slightly lower notch strength values. The lower notch strengths observed in the higher manganese composition were attributed to the coarser, more dense dispersoids observed in this material.

    Keywords:

    thermomechanical treatment, tensile properties, powder metallurgy, aluminum alloys, heat treatment, microstructure, fractography


    Author Information:

    Sarkar, B
    Contracted metallurgical specialist and head, Metallic Materials Branch, Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA

    Barry Lisagor, W
    Contracted metallurgical specialist and head, Metallic Materials Branch, Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA


    Committee/Subcommittee: B09.03

    DOI: 10.1520/STP33038S