Positron lifetime spectroscopy and Vickers microhardness measurements were used for studying the decomposition sequence of Al-Zn-Mg systems. Various microstructural changes (formation, dissolution and recuperation of GPII zones, formation of η′-particles) were induced by using isochronal annealing and multiple-step ageing thermal treatments. The experimental results give the following information: (a) changing the quenching temperature used for the initial homogenization treatment over the interval from -15 to +55°C has no apparent effect on the subsequent behaviour of the alloy; (b) the hardening effect of natural ageing is positively correlated with the density of small and uniformly distributed GPII zones existing in the alloy at the end of the treatment; (c) the interruption in the reversion stage of artificial ageing at 150°C is followed, at room temperature and at 70°C, by a recovery that takes place with the same characteristic time constant tC as governs GPII formation after the homogenization treatment; (d) the dependence of tC on the temperature agrees with activation energies for the migration of the solute that depend on the concentrations of Mg and of the quaternary additions (Cu, Mn).
|Titolo:||Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy and Decomposition Processes in Commercial Al-Zn-Mg Based Alloys|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1998|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.1 Articolo in Rivista|
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