An investigation of microstructural stability in an Al-Mg alloy with submicrometer grain size

J. Wang, Y. Iwahashi, Z. Horita, M. Furukawa, M. Nemoto, R. Z. Valiev, T. G. Langdon

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    Abstract

    The microstructural stability of an Al-3%Mg solid solution alloy with a submicrometer-grained (SMG) structure (∼0.2 μm) was evaluated using both static annealing and transmission electron microscopy over a range of temperatures from 443 to 803 K and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) up to 773 K. The results show that the SMG structure contains many non-equilibrium grain boundaries but recrystallization occurs at the higher temperatures giving large grains with boundaries having high-angle equilibrium configurations. There are significant differences between the DSC curves of the SMG alloy and a standard cold-rolled Al-3%Mg alloy, due primarily to the advent of significant heat release at low temperatures in the SMG alloy because of recovery at the non-equilibrium grain boundaries. A temperature of ∼500 K, close to half the absolute melting temperature, represents an effective upper limit for utilization of the SMG structure in this material.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2973-2982
    Number of pages10
    JournalActa Materialia
    Volume44
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1996

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Ceramics and Composites
    • Polymers and Plastics
    • Metals and Alloys

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