X-ray microtomography was used to evaluate the inhomogeneous characteristics of newly-developed Al-Zn-Mg foam. Using the synchrotron K-edge subtraction technique, a highly heterogeneous distribution of Zn was quantified three-dimensionally (3D) in the cell wall of as-cast foam. Time-resolved analysis of the concentration evolution revealed a tendency to a homogeneous Zn distribution as solution time prolonged. This was accompanied by a declined variation in hardness measurement. Other microstructural features after solution treatment, such as number and size distribution of micropores, were also characterised. By utilising various quenching rates, the inhomogeneities in microstructure and compression properties inside the foam were also clarified. Thus, element-sensitive tomography provides a novel solution for the 3D/4D analysis in the study of foams.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics