Effects of damaged coarse inclusion particles on mechanical properties of wrought aluminum alloys

Hiroyuki Toda, Akihiro Takahashi, Toshiro Kobayashi

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In-situ SEM observation of fracture toughness tests has been used to characterize the fracture behavior of a wrought aluminum alloy. Particular attention is given to in-situ fracture strength of the coarse inclusions associated with this alloy. The fracture domain of CuAl2 and Al2CuMg particles with respect to the main crack is also investigated. Crack propagation is conducted by ductile failure of matrix ligaments between the fractured particles and the main crack, thereby producing slight crack deflection. Coarse Al3Zr and Al3Ti particles even adjacent to the fracture surface remain intact, while CuAl2 and Al2CuMg particles are extensively damaged ahead of a crack-tip. A combination of HRR singularity and Eshelby type internal stress analysis is used to estimate the in-situ strength values of various inclusion particles. It is concluded that the fracture strength of the inclusion particles has strong dependence on diameter. For example, it decreases from 740 to 500 MPa for the Al2CuMg. By decreasing the volume fraction of the coarse inclusions larger than 3μm from 2.2 to 1.2% by applying various heat and thermo-mechanical treatments, 0.2% proof stress, fracture toughness and crack propagation resistance of the alloy are remarkably improved without sacrificing ductility.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMaterials Science Forum
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 7th International Conference ICCA7 - 'Aluminium Alloys: 'Their Physical and Mechanical Properties' - Charlottesville, VA, USA
Duration: Apr 9 2000Apr 14 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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