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Effect of of Yb, Cr and Zr additions on recrystallization and corrosion resistance of Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloys

Authors
Journal
Materials Science and Engineering A
0921-5093
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
497
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2008.07.028
Keywords
  • Dispersoid
  • Ytterbium
  • Recrystallization
  • Intergranular Corrosion
  • Exfoliation Corrosion

Abstract

Abstract The effect of complex additions of Yb, Cr and Zr on recrystallization and corrosion resistance of Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloy has been investigated. By complex additions of Yb, Cr and Zr to Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloy, 20–50 nm dispersoids were formed in Al matrix and identified by X-ray diffraction analysis and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy as Zn, Mg, Cu, Zr-containing YbCr 2A1 20 with cubic CeCr 2Al 20 crystal structure. The dispersoids remarkably inhibited the recrystallization of Al matrix, and a lot of low angle grain boundary of the Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloy by complex additions of Zr, Cr and Yb investigated by electron back scattered diffraction was retained. Complex additions of Yb, Cr and Zr to Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloy remarkably enhanced resistance to stress corrosion cracking ( K ISCC) from 9.8 to 17.0 MPa m 1/2, exfoliation corrosion from EB+ to EA and intergranular corrosion with the improved strength, fracture toughness and ductility.

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