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Effect of alloy composition and heat treatment on mechanical performance of 6xxx aluminum alloys

Authors
Journal
Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China
1003-6326
Publisher
Elsevier
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1003-6326(14)63329-x
Keywords
  • Mechanical Properties
Disciplines
  • Design

Abstract

Abstract The effect of alloy composition and heat treatment, including natural ageing and pre-ageing, on the mechanical performance of eight 6xxx alloys designed with systematically varying Si, Mg and Cu contents was studied. The results show that not only the alloy composition and heat treatment before forming influence the formability, but also they have an effect on the paint bake response of the alloys. Increasing the alloy Si content, decreasing Mg/Si ratio and adding 0.3% Cu (mass fraction) were generally found to improve the tensile ductility and formability of the alloys studied, while pre-ageing was found to decrease these properties. A full property profile of these alloys in terms of strength, tensile ductility, work hardening, strain rate sensitivity, forming limit and paint bake response was presented.

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