MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 144, 2018International Conference on Research in Mechanical Engineering Sciences (RiMES 2017)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Materials Science and Engineering|
|Published online||09 January 2018|
Effect of retrogression and re-ageing heat treatment on microstructure and microhardness of aluminium 7010 alloy
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India
2 Structural Technologies Division, CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, India
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Aluminium alloy 7010 is subjected to retrogression and re-ageing (RRA) heat treatment to study the influence of microstructural changes on hardness. Retrogression is performed at 190 °C for different time intervals ranging from 10 to 60 minutes. Optimum time for retrogression treatment is estimated based on the retrogression time that result with equivalent mechanical properties as that of peak aged (T6) condition. Retrogression performed for 30 minutes resulted with micro hardness of 203 HV, which is equivalent to that obtained by following T6 treatment. Microstructural characterization done with the help of transmission electron microscope (TEM) indicates RRA treatment results with the coarsened and discontinuous precipitates along the grain boundary which is similar to over aged (T7) condition, where as fine and densely populated precipitates in the matrix similar to T6 condition. Coarse and discontinuous grain boundary precipitates (GBP’s) improves resistance to stress corrosion cracking. Fine and dense precipitates in the matrix ensures hardness equivalent to that of T6.
Key words: RRA / Peak ageing / TEM / SCC / Microhardness
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