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Volume 326, 2020The 17th International Conference on Aluminium Alloys 2020 (ICAA17)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Durability: Fatigue, Fracture, Corrosion & Surface Treatments|
|Published online||05 November 2020|
Effect of pre-aging deformation on the intergranular corrosion resistance of 6000 series aluminium alloys
1 SINTEF Industry, NO-7465 Trondheim, Norway
2 Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
3 Norsk Hydro ASA, NO-0283 Oslo, Norway
* Corresponding author: Otto.Lunder@sintef.no
Aluminium alloys in the 6000 series may become susceptible to intergranular corrosion (IGC) by unfavourable thermomechanical processing in combination with presence of Cu and a low Mg/Si ratio. The IGC susceptibility has been related to the segregation of Cu during artificial ageing to form a nearly continuous Cu film along the grain boundaries with an anodic solute depleted zone adjacent to it. In this work, extruded alloys 6005 and C28 as well as two variants of 6016 automotive sheet were subjected to various degrees of deformation by rolling or stretching before artificial aging. Accelerated IGC testing showed that pre-deformation significantly improved the IGC resistance of the Cu containing extruded alloys, while no improvement was observed for the 6016 sheet materials containing < 0.01 wt% Cu. High resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) of pre-deformed 6005 alloy showed precipitation of Cu-containing Q' phase on dislocations. As a result, the amount of Cu available for diffusion to the grain boundaries is reduced, which might explain why a beneficial effect of pre-deformation on the IGC resistance was observed only for the Cu-containing materials.
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