Title: Effect of magnesium on the aging behavior of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu/Al2O3 metal matrix composites
Authors: Chou, MC
Chao, CG
National Chiao Tung University
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Issue Date: 1-Jul-1996
Abstract: The effect of magnesium content on the aging behavior of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy reinforced with alumina (Al2O3) was studied by using the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique and hardness measurement. The magnesium contents were studied in the range from 1.23 to 2.97 wt pct. The addition of magnesium was found to increase the coherent Guinier-Preston (GP) zones in composites. The apparent formation enthalpy of GP zones of composites (0.1 V-f) was 0.932 cal/g for 1.23 wt pct magnesium content and 1.375 cal/g for 2.97 wt pct magnesium content. The precipitation time to achieve the maximum hardness in the composites depends on the magnesium content. The time changed from 12 to 48 hours as the magnesium content increased from 1.23 to 2.97 wt pct. Both Vickers microhardness and Rockwell hardness increased with increasing magnesium content. The maximum hardness occurred in the composites that contained maximum amounts of GP zones and eta' precipitates. However, the microhardness of the composites was always lower than that of monolithic alloys due to the alumina fibers which caused the suppression of GP zones and eta' formation in the composites.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11536/1194
ISSN: 1073-5623
Volume: 27
Issue: 7
Begin Page: 2005
End Page: 2012
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