Microstructural Change during the Interrupted Quenching of the AlZnMg(Cu) Alloy AA7050.

Author(s) Kremmer, T.M.; Dumitraschkewitz, P.; Pöschmann, D.; Ebner, T.; Uggowitzer, P.J.; Kolb, G.K.H.; Pogatscher, S.
Journal Materials (Basel)
Date Published 2020 Jun 04

This study reports on the effect of interrupted quenching on the microstructure and mechanical properties of plates made of the AlZnMg(Cu) alloy AA7050. Rapid cooling from the solution heat treatment temperature is interrupted at temperatures between 100 and 200 °C and continued with a very slow further cooling to room temperature. The final material's condition is achieved without or with subsequent artificial ageing. The results show that an improvement in the strength-toughness trade-off can be obtained by using this method. Interrupted quenching at 125 °C with peak artificial ageing leads to a yield strength increase of 27 MPa (538 MPa to 565 MPa) compared to the reference material at the same fracture toughness level. A further special case is the complete omission of an artificial ageing treatment with interrupted quenching at 200 °C. This heat treatment exhibits an 20% increase in fracture toughness (35 to 42 MPa m) while retaining a sufficient yield strength of 512 MPa for industrial applications. A detailed characterization of the relevant microstructural parameters like present phases, phase distribution and precipitate-free zones is performed using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography.

DOI 10.3390/ma13112554
ISSN 1996-1944
Citation Materials (Basel). 2020;13(11).

Related Applications, Forms & Industries