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Type Fuller, Christian B.
  Publication Temporal Evolution of the Microstructures of Al(Sc,Zr) Alloys and Their Influences on Mechanical Properties Volume Book Whole
Pages 2003
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  Summary Language 179 Series Editor Al-Sc  
Abbreviated Series Title Al(Sc) alloys represent a new class of potential alloys for aerospace and automotive applications. These alloys have superior mechanical properties due to the presence of fine, coherent, unshearable Al3Sc precipitates, which form upon the decomposition of an supersaturated Al(Sc) solid-solution. Additions of Zr to Al(Sc) are found to improve alloy strength and coarsening resistance, but the operating mechanisms are not well understood. In this thesis, the relationships between the mechanical and microstructural properties of Al(Sc,Zr) alloy are presented. Three-dimensional atom probe microscopy (3DAP) and conventional and high-resolution transmission electron microscopies (CTEM and HREM) are utilized to study the temporal evolution of Al3Sc1-xZrx (L12 structure) precipitates in dilute Al(Sc,Zr) alloys (precipitate volume fractions < 1%) aged between 300 and 375°C. Concentration profiles, obtained with 3DAP, show Sc and Zr to partition to Al3Sc1-xZrx precipitates, and Zr to segregate near the Al/Al3Sc1-xZrx interface. CTEM and 3DAP are utilized to determine the temporal evolution of Al(Sc,Zr) alloys, which is discussed employing diffusion-limited coarsening theories. Zirconium additions are found to retard the precipitate coarsening kinetics and stabilize precipitate morphologies. Mechanical properties of Al(Sc,Zr) alloys are investigated utilizing Vickerís microhardness and creep. Deformation at ambient-temperature is explained by classic precipitation-strengthening mechanisms, where a transition between precipitate shearing and Orowan looping is calculated to occur at an average precipitate radius, <r>, of 2-3 nm. Al(Sc,Zr) alloys deformed by creep at 300°C are found to exhibit a climb controlled threshold stress, which is shown to increase with <r>, in agreement with previous results in Al(Sc) alloys and a previous general climb model considering the interaction between dislocations and coherent misfitting precipitates. Finally, the effect of various heat-treatments upon the microstructure and mechanical properties of a rolled 5754 aluminum alloy modified with 0.23 wt.% Sc and 0.22 wt. % Zr are investigated. The presence of the Al3Sc1-xZrx precipitates is found to improve the alloy strength, by pinning subgrain and grain boundaries, as shown by hardness, tensile, and fatigue measurements.
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