Volume 12, Number 4 (December 2015)                   IJMSE 2015, 12(4): 77-88 | Back to browse issues page



DOI: 10.22068/ijmse.12.4.77

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Alipour M, Emami M, Eslami Farsania R, Siadati M H, Khorsand H. EFFECTS OF A MODIFIED SIMA PROCESS ON THE STRUCTURE, HARDNESS AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF Al-12Zn-3Mg-2.5Cu ALLOY. IJMSE. 2015; 12 (4) :77-88
URL: http://ijmse.iust.ac.ir/article-1-590-en.html

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A modified strain-induced melt activation (SIMA) process was applied and its effect on the structural characteristics and hardness of the aluminum alloy Al–12Zn–3Mg–2.5Cu was investigated. Specimens subjected to a deformation of 40% at 300 °C were heat treated at various times (10-40 min) and temperatures (550-600 °C). Microstructural studies were carried out using optical and scanning electron microscopies (SEM). Results showed that the best microstructure was obtained at the temperature and time of 575 °C and 20 min, respectively. The hardness test results revealed superior hardness in comparison with the samples prepared without the application of the modified SIMA process.

T6 heat treatment including quenching to 25 °C and aging at 120 °C for 24 h was employed to reach to the maximum strength. After the T6 heat treatment, the average tensile strength increased from 231 MPa to 487 and 215 MPa to 462 for samples before and after strain-induced melt activation process, respectively. Ultimate strength of globular microstructure specimens after SIMA process has a lower value than as-cast specimens without SIMA process

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Type of Study: Research paper | Subject: Casting and Solidification

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