Hardening mechanisms of spray formed Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys with scandium and other elemental additions

M. M. Sharma, M. F. Amateau, Timothy John Eden

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The hardening mechanisms in spray formed Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys with additions of chromium, zinc and scandium were studied. The microstructure of the spray formed alloys was analyzed by transmission electron microscopy. A range of tensile strengths were achieved, and varied based on elemental additions, and second phase particle strengthening. To explain the significantly higher strength in one alloy with scandium, theoretical results due to the yield stress of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys as a function of volume fraction and precipitate particle size, were compared to experimental data. Both the possibilities of coherency and order strengthening are examined. The significant additional hardening achieved in the alloy with scandium is attributed to small ordered particles of Al3Sc, which precipitated during aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-142
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 8 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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