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Casting and heat treatment variables of Al–7Si–Mg alloy

Kashyap, KT and Murali, S and Raman, KS and Murthy, KSS (1993) Casting and heat treatment variables of Al–7Si–Mg alloy. In: Materials Science and Technology, 9 (3). pp. 189-203.

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A review of the research work that has been carried out thus far relating the casting and heat treatment variables to the structure and mechanical properties of Al–7Si–Mg (wt-%) is presented here. Although specifications recommend a wide range of magnesium contents and a fairly high content of iron, a narrow range of magnesium contents, closer to either the upper or lower specified limits depending on the properties desired, and a low iron content will have to be maintained to obtain optimum and consistent mechanical properties. A few studies have revealed that the modification of eutectic silicon slightly increases ductility and fracture toughness and also that the effect of modification is predominant at low iron content. Generally, higher solidification rates give superior mechanical properties. Delayed aging (the time elapsed between quenching and artificial aging during precipitation hardening) severely affects the strength of the alloy. The mechanism of delayed aging can be explained on the basis of Pashley's kinetic model. It has been reported that certain trace additions (cadmium, indium, tin, etc.) neutralise the detrimental effect of delayed aging. In particular, it should be noted that delayed aging is not mentioned in any of the specifications. With reference to the mechanism by which trace additions neutralise the detrimental effect of delayed aging, various hypotheses have been postulated, of which impurity–vacancy interaction appears to be the most widely accepted.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Materials Science and Technology
Publisher: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2011 07:05
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2011 07:05
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/35357

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