This paper irìvestigates the effect of three different Ni additions (0.5, 1 and 2 wt%) on the high-temperature tensile properties of the commercial purity unmodified A356 (Al-7 wt% Si-0.3 wt% Mg) aluminium foundry alloy As-cast and T6 heat-treated tensile samples, obtained by permanent mould casting, have been tested at 508 K (235 °C). Fracture profiles and surfaces have been observed via optical and scanning electron microscopy to analyse the failure mechanism. It was observed that Ni contents higher than 0.5 wt% cause a remarkable decrease in yield strength and ultimate tensile strength of the T6 heat-treated alloys, which therefore become comparable with the tensile properties of the corresponding as-cast alloys. According to microstructural observations, the early rupture of fragile Ni-rich intermetallic phases seems to govern the fracture process of these alloys, neutralising the positive effect of the heat treatment.

Effect of Ni additions on A356 alloy's microstructure and high-temperature mechanical properties

CASARI, Daniele
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POLI, Federico;MERLIN, Mattia;
2016

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This paper irìvestigates the effect of three different Ni additions (0.5, 1 and 2 wt%) on the high-temperature tensile properties of the commercial purity unmodified A356 (Al-7 wt% Si-0.3 wt% Mg) aluminium foundry alloy As-cast and T6 heat-treated tensile samples, obtained by permanent mould casting, have been tested at 508 K (235 °C). Fracture profiles and surfaces have been observed via optical and scanning electron microscopy to analyse the failure mechanism. It was observed that Ni contents higher than 0.5 wt% cause a remarkable decrease in yield strength and ultimate tensile strength of the T6 heat-treated alloys, which therefore become comparable with the tensile properties of the corresponding as-cast alloys. According to microstructural observations, the early rupture of fragile Ni-rich intermetallic phases seems to govern the fracture process of these alloys, neutralising the positive effect of the heat treatment.
Casari, Daniele; Poli, Federico; Merlin, Mattia; Giovanni, Maria Teresa Di; Li, Yanjun; Di Sabatino, Marisa
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