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Effect of a novel thixoforming process on the microstructure and fracture behavior of A356 aluminum alloy
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A. Fadavi Boostani، نويسنده , , S. Tahamtan، نويسنده ,
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ماهنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2010
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In the present study, a novel thixoforming process for semi-solid deformation of A356 aluminum alloy is introduced using a continuous hot deformation process to the temperature being lower than the eutectic temperature of the alloy. A new hypothesis was introduced and the deformation mechanism of the alloy was investigated using the presented hypothesis. Microstructure and fracture surfaces of thixoformed samples were investigated using image analyzing technique and scanning electron microscopy. Obtained results indicated that this novel thixoforming process produces fine and compact silicon particles, dispersed uniformly in the microstructure of the alloy, compared to those produced by conventional thixoforming and gravity-cast processes with large and integrated morphology for silicon particles. The production stages of these silicon particles in this process were well documented by mentioned hypothesis. In order to investigate the effect of this novel process on mechanical properties of A356 alloy, tensile tests were conducted on produced samples. It was found that morphological changes of silicon particles as well as increasing the density ratio of samples in this process have a remarkable effect on enhancing the mechanical properties of produced alloy in comparison with other production routes. A new combination parameter, i.e. silicon density ratio (SDR) index was introduced. This parameter correlates the mechanical properties of samples to morphological properties of silicon particles and density ratio of them. Results of the study also indicated that samples with low SDR index have superior mechanical properties and consequently intergranular fracture mode.
Keywords :
Forming (C) , Fracture (E) , Microstructure (F)
Journal title :
Materials and Design
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