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Comparison of long-term radii evolution of the S-phase in aluminum alloy 2618A during ageing and creep

: Rockenhäuser, C.; Schriever, S.; Hartrott, P. von; Piesker, B.; Skrotzki, B.


Materials Science and Engineering, A. Structural materials, properties, microstructure and processing 716 (2018), pp.78-86
ISSN: 0921-5093
ISSN: 1873-4936
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie BMWi
IGF; 17734
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IWM ()
ageing; aluminum alloy; creep; electron microscopy; microstructure; S-phase

A study was made on the effect of creep loading on the precipitate radii evolution of the aluminum alloy 2618A. The overageing process of the alloy was investigated under load at a temperature of 190 °C with stresses between 79 and 181 MPa and compared to stress free isothermal ageing. The precipitates responsible for strength were characterized using dark-field transmission electron microscopy (DFTEM). This allows the experimental determination of radii distributions of the rod-shaped Al2CuMg precipitates and the evaluation regarding their mean precipitate radius. It was found that the mean precipitate radius enables the comparison of the different microstructural conditions of crept and uncrept samples. The mean precipitate radii of the samples experiencing creep are significantly higher than those of undeformed samples. It was shown that the acquired radii distributions are viable to determine averaged particle radii for comparison of the aged samples. A ripening process including pipe diffusion along dislocations describes the data on coarsening very well for the creep samples.