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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
Print version ISSN 0038-223X

J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. vol.111 n.3 Johannesburg  2011




The influence of Mn on the tensile properties of SSM-HPDC Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy A201



H. MöllerI; E.P. MasukuI; U.A. CurleI; P.C. PistoriusII; R.D. KnutsenIII; G. GovenderI

IMaterials Science and Manufacturing, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa
IIDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
IIIUCT Centre for Materials Engineering, Cape Town, South Africa




A201 aluminium alloy is a high strength casting alloy with a nominal composition of Al-4.6Cu-0.3Mg-0.6Ag. It is strengthened by the Ù(Al2Cu) phase and the è'(Al2Cu) phase during heat treatment. Further strengthening of this alloy system can be obtained through the addition of transition elements, but care must be taken as other elements might have adverse effects on the mechanical properties. The objective of this study is to determine the influence of Mn on the tensile properties of rheo-processed Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy A201. ThermoCalc software was used to predict the different phases that can be expected in the alloys, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) was used to investigate the actual phases that formed. The influence of these phases on tensile properties is quantified. SEM and ThermoCalc revealed that there is an increased amount of the Al20Cu2Mn3 with increasing Mn. The tensile properties showed that high amounts of Mn do have adverse effects on the tensile properties of alloy A201, especially the ductility.

Keywords: Semi-solid metal (SSM) forming, alloy A201, intermetallics, Al20Cu2Mn3



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