Age-hardening phenomena induced by thermal and thermo-mechanical treatments in the commercial Mg-based alloy WE54 were studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and Vickers microhardness. To this aim, samples were plastically deformed and subsequently aged at 250 °C for times ranging from 0 to 1000 hours. The results obtained are discussed in terms of the role of vacancies in the solute transport and therefore they contribute to the discussion on the vacancy-solute clusters (and/or intermediate precipitates) interactions during the precipitation sequence of the WE54. Besides, we show that cold work previous aging not only accelerates but increases the hardening response of the alloy.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physica Status Solidi C: Current Topics in Solid State Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2007|
|Event||14th International Conference on Positron Annihilation, ICPA 14 - Hamilton, ON, Canada|
Duration: 23 Jul 2006 → 28 Jul 2006