The influence of predeformation on the precipitation and on the resulting mechanical properties in an Al-Zn-Mg alloy was studied using a combination of complementary experimental techniques, namely transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, small-angle X-ray scattering and microhardness. The thermomechanical treatment was designed to show a significant effect of deformation on the precipitation process. It was observed that the presence of dislocations during precipitation promoted fast nucleation of the equilibrium η phase in the η2 orientation instead of nucleation of the η′ phase with subsequent transformation to η1 and η4 outside dislocations. The large growth rate of precipitates lying on dislocations provoked a growing precipitate-free zone around dislocations. This resulted in a lower value of peak hardness and a faster overall coarsening kinetics.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Zeitschrift fuer Metallkunde/Materials Research and Advanced Techniques|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1997|