Warm-Temperature Tensile Ductility in Al-Mg Alloys


E. M. Taleff, Henshall, G. A., Nieh, T. G., Lesuer, D. R., and Wadsworth, J., “Warm-Temperature Tensile Ductility in Al-Mg Alloys,” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 29A, pp. 1081–1091, 1998.


Several binary and ternary Al alloys containing from 2.8 to 5.5 wt pct Mg were tested in tension at elevated temperatures (200 °C to 500 °C) over a range of strain rates (10−4 to 2.0 s−1). Tensile ductilies of up to 325 pct were obtained in binary Al-Mg alloys with coarse grains deformed in the solute-drag creep regime. Under test conditions in which solute-drag creep controls deformation, Mg in concentrations from 2.8 to 5.5 wt pct neither affects tensile ductility nor influences strain-rate sensitivity or flow stress significantly. Strength is shown to increase with increasing Mg concentration, however, in the power-law-breakdown regime. The solute-drag creep process, which leads to superplastic-like elongations, is shown to have no observable grain-size dependence in a binary Al-Mg material. Ternary alloying additions of Mn and Zr are shown to decrease the strain-rate sensitivity during solute-drag creep, negatively influencing ductility. An important cause of reduced ductility in the ternary alloys during creep deformation is found to be a transition from necking-controlled failure in the binary alloys to cavitation-controlled failure in the ternary alloys investigated. An increase in ternary element concentration, which can increase the relative volume percentage of proeutectic products, increases cavitation.