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Effects of Zr and Sc additions on precipitation of α-Al(FeMn)Si dispersoids under various heat treatments in Al–Mg–Si AA6082 alloys

Kun Liu, Emad Elgallad, Chen Li and X.-Grant. Chen


The present work investigated the influence of Zr and Sc on the evolution of α-Al(FeMn)Si dispersoids (“α-dispersoids") in Al–Mg–Si alloys. Both the individual addition of Zr and the combined additions of Sc and Zr increased the size but decreased the number density of the α-dispersoids, indicating the reduction in the formation of α-dispersoids. However, the reduction levels were the most significant when heat-treated at 350 °C in the alloy with both Sc and Zr and at 400 °C in the alloy with only Zr, which were likely related to the different interactions between intermediate B’ precipitates and α-dispersoids with the addition of Zr and Sc. Although the α-dispersoids were suppressed in the Zr/Sc-containing alloys, their microhardness was generally higher than the base alloy, which can be attributed to the strengthening contribution induced by Zr and Sc either from their solid solution hardening or the precipitation hardening of Al3Zr/Al3(Sc, Zr) dispersoids.

Dr. Kun Liu Department of Applied Science University of Quebec at Chicoutimi 555, Boul., de l’universite Chicoutimi Quebec Canada, G7H2W9 Tel.: +1-4185455011 ext.7112


The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Rio Tinto Aluminum through the Research Chair in the Metallurgy of Aluminum Transformation at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. The authors also acknowledge the help on the TEM sample preparation and observation from Z. Chen.

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    Conflict of interest statement: On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Received: 2021-03-17
Accepted: 2021-06-28
Published Online: 2021-09-24
Published in Print: 2021-09-30

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