Effect of retrogression and reaging on the precipitates in an 8090 Al-Li alloy

V. Komisarov, M. Talianker, B. Cina

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The micro structure of the precipitates in an 8090 Al-Li alloy has been studied qualitatively and quantitatively by techniques of transmission electron microscopy through the stages of retrogression and reaging (RR). The retrogression was performed for various times at temperatures of 240 and 260°C. The reaging treatment was carried out at 170°C. The behavior of the precipitates was specific for each temperature of retrogression: while for retrogression at 240°C there was only partial dissolution of δ′ particles, total dissolution of δ′ was observed after 30 min of treatment at 260°C. Reaging following retrogression at 240 and 260°C resulted respectively in the full and only partial restoration of the volume fraction of the δ′ phase. Change in the δ′ precipitate structure was the dominant factor which was responsible for the changes in hardness of the Al-Li 8090 alloy in the course of RR treatment for a retrogression temperature of (RR-240). On the other hand, changes in the hardness of the alloy subjected to RR-260 treatment could not be explained simply in terms of changes in the δ′ particle structure. The precipitation of an additional phase, T1, concomitant with the dissolution of δ′ phase at 260°C, also contributes to the hardness on this retrogression stage of the treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalMaterials Science & Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Precipitates
  • Reaging
  • Retrogression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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