Retrogression and reaging and the role of dislocations in the stress corrosion of 7000-type aluminum alloys

M. Talianker, B. Cina

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Abstract

The 7000-type aluminum alloys in the T6 temper are known to be highly susceptible to stress-corrosion cracking (SCC). Some years ago, a heat treatment known as retrogression and reaging (RR) was developed by one of the authors (B.C.), providing for enhanced stress-corrosion resistance without any sacrifice of yield or tensile strength in 7075 aluminum alloy. The idea behind the process was based on the suggestion that dislocations developed during quenching from the solution treatment were responsible for susceptibility to stress corrosion. In spite of considerable practical development of the RR process, the above basic hypothesis as to the role of dislocations has never been investigated. In the present work, the effect of the RR treatments on the dislocation structure of 7000-type aluminum alloys was studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A clear relationship has been found between the presence of dislocations adjacent to grain boundaries and the susceptibility to stress corrosion of 7000-type aluminum alloys. The beneficial effect of the RR treatment on the SCC of 7000-type aluminum alloys in the T6 temper is believed to be due to the disappearance of the above dislocations as a result of RR treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2087-2092
Number of pages6
JournalMetallurgical Transactions A (Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science)
Volume20
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 1989

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  • Engineering (all)

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