Novel cast-aged MnCuNiFeZnAl alloy with good damping capacity and high usage temperature toward engineering application

Wenbo Liu, Ning Li, Zhenyu Zhong, Jiazhen Yan, Dong Li, Ying Liu, Xiuchen Zhao, San-Qiang Shi

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Novel cast-aged Mn-26.0Cu-2.0Ni-2.0Fe-2.0Zn-3.0Al (wt.%) alloy with good damping capacity and high usage temperature has been well designed and developed in this work, which can act as a promising candidate toward engineering applications. The microstructure, damping capacity and usage temperature were investigated systematically by X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and dynamic mechanical analyzer. The results show that heat treatment has a significant influence on the damping capacity and usage temperature of as-cast MnCuNiFeZnAl alloy. Compared to the original as-cast alloy with internal friction (Q-1) of 3.0 × 10-2at a strain amplitude ε = 2 × 10-4and usage temperature of 43 °C, the largest Q-1(5.0 × 10-2) and highest usage temperature (70 °C) can be obtained simultaneously by ageing treatment at 435 °C for 2 h, while homogenization-ageing, solution-ageing and overageing can just result in the limited improvement of damping capacity and usage temperature. This is because the highest nanoscale Mn segregation in Mn dendrites can be formed by spinodal decomposition during ageing, while carrying out the homogenization or solution treatment prior to the ageing, as well as overageing treatment can cause the weakening of Mn segregation at the macro/nano-scale and even the precipitation of α-Mn, thus leading to the undesirable damping capacity and usage temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials and Design
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2016


  • Casting
  • Heat treatment
  • Internal friction
  • Mn-Cu based damping alloys
  • Phase transformation
  • Usage temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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