Tensile deformation and phase transformation of furnace-cooled Zn-Al based alloy

Y. H. Zhu, Wing Bun Lee

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Phase transformation and microstructural changes of the furnace-cooled (FC) eutectoid Zn-Al based alloy were studied during thermal ageing and tensile deformation using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. Two types of decomposition of Zn-rich phases η′FCand ε were detected in both the aged and the tensile deformed alloy specimens. Precipitates of α and T′ phases were distinctly observed inside the light contrast η′FCand ε phases, respectively, using back-scattered electron imaging. Under tensile deformation at 150 °C, the coarse lamellar structure was deformed into fine particulate structure, whilst the fine lamellar structure remained unchanged. The mechanism of tensile fracture of the alloy is discussed in relation to the stress-induced phase transformation and microstructural change. An intrinsic co-relationship of phase transformation between the aged and tensile deformed alloy specimens is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-101
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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