Effect of long-term natural aging on microstructure and room temperature superplastic behavior of UFG/FG Zn-Al alloys processed by ECAP

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Demirtas M., Yanar H., Purcek G.

Letters on Materials, vol.8, pp.532-537, 2018 (Scopus) identifier identifier


© 2018, Institute for Metals Superplasticity Problems of Russian Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Two potential superplastic compositions of Zn-Al alloy systems, Zn-22Al and Zn-0.3Al alloys, were chosen and processed by equal-channel angular pressing/extrusion (ECAP/E) in order to achieve high strain rate (HSR) superplasticity at room temperature (RT). ECAP-processed samples of both alloys were then subjected to long-term natural aging up to 1100 days to evaluate the effect of long-term natural aging on their microstructures and superplastic behaviors. Before natural aging, the maximum elongations to failure at RT were 400% for ultrafine-grained (UFG) Zn-22Al at the strain rate of 5 × 10 −2 s −1 and 1000% for fine-grained (FG) Zn-0.3Al at the strain rate of 1 × 10 −4 s −1 . Long-term natural aging did not cause a significant change in the elongation of UFG Zn-22Al alloy with 355% maximum elongation. However, optimum strain rate giving the maximum elongation decreased to 3 × 10 −3 s −1 . On the other hand, Zn-0.3Al alloy lost more than half of its superplastic elongation and showed an elongation to failure of 435% at the end of the natural aging period of 1100 days. Microstructural analyses show that grain boundary corrosion occurred in dilute Zn-0.3Al alloy during the natural aging process. Corroded grain boundaries resulted in cavity nucleation during the tensile tests and some of these cavities attained large sizes and caused premature failure.