Effect of thermomechanical treatment on spray formed Cu–Ni–Si alloy

Srivastava, V C and Schneider, A and Uhlenwinkel, V and Bauckhage, K (2004) Effect of thermomechanical treatment on spray formed Cu–Ni–Si alloy. Materials Science and Technology, 20 . pp. 839-848.

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The heat treatment response of a spray formed Cu – 2.4Ni – 0.6Si (wt-%) alloy has been investigated. The spray formed alloy was given various thermomechanical treatments prior to isothermal aging. These treatments included solutionising and/or cold rolling with different reductions in original thickness. The variation in hardness and electrical conductivity of the alloys was measured as a function of the aging time. The results indicated the highest peak hardness value ofy250 kg mm22 for the alloy aged after solution treatment and cold rolling to 40% reduction in thickness, compared with the maximum hardness of 220 kg mm22 for specimens aged directly in the as spray formed condition. However, the electrical conductivity after aging was observed to be a maximum of 65%IACS (International Annealed Copper Standard) in specimens cold rolled to 80% reduction in thickness before aging. The aging response was observed to accelerate with the degree of cold working. Optical, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy were used for microstructural characterisation of the materials. Precipitation of the second phase was observed to dominate in deformation bands. The alloy showed evidence of discontinuous precipitation, particularly when the alloys were cold rolled before aging. The onset of discontinuous precipitation led to a drastic deterioration in hardness of the alloys. The precipitation behaviour of the alloy is discussed in the light of microstructural characteristics associated with various processing conditions of the alloy.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:http:// 10.1179/026708304225017265
Uncontrolled Keywords:Copper alloys, Spray forming, Electrical conductivity, Hardness, Thermomechanical treatment, Aging
Divisions:Metal Extraction and Forming
ID Code:1493
Deposited By:Dr. V.C. Srivastava
Deposited On:26 Aug 2010 14:23
Last Modified:17 Feb 2012 16:15
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