Effect of Homogenizing and Age Hardening on Mechanical Property Enhancement of TIG Welded Al6061 SiCp Composites

Jayashree, P K and Sharma, S S and Shetty, Raviraj (2017) Effect of Homogenizing and Age Hardening on Mechanical Property Enhancement of TIG Welded Al6061 SiCp Composites. In: Asia Conference on Mechanical and Materials Engineering, 09/06/2017, Tokyo, Japan.

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Abstract

This paper explains the type of heat treatments used to improve the bulk hardness and tensile properties of Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welded Al6061-SiC reinforced composites. Composites with 8, 10 and 12 wt% of SiC (25 μm) are TIG welded using ER5356 filler material and the hardness, tensile property and microstructural analysis in as weld condition is carried out. Age hardening heat treatment is performed and peak hardness values are noted at different aging temperatures and subjected to characterization. Al6061-12 wt% SiC shows reduction in tensile strength in comparison with the other two in spite of improvement in hardness. Since hardness is more, there arise ambiguity in knowing the actual cause of decrease in the tensile strength. Optical micrographs of the samples are taken and identified the presence of dendritic segregation as the actual cause for the (UTS) reduction. To remove dendritic segregation, all the as weld samples are subjected to 5h homogenizing at 500°C, age hardened and characterized. The result showed substantial hike in UTS with substantial improvement in hardness, homogeneous distribution of hardness over the cross-section in the weld bead. The depth and distribution of hardness and bulk property improvement are observed by the combined effect of homogenizing and low temperature age hardening

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: TIG, Al 6061-SiC, age hardening, UTS, dendritic segregation, homogenizing.
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Mechanical and Manufacturing
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 11:13
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 11:13
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/149219

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