Superplasticity of ultrafine-grained Al-3%Mg-0.2%Sc alloy produced by equal-channel angular pressing

Takeshi Fujita, Shogo Komura, Zenji Horita, Terence G. Langdon

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This paper describes grain refinement of an Al-3%Mg-0.2%Sc alloy using the equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) technique at room temperature. It is shown that a grain size of 0.2 μm is obtained with this technique. The paper also presents the results of tensile tests for the fine-grained Al-3%Mg-0.2%Sc alloy over a wide range of strain rates. Elongations of more than 1000% are attained at a temperature of 673 K in a high strain rate range of more than 10-2 s-1. Transmission electron microscopy and scanning ion microscopy are employed for microstructural observations before and after tensile testing. The results are compared with those of a cold-rolled Al-3%Mg-0.2%Sc alloy. It is demonstrated that grain refinement using the ECAP technique is useful for the production of Al alloys exhibiting high strain rate superplasticity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-380
Number of pages5
JournalKeikinzoku/Journal of Japan Institute of Light Metals
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Aug

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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