AbstractShear Assisted Processing and Extrusion (ShAPE), a severe plastic deformation technique that is fast and scalable, was used to produce thin-wall tubing from alloy 6082 (Al-0.8Mg-0.9Si-0.7Mn) with in-situ solutionization during processing quickly followed by quenching. Quench medium and input material heat treatment were varied and natural aging behavior (T1 heat treatment) was evaluated using tensile testing. As-cast input material was found to have higher strength early in post-ShAPE natural aging and homogenized input material was found to have strengthening during natural aging. Compared to air quenching, water quenching gave greater strength both early in and after natural aging. These observations along with microscopy suggest that: 1. air quenching was too slow; 2. as-cast material was not fully solutionized but plastic deformation broke up the coarse intermetallic particles, which provided strengthening; and 3. homogenized material was solutionized well, which led to good natural aging behavior.
Published: April 18, 2023