J. Phys. IV France
Volume 112, October 2003
Page(s) 587 - 590

J. Phys. IV France
112 (2003) 587
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2003954

Effect of electropulsation treatment and subsequent hot-working on grain-size of Cu-Al-Ni alloys

Q.F. Chen1, 2, J.Z. Wang1, 2, W. Cai1, L.C. Zhao1, L.Y. Cao2, X.P. Yang2 and X.Q. You2

1  School Mater. Sci. Eng., Harbin Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 428, Harbin 150001, China
2  Department Mater. Sci. TechnoL, Liaoning fnstitute of Technology, Jinzhou 121001, China

Electropulsation treatment has been used in refining grain-size and modifying structure of polycrystalline Cu-AI-Ni alloys. The grain-size and its stability are mainly studied after various hot-working. It is found that the electropulsation is an effective way of refining the grain-size and improving the solidification structure of the alloy. By adjusting the pulsation parameters, the macrostructure of the ingot is changed into a nearly equiaxied fine-grain region. In further hot working and heat-treatment such as annealing, forging and solution treatment, the grain-size of the alloy has a tendency to grow, which diminishes the refining effect of pulsation treatment. However, if hot-extrusion is utilized to replace initial forging, die structure of the alloy can be further improved and the grain-size of the alloy is remarkably refined. The hot-extrusion of the pulsationed alloy is of vital importance to the structure of the finished products, since after hot-extrusion, further hot-forging does not bring the fast growth of grains.

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