6 April 2016 Fabrication and heat treatment of high strength Al-Cu-Mg alloy processed using selective laser melting
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Proceedings Volume 9738, Laser 3D Manufacturing III; 97380X (2016) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2211362
Event: SPIE LASE, 2016, San Francisco, California, United States
Abstract
The proposed paper illustrates the fabrication and heat treatment of high strength Al-Cu-Mg alloy produced by selective laser melting (SLM) process. Al-Cu-Mg alloy is one of the heat treatable aluminum alloys regarded as difficult to fusion weld. SLM is an additive manufacturing technique through which components are built by selectively melting powder layers with a focused laser beam. The process is characterized by short laser-powder interaction times and localized high heat input, which leads to steep thermal gradients, rapid solidification and fast cooling. In this research, 3D Al-Cu-Mg parts with relative high density of 99.8% are produced by SLM from gas atomized powders. Room temperature tensile tests reveal a remarkable mechanical behavior: the samples show yield and tensile strengths of about 276 MPa and 402 MPa, respectively, along with fracture strain of 6%. The effect of solution treatment on microstructure and related tensile properties is examined and the results demonstrate that the mechanical behavior of the SLMed Al-Cu-Mg samples can be greatly enhanced through proper heat treatment. After T4 solution treatment at 540°C, under the effect of precipitation strengthening, the tensile strength and the yield strength increase to 532 MPa and 338 MPa, respectively, and the elongation increases to 13%.
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Hu Zhang, Hu Zhang, Haihong Zhu, Haihong Zhu, Xiaojia Nie, Xiaojia Nie, Ting Qi, Ting Qi, Zhiheng Hu, Zhiheng Hu, Xiaoyan Zeng, Xiaoyan Zeng, } "Fabrication and heat treatment of high strength Al-Cu-Mg alloy processed using selective laser melting", Proc. SPIE 9738, Laser 3D Manufacturing III, 97380X (6 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2211362; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2211362
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