6th International Light Metals Technology Conference (LMT 2013), Old Windsor, United Kingdom, 24 - 26 July 2013, vol.765, pp.793-794
Aluminium and its alloys are used in all bare overhead energy transmission lines. Researchers and manufacturers, have in the past, made significant improvements in the tensile strength and conductivity of overhead lines. In the present work, the effect of heat treatments on the tensile strength of Al-Zr alloys (Al-0.15, 0.20, 0.25wt.%Zr) has been investigated (all compositions hereafter are described in wt.%). The Al-Zr samples were prepared by using a melt furnace and a continuous casting line. The cast, extruded and drawn samples with different diameters (4, 6, 10 mm) were aged isothermally and isochronally in muffle and tube furnaces. Aging was performed over a wide range of temperatures (350-450 degrees C) at constant aging times (100 hrs., 125 hrs.) and over a wide range of aging times (50-150 hrs.) at a constant temperature (425 degrees C). It was found that, aging temperatures, aging times, composition, processing techniques and size of the samples affect the tensile strength.