The Effect of Growth Rate on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of 7020 Alloys

KAYA H., BÜYÜK U., Çadırlı E., Şahin M., Gündüz M.

Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, vol.31, no.2, pp.1622-1630, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11665-021-06298-8
  • Journal Name: Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Chemical Abstracts Core, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1622-1630
  • Keywords: 7020 alloy, compressive yield strength, dendritic spacings, fracture surface analysis, microhardness, ultimate tensile strength, DENDRITIC GROWTH, DIRECTIONAL SOLIDIFICATION, MICROINDENTATION HARDNESS, ELECTRICAL-RESISTIVITY, COOLING RATE, MICROHARDNESS, PARAMETERS, MORPHOLOGY, EVOLUTION, STABILITY
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: No


© 2021, ASM International.The 7020 aluminum alloy is one of the hardenable Al-Zn-Mg based alloys, which are a family of high strength aluminum alloys. These 7020 alloys are commonly used in the aircraft and automotive industries. The microstructural changes have a significant impact on the mechanical properties of binary and multi-component alloys. For this reason, 7020 aluminum alloys were prepared with different growth rates on account of the changes in the microstructures; thus, directionally solidification processes were actualized with a Bridgman furnace at five various growth rates (V = 8.3-166.0 µm/s) and at constant temperature gradient (G = 8.3 K/mm). Microhardness (HV), ultimate tensile strength (σU) and yield strength (σy) of the solidified alloys were determined. The HV increased from 758.8 to 917.1 N/mm2, the σU from 125.4 to 208.1 N/mm2 and the σy from 133.7 to 230.8 N/mm2 with an increase in growth rate from 8.3 to 166.0 μm/s.