In situ investigation of precipitation in aluminium alloys via thermal diffusivity from laser flash analysis

  • Richard H. Kemsies
  • Benjamin MilkereitEmail author
  • André Lindemann
  • Christoph Schick
  • Olaf Kessler


In this work, a commercially available laser flash analysis (LFA) device is used for in situ precipitation monitoring in aluminium alloys by following thermal diffusivity for the first time. The LFA measurement methods and data processing are adapted to allow continuous heating experiments over a wide range of heating rates (0.001–1 K s−1). Methods for LFA temperature calibration and thermal lag correction are suggested. Results of continuous heating of Al Mn0.5Mg0.5 aluminium alloy from the as-cast state are compared to in situ differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and ex situ transmission electron microscopy. It is shown comparing in situ LFA, and DSC substantially improves the interpretation of superimposed reactions, in particular, the precipitation and dissolution of Mn-containing dispersoids and Mg–Si-containing secondary particles.


In situ LFA Thermal diffusivity LFA thermal lag correction DSC Aluminium alloys Precipitation 



The authors gratefully acknowledge Hydro Aluminium R&D, Bonn, Germany, for providing the material used in this study. This work was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Project 03EK3538A). CS acknowledge financial support from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Grant 14.Y26.31.0019.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Materials Science, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine TechnologyUniversity of RostockRostockGermany
  2. 2.Competence Centre °CALOR, Department Life, Light and Matter, Faculty of Interdisciplinary ResearchUniversity of RostockRostockGermany
  3. 3.Netzsch Gerätebau GmbHSelbGermany
  4. 4.Institute of Physics, University of RostockRostockGermany
  5. 5.Kazan Federal UniversityKazanRussian Federation

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