This research primarily focuses on improving the strength of Al 5083 alloy by both the ECAP and Cryo ECAP methodology. Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP) is one of the best technologies that enable the direct transformation of conventional macro grained metals into sub-micron, ultra-fine and nano grained materials. Fine grain size increases the strength and the fracture toughness of the material and provides the potential for super plastic deformation at moderate temperatures and at high strain rates. The microstructure evolution in Al 5083, subjected to Room Temperature ECAP and Cryo ECAP were analysed. ECAP was carried out using an optimized die with Channel angle ‘ϕ’ = 90°and corner angle ‘Ψ’ = 20° through processing route A and C up to four passes. The results were thoroughly studied using TEM, SEM, and optical microscopic images. Initially the annealed sample had the grain size of 80 µm with the equi-axed grains. In Room Temperature, the hardness values and the mechanical strength were found to be increased from 88 to 410 HV and 306 to 453 MPa after four passes in route A and in route C the strength increased from 390 to 416 MPa after four ECAP passes. Moreover, in Cryo Condition, the sample was processed up to four ECAP passes at route A and route C. The hardness of 153 HV was obtained after four passes in route C and 164 HV obtained after four passes on route A. Additionally, fracture behaviour using SEM, grain size using TEM and crystallite size by X-ray diffraction studies were analyzed. It was observed that the Cryo ECAP showed marginal improvements in mechanical properties relative to the RT ECAP in case of Al 5083.
ECAP Cryo ECAP Al 5083 Mechanical properties TEM SEM
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