In-situ investigation of dynamic precipitation in pre-aged Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy AA7075

Z. Ma, M. Bignon, F. Gao, S. Michalik, J. D. Robson

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High strength Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys rely for their properties on nano-scaled precipitates formed during artificial ageing. Deformation profoundly affects the evolution of these precipitates. This study investigates the effect of warm deformation on precipitation in a pre-aged AA7075 aluminium alloy. Warm deformation was performed using an electro-thermomechanical testing machine for rapid resistance heating. Transmission electron microscopy showed slightly larger, yet evenly distributed, precipitates in the warm deformed sample compared to the thermally treated condition without deformation. Synchrotron small angle X-ray scattering revealed accelerated growth rates of precipitates due to deformation. At low plastic strains, the growth rate increased linearly with applied strain, while at high plastic strains, a slight deviation from linear behaviour was observed. Temperature and strain rate effects were also examined, with a stronger enhancement effect at low temperature and fast strain rate for a given strain. The deformation enhancement effect disappeared rapidly upon finishing plastic deformation (within 400s for the studied condition). The enhanced growth rate during and after deformation can be reasonably explained by the excess vacancy concentration, indicating the influence of strain-induced excess vacancies. However, the simple excess vacancy model used fails to explain the observed strain rate effect, and possible explanations for this discrepancy are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number172098
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Early online date12 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2023


  • Aluminium alloys
  • precipitation
  • deformation
  • Precipitation
  • Deformation


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