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The Possible transition mechanism for the meta-stable phase in the 7xxx aluminium

Bendo, A.*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Nishimura, Katsuhiko*; Nunomura, Norio*; Tsuchiya, Taiki*; Lee, S.*; Marioara, C. D.*; Tsuru, Tomohito; Yamaguchi, Masatake; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; et al.

Materials Science and Technology, 36(15), p.1621 - 1627, 2020/09

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:44.47(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Metastable phases in aluminum alloys are the primary nano-scale precipitates which have the biggest contribution to the increase in the tangible mechanical properties. The continuous increase in hardness in the 7xxx aluminum alloys is associated with the phase transformation from clusters or GP-zones to the metastable $$eta'$$ phase. The transformation which is structural and compositional should occur following the path of the lowest activation energy. This work is an attempt to gain insight into how the structural transformation may occur based on the shortest route of diffusion for the eventual structure to result in that of $$eta'$$ phase. However, for the compositional transformation to occur, the proposed mechanism may not stand, since it is a prerequisite for the atoms to be at very precise positions in the aluminum lattice, at the very beginning of structural transformation, which may completely differ from that of the GP-zones atomic arrangements.

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Hydrogen-accelerated spontaneous microcracking in high-strength aluminium alloys

Tsuru, Tomohito; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; Yamaguchi, Masatake; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Ebihara, Kenichi; Bendo, A.*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Toda, Hiroyuki*

Scientific Reports (Internet), 10, p.1998_1 - 1998_8, 2020/04

 Times Cited Count:21 Percentile:82.08(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Age-hardening has been one and only process to achieve high strength aluminum alloys since unlike iron and titanium, pure aluminum does not have other solid phases during heat treatment. Highly-concentrated precipitations play therefore dominant role in mechanical properties and hydrogen embrittlement of aluminium alloys. It has been considered that the coherent interface between matrix and precipitation does not contribute to the crack initiation and embrittlement due to its coherency. Here, we discovered the origin of unprecedented quasi-cleavage fracture mode. Hydrogen partitioning at various defect sites is investigated comprehensively combined with experiment, theory and first-principles calculations. We demonstrate that despite low excess free volume, the aluminum-precipitation interface is more preferable trap site than void and grain boundary. The cohesivity of the interface deteriorates significantly with increasing occupancy while hydrogen atoms are trapped stably up to extremely high occupancy equivalent to spontaneous cleavage.

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An Unreported precipitate orientation relationship in Al-Zn-Mg based alloys

Bendo, A.*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Lervik, A.*; Tsuru, Tomohito; Nishimura, Katsuhiko*; Nunomura, Norio*; Holmestad, R.*; Marioara, C. D.*; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; Toda, Hiroyuki*; et al.

Materials Characterization, 158, p.109958_1 - 109958_7, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:15 Percentile:79.63(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Characterization of precipitates in Al-Zn-Mg alloys, using a combination of electron diffraction, bright field transmission electron microscopy and atomic scale scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging revealed the presence of an unreported $$eta$$$$_{13}$$ orientation relationship between the $$eta$$-MgZn$$_2$$ phase and the Al lattice with the following orientation relationship (0001)$$eta$$ $$||$$ (120)$$_{rm Al}$$ and ($$2bar{1}bar{1}0$$)$$eta$$ $$||$$ (001)$$_{rm Al}$$, plate on (120)$$_{rm Al}$$. The precipitate interfaces were observed and analyzed along two projections 90$$^{circ}$$ to one-another. The precipitate coarsening was through the common thickening ledge mechanism. The ledges were significantly stepped along one lateral direction. An interface relaxation model using density functional theory was carried out to explain the precipitate behavior.

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Effect of copper addition on precipitation behavior near grain boundary in Al-Zn-Mg alloy

Matsuda, Kenji*; Yasumoto, Toru*; Bendo, A.*; Tsuchiya, Taiki*; Lee, S.*; Nishimura, Katsuhiko*; Nunomura, Norio*; Marioara, C. D.*; Lervik, A.*; Holmestad, R.*; et al.

Materials Transactions, 60(8), p.1688 - 1696, 2019/08

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:61.87(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

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Characterisation of structural similarities of precipitates in Mg-Zn and Al-Zn-Mg alloys systems

Bendo, A.*; Maeda, Tomoyoshi*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Lervik, A.*; Holmestad, R.*; Marioara, C. D.*; Nishimura, Katsuhiko*; Nunomura, Norio*; Toda, Hiroyuki*; Yamaguchi, Masatake; et al.

Philosophical Magazine, 99(21), p.2619 - 2635, 2019/07

 Times Cited Count:26 Percentile:83.85(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

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Abnormally enhanced diamagnetism in Al-Zn-Mg alloys

Nishimura, Katsuhiko*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Lee, S.*; Nunomura, Norio*; Shimano, Tomoki*; Bendo, A.*; Watanabe, Katsumi*; Tsuchiya, Taiki*; Namiki, Takahiro*; Toda, Hiroyuki*; et al.

Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 774, p.405 - 409, 2019/02

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:18.73(Chemistry, Physical)

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Microstructure evolution in a hydrogen charged and aged Al-Zn-Mg alloy

Bendo, A.*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Lee, S.*; Nishimura, Katsuhiko*; Toda, Hiroyuki*; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; Tsuru, Tomohito; Yamaguchi, Masatake

Materialia, 3, p.50 - 56, 2018/11

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Hydrogen-accelerated spontaneous microcracking in high-strength aluminium alloys; Experimental and computational approaches

Tsuru, Tomohito; Yamaguchi, Masatake; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Ebihara, Kenichi; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; Bendo, A.*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Toda, Hiroyuki*

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Highly concentrated precipitates generated by age hardening generally play a dominant role in shaping the mechanical properties of aluminium alloys. In such precipitates, it is commonly believed that the coherent interface between the matrix and precipitate does not contribute to crack initiation and embrittlement. We report an unexpected spontaneous fracture process associated with hydrogen embrittlement. The origin of this quasi-cleavage fracture involves hydrogen partitioning, which we comprehensively investigate through experiment, theory and first-principles calculations. Despite completely coherent interface, we show that the aluminium-precipitate interface is more preferable trap site than void, dislocation and grain boundary. The cohesivity of the interface deteriorates significantly with increasing occupancy, while hydrogen atoms are stably trapped up to an extremely high occupancy over the possible trap site.

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Hydrogen-accelerated cleavage in high strength aluminium alloys

Tsuru, Tomohito; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; Yamaguchi, Masatake; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Ebihara, Kenichi; Bendo, A.*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Toda, Hiroyuki*

no journal, , 

Age-hardening has been one and only process to achieve high strength aluminum alloys since unlike iron and titanium, pure aluminum does not have other solid phases during heat treatment. Highly-concentrated precipitations play therefore dominant role in mechanical properties and hydrogen embrittlement of aluminum alloys. It has been considered that the coherent interface between matrix and precipitation does not contribute to the crack initiation and embrittlement due to its coherency. Here, we discovered the origin of unprecedented quasi-cleavage fracture mode. Hydrogen partitioning at various defect sites is investigated comprehensively combined with experiment, theory and first-principles calculations. We demonstrate that despite low excess free volume, the aluminum-precipitation interface is more preferable trap site than void and grain boundary. The cohesivity of the interface deteriorates significantly with increasing occupancy while hydrogen atoms are trapped stably up to extremely high occupancy equivalent to spontaneous cleavage.

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Hydrogen trapping and quasi-cleavage fracture in Al-Zn-Mg alloy

Tsuru, Tomohito; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; Yamaguchi, Masatake; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Ebihara, Kenichi; Bendo, A.*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Toda, Hiroyuki*

no journal, , 

7xxx series alloys are the high strength Al alloys which contain Zn and Mg as the major alloying elements for precipitate hardening. In these alloys, a small portion of dissolved hydrogen has been found to cause an anomalous brittle fracture called "quasi-cleavage" fracture. In the present study, we focus on the hydrogen embrittlement of high-strength Al-Zn-Mg alloys and estimate the equilibrium partitioning of hydrogen. We explored an unprecedented HE mechanism related to the quasi-cleavage fracture in Al alloys through experimental observation and theoretical model combined with electronic structure calculations. First-principles calculations were carried out to evaluate the binding energy between hydrogen and various defect structures such as vacancy, edge/screw dislocations, grain boundary, and $$eth$$-MgZn$$_{2}$$ precipitate. The results show that the binding energy at the Al-MgZn$$_{2}$$ interface is higher than that of the grain boundary and vacancy, even if the interface remains completely coherent and the free volume around the interface is small. The Al-MgZn$$_{2}$$ interface is therefore one of the most favourable trap sites among possible defect structures in Al alloys. Subsequently we evaluated the relationship between cohesive energy and occupancy at the interface. According to the comprehensive investigation of hydrogen partitioning, we advocate a new process of hydrogen-induced quasi-cleavage fracture in Al-Zn-Mg alloys.

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