Title

Characterization of microstructural refinement and hardness profile resulting from friction stir processing of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy extrusions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-19-2018

Abstract

In this study, the change in microstructure and microhardness adjacent to the tool during the friction stir processing (FSP) of 6061-T6 extrusions was investigated. Results showed that the as-received extrusions contained Fe-rich constituent particles with two distinct size distributions: coarse particles in bands and finer particles in the matrix. After FSP, Fe-containing particles exhibited single-size distribution and the coarse particles appeared to be completely eliminated through refinement. Microhardness tests showed the presence of four distinct zones and that hardness increased progressively from the dynamically recrystallized closest to the tool, outward through two distinct zones to the base material. The similarities and differences between the results of this study and others in the literature are discussed in detail.

Publication Title

Metals

Volume

8

Issue

7

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.3390/met8070552

E-ISSN

20754701

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