Micromechanical model for fracture toughness prediction in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy forgings
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An attempt has been made to model the plane-strain fracture toughness, KIc, in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy forgings subjected to overageing. The proposed model, based on the multiple micromechanisms, reveals the quantitative relations between fracture toughness, fraction of all fracture modes and microstructural parameters associated with multiscale-sized second-phase particles and precipitate-free zones. The new model is validated by the present quantitative data of microstructural and fractographic analysis performed along with mechanical tests on hot-forged plates in T73 condition. The relevant parameters changed by the compositional variations were determined in two orientations. It was found that the predicted KIc values represent the tendency of fracture toughness change well. The new model provides better agreement for the case of dominant transgranular fracture mode.
Keywords:Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys forgings / fracture toughness / microstructure / fracture modes / micromechanical model
Source:Philosophical Magazine, 2008, 88, 27, 3153-3179
- Taylor & Francis Ltd, Abingdon
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