Critical concentration of Mg addition for plastic instabilities in Al-Mg alloys

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Plastic instabilities were investigated by the depth-sensing microhardness test in binary high-purity Al-Mg alloys with different Mg contents. During the tests the applied load was increased from 0 to 2000 mN at constant loading rate. The instabilities appeared as characteristic steps in the load-depth curves during indentation. It was shown that the occurrence and development of the plastic instabilities depend strongly on the solute content. Furthermore, the plastic instabilities occurred only when the solute concentration was larger than a critical value, C0. From room-temperature tests on Al-Mg alloys, C0 was found to be 0.86 wt% Mg. The critical concentration, which is necessary to get plastic instabilities, was also interpreted theoretically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1040
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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