Materials Science and Engineering A, Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing vol:222 issue:2 pages:189-196
The hot formability of an experimental Al-4wt.%Mg-0.5wt.%Cu alloy has been studied by means of hot torsion testing. The corresponding microstructures have been evaluated using optical and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It has been found that the addition of 0.5 wt.% Cu to a commercial AA5182 alloy reduces the alloy's hot formability. It decreases the inherent ductility, shifts the ductility loss point towards a lower temperature and has a negative influence on the strain rate sensitivity of the ductility. Based on microstructural investigations, it was concluded that the decrease in ductility is related to a decrease in the size of the Mn-bearing dispersoids, which retards recrystallization. A modified preheating has been tested. It successfully increases the dispersoid size and improves the hot ductility of the Cu-bearing alloy.