Table of Contents
ISRN Metallurgy
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 639319, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/639319
Research Article

Effect of Artificial Aging on Plane Anisotropy of 6063 Aluminium Alloy

Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria

Received 15 December 2011; Accepted 11 January 2012

Academic Editor: P. Lukac

Copyright © 2012 S. O. Adeosun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Most aluminum profiles’ production by deep-drawing and extrusion processes require certain degree of structural homogeneity because of the segregated second-phase particles in the as-cast structure. Rolled texture and directionality in properties often give rise to excessive earring, breakout, and tears. This study investigates the effect of heat treatment (artificial aging) on the anisotropic behavior of AA6063 alloy between rolling direction (0°) through 90° directions. The results show significant reduction in property variability in the aged samples along the rolling direction 0°, and 90° directions compared with the as-cast samples. This gave rise to improved % elongation, impact toughness, and substantial reduction (33.3%) in hardness. These results are capable of achieving huge savings in die conditioning and replacement with improved quality and sale of deep-drawn AA6063 alloy profiles for sustained profitability.