2003 Volume 44 Issue 7 Pages 1284-1289
Corrosion and Mechanical properties of a recycled 5083 aluminum alloy by solid state recycling have been compared with those of a virgin extrusion which was processed from the ingot block. In the solid state recycling, the machined chips were extruded at 723 K with an extrusion ratio of 44:1 in air. As a result of the salt immersion tests, the mass loss of the solid recycled specimen was not less than twice of that of the virgin extruded specimen. The deterioration in corrosion properties for the solid recycled specimen was attributed to the excessive contamination of iron which promoted galvanic corrosion. As a result of tensile tests, the solid recycled specimen exhibited a good combination of high strength and high elongation to failure at room temperature. The excellent mechanical properties for the solid recycled specimen were attributed to the refined microstructure. However, the elongation to failure of the solid recycled specimen at elevated temperatures more than 573 K was lower than that of the virgin extruded specimen. The contamination of oxide particles is likely to be responsible for the lower elongation in the solid recycled specimen.