2009 Volume 50 Issue 12 Pages 2785-2789
The precipitation characterization of Al-4 mass% Cu-0.3 mass% Mg alloy with additions of 0.5 and 2 mass% Ag during aging treatments was carried out by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and microhardness measurements. TEM observation of aged samples showed that the Ω phase is the dominant phase and it is in coexistence with the θ′ phase. Additionally, the Ω phase has the morphology of polygonal prism (almost hexagonal) with flat interfaces and a thin thickness. The variation of the cube of mean radius of precipitates, r3, followed a linear relationship, as predicted by the Lifshitz, Slyosov and Wagner (LSW) theory for diffusion-controlled coarsening in both alloys. The coarsening process of the Ω phase was slower in the aged Al-4 mass% Cu-0.3 mass% Mg-2 mass% Ag alloy. The decrease in hardness seems to be related to the coarsening of the Ω phase and the loss of coherency.