Chapter 3: Strengthening and Heat Treatment of Aluminum
This chapter provides an overview of the alloy and temper designations adopted for aluminum cast and wrought products. It explains the naming system and how to identify the main alloying elements and basic strengthening mechanism from any given alloy and temper designation. The chapter provides additional detail on the strengthening and softening mechanisms that allow aluminum alloys to attain a range of engineering properties. The strength of aluminum alloys can be controlled by three methods: solid-solution hardening by alloying, work hardening by plastic deformation, and precipitation hardening with appropriate alloying and heat treatment.
Strengthening and Heat Treatment of Aluminum, Aluminum: Technology, Industry, and Applications, By Robert E. Sanders, Graeme J. Marshall, ASM International, 2023, p 35–62, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.atia.t59340035
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