Effect of deep sub-zero treatment on mechanical properties of AA5XXX aluminum plates adjoined by MIG welding technique

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1 Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Gazi University, 06500 Teknikokullar, Ankara, Turkey

2 Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gazi University, 06500 Teknikokullar, Ankara, Turkey

3 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Duzce University, Duzce, Turkey

Abstract

In this study, mechanical and microstructural characteristics of AA5XXX aluminum plates connected by MIG welding were investigated. Thus, after several preliminary experiments done to ensure quality requirements of the parameters, specimens in the form of long aluminum plates were welded, and then some of them were spared for the subsequent sub-zero treatment at about 146C for 12 and 24 h, respectively. To investigate the e ect of this super cooling on the welded parts, several tensile, bending, and hardness tests in conjunction with micro-structure examinations were carried out and results were discussed in detail. It was concluded that during sub-zero treatment, microstructure gets fi ner and stabilized, positively a ecting the overall strength of the material. There is no signi cant di erence in the overall strength of the material right after the subzero
treatment and that of the specimens rested for one year at room temperature after cryogenics treatments.

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