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Investigating the failure behavior of cast Al-11Ce-0.4Mg alloys using in-situ scanning electron microscopy tensile testing

by Ryan Lane, Michael S Kesler, Kashif Nawaz, Reza Mirzaeifar
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Journal of Alloys and Compounds
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169491 to 169491

Within the last decade, research on Al-Ce-Mg alloys has reported promising results for use in cast part applications. In this paper, the failure behavior of cast Al-11Ce-0.4Mg (wt%) was investigated experimentally with focus on the effect the matrix and intermetallic phases have on the fracture propagation behavior at failure. For the first time, in-situ SEM tensile testing was used to study the failure behavior of cast Al-Ce alloys, reporting results for uniaxial, DIC, and single edge notch tensile tests. The results of the in-situ SEM tensile testing were compared with the materials characterization experiments, which included serial sectioning, EBSD, EDS, and fractography. Analysis of EBSD and EDS mapping of cast Al-11Ce-0.4Mg showed that the cast microstructure was a hypereutectic two phase Al-Ce alloy with grains encompassing large complex colonies of laminar eutectic Al11Ce3 intermetallic. The uniaxial tensile results reported the effect casting defects have on the strength and ductility of the alloy, and DIC in-situ testing showed that the eutectic colonies plastically deform less than the matrix phase. In-situ SEM single edge notch tensile testing displayed how the strength of an individual phase affected the crack propagation direction in the alloy. The results of both the materials characterization and in-situ tensile testing experiments on the failure of this alloy revealed further directions for future alloy development that can improve both the strength and fracture toughness of Al-Ce-Mg alloys.