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Effect of Soaking Time and Quenching Media on the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Aluminium Bronze (Cu-10%wt.Al)


C. A. Obi, E. E. Nnuka, K. C. Nnakwo
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The main objective of this research was to investigate the effect of soaking time and quenching media on the structure and mechanical properties of aluminium bronze (Cu-10%wt.Al). Sand casting method was adopted in casting the samples. Standard specimens were prepared from the as-cast and heat treated samples for tensile, hardness and impact strength tests as well as microstructural analysis according to standard. The samples were solutionized at temperature of 900oC for 30, 60 and 180mins and quenched in water, brine and SAE 40 respectively. The tensile, hardness and impact strength test were conducted using JPL tensile strength tester (Model: 130812), dynamic hardness tester and impact testing machine (U1820) respectively. The alloy microstructures were studied using an optical metallurgical microscope (Model: L2003A). Microstructural analysis result indicated coarse sparse distribution of ?+ ?2 precipitates in the as-cast specimen and presence of fine pearlite (? + ?2) in a matrix of ? dominance in the heat treated specimens. The presence of coarse intermetallic compounds (?`- phase) was revealed as the soaking time increased. The obtained results indicated that heat treatment significantly improved all the tested mechanical properties except the impact strength. Optimum ultimate tensile strength and hardness values of 710MPa and 513MPa respectively were recorded for the specimen solutionized at 900oC for 30 minutes and quenched in water and brine respectively. Among all the quenching media used, brine gave the best combination of mechanical properties.

C. A. Obi, E. E. Nnuka, K. C. Nnakwo

Soaking Time, Quenching Media, Solutionizing Temperature, Properties

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 3 | Issue 2 | March-April - 2017
Date of Publication Print ISSN Online ISSN
2017-04-30 2395-1990 2394-4099
Page(s) Manuscript Number   Publisher
311-317 IJSRSET173220   Technoscience Academy

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C. A. Obi, E. E. Nnuka, K. C. Nnakwo, "Effect of Soaking Time and Quenching Media on the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Aluminium Bronze (Cu-10%wt.Al) ", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science, Engineering and Technology(IJSRSET), Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.311-317, March-April-2017.
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