Aging Time Effects on the Mechanical Properties of Al 6061-T6 Alloy

S. M. Rajaa, H. A. Abdulhadi, K. S. Jabur, G. R. Mohammed


This work investigates the influence of artificial aging and solution heat treatment on the hardness and tensile strength (mechanical properties) of Al 6061-T6 alloy. For this investigation, several aluminum 6061-T6 alloy specimens were prepared following the ASTM 176000 recommendations. The prepared specimens were heated for 1 hour at 500ºC before being water-quenched. The procedure for artificial aging was performed for 1, 2, 3, and 4 hours at 190ºC before being slowly cooled in air. Several mechanical and characterization studies were performed on the treated specimens, including an investigation on their microstructure, tensile strength, hardness, and X-ray diffraction pattern. From the results, the strength and hardness properties of the specimens were found to be generally improved, even as the best features were obtained after 2 hours of artificial aging.


heat treatment; Al alloy 6061 T6; mechanical properties

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