The Production of Material with Ultrafine Grain Structure in Al-Zn Alloy in the Process of Rapid Solidification

Journal title

Archives of Foundry Engineering




No 2

Publication authors


Innovative foundry technologies and materials ; aluminium alloys ; solidification process ; High Aluminium Zinc alloys ; Rapidsolidification

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Techniczne


Archives of Foundry Engineering continues the publishing activity started by Foundry Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in Katowice in 1978. The initiator of it was the first Chairman Professor Dr Eng. Wacław Sakwa – Corresponding Member of PAN, Honorary Doctor of Czestochowa University of Technology and Silesian University of Technology. This periodical first name was „Solidification of Metals and Alloys” , and made possible to publish the results of works achieved in the field of the Basic Problems Research Cooperation. The subject of publications was related to the title of the periodical and concerned widely understand problems of metals and alloys crystallization in a casting mold. In 1978-2000 the 44 issues have been published. Since 2001 the Foundry Commission has had patronage of the annually published “Archives of Foundry” and since 2007 quarterly published “Archives of Foundry Engineering”. Thematic scope includes scientific issues of foundry industry:

  • Theoretical Aspects of Casting Processes,
  • Innovative Foundry Technologies and Materials,
  • Foundry Processes Computer Aiding,
  • Mechanization, Automation and Robotics in Foundry,
  • Transport Systems in Foundry,
  • Castings Quality Management,
  • Environmental Protection.


In the aluminium alloy family, Al-Zn materials with non-standard chemical composition containing Mg and Cu are a new group

of alloys, mainly owing to their high strength properties. Proper choice of alloying elements, and of the method of molten metal treatment

and casting enable further shaping of the properties. One of the modern methods to produce materials with submicron structure is a method

of Rapid Solidification. The ribbon cast in a melt spinning device is an intermediate product for further plastic working. Using the

technique of Rapid Solidification it is not possible to directly produce a solid structural material of the required shape and length.

Therefore, the ribbon of an ultrafine grain or nanometric structure must be subjected to the operations of fragmentation, compaction,

consolidation and hot extrusion.

In this article the authors focussed their attention on the technological aspect of the above mentioned process and described successive

stages of the fabrication of an AlZn9Mg2.5Cu1.8 alloy of ultrafine grain structure designated for further plastic working, which enables

making extruded rods or elements shaped by the die forging technology. Studies described in the article were performed under variable

parameters determined experimentally in the course of the alloy manufacturing process, including casting by RS and subsequent



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