DOI: 10.1002/adem.202300339 ISSN: 1438-1656

3D Investigation of Damage During Strain‐Controlled Thermomechanical Fatigue of Cast Al–Si Alloys

Katrin Bugelnig, Holger Germann, Thomas Steffens, Robert Koos, Elodie Boller, Fabian Wilde, Guillermo Requena
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Materials Science

The strain‐controlled thermomechanical fatigue behavior is investigated for three cast near‐eutectic Al–Si alloys with different Ni, Cu, and Mg contents. Synchrotron tomography and neutron diffraction experiments are used to correlate 3D microstructural features with damage initiation and evolution. The results show that the alloy with lower Cu, Ni, and Mg concentrations has up to 45% higher thermomechanical fatigue resistance for cooling/heating rates of 5 and 15 K s−1. In addition, this alloy also exhibits damage formation at later stages during thermomechanical fatigue and slower damage accumulation compared to other alloys. This difference in behavior is a consequence of its higher ductility, which is a result of the lower volume fraction and global interconnectivity of the 3D hybrid networks formed by Si and intermetallics and the absence of large primary Si clusters which act as preferred crack initiation sites during the early stages of thermomechanical fatigue.

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