Grain distinct stratified nanolayers in aluminium alloys

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  • Authors:
  • Uyime Donatus
  • George Thompson
  • Xiaorong Zhou
  • Juliawati Alias
  • I-Ling Tsai


The grains of aluminium alloys have stratified nanolayers which determine their mechanical and chemical responses. In this study, the nanolayers were revealed in the grains of AA6082 (T6 and T7 conditions), AA5083-O and AA2024-T3 alloys by etching the alloys in a solution comprising 20 g Cr2O3 + 30 ml HPO3 in 1 L H2O. Microstructural examination was conducted on selected grains of interest using scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction technique. It was observed that the nanolayers are orientation dependent and are parallel to the {100} planes. They have ordered and repeated tunnel squares that are flawed at the sides which are aligned in the <100> directions. These flawed tunnel squares dictate the tunnelling corrosion morphology as well as appearing to have an affect on the arrangement and sizes of the precipitation hardening particles. The inclination of the stratified nanolayers, their interpacing, and the groove sizes have significant influence on the corrosion behaviour and seeming influence on the strengthening mechanism of the investigated aluminium alloys.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Early online date13 Dec 2016
StatePublished - 2017