This paper deals with the evaluation of changes in hardness of magnesium alloys during precipitation hardening that are nowadays widely used in different fields of industry. It focuses exactly on AZ31, AZ61 and AZ91 alloys. Observing material hardness changes serves as an effective tool for determining precipitation hardening parameters, such as temperature and time. Brinell hardness measurement was chosen based on experimental needs. There was also necessary to make chemical composition analysis and to observe the microstructures of tested materials. The obtained results are presented and discussed in this paper.
The research is focused on the study of the temperature dependence of the internal damping of selected magnesium alloys with different contents of aluminium - AZ31 and AZ61. These alloys are currently widely used in various types of industry, mainly in the automotive industry. It belongs to a group of materials called HIDAMETS because they have excellent damping properties. The internal damping of the samples was measured on a unique ultrasonic device constructed at Žilina University in Žilina. Specimens were measured at baseline in the temperature range from 25 °C to 400 °C. Changes in internal damping caused by varying aluminium contents in investigated alloys were noted. As the aluminium content increases, maximum internal damping is achieved due to the formation, growth and subsequent dissolution of the continuous precipitate in the microstructure.
Milan Uhríčik, Peter Kopas, Peter Palček, Tatiana Oršulová and Patrícia Hanusová
This article deals with determining of fatigue lifetime of aluminum alloy 6063-T66 during by multiaxial cyclic loading. The experiments deal with the testing of specimens for identification of the strain-life behavior of material, the modeling of combined loading and determining the number of cycles to fracture in the region of low-cycle fatigue. Fatigue tests under constant amplitude loading were performed in a standard electromechanical machine with a suitable gripping system. Based on the experimental results the fatigue design curves are compared to the fatigue data from the base material and the welded material and also multiaxial fatigue models, which are able to predict fatigue life at different loads.