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Effect of zinc coating on mechanical behavior of Al 7075

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Applied Mechanics and Materials

Source : Applied Mechanics and Materials Vols. 592-594 (2014) pp 255-259. DOI: 10.4028/

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ISBN : 9783038351634

Keywords : Al 7075, Alloys, Aluminum, Aluminum alloy 7075, Aluminum coatings, Aluminum copper alloys, Coating thickness, Coatings, Fracture mechanics, Fracture toughness, Fracture toughness tests, Hardness, Heat-treatable alloys, Industrial research, Loading condition, Mechanical behavior, Mechanical properties, Structural applications, Tensile strength, Thickness measurement, zinc, Zinc coatings

Campus : Bengaluru

School : School of Engineering

Department : Mechanical

Year : 2014

Abstract : The addition of zinc to aluminum with magnesium or copper produces heat treatable alloys of highest strength which can be used for structural applications. This work is an attempt to investigate any improvement in hardness and fracture toughness by coating aluminum 7075 alloy with zinc. The zinc coated aluminum 7075 alloy was fabricated using Time Dependent Electro- Plating Technique. The varying thickness of zinc coating was obtained based on the time estimates, which includes 10, 15 and 20 μ. Specimens were prepared according to ASTM standards, which were then tested for mechanical properties such as surface hardness, tensile strength and fracture toughness at different loading conditions. A significant improvement in hardness was seen with the coating, but remained constant for further increase in coating thickness. The yield stress of zinc coated aluminum alloy increased (587.11 N/mm2)when compared to uncoated aluminum alloy 7075 - T6 (537.12 N/mm2), with an increase in brittleness. The fracture toughness test on CT specimen under plain strain condition for coated specimen showed an increase in KIC value by 7.25 % compared to that of uncoated aluminum 7075-T6 alloy. Optical microscopy analysis shows that there is a good bonding of zinc coating on aluminum. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

Cite this Research Publication : DileepB.P, Ravi Kumar V, MrudulaPrashanth, Phanibhushana M.V, "Effect of Zinc coating on Mechanical Behavior of Al 7075," Applied Mechanics and Materials Vols. 592-594 (2014) pp 255-259. DOI: 10.4028/

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