Effect of Deformation on the Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Aluminum-Magnesium Alloy
This paper presents the effect of deformation on the tensile strength, toughness, hardness and electrical resistance of aluminum 6063 alloy. Cast samples were cold rolled in the range of 0-24 percent thickness reduction and subjected to mechanical (static, dynamic) and electrical resistance tests. Results show significant improvement in hardness and electrical resistance properties of the alloy. The nature, amount and distribution of the secondary phase, Mg2Si, particles precipitated within the matrix which was influenced by the extent of cold-work, are responsible for the observed behaviour. The resistance of the alloy also depends on the degree of cold work carried out prior to use.