Effect of Heat Treatment on Notch Sensitivity Factor for Aluminum Alloys
AbstractThis study is concerned with the effect of heat treatment (precipitation
hardening) on notch sensitivity factor for aluminum alloy (7075). Tests were
conducted on four configurations of specimens, three of them which had external
circumferential notches with notch radii of 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm, and 1 mm. The
fourth configuration is un-notched specimens. The alloy samples which were used
in fatigue test were subjected to cold working before heat treatment. Dimensions
and roughness of the specimens were measured. The fatigue tests were performed
for different types of specimens. The (S-N) equation was derived for each group to
estimate the fatigue life under any applied stress amplitude. In addition, the
strength reduction factor (kf )and notch sensitivity factor (q) were calculated.
The results showed that the fatigue strength reduction factor were
increased after heat treatment and with decreasing notch radius. Also the notch
sensitivity factor increased with increasing notch radius and after heat treatment.
The enhancement percentage in notch sensitivity factor after the heat treatment for
1 mm radius notch was (22.616%).
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