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Positron annihilation spectroscopy as a tool to develop self healing in aluminium alloys

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/12/2007
<mark>Journal</mark>Physica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Issue number10
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)3469-3472
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English
Event14th International Conference on Positron Annihilation, ICPA 14 - Hamilton, ON, Canada
Duration: 23/07/200628/07/2006


Conference14th International Conference on Positron Annihilation, ICPA 14
CityHamilton, ON


Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening spectroscopy have been applied to probe the free volume generation (vacancies, dislocations and nano-cracks) during plastic deformation of a commercial aluminium AA2024 (T3) alloy. Aim of the total program is to study how solute atoms can be driven to the areas where initial cracking may occur in order to prevent the failure of the specimen. The phenomenon of closing the nano-crack is called Self Healing, and can provide extra strength and ductility to the alloy under some loading conditions. Plastic deformation of over-aged aluminum alloy at room temperature increases the average positron lifetime from initial value of 190 ps to 203 ps. The low momentum parameter S increases in agreement with the increase of open volume defects. The elastic deformation of the sample does not have a recordable effect on the positron annihilation data. It is also shown that the induced damage does not recover after loading the sample, i.e. the AA2024 in the T3 state is non self healing material, as expected, providing important first state result in the research of self healing Al alloys.