Modelling of Light Mg and Al Based Alloys as “in situ” Composites
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The present paper is aimed to further elucidate the microstructure properties relationship of light alloys containing additional hard particles. The materials studded are magnesium alloys from the system AZ (Mg–Al–Mn–Zn) and mechanically alloyed aluminum reinforced with carbide and oxide particles. Strengthening and hardening phenomena in Metal Matrix Multiphase heterogeneous Materials (MMMM) are considered in this study from the view point of mechanics of nano- and micro-composites. A semi-analytical approach is adopted taking into account the manufacturing processing and microstructure features. Multilevel homogenization procedure is performed, accounting for size effects. In the model applied the metal matrix is considered as an elastic–plastic micropolar media and the hard phases (precipitations Mg17Al12, TiC, Al4C3, Al2O3) are treated as conventional elastic Cauchy materials. Experimentally observed dependence of the characteristic matrix length on the volume fraction of the hardening ...