Porosity in Al-Si-Mg cast alloys utilised in automotive parts affects directly products quality, i.e. mechanical properties. In this study, the effect of micropores on mechanical properties has been investigated by X-ray tomography from the viewpoint of clustering micropores. The local volume fraction (LVF) of porosity was introduced to analyse the effect of clustering micropores. The statistical Weibull method was also used in order to explain strength of the alloy tested. The fracture strain decreased drastically from 17 to 3% on an inverse parabolic relationship with increasing porosity. In the case of the specimens that contain the largest pore higher than 100 μm, the ultimate tensile strength decreases monotonically. It is found that the fracture surface passes through high LVF regions. The fracture strain obviously depends on the ratio of LVF higher than 10%. It is confirmed that the LVF, which represents unevenly distribution of micropores cluster, is one of important dominant factor for managing the mechanical properties in the Al-Si-Mg cast alloy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Materials Science
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering