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Abstract

Hall–Petch (HP) relation and the superposition of different strengthening mechanisms in different aluminum alloys with grain sizes in the range of 50 nm–70 µm were analyzed. HP parameters as high as σ0 ≈ 200 MPa and kHP ≈ 0.14 MPa m1/2 were observed when the HP relation was fitted directly using the experimentally measured yield strength values. In contrast, considering only the grain size strengthening (by subtracting other strengthening contributions), HP constants of σ0 ≈ 10 MPa and kHP ≈ 0.06 MPa m1/2 were obtained over wide range of grain sizes for the case of a linear superposition of the various strengthening mechanisms present. This is in excellent accord with the values obtained for pure Al justifying the chosen superposition exponent of n equal unity for the different alloys investigated.