Microstructure of friction stir welded joints of 2017A aluminium alloy sheets


Krzysztof Mroczka, Institute of Technology, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Podchorąych 2 St, 30-084 Cracow, Poland. Tel/fax: +48 12 638 2521; e-mail: kmrocz@gmail.com.pl


The present study examines a friction stir welded 2017A aluminium alloy. Transmission electron microscope investigations of the weld nugget revealed the average grain size of 5 μm, moderate density of dislocations as well as the presence of nanometric precipitates located mostly in grains interiors. Scanning electron microscope observations of fractures showed the presence of ductile fracture in the region of the weld nugget with brittle precipitates in the lower part. The microhardness analysis performed on the cross-section of the joints showed fairly small changes; however, after the artificial ageing process an increase in hardness was observed. The change of the joint hardness subject to the ageing process indicates partial supersaturation in the material during friction stir welding and higher precipitation hardening of the joint.