Hot cracking of welds on heat treatable aluminium alloys

C. M. Cheng, C. P. Chou, I. K. Lee, H. Y. Lin

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The Spot Varestraint test was used to evaluate the hot cracking susceptibility of several aluminium alloys namely 6061-T6, 6061-T6 (H), 7075-T6, 7075-T6 (H). The effects of augment strain, the number of thermal cycles and cold working (rolling) on the cracking susceptibility were investigated, and the total crack length was used to evaluate the hot cracking susceptibility. The results indicate that the number of thermal cycles is irrelevant to the hot cracking susceptibility in the weld fusion zone, but does affect this susceptibility in the heat affected zone (HAZ). More thermal cycles correspond to larger hot cracks in the HAZ, especially in the weld metal HAZ. The hot cracking susceptibility of materials increased with augment strain in both the fusion zone and the HAZ. Cold working of the materials can reduce their hot cracking susceptibility. The hot cracking susceptibility of 7075-T6 aluminium alloys is higher than that of 6061-T6. There was significant Cu segregation in the HAZ of 7075-T6 aluminium alloy, resulting in a higher susceptibility to hot cracking in this zone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-352
Number of pages9
JournalScience and Technology of Welding and Joining
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jun 1



  • Hot cracking
  • Thermal cycle
  • Varestraint test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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