Memoirs of the Faculty of Engineering, Okayama University
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Grouth of G.P. zones in Al-Zn alloy

Ohta Mutsuo
Nagai Makoto
Metastable values of electrical resistivity, P(E)' obtained during isothermal ageing differs in each experimental run even when the conditions of quenching and ageing were carefully kept constant. This phenomenon is considered to result from the competitive growth of G.P.zones. The range of the values of P(E) under the same conditions of heat treatments were examined, and the results obtained are as follows: (1) Metastable values of resistivity, P(E), during ageing at 70℃ after quenching from 300℃ were in rather narrow range. On the other hand, the width of the range obtained during ageing at 50℃ was wide. (2) When the specimens were aged at first at 70℃ until the maximum values of resistivity, P(M), being reached and then aged at 50℃ for long time, the metastable values of resistivity, PE*, were obtained. And the width of discrepancy of values of P(E)* was nearly equal to that of P(E) which was obtained in the case of isothermal ageing at 70℃ after quenching from 300℃. (3) It may be concluded that the width of discrepancy of values of P(E)* becomes smaller since the width of discrepancy of the number of G.P.zones for all experiments which can grow through competitive growth is made small by 70℃ ageing than that immediately after quenching from 300℃.