[en] EBSD ; aluminium alloy 7075 ; heat treatment ; LiMaRC - Liège Materials Research Center
[en] Thixoforging is a type of semi-solid metal processing at high solid fraction (0.7<fs<1), which involves the processing of alloys in the semi-solid state. The use of semi-solid material with globular microstructure helps to decrease forming load. But the introduction of a liquid phase in the material is a source of defects that limit mechanical properties of thixoforged parts. One of these defects is the hot cracking for some hot crack-sensitive wrought aluminium alloys. Hot cracking occurs because of strain and deformation during last step of solidification. This paper shows how thixoforging process should help to lower hot cracking tendency without modification of the alloy composition by decreasing strain and deformation due to shrinkage. Different experimental tests by extrusion of 7075 aluminium alloys are used.