Precipitation Strengthening

 

Precipitation strengthening involves the formation of very small particles within an alloy by a metallurgical process called precipitation.  The particles are referred to as precipitates and are less than 0.001 mm in size. Precipitation is used to strengthen a variety of different alloys including some aluminum, copper, and stainless steel alloys.

This lesson teaches the microstructure changes that occur during precipitation strengthening heat treatment steps and the effects of heat treating temperatures and times on microstructure and alloy strength.

What you will learn about precipitation strengthening

  • Microstructure changes that occur during precipitation
  • Interactions between precipitates and dislocations
  • Alloys that are precipitation strengthened
  • Heat treating steps and their effects on the strength of precipitation strengthened alloys
  • Effects of aging time and temperature on alloy strength
  • Overaging and underaging

Prerequisite lessons

We recommend you take the lessons below prior to taking the Precipitation Strengthening lesson

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