Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance

, Volume 28, Issue 11, pp 6921–6930 | Cite as

Effect of Solution Treatment on the Microstructure, Micromechanical Properties, and Kinetic Parameters of the β → α Phase Transformation during Continuous Cooling of Ti-6Al-4V Titanium Alloy

  • Nabil KherroubaEmail author
  • Denis Carron
  • Mabrouk Bouabdallah
  • Riad Badji


The aim of this study is to examine the effect of solution treatment temperature (STT) on the microstructure, the micromechanical properties, and the kinetic parameters of the β → α phase transformation during continuous cooling of the dual phase titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V. Increasing the STT from 1050 to 1200 °C delays the formation of the α phase during cooling and increases the value of its activation energy. The microstructural analysis reveals the emergence of αW platelets from protuberances on the αGB/αW interface. The investigation of the morphology of the αW platelets reveals the presence of ledges on their longest side showing a sharp extremity. The micromechanical properties determined by nanoindentation and microhardness tests are almost insensitive to the cooling rate but are strongly affected by the STT; the higher the STT, the lower the overall microhardness of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy. In addition, the STT affects the microhardness and the Young’s modulus of both α and β phases differently; when the STT increases, the microhardness and the Young’s modulus of the α phase decrease, whereas those of the β phase increases.


interface instability ledge mechanism nanoindentation partitioning solution treatment Ti-6Al-4V 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nabil Kherrouba
    • 1
    Email author
  • Denis Carron
    • 2
  • Mabrouk Bouabdallah
    • 3
  • Riad Badji
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Center in Industrial Technologies CRTICheraga, AlgiersAlgeria
  2. 2.UMR CNRS 6027, IRDLUniv. Bretagne SudLorientFrance
  3. 3.LGSDS – Ecole Nationale PolytechniqueEl Harrach, AlgiersAlgeria

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