Effect of Oxide Film Formation on the Fatigue Behavior of Aluminum Alloy

알루미늄합금 재료의 산화막 형성이 피로거동에 미치는 영향

  • Kim, Jong-Cheon (Graduate School of NID Fusion Technology, Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Science & Technology) ;
  • Cheong, Seong-Kyun (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Science & Technology)
  • 김종천 (서울과학기술대학교 NID융합기술대학원) ;
  • 정성균 (서울과학기술대학교 기계공학과)
  • Received : 2011.09.29
  • Accepted : 2012.01.18
  • Published : 2012.04.01


In this study, the effects of surface oxide film formation on the fatigue behavior of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy were analyzed in terms of the corrosion time of the alloy. The aluminum material used is known to have high corrosion resistance due to the passivation phenomenon that prevents corrosion. Aluminum alloys have been widely used in various industrial applications such as aircraft component manufacturing because of their lighter weight and higher strength than other materials. Therefore, studies on the fatigue behavior of materials and passivation properties that prevent corrosion are required. The fatigue behavior in terms of the corrosion time was analyzed by using a four-pointing bending machine, and the surface corrosion level of the aluminum material in terms of the corrosion time was estimated by measuring the surface roughness. In addition, fractographic analysis was performed and the oxide films formed on the material surface were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results indicated that corrosion actively progressed for four weeks during the initial corrosion phase, the fatigue life significantly decreased, and the surface roughness increased. However, after four weeks, the corrosion reaction tended to slow down due to the passivation phenomenon of the material. Therefore, on the basis of SEM analysis results, it was concluded that the growth of the surface oxide film was reduced after four weeks and then the oxide film on the material surface served as a protection layer and prevented further corrosion.


Aluminum Alloy;Corrosion;Oxide Film;Passivation;Fatigue Behavior


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