Semisolid extrusion of metals involves extrusion of metallic alloys with a microstructure consisting of spherical solids in a liquid matrix. In this research, the effect of cooling rate during forward semisolid extrusion on microstructure and mechanical properties of 7075 aluminum was investigated. Semisolid microstructure was prepared according to the recrystallization and partial melting (RAP) method. Optimum semisolid temperature and holding time which were resulted in a suitable microstructure for specimens were determined at 580 °C for 10 min. Different cooling rates were applied during semisolid extrusion and the resulted mechanical properties were studied. Tensile properties of semisolid extruded rods in T6 condition were also compared with those of conventionally extruded specimen. The results indicate that utilizing optimum values of semisolid extrusion parameters, namely, temperature and time of heating as well as cooling rate severity, brings both the possibility to obtain mechanical properties of conventionally extruded specimens and to get advantages of semisolid forming technique. Experimental results also show that increment of cooling rate and extrusion pressure improves the mechanical properties.

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