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Effect of layered microstructure and its evolution on superplastic behaviour of AA 8090 Al-Li alloy
W. Fan, , M.C. Chaturvedi
Published in IOM Communications Ltd.
Volume: 17
Issue: 4
Pages: 439 - 445
Superplastic forming grade sheets of AA 8090 Al-Li alloy were observed to contain layers of different microstructure and microtexture across the thickness cross-section. Superplastic behaviour and its relationship to the concurrent microstructural and microtextural evolution of this sheet were studied at 803 K by tensile testing of specimens taken from the full thickness and the near surface and midthickness layers. Initially, the surface layers contained nearly equiaxed and relatively coarse grains with a strong S {123}<634> type texture, whereas the midthickness section had elongated fine grains and a dominant Bs {011}<211> texture. The stress-strain rate (σ-ε̇) curves exhibited minimum flow stress for the full thickness material. Varying levels of grain growth and texture weakening occurred in the above two layers, the extent of which depended on whether the layers were in separated form or as coexistents in the full thickness material. The maximum values of strain rate sensitivity index for the full thickness, surface, and centre materials were 0.82, 0.64, and 0.56, respectively. The corresponding ductility values were 475, 420, and 286% at ε̇ = 1 × 10-3 s-1.
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JournalMaterials Science and Technology
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