Understanding the role of cu and clustering on strain hardening and strain rate sensitivity of al-mg-si-cu alloys

Langille, M. and Diak, B.J. and De Geuser, F. and Guiglionda, G. and Meddeb, S. and Zhao, H. and Gault, B. and Raabe, D. and Deschamps, A.

Volume: Pages: 143-151
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-05864-7_20
Published: 2019

Increased demand for light-weighting in passenger vehicles has created a need for strong, light, ductile materials to be used in body-in-white applications. The AA6xxx-series of aluminum alloys are suitable candidates meeting most requirements but can fall short of the formability demands of designers, necessitating an understanding of what controls the formability in this alloy series. This work examines the effect of copper alloying in AA6xxx on the pre-ageing and natural ageing responses of the microstructure and mechanical properties. The changes in microstructure observed by differential scanning calorimetry and hardness testing are related to the work-hardening and strain-rate sensitivity parameters for these alloys measured by tensile testing. An observed asymmetry in the measured strain-rate sensitivity associated with increasing versus decreasing strain rate changes suggests that a different mechanism operates for the two conditions. It is postulated how this asymmetry in strain-rate sensitivity will impact the necking and ductility behaviour of these alloys. © 2019, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

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