Fundamental Aspects of Rolled Zn Alloy Sheet Formability

Fundamental Aspects of Rolled Zn Alloy Sheet Formability: Structure-Property and Failure Mode Relationships, Materials Science Forum, Vol. 879 (2017), pp. 1443-1448
G. Pantazopoulos, A. Toulfatzis, A. Vazdirvanidis, A. Rikos
In the present work, critical testing methods are employed in order to assess the formability of a Zn-Ti-Cu alloy, evaluating, therefore, the anisotropic properties of the produced sheet. The determination of plastic strain ratios and the induced combined mathematical expressions, utilizing bi-axial strain measurements for the various test directions (0, 45 and 90 degrees towards the RD), together with the performance of cupping tests are compiled, aiming to rank and interpret the bending and sheet metal roll-forming capability. Moreover, the microstructural characterization is realized to address the influence of grain and phase structure on the sheet metal formability and identify potential optimization routes. Fracture analysis approach elucidated the micro-mechanisms prevailed in damage evolution and accumulation during monotonic loading, signifying the importance of microstructure development during thermomechanical process history.
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