Superplastic forming is a near net shape process used to produce various items with complex geometry. However in many cases, only some portions of the workpiece undergo superplastic deformation. In these cases, instead of choosing expensive starting sheet material with superplastic properties, a low-cost conventional material can be chosen and a grain refinement process can be performed in the selected regions to enhance superplastic properties locally [1]. This process is known as "selective superplastic forming" [R.S. Mishra, M.W. Mahoney, US Patent 6,712,916, 2002]. In some previous works the use of Friction Stir Processing (FSP) was used to obtain locally a microstructure with ultrafine grains in the AZ31 magnesium alloys [2, 3]. In this study a modeling approach was adopted thanks to a commercial FE code and different simulations were conducted in order to correlate the experimental and numerical results for the model optimization [4, 5]. Free bulge forming tests of friction stir processed AZ31 sheets, in conjunction with numerical simulations, were used to evaluate the proposed optimization approach, with the aim to reduce the time and costs in the design of components with complex geometry.

Numerical Optimization of Selective Superplastic Forming of Friction Stir Processed AZ31 Mg Alloy

PARADISO, VALENTINO;ASTARITA, ANTONELLO;CARRINO, LUIGI;DURANTE, MASSIMO;FRANCHITTI, STEFANIA;SCHERILLO, Fabio;SQUILLACE, ANTONINO;VELOTTI, CARLA
2013

Abstract

Superplastic forming is a near net shape process used to produce various items with complex geometry. However in many cases, only some portions of the workpiece undergo superplastic deformation. In these cases, instead of choosing expensive starting sheet material with superplastic properties, a low-cost conventional material can be chosen and a grain refinement process can be performed in the selected regions to enhance superplastic properties locally [1]. This process is known as "selective superplastic forming" [R.S. Mishra, M.W. Mahoney, US Patent 6,712,916, 2002]. In some previous works the use of Friction Stir Processing (FSP) was used to obtain locally a microstructure with ultrafine grains in the AZ31 magnesium alloys [2, 3]. In this study a modeling approach was adopted thanks to a commercial FE code and different simulations were conducted in order to correlate the experimental and numerical results for the model optimization [4, 5]. Free bulge forming tests of friction stir processed AZ31 sheets, in conjunction with numerical simulations, were used to evaluate the proposed optimization approach, with the aim to reduce the time and costs in the design of components with complex geometry.
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