Effects of Strain-Graded Plastic Deformation on Mechanical Properties of Metals
In a flow forming process of automobile wheels of Al-based alloys, plastic deformation of the rim part is performed by rollers from the periphery side, while the inner periphery is fixed on a steel mandrel and is slightly deformed. Therefore, the rim part has a strain-graded microstructure in the thickness direction. In this study, the effects of the strain-graded plastic deformation on mechanical properties of an Al-Si cast alloy have been investigated. The strain-graded plastic deformation in this study was done by hot rolling of an Al alloy plate together with a steel plate. The two plates were joined at one end in the longitudinal direction and were rolled from the joined edge at 330 oC using a roller with a roll diameter of 200 mm and a rotation speed of 66 per minute. The chemical composition of the alloy was Al-7mass%Si-0.3mass%Mg-0.3mass%Fe. The rolled Al alloy plate had a strain-graded microstructure in the thickness direction; the strain was the highest at the roller side surface and the lowest at the steel plate side surface. The rolling also brought about a Si particle size graded microstructure. The eutectic Si rods were broken by the rolling deformation and the Si particle size was the smallest at the roller side surface and the largest at the steel plate side surface. On the other hand, a normal rolling deformation of the Al alloy plate without the steel plate was also performed for comparison. The rolled sample having the strain-graded and Si particle size graded microstructure exhibited much more excellent bending strength and ductility compared with the normally rolled sample.
Pietro VINCENZINI, Ralf RIEDEL, Alexander G. MERZHANOV and Chang-Chun GE
K. Matsuura and M. Ohno, "Effects of Strain-Graded Plastic Deformation on Mechanical Properties of Metals", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 63, pp. 348-351, 2010