The 15th International Conference on Aluminium Alloys

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Authors: Bo Liu, Zhong Cai Qiu, Qin Yang, Ke Wang, Xian He Wu
Abstract: An aluminium cross car beam (CCB) for new energy is designed with CATIA. And then,modal analysis is taken by using simulation software-NASTRAN. As nature frequencies can't meet the design target, optimization is performed according to the modal strain energy contour. After structure is strengthen, the first vertical nature frequency of the aluminum CCB(mounted on trimmed car body,with closures and interiors) reaches 35.4Hz.While the first lateral nature frequency reaches 36.5 Hz. Besides,comparing to steel CCB,the weight of the aluminum CCB reduces by4.4 kilogram.
Authors: Dong Zhi Sun, Michael Krawiec, Hariaokto Hooputra
Abstract: The damage behavior of aluminum profiles depends strongly on the stress state. Many investigations have shown that both ductile and shear fracture have to be taken into account in damage analysis. Since fracture strains of aluminum profiles are relatively low, damage modelling has to be included in component simulations. However, it is an open question, which kind of damage model can be used for crash simulations and which tests should be performed in order to calibrate the model. An extruded aluminum profile with double chambers of AA6060-T79 was characterized under different stress triaxialities and shear ratios. The damage criteria IDS (Instability, Ductile and Shear fracture) in ABAQUS/Explicit were used for the simulations. An explicit relationship between triaxiality and shear ratio was derived for plane stress state. The influence of the model parameter on the overlapping of both criteria (ductile and shear fracture) was systematically studied for shell element applications. The applied damage model was validated by comparing experimental and calculated results of component tests.
Authors: Florence Andrieux, Dong Zhi Sun, Andreas Burblies
Abstract: Aluminum die casting components are widely used in vehicle constructions because they satisfy the conflicting requirements between weight reduction and mechanical property improvement. However, the analysis of deformation and damage behavior of aluminum cast components is very complex, since local mechanical properties in the components are inhomogeneous as a consequence of spatial distribution of microstructure. For crash simulation it is necessary to well predict the damage behavior which is strongly influenced by micro-defects especially by cast pores. The conventional continuum mechanics approaches often fail due to the statistical character of cast pores. In this work the Markov random field model (Ising) is used to describe the pore morphology. Markov random field classes are defined by porosity (macroscopic property) and equivalent pore size (microscopic property) and determined by micro computer tomography (CT) analysis.A multi scale approach was applied to map the results of the stochastic model to the FE models, which results in a distribution of porosity. A porosity dependent continuum model was developed based on results of representative volume elements with variation of porosity. It was shown that the continuum model with porosity distributions from the Ising model as initial conditions captures well the spatial material properties (i.e. fracture strain) and their variations in the bridging scale.
Authors: W. Mao
Abstract: Many efforts have been made to simulate the rolling texture evolution in polycrystalline Al for which strain and stress equilibrium of grains need to be considered. The conventional Taylor theory and its modifications, such as current VPSC, ALAMEL, GIA, fail to solve the problem of stress incompatibility between grains and their surrounding matrix properly. A reaction stress model is suggested for rolling deformation, which accounts both for stress and strain equilibrium and predicts similar textures as those by the Taylor theory. The corresponding detailed modification could reproduced the real rolling texture formation if the industrial rolling stress condition is included.
Authors: Olaf Engler, Ole Runar Myhr
Abstract: During processing of age-hardenable AA 6xxx series alloys for automotive applications the sheets may experience significant time spans between solution heat treatment at the aluminium supplier and age hardening upon the final paint bake cycle at the carmaker. Natural ageing during these pause times is known to greatly affect materials properties of autobody sheet. In the present study we explore the impact of natural ageing on the tensile properties and the in-plane anisotropy of alloy AA 6005C. Materials properties at various degrees of natural ageing are modelled with the help of a nanoscale material model NaMo, which consists of a precipitation model simulating the formation of clusters and phases upon natural ageing as input to a mechanical model simulating the evolution of yield strength and work hardening. Plastic anisotropy is modelled from the materials crystallographic texture by a visco-plastic self-consistent polycrystal-plasticity code VPSC.

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