Rheological Investigation of Semisolid AlSi7 Alloy by Means of Oscillation Experiments
Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) of semisolid aluminum alloys was performed in a rheometer of Searle type. DMA was applied on a binary AlSi7 alloy to demonstrate the advantages of the method for the investigation of the behavior of alloys in semi-solid state and it was compared to classical shear experiments. Frequency sweeps, amplitude sweeps as well as constant condition experiments (CCE) were performed. It became obvious that elastic properties are getting more dominant with increasing resting time without shearing. The shift from a more viscous to more elastic nature of the material can be quantified. Interestingly, it was found that the semi-empirically based Cox-Merz rule, usually applied for polymers, holds for the semisolid material as well. This allows investigating the shear viscosity under different relevant conditions - important to improve material models for die-filling simulation of semisolid alloys.
Qiang Zhu, Ahmed Rassili, Stephen P. Midson and Xiao Gang Hu
M. Tocci et al., "Rheological Investigation of Semisolid AlSi7 Alloy by Means of Oscillation Experiments", Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 285, pp. 385-390, 2019