Papers by Author: D. Palmeri

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Authors: Antonio Castaldini, Daniela Cavalcoli, Anna Cavallini, G. Martinelli, D. Palmeri, Andrea Parisini, G. Sartori
Authors: A. Barcellona, Livan Fratini, D. Palmeri
Abstract: The success of the thixoforming process depends on the possibility to confer to material, when it is found in the semisolid state, a microstructure characterized by globular particles of solid phase surrounded by a continuous film of liquid phase; such microstructure is obtainable through particular thermo-mechanical treatments. In the present research, in order to optimize the influence of process parameters in the step in which the thixotropic properties are conferred to the AA7075 aluminum alloy, the statistic technique of the Design Of Experiments (DOE) has been used. The advantages in the application of such technique are expressible in terms of reduction the times of development of process and more efficient use of resources. A Central Composite Design factorial plan with two levels has been realized to allow the evaluation of experimental error and to check the adequacy of the model. The experimental tests foreseen from the same plan have been therefore performed. Using the method of the response surfaces (RSM), the function of response has been formulated, and the analysis of the experimental data has been realized by the linear regression method. Finally, the analysis of variance (ANOVA) allowed to value the causes of variability of the results. Statistic test has been performed on the significance of single factors and their interactions.
Authors: A. Barcellona, Gianluca Buffa, D. Contorno, Livan Fratini, D. Palmeri
Abstract: In the paper the results of a wide experimental activity on friction stir welding (FSW) of aluminum alloys are reported. In particular the butt joints of two different materials, namely AA1050-O and AA6082-T6 were considered. Grains dimensions and precipitates density were investigated both in the parent materials and after the welding processes. Furthermore post-welding heat treatments effects on the joint strength were studied.
Authors: A. Barcellona, L. Cannizzaro, D. Palmeri
Abstract: The increasing demand for the reduction of automobiles CO2 emissions for environmental preservation leads the automotive industries towards the mechanical components weight reduction. Sheet steels with multiphase microstructures exhibit favourable combinations of strength and ductility. The so called TRIP steels have a metastable microstructure that consists of a continuous ferrite matrix containing a dispersion of hard second phases martensite and bainite. These steels also contain retained austenite, at room temperature, that represents the source of the TRansformation Induced Plasticity effect. When the material is subjected to deformation step, the retained austenite transforms itself into martensite; the produced martensite delays the onset of necking resulting in a product with high total elongation, excellent formability and high crash energy absorption. In the present research the steel TRIP 800 zinc coated has been subjected to different thermo–mechanical treatments in order to evaluate the relation between microstructure of material and TRIP effects. Whit this aim the microstructural analysis has been performed and the evaluation of content of different phases has been made by means of the image analysis techniques. The relation among the strain level, the content of different phases, the thermal treatments and the work hardening properties of materials have been valued. Furthermore, it has been also highlighted the dependence of the bake hardening properties of material on the different thermo-mechanical treatments.
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