Enhancement of formability in magnesium alloy AZ31B via friction stir processing

Y. S. Sato, A. Sasaki, A. Sugimoto, A. Honda, H. Kokawa

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Abstract

Mg alloy has a poor formability at room temperature because of lack of the active slip systems, but the grain refinement improves its ductility. Friction stir processing (FSP) can create homogeneous microstructure consisting of fine grains in Mg alloys, thus it would be expected that FSP enhances the formability of Mg alloys. In this study, multi-pass FSP was applied to Mg alloy AZ31B, and then formability of FSPed alloy was evaluated. Multi-pass FSP produced the fine recrystallized grains in Mg alloy. The stir zone exhibited larger fracture limit major strains than the base material under uniaxial tension and plane strain deformation, and these values increased with decreasing grain size. The stir zone having grain size of 2.9 μm showed the fracture limit major strains which are roughly as same as those of an annealed pure Al. The present study suggests that FSP is an effective method to enhance the formability of Mg alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSupplement to THERMEC 2006, 5th International Conference on PROCESSING and MANUFACTURING OF ADVANCED MATERIALS, THERMEC 2006
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Pages3775-3780
Number of pages6
EditionPART 4
ISBN (Print)0878494286, 9780878494286
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan 1
Event5th International Conference on Processing and Manufacturing of Advanced Materials - THERMEC'2006 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2006 Jul 42006 Jul 8

Publication series

NameMaterials Science Forum
NumberPART 4
Volume539-543
ISSN (Print)0255-5476
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9752

Other

Other5th International Conference on Processing and Manufacturing of Advanced Materials - THERMEC'2006
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period06/7/406/7/8

Keywords

  • Formability
  • Friction stir processing
  • Magnesium alloy
  • Microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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