J. Phys. IV France 10 (2000) Pr9-335-Pr9-340
Ductility of aluminium alloy AA7075 at high strain ratesE. El-Magd and M. Brodmann
RWTH Aachen University of Technology, Department of Materials Science (LFW), Augustinerbach 4, 52062 Aachen, Germany
Under dynamic loading the stabilising effect of increased strain rate sensitivity of the material restrains neck formation in tension tests and leads to an increase in ductility. On the other hand the adiabatic character of the deformation process reduces the flow stress and promotes instability, localisation and adiabatic shear band initiation. Furthermore, the notch sensitivity of the material increases with increasing strain rate. Dynamic and quasi-static tension and compression tests were carried out on the age hardenable aluminium wrought alloy AA7075. There, dispers distributed precipitations are often the starting point for ductile fracture caused by impact due to the nucleation, growth and coalescence of voids and micro-cracks in case of tension. Neck formation under tensile loading and instabilities like shear bands in case of compression are discussed on the basis of the theory of imperfections under consideration of the increased strain rate sensitivity of the material and the adiabatic character of the deformation process at high strain rates. In case of tensile loading, tests with various notched geometries allowed the study of the influence of degree of multiaxiality. Through combination of experiment and simulation, the influence of strain rate on the local fracture strain could be determined for tensile and compression loading.
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