Effect of heat treatment on the plastic flow behavior of an aluminum alloy under compressive loading

T. Xu, Wing Bun Lee

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The plastic flow pattern of a commercial A1-4% Cu alloy under simple compression has been investigated. Half the hot-rolled samples were naturally aged and the other half were annealed. Compression tests were performed on cylindrical specimens under identical conditions. The naturally-aged specimens were compressed to a circular shape, whereas the annealed specimens yielded an oval shape. The difference in the flow pattern was studied by finite-element simulations based on an anisotropic yield criterion determined from the crystallographic texture data of the alloy. Good agreement was obtained between the experimental and the simulated results. A knowledge of the plastic flow behavior is found to be important in controlling the final shape of the product in forming processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-94
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997


  • Finite-element
  • Heat treatment
  • Plastic deformation
  • Texture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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