Investigation on the enhanced maximum strain rate sensitivity (m) superplasticity of Mg-9Li-1Al alloy by a two-step deformation method

H.P. Yang, Xiaobo Zhang, Peng Chen, Mingwang Fu, Gaochao Wang, Suet To

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A two-step superplastic deformation (SPD) approach was employed for the SPD of Mg-9Li-1Al (LA91) alloy. In the first SPD step, the constant velocity (Constv) or constant strain rate (CSR) SPD was adopted with the outcome elongation ranging from 50 to 250%. The maximum strain rate sensitivity (Maxm) SPD, in which the maximum m value is always maintained, was then employed in the second SPD step. The results show that the two-step SPD can greatly enhance the superplasticity of LA91 alloy. The largest elongation of 621.1% was obtained by CSR-Maxm SPD with the pre-elongation of 250%, which is even better than the results of single-step Maxm SPD by using grain-refined materials. In addition, the mechanisms of the two-step SPD are discussed and an in-depth understanding of the SPD of LA91 alloy is obtained. This research thus provides a feasible method for efficiently enhancing the plasticity of Mg-Li based alloys for making complex parts and structures with complicated local and multi-scaled features.
Original languageEnglish
Article number138219
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2019


  • Two-step superplastic deformation
  • Constant velocity SPD
  • Constant strain rate SPD
  • Maximum strain rate sensitivity (m) SPD
  • Mg-Li alloy

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