Cavity nucleation in Al 5083 alloys

N. Chandra, Z. Chen

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In this paper we address the controversial issue of nucleation of cavities in Al 5083 alloys. We focus on the origin of cavities during the manufacture of these alloys into SPF (superplastic forming) sheet form. Experimental observations on the pre-existing cavities in this alloy are made using optical and electron microscopy. The effects of rolling direction and state of stress during superplastic deformations on the formation of cavities are also discussed. Numerical simulations of the sheet manufacturing process are carried out to understand the effect of hard phase/matrix, mechanical properties and interfacial strength on the origin of cavities. Based on the numerical results, a simplified model relating the process, material parameters and the cavity nucleation is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-246
Number of pages12
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 1999 MRS Fall Meeting - Symposium W 'GaN and Related Alloys' - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 29 1999Dec 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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