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Metals 2015, 5(3), 1397-1413;

Mechanical Properties Analysis of an Al-Mg Alloy Connecting Rod with Submicrometric Structure

Mechanical, Energetics and Materials Engineering Department, Public University of Navarre, Campus de Arrosadia, s/n, 31006 Pamplona, Spain
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Hugo F. Lopez
Received: 22 June 2015 / Revised: 20 July 2015 / Accepted: 27 July 2015 / Published: 31 July 2015
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Over these last few years, there has been a growing interest in developing mechanical components from submicrometric materials due to the significant improvement that these materials present compared to their original state. This present research work deals with the study of the mechanical properties of a connecting rod isothermally forged from different starting materials. These materials are as follows: annealed aluminum alloy (AA) 5754, the same alloy previously deformed through equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) and a third case where the previously ECAP-processed material is subjected to a recovery heat treatment. A comparison is made between finite volume (FV) simulations and experimental tests with respect to hardness, plastic strain and forging force. Furthermore, the improvement in the mechanical properties of the connecting rod forged from predeformed material is evaluated in comparison to the connecting rod forged with annealed material. The microstructure of both cases is also compared at the end of the manufacturing process. View Full-Text
Keywords: ECAP; isothermal forging; microhardness; FV; heat treatment ECAP; isothermal forging; microhardness; FV; heat treatment

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León, J.; Salcedo, D.; Murillo, Ó.; Luis, C.J.; Fuertes, J.P.; Puertas, I.; Luri, R. Mechanical Properties Analysis of an Al-Mg Alloy Connecting Rod with Submicrometric Structure. Metals 2015, 5, 1397-1413.

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