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High Pressure Pneumatic Forming of Ti-3Al-2.5V Titanium Tubes in a Square Cross-Sectional Die

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College of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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National Key Laboratory for Precision Hot Processing of Metals, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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Mechanical and Electrical College, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016, China
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Materials 2014, 7(8), 5992-6009; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma7085992
Received: 16 May 2014 / Revised: 31 July 2014 / Accepted: 31 July 2014 / Published: 20 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Light Alloys and Their Applications)
A new high strain rate forming process for titanium alloys is presented and named High Pressure Pneumatic Forming (HPPF), which might be applicable to form certain tubular components with irregular cross sections with high efficiency, both with respect to energy cost and time consumption. HPPF experiments were performed on Ti-3Al-2.5V titanium alloy tubes using a square cross-sectional die with a small corner radius. The effects of forming of pressure and temperature on the corner filling were investigated and the thickness distributions after the HPPF processes at various pressure levels are discussed. At the same time, the stress state, strain and strain rate distribution during the HPPF process were numerically analyzed by the finite element method. Microstructure evolution of the formed tubes was also analyzed by using electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD). Because of different stress states, the strain and strain rate are very different at different areas of the tube during the corner filling process, and consequently the microstructure of the formed component is affected to some degree. The results verified that HPPF is a potential technology to form titanium tubular components with complicated geometrical features with high efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: high pressure pneumatic forming (HPPF); corner filling; strain rate sensitivity; electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD) high pressure pneumatic forming (HPPF); corner filling; strain rate sensitivity; electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD)
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Liu, G.; Wang, J.; Dang, K.; Tang, Z. High Pressure Pneumatic Forming of Ti-3Al-2.5V Titanium Tubes in a Square Cross-Sectional Die. Materials 2014, 7, 5992-6009.

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