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Investigation on Fracture of a 6014-T4 Aluminum Alloy Sheet in the Flanging and Hemming Process Based on Numerical and Experimental Methods

by Zhengwei Gu 1, Gang Wang 1 and Ge Yu 1,2,*
1
Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130022, China
2
Roll Forging Research Institute, Jilin University, Changchun 130022, China
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Metals 2020, 10(1), 81; https://doi.org/10.3390/met10010081
Received: 7 December 2019 / Revised: 26 December 2019 / Accepted: 27 December 2019 / Published: 3 January 2020
The fracture of a flat-surface straight-edge hemmed component of aluminum alloy sheets was investigated in this study. The specimen was made of 1 mm thick 6014-T4. Natural aging characteristics of 6014-T4 were studied via uniaxial tensile tests. The results show that the yield stress and ultimate tensile strength increased while the uniform elongation, strain hardening exponent, and plastic strain ratio decreased during the natural aging period, which worsened the formability. The sheet was biaxially stretched to obtain a pre-strain before the flanging and hemming operation. The influence of the flanging radius on the fracture was evaluated using experimental and numerical methods, and the optimum values were obtained. The comparison between the roller hemming and die hemming process proved that the former tends to produce better formability. View Full-Text
Keywords: age hardening; 6014-T4; hemming process; fracture age hardening; 6014-T4; hemming process; fracture
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Gu, Z.; Wang, G.; Yu, G. Investigation on Fracture of a 6014-T4 Aluminum Alloy Sheet in the Flanging and Hemming Process Based on Numerical and Experimental Methods. Metals 2020, 10, 81.

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