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High Strain Rate Behavior of Aluminum Alloy for Sheet Metal Forming Processes

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Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10137 Torino, Italy
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Italdesign, door trim panels and greenhouse department, Via achille Grandi 25, Moncalieri (TO) 10024, Italy
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CBMM Europe BV, Market Development department, WTC H-Tower Zuidplein 96, 1077 XV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Centro Ricerche FIAT, 10135 Torino, Italy
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Metals 2020, 10(2), 242; https://doi.org/10.3390/met10020242
Received: 20 January 2020 / Revised: 4 February 2020 / Accepted: 7 February 2020 / Published: 12 February 2020
Aluminum alloy sheets are gaining increasing interest in the construction of some or all components of the car body in view of their lightweight properties which can allow significant fuel consumption reduction. In order to be suitable for car body application, aluminum alloy sheets should have sufficient mechanical properties both in static (e.g., structural stability and durability) and dynamic conditions (e.g., crash test). Static and dynamic mechanical tests (strain rates: ε ≈ 1 × 10−3 s−1 and ε ≈ 5 × 102 s−1 respectively) were conducted on AA6016 alloy sheet (1 mm thick), in T4 and T6 temper and for the longitudinal, transverse, and diagonal rolling directions by means of standard static tensile test and modified Hopkinson bar dynamic tests. Microstructural and fracture morphology observations are also reported. The results show that the ultimate tensile strength increases by 13−14%, and the elongation at fracture increases by 75−105%, depending on the temper, by increasing the strain rate.
Keywords: high strain rate test; aluminum sheet forming; tensile test; aluminum alloy high strain rate test; aluminum sheet forming; tensile test; aluminum alloy
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Ubertalli, G.; Matteis, P.; Ferraris, S.; Marcianò, C.; D’Aiuto, F.; Tedesco, M.M.; De Caro, D. High Strain Rate Behavior of Aluminum Alloy for Sheet Metal Forming Processes. Metals 2020, 10, 242.

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