# An Investigation on the Softening Mechanism of 5754 Aluminum Alloy during Multistage Hot Deformation

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## Abstract

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^{−1}and 1 s

^{−1}. To investigate the metadynamic recrystallization behavior, a range of inter-pass delay times (5–60 s) was employed. These tests simulated flat rolling to investigate how softening behaviors respond to controlled parameters, such as deformation temperature, strain rate, and delay times. These data allowed the parameters for the hot rolling process to be optimized. The dynamic softening at each pass and the effect of metadynamic recrystallization on flow properties and microstructural evolution were analyzed in detail. An offset yield strength of 0.2% was employed to calculate the softening fraction undergoing metadynamic recrystallization. A kinetic model was developed to describe the metadynamic recrystallization behaviors of the hot-deformed 5754 aluminum alloy. Furthermore, the time constant for 50% recrystallization was expressed as functions related to the temperature and the strain rate. The experimental and calculated results were found to be in close agreement, which verified the developed model.

## 1. Introduction

## 2. Materials and Material Testing

#### 2.1. Materials

#### 2.2. Material Testing

^{−1}and 1 s

^{−1}) were used. The deformation degree is the same in the two deformation passes, and a height reduction of 35% was adopted at each stage. The specimens would be held for times ranging from 5 s to 60 s at the deformation temperature during the inter-pass periods. In order to calculate the softening fraction, a second deformation pass was acquired.

## 3. Results and Discussion

#### 3.1. Dynamic Softening Behavior

^{−1}, showing the dynamic softening behavior after peak stress. Generally, the yield stress at the second deformation stage decreases with an increasing delay time under the same temperature and the same strain rate. Verlinden et al. [21,22] proposed relative softening (RS) to quantify dynamic softening. The equation can be expressed as

_{p}is the value of peak stress and σ

_{p+0.25}is the value taken at a strain of 0.25 beyond the peak (Figure 5). Dynamic hardening occurs as RS < 0, and dynamic softening occurs as RS > 0. The measured RS values (4.6%, 2.0%, 6.9%, and 5.2%) indicate that dynamic softening occurred here. The obtained stress–strain curves under all test conditions are single-peak without oscillation, which is an indication of softening behavior due to continuous dynamic recrystallization (CDRX) [23,24]. Furthermore, the RS values at the second deformation stage are smaller than those at the first. The inhomogeneous deformation and friction at high strain (ε > 0.6) lead to smaller RS values and to little dependence on delay times during inter-pass periods at the same temperature and the same strain rate. Those results signify that a dynamic softening fraction may approach zero with further straining at the second deformation stage.

#### 3.2. Modeling the Kinetics of Metadynamic Recrystallization

_{1}and σ

_{2}are the offset stresses at the first and second deformation stage, respectively, and σ

_{m}is the flow stress at the interval (Figure 5).

_{0.5}is an empirical time constant for 50% recrystallization, which can be widely expressed as

_{m}is the activation energy for recrystalliation. $\dot{\mathsf{\epsilon}}$ and T are the strain rate and the deformation temperature, respectively.

#### 3.2.1. Determination of n

#### 3.2.2. Determination of the Dependence of t_{0.5} on Deformation Parameters

_{0.5}and strain rate $\dot{\mathsf{\epsilon}}$ into the above equation. Material constant m and activation energy for metadynamic recrystallization Q can be obtained via linear fitting. Figure 9 shows a relationship between lnt

_{0.5}and ln$\dot{\mathsf{\epsilon}}$, as well as lnt

_{0.5}and 1/T. The activation energy for metadynamic recrystallization Q is 18.045 KJ/mol. Much previous investigation has been focused on softening mechanisms during the inter-pass period of different aluminum alloys [2,29,30]. The exponent n and the present study is lower than that obtained for Al-5Mg and Al-9Mg alloy, i.e., n = 3.6 [30]. The variation of Avrami exponent n and activation energy Q values may be found for several reasons such as a decreasing growth rate or due to more planar growth morphology. In addition, the content of Mg will also lead to different activation energy for recrystallization.

#### 3.3. Verification of the Developed Kinetic Equation

_{i}and P

_{i}are the measured and calculated softening fraction, respectively. $\overline{E}$ and $\overline{P}$ are the average values of E

_{i}and P

_{i}, and N is the total number of the tested samples. The correlation coefficient is a reflection of the linear relationship between the experimental and predicted data. The AARE is an unbiased statistical parameter used to evaluate the predictability of a model that can be calculated through a term-by-term comparison of relative error [31,32].

## 4. Conclusions

- (1)
- The relative softening values under different test conditions signify the occurrence of dynamic softening at each stage, and the softening fraction may approach zero with further straining at the second deformation stage.
- (2)
- For the two-pass hot compressed 5754 aluminum alloy, the restoration mechanism is governed by metadynamic recrystallization. The softening fraction attributed to metadynamic recrystallization increases with increasing deformation temperature, delay time, and strain rate.
- (3)
- The predicted results were highly consistent with the experimental ones, which indicates that the developed kinetics equation can accurately describe the metadynamic recrystallization behaviors of 5754 aluminum alloy.

## Acknowledgments

## Author Contributions

## Conflicts of Interest

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**Figure 4.**Typical true stress–strain curves of two-pass hot deformation under (

**a**) delay time of 5 s; (

**b**) delay time of 30 s; (

**c**) delay time of 60 s; (

**d**) temperature 450 °C and strain rate 0.1 s

^{−1}.

**Figure 6.**The optical microstructures after two-pass hot deformation for various inter-pass delay time of (

**a**) 5 s, (

**b**) 30 s, and (

**c**) 60 s.

**Figure 9.**Relationship between (

**a**) lnt

_{0.5}and ln$\dot{\mathsf{\epsilon}}$; (

**b**) lnt

_{0.5}and 1/T.

**Figure 10.**The comparison of the experimental and the calculated metadynamic softening fraction at different deformation temperatures.

Composition | Si | Cu | Mg | Zn | Mn | Gr | Al |

Content (wt %) | 0.40 | 0.10 | 2.6~3.6 | 0.20 | 0.50 | 0.30 | Bal |

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