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Analysing the semi-solid response under rapid compression tests using multi-scale modelling and experiments

By Véronique Favier and Helen V. Atkinson


Simulating semi-solid metal forming requires modelling semi-solid behaviour. However, such modelling is difficult because semi-solid behavior is thixotropic and depends on the liquid-solid spatial distribution within the material. In order to better understand and model relationships between microstructure and behavior, this paper presents a model based on micromechanical approaches and homogenisation techniques. This model is an extension of a previous model established in a pure viscoplastic framework to account for elasticity. Indeed, experimental load-displacement signals revealed the presence of an elastic-type response in the earlier stages of deformation when semi-solids are loaded under rapid compression. This elastic feature of the behaviour is attributed to the response of the porous solid skeleton saturated by incompressible liquid. A good quantitative agreement is found between the elastic-viscoplastic predicted response and the experimental data. More precisely, the strong initial rising part of the load-displacement curve, the peak load and the subsequent fall in load are well captured. The effect of solid fraction on mechanical response is in qualitative agreement with experiments

Topics: aluminium, solid fraction, elastic-viscoplasticity, homogenisation
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1016/S1003-6326(09)60359-9
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/8779

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