Modelling of Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni Aluminium Alloy


Hot deformation characteristics of Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni aluminium alloy have been studied in the temperature range 350°C - 450°C and strain rate range 0.001 - 0.4 s-1 using hot compression tests. The experimental results were used to develop a model for predicting the material characteristics during hot deformation. A series of plane-strain compression (PSC) tests were carried out at 950°C and a strain rate of 0.1, 1 and 10 s-1 to several strain levels.

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Suker, D. (2012) Modelling of Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni Aluminium Alloy. Open Journal of Metal, 2, 79-81. doi: 10.4236/ojmetal.2012.24012.

1. Introduction

One of the important features of the Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni aluminium alloy is the heat treat ability which can change its microstructure and properties. One of the important applications for the alloy is the manufacture of aircraft engine components which utilises the high temperature treatment [1]. Whereas for domestic industry, heat treatment is also important for foraging manufactured appliances such as electric furnaces, gas furnaces, oil furnaces, induction heating furnaces, fluidized bed furnaces, and resistance heating furnaces. During manufacturing, heat treatment operations such as hot compression deformation, changes the properties of the material which can include hardening or softening using dynamic recrystallisation. Studying the behaviour of the alloy during hot deformation is important as this can help in selecting the optimal deformation conditions such that the evolution of the microstructure can be controlled hence its properties. This gives a significant value to theoretical and practical aspect in manufacturing the material.

Achieving a good model of the material requires accurate modelling of the materials behaviour during the deformation. This will help in predicting the properties of the material on a wide range of deformation conditions with higher accuracy. Extending the working conditions range requires carrying out a considerable amount of experimental research, which is a very time-consuming process. Therefore, it is desirable to develop a modelling tool to be used for prediction under extended deformation conditions with good accuracy.

In this paper a model has been developed to predict the material flow stress behaviour for Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni aluminium alloy deformed in hot plane strain compression. The flow curves will be described as a function of the applied variables of strain rate and deformation temperature. The model is designed to work on a wide deformation conditions such as the strain rate and the deformation temperature (adiabatic and coupled mode).

2. Experimental Procedure

The cast billets of 16 mm thick were homogenized at 500˚C for 10 hours, then hot-rolled at 450˚C into plates of 7 mm thick, and cold-rolled to 4 mm thick. After annealed at 450˚C for 1 hour, the plates were fina cold-rolled into sheets of 2 and 1mm in thickness. The cold reductions were 50% and 75%, respectively. The specimens were annealed at different temperature (from 150˚C to 500˚C) for 1 hour. It is well known that the recrystallization of aluminium alloys depends on several major factors including the amount of prior deformation and annealing time. In the current study, the recrystallization temperature was measured under the condition of deformation and a long annealing time (3600 s). The chemical composition of that alloy and the initial grain size, measured by mean linear intercepts, is given in Table 1.

Isothermal axisymmetric compression tests using standard procedure [2] were conducted in the temperature of 350˚C, 430˚C, 450˚C and 470˚C and constant true strain rate ranging from 0.001 s1 to 0.4 s1 at intervals of an order of magnitude. All specimens were deformed to true strain of 0.55 and water quenched from the test temperature. The compression direction was par

Table 1. Chemical composition of Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni alloy.

tests, the system did the real-time collection of temperaallel with axis of the specimens. In the hot deformation ture, displacement, true stress, true strain and other parameters, the true stress-true strain curves obtained from the experiments are shown in Figure 1.

3. Empirical Modelling

Based on the experimental results shown in Figure 1, the instantaneous temperatures during deformation were calculated using a finite difference package based on the dimensions of the specimens, the deformation conditions and the heat transfer to the tools and environment. The temperature rise during deformation is shown in Figure 2 for the different deformation conditions.

The curves in Figures 1 and 2 were utilised to develop the model for the stress-strain behaviour for the range of Z of 1.89 ´ 108 to 4.88 ´ 1012 s1 (with Qdef = 480 kJ/mol) based on the initial flow stress (σo), the stresses at a strain of 0.1 (σ0.1), the steady state stress expected for work hardening and dynamic recovery only (σss(e)) the steady state stresses when dynamic recrystallisation takes place (σss). These stresses were read directly from the cu rves and were plotted against the logarithm of the Zener Hollomon parameter


where R is the gas constant (R = 8.31 J/mol K)

T is the temperature is Kelvin Q is the activation energy (Q = 480 kJ/mol)

The temperature is the actual value for the strain of interest, which gives the instantaneous values of Z shown in Figure 3. Over the whole range of Z, the curves in Figure 3 were fitted by the following general equation.


where n, A and α are constants obtained from the optimised curves, to give the values summarized by the following equations:





It was assumed that these equations are mechanical equations of state, so that the stress-strain curves expected for isothermal deformation (i.e. constant Z) conditions could be calculated and fitted to the equation


Figure 1. True stress true strain curves of Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni aluminium alloy at different deformation conditions.

Figure 2. Calculated temperature rise due to deformational work done during PSC tests.

Figure 3. Measured stresses at different stains plotted gainst the logarithm of the instantaneous value of Zener Hollomon parameter.

which applies for all strains when but only for when.

In the latter case


In Equation (7), [3], where εss(e) is defined as the strain at which under isothermal conditions. In Equation (8), εp is the strain at the peak stress when under isothermal conditions. From optimised fits to these equations




The stress-strain curves computed for isothemal conditions are shown in Figure 4. It should be noted that the stress scale in this figure has been changed because of the major effect of the temperature rise on the experimental curves. It is noteworthy that the optimised values of εss(e) and εp cross over as the value of Z increases.

PSC experimental work has shown that the distribution of the strain and strain rate are heterogeneous [4]. Locally, the strain rate and accumulated strain will be different from the nominal strain which can be calculated from the changes to the specimen geometry. Consequently, the equivalent nominal stress and the equ ivalent strain will be dependent on the initial specimen geometry as well as on the material properties. Such correction procedure has already been developed by rerection procedure has already been developed by researcher to eliminate the geometry effect [5], so that the corrected

Figure 4. Stress-strain curves for isothermal conditions.

curves give constitutive equations that reflect the true material behaviour and can be applied accurately in modelling any type of hot deformation process.

4. Conclusion

An Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni aluminium was deformed in planestrain compression at 350˚C, 430˚C and 450˚C and a strain rate of 0.001, 0.01 and 0.4 s1 to several strain levels. The corresponding temperature rise due to deformation was considered when the data were analysed. The obtained data will assist in the development of an empirically-based model of the structure evolution during thermomechanical processing of similar metallic materials.

5. Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge with gratitude the financial support received from UQU, Saudi Arabia.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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