Effect of Temperature and Strain Rate on Formability of AZ31 Magnesium Sheet Alloy 2006-01-0258
The deformation characteristics of a commercial AZ31 magnesium sheet alloy were investigated at elevated temperatures. Tensile experiments were conducted at temperatures 300°C, 400°C and 450°C and at strain rates, 0.001s-1, 0.01s-1 and 0.1s-1. Depending on the test temperature, fracture analysis of failed specimens revealed three different types of failure: (1) by moderate necking, (2) by interlinkage cavity, (3) by strong necking. Plastic strain ratios, r-values were derived from the strain ratios of width and thickness of the fractured tensile specimens. The r-value increased with increasing temperature and strain rate.