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A Comparison of the Behaviors of Steel and GFRP Hat-Section Components under Axial Quasi-Static and Impact Loading

Hat-sections, single and double, made of steel are frequently encountered in automotive body structural components. These components play a significant role in terms of impact energy absorption during vehicle crashes thereby protecting occupants of vehicles from severe injury. However, with the need for higher fuel economy and for compliance to stringent emission norms, auto manufacturers are looking for means to continually reduce vehicle body weight either by employing lighter materials like aluminum and fiber-reinforced plastics, or by using higher strength steel with reduced gages, or by combinations of these approaches. Unlike steel hat-sections which have been extensively reported in published literature, the axial crushing behavior of hat-sections made of fiber-reinforced composites may not have been adequately probed.
Technical Paper

A Unified Approach to Solder Joint Life Prediction

A unified approach has been developed and applied to solder joint life prediction in this paper, which indicates a breakthrough for solder joint reliability simulation. It includes the material characterization of solder alloys, the testing of solder joint specimens, a unified viscoplastic constitutive framework with damage evolution, numerical algorithm development and implementation, and experimental validation. The emphasis of this report focuses on the algorithm development and experimental verification of proposed viscoplasticity with damage evolution.
Technical Paper

Behavior of Adhesively Bonded Steel Double Hat-Section Components under Axial Quasi-Static and Impact Loading

An attractive strategy for joining metallic as well as non-metallic substrates through adhesive bonding. This technique of joining also offers the functionality for joining dissimilar materials. However, doubts are often expressed on the ability of such joints to perform on par with other mechanical fastening methodologies such as welding, riveting, etc. In the current study, adhesively-bonded single lap shear (SLS), double lap shear (DLS) and T-peel joints are studied initially under quasi-static loading using substrates made of a grade of mild steel and an epoxy-based adhesive of a renowned make (Huntsman). Additionally, single lap shear joints comprised of a single spot weld are tested under quasi-static loading. The shear strengths of adhesively-bonded SLS joints and spot-welded SLS joints are found to be similar. An important consideration in the deployment of adhesively bonded joints in automotive body structures would be the performance of such joints under impact loading.
Technical Paper

Behavior of Adhesively Bonded Steel Double-Hat Section Components under Lateral Impact Loading

Recent experimental studies on the behavior of adhesively-bonded steel double-hat section components under axial impact loading have produced encouraging results in terms of load-displacement response and energy absorption when compared to traditional spot-welded hat- sections. However, it appears that extremely limited study has been carried out on the behavior of such components under transverse impact loading keeping in mind applications such as automotive body structures subject to lateral/side impact. In the present work, lateral impact studies have been carried out in a drop-weight test set-up on adhesively-bonded steel double-hat section components and the performance of such components has been compared against their conventional spot-welded and hybrid counterparts. It is clarified that hybrid components in the present context refer to adhesively-bonded hat-sections with a few spot welds only aimed at preventing catastrophic flange separations.
Technical Paper

Combined Binder Force and Temperature Adjustment for Weld Line Movement Control in Stamping with Tailor-Welded Blanks

This paper introduces a new method to assist deep drawing of tailor-welded blanks with combined restraining force control and binder temperature control. The effect of variable flange temperature and blank holding force on the formability and weld-line displacement of aluminum tailor-welded blank was studied through Finite Element Analysis using LS-DYNA PC.
Technical Paper

Design of Temperature Insensitive Ribs for Crash Test Dummies

The Isodamp damping material (also known as Navy Damp) used in the ribs of current crash test dummies provides human-like damping to the thorax under impact. However, the range of temperature over which it can be used is very small. A new rib design using laminates of steel, fiberglass, and commercially available viscoelastic material has been constructed. Load-deflection response and hysteresis of the laminated ribs were compared with corresponding conventional ribs fabricated from steel and Isodamp. Impact tests were conducted on laminated and conventional ribs at 18.5° C, 22.2° C and 26.6° C. Results indicate that the response of the laminated ribs is essentially the same as that of the ribs with Isodamp at 22.2° C, which is the operating temperature of the conventional ribs. The variation in the impact response of the newly developed laminated ribs in the temperature range of 18.5° C to 26.6° C was less than 10%.
Technical Paper

Direct Laser Metal Deposition of Al 7050 Alloy

Additive manufacturing (AM) of metals is finding numerous applications in automotive industry. In 21st century, aluminum is second to steel in automotive sector, because of its high strength to weight ratio. Hence developing AM for aluminum alloys become necessary to make sure industry gains maximum benefit from AM. This study specifically deals with the manufacturing of Al 7050 alloy, which is quite hardest alloy to manufacture using AM. The ultimate goal is to optimize the laser deposition parameters to deposit defect free Al 7050 alloy on rolled aluminum alloy substrate. Parameter optimization (laser power, powder flow rate, and scanning speed) gets difficult with the presence of various low melting and boiling point alloying elements such as Zn, Mg etc. Numerous other challenges faced while depositing Al 7050 alloy, are also briefly discussed in this article. Microstructural investigation using optical and scanning electron microscopy confirms greater than 99% component density.
Technical Paper

Fatigue Resistance of Short Fiber-Reinforced TiNi/Al6061-SiC Composite

The short NiTi fiber-reinforced NiTi/Al6061-SiC composite was recently developed through the U.S. Army SBIR Phase-II program [1]. The objectives of this project are to use short NiTi fiber reinforcement to induce compressive stress through shape memory effect, to use silicon carbide (SiC) particulate reinforcement to enhance the mechanical properties of the aluminum matrix, to gain fundamental knowledge of short NiTi fiber-reinforced aluminum matrix composite, and eventually to improve fatigue resistance, impact damage tolerance and fracture toughness of the composite. The fatigue life, damage and fracture behavior of TiNi/Al6061-SiC, TiNi/Al6061, Al6061-SiC composites as well as monolithic Al6061 alloy were investigated under fully reversed cyclic loading. It was found that fatigue life of NiTi/Al6061-SiC composite, in term of the cycles, increased by two orders of magnitude, compared to monolithic Al6061 alloy
Technical Paper

Prediction of the Behaviors of Adhesively Bonded Steel Hat Section Components under Axial Impact Loading

Adhesively bonded steel hat section components have been experimentally studied in the past as a potential alternative to traditional hat section components with spot-welded flanges. One of the concerns with such components has been their performance under axial impact loading as adhesive is far more brittle as compared to a spot weld. However, recent drop-weight impact tests have shown that the energy absorption capabilities of adhesively bonded steel hat sections are competitive with respect to geometrically similar spot-welded specimens. Although flange separation may take place in the case of a specimen employing a rubber toughened epoxy adhesive, the failure would have taken place post progressive buckling and absorption of impact energy.
Technical Paper

Shape Memory Effect of TiNi Short Fiber on Mechanical Properties of TiNi/Al6061 Composite

A composite of an aluminum matrix reinforced by short TiNi shape memory alloy (SMA) fibers was fabricated. The processing and thermomechanical behaviors of the composite TiNi/Al6061 were investigated experimentally and analytically. Optimal hot-pressing conditions of TiNi/Al6061 processing were identified. The shape memory effect (SME) was activated by prestraining the composite at the temperature between Ms and As, followed by heating up to Af. SME on mechanical properties, such as microhardness, yield stresses of the composite, were investigated. A computational model for the strengthening mechanism of the short fiber metal matrix composite was utilized to analyze SME on yield stress of the composite. Yield stress of the composite as a function of prestrain was predicted numerically and verified experimentally.