Mechanistic study of delamination fracture in Al-Li alloy C458 (2099)

W. A. Tayon, R. E. Crooks, M. S. Domack, J. A. Wagner, A. J. Beaudoin, R. J. McDonald

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Delamination fracture has limited the use of lightweight Al-Li alloys. In the present study, electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) methods were used to characterize crack paths in Al-Li alloy C458 (2099). Secondary delamination cracks in fracture toughness samples showed a pronounced tendency for fracture between grain variants of the same deformation texture component. These results were analyzed by EBSD mapping methods and simulated with finite element analyses. Simulation procedures include a description of material anisotropy, local grain orientations, and fracture utilizing crystal plasticity and cohesive zone elements. Taylor factors computed for each grain orientation subjected to normal and shear stresses indicated that grain pairs with the largest Taylor factor differences were adjacent to boundaries that failed by delamination. Examination of matching delamination fracture surface pairs revealed pronounced slip bands in only one of the grains bordering the delamination. These results, along with EBSD studies, plasticity simulations, and Auger electron spectroscopy observations support a hypothesis that delamination fracture occurs due to poor slip accommodation along boundaries between grains with greatly differing plastic response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference on Fracture 2009, ICF-12
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2009

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Name12th International Conference on Fracture 2009, ICF-12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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