Precipitate effects on the mechanical behavior of aluminum copper alloys: Part II. Modeling

H. Sehitoglu, T. Foglesong, H. J. Maier

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This work focuses on a new hardening formulation accounting for precipitate-induced anisotropy in a binary aluminum-copper precipitation-hardened alloy. Different precipitates were developed upon aging at 190 °C and 260 °C, and corresponding work hardening characteristics were predicted for single and polycrystals. The use of single crystals facilitated the demonstration of the effect of precipitates on the flow anisotropy behavior. Pure aluminum was also studied to highlight the change in deformation mechanisms due to the introduction of precipitates in the matrix. The influence of precipitate-induced anisotropy on single-crystal flow behavior was clearly established, again relating to the precipitate character. Simulations are presented for several single-crystal orientations and polycrystals, and they display good agreement with experiments. The work demonstrates that precipitate-induced anisotropy can dominate over the crystal anisotropy effects in some cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-770
Number of pages8
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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