Numerical prediction of the development of particle stress in the forging of aluminium metal matrix composites

S. M. Roberts, J. Kusiak, P. J. Withers, S. J. Barnes, P. B. Prangnell

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    Abstract

    Finite element (FEM) techniques for the continuum modelling of thermomechanical processing are well established. This paper describes the coupling of FEM with a microstructural model for the evaluation of particle stress during forging of a metal matrix composite (MMC). High materials cost mean that a good understanding of the effect of the processing route on microstructure is vital. To this end an Eshelby type approach is used to predict particle stress evolution as a response to local variation in stresses, strains, strain-rates and temperatures. These variations are provided both historically and spatially by FEM. It is envisaged that this method will lead to a better understanding of 'damage' modes (particle cracking/debonding etc.) observed at the microscale in MMCs. Preliminary comparisons between optical micrographs of damage in forged MMC components and particle stress maps are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)711-718
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
    Volume60
    Issue number1-4
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 1996

    Keywords

    • Damage modelling
    • Finite element
    • Metal matrix composites
    • Microstructure
    • Particle stress

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