Optimization of superplastic forming technology
The purpose of this study is to find out the characteristics of hot forming of Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy in order to determine the conditions of its superplastic behavior. The experiments were performed in two stages: the stepped tensile-tests series (temperature range 700 – 925 °С) and the constant strain rate tensile-test series (temperature range 775 – 925 °С). By the results of stepped tensile tests the constitutive equations which describe relationship between stress and strain rate for each temperature were constructed. On the base of obtained data, the temperature and strain-rate ranges which ensure the realization of superplasticity at forming of Ti-6Al-4V alloy as well as optimal strain rates which corresponds to the maximum value of strain rate sensitivity exponent were determined. In was shown that at low temperatures (700 – 775C) the Ti-6Al-4V alloy shows all signs of superplasticity, however at these temperatures the optimal strain rates are too slow for industrial technological procedures. The dependence between optimum strain rate and reciprocal temperature appears to be well fitted by exponential low. At the second stage of the experimental research, the tensile-tests with a constant, optimum for each temperature strain-rate were carried in order, to estimate the real initial flow stress and the character of strain hardening of the material during the deformation with optimum strain rate. In was found that flow stress values obtained by stepped tensile tests matches the values form constant-strain-rate tests with effective strain value equal to 0,2 and the strain hardening during the deformation with optimal strain rates is significant.
This paper presents the research of the flow characteristics of the Ti-6V-4Al alloy in wide ranges of temperature (725 ‑ 950 °C) and strain rate (10-5 ‑ 10-2 s-1). The material processing maps were constructed based on the basis of dynamic materials model (DMM) developed by Prassad and modified by Narayana Murty. For the construction of such maps the data of the material’s flow stress at different temperatures and strain rates is necessary. To obtain such data the stepped tensile tests which allow get the stress - strain rate dependence at a given temperature are ideal. The experiments conducted consist of the tensile-testing of samples’ series at various temperatures with stepped change of the deformation speed. By the results of these tests the constitutive equations, which describe relationship between stress and strain rate for each temperature were obtained. The data was analyzed in terms of the two different approaches proposed by Prassad and Narayana Murty to assess the impact of deformation conditions on the formability and flow stability of the material. Based on these approaches, the processing maps which allow identifying the conditions of the Ti-6V-4Al alloy superplasticity were constructed.
The exploration of icy satellites such as Saturn’s moon Enceladus or Jupiter’s moons Europa and Ganymede is one of the popular branches in modern space research. Each icy body has its own feature: water ice presence on Enceladus, cryo-vulcanism on Ganymede, Europa’s smooth shell. Also conditions on these moons allow speculation about possible life, considering these moons from an astrobiological point of view.
Research in the last decade shows that there should be a deep ocean (the estimated thickness varies up to 100km) under the icy sheet of Europa. The estimated thickness of the ice on Ganymede varies up to 800km. To study this possible ocean and to look for life’s traces, it is necessary to penetrate the icy sheet. This means that special equipment should be designed. On the Earth, similar kinds of probes have been used successfully to study glaciers. Use of such probes enables extrapolation from terrestrial to extraterrestrial application.
There are several ways to penetrate through the ice. The authors consider these possibilities and explain why, in the case of exploration of icy moons, a melting probe is preferred.
Other unsolved problems are in the areas of analyzing how the probe will move in low gravity and low atmospheric pressure; whether the hole formed in the ice will be closed when the probe penetrates far enough or not; what is the influence of the probe’s characteristics on the melting process; and what would be the order of magnitude of the penetration velocity. This study explores the technique based on elasto-plastic theory and so-called “solid water” theory to estimate the melting velocity and to study the melting process. Based on this technique, the authors considered several cases of melting probe motion, estimated the velocity of the melting probe, studied and discussed the influence of different factors, and propose an easy way to optimize the parameters of the probe.
This aim of this paper is the interpretation of the results of mechanical testing of materials to determine their properties under hot deformation. As an example, a simulation of rod stretching in superplasticity mode was considered. Comparing obtained data with the analytical solution was conducted.
The results concern roll pass design for rolling a round bar of a 20mm diameter from a 55mm diameter input. Concerning materials, this roll pass design must cover a wide range of steels, from low-carbon micro-alloyed steels to stainless steels. The roll pass design proposal takes into consideration lower plasticity of certain steels. The comparison was enabled by suggesting two roll pass designs. The classical oval-round roll pass design, where the maximum extension coefficient is set to 1.55 in oval and 1.22 in round grooves. The second roll pass design uses a combination of smooth part of the roll (curves) and round roll passes. Distribution of the extension coefficient in individual passes is similar to that of oval-round series. The paper also compares values of energy-force parameters calculated analytically using the method of finite elements. If we compare the distribution of temperature, stress and size of the grain, it is proved that the oval-round roll pass designs are the best as far as the balanced distribution of the above-mentioned values is concerned. The roll pas design combining smooth part of the roll with a round part does not achieve such balance. However, its advantage lies in far lower requirement for the needed length of the working part of the roll. Five passes are carried out on the smooth part of the roll, which considerably cuts down the required length of the roll body. Therefore it is this variant that will be used in the laboratory of wire rolling created within the project RMSTC.