Year of Publication

2007

Document Type

Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Marwan Khraisheh

Abstract

A recent study on the Post-Formed properties of Superplastically Formed Magnesium AZ31B has shown that the heating time prior to testing has a major effect on the Post Forming properties of the superplastically material. To this point, there has been very little examination into the effect of pre-heating or annealing on superplastic forming (SPF) properties. In this work, the effects of annealing prior to the SPF of Mg AZ31 alloy were examined. Both high temperature SPF tensile and bulge specimens were formed after annealing. Multiple annealing temperatures were examined to produce specimens with grain sizes ranging from 8 andamp;igrave;m to 15 andamp;igrave;m for comparison with traditional SPF results. The results show that the effect of annealing can be suitable for the improvement of thinning and possibly the forming time of superplastically formed Magnesium alloys through the control of the microstructure.

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