Plastic deformation and fracture behaviour of Ti-6Al-4V alloy loaded with high strain rate under various temperatures

Woei Shyan Lee, Chi Feng Lin

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This study investigates the plastic deformation and fracture behaviour of titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V) under high strain rates and various temperature conditions. Mechanical tests are performed at constant strain rates ranging from 5 × 102 to 3 × 103 s-1 at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 1100°C by means of the compressive split-Hopkinson bar technique. The material's dynamic stress-strain response, strain rate, temperature effects and possible deformation mechanisms are discussed. Furthermore, the plastic flow response of this material is described by a deformation constitutive equation incorporating the effects of temperature, strain rate, strain and work hardening rate. The simulated results based on this constitutive equation are verified. The fracture behaviour and variations of adiabatic shear band produced by deformation at each test condition are investigated with optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results show that the flow stress of Ti-6Al-4V alloy is sensitive to both temperature and strain rate. Nevertheless, the effect on flow stress of temperature is greater than that of strain rate. Fracture observations reveal that adiabatic shear banding turns out to be the major fracture mode when the material is deformed to large plastic strain at high temperature and high strain rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-59
Number of pages12
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering: A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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