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Electro-Hydraulic Forming of Advanced High-Strength Steels: Deformation and Microstructural Characterization

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Aashish Rohatgi, Elizabeth V. Stephens, Danny J. Edwards, Mark T. Smith, Richard W. Davies

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

Paper No. MSEC2012-7322, pp. 163-168; 6 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the 40th North American Manufacturing Research Conference and in participation with the International Conference on Tribology Materials and Processing
  • ASME 2012 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, June 4–8, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5499-0
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


The deformation behavior and texture evolution during forming of an advanced high-strength steel (DP600 grade) were characterized. The deformation history of DP600 during electro-hydraulic forming (EHF) was quantified using a unique experimental capability developed at PNNL. The texture evolution during quasi-static and high-strain-rate deformation was determined using the electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique. The deformation history of EHF formed steel sheets shows an amplification of the strain-rate, relative to free-forming conditions, when the forming was carried out inside a conical-die. This strain-rate amplification was attributed to the focusing action of the conical die. The undeformed DP600 sheet was found to possess a {111} fiber texture in the sheet-normal direction. Quasi-static deformation was found to strengthen the pre-existing texture whereas high-rate forming using EHF had a lesser influence. The results of this work demonstrate the unique capability to correlate deformation history during high-strain-rate metal forming processes with the corresponding microstructural evolution. It is expected that results of this work can help fill-in the gaps in our understanding of high-rate forming processes, leading to development of accurate and validated numerical models.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Deformation , Steel



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