Constitutive modelling of creep-ageing behaviour of peak-aged aluminium alloy 7050
1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK
2 ESI Group, 100-102, Avenue de Suffren, Paris 75015, France
a Corresponding author: e-mail: Y.Yang13@Imperial.ac.uk
The creep-ageing behaviour of a peak-aged aluminium alloy 7050 was investigated under different stress levels at 174 ∘C for up to 8 h. Interrupted creep tests and tensile tests were performed to investigate the influences of creep-ageing time and applied stress on yield strength. The mechanical testing results indicate that the material exhibits an over-ageing behaviour which increases with the applied stress level during creep-ageing. As creep-ageing time approaches 8 h, the material's yield strength under different stress levels gradually converge, which suggests that the difference in mechanical properties under different stress conditions can be minimised. This feature can be advantageous in creep-age forming to the formed components such that uniformed mechanical properties across part area can be achieved. A set of constitutive equations was calibrated using the mechanical test results and the alloy-specific material constants were obtained. A good agreement is observed between the experimental and calibrated results.
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