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Bao Qu

Harbin Institiute of Technology (CN)

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1.  Wang K., Kopeć M., Chang S., Qu B., Liu J., Politis D.J., Wang L., Liu G., Enhanced formability and forming efficiency for two-phase titanium alloys by fast light alloys stamping technology (FAST), Materials & Design, ISSN: 0264-1275, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2020.108948, pp.1-25, 2020

Abstract:
During hot stamping of titanium alloys, insufficient forming temperatures result in limited material formability, whereas temperatures approaching the β phase transus also result in reduced formability due to phase transformation, grain coarsening and oxidation during the long-time heating. To solve this problem, Fast light Alloys Stamping Technology (FAST) is proposed in this paper, where fast heating is employed. Effects of heating parameters on the formability and post-form strength were studied by tensile tests. Forming of a wing stiffener was performed to validate this new process. Results show that microstructure of TC4 alloy after fast heating was in nonequilibrium state, which could enhance ductility significantly compared with the equilibrium state. When TC4 alloy was first heated to 950 °C with heating rate of 100 °C/s and then cooled to 700 °C, the elongation at 700 °C was more than 3 times that of a slow heating rate with soaking. Nano-scaled martensite with high dislocation density transformed from β phase was observed under fast heating condition. A complex shaped wing stiffener was successfully formed from TC4 titanium alloy in less than 70 s including heating, transfer and forming, and the post-form strength was almost the same with the initial blank.

Keywords:
titanium alloys, fast heating, hot stamping, formability, post-form strength

Affiliations:
Wang K. - Imperial College London (GB)
Kopeć M. - IPPT PAN
Chang S. - Harbin Institiute of Technology (CN)
Qu B. - Harbin Institiute of Technology (CN)
Liu J. - Imperial College London (GB)
Politis D.J. - Imperial College London (GB)
Wang L. - Imperial College London (GB)
Liu G. - Harbin Institiute of Technology (CN)

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