Superplastic forming of AZ31 magnesium alloy with controlled microstructure

M. Cusick, F. Abu-Farha, P. Lours, Y. Maoult, G. Bernhart, M. Khraisheh

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A recent study on post-superplastic forming properties has shown that heating time prior to testing has a major effect on the post-forming properties of superplastically-formed AZ31 Magnesium alloy sheets. To this point, there has been very little examination into the effects of pre-heating or annealing on superplastic forming. In this work, these effects are examined using AZ31 Mg alloy samples. Both tensile specimens and bulge sheets were superplastically- stretched after undergoing different annealing routes. Multiple annealing temperatures and times were examined to produce specimens with grain sizes ranging from 8 to 15 μm, for comparison with traditional SPF results. The results show that annealing treatments can be suitable for the improvement of thinning and forming time of superplastically-formed Magnesium alloys through the control of the microstructure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)810-816
Number of pages7
JournalMaterialwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnik
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012



  • Annealing
  • Magnesium
  • Selective Control of Microstructure
  • Superplastic Forming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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