The effect of strain rate sensitivity evolution on deformation stability during superplastic forming

M. A. Nazzal, M. K. Khraisheh, F. K. Abu-Farha

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The most important characteristic of superplastic materials is the high sensitivity of flow stress to deformation rate. In general, a constant strain rate sensitivity index value is usually used for calibrating models describing superplastic deformation. However, experimental results indicate that the strain rate sensitivity index depends on strain rate, strain and does not remain constant during deformation. In this work, the effects of strain rate sensitivity variation on the stability of deformation during superplastic forming are examined using finite element simulations in conjunction with a microstructure-based constitutive model. The model is experimentally calibrated and validated for the AZ31 magnesium alloy. The results clearly show the importance of accounting for the variation of strain rate sensitivity in modeling and simulating superplastic forming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-192
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007



  • Deformation stability
  • Finite element analysis
  • Strain rate sensitivity
  • Superplastic forming (SPF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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