DYMAT 2009
Volume 2, 2009
DYMAT 2009 - 9th International Conference on the Mechanical and Physical Behaviour of Materials under Dynamic Loading
Page(s) 1431 - 1435
Section Constitutive Modeling
Published online 15 September 2009
DYMAT 2009 (2009) 1431-1435
DOI: 10.1051/dymat/2009202

Constitutive behavior of magnesium alloy sheet at high strain rates

D. Hasenpouth, C. Salisbury, A. Bardelcik and M.J. Worswick

University of Waterloo, Mechanical Engineering, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1

Published online: 15 September 2009

In an effort to improve the fuel efficiency of automobiles, car designers are investigating new materials to reduce the overall automobile weight. Magnesium alloys are good candidates to achieve that weight reduction due, in part to their low density. As part of a project on the interaction between forming and crashworthiness, constitutive parameters of AZ31B sheets were determined in order to support finite element analysis of the material response throughout the forming process and in crash structures. Stress-strain data was collected at 0.003s−1, 100s−1 and 1000s−1 in both the rolling and transverse directions. The intermediate strain-rate response was collected with an instrumented falling weight impact test for a rate of 100s−1, while 1000s−1 tests were performed with a tensile split Hopkinson bar. The Johnson-Cook model was successfully fit to the experimental data which showed significant strain rate dependence in both directions.

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