Introduction to Additive Manufacturing: Part One

Additive manufacturing is a relatively recent manufacturing method which has become a key area of interest in multiple industrial sectors.
Deriving from CAD models the process can be used to create solid yet highly complex parts and pushes towards a tool-less manufacturing environment meaning improved quality and better efficiency in many cases. Continue reading

Superplasticity of Aluminum Alloys: Part One

It is known that superplasticity refers to the ability of a material to demonstrate under tensile tests very high uniform deformation more than several hundreds percents without visible necking. There are two basic requirements in order to achieve superplastic flow in a polycrystalline material. First, the material must have a very small and stable grain size less than 10 μm. Second, superplasticity is achieved only at relatively high temperatures above 0.5Tm (where Tm is the absolute melting temperature) because superplasticity is diffusion-controlled process. Continue reading

Wrought Aluminum Alloys for General and Special Applications: Part Two

Super plasticity is the property of certain metallic materials that very high elongations without contraction till breakage can be achieved at suitable working conditions. These elongations are from few hundred to 1000% or even more. Such a method of working occurs at low strain rates, high working temperatures, and corresponding microstructure of material. Needed working stresses values are considerably lower than in working ordinary materials. Excellent work abilities enable wide range of applications of super plastic materials for various purposes.

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