An Al-6 %Cu-0.4 %Zr alloy was processed by high-pressure torsion to produce an ultrafine-grained structure with a grain size of ~200 nm at the steady-state level where the hardness remains constant with straining. Tensile testing showed that a maximum elongation of ~530 % was attained at 673 K with an initial strain rate of 1 × 10-3 s-1. Evaluation of the strain-rate sensitivity and the activation energy for the deformation confirmed that grain boundary sliding through grain boundary diffusion is the rate-controlling process for the superplastic deformation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering