Extrusion Through Controlled Strain Rate Dies

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The workability of a material during deformation processing is determined by (a) the die geometry which, in turn, determines the flow field during deformation, and, (b) the inherent workability of the material under the imposed processing conditions of strain rate and temperature. Most common alloys have good inherent workability and can be successfully formed over wide ranges of temperature and strain rate. Products can be successfully formed from these alloys even with dies which impose large variations in strain rate during deformation. However, many of the new alloys and composites can be deformed only in very narrow processing regimes, and control of the strain rate during deformation of such materials becomes important. For example, extrusion of a whisker-reinforced aluminum alloy composite is possible only when the strain rate is controlled to within one order of magnitude. This paper describes the development of a method for obtaining preliminary shapes of controlled strain rate extrusion dies, a special case being the constant strain rate die. The theoretical basis for such die design processes is presented, followed by some examples of die geometries. Since this design procedure ignores the material flow properties, the designed die shapes must be verified using the finite element method or physical modeling. Results of simulations with the program ALPID are also presented.