ISSN: 1003-6326
CN: 43-1239/TG

Vol. 27    No. 6    June 2017

Effect of electromagnetic bulging on fatigue behavior of 5052 aluminum alloy
Du-zhen WANG1, Ning LI1, Xiao-tao HAN2, Liang LI2, Lin LIU1
(1. School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China;
2. Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
Abstract: The effect of electromagnetic bulging on the fatigue behavior of the 5052 aluminum alloy was investigated through tensile-tensile fatigue testing. The intriguing finding is that the bulged specimens exhibited enhanced fatigue strength as depicted by maximum stress vs the number of cycles until failure (S-N) curves, by comparison with these original aluminum alloys. Although the fatigue process of the original and budged alloys follows the same mechanism with three distinct steps, namely, crack initiation at a corner of the tested samples, stable crack propagation with typical fatigue striations and finally catastrophic fracture with dimple fractographic features. The typical crack propagation rate vs stress intensity factor range (da/dN-ΔK) curves derived from the spacing of striations reveal a lower crack propagation rate in the bulged specimens. The enhancement of fatigue strength in electromagnetically bulged aluminum alloy is further rationalized in-depth on the basis of strain hardening and dislocation shielding effect.
Key words: fatigue behavior; aluminum alloy; electromagnetic bulging; dislocation
Superintended by The China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)
Sponsored by The Nonferrous Metals Society of China (NFSOC)
Managed by Central South University (CSU)