Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

, Volume 43, Issue 9, pp 3097–3107 | Cite as

Tailored Heat Treated Accumulative Roll Bonded Aluminum Blanks: Microstructure and Mechanical Behavior

  • Verena Maier
  • Tina Hausöl
  • Christian W. Schmidt
  • Wolfgang Böhm
  • Hung Nguyen
  • Marion Merklein
  • Heinz Werner Höppel
  • Mathias Göken

Aluminum alloy AA6016 was accumulative roll bonded up to eight cycles and investigated regarding formability by bending tests. Due to the limited bendability of accumulative roll bonding (ARB) processed materials, a tailored laser heat treatment was performed along the bending edge before forming. This tailored laser heat treatment causes a local recrystallization and recovery of the bending samples at the deformation zone, which locally increases ductility and allows higher bending angles achievable with lower forming forces. Between the recrystallized heat treated zone and the unaffected ultrafine-grained (UFG) base material, a gradient in grain size with a bimodal region is formed. This observed microstructural profile is confirmed by local mechanical testing measuring the hardness and strain rate sensitivity by nanoindentation techniques.


Strain Rate Sensitivity Accumulative Roll Bonding Heat Treated Sample Punch Force Accumulative Roll Bonding Process 
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the funding of the German Research Council (DFG), which, within the framework of its “Excellence Initiative,” supports the Cluster of Excellence “Engineering of Advanced Materials” at the University of Erlangen–Nürnberg. The authors are also very grateful to Novelis Switzerland SA for supplying the material.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Verena Maier
    • 1
  • Tina Hausöl
    • 1
  • Christian W. Schmidt
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Böhm
    • 2
  • Hung Nguyen
    • 2
  • Marion Merklein
    • 2
  • Heinz Werner Höppel
    • 1
  • Mathias Göken
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Institute I: General Materials PropertiesUniversity Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chair of Manufacturing TechnologyUniversity Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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