Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 84–92 | Cite as

The tensile properties of a superplastic aluminium bronze

  • G. L. Dunlop
  • D. M. R. Taplin


The high temperature tensile properties of a micrograin Cu-9.5% Al-4% Fe alloy, which is superplastic at 800° C, have been determined. Elongations at fracture of greater than 700% are achieved when the nominal strain-rate is in the range 3.9×10−2 min−1 to 7.9×10−2 min−1. The nature of plastic instability in superplastic materials is considered and it is shown that the amount of strain at the onset of plastic instability is inversely related to the applied strain-rate and is relatively independent of the strain-rate sensitivity exponent, m. The onset of plastic instability during a tensile test results in an increase of local strain-rate at the point of minimum cross-section and this, together with the existence of a triaxial stress state in the necked region, may produce errors in the m versus strain-rate plot if m is determined by the change-rate method. The initial strain-rate for maximum elongation is lower than the strain-rate for maximum m. This may be ascribed either to the influence of plastic instability or the formation of cavities at the higher strain-rates.


Tensile Property Triaxial Stress Plastic Instability Maximum Elongation Triaxial Stress State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. L. Dunlop
    • 1
  • D. M. R. Taplin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MetallurgyUniversity of CambridgeUK
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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