• Experimental analysis and FE Modeling of Aluminium alloys Microstructural Evolution in Extrusion
  • Analisi sperimentale e modellazione EF dell'evoluzione microstrutturale di leghe di alluminio nel processo di estrusione
  • Segatori, Antonio <1981>


  • ING-IND/16 Tecnologie e sistemi di lavorazione


  • Extrusion is a process used to form long products of constant cross section, from simple billets, with a high variety of shapes. Aluminum alloys are the materials most processed in the extrusion industry due to their deformability and the wide field of applications that range from buildings to aerospace and from design to automotive industries. The diverse applications imply different requirements that can be fulfilled by the wide range of alloys and treatments, that is from critical structural application to high quality surface and aesthetical aspect. Whether one or the other is the critical aspect, they both depend directly from microstructure. The extrusion process is moreover marked by high deformations and complex strain gradients making difficult the control of microstructure evolution that is at present not yet fully achieved. Nevertheless the evolution of Finite Element modeling has reached a maturity and can therefore start to be used as a tool for investigation and prediction of microstructure evolution. This thesis will analyze and model the evolution of microstructure throughout the entire extrusion process for 6XXX series aluminum alloys. Core phase of the work was the development of specific tests to investigate the microstructure evolution and validate the model implemented in a commercial FE code. Along with it two essential activities were carried out for a correct calibration of the model beyond the simple research of contour parameters, thus leading to the understanding and control of both code and process. In this direction activities were also conducted on building critical knowhow on the interpretation of microstructure and extrusion phenomena. It is believed, in fact, that the sole analysis of the microstructure evolution regardless of its relevance in the technological aspects of the process would be of little use for the industry as well as ineffective for the interpretation of the results.


  • 2012-06-05


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Segatori, Antonio (2012) Analisi sperimentale e modellazione EF dell'evoluzione microstrutturale di leghe di alluminio nel processo di estrusione, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Meccanica e scienze avanzate dell'ingegneria: progetto n. 4 "Meccanica dei materiali e processi tecnologici" , 24 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/4847.