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Title: Effect of grain orientation on aluminum relocation at incipient melt conditions

Aluminum is commonly used for structural applications in the aerospace industry because of its high strength in relation to its weight. It is necessary to understand the mechanical response of aluminum structures at elevated temperatures such as those experienced in a fire. Additionally, aluminum alloys exhibit many complicated behaviors that require further research and understanding, such as aluminum combustion, oxide skin formation and creep behavior. This paper discusses the effect of grain orientation on aluminum deformation subjected to heating at incipient melt conditions. Experiments were conducted by applying a vertical compressive force to aluminum alloy 7075 block test specimens. Furthermore, compression testing was done on test specimens with the applied load on the long transverse and short transverse orientations. Our results showed that the grain orientation significantly influences aluminum’s strength and mode of failure.
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  1. New Mexico Inst. of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM (United States)
  2. New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces, NM (United States)
  3. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0167-6636; PII: S0167663615001015
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Mechanics of Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 88; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0167-6636
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE aluminum deformation; compressive strength; oxide skin; creep