Friction Stir Processing for Enhanced Low Temperature Formability

A volume in the Friction Stir Welding and Processing Book Series


  • Christopher Smith, Project Manager, Wolf Robotics, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Rajiv Mishra, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering and NSF IUCRC for Friction Stir Processing, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

The use of friction stir processing to locally modify the microstructure to enhanced formability has the potential to alter the manufacturing of structural shapes. There is enough research to put together a short monograph detailing the fundamentals and key findings. One example of conventional manufacturing technique for aluminum alloys involves fusion welding of 5XXX series alloys. This can be replaced by friction stir welding, friction stir processing and forming. A major advantage of this switch is the enhanced properties. However qualification of any new process involves a series of tests to prove that material properties of interest in the friction stir welded or processed regions meet or exceed those of the fusion welded region (conventional approach). This book will provide a case study of Al5083 alloy with some additional examples of high strength aluminum alloys.
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Researchers, design engineers, materials processing engineers, welding engineers and students


Book information

  • Published: March 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-420113-2

Table of Contents

  1. Concept of friction stir processing for enhanced formability
  2. Fundamentals of formability
  3. High structural efficiency design potentials with enhanced formability
  4. Case study of a Al5083 alloy
  5. Examples of enhanced formability of high strength aluminum alloys
  6. Closing remarks and guidelines