Superplastic Forming of Advanced Metallic Materials

Methods and Applications

Edited by

  • G Giuliano, University of Cassino, Italy

Ultra fine-grained metals can show exceptional ductility, known as superplasticity, during sheet forming. The higher ductility of superplastic metals makes it possible to form large and complex components in a single operation without joints or rivets. The result is less waste, lower weight and manufacturing costs, high precision and lack of residual stress associated with welding which makes components ideal for aerospace, automotive and other applications. Superplastic forming of advanced metallic materials summarises key recent research on this important process.

Part one reviews types of superplastic metals, standards for superplastic forming, processes and equipment. Part two discusses ways of modelling superplastic forming processes whilst the final part of the book considers applications, including superplastic forming of titanium, aluminium and magnesium alloys.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Superplastic forming of advanced metallic materials is a valuable reference for metallurgists and engineers in such sectors as aerospace and automotive engineering.

Note: The Publishers wish to point out an error in the authorship of Chapter 3 which was originally listed as: G. Bernhart, Clément Ader Institute, France. The correct authorship is: G Bernhart, P. Lours, T. Cutard, V. Velay, Ecole des Mines Albi, France and F. Nazaret, Aurock, France. The Publishers apologise to the authors for this error.
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metallurgists, engineers in such sectors as aerospace and automotive engineering, students and academics


Book information

  • Published: June 2011
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-753-2

Table of Contents

Part 1 Superplastic forming methods: Metals for superplastic forming; Standards for superplastic forming of metals; Processes and equipment for superplastic forming of metals; High-temperature lubricants for superplastic forming of metals; The use of laser surface modification in combined superplastic forming and diffusion bonding of metals. Part 2 Modelling of superplastic forming: Mathematical modelling of superplastic metal sheet forming processes; Finite element modelling of thin metal sheet forming; Constitutive equations for modelling superplastic forming of metals; Predicting instability in superplastic forming of metals. Part 3 Applications of superplastic forming: Superplastic forming and diffusion bonding of titanium alloys; Superplastic forming of aluminium alloys; Quick plastic forming of aluminium alloys; Superplastic forming of magnesium alloys; Superplastic microtubes fabricated by dieless drawing processes.