Date of Award

6-1974

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Engineering (ME)

Department

Production

Supervisor

J.L. Duncan

Abstract

A brief introduction to superplasticity is presented.

The forming of superplastic sheet into a rectangular trough is examined and the thickness distribution theoretically determined. Figures, dependent on the height to width ratio of the trough, are presented of the thickness variation against a suitable geometric parameter.

Experiments have been performed on the forming of superplastic Zn-Al into a flat bottomed cylindrical cavity. A semi-empirical analysis based on the theoretical work of Cornfield and Johnson is presented and the theoretical and experimental thickness distributions compared.

The closed die forging of superplastic and conventional Zn-Al eutectoid alloys is examined. The results of experiments are presented and a two phase forging cycle, suitable for rate dependent materials, is presented.

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