Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance

, Volume 28, Issue 11, pp 6942–6957 | Cite as

Microstructural Characterization and Simulation of High Temperature Inelastic Deformation and Fracture of Al-Li 2070

  • A. StaroselskyEmail author
  • L. Borkowski


A combined experimental and simulation investigation is carried out to characterize the high temperature deformation behavior of a recently developed Al-Li alloy, AA2070, over a temperature range including typical forging temperatures. Focus is placed on providing explanations for the temperature-dependent plastic and fracture behavior observed for this material using macroscale tensile tests, microscale imaging and analysis, and physics-based micromechanical modeling. It is shown that AA2070 experiences non-monotonic elongation to failure with a rise in temperature. Detailed fractography and microstructural analysis, including dynamic recrystallization analysis, provide insight into this interesting and practically useful behavior. In addition, a validated crystal plasticity model is called upon to explain the unique texture observed in the necked region of the ductile tensile specimen. The insights provided by this investigation will allow improved design of high temperature forming operations for AA2070 and similar alloys which can extend the application of third generation Al-Li alloys.


aluminum crystal plasticity crystallographic texture failure analysis microstructural evolution modeling and simulation recrystallization 



The authors are grateful for support and funding from Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII). The contributions of and fruitful discussions with Dr. Thomas Watson from Pratt and Whitney and Dr. Tracy Berman from University of Michigan Ann Arbor are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.United Technologies Research CenterEast HartfordUSA

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