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Constitutive Modeling and Rupture Predictions of Al-6061-T6 Tubes Under Biaxial Loading Paths

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Y. P. Korkolis1

Research Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials, WRW 110, C0600, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712

S. Kyriakides, T. Giagmouris, L.-H. Lee

Research Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials, WRW 110, C0600, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712


Present address: Mechanical Engineering, University of New Hampshire.

J. Appl. Mech 77(6), 064501 (Aug 19, 2010) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4001940 History: Received January 13, 2010; Revised May 13, 2010; Posted June 09, 2010; Published August 19, 2010; Online August 19, 2010

This brief note reports the results of a set of biaxial experiments on Al-6061-T6 tubes tested to rupture under radial stress paths of combined internal pressure and axial load. The experiments are then simulated with shell-type finite element models, in which several yield functions are calibrated and implemented and their performance evaluated against the experimental results.

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(a) Circumferential and (b) axial stress-strain responses of Al-6061-T6 tubes tested to failure

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Figure 1

(a) Radial engineering stress paths prescribed and (b) the induced engineering strain paths (●≡limit load; ▲≡rupture)

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Figure 3

Two failed specimens tested at different biaxiality ratios: (a) α=0.9 and (b) α=1.1 illustrating the axial and circumferential modes of failure, respectively

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Figure 4

Experimental data representing the initial yield surface (Wp=35 psi–24 kPa) and the three different yield criteria used (von Mises, Hosford, and Yld2000-2D)

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Figure 5

Results from numerical simulation of experiment for α=1 using the three plasticity models and the corresponding experimental responses. (a) σx−ε¯x, with strain measured at two locations. (b) σθ−ε¯θ.

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Figure 6

Calculated deformed configuration for α=1 after the onset of localization. Shown are contours of current thickness.

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Figure 7

Comparison of calculated and measured engineering strain paths for the five loading cases using the three plasticity models: (a) von Mises, (b) Hosford k=8, and (c) Yld2000-2D



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