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    • ISSN: 1793-8198
    • Frequency: Quarterly
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJMMM
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Prof. Ian McAndrew
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, UK.
It is my honor to be the editor-in-chief of IJMMM. I will do my best to help develop this journal better.

IJMMM 2018 Vol.6(1): 15-18 ISSN: 1793-8198
DOI: 10.18178/ijmmm.2018.6.1.339

An Experimental Study on Superplastic Hemispherical Forming of Aluminum Lithium 2195 Alloy

Ho-Sung Lee, Jong-Hoon Yoon, and Joon-Tae Yoo
Abstract—Superplastic forming (SPF) technology is currently being used to produce a number of components for aerospace vehicles. The most important advantages of using SPF technology is the process simplicity and economy in tooling. The widely used superplastic materials are titanium alloys and aluminum alloys, which are the workhorse alloys of the aerospace industry. The low density and good mechanical properties of Aluminum-Lithium 2195 alloy make them successfully used in cryogenic tank of space vehicles. In this study, a hemispherical dome is produced with this alloy by superplastic forming. By controlling hydraulic gas pressure, it was possible to maintain the superplastic condition during the forming process. The forming temperature was 460℃ to form a complete hemispherical dome with diameter of 350 mm for 3,420 sec. The programmed gas pressure was applied and the maximum pressure was limited to 5 MPa to protect the forming tool. The distribution of thickness within the hemisphere was investigated and confirmed the analysis result. The process development for the production of a hemisphere with 2195 aluminum alloy has been achieved. The hemispherical dome is in good conformity with drawing dimensional and tolerance specifications.

Index Terms—Aluminum lithium alloy, gas pressure forming, hemisphere, superplastic forming.

The authors are with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Daejeon, 34133, Korea (e-mail: hslee@kari.re.kr, yjh@kari.re.kr, ytyoo@kari.re.kr).


Cite: Ho-Sung Lee, Jong-Hoon Yoon, and Joon-Tae Yoo, "An Experimental Study on Superplastic Hemispherical Forming of Aluminum Lithium 2195 Alloy," International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 15-18, 2018.

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