Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Ramos-Moore E., Hoffmann J., Siqueira R., Medeiros de Carvalho S., Fernandes de Lima M., Celentano D. (2021)

Experimental and Simulation Analysis of Effects of Laser Beam Forming on Microstructure Applied to Advanced Metallic Alloys

Revista : Metals
Volumen : 11
Número : article 36
Páginas : 1-12
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


The aim of this work is the analysis of laser beam forming (LBF) in the bending of two relevant materials used in the transportation industry—interstitial-free (IF) steel and AA6013 high-strength aluminum alloy. Our experiments and numerical simulations consider two different operating scenarios achieved by varying the laser beam scanning velocity using linear paths. The material behavior during this process is described via a coupled thermomechanical-plasticity-based formulation that allows prediction of temperature profiles and bending angles. Metallography,glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction are used for microstructure characterization. In addition, microstress analyses are performed in order to study the stress behavior of the irradiated zones. It is found that LBF mainly induces grain growth and melting in the caseof high surface temperatures. Before melting, the materials developed compressive stresses that could be useful in preventing cracking failures. The resulting bending angles are predicted and experimentally validated, indicating the robustness of the model to estimate LBF effects on advancedalloys. The present analysis relating bending angles together with temperature and microstructure profiles along the thickness of the sheets is the main original contribution of this work, highlighting the need for further modeling refinement of the effects of LBF on advanced alloys to include more microstructural properties, such as grain boundary diffusion and surface roughness.