RESEARCH PROPOSAL AZ magnesium alloy series are widely used by today’s light metal industry.

In this research AZ80 magnesium alloy is selected. The chemical composition of this alloy is 7.8%-Al, 0.2%-Zn, 0.12%-Mn, 0.10%-Si, 0.05%-Cu, 0.005%-Ni and 0.005%-Fe. AZ80 is an important structural wrought magnesium alloy with a high aluminium content of about 8 wt. %. AZ80 will be the main subject of this study because it offers higher strength and higher hardness than the widely used AZ31 from stronger solid solution hardening. The percentage of zinc is reduced because zinc is only useful to add strength at room temperature. But it is now an established fact that magnesium alloys cannot be formed at room temperature so the percentage of zinc is quite reduced as compared to other commercial magnesium alloys AZ31 and AZ61. This research will add knowledge of a new alloy in the wrought magnesium alloy series for formability applications for the light metal industry. AZ80 magnesium alloy has already proved its properties as cast and extruded bars which show excellent properties compared to AZ31, AZ61 and ZK60 alloys. Till now there is no data available related to formability parameters, deformation mechanisms including grain boundary sliding and cavitation, forming limits curves, flow stress values, texture variations and effect of grain sizes for thin magnesium AZ80 sheet. This research will cover all these issues and provide a comprehensive knowledge base related to thin AZ80 wrought magnesium alloy. In Deakin I will investigate the forming capabilities of magnesium AZ80 alloy by using Erichson formability tester. Several factors will be investigated like: a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j) Influence of the punch speed Influence of punch force Influence of blank holder force Influence of texture Influence of temperature Temperature distribution during warm forming Thickness distribution during warm forming Spring back properties Lubrication system for tool and blank Exact prediction of the flow of material during forming by mathematical modelling.

This research will open a new horizon of opportunities for sheet metal industry and provide them an alternate option in category of structural materials with suitable mechanical properties and light weight.

Muhammad Waseem Soomro Ph.d Student School of Engineering AUT

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