Advances in Materials Science and Engineering

Volume 2014, Article ID 413143, 9 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/413143

## Dynamic Recrystallization Behavior of TA15 Titanium Alloy under Isothermal Compression during Hot Deformation

State Key Lab of Mechanical Transmission, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China

Received 13 June 2014; Revised 28 August 2014; Accepted 31 August 2014; Published 19 October 2014

Academic Editor: Rui Vilar

Copyright © 2014 Yuanxin Luo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

In order to improve the understanding of the dynamic recrystallization (DRX) behaviors of TA15 titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-2Zr-1Mo-1V), a series of experiments were conducted on a TMTS thermal simulator at temperatures of 1173 K, 1203 K, 1223 K, and 1273 K with the strain rates of 0.005 s^{−1}, 0.05 s^{−1}, 0.5 s^{−1}, and 1 s^{−1}. By the regression analysis for conventional hyperbolic sine equation, the activation energy of DRX in two-phase region is and in region is , and a dimensionless parameter controlling the stored energy was determined as in two-phase region and as in region. The DRX behaviors of TA15 titanium alloy were proposed on the strength of the experiment results. Finally, the theoretical prediction results of DRX volume fraction were shown to be in agreement with experimental observations.

#### 1. Introduction

The near -type titanium alloy, Ti-6Al-2Zr-1Mo-1V (TA15 titanium alloy), with high specific strength, good creep resistance and corrosion resistance, good thermal stability, and excellent welding performance, has been widely used in aerospace industry [1–3]. However, it is difficult to form the components with complexity in shape and high quality due to its large deformation resistance and low ductility; it is well known that suitable flow stress and dynamic recrystallization (DRX) model is necessary to describe the property of billet [4]. There are several models that have been reported to express the flow stress and the evolution of dynamic recrystallization of alloy. The constitutive model proposed by Sellars and Tegart has been widely used for describing flow behaviors of the metal alloys [5, 6]. The DRX model mainly contains recrystallization kinetics and grain growth kinetics dynamic. The recrystallization kinetics includes the peak strain equation and dynamic recrystallization fraction equation, while the grain growth kinetics dynamic can be described by recrystallization grain size equation [7]. The Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) microhardness model was proposed by Kalu et al. to quantify the kinetics of restoration mechanisms in inhomogeneous microstructure [8]. The DRX kinetics model was proposed based on Avrami function to study the dynamic recrystallization for metal alloy [9, 10]. For titanium alloy, the Sellars-Tegart model [11, 12] and the JMAK equation are widely used to express peak stress and the dynamic recrystallization evolution [8].

In this paper, the hot deformation behavior of TA15 titanium was studied for investigating the effects of temperature and strain rate on the flow behaviors. Then, the constitutive equation and DRX kinetic model are obtained to characterize the deformation behavior in the isothermal compression. Finally, the theoretical prediction results of DRX volume fraction were shown to be in agreement with experimental observations.

#### 2. Experimental Procedure

Hot compression TA15 titanium alloy bar used in the experiments was with the chemical composition given in Table 1. Titanium and titanium alloys have the characteristics of allotrope change and TA15 titanium alloy includes body-centered cubic structure -phase and close-packed hexagonal structure -phase and ′-phase. The -phase trends to transform into -phase with the increasing of temperature [3]. Its phase transition point is between 1243 K and 1253 K [13].

Prior to executing the experiments, the specimens were resistance heated to deformation temperatures with heating ratio of 10 K/s and homogenized for 180 s. Cylindrical specimens with a height of 12 mm and a diameter of 8 mm were prepared for hot compression tests which were conducted on a TMTS thermal simulation machine at temperatures of 1173 K, 1203 K, 1223 K, and 1273 K and at strain rates of 0.005 , 0.05 , 0.5 , and 1 . The specimens were compressed to 60% reduction and then quenched in water immediately. The general isothermal loading schedule with different temperature route is shown in Figure 1.

#### 3. Results and Discussion

##### 3.1. Flow Stress Behavior

A series of typical true stress-true strain curves obtained during hot compression of homogenized TA15 titanium alloy at different strain rates and deformation temperatures are presented in Figure 2.

It can be easily observed from the true stress-strain curves that the flow stresses increase rapidly to their own peak points. Then the stress decreases slowly and tends to be a constant with the increases of strain. It indicates that the DRX is the dominant softening mechanism under the test conditions. The true stress-strain curves displayed that the work-hardening and softening mechanism vary with strain rate and deformation temperature, which showed that the flow behavior is the conclusion of the dynamic recrystallization and dynamic recovery against work-hardening in isothermal hot compression tests of TA15 titanium alloy. The stress decreases with the increase of deformation temperature at the same strain rate and with the decrease of strain rate under the same deformation temperature. It indicates that the flow stress of TA15 titanium alloy is extremely sensitive to strain rates and deformation temperature.

##### 3.2. Constitutive Equations for Flow Behavior with DRX

In order to further investigate the combined effect of temperature and deformation rate on the deformation behavior, it is necessary to study the constitutive characteristics of titanium alloy represented by the Zener-Hollomon parameter, , in the exponent-type equation [14–16]: where is the strain rate , is the universal gas constant , is the absolute temperature (), is the activation energy for hot deformation , , , , , and are material constants, and is the flow stress (MPa).

###### 3.2.1. Calculation of Material Constants and

The power law equation (2) represents low stress, the exponential law (3) is preferred for high stress, and the hyperbolic sine law (4) can be suitable for a wide range of stresses [15]. Taking the natural logarithms on both sides of (2) and (3), we can obtain

It can be easily derived that and can be obtained from the slope of the lines and plots, respectively. Substituting measured flow stress of TA15 thermal deformation at different temperatures given in Table 2 into (6) and (7), the experimental data and regression results of and plots are shown in Figures 3 and 4:

Under different temperatures (1173–1273) K, the mean value of all the slope rates is accepted as the inverse of material constants and . The value of obtained by linear dependent coefficients is 4.59. Figures 5 and 6 show obtained through the linear regression data is 0.01855 and the value of is 0.004.

###### 3.2.2. Calculation of DRX Activation Energy

Taking the natural logarithms on both sides of (4), it can be rewritten as follows:

For a given strain rate, the apparent activation energy, , can be calculated as

The curves of versus are obtained for different strain rates by using the data in Table 3, as shown in Figures 5 and 6. and can be approximated by taking the average slope of different strain rate. It is found that the constant of deformation activation energy in two-phase region is and in region is .

###### 3.2.3. Construction of Constitutive Equation

The equation of flow stress is given in (4), in which the undefined factors , , , , can be obtained by using (6), (7), (8), and (9), respectively. Also, it is found that the peak flow stress model in two-phase region is

and in region is

Figure 7 displays the result of the relationships between ln and . It follows that the data were divided into two regions, which express single-phase region and two-phase region. And the coefficients obtained are presented in this figure.

##### 3.3. DRX Kinetic Model

###### 3.3.1. Critical Strain for Initiation of DRX

Based on the previous analysis, the critical strain is necessary to activate the DRX. The critical strains will change for different material and deformation conditions. The relationship of critical strain and peak strain can be expressed as [17, 18] where is the critical strain, is the peak strain, and is material constant. It has been reported that ranges from 0.65 to 0.85 [19] for metal alloy.

The critical conditions for the onset of DRX are attained when the value of strain hardening rate reaches the minimum corresponding to an inflection of curve [20]. Figure 8 shows the curve of TA15 titanium alloy at the temperature of 1223 K and with the strain rate of 0.05 s^{−1}. It can be generally divided into three segments. In the first segment, the hardening rate decreases rapidly due to DRV with the increases of at the beginning of plastic deformation. The reason of this phenomenon is that DRV reduces the effect of dislocation density. The second segment begins from the critical stress to the peak stress . The subgrain boundary formed with the continuous increase of dislocation density in this segment, which makes the work-hardening rate be still positive but decrease gradually. In the third segment, the curve depicts the tendency of falling suddenly due to the occurrence of DRX effect and the value of gradually reduces to less than zero and fluctuates up and down and finally keeps a zero value, which express that the continuous DRX occurred. In this stage the value of decreases to zero when the flow stress increases to . This method can be used to determine the relationship between and . The critical stress can be read from the true stress-true strain curve after calculating the critical strain. Figure 9 shows the relation of and with . Consequently, the critical strain model of TA15 titanium alloy is .

###### 3.3.2. The Peak Model Strain of DRX

It is of great importance to determine DRX kinetics model due to realization of the softening mechanism in the hot working of alloys. The peak strain value is related to deformation temperature, strain rate, the original grain size, and deformation activation energy. Therefore, the peak strain model is represented as follows [17]: where is deformation activation energy; is the initial grain size; and , , are material constants. Assume that all of specimens are well heat treated and are with the same grain size. Hence, the influence of the initial grain size on the critical strain is neglectable [21] and (13) can be simplified as

Taking the logarithm on both sides of (14), it can be rewritten as

From (14), the factor of and can take the average of the slopes of (as shown in Figure 10) and (as shown in Figure 11), respectively. We can get ; . is then obtained by using (13), .

Consequently, the peak strain model of TA15 titanium alloy is as follows:

###### 3.3.3. Models for the Strain for 50% DRX and DRX Volume Fraction

DRX is a process accompanied by nucleation and growth of grain and a time-dependent process determined on the basis of the DRX kinetics equation. The veracity of DRX kinetics model is connected with the determination of recrystallization fraction, deformation parameters, the dynamic relationship of the process, and the determination of series of parameters of kinematic equation. The relations of DRX kinetics can be described by the JMAK equation as follows [17]: where is the DRX fraction, is the strain for 50% DRX, is DRX activation energy, and , , , , are material constants.

It is difficult to determine the recrystallized fraction under different deformation conditions based on the microstructures. However, it can be indirectly calculated from the stress-strain curves by using the following equation [6, 12]: where is the peak stress, is the steady-state stress, and and can be calculated from true stress-true strain curves. The DRX fractions of different conditions are calculated by using (19). By substituting (19) into (17), it can be rewritten in logarithm form:

The stress of 50% DRX can be calculated by using (19), and then the can be easily found in the true stress-strain curve. By substituting , X_{drx}, and into (20), it is obtained that and . The DRX fraction of TA15 titanium alloy can be obtained as follows:

Taking natural logarithm of (18), we can get

The materials constants can be calculated by using (22): , , , and for ignoring the effect of initial grain size. Finally, we can get the strain of 50% DRX:

Summarily, the DRX kinetics equations of TA15 can be represented as

Based on the calculated results of this model, the effects of strain, strain rate, and deformation temperature on volume fraction of DRX are shown in Figure 12. It can be seen that the curves of volume fraction of DRX appeared as “S” shape and this phenomenon indicates that the volume fraction of DRX grows rapidly between the strain ranges of 0.1–0.45. The volume fraction of DRX is also slightly affected by the temperature. This is because of the decreased mobility of grain boundaries in a low temperature and high strain rate.

##### 3.4. Microstructure Observations

Typical optical microstructures of TA15 alloy were examined and analyzed on the section plane of specimen deformed to a strain of 0.6. The microstructures at different temperatures and strain rates are shown in Figure 13. The effects of deformation temperature and strain rate on the microstructures can be seen clearly from these optical micrographs. From Figures 13(a) and 13(b), it can be easily found that the small size grain will be obtained at high strain rate for a given temperature. It means that there is not enough time for the DRX to grow at high strain rate. Conversely, the grain size of DRX is large for the higher temperature, as shown in Figures 13(a) and 13(c).

It can be found clearly that the percentage of -phase is higher in Figure 13(d) than that in Figure 13(d). It expresses that there is a tendency of phase transformation occurring with the increase of temperature. The close-packed hexagonal *α*-phase trends to transform into body-centered cubic -phase with the increase of temperature. Because body-centered cubic -phase has the features of high stacking fault energy and a large number of slip systems, the flow stress decreases and becomes gently. In the temperature range of 1223 K–1273 K, it can be found that the flow stresses are not so sensitive to the temperature. So the flow stress drops slightly for the increase of the temperature.

#### 4. Conclusions

Hot deformation behavior of TA15 titanium alloy is studied at high temperatures under isothermal compression in this paper. Based on this research, the following conclusions can be drawn.(1)Through the regression analysis for conventional hyperbolic sine equation, the coefficient of plastic deformation constitutive equation of TA15 titanium alloy during high temperature is calculated, in which the value of deformation activation energy in two-phase region is and in region is .(2)The constitutive equations and DRX kinetic model are obtained by this investigation that can be used to describe the flow behavior of TA15 titanium alloy in hot forming.(3)The optical microstructure observation of the TA15 specimens deformed to a strain of 0.6 under different conditions verified the influence of deformation conditions on the evolution of DRX volume fraction.

#### Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgments

This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 51345013) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant no. CDJZR12110002).

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