Evaluation of a 7050-TAF aluminum alloy submitted to creep age forming

CAF process combines creep and precipitation hardening which are highly dependent on time and temperature. The aging cycle relax the stresses induced during the loading phase. At the end of the process stress relaxation induces shape changes in the part but significant spring back is observed (about 70%). Usually CAF cycles for 7XXX alloys use times around 20 h and temperatures in the range of 120°C to 190°C. In the present work CAF tests were performed using the alloy 7050 in an intermediate condition named Temper to Age Forming (TAF). Using the alloy 7050-TAF resulted in significant proces...

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