Materials Science and Engineering: A ( IF 4.652 ) Pub Date : 2020-01-03 , DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2020.138912 Qiang Chen; Li Hu; Laixin Shi; Tao Zhou; Mingbo Yang; Jian Tu
By predicting the complex deformation mechanisms, visco-plastic self-consistent (VPSC) model has been found to be a useful tool for investigating plastic deformation behavior of magnesium alloy. The standard version of VPSC model involves a large number of adjustable parameters. Using independent arguments obtained from single tests, VPSC model with a minimum parameter approach immensely reduces the number of adjustable parameters, hence shows huge potential in simulating plastic deformation behavior of thin magnesium alloy sheet. The predictability of this new approach is thoroughly assessed in the present study. Although only the mechanical response of in-plane tension (IPT) in AZ31 magnesium alloy is applied to calibrated the corresponding material parameters, simulated results in terms of texture evolution using VPSC model with a minimum parameter approach show a relatively small difference by comparison with the predicted ones applying the standard version of VPSC model during IPT, in-plane compression (IPC), through-thickness compression (TTC), and plane strain compression (PSC), respectively. Furthermore, the corresponding activated deformation mechanisms during various deformation processes are further analyzed. With the exception of pyramidal <c+a> slip, the predicted activities of remaining deformation mechanisms are generally consistent with each other. This phenomenon is identified to be the root of minor difference in texture evolution. Moreover, the predicted activities in pyramidal <c+a> slip using VPSC model with a minimum parameter approach are relatively higher than the corresponding ones in the case with the standard version of VPSC model. However, these reported results are not beyond the maximum of published literature, and hence are acceptable when simulating various plastic deformation behavior of AZ31 magnesium alloy.