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Investigation of Fracture Behavior and Mechanism in High-Speed Precise Shearing for Metal Bars with Prefabricated Fracture-Start Kerfs

Authors
  • Dong, Yuanzhe1
  • Ning, Jinqiang
  • Dong, Peng1
  • Ren, Yujian1
  • Zhao, Shengdun1
  • 1 (Y.R.)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Materials
Publisher
MDPI AG
Publication Date
Sep 14, 2020
Volume
13
Issue
18
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3390/ma13184073
PMID: 32937803
PMCID: PMC7560247
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
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License
Green

Abstract

A laser-assisted high-speed shearing (LAHSS) method has been proposed for metal bars, which prefabricates equally spaced fracture-start kerfs by Nd:Yag laser to make stress concentration, and applies a high-speed load to complete fracture separation. Comparative tests were conducted for Q235, 40Cr, and 304 steel bars, and the effects of fracture-start kerfs and axial clearance were investigated on the fracture section. Moreover, the fracture behavior was demonstrated by numerical simulation, and the micro-fracture mechanism was revealed by fractographic analysis. The numerical simulation results show that the material damage concentrates along with the kerf tips with peak equivalent plastic strain, and the corresponding stress triaxiality drops to almost zero at the kerf tip, which reveals that the material is subjected to pure shearing at kerf tip; the Max. loading force is reduced by 15.2%–29.6%, and the impact energy is decreased by 29.8%–46.9% for the three types of bar material. The experimental results showed that the fracture-start kerfs effectively inhibited the plastic deformation stage, and higher precision blanks were obtained in the LAHSS test: roundness error improved from 2.7%–10.9% to 1.1%–2.6%, Max. bending deflection decreased from 1.3–3.4 mm to 0.4–1.0 mm, and flatness error dropped from 0.9–3.3 mm to 0.3–0.7 mm. The fractographic analysis reveals that the crack initiation is related to alternative V-shape micro-notches at the laser-affected zone; the predominant fracture mechanism involves mode II microvoid coalescence at the main fracture plane; smaller and less elongated dimples were formed in 40Cr steels due to higher number density of grains and pinning effect of second-phase particles compared to Q235 and 304 steel bars.

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