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Micromechanical modelling of damage behaviour of Ti–6Al–4V

S. Katani, F. Madadi, M. Atapour, S. Ziaei-Rad

Materials and Design 49 (2013) 1016–1021



The effort of this study is to develop a simulation method to predict the effect of microstructural morphology in mechanical properties and failure mechanism of Ti–6Al–4V with 55% α and 45% β. Finite element models were then created based on a clarification of a damage mechanism to control the ductile cracking with focusing on the heterogeneity in strength of microstructure. By the way, Simulation for the dimple failure of the material, using the Gurson–Tvergaard–Needleman (GTN) model, will be presented. The large number of micro-voids nucleation at lower strength side near two phase boundary associated with the localisation of stress/strain is found to control ductile cracking. Numerical simulations, which were carried out using the scanning electron micrograph, are able to predict the void initiation in the material. During fractography of the material, some evidence is observable which can validate the results obtained by the simulation. The good correlation between the numerical and experimental observations from fractographic and tensile test results shows the efficiency of the proposed models in predicting the failure mechanism of Ti–6Al–4V.



Titanium alloy; Finite element method; Failure mechanism; Microstructure; Gurson–Tvergaard–Needleman


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