Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Richard D. Sisson, Jr., Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Jianyu Liang, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Gang Wang, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Qigui Wang, Committee Member


Yiming Rong




"High strength aluminum alloys are recently widely used in aircraft, automobile and construction industry fields. Typical T6 heat treatment process can be applied to improve the heat treatable aluminum alloy in order to facilitate the formation of prime strengthening precipitate phases. Critical steps in T6 heat treatment process include solution treatment, quenching and aging. Due to high thermal gradients in quenching process and aging process, large thermal stress will remain in the matrix and may bring unexpected deformation or distortion in further machining. Therefore, in order to predict the thermal stress effects, constitutive model and precipitate hardening model are needed to simulate the mechanical properties of alloy. In this dissertation, an optimized constitutive model, which is used to describe the mechanical behavior during quenching and intermediate period of quenching and aging process, was given based on constitutive models with Zenor-Holloman parameter. Modification for constitutive model is based on the microstructure model, which is developed for the quenching and aging processes. Quench factor analysis method was applied to describe the microstructure evolution and volume fraction of primary precipitate phases during quenching process. Some experimental phenomena are discussed and explained by precipitate distributions. Classical precipitate hardening models were reviewed and two models were selected for Al-Cu-Mn alloy aging treatment. Thermal growth model and Euler algorithm were used to improve the accuracy and the selected precipitate hardening models were validated by yield stress and microstructure observations of Al-Cu-Mn aging response experiments."


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name



Manufacturing Engineering

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Date Accepted





Aluminum, Microstructure, Heat treat, Constitutive model