Accumulative Roll Bonding: Forming Behavior, Tailored Properties and Upscaling Approach

Merklein M, Böhm W (2014)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2014


Book Volume: 907

Pages Range: 3-16

Journal Issue: 907

DOI: 10.4028/


The Accumulative Roll Bonding (ARB) process enables the manufacturing of high strength sheet metals with outstanding mechanical properties by repeated rolling. However, the significant increase in strength leads to loss in ductility, especially regarding aluminum alloys of the 6000 series. The low formability obviously limits the implementation of these sheet products for formed components in automotive applications. To enhance formability, a local short term heat treatment according to the Tailored Heat Treated Blanks technology is used. For the finite element based design of forming operations accurate information about the plastic behavior of these tailored materials is required. Therefore, different stress - strain paths are considered using the tensile test and the layer compression test. In this context, heat treated and non-heat treated specimens out of ARB processed AA6016 were tested at room temperature. With the experimental results true stress -- strain curves and yield loci determined from different criteria and represented in a principal stress state were established. Regarding the experimental setup of the ARB process, an upscaling is essential for the production of sufficiently large strips to cut out blanks for the forming of components such as B-pillars. However, this requires the adaptation of the different process steps of the ARB process. In this context, the surface treatment before rolling of such large sheets is investigated, since it is particularly relevant for obtaining a strong bonding between the sheets. Another aspect is the investigation of the rolling process using the finite element analysis. In this regard, a thermalmechanical coupled simulation model of the roll bonding operation will be developed for the evaluation of different material combinations, different process temperatures and varying roller geometries. These investigations will enable the production of lightweight automotive components made of ARB processed high strength aluminum sheet metal with tailored properties.

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Merklein, M., & Böhm, W. (2014). Accumulative Roll Bonding: Forming Behavior, Tailored Properties and Upscaling Approach. Advanced Materials Research, 907(907), 3-16.


Merklein, Marion, and Wolfgang Böhm. "Accumulative Roll Bonding: Forming Behavior, Tailored Properties and Upscaling Approach." Advanced Materials Research 907.907 (2014): 3-16.

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