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Superplastic creep in the lead tin eutectic Surges, Albert Keith


An extensive creep study of a superplastic material has not previously been made. The present study was carried out to determine if there are any basic differences between the creep of coarse grained materials and fine grained super-plastic materials. The results give information about the mechanical properties of superplastic alloys and are relevent to an understanding of the mechanics of superplasticiy. At high strain rates the superplastic lead-tin eutectic deforms by recovery creep and a 3-stage creep curve is observed, similar to that found for coarse grained materials. As the strain rate is decreased, the initial transient (primary creep) disappears and the creep curve is linear until necking occurs and tertiary creep ends in failure. In the principal superplastic range, at medium strain rates, creep curves are linear to at least 50 % strain. The recovery rate is immediately equal to the strain hardening rate and there is no primary creep. At low strain rates the creep curve is slightly convex as the creep rate decreases with time. This may be due to the self extinguishing nature of diffusional creep or possibly strain induced grain growth. These results are consistent with the grain boundary sliding theories of superplasticity although details of the accommodation processes are not known. At the lowest strain rates, diffusional creep may operate.

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