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On the Formation of a Sticking Layer on the Bearing during Thin–Section Aluminium Extrusion

X. Ma[1], M.B. de Rooij[2], and D.J. Schipper[2]

[1]Materials Innovation Institute, Enschede, The Netherlands
[2]University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

This paper describes the use of COMSOL Multiphysics® to determine the shear layer thickness in thin–section aluminum extrusion, based on the minimum work criterion. The studied two aluminum alloys are AA 6063 and AA 7020. The results show that a continuous shear layer featuring shear localization due to localized thermal softening is not possible to form under typical thin–section aluminum extrusion conditions.