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Micro-extrusion of an ultrafine grained copper can

Geissdörfer, S. and Rosochowski, A. and Olejnik, L. and Engel, U. (2008) Micro-extrusion of an ultrafine grained copper can. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Multi-Material Micro Manufacture . Whittles Publishing. ISBN 978-1904445-76-0

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Because of the well known virtues of low cost and high productivity, metal forming technology is well suited for mass production of metal micro-components. However, scaling down traditional metal forming processes proves to be problematic because, among other factors, the relatively coarse grain (CG) structure of micro-billets leads to nonuniform material flow and lack of repeatability during microforming. The aim of the presented study is to investigate a possibility of using an ultrafine grained (UFG) copper for micro-extrusion. The UFG version of Cu is produced by severe plastic deformation at room temperature using 4 and 8 passes of equal channel angular pressing (ECAP). The microstructure and compression properties of the UFG copper are investigated. For visualisation purposes, the microforming process of backward extrusion is carried out at room temperature using half cylindrical billets and transparent tools. The extrusion results, for billets subjected to 4 and 8 passes of ECAP, are compared in terms of the extrusion force, grain flow, shape representation and surface quality and show clearly that applying ultrafine grained material to microforming processes reduces scaling effects.