The deformation behavior and texture evolution during forming of an advanced high-strength steel (DP600 grade) were characterized. The deformation history of DP600 during electro-hydraulic forming (EHF) was quantified using a unique experimental capability developed at PNNL. The texture evolution during quasi-static and high-strain-rate deformation was determined using the electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique. The deformation history of EHF formed steel sheets shows an amplification of the strain-rate, relative to free-forming conditions, when the forming was carried out inside a conical-die. This strain-rate amplification was attributed to the focusing action of the conical die. The undeformed DP600 sheet was found to possess a {111} fiber texture in the sheet-normal direction. Quasi-static deformation was found to strengthen the pre-existing texture whereas high-rate forming using EHF had a lesser influence. The results of this work demonstrate the unique capability to correlate deformation history during high-strain-rate metal forming processes with the corresponding microstructural evolution. It is expected that results of this work can help fill-in the gaps in our understanding of high-rate forming processes, leading to development of accurate and validated numerical models.

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