The selection of advanced material model considering the anisotropy mechanical properties of the thin sheet is vital in order to estimate stress based forming limit diagram (σ-FLD). In present study associative plasticity theory was applied indulging Barlat Yld-96 anisotropy yield function and the Swift hardening law was implemented for estimating the limiting stresses from the conventional strain FLD (ε-FLD) of an automotive grade dual phase steel DP600. Three different approaches were made to evaluate Yld-96 anisotropy coefficients using experimental results of stack compression and tensile tests. To impose complex strain path, two stage stretch forming processes were simulated in finite element solver LS-DYNA. After biaxial pre-straining, the sample geometries were varied to achieve different strain paths during the second stage of deformation. The results indicated that there was negligible difference in limiting stress estimated by Yld-96 plasticity theory when the anisotropy coefficients were calculated based on plastic strain at ultimate tensile strength compare to that by minimum plastic work method. It was concluded that the dynamic shift of ε-FLD could be restricted by σ-FLD estimated using Yld 96 plasticity theory, and hence it was proposed to be a suitable damage model to evaluate formability of pre-strained DP600 steels.

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