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Desirable work hardening for plasticity of metal

  1. Nov 16, 2011 #1
    Dear all,

    As we know, the work hardening of metallic materials is a result of dislocation movement within the material. But, is there a case in which work hardening is desirable to enhance the plasticity of the metal material? If yes, what's the relationship between plastic deformation and work hardening? Thanks in advance!

    Best regards,
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 16, 2011 #2
    I'm not a metallurgist, but speaking from practical experience, I have never found a metal that becomes more plastic after work-hardening (or post hardening of any type). It actually sounds impossible, to me.
  4. Nov 27, 2011 #3
    From the many alloys I used, none would get more plastic.
    But there are so many alloys, with such exotic properties!
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