Strain evolution and damage development during tight-radius bending of Advanced High Strength Steels

Improved vehicle fuel efficiency and driving safety requirements have promoted the development of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) in the last few decades. The mechanical performance of AHSS is commonly characterized by the product of the ultimate tensile stress and total elongation. However, tensile elongation is not suitable for predicting the performance of a material under complex forming operations. This work aims to investigate the effect of the steel microstructure on bending performance and to make a parallel between strain partitioning and damage nucleation in tension and bending.