A Mg-Li alloy with 8wt% Li was processed by severe plastic deformation (SPD) through the process of high-pressure torsion (HPT) to achieve ultrafine grains with an average grain size of ~500nm. Tensile testing with an initial strain rate of 10-3s-1 showed that the alloy exhibited superplasticity at a temperature of 323K or higher. Tensile testing in boiling water confirmed that the specimens were elongated to 350-480% at 373K under the initial strain rates of 10-3s-1 to 10-2s-1 with a strain rate sensitivity of ~0.3. The current study suggests that not only superplastic forming but also superplastic hydroforming should be feasible after the grain refinement using the HPT method.
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