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Atoms to autos: A multi-scale approach to modeling aluminum deformation

P E Krajewski, L G Hector, Y Qi, R K Mishra, A K Sachdev, A F Bower, and W A Curtin
Journal of Materials 63, no. 11: 24–32. (2011)

A multi-scale, computational design approach for aluminum sheet alloys, which includes key inputs from the electronic, atomistic, microstructural, and continuum length scales, is re- viewed within the context of room and elevated temperature forming. Specific examples, which are aimed at improv- ing aluminum sheet materials for au- tomobile components, include predic- tion of flow curves from tensile testing, forming limit diagrams, and compo- nent forming.