Date of Award


Publication Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name



Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering

First Advisor

Alpas, A. (Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering)


Materials Science.




Material transfer and adhesion to die surface are major tribological issues encountered during hot-forming of aluminum and magnesium alloys, reducing process efficiency. This study aimed at understanding the tribological contact interface generated between material and die surface under dynamic conditions created by simultaneous effect of temperature and strain rate. Micromechanisms of plastic deformation occurring under simulated hot-forming conditions were identified and related to the coefficient of friction (COF). Sliding contact experiments were done using specially designed tribometer (operating temperature: 25 to 545░C, strain rate: 10-3 to 10-1s-1). COF of AA5083(Al-4.5%Mg-0.7%Mn) and AZ31(Mg-3%Al-0.7%Zn) alloys were measured during their plastic deformation by the simultaneous effect of temperature and strain rate. The as received and plastically deformed surfaces were characterized using optical interferometry, SEM, FIB and TEM. Additionally, the force required to break the asperity junction formed at the first contact, or junction strength, was measured for both materials at different temperatures.