Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Schneider, Judy

Committee Member

Berry, John

Committee Member

Horstemeyer, Mark

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


Environmental issues and regulations are pushing the automotive industry to produce more efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles. To address these issues, reducing the weight of the vehicles by use of aluminum alloys is increasing. AA6022-T43 is a new sheet aluminum alloy designed specifically for automobile enclosure panels. Because this alloy is new, little data exists on its mechanical properties in the open literature. AA6022-T43 is received by the automotive industry in 1-mm thick sheet stock and subsequently stamped into the desired component. The design and manufacturing processes of the component are guided by the materials mechanical behavior. This study characterizes the mechanical and microstructural properties of uniaxially strained AA6022-T43.