Determination of flow stress behavior of materials is a critical aspect of understanding and predicting behavior of materials during manufacturing and use. However, accurately capturing the flow stress behavior of a material at different strain rates and temperatures can be challenging. Non-uniform deformation and thermal gradients within the test sample make it difficult to match test results directly to constitutive equations that describe the material behavior. In this study, we have tested AISI 9310 steel using a Gleeble 3500 physical simulator and Digital Image Correlation system to capture transient mechanical properties at elevated temperatures (300°C – 600°C) while controlling strain rate (0.01 s-1 to 0.1 s-1). The data presented here illustrate the benefit of capturing non-uniform plastic strain of the test specimens along the sample length, and we characterize the differences between different test modes and the impact of the resulting data that describe the flow stress behavior.

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