Orientation dependent slip and twinning during compression and tension of strongly textured magnesium AZ31 alloy

Al-Samman, T and Li, X and Ghosh Chowdhury, S (2010) Orientation dependent slip and twinning during compression and tension of strongly textured magnesium AZ31 alloy. Materials Science and Engineering: A, 527 (15). pp. 3450-3463.



Over recent years there have been a remarkable number of studies dealing with compression of magnesium. A literature search, however, shows a noticeably less number of papers concerned with tension and a very few papers comparing both modes, systematically, in one study. The current investigation reports the anisotropic deformation behavior and concomitant texture and microstructure evolution investigated in uniaxial tension and compression tests in two sample directions performed on an extruded commercial magnesium alloy AZ31 at different Z conditions. For specimens with the loading direction parallel to the extrusion axis, the tension–compression strength anisotropy was pronounced at high Z conditions. Loading at 45° from the extrusion axis yielded a tension–compression strength behavior that was close to isotropic. During tensile loading along the extrusion direction the extrusion texture resists twinning and favors prismatic slip (contrary to compression). This renders the shape change maximum in the basal plane and equal to zero along the c-axis, which resulted in the orientation of individual grains remaining virtually intact during all tension tests at different Z conditions. For the other investigated sample direction, straining was accommodated along the c-axis, which was associated with a lattice rotation, and thus, a change of crystal orientation. Uniaxial compression at a low Z condition (400 °C/10−4 s−1) yielded a desired texture degeneration, which was explained on the basis of a more homogeneous partitioning of slip systems that reduces anisotropy and enhanced dynamic recrystallization (DRX), which counteracts the strong deformation texture. The critical strains for the nucleation of DRX in tensiled specimens at the highest investigated Z condition (200 °C/10−2 s−1) were found to range between 4% and 5.6%.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2010.02.008
Uncontrolled Keywords:Texture; Slip; Twinning; Plastic deformation; DRX
Divisions:Material Science and Technology
ID Code:442
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:13 May 2010 11:48
Last Modified:13 Dec 2011 15:14
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