Publication Abstract

Substructure and Texture Evolution in an Annealed Aluminum Alloy at Medium Strains

Ma, Q., Mao, W., Li, B., Wang, P., & Horstemeyer, M. (2013). Substructure and Texture Evolution in an Annealed Aluminum Alloy at Medium Strains. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A,. Springer. April-2013, In press.


Substructures are widely observed in plastic deformation of aluminum alloys and of practical significance, but characterization of substructure in a scale much larger than the grain size and how it affects texture evolution is still lacking. In this work, we performed channel die compression on an annealed AA1100 aluminum sheet along the normal direction (ND) at medium strains at room temperature. The microstructure and texture were characterized by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Texture evolution was simulated by incorporating octahedral {111} and nonoctahedral {hkl} slip systems in the visco-plastic self-consistent (VPSC) model. The rotation axis and the misorientation angle for the deformation texture variants were calculated. The results show that substructuring proceeded in all the texture components but in a heterogeneous manner. The //ND texture presents high-angle boundaries (HABs) of 15-30 degree without rotation axis clustering and almost no extra high-angle boundaries (EHABs) of 30-60 degree; while the HABs and the EHABs coexisted in the //ND and the //ND textures. The rotation axes of the EHABs preferentially clustered at and . Under plain strain compression, multiple deformation texture variants created by substructuring interweaved with each other, resulting in the EHABs with rotation axes clustering. In contrast, the HABs generated by substructuring via dislocation mechanisms showed no rotation axes clustering. Substructuring moderated the texture component intensity and randomized orientations, and resulted in fluctuation of the alpha-fiber texture and hindered the increase rate of the copper texture development