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Microstructural evolution and grain boundary sliding in a superplastic magnesium AZ31 alloy

Panicker, R and Chokshi, AH and Mishra, RK and Verma, R and Krajewski, PE (2009) Microstructural evolution and grain boundary sliding in a superplastic magnesium AZ31 alloy. In: Acta Materialia, 57 (13). pp. 3683-3693.

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Tensile experiments on a fine-grained single-phase Mg–Zn–Al alloy (AZ31) at 673 K revealed superplastic behavior with an elongation to failure of 475% at 1 × 10−4 s−1 and non-superplastic behavior with an elongation to failure of 160% at 1 × 10−2 s−1; the corresponding strain rate sensitivities under these conditions were 0.5 and 0.2, respectively. Measurements indicated that the grain boundary sliding (GBS) contribution to strain ξ was 30% under non-superplastic conditions; there was also a significant sharpening in texture during such deformation. Under superplastic conditions, ξ was 50% at both low and high elongations of 20% and 120%; the initial texture became more random under such conditions. In non-superplastic conditions, deformation occurred under steady-state conditions without grain growth before significant flow localization whereas, under superplastic conditions, there was grain growth during the early stages of deformation, leading to strain hardening. The grains retained equiaxed shapes under all experimental conditions. Superplastic deformation is attributed to GBS, while non-superplastic deformation is attributed to intragranular dislocation creep with some contribution from GBS. The retention of equiaxed grain shapes during dislocation creep is consistent with a model based on local recovery related to the disturbance of triple junctions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Acta Materialia
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Superplastic; Mg; Grain boundary sliding; Texture; Dislocation creep
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2009 07:13
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/22290

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