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Title: Mechanical behaviour and texture of annealed AZ31 Mg alloy deformed by ECAP
Authors: Su, C.W.
Lu, L. 
Lai, M.O. 
Keywords: Annealing
Mechanical behaviour
Issue Date: Mar-2007
Citation: Su, C.W., Lu, L., Lai, M.O. (2007-03). Mechanical behaviour and texture of annealed AZ31 Mg alloy deformed by ECAP. Materials Science and Technology 23 (3) : 290-296. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: AZ31 Mg alloy samples were processed by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) at 220°C for four passes. An average grain size of ∼1.9 μm with reasonable homogeneity was obtained. The ECAP process imparted large plastic shear strains and strong deformation textures to the material. Subsequent annealing of the equal channel angular pressed samples produced interesting mechanical behaviours. While yield strength increased and ductility decreased immediately after undergoing ECAP, annealing at temperatures <250°C restored ductility significantly at a small decrease in of yield strength. Annealing at temperatures >250°C reduced yield strength without additional improvement in ductility. It is believed that the combination of stress relief via dislocation elimination, refined microstructure and the retention of a strong ECAP texture at low annealing temperatures enhance ductility. High temperature annealing breaks down the ECAP texture resulting in no further improvement in ductility. The results show that the mechanical properties of the alloy can be positively influenced by annealing after ECAP to achieve a combination of strength and ductility. © 2007 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Source Title: Materials Science and Technology
ISSN: 02670836
DOI: 10.1179/174328407X161132
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