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Volume 2 (1975), Issue 1, Pages 1-15

Texture Control and the Drawability of α-Brass

1Photo Products Dept., E. I. duPont de Nemours & Co., Wilmington, Delaware, USA
2Department of Materials Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA

Received 25 February 1975

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Texture strengthening analyses for cubic metals predict enhanced deep drawing performance with {110} and/or {111} components in the plane of the sheet. Since {110}<112> is the primary texture in heavily cold rolled α-brass, an attempt was made to retain this texture through recovery of the cold rolled material at low temperatures. A second approach is suggested by the observation of the {110} texture in α-brass on annealing ≳600°C (873°K), and involves short time exposures to limit grain size. It is found that low temperature recovery treatments, while partially retaining the rolling texture, produce a hard condition of low drawability. High temperature annealing produces appreciable {110} textural components only at grain sizes too large for many commercial applications. A potentially more tractable approach is discussed.