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Textures and Microstructures
Volume 7 (1987), Issue 1, Pages 1-10

Anisotropy of Microstructure and Strength in Fiber Textured Molybdenum Alloys

1Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
2Metallurgy Department, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory, 0/93–10, B/204, 3251 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA

Received 9 June 1986

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Molybdenum and molybdenum alloys exhibit brittle behavior in the transverse direction of wrought bar stock despite having good ductility in the longitudinal direction. This is believed to be due to the presence of cracked-carbide stringers on adversely oriented grain boundaries. In the present paper, the possible role of anisotropy in strength, as a result of the presence of a strong fiber texture, is investigated. It is concluded, both theoretically and experimentally, that anistropy in strength between the transverse and longitudinal direction of barstock containing a perfect fibre texture is not a factor promoting brittle behavior.