Table of Contents
Textures and Microstructures
Volume 12 (1990), Issue 1-3, Pages 1-14

Elastic Properties of Polycrystals: A Review

Fraunhofer-Institut für zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren (IzfP), Universität, Geb. 37, Saarbrücken D–6600, Germany

Received 11 February 1988; Accepted 9 September 1988

Copyright © 1990 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The elastic properties of polycrystals depend on the single-crystal elastic constants of the crystallites which build up the polycrystal and on the manner in which the crystallites are connected. Because of the technical importance of polycrystalline materials a lot of papers deal with the problem to calculate effective elastic constants of polycrystals from single-crystal and structure properties. This paper gives a review concerning the most important theories and methods respecting this matter.