Table of Contents
Textures and Microstructures
Volume 13, Issue 2-3, Pages 133-154

Microstructure and Texture Evolution During the Annealing of Cold-worked Zr-1 wt%Nb

1Engineering Materials Group, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4, Canada
2General Research Institute for Non-Ferrous Metals, Beijing, China

Copyright © 1991 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 texture changes in tube reduced (60%) and stress relieved Zr-1 wt%Nb nuclear fuel sheathing on annealing at temperatures from 300–1100℃ for 104 seconds have been measured using an X-ray inverse pole figure technique. These changes in texture are then related to changes in both mechanical anisotropy as determined using Knoop microhardness measurements and microstructure as seen using optical metallography. Changes in texture and anisotropy arise both from recrystallization and phase changes, with major texture changes only occurring at temperatures where there is a phase transformation to βZr.