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Textures and Microstructures
Volume 20, Issue 1-4, Pages 141-154

Local Textures in Deformed and Recrystallized Aluminium Crystal

Materials Department, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, 158, Cours Fauriel, Saint-Etienne Cedex 2 42023, France

Copyright © 1993 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 recrystallization mechanisms in deformed aluminium single crystals have been investigated by SEM microdiffraction techniques (ECP and EBSP). Aluminium crystals of (001)(uv0) and (001)[011-] orientations were deformed in plane strain compression to a true strain of ~1 to develop different deformation microstructures. Transition bands separating deformation bands were formed by orientation splitting in the (001)(uv0) crystals, but were not observed in the (001)[011-] crystal.

During annealing at 250°C and 400°C, recrystallization nuclei are developed in both the deformed matrix and along transition bands. Matrix nucleation appears to occur by a subgrain coalescence mechanism according to which the new grains are misoriented 15-30° from the average as-deformed material. Transition band nucleation gives an orientation spread 20-30° around the original, undeformed crystal orientation. A well-defined cube recrystallization texture is obtained at 400°C after complete recrystallization of the initial cube crystal.