Table of Contents
Textures and Microstructures
Volume 20, Issue 1-4, Pages 125-140

A Microstructure Investigation of the Deformation and Recrystallization of Particle-Containing Aluminium-Silicon Alloys

1Department of Materials, Imperial College, London SW72BP, UK
2A. Q. Khan Research Laboratory, Rawalpindi PO box 502, Pakistan
3Manchester Materials Science Centre, Gosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HS, UK

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.


Single crystals and polycrystals of aluminium containing non-deformable second-phase particles of silicon, have been deformed, and the resultant structures investigated by microscopy and by X-ray and microtexture techniques. The particle size is found to influence the scale of the deformation bands formed, and there is evidence that particles may affect the nucleation of these bands. The deformed materials were recrystallized, and the effect of particle stimulated nucleation on the weakening of the rolling texture is discussed with reference to a computer simulation. In contrast, the recrystallization texture of particle-containing single crystals deformed on only two slip systems is sharp, and it is shown that the texture components are consistent with plasticity theory.