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Textures and Microstructures
Volume 26–27

Formation of Cube Texture in Nominally Pure Aluminum With Fine Particle Dispersion

1Dept. of Materials and Metallurgical Eng., Queen’s University, Ontario, Kingston K7L 3N6, Canada
2Toyo Aluminum K.K. R&D Laboratory, 4-1 Aioi-Cho, Yao-Sei, Osaka 581, Japan

Received 8 January 1995

Copyright © 1996 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.


An X-ray method to observe in-situ cube grain growth during recrystallization has been devised using a hot stage to measure the growth kinetics. Complementary studies, using electron channelling contrast, electron backscattered pattern and X-ray textural analysis, revealed that specific thermal-mechanical history can precipitate out Fe solutes such that the matrix is sufficiently pure to undergo continuous recrystallization even though a fine distribution of precipitate are initially formed. These precipitates control via Zener drag the grain size upon complete recrystallization. On the other hand, 2 to 3 ppm (atomic) of Fe is sufficient to impose discontinuous recrystallization where the final grain size is controlled by grain impingement. The apparent activation energies for grain growth during recrystallization can be separated into two categories, the one for continuous recrystallization is smaller than that for Fe diffusion in Al and the one for discontinuous process is larger. Examination of volume fraction for each textural component reveals that during recrystallization the amount of cube texture growth correlates best with the decrease of the brass component. The increase in volume fraction of cube texture during recrystallization corresponds very well to the hot stage observations of cube grain growth.