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Textures and Microstructures
Volume 35 (2003), Issue 3-4, Pages 197-206

Influence of Grain Number on Graphite Quantitative Texture Study

Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Moscow region 141980, Russia

Received 30 September 2003

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The present work is devoted to the study of the grain number influence on the quantitative texture analysis and on the values of averaged elastic properties. Number of grains does not influence mathematical definition of orientation distribution function (ODF) (Bunge, H.J. (1982). Texture Analysis in Material Science. Butterworths, London; Matthies, S., Vinel, G.W. and Helming, K. (1987). Standard Distributions in Texture Analysis. Akademie-Verlag, Berlin.); nevertheless, intuitively clear that, averaging procedure implies a ‘‘large’’ number of grains to make sense. In the present work we applied the already suggested procedure (Lychagina, T.A. and Nikolayev, D.I. (2003). Phys. Stat. Sol. (a), 195(N2), 322–334.) for the case of hexagonal symmetry to evaluate the influence of the grain number in the sample on the calculated elastic properties. This procedure was carried out for graphite that is one of the widespread, applicable and highly anisotropic materials.