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Quantitative characteristics of inhomogeneous microstructure in UFG copper

By Petr Král, Marie Kvapilová, Jiří Dvořák, Petr Ponížil, Ondřej Šedivý and Kateřina Helisová


The ultrafine-grained microstructure of pure copper processed by equal-channel angular pressing and its temperature-induced changes were evaluated in order to characterize heterogeneous distribution of fine- and larger-sized grains in the microstructure. ECAP was conducted at room temperature with a die that had an internal angle of 90° between the two parts of the channel. The subsequent extrusion passes were performed by route Bc up to 8 ECAP passes and tested under constant load. Creep test was performed on the samples processed by 8 ECAP passes in tension at 373 K under an applied stress 260 MPa. The analyses of microstructure were performed by 3 dimensional electron-back scatter diffraction (3D EBSD) technique. The volume characteristics of microstructure and its inhomogeneity were evaluated and the relationships microstructure/creep behaviour of UFG copper was discussed. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
Year: 2015
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