Abstract: The hot deformation characteristics of AZ31 magnesium alloy rod extruded at temperatures of 300 °C, 350 °C and 450 °C have been studied in compression. The extruded material had a fiber texture with parallel to the extrusion axis. When extruded at 450 °C, the texture was less intense and the direction moved away from the extrusion axis. The processing maps for the material extruded at 300 °C and 350 °C are qualitatively similar to the material with near-random texture (cast-homogenized) and exhibited three dynamic recrystallization (DRX) domains. In domains #1 and #2, prismatic slip is the dominant process and DRX is controlled by lattice self-diffusion and grain boundary self-diffusion, respectively. In domain #3, pyramidal slip occurs extensively and DRX is controlled by cross-slip on pyramidal slip systems. The material extruded at 450 °C exhibited two domains similar to #1 and #2 above, which moved to higher temperatures, but domain #3 is absent. The results are interpreted in terms of the changes in fiber texture with extrusion temperature. Highly intense texture, as in the rod extruded at 350 °C, will enhance the occurrence of prismatic slip in domains #1 and #2 and promotes pyramidal slip at temperatures >450 °C (domain #3).
Keywords: AZ31 magnesium alloy; extrusion temperature; fiber texture; processing maps; kinetic analysis
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Rao, K.P.; Prasad, Y.V.R.K.; Dzwonczyk, J.; Hort, N.; Kainer, K.U. Hot Deformation Mechanisms in AZ31 Magnesium Alloy Extruded at Different Temperatures: Impact of Texture. Metals 2012, 2, 292-312.
Rao KP, Prasad YVRK, Dzwonczyk J, Hort N, Kainer KU. Hot Deformation Mechanisms in AZ31 Magnesium Alloy Extruded at Different Temperatures: Impact of Texture. Metals. 2012; 2(3):292-312.
Rao, Kamineni Pitcheswara; Prasad, Yellapregada Venkata Rama Krishna; Dzwonczyk, Joanna; Hort, Norbert; Kainer, Karl Ulrich. 2012. "Hot Deformation Mechanisms in AZ31 Magnesium Alloy Extruded at Different Temperatures: Impact of Texture." Metals 2, no. 3: 292-312.