Cell and band structures in cold rolled polycrystalline copper

V.S. Ananthan, Torben Leffers, Niels Hansen

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    Abstract

    The effect of plastic strain on the deformation microstructure has been investigated in polycrystalline copper rolled at room temperature to 5, 10, 20, and 30% reduction in thickness equivalent strain 0.06-0.42). Results from transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations show that dense dislocation walls (DDWs) and cells develop during the initial stages of cold rolling. Grains having a high density of DDWs are described as high wall density (HWD) structures, and grains having a low density of DDWs are described as low wall density (LWD) structures. These structures are characterised by cell size, misorientation across the cell walls, and the crystallographic orientation of the grains in which they appear. The DDWs in the HWD structures have special characteristics, extending along several cells and having a misorientation across them greater than that across ordinary cell boundaries at the same strain. The DDWs appear to have a macroscopically determined orientation. Analysis of their crystallographic orientation shows that they are not, as frequently reported in the literature, parallel to {111} planes. It is suggested that the DDWs separate regions of the crystal having different operating slip systems. Two generations of microbands are found to develop with increasing deformation. The first generation microbands are related to a continuous development of the structure according to the principle of grain subdivision, whereas the second generation microbands relate to localised shear on {111}. Finally, the evolution of the deformation microstructure in copper is compared with that observed in other face centred cubic metals, especially aluminium.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalMaterials Science and Technology
    Volume7
    Issue number12
    Pages (from-to)1069-1075
    ISSN0267-0836
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1991

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