The three-dimensional microstructure of polycrystalline materials unravelled by synchrotron light

W. Ludwig, A. King, M. Herbig, P. Reischig, J. Marrow, L. Babout, H. Proudhon, Erik Mejdal Lauridsen, J.-Y. Buffière

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    Abstract

    The three-dimensional microstructure of polycrystalline materials unravelled by synchrotron light

    Synchrotron radiation X-ray imaging and diffraction techniques offer new possibilities for non-destructive bulk characterization of polycrystalline materials. Minute changes in electron density (different crystallographic phases, cracks, porosities) can be detected using 3D imaging modes exploiting Fresnel diffraction and the coherence properties of third generation synchrotron beams. X-ray diffraction contrast tomography, a technique based on Bragg diffraction imaging, provides access to the 3D shape, orientation and elastic strain state of the individual grains from polycrystalline sample volumes containing several hundred up to a few thousand grains. Combining both imaging modalities allows a comprehensive description of the microstructure of the material at the micrometer length scale. Repeated observations during (interrupted) mechanical tests provide unprecedented insight into crystallographic and grain microstructure related aspects of polycrystal deformation and degradation mechanisms in materials, fulfilling some conditions on grain size and deformation state.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalActualite Chimique
    Issue number356-357
    Pages (from-to)62-67
    ISSN0151-9093
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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