Investigation of the microstructure evolution and deformation mechanisms of a Mg-Zn-Zr-RE twin-roll-cast magnesium sheet by in-situ experimental techniques
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Original versionMaterials. 2018, 11 (2), 1-13. 10.3390/ma11020200
Twin roll casting (TRC), with a relatively fast solidification rate, is an excellent production method with promising potential for producing wrought semi or final Mg alloy products that can often suffer from poor formability. We investigate in this study the effect of the TRC method and the subsequent heat treatment on the microstructure and deformation mechanisms in Mg-Zn-Zr-Nd alloy deformed at room temperature using the in-situ neutron diffraction and acoustic emission techniques and ex-situ texture measurement and microscopy, respectively. Although a higher work hardening is observed in the rolling direction due to the more intensive -type dislocation activity, the difference in the mechanical properties of the specimens deformed in the RD and TD directions is small in the as-rolled condition. An additional heat treatment results in recrystallization and significant anisotropy in the deformation. Due to the easier activation of the extension twinning in the TD given by texture, the yield stress in the TD is approximately 40% lower than that in the RD.