DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1037.2010.00769

Acta Metallurgica Sinica (金属学报) 2010/46:7 PP.769-774


Pure copper (99.97%) samples with varied grain sizes were cold rolled and annealed at first and then their grain boundary character distributions (GBCDs) were characterized by electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques. The results showed that the sample with finer initial grain size (12 um) appeared to be largely populated by the so-called special boundaries such as ∑3n (n=1, 2, 3) after cold rolling and annealing, the fraction of ∑3n boundaries reached 75.7% and the averaged size of clusters of grains with ∑3n (n=1, 2, 3) orientation relationships (∑3n CG) were as large as 200 $mu$m in this sample. However, with initial grain size increasing, the fraction of special grain boundaries as well as the size of ∑3n CG in the samples were decreasing dramatically. In situ EBSD observation, twin-filtering and five parameter method (FPM) analyses indicated that triple--junctions are the preferred sites for the nucleation of incoherent $Sigma$3 boundaries which play a important role in enhancing the fraction of special boundaries. It accounts for primarily the desired GBCD results as obtained in the sample with finer initial grain size.

Key words:pure copper, grain boundary character distribution (GBCD), grain size, triple junctions

ReleaseDate:2014-07-21 15:23:00

Funds:Supported by Nature Science Foundation of China (Nos. 50771060 and 50974147)

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