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Anisotropic cyclic deformation behavior of an extruded Mg-3Y alloy sheet with rare earth texture

Available online 29 June 2022

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Tianjiao Li; Jinsong Rao; Jiang Zheng; Dongdi Yin; Haoge Shou; Yongfa Zhang; Rong Shi; Weichao Jing; Lihong Xia


Mg-RE (magnesium-rare earth) alloys exhibit pronounced in-plane anisotropy of mechanical response under quasi-static monotonic loading resulting from the RE texture, as extensively reported. In this work, an obvious in-plane anisotropy of cyclic deformation behavior was observed in an extruded Mg-3Y alloy sheet during strain-controlled tension-compression low-cycle fatigue (LCF) at room temperature. The extrusion direction (ED) samples displayed better fatigue resistance with almost symmetrical hysteresis loops and longer fatigue life compared with the transverse direction (TD) samples. The influences of texture on the deformation modes, cracking modes, and mechanical behavior of Mg-Y alloy sheets under cyclic loading were studied quantitatively and statistically. The activation of various slip/twinning-detwinning systems was measured at desired fatigue stages via EBSD observations together with in-grain misorientation axes (IGMA) analysis. The results indicate that the activation of deformation modes in the TD sample was featured by the cyclic transition, i.e., prismatic slip (at the tensile interval) →{10–12}tension twinning (at the compressive reversal) → detwinning + prismatic slip (at the re-tensile reversal). In the case of the ED sample, the cyclic deformation was dominated by the basal slip throughout the fatigue life. For cracking modes, intergranular cracking and persistent slip bands (PSB) cracking were the primary cracking modes in the ED sample while the TD sample showed a high tendency of {10–12} tension twinning cracking (TTW cracking). The underlying mechanisms influencing the activation of various slip/twinning-detwinning systems, as well as cracking modes and cyclic mechanical behavior, were discussed.


Anisotropic cyclic deformation; Dislocation slip; Twinning-detwinning; Cracking modes; Mechanical behavior

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