Mechanics of intermittent plasticity punctuated by fracture during shear deformation of Mg alloys at near-ambient temperatures

Saurabh Basu, Sepideh Abolghasem, M. Ravi Shankar

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Microstructure evolution of basal-textured Mg alloy AZ31B (Mg: Al: Zn; 96: 3: 1 wt pct) during simple shear deformation at near-ambient temperatures was studied by plane-strain machining. Using Schmid factor calculations in conjunction with quantitative electron microscopy, it was found that plastic deformation in AZ31B in the primary deformation zone of machining commences by extension twinning followed by basal slip. Characteristics of twinning in individual grains were described by correlating the direction of twinning with the principal stress state. The implications of these deformation mechanics for the microstructure inherited by the freshly generated surfaces in shear-based material removal processes are examined. These include the identification of extensive surface texture reorientation at machined surfaces via extension twins, limits on surface integrities wrought by fracture events that punctuate plastic deformation, and their relationship to the cutting tool geometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4558-4566
Number of pages9
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys

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