A comparison of microstructures and mechanical properties in a Cu–Zr alloy processed using different SPD techniques

Research paper by Jittraporn Wongsa-Ngam, Megumi Kawasaki, Terence G. Langdon

Indexed on: 14 Dec '12Published on: 14 Dec '12Published in: Journal of Materials Science


Experiments were conducted to evaluate the microstructures and mechanical properties of a Cu–0.1 % Zr alloy processed using two different techniques of severe plastic deformation: equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) and high-pressure torsion (HPT). The samples were processed at room temperature through ECAP for eight passes or through HPT for 10 turns. The results show HPT is more effective both in refining the grains and in producing a large fraction of grain boundaries having high angles of misorientation. Both procedures produce reasonably homogeneous hardness distributions but the average hardness values were higher after HPT. In tensile testing at 673 K, the highest strength and ductility was achieved after processing by HPT. This is attributed to the grain stability and high fraction of high-angle grain boundaries produced in HPT.