Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp 2257-2266

First online:

Effect of grain size on cavitation in superplastic Zn-Al eutectoid

  • D. W. LiveseyAffiliated withUMIST Department of Metallurgy, Joint University of Manchester
  • , N. RidleyAffiliated withUMIST Department of Metallurgy, Joint University of Manchester

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The effect of initial grain size on cavitation during superplastic deformation in two commercially available Zn-Al eutectoid alloys has been studied using metallography and precision density measurements. Cavitation was found to be minimal for initial grain sizes below about 5 μm. Superplastic deformation caused grain growth in both alloys under all testing conditions, and when the grain size exceeded about 8 μm a significant level of cavitation was produced. The grain size and extent of cavitation increased with increasing strain along the specimen gauge length, with cavities concentrated in regions adjacent to the fracture tip. Although never very large, the cross-sectional area at fracture increased with increasing levels of cavitation. It was concluded that cavitation in Zn-Al eutectoid results from incomplete accommodation of grain-boundary sliding when excessive grain growth leads to restricted grain-boundary diffusion and/or to restricted grain-boundary migration.