, Volume 38, Issue 8, pp 1743-1749

Grain Boundary Sliding during Diffusion and Dislocation Creep in a Mg-0.7 Pct Al Alloy

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Abstract

Early studies on grain boundary sliding (GBS) in Mg alloys have suggested frequently that the contribution of GBS to creep is high even under conditions corresponding to dislocation creep. The role of creep strain and grain size in influencing the experimental measurements has not been clearly identified. Grain boundary sliding measurements were conducted in detail over experimental conditions corresponding to diffusion creep as well as dislocation creep in a single-phase Mg-0.7 wt pct Al alloy. The results indicated clearly that the GBS contribution to creep was very high during diffusion creep at low stresses (∼75 pct) and substantially reduced during dislocation creep at high stresses (∼15 pct). These measurements were consistent with the observation of significant intragranular slip band activity observed in most grains at high stresses and very little slip band activity at low stresses. The experimental measurements and analysis indicated also that the GBS contribution to creep was high during the initial stages of creep and decreased to a steady-state value at large strains.

Manuscript submitted November 6, 2006.