Application of 3D EBSD Technique to Study Crystallographic Texture in Heavily Cold-Rolled and Recrystallized Modified 9Cr–1Mo Steel
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Automated electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique in a dual-beam field emission gun scanning electron microscope has been successfully used to obtain three-dimensional (3D) orientation mapping of grains in modified 9Cr–1Mo after severe plastic deformation and recrystallization. In this technique, the microstructure and micro-texture across several sections of the material were studied by means of the state-of-the-art “slice and view” methodology using grazing incidence high-energy Ga+ focused ion beam for slicing and electron beam for viewing and EBSD analysis. By combining the data from each slice, a 3D texture map could be generated by means of image reconstruction technique. The orientation map thus generated provided volumetric microstructural and micro-textural information. The 3D EBSD studies on the heavily deformed mod-9Cr–1Mo steel (cold-rolled 88%) revealed that rolled grains were elongated like plates with thickness ≤ 200 nm. Analysis of the fiber texture components in rolled specimen across the sections showed near equal preference for all fiber texture components with some enhancement of the α-fiber texture. However, by recrystallizing at 1023 K for 1 h, elongated grains along rolling direction with large diameters (~ 40 to 100 µm) were observed together with finer (size ~ 0.5 to 2 µm) polygonal grains and γ-fiber texture component dominated over other texture components.
KeywordsModified 9Cr–1Mo steel 3D EBSD Recrystallization Grain orientation spread Fiber texture
The authors gratefully acknowledge Dr. A. K. Bhaduri, Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Dr. G. Amarendra, Director, Metallurgy and Materials Group (MMG), IGCAR, and Dr. S. Raju, Head, Physical Metallurgy Division, MMG, IGCAR, Kalpakkam for their support and encouragement during this project. Prof. I. Samajdar, Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai is sincerely acknowledged for useful discussions and experimental support provided. The authors would also like to acknowledge the experimental support provided by UGC-DAE-CSR Node at Kalpakkam.
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