Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 46, Issue 20, pp 6518–6527 | Cite as

Texture evolution in an Al–Cu alloy during equal channel angular pressing: the effect of starting microstructure

  • P. VenkatachalamEmail author
  • Shibayan Roy
  • B. Ravisankar
  • V. Thomas Paul
  • M. Vijayalakshmi
  • Satyam Suwas


In this article, the effect of initial microstructure on the texture evolution in 2014 Al alloy during equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) through route A has been reported. Three heat treatment conditions were chosen to generate the initial microstructures, namely (i) the recrystallization anneal (as-received), (ii) solution treatment at 768 K for 1 h, and (iii) solution treatment (768 K for 1 h) plus aging at 468 K for 5 h. Texture analyses were performed using orientation distribution function (ODF) method. The texture strength after ECAP processing was different for the three samples in the order, solutionised > solutionised plus aged condition > as-received. The prominent texture components were AE/\( \bar{A}_{E} \) and BE/\( \bar{B}_{E} \) in addition to several weaker components for the three materials. The strong texture evolution in solutionised condition has been attributed to higher strain hardening of the matrix due to higher amount of solute. In case of the as-received as well as solutionised plus aged alloy, the weaker texture could be due to the strain scattering from extensive precipitate fragmentation and dissolution during ECAP.


Equal Channel Angular Pressing Texture Component Texture Evolution Orientation Distribution Function Equal Channel Angular Pressing Pass 



The authors are thankful to the NRCM, IISc, Bangalore and DRDO, New Delhi for technical and financial support. They express sincere gratitude to the Institute X-ray Facility at IISc for the required research facilities. The help rendered by Dr. Nilesh Gurao of IISc during the analysis of the texture results is also gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Venkatachalam
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shibayan Roy
    • 2
  • B. Ravisankar
    • 1
  • V. Thomas Paul
    • 3
  • M. Vijayalakshmi
    • 3
  • Satyam Suwas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Metallurgical and Materials EngineeringNational Institute of TechnologyTiruchirappalliIndia
  2. 2.Department of Materials EngineeringIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Physical Metallurgy DivisionIndira Gandhi Centre for Atomic ResearchKalpakkamIndia

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