Twinning and detwinning during compression-tension loading measured by quasi in situ electron backscatter diffraction tracing in Mg-3Al-Zn rolled sheet
Twinning and detwinning are the important deformation modes in magnesium alloys during cyclic loading at room temperature. To analyze these two deformation mechanism, cyclic compression-tension experiments were performed on Mg-3Al-1Zn rolled sheet along the rolling direction. In these tests, the microstructure evolutions of a series of grains during deformation were traced by using quasi in situ electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Important quantities like the Schmid factors of twinning system, the fraction of twinning during compression, and the fraction of twinning after reverse loading were calculated on the basis of measured quantities. The influence of Schmid factor of twinning variants on detwinning upon reverse loading was analyzed. Detwinning would prefer to proceed during reverse loading if the Schmid factor of twinning in the twinning area before reverse loading is sufficiently large.