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Abstract Mechanical properties of AZ31B magnesium alloy were modified in this work by various processing routes of incremental equal channel angular pressing (I-ECAP) followed by heat treatment. Possible strategies for improving ductility and strength of the alloy were investigated. Processing by routes A and BC showed that texture plays predominant role in controlling mechanical properties at room temperature. Four passes of I-ECAP by route C followed by annealing enhanced ductility up to 0.35 of true strain. It was found that tensile twinning was important in accommodating strain during tensile testing, which resulted in a very good hardening behaviour. The yield strength was improved to 300 MPa by refining grain size to 0.8 µm in I-ECAP at 150 °C. The obtained structure and properties were shown to be stable up to 150 °C. True strain at fracture was increased to 0.2 after annealing at 150 °C without lowering strength.
- magnesium alloys
- equal channel angular pressing (ECAP)
- severe plastic deformation (SPD)
- ultra-fine grained (UFG) material
- electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)