Recrystallization behavior in commercial aluminum with a purity of 99.4 pct was studied by techniques such as high voltage electron microscopy, 100 kV transmission electron microscopy, and light microscopy. Sample parameters were the initial grain size (290 and 24 microns) and the degree of deformation (5 to 30 pct reduction in thickness by cold-rolling). It was found that the original grain boundary region is the preferred site for nucleation. A few intragranular nuclei were, however, also observed. The effectiveness of the nucleation sites is enhanced by the presence of intermetallic particles (FeAl3), which start to become operative when the degree of deformation is raised from 15 to 30 pct. The temperature of nucleation and of recrystallization decreases when the degree of deformation is increased and the initial grain size is decreased. The recrystallized grain size follows the same trend and it is observed that the refinement of the recrystallized grain size caused by an increasing degree of deformation and decreasing initial grain size is enhanced by the FeAl3 particles (when the degree of deformation is raised from 15 to 30 pct). Finally, the structural and kinetic observations are discussed and compared with results from an earlier study1 covering the recrystallization behavior of commercial aluminum of the same purity deformed at higher degrees of deformation (50 to 90 pct reduction in thickness by cold-rolling).
Metallurgical and Materials Transactions a - Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, 1984, Vol 15, Issue 2, p. 287-297