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Title: Microstructure effects on the recrystallization of low-symmetry alpha-uranium

We employ electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) to investigate microstructural evolution of uranium during recrystallization. To understand the relationship between microstructure and recrystallization, we use measures of intra-granular misorientation within grains and near grain boundaries in both deformed (non-recrystallized) uranium and recrystallizing uranium. The data show that the level of intra-granular misorientation depends on crystallographic orientation. However, contrary to expectation, this relationship does not significantly affect the recrystallization texture. Rather, the analysis suggests that recrystallization nucleation occurs along high angle grain boundaries in the deformed microstructure. Specifically, we show that the nucleation of recrystallized grains correlates well with the spatially heterogeneous distribution of high angle boundaries. Due to the inhomogeneous distribution of high angle boundaries, the recrystallized microstructure after long times exhibits clustered distributions of small and large grains. Twin boundaries do not appear to act as recrystallization nucleation sites.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Materials Science and Technology Division
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Theoretical Division
  3. Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (United States). Dept. of Mech. Eng.
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Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3115; PII: S0022311515002743; TRN: US1500731
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; 20140630ER
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Nuclear Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 465; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3115
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; recrystallization; uranium; EBSD
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OSTI ID: 1251996