Characterization and modeling of {101¯2} twin banding in magnesium

Yub Raj Paudel, Joseph Indeck, Kavan Hazeli, Matthew W. Priddy, Kaan Inal, Hongjoo Rhee, Christopher D. Barrett, Wilburn R. Whittington, Krista R. Limmer, Haitham El Kadiri

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We experimentally and numerically examined the localization behavior of {101¯2} extension twins in strongly and weakly textured AZ31 and ZEK100 magnesium alloys as they depart from the surface toward the center of the sheet under the mechanical action of three-point bending. Strain measurement analysis using digital image correlation revealed that twin banding occurs only in the sharply textured AZ31, but with a characteristic spacing between the bands which decreases with the twin height and applied strain. ZEK100 did not exhibit any ordered localization of bands and behaved as a “true” polycrystal. This finding is in agreement with micromechanical calculations by the present authors. We show that full-field plasticity finite element crystal plasticity model was unable to capture many important 2D features of the twin banding. This suggest that twin shear transfer, non-local effects, and the third dimension effects should be included into this model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-451
Number of pages14
JournalActa Materialia
StatePublished - Jan 15 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • HCP
  • Magnesium alloy
  • Twin bands
  • Twinning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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