EFFECT OF DIFFERENT STRAIN ROUTES ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES AND MICROSTRUCTURE OF COPPER
In the current paper, the role of change in strain routes was investigated, along with the cold rolling of copper metal. Four different strain routes including, (a) unidirectional rolling, (b) reverse rolling, (C) two-stage cross-rolling, and (d) multi-stage cross-rolling, were utilized to investigate the effect of strain routes change on microstructure, texture evolution, and anisotropy. Tensile strength in the unidirectional rolling sample compared to the cross-rolling sample decreased in the direction of initial rolling from 364 Mpa to 340 Mpa, in the direction of 45˚ to the initial rolling from 359 Mpa to 347 Mpa, and in the direction of perpendicular to the initial rolling from 371 Mpa to 360 Mpa. Texture intensity also decreased from 1413 in the unidirectional rolling sample to 992 in the cross-rolled sample. The results demonstrated that by rolling in different routes, the cross-rolling has led to a more homogeneous microstructure, less anisotropy, and weaker texture.