Nanostructured metals and alloys are known to behave differently during annealing comparing to their micrograined counterparts. They exhibit lower thermal stability and often abnormal grain growth occurs. In the present work, the combination of severe plastic deformation processing followed by subsequent conventional annealing and annealing under high hydrostatic pressure was applied. Samples were subjected to the heat treatment at 700°C for 10 minutes either under atmospheric or hydrostatic pressures of 2 or 6 GPa. The recrystallization process is investigated in TEM observations using HD2700 Hitachi. In samples after deformation one can notice a high density of nanotwins inside nanograins (Fig 1 and 2). In samples after annealing nanograins appear, the smallest of about 50 nm in the diameter (Fig 1 and 3). The main question refers to the differences in the microstructure after conventional annealing and annealing under high pressure. At this stage, one can predict that diffusion processes are suppressed by high pressure. The question arises as to what information about the grain boundary migration mechanisms can be drawn from high pressure studies. There are only a few papers where influence of high pressure on the grain growth  and migration of individual grain boundaries  was studied. It was found, that the activation energy and activation volume for grain boundary migration in aluminium bicrystals are larger than that for grain growth in aluminium polycrystals and depend on the grain boundary crystallography. Moreover, the high pressure had greater impact on the movement of high-angle grain boundaries than low-angle grain boundaries . These theories refer to microstructural materials and they will be verified in the case of nanostructured materials.
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This work was supported by Polish NSC project No.UMO-2014/15/D/ST8/00532
To cite this abstract:Agnieszka Krawczynska, Stanisław Gierlotka, Bogdan Palosz, Malgorzta Lewandowska; The comparison of grain boundaries in a nanostructured austenitic stainless steel annealed conventionally and under high hydrostatic pressure. The 16th European Microscopy Congress, Lyon, France. https://emc-proceedings.com/abstract/the-comparison-of-grain-boundaries-in-a-nanostructured-austenitic-stainless-steel-annealed-conventionally-and-under-high-hydrostatic-pressure/. Accessed: December 3, 2023
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