Polysynthetically twinned (PST) crystals of Ti-rich TiAl have been grown and specimens cut from these crystals have been rolled at room temperature and subsequently annealed at 900°C and 1000°C. When the shear deformation parallel to the lamellar boundaries occurs during rolling, PST crystals of Ti-rich TiAl can be rolled to about 50% reduction in thickness at room temperature.
The recovery in microhardness occurs in two stages; the first stage associated with the decrease in dislocation density and the second stage connected with the annealing-out of deformation induced twins. The recrystallization mode depends on the amount of reduction. Up to 20% reduction, the lamellar structure is preserved even after the full recovery in hardness. When the amount of reduction exceeds 40%, a structure composed of equiaxed grains of TiAl is obtained after recrystallization. A mechanism of recrystallization of cold-rolled PST crystals, which may explain the dependence of recrystallization mode on the amount of reduction, is proposed.