The development of suitable hot-forming processes, e.g. forging, is an important step towards the serial production of TiAl parts. Several microstructure parameters change during hot-forming. However, the underlying mechanisms can normally only be inferred from post process metallographic studies.
We used a deformation dilatometer modified for working in the HZG synchrotron beamlines at DESY for hot-deformation experiments. This setup enables the in situ monitoring of the interaction and evolution of microstructure parameters during processing. We observed the evolution of phase fractions, grain size and crystallographic texture during deformation while simultaneously recording the process parameters, like temperature, force and length change.
Here we present the hot compressive deformation behaviour of a Ti-43Al-4Nb-1Mo-0.1B (in at.%) alloy. Several specimens were deformed at three temperatures each with two compression rates. During the experiments the Debye-Scherrer diffraction rings were continuously recorded.