Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Horstemeyer, Mark F.

Committee Member

Li, Bin

Committee Member

Marin, Esteban B.

Committee Member

Wang, Paul

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


The present study focuses on the evolving microstructure of Mg alloy AZ31. The material is subjected to channel die compression at room temperature to simulate a reduction stage in the rolling process. Samples are annealed to provoke recovery, static recrystallization, and grain growth. Annealing is carried out at three temperatures for times ranging from 10s to 10,000s. The material’s response is exhibited through the use of data collection methods such as microhardness, optical microscopy, and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Methodology behind experimentation and data collection techniques are documented in detail. Conclusions are made about the effects of the compression and annealing processes on the material’s microstructure. The Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) model is introduced, and a simple recrystallization kinetics plot is attempted.