Microstructure and mechanical properties of fine grain seamless Nb tube by a novel shear deformation process
The objective of this work is to demonstrate a seamless tube fabrication method for obtaining uniform fine grained microstructures by a novel shear deformation process for tubular metal products. The manufacture of fine grained RRR Nb superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities, and other tubular Nb products requires strict microstructure control with respect to grain size and texture for good formability. The major challenges in SRF cavity fabrication and performance stems from: a) the high cost of pure Nb, b) a poor and inconsistent microstructure in the starting material, and c) seam welding to manufacture multi-cell cavities. The approach presented by the authors indicates a possible strategy to obtain fine grain Nb tube by an innovative shear process. Grain size less than 30μm and tensile ductility greater than 40 percent in the orthogonal direction are achieved. The tensile properties correlate with the strongest texture component in the processed tube. Based on preliminary results, the proposed methodology maybe a viable and cost effective approach to fabricating a seamless Nb tube with good hydroformability.