Magnesium alloys are attractive for automotive and aerospace industries, due to their low density. One problem with these alloys is their limited formability at room temperature. Twinning plays a dominant role in deformation behaviour and it can be expected that an increased understanding of twinning will help improve formability. In the present work, the behaviour of different twinning systems in as-cast Mg-3AI-IZn is investigated using in-situ tensile tests in a scanning electron microscope. Electron backscatter diffraction and back scatter electron imaging were carried out during the tests. The results show both "tension" and "compression" twinning are active at room temperature and that twinning and untwinning occur both during loading and unloading.
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