The IMP BAZALM alloy of the Zr-Ti-Nb system based on the metastable β-solid solution was studied in this work. The alloy has a low Young's modulus (55-70 GPa) and was developed as a biocompatible material [1,2]. In  was shown the use of low-temperature thermomechanical processing of the alloy allows to obtain rods with a tensile Young's modulus at the level of 47 GPa and high values of reversible deformation (up to 2,83 %). According to , the texture is formed in the IMP BAFZALM alloy quenched on metastable β-solid solution during cold deformation and is known contributes to obtain anisotropic properties in the material, including the Young's modulus in the Ti-Nb-Zr system . In addition, the textural state can change over the cross section of cold-deformed alloys , also leading to a certain change in the physicomechanical characteristics depending on their measurement at a specific section location . However, such studies on the IMP BAZALM alloy have not been carried out before. On this basis, the purpose of the work was to study the influence of the texture type of different sections of cold-deformed IMP BAZALM alloy rods on the Young's modulus value.
2. Material and Methods
The material for the study was IMP BAFZALM alloy (Zr-31Ti-18Nb at. %) quenched on a metastable β-solid solution in the form of two cold-rolled rods of square section (4.3 4.3 and 2.87 2.87 mm ), obtained from the 8 mm diameter rod. The compression deformation degree was 63 and 84 % for 4.3 4.3 and 2.87 2.87 mm rods accordingly. The rods were cut across and along the rolling direction to analyze the anisotropy of properties with depend on the direction of measurement, and then the Young's modulus was measured by microindentation using a CSM Instruments device with a load of 9 H and 0.25 mm measurement step as it shown in the Fig. 1.
The structure and phase composition analysis of the rods was carried out by optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction phase analysis (XRD) using an placeOlympus microscope and a Bruker D8 Advance diffractometer accordingly. Evaluation of the texture state over the cross section of the studied rods was performed using an EBSD attachment to the scanning electron microscope Zeiss Auriga with accelerating voltage 20 kV.
3. Results and Discussion
The microstructure of cold-rolled rods of square section 4.3 4.3 and 2.87 2.87 mm in longitudinal and cross-section is presented in Fig. 2.
Analysis of the structure showed that with increasing of the compression deformation degree from 63 % (4.3 4.3 mm rod) to 84 % (2.87 2.87 mm rod) the microstructure accepted characteristic fibrous structure owing to regular stretching of grains along the rolling direction and flattening in height in the cross section (Fig. 2). If after deformation 63 % in the cross section, it is possible to clearly separate the boundaries of individual grains, then after deformation 84 % it is difficult to do.
XRD data (Fig. 3) showed the alloy is on the β-solid solution state after cold rolling – there are only diffraction peaks of -phase on the X-ray diffraction patterns. Based on inverse pole figures (IPF) for the 4.3 4.3 mm rods obtained by the EBSD method (Fig. 4) one can observe that  crystallographic direction is most likely parallel to sample normal direction (ND) and in the case of RD (rolling direction) and TD (transverse direction) directions most intense has  crystallographic direction. It can be concluded, 001 110 deformation cube texture typical for deformed alloys with body-centered cubic lattice (bcc) is formed in the rod . The cubic lattice orientation relative to ND, RD and TD directions in the deformed alloy is shown in Fig. 5.
Comparative analysis of XRD (Fig. 3) and EBSD data (Fig. 4) shown that increasing the compression deformation degree from the 4.3 4.3 mm to the 2.87 2.87 mm rod contributed enhancing 001 110 deformation cube texture. This conclusion is based on comparison of X-ray spectra's of different sections rods. In comparison with the X-ray spectra 4.3 4.3 mm rod, the noticeable decrease in the intensity of the peak 200 (approximately 1.5-2 times) with a corresponding increase in the intensity of the 110 peak (about the same 1.5-2 times) is detected on the X-ray spectra 2.87 2.87 mm rod. This effect is realized when the texture 001 110 is enhanced, since in this case the component due to 110 planes is increased and component due to 100 planes is decreased, which is observed.
The data of the Young's modulus change and the orientation of crystallites over the cross section of rods (the axis “distance”) are shown in Fig. 6.
Most of Young's modulus values, measured at the approximately equal distances from the edge of the rod, are smaller in the rolling plane than in the plane perpendicular to the rolling direction and this effect is especially enhanced in the smaller cross-section rod (Fig. 6 a, b). The obtained regularity agrees well with the results of XRD and EBSD data (Fig. 3, 4): the texture 001 110 increases with an increase in the compression deformation degree. This contributed to the preferential orientation of the directions 001 and 110 along the directions of the Young's modulus measurements in the rolling plane and in the plane perpendicular to the rolling direction, respectively. According to , the 001 direction is low-module compared to 110 , which is confirmed by the present studies. So, the comparison of the obtained Young's modulus values and the preferential orientations at the measurement sites showed a good correlation between them, both for a 4.3 4.3 mm and 2.87 2.87 mm rods (Fig. 6 a, b). The minimum values of the Young's modulus were typical for areas where low-module 001 orientation prevailed, and the maximum values of the Young's modulus were characteristic for areas with high-modules 110 , 111 orientations. It can also be noted that the formation of a more perfect texture in the rods with increasing deformation degree contributed to a more regular ("wavy") change in the Young's modulus over the rod cross-section with minima near the surface and center of the rod and maxima by ¼ and ¾ length of square section. Previously, a regular change of the Young's modulus values over the cross section of a cold-deformed rod was fixed in a copper wire [5,6]. It was due to a change in the intensity of the main orientations in the cross section, which is also observed in this case.
In general, for the 4.3 4.3 mm rod, the Young's modulus values varied from 61 to 75 GPa (the difference is 14 GPa) in the rolling plane, and in the plane perpendicular to the rolling direction from 67 to 75 GPa (the difference is 8 GPa). The average value of 67 and 69 GPa, accordingly. In the 2.87 2.87 mm rod, the Young's modulus values varied from 53 to 62 GPa (the difference is 9 GPa) in the rolling plane, and in the plane perpendicular to the rolling direction from 60 to 70 GPa (the difference is 10 GPa). The average value of 58 and 66 GPa accordingly. It can be seen, the improvement of the texture also contributed to the increase in the difference in the magnitude of the Young's modulus in the rolling plane and the plane perpendicular to the rolling direction. That increased the anisotropy of the elastic properties.
Thus, based on the work done, the following conclusions can be drawn:
• It is shown, an increase in the compression deformation degree of Zr-31Ti-18Nb alloy during cold rolling contributed to the improvement of 001 110 deformation cube texture.
• It was found, the enhancing 001 110 deformation cube texture in the 2.87 2.87 mm rod compared with 4.3 4.3 mm rod leaded to an increase in the anisotropy of the Young's modulus values measured in the rolling plane and in the plane perpendicular to the rolling direction; the lowest values of the Young's modulus were obtain in the rolling plane up to 53 GPa, and the highest values in plane perpendicular to the rolling direction up to 70 GPa.
• The interrelation between the values of the Young's modulus, measured over the cross section of the rod, and the orientations of crystallites is established.