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Corresponding author.

(R. Narasimhan )

Table 1: Chemical composition (in wt.) of the hot rolled Mg AZ31 alloy.

Figure 1: Schematic of compact tension (CT) specimen with the various dimensions.

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Figure 2: (a) IPF of the hot rolled Mg AZ31 alloy plate on free surface. (b) Pole figure

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Figure 3: (a) IPF of the hot rolled Mg AZ31 alloy plate on mid surface. (b) Pole figure

10
TD
RD

Load (kN)

2
3
Displacement (mm)

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10
TD
RD

Load(kN)

8
6
4
2
0
0

0.5

1
1.5
CMOD(mm)

2.5

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Figure 4: (a) Load-displacement curves for TD and RD specimens. (b) Load-CMOD
curves for TD and RD specimens.

Jt (RD)

40

Je
Jt (TD)

J (N/mm)

30

20

10

4
6
Load (kN)

10

Figure 5: Energy released rate J verses load curves for TD and RD specimens

Figure 6: Strain contours obtained from DIC on free surface for the TD specimen at a
load of 8.7 kN

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(b)

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Figure 7: crack path (a) Front and (b) Side views for TD specimen. (c) Side view for RD
specimen .

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(b)

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Figure 9: IPFs (a) At location B (b) At location A on the free surface for TD specimen
at a load of 8.1 kN.

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Figure 10: IPF at loaction A on mid-thickness for TD specimen at a load of 8.1 kN.

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Figure 11: IPFs (a) At location B (b) At location A on the free surface for TD specimen
at a load of 8.7 kN.

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Figure 12: IPF at loaction A on mid-thickness for TD specimen at a load of 8.7 kN.

X2
x1

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Figure 13: IPF near the extended crack tip on mid-thickness for RD specimen.

Misorientation angle (degrees)

Point-to-point
Point-to-origin

Distance (microns)

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Figure 14: (a) Mis-orientation along the line XY in a grain. (b) Pole figure for RD
specimen

x2

x1

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Figure 15: (a) IPF near the extended crack tip on free surface for RD specimen. (b) Pole
figure.