Textured Ni tapes were fabricated from commercially available nickel pellets (98.5% Ni). Ingots produced by a melt process were cold rolled to 150–400 μm thick tapes. Texturing was achieved by annealing in a reducing atmosphere (Ar + 6.5% v/v H2). Sharp cubic biaxial textured Ni tapes were obtained by thermal treatment at 1000°C for 2 hours in a reducing atmosphere. The tapes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and by electron backscattering diffraction. The tensile strength, the thermal expansion behavior and the Vickers hardness for the cold rolled tapes and for the heat-treated tapes were measured.
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