The formation and evolution of dislocation patterns in pure polycrystalline aluminum was examined using transmission electron microscopy. The conventional characterization of the deformed samples was combined with in-situ tensile tests of prestrained samples which were carried out in order to get a better understanding of dislocation motion during deformation. The role of different types of boundaries was studied and it was found that while dense dislocation walls have an ordered structure since they are geometrically necessary, incidental dislocation boundaries can change their configuration from tangled to ordered.

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