We investigate the relationship between the average profile height and the average plastic strain of a grain in a polycrystalline material under plastic tensile strain using Crystal Plasticity Finite Element Method (CPFEM). The simulation consists of using an anisotropic grain embedded in an isotropic sample undergoing tensile plastic deformation. 150 different lattice orientations for the embedded anisotropic grain are used to represent all possible grain orientations. We found that plastic strain in the loading direction is not related to the surface profile height. However, the plastic strains in the direction normal to the surface and the transverse direction are linearly proportional to the average profile heights, irrespective of the grain orientation. The magnitude of the plastic strain in the direction normal to the surface decreases with increasing surface profile height. It is vice versa for plastic strains in the transverse direction. These results establish a possibility of determining a grain’s plastic strains from the profile height.

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