A refined view of particle stimulated nucleation of recrystallization is presented, which utilizes a combination of advanced modeling tools. FEM simulations were carried out in order to model the evolution of the deformation zone around particles for various particle sizes and shapes. The results of these simulations were complemented by EBSD measurements to determine the number and orientation of nuclei. Finally, this information on particle stimulated nucleation was incorporated into a 3D cellular automaton recrystallization model CORe to model microstructure evolution. From these simulations the dependence of grain size and texture on particles size and shape was derived.