Micropipe bundling and twisting in SiC crystals was revealed using synchrotron x-ray phase sensitive radiography. The computer simulation of micropipe evolution during the crystal growth suggests that the bundled and twisted micropipes arise under the influence of stress fields from other neighboring micropipes. The annihilation of twisted dipoles is attributed to their transformation into semiloops. Reactions of micropipe coalescence lead to the generation of micropipes and/or the annihilation of initial micropipes, resulting in the decrease in their average density. (C) 2003 American Institute of Physics.