Influence of grain boundary structure and topology on the plastic deformation of nanocrystalline aluminum as studied by atomistic simulations

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Prakash A, Weygand D, Bitzek E
Journal: International Journal of Plasticity
Publisher: PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 97
Pages range: 107-125
ISSN: 0749-6419


Abstract

Nanocrystalline materials, with grain sizes below 100 nm, have been the subject of many research studies in the recent past. At these reduced grain sizes, grain boundaries (GBs) play a very important role in the deformation of such materials. Large scale atomistic simulations that are often used to illuminate the deformation mechanisms in such materials must accurately account for the topology, structure and network of GBs. In this work, we perform atomistic simulations on nanocrystalline aluminum under tensile loading, using a structure with a relaxed GB network obtained from three-dimensional grain growth simulations, and compare the results to that obtained from structures generated using the Voronoi tessellation method. The results show that the grain growth sample results in consistently higher macroscopic stresses when compared to the Voronoi tessellated microstructures. The latter, additionally, tend to overestimate GB deformation, whilst simultaneously underestimating the deformation due to dislocation slip. More importantly, twinning is observed in multiple grains in the grain growth sample, in contrast to the near absence in Voronoi tessellated microstructures. The results are carefully discussed in terms of sample characteristics, stacking fault energies, and GB Structure and network. (c) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Bitzek, Erik Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Professur für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Simulation und Werkstoffeigenschaften)
Prakash, Aruna Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Allgemeine Werkstoffeigenschaften)


External institutions with authors

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)


How to cite

APA:
Prakash, A., Weygand, D., & Bitzek, E. (2017). Influence of grain boundary structure and topology on the plastic deformation of nanocrystalline aluminum as studied by atomistic simulations. International Journal of Plasticity, 97, 107-125. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijplas.2017.05.11

MLA:
Prakash, Aruna, D. Weygand, and Erik Bitzek. "Influence of grain boundary structure and topology on the plastic deformation of nanocrystalline aluminum as studied by atomistic simulations." International Journal of Plasticity 97 (2017): 107-125.

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