Wu R, Zaiser M, Sandfeld S (2017)
Publication Status: Published
Publication Type: Journal article, Original article
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Book Volume: 95
Pages Range: 142-162
In single crystal Nickel-based superalloys subject to creep loading, the gamma/gamma' phase microstructure co-evolves with the system of dislocations under load. Computational modeling thus requires multiphysics approaches capable of describing and simulating both phase and defect microstructures within a common conceptual framework. To do so, we formulate a coupled continuum model of the evolution of phase and dislocation microstructures. The simulated gamma/gamma' phase microstructure accounts for concentration as well as crystallographic order parameters. Dislocation microstructure evolution is described in terms of dislocation densities and associated stress-driven dislocation fluxes. The creep strain curve is obtained as a natural by-product of the microstructure evolution equations. We perform simulations of gamma/gamma' evolution for different dislocation densities and establish the driving forces for microstructure evolution by analyzing in detail the changes in different contributions to the elastic energy and chemical free energy density, as well as the evolution of stress concentrations that may trigger the transition from dislocation flow in the gamma channels towards shearing of the gamma' precipitates. Our investigation reveals the mechanisms controlling the process of directional coarsening (rafting) and demonstrates that the kinetics of rafting significantly depends on characteristics of the dislocation microstructure. In addition to rafting under constant load, we investigate the effect of changes in loading conditions and explore the possibility of improving creep properties by pre-rafting along a different loading path. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Wu, R., Zaiser, M., & Sandfeld, S. (2017). A continuum approach to combined γ/γ′ evolution and dislocation plasticity in Nickel-based superalloys. International Journal of Plasticity, 95, 142-162. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijplas.2017.04.005
Wu, Ronghai, Michael Zaiser, and Stefan Sandfeld. "A continuum approach to combined γ/γ′ evolution and dislocation plasticity in Nickel-based superalloys." International Journal of Plasticity 95 (2017): 142-162.