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Atomistic Investigation of Scratching-Induced Deformation Twinning in Nanocrystalline Cu
Journal of Applied Physics
  • Junjie Zhang
  • Tao Sun
  • Yoganda Yan
  • Dong Shen
  • Xiaodong Li, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Publication Date
10-1-2012
Document Type
Article
Abstract

Deformation twinning is an important deformation mode of nanocrystalline metals. In current study, we investigate the scratching-induced deformation twinning in nanocrystallineCu by means of molecular dynamics simulations. The tribological behavior, the deformation mechanisms, the formation mechanism of deformation twins, and the grain size dependence of the propensity of deformation twinning are elucidated. Simulation results demonstrate that deformation twinning plays an important role in the plastic deformation of nanocrystallineCu under nanoscratching, in addition to dislocation activity and grain boundary-associated mechanism. The nucleation of initial twinning partial dislocations originates from the dissociation of lattice partial dislocations that emit from grain boundary triple junctions, and subsequent twin boundary migration is resulted from the glide of lattice partial dislocations emitted from twin boundary-grain boundary intersections on the twin plane. It is found that the propensity of deformation twinning in nanocrystallineCu under scratching has strong dependence on both grain size and stress state. These findings will advance our understanding of the tribological behavior of nanocrystallineCu and provide design and fabrication guidelines for nanocrystallineCu based micro/nanosystems.

Citation Information
Junjie Zhang, Tao Sun, Yoganda Yan, Dong Shen, et al.. "Atomistic Investigation of Scratching-Induced Deformation Twinning in Nanocrystalline Cu" Journal of Applied Physics Vol. 112 Iss. 7 (2012) p. #073526
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/xiaodong_li/102/