NANOSCALE VOID GROWTH IN MAGNESIUM: A MOLECULAR DYNAMICS STUDY
S Groh and EB Marin and MF Horstemeyer, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS, 2, 191-205 (2010).
Molecular dynamics calculations were carried out in single crystal magnesium specimens to reveal the dependence of strain rate, temperature, and orientation of the crystal on damage evolution as defined by pore growth. Two specific crystallographic orientations 0001 and 11 (2) over bar0 were examined. During a 0001 tensile test, twin boundaries developed at the void surface leading to a constraint on the 11 (2) over bar 0 crystallographic orientation. On the other hand, during the 11 (2) over bar0 tensile deformation, emission of shear loops in the prismatic slip planes arose when void growth initiated. Furthermore, analysis of the damage components ( nucleation, growth and coalescence) revealed that a large number of small voids nucleated that rapidly grew and fractured the specimens independent of the temperature and the strain rate.
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