Nano-scale simulation based study of creep behavior of bimodal nanocrystalline face centered cubic metal

M Meraj and S Pal, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR MODELING, 23, 309 (2017).

DOI: 10.1007/s00894-017-3481-y

In this paper, the creep behavior of nanocrystalline Ni having bimodal grain structure is investigated using molecular dynamics simulation. Analysis of structural evolution during the creep process has also been performed. It is observed that an increase in size of coarse grain causes improvement in creep properties of bimodal nanocrystalline Ni. Influence of bimodality (i.e., size difference between coarse and fine grains) on creep properties are found to be reduced with increasing creep temperature. The dislocation density is observed to decrease exponentially with progress of creep deformation. Grain boundary diffusion controlled creep mechanism is found to be dominant at the primary creep region and the initial part of the secondary creep region. After that shear diffusion transformation mechanism is found to be significantly responsible for deformation as bimodal nanocrystalline Ni transforms to amorphous structure with further progress of the creep process. The presence of <0, 2, 8, 5>, <0, 2, 8, 2 >, and <0, 1, 10, 2 > distorted icosahedra has a significant influence on creep rate in the tertiary creep regime according to Voronoi cluster analysis.

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