Dependence of Strain Rate Sensitivity on the Slip System: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation

A Movahedi-Rad and R Alizadeh, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS ENGINEERING AND PERFORMANCE, 26, 5173-5179 (2017).

DOI: 10.1007/s11665-017-2977-z

The strain rate of deformation might affect mechanical properties of metallic materials, especially at elevated temperatures. Due to the nature of dislocation slip, it is anticipated that strain rate sensitivity (SRS) depends on the slip system. While the dependency of SRS on the temperature and strain rate of the deformation is well recognized, its dependence on the slip system is not well understood. Accordingly, the molecular dynamics simulation was used to investigate the dependence of strain rate sensitivity of pure Al single crystals on the slip system. In this study, the embedded atom method (EAM) potential for Al was employed. SRS and shear strength of the material were studied in four different slip systems and at two temperatures of 300 and 500 K. It was found that SRS of the material depends on the slip system in addition to the temperature, and SRS was higher in less compact systems with more difficult slip. The dislocation theories were used to rationalize the simulation results.

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