Dislocation nucleation from symmetric tilt grain boundaries in body- centered cubic vanadium

SZ Xu and YQ Su, PHYSICS LETTERS A, 382, 1185-1189 (2018).

DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2018.03.002

We perform molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with two interatomic potentials to study dislocation nucleation from six symmetric tilt grain boundaries (GB) using bicrystal models in body-centered cubic vanadium. The influences of the misorientation angle are explored in the context of activated slip systems, critical resolved shear stress (CRSS), and GB energy. It is found that for four GBs, the activated slip systems are not those with the highest Schmid factor, i.e., the Schmid law breaks down. For all misorientation angles, the bicrystal is associated with a lower CRSS than their single crystalline counterparts. Moreover, the GB energy decreases in compressive loading at the yield point with respect to the undeformed configuration, in contrast to tensile loading. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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