Dislocations with edge components in nanocrystalline bcc Mo

GM Cheng and WZ Xu and WW Jian and H Yuan and MH Tsai and YT Zhu and YF Zhang and PC Millett, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS RESEARCH, 28, 1820-1826 (2013).

DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2012.403

We report high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) observation of a high density of dislocations with edge components (similar to 10(16) m(-2)) in nanocrystalline (NC) body-centered cubic (bcc) Mo prepared by high-pressure torsion. We also observed for the first time of the 1/2<111> and <001> pure edge dislocations in NC Mo. Crystallographic analysis and image simulations reveal that the best way using HRTEM to study dislocations with edge components in bcc systems is to take images along <110> zone axis, from which it is possible to identify 1/2<111> pure edge dislocations, and edge components of 1/2<111> and <001> mixed dislocations. The <001> pure edge dislocations can only be identified from <100> zone axis. The high density of dislocations with edge components is believed to play a major role in the reduction of strain rate sensitivity in NC bcc metals and alloys.

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