Effect of interfacial structural phase transitions on the coupled motion of grain boundaries: A molecular dynamics study

T Frolov, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 104, 211905 (2014).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4880715

In this work, the coupled motion of two different phases of Sigma 5(210)001 grain boundaries was investigated by molecular dynamics simulations of fcc Cu. The effect of interfacial structural phase transitions is shown to have a profound effect on both the shear strength and the nature of the coupled motion. Specifically, the motion of the two different phases is described by ideal coupling factors beta(< 100 >) and beta(< 110 >) that have different magnitudes and even signs. Additionally, the shear strength for the two interfacial phases is observed to differ by up to 40% at the lowest temperatures simulated. The study demonstrates that grain boundary phases transitions may have strong effects on the kinetics of microstructural evolution. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

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