Alternating starvation of dislocations during plastic yielding in metallic nanowires

A Cao and YG Wei and SX Mao, SCRIPTA MATERIALIA, 59, 219-222 (2008).

DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2008.03.010

Using molecular dynamics simulations, we show that the mechanical deformation behaviors of single-crystalline nickel nanowires are quite different from their bulk counterparts. Correlation between the obtained stress-strain curves and the visualized defect evolution during deformation processes clearly demonstrates that a sequence of complex dislocation slip events results in a state of dislocation starvation, involving the nucleation and propagation of dislocations until they finally escape from the wires, so that the wires deform elastically until new dislocations are generated. (C) 2008 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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