An atomistically informed kinetic Monte Carlo model of grain boundary motion coupled to shear deformation

M Prieto-Depedro and I Martin-Bragado and J Segurado, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PLASTICITY, 68, 98-110 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijplas.2014.11.005

The shear coupled motion of grain boundaries (GBs) is modelled by using two different atomistic simulation techniques: molecular dynamics (MD) and kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC). MD simulations are conducted to identify the elementary mechanisms that take place during the coupled motion of GBs. This process is described on the one hand, in terms of the geometrical approach of the dislocation content in the boundary; and on the other hand, by the thermodynamics of the dislocation passage, shown as a thermal activated process. Relevant MD output is extended into a KMC model that considers the GB migration as a result of a sequence of discrete rare events. The independent motion of each structural unit forming the boundary conforms a single event, having a rate per unit of time to move to the next stable position computed according to the transition state theory. The limited time scale of classical MD is overcome by KMC, that allows to impose realistic deformation velocities up to 10 pm/s. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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