Effect of stacking fault energy on mechanism of plastic deformation in nanotwinned FCC metals

V Borovikov and MI Mendelev and AH King and R LeSar, MODELLING AND SIMULATION IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 23, 055003 (2015).

DOI: 10.1088/0965-0393/23/5/055003

Starting from a semi-empirical potential designed for Cu, we have developed a series of potentials that provide essentially constant values of all significant (calculated) materials properties except for the intrinsic stacking fault energy, which varies over a range that encompasses the lowest and highest values observed in nature. These potentials were employed in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate how stacking fault energy affects the mechanical behavior of nanotwinned face-centered cubic (FCC) materials. The results indicate that properties such as yield strength and microstructural stability do not vary systematically with stacking fault energy, but rather fall into two distinct regimes corresponding to 'low' and 'high' stacking fault energies.

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