Fatigue Deformation of Polycrystalline Cu Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations

G Sainath and P Rohith and BK Choudhary, TRANSACTIONS OF THE INDIAN INSTITUTE OF METALS, 69, 489-493 (2016).

DOI: 10.1007/s12666-015-0823-2

Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been performed to investigate the fatigue deformation behaviour of polycrystalline Cu with grain size of 5.4 nm. The samples were prepared using Voronoi algorithm with random grain orientations. Fatigue simulations were carried out by employing fully reversed, total strain controlled cyclic loading at strain amplitude of +/- 4 % for 10 cycles. The MD simulation results indicated that the deformation behaviour under cyclic loading is dominated by the slip of partial dislocations enclosing the stacking faults. At higher number of cycles, the grain boundary migration leading to coarsening of larger grains at the expense of the smaller grains has been observed. The cyclic stress-strain behaviour, the deformation mechanisms and the variation of dislocation density as a function of cyclic deformation have been discussed.

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