Activating dispersed strain bands in tensioned nanostructure layer for high ductility : The effects of microstructure inhomogeneity

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Author(s)

  • Yanfei Wang
  • Yueguang Wei
  • Zhifu Zhao
  • Hao Long
  • Zhongya Lin
  • Fengjiao Guo
  • Qiong He
  • Chongxiang Huang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number103159
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Plasticity
Volume149
Online published26 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

Abstract

How to suppress strain localization in tensioned nanograined layer and make it ductile? This remains a great challenge. Here we explore the effects of microstructure inhomogeneity on the plastic behavior of nanostructured layer. A nanostructured CrMnFeCoNi high entropy alloy layer supported by coarse-grained substrate (in gradient architecture) is taken as an example. In the tensile deformation, strain examinations find that the nanostructure layer experiences significant strain delocalization by activating dispersed stable strain bands (SBs) and promoting the deformation of non-strain banding zone. Finite element analysis reveals that it is the intra-layer microstructure inhomogeneity which enables dispersed SBs nucleation from the mechanical weak sites. The inter-layer microstructure inhomogeneity introduces extra shear constraints from the coarse-grained substrate, which stabilizes SBs and improves the stress of non-strain banding zone, thereby suppressing the early catastrophic strain localization. Importantly, the strong nanostructure layer indeed becomes ductile (enables further work hardening) due to the activation of hierarchical nanotwinning and dislocation activity.

Research Area(s)

  • Heterostructure, Inter-zone constraint, Microstructure inhomogeneity, Nanostructure, Strain delocalization, Uniform elongation

Citation Format(s)

Activating dispersed strain bands in tensioned nanostructure layer for high ductility : The effects of microstructure inhomogeneity. / Wang, Yanfei; Wei, Yueguang; Zhao, Zhifu; Long, Hao; Lin, Zhongya; Guo, Fengjiao; He, Qiong; Huang, Chongxiang; Zhu, Yuntian.

In: International Journal of Plasticity, Vol. 149, 103159, 02.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review