Bistable metallic materials produced by nanocrystallization process

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-383
Journal / PublicationMaterials and Design
Online published5 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2018


Through a localized nanocrystallization process using surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT), a new method is proposed to build bistable and multistable metallic shells. The impacts from randomly fast-moving balls during the nanocrystallization process accumulate plastic deformations, which induce nanotwins and mesh grains into nanoscales significantly increasing elastic behavior range of the treated shells. The in-plane self-equilibrium residual stress field, which is induced from the stretching plastic deformations in the treated region under the constraint of the untreated region, renders nanostructured shells bistable characteristics. An effective numerical modelling is carried out to analyze the bistable behavior and predict their stable configurations. A flat plate with multiple nanostructured regions is manufactured and numerically studied, which is capable of holding multiple stable configurations. In addition, the developed bistable and multistable shells can be further mechanically processed to modify their stable configurations.

Research Area(s)

  • Bistable shell, Finite element analysis, Nano grain, Residual stress, SPD