Grain-size effect on the deformation mechanisms of nanostructured copper processed by high-pressure torsion

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Author(s)

  • X. Z. Liao
  • Y. H. Zhao
  • Y. T. Zhu
  • R. Z. Valiev
  • D. V. Gunderov

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-640
Journal / PublicationJournal of Applied Physics
Volume96
Issue number1
Online published17 Jun 2004
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The unique nonuniform deformation characteristic of high-pressure torsion was used to produce nanostructures with systematically varying grain sizes in a copper disk, which allows us to study the grain-size effect on the deformation mechanisms in nanostructured copper using a single sample. The as-processed copper disk has 100–200 nm grains near its center and 10–20 nm grains at its periphery. High densities of full dislocations (2×1016/m2) were distributed nonuniformly in large grains, implying that dislocation slip is the dominant deformation mechanism. With increasing dislocation density, the dislocations accumulated and rearranged, forming elongated nanodomains. The originally formed nanodomains remain almost the same crystalline orientation as their parent large grains. Further deformation occurred mainly through partial dislocation emissions from nanodomain boundaries, resulting in high density of nanotwins and stacking faults in the nanodomains. The elongated nanodomains finally transformed into equiaxed nanocrystalline grains with large-angle grain boundaries. The results suggest that grain boundary rotation and grain boundary sliding might play a significant role in the formation of large-angle grain boundaries in nanocrystalline grains. These experimental results show that different deformation mechanisms operate at different length scales and confirm unambiguously the deformation mechanisms of nanocrystalline grains predicted by molecular dynamic simulations. © 2004 American Institute of
Physics.

Citation Format(s)

Grain-size effect on the deformation mechanisms of nanostructured copper processed by high-pressure torsion. / Liao, X. Z.; Zhao, Y. H.; Zhu, Y. T. et al.
In: Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 96, No. 1, 01.07.2004, p. 636-640.

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