Heterogeneous materials : a new class of materials with unprecedented mechanical properties

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-532
Journal / PublicationMaterials Research Letters
Issue number8
Online published26 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes



Here we present a perspective on heterogeneous materials, a new class of materials possessing superior combinations of strength and ductility that are not accessible to their homogeneous counterparts. Heterogeneous materials consist of domains with dramatic strength differences. The domain sizes may vary in the range of micrometers to millimeters. Large strain gradients near domain interfaces are produced during deformation, which produces a significant back-stress to strengthen the material and to produce high back-stress work hardening for good ductility. High interface density is required to maximize the back-stress, which is a new strengthening mechanism for improving mechanical properties.

Research Area(s)

  • back-stress, Heterogeneous materials, mechanical incompatibility, mechanical properties, strain gradient

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