Cooperative grain boundary sliding in nanocrystalline materials

A. V. Sergueeva, N. A. Mara, N. A. Krasilnikov, R. Z. Valiev, A. K. Mukherjee

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Abstract

Superplastic behaviour of microcrystalline materials is now believed to be controlled by cooperative grain boundary sliding (CGBS). An increasing role of grain boundary mediated plasticity with decreasing grain size down to the nanoscale was predicted leading to the prospect of enhanced superplasticity in nanocrystalline materials. Nevertheless, materials with nanosized grains have revealed a significant decrease in plasticity contrary to theoretical prediction. Direct evidence of CGBS in nanocrystalline Ni3Al alloy from SEM surface analysis and in-situ TEM tensile testing was detected, confirming one similarity in the rheology of deformation processes between micro- and nanomaterials. Thus, differences in deformation behaviour of materials at these two length scales are related to the probability of sliding surface formation, sliding distance and related accommodation mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5797-5804
Number of pages8
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Volume86
Issue number36
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 21 2006

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