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Materials 2017, 10(8), 896;

Accessing Colony Boundary Strengthening of Fully Lamellar TiAl Alloys via Micromechanical Modeling

Institute of Materials Research, Materials Mechanics, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Max-Planck-str. 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany
Chair of Solid Mechanics, University of Wuppertal, Gaussstr. 20, 42119 Wuppertal, Germany
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Received: 26 June 2017 / Revised: 27 July 2017 / Accepted: 31 July 2017 / Published: 3 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Intermetallic Alloys: Fabrication, Properties and Applications 2017)
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In this article, we present a strategy to decouple the relative influences of colony, domain and lamella boundary strengthening in fully lamellar titanium aluminide alloys, using a physics-based crystal plasticity modeling strategy. While lamella and domain boundary strengthening can be isolated in experiments using polysynthetically twinned crystals or mircomechanical testing, colony boundary strengthening can only be investigated in specimens in which all three strengthening mechanisms act simultaneously. Thus, isolating the colony boundary strengthening Hall–Petch coefficient K C experimentally requires a sufficient number of specimens with different colony sizes λ C but constant lamella thickness λ L and domain size λ D , difficult to produce even with sophisticated alloying techniques. The here presented crystal plasticity model enables identification of the colony boundary strengthening coefficient K C as a function of lamella thickness λ L . The constitutive description is based on the model of a polysynthetically twinned crystal which is adopted to a representative volume element of a fully lamellar microstructure. In order to capture the micro yield and subsequent micro hardening in weakly oriented colonies prior to macroscopic yield, the hardening relations of the adopted model are revised and calibrated against experiments with polysynthetically twinned crystals for plastic strains up to 15%. View Full-Text
Keywords: TiAl; fully lamellar; crystal plasticity; Hall–Petch; polysynthetically twinned crystal TiAl; fully lamellar; crystal plasticity; Hall–Petch; polysynthetically twinned crystal

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Schnabel, J.E.; Bargmann, S. Accessing Colony Boundary Strengthening of Fully Lamellar TiAl Alloys via Micromechanical Modeling. Materials 2017, 10, 896.

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