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Dislocations and Plastic Deformation in MgO Crystals: A Review

Université de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, CNRS, MATEIS UMR5510, F-69621 Villeurbanne, France
Université de Lille, CNRS, INRA, ENSCL, UMR 8207-UMET-Unité Matériaux et Transformations, F-59000 Lille, France
Institut Universitaire de France, F-75005 Paris, France
Institut Pprime, UPR 3346 CNRS, Université de Poitiers, ENSMA, Département de Physique et Mécanique des Matériaux, SP2MI Bd Marie et Pierre Curie BP 30179, F-86962 Futuroscope Chasseneuil CEDEX, France
Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics, RWTH Aachen University, Kopernikusstr. 14, 52074 Aachen, Germany
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Crystals 2018, 8(6), 240;
Received: 29 March 2018 / Revised: 4 May 2018 / Accepted: 10 May 2018 / Published: 31 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Crystal Dislocations: Their Impact on Physical Properties of Crystals)
This review paper focuses on dislocations and plastic deformation in magnesium oxide crystals. MgO is an archetype ionic ceramic with refractory properties which is of interest in several fields of applications such as ceramic materials fabrication, nano-scale engineering and Earth sciences. In its bulk single crystal shape, MgO can deform up to few percent plastic strain due to dislocation plasticity processes that strongly depend on external parameters such as pressure, temperature, strain rate, or crystal size. This review describes how a combined approach of macro-mechanical tests, multi-scale modeling, nano-mechanical tests, and high pressure experiments and simulations have progressively helped to improve our understanding of MgO mechanical behavior and elementary dislocation-based processes under stress. View Full-Text
Keywords: MgO; dislocations; mechanical properties; nano-mechanics; multi-scale modeling; extreme conditions MgO; dislocations; mechanical properties; nano-mechanics; multi-scale modeling; extreme conditions
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Amodeo, J.; Merkel, S.; Tromas, C.; Carrez, P.; Korte-Kerzel, S.; Cordier, P.; Chevalier, J. Dislocations and Plastic Deformation in MgO Crystals: A Review. Crystals 2018, 8, 240.

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