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From Statistical Correlations to Stochasticity and Size Effects in Sub-Micron Crystal Plasticity

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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
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Department of Physics & Astronomy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
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Metals 2019, 9(8), 835; https://doi.org/10.3390/met9080835
Received: 24 June 2019 / Revised: 18 July 2019 / Accepted: 25 July 2019 / Published: 27 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dislocation Mechanics of Metal Plasticity and Fracturing)
Metals in small volumes display a strong dependence on initial conditions, which translates into size effects and stochastic mechanical responses. In the context of crystal plasticity, this amounts to the role of pre-existing dislocation configurations that may emerge due to prior processing. Here, we study a minimal but realistic model of uniaxial compression of sub-micron finite volumes. We show how the statistical correlations of pre-existing dislocation configurations may influence the mechanical response in multi-slip crystal plasticity, in connection to the finite volume size and the initial dislocation density. In addition, spatial dislocation correlations display evidence that plasticity is strongly influenced by the formation of walls composed of bound dislocation dipoles. View Full-Text
Keywords: plasticity; representative volume element; dislocation structure; dislocation correlations; dislocation avalanches plasticity; representative volume element; dislocation structure; dislocation correlations; dislocation avalanches
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Song, H.; Papanikolaou, S. From Statistical Correlations to Stochasticity and Size Effects in Sub-Micron Crystal Plasticity. Metals 2019, 9, 835.

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