Special Issue "Self-Organization in Plasticity of Solids"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701). This special issue belongs to the section "Metal Casting, Forming and Heat Treatment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 227

Special Issue Editor

Laboratory of Microstructures and Materials Mechanics (LEM3), Université de Lorraine, CNRS, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, F-57000 Metz, France
Interests: self-organization phenomena in plasticity; plastic instabilities; metal alloys; relationships between mechanical and physical (magnetic, electronic) properties
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Dear Colleagues,

Numerous studies of the past three decades have shown that the self-organization of crystal defects is a fundamental property of plastic flow in solids, which leads to phenomena similar to those observed in complex systems of various natures, such as deterministic chaos, patterning, avalanche dynamics, and synchronization. In plasticity, these phenomena are often confined to mesoscopic scales and do not manifest themselves on the macroscopic scale of mechanical behavior of bulk samples. This constraint assures the success of the continuous approach to plasticity, in which the transition from the microscopic description of the motion of individual dislocations to the macroscopic behavior of materials is based on an appropriate averaging. However, this approach becomes insufficient when the local heterogeneity of plastic deformation cannot be neglected, which is more and more often the case in current technological trends, be it miniaturization of devices or elaboration of materials with complex structures. Moreover, these phenomena can appear on a macroscopic scale, as in the phenomenon of jerky flow. Thus, the consideration of collective effects in the "micro–macro" transition constitutes a key element to further progress in the understanding and modeling of mechanical behavior of solids. This challenge gives rise to an intricate problem. Depending on the material and the testing conditions, the collective dynamics of defects emerge at different mesoscopic scales and involve various self-organization phenomena. In addition to this fundamental complexity, an unexpected consequence of the multiscale nature of the problem is that depending on the recorded characteristics and the scales assessed, it is possible to come up with different views of collective behavior. The aim of this Special Issue is to collect in one place various findings, often contradictory, and various approaches to this challenging problem.

Dr. Mikhaïl A. Lebyodkin
Guest Editor

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  • Plastic deformation
  • Self-Organization
  • Collective dynamics of defects
  • Spatial structures in plasticity of solids
  • Multi-Scale experiment and modeling
  • intermittence
  • Dynamical chaos
  • Dislocation avalanches
  • Dislocation patterning
  • Strain localization patterns

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