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Title: Effects of particle arrangement and particle damage on the mechanical response of metal matrix nanocomposites: A numerical analysis
Authors: Law, E.
Pang, S.D. 
Quek, S.T. 
Keywords: Discrete dislocation dynamics
Metal matrix composites (MMCs)
Particle clustering
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Citation: Law, E., Pang, S.D., Quek, S.T. (2012-01). Effects of particle arrangement and particle damage on the mechanical response of metal matrix nanocomposites: A numerical analysis. Acta Materialia 60 (1) : 8-21. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The spatial distribution of reinforcement particles has a significant effect on the mechanical response and damage evolution of metal matrix composites (MMCs). It is observed that particle clustering leads to higher flow stress, earlier particle damage, as well as lower overall failure strain. In recent years, experimental studies have shown that reducing the size of particles to the nanoscale dramatically increases the mechanical strength of MMCs even at low particle volume fractions. However, the effects of particle distribution and particle damage on the mechanical response of these metal matrix nanocomposites, which may be different from that observed in normal MMCs, has not been widely explored. In this paper, these effects are investigated numerically using plane strain discrete dislocation simulations. The results show that non-clustered random and highly clustered particle arrangements result in the highest and lowest flow stress, respectively. The effect of particle fracture on the overall response of the nanocomposite is also more significant for non-clustered random and mildly clustered particle arrangements, in which particle damage begins earlier and the fraction of damaged particles is higher, compared to regular rectangular and highly clustered arrangements. © 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Acta Materialia
ISSN: 13596454
DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2011.09.033
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