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Title: Micromechanics of crystallographic size-effects in metal matrix composites induced by thermo-mechanical loading
Authors: Aghababaei, R.
Joshi, S.P. 
Keywords: Crystal plasticity
Particulate reinforced material
Residual stress
Strengthening mechanisms
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Citation: Aghababaei, R., Joshi, S.P. (2013-03). Micromechanics of crystallographic size-effects in metal matrix composites induced by thermo-mechanical loading. International Journal of Plasticity 42 : 65-82. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We investigate the length-scale dependent micromechanics metal matrix composites (MMCs) using a visco-plastic slip-gradient crystal plasticity theory. The salient feature of this investigation is that it explicitly models the presence of the initial slip-gradients introduced by thermal loading that closely mimics conditions experienced during MMC processing. We present a two-step finite element procedure for model MMC unit cells comprising an inclusion embedded within a single crystal. In the first step, the MMCs are subjected to a thermal excursion that results in geometrically necessary dislocation (GND) density and residual stresses whose magnitude and distribution are influenced by the inclusion size and the initial lattice orientation. The thermal GND density is taken as a starting dislocation substructure for the MMCs in the subsequent step involving mechanical loading. The overall mechanical response also exhibits a size-effect, including the tension-compression asymmetry, that is influenced by crystallographic details. The numerical studies provide quantitative information regarding the evolution of the local and average GND densities, their distribution and apportioning of the thermally induced GND effects due to the constituent mismatches. An analysis of the inclusion shape effects indicates that its influence on the overall hardening diminishes with decreasing inclusion size. This is ascribed to the pre-existing thermal GND zone at the inclusion-matrix interface that provides a more uniform stress distribution around a fine equiaxed inclusion compared to its coarser counterpart. We also demonstrate the applicability of the analysis to polycrystalline MMC microstructure and briefly discuss their response in relation to the single crystal architectures. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: International Journal of Plasticity
ISSN: 07496419
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijplas.2012.09.013
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