Interface microstructure effects on dynamic failure behavior of layered Cu/Ta microstructures

R Kumar and J Chen and A Mishra and AM Dongare, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 13, 11365 (2023).

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-37831-5

Structural metallic materials with interfaces of immiscible materials provide opportunities to design and tailor the microstructures for desired mechanical behavior. Metallic microstructures with plasticity contributors of the FCC and BCC phases show significant promise for damage-tolerant applications due to their enhanced strengths and thermal stability. A fundamental understanding of the dynamic failure behavior is needed to design and tailor these microstructures with desired mechanical responses under extreme environments. This study uses molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to characterize plasticity contributors for various interface microstructures and the damage evolution behavior of FCC/BCC laminate microstructures. This study uses six model Cu/Ta interface systems with different orientation relationships that are as- created, and pre-deformed to understand the modifications in the plasticity contributions and the void nucleation/evolution behavior. The results suggest that pre-existing misfit dislocations and loading orientations (perpendicular to and parallel to the interface) affect the activation of primary and secondary slip systems. The dynamic strengths are observed to correlate with the energy of the interfaces, with the strengths being highest for low-energy interfaces and lowest for high-energy interfaces. However, the presence of pre-deformation of these interface microstructures affects not only the dynamic strength of the microstructures but also the correlation with interface energy.

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