Effects of Grain Boundary Misorientation Angle on the Mechanical Behavior of Al Bicrystals

W Velilla-Díaz and HR Zambrano, NANOMATERIALS, 13, 3031 (2023).

DOI: 10.3390/nano13233031

This research article explores the effect of grain boundary (GB) misorientation on the mechanical behavior of aluminum (Al) bicrystals by means of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The effect of GB misorientation on the mechanical properties, fracture resistance, and crack propagation are evaluated under monotonic and cyclic load conditions. The J-integral and the crack tip opening displacement (CTOD) are assessed to establish the effect of the GB misorientation angle on the fracture resistance. The simulations reveal that the misorientation angle plays a significant role in the mechanical response of Al bicrystals. The results also evidence a gradual change in the mechanical behavior from brittle to ductile as the misorientation angle is increased.

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