A molecular dynamics study on the Mie-Gruneisen equation-of-state and high strain-rate behavior of equiatomic CoCrFeMnNi

JA Stewart and JK Startt and R Dingreville, MATERIALS RESEARCH LETTERS, 11, 1055-1062 (2023).

DOI: 10.1080/21663831.2023.2280635

Through atomistic simulations, we uncover the dynamic properties of the Cantor alloy under shock-loading conditions and characterize its equation-of-state over a wide range of densities and pressures along with spall strength at ultra-high strain rates. Simulation results reveal the role of local phase transformations during the development of the shock wave on the alloy's high spall strength. The simulated shock Hugoniot results are in remarkable agreement with experimental data, validating the predictability of the model. These mechanistic insights along with the quantification of dynamical properties can drive further advancements in various applications of this class of alloys under extreme environments. IMPACT STATEMENT The spall behavior of Cantor alloys is mediated by a strain-rate dependent, reversible FCC-to-HCP phase transition mechanism during shock loading endowing them with high spall strength compared to conventional alloys.

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