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Two-dimensional discrete dislocation models of deformation in polycrystalline thin metal films on substrates

A. Hartmaier, M. J. Buehler, H. J. Gao.

Materials Science and Engineering A, 400-401, 260-263 , (2005)

The time-dependent irreversible deformation of polycrystalline thin metal films on substrates is investigated using two-dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics models incorporating essential parameters determined from atomistic studies. The work is focused on the mechanical properties of uncapped films, where diffusive processes play an important role. The simulations incorporate dislocation climb along the grain boundary as well as conservative glide. Despite of severe limitations of the two-dimensional dislocation models, the simulation results are found to largely corroborate experimental findings on different dominant deformation mechanisms at different film thicknesses. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Keyword(s): thin films; polycrystals; plasticity; dislocation dynamics; diffusion; DIFFUSION WEDGES; PLASTICITY; MECHANISMS; SIZE
DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2005.03.069
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