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A crystal plasticity smooth-particle hydrodynamics approach and its application to equalchannel angular pressing simulation

A. Ma, A. Hartmaier.

A crystal plasticity (CP) modelling approach based on smooth-particle hydrodynamics (SPH) has been developed to study severe plastic deformation of crystalline materials. The method has been implemented and validated by comparing the stress distribution and stress evolution of several SPH and FEM simulations for an anisotropic elastic material. The findings show that the SPH method produces an efficient and numerically robust solution for solid mechanics boundary value problems. Furthermore, the approach has been extended to incorporate a CP model and employed to simulate FCC polycrystals under the equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) condition. It was found that the polycrystal contains four distinct regions with different deformation mechanisms. For the case that friction between deformable particles and boundary particles was neglected, more than one half of the grains suffered severe plastic deformation. The CP-SPH developed here thus is demonstrated to be a powerful tool to study grain refinement under severe plastic deformation.

Evolution of the microstructure during ECAP process as represented by the first Bunge Euler angle of the grains at 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% (from left to right). Graphic reprinted from Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 24, 085011. © 2016 IOP Publishing. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved.