ICAMS / Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation


Mechanical properties of interfaces in TiAl α2/γ lamellar microstructures: atomistic study

Date: 17.03.2014
Place: Winter School International Seminar on Process Chain Simulation and Related Topics, Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

Mansour Kanani
Rebecca Janisch
Alexander Hartmaier

To improve the ductility and fracture strength of TiAl alloys, one of the crucial tasks is the correct understanding of the deformation mechanisms on different scales. Particularly, in a two-phase (γ and α2) lamellar structure which consists of various interfaces and lamellae on the nano- to micrometre-scale, the importance of having such a multiscale modeling is obvious. Indeed, for a better interpretation and understanding of experimental observations based on the knowledge of nano-scale deformation mechanisms, such as lamellar boundary sliding as well as dislocation dissociation, an atomistic modeling is required. Quantitative values for stacking fault energies and other key quantities for various interfaces in the lamellar microstructure can be obtained through ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Basic processes and deformation mechanisms in a lamellar microstructure can be modeled via molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, ideally benchmarked to DFT results. In this project, we have carried out atomistic studies by applying DFT and MD approaches on a two phase α2/γ lamellar microstructure. On the DFT level special emphasis has been put on both tensile and shear properties of different lamellar boundaries and in MD simulations the dynamic response of the interfaces to loading is tracked.

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