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The brittle-to-ductile transition in cold rolled tungsten plates: impact of crystallographic texture, grain size and dislocation density on the transition temperature

C. Bonnekoh, U. Jäntsch, J. Hoffmann, H. Leiste, A. Hartmaier, D. Weygand, A. Hoffmann, J. Reiser.

International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials, 78, 146-163, (2019)

The aim of this paper is to elucidate the mechanisms controlling the brittle-to-ductile transition (BDT) in pre-deformed, textured, polycrystalline body-centred cubic (bcc) metals by the example of cold rolled tungsten (W). For this purpose, five sheets were rolled out from one and the same sintered ingot, by various levels, representing degrees of deformation of 1.8, 2.5, 3.0, 3.4, and 4.1 (this refers to 83.5%, 91.8%, 95.0%, 96.7%, and 98.3% in the technical notation). Toughness tests show that the BDT temperature decreases with increasing degree of deformation from 115 °C ± 15 °C (388 K ± 15 K) down to −65 °C ± 15 °C (208 K ± 15 K). This is an improvement of >600 K compared with a sintered ingot. In this paper we perform an in-depth analysis of the microstructure of the five sheets mentioned above. This analysis includes the assessment of (i) crystallographic texture, (ii) grain size and (iii) dislocation density. A comparison between microstructural features and experimental data confirms our working hypothesis which states that the BDT is controlled by the glide of screw dislocations and that the transition temperature decreases with decreasing spacing, λ, of dislocation sources along the crack front. Sources for dislocations may be the intersection points of grain boundaries with the crack front (BDT-temperature-grain-size-relation) or dislocation multiplication processes such as e.g., the expansion of open and closed loops (impact of dislocation density).

Keyword(s): Crack tip plasticity; Fracture mechanisms; Metallic material; Polycrystalline material; Electron microscopy
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrmhm.2018.09.010
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