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Atomistic simulations of interactions between the 1/2(111) edge dislocation and symmetric tilt grain boundaries in tungsten
The strength of polycrystals is largely controlled by the interaction between lattice dislocations and grain boundaries. The atomistic details of these interactions are difficult to discern even by advanced high-resolution microscopy methods. In this paper we present results of atomistic simulations of interactions between an edge dislocation and three symmetric tilt grain boundaries in body-centred cubic tungsten. Our simulations reveal that the outcome of the dislocation-grain-boundary interaction depends sensitively on the grain boundary structure, the geometry of the slip systems in neighbouring grains, and the precise location of the interaction within the grain boundary. A detailed analysis of the evolution of the grain boundary structures and local stress fields during dislocation absorption and transmission is provided.