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Discrete dislocation simulation of plastic deformation in metal thin films

: Blanckenhagen, B. von; Arzt, E.; Gumbsch, P.


Acta Materialia 52 (2004), No.3, pp.773-784
ISSN: 1359-6454
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IWM ()
mechanical and acoustical property; linear defect; dislocation

The plastic deformation of polycrystalline fcc metal thin films with thickness of one micron and less is investigated by simulating the dynamics of discrete dislocation in a representative columnar grain. The simulations are based on the assumption that dislocation sources or multiplication sites are rare and that every source has to operate several times to generate appreciable plastic deformation. This model is thoroughly tested by calculating the response of randomly distributed dislocation sources to an applied stress and comparing the results with experimental data. Stress-strain curves, dislocation densities, work hardening rates and their dependence on the film thickness are calculated. The agreement between simulation and experiment is good and many aspects of thin film plasticity can be un-derstood with the assumption that small-scale plastic deformation is source controlled rather than mobility controlled.