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Pattern formation during deformation of metallic nanolaminates

: Gola, A.; Schwaiger, R.; Gumbsch, P.; Pastewka, L.

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Physical review materials 4 (2020), Nr.1, Art. 013603, 8 S.
ISSN: 2475-9953
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG
PA 2023/2
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IWM ()
pattern formation; plastic deformation; shear deformation; multilayer thin films

We used nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations to study the shear deformation of metallic composites composed of alternating layers of Cu and Au. Our simulations reveal the formation of “vortices” or “swirls” if the bimaterial interfaces are atomically rough and if none of the {111} planes that accommodate slip in fcc materials are exactly parallel to this interface. We trace the formation of these patterns back to grain rotation, induced by hindering dislocations from crossing the bimaterial interface. The instability is accompanied by shear softening of the material. These calculations shed light on recent observations of pattern formation in plastic flow, mechanical mixing of materials, and the common formation of a tribomutation layer in tribologically loaded systems.