Blocking effect of twin boundaries on partial dislocation emission from void surfaces
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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:164 doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-164Published: 2 March 2012
Recent discovery that nanoscale twin boundaries can be introduced in ultrafine-grained metals to improve strength and ductility has renewed interest in the mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of these nanostructured materials. By controlling twin boundary spacing, the effect of twin boundaries on void growth is investigated by using atomistic simulation method. The strength is significantly enhanced due to the discontinuous slip system associated with these coherent interfaces. Atomic-scale mechanisms underlying void growth, as well as the interaction between twin boundaries and the void, are revealed in details.