Grain boundary responses to heterogeneous deformation in tantalum polycrystals

Thomas R. Bieler, Scott C. Sutton, Bret E. Dunlap, Zackery A. Keith, Philip Eisenlohr, Martin A. Crimp, Brad L. Boyce

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The evolution of heterogeneous deformation in a tantalum polycrystal was examined during a three-point bending experiment using electron backscatter pattern mapping. Slip bands formed at strains as low as 1%, and they became more intense with strain. Heterogeneous deformation was evident as intra-granular orientation gradients as large as 30° were observed after a strain of about 8%. Nonmonotonic changes in the local average misorientation distribution were observed, implying that dislocation substructure developed in a complex manner. Slip bands were analyzed using plane traces computed from local orientation information. With the assumption of uniaxial stress, Schmid factors for favorable slip systems were identified for each grain and compared with observations, showing evidence for macroscopic activity on both {110} and {112} slip systems. Reconstructed boundary data were used to estimate the geometric potential for slip transfer at grain boundaries. The correlations indicated that when active slip systems were favorably oriented for slip transfer across the boundary, it was often observed in the form of continuous slip bands aligned across the boundary. In boundaries where geometrical alignment and Schmid factors were not favorable for slip transfer, there was a higher likelihood to form ledges (topographic discontinuities) along the grain boundaries. Dislocation pileups at grain boundaries were also correlated with a low potential for slip transfer.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages121-128
Number of pages8
JournalJOM
Volume66
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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Tantalum
Polycrystals
Grain boundaries
Dislocations (crystals)
Electrons
Experiments

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Grain boundary responses to heterogeneous deformation in tantalum polycrystals. / Bieler, Thomas R.; Sutton, Scott C.; Dunlap, Bret E.; Keith, Zackery A.; Eisenlohr, Philip; Crimp, Martin A.; Boyce, Brad L.

In: JOM, Vol. 66, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 121-128.

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Bieler, Thomas R. ; Sutton, Scott C. ; Dunlap, Bret E. ; Keith, Zackery A. ; Eisenlohr, Philip ; Crimp, Martin A. ; Boyce, Brad L./ Grain boundary responses to heterogeneous deformation in tantalum polycrystals. In: JOM. 2014 ; Vol. 66, No. 1. pp. 121-128
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