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Comparative analysis of mechanical properties for mono and poly-crystalline copper under nanoindentation - Insights from molecular dynamics simulations

Shinde, Anil B., Owhal, Ayush, Sharma, Anuj, Ranjan, Prabhat, Roy, Tribeni and Balasubramaniam, R. 2022. Comparative analysis of mechanical properties for mono and poly-crystalline copper under nanoindentation - Insights from molecular dynamics simulations. Materials Chemistry and Physics 277 , 125559. 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2021.125559

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Abstract

Crystallographic orientation and grain size for monocrystalline and polycrystalline materials respectively play a critical role in defining their mechanical behaviour under nanoindentation. To understand their effects on mechanical properties, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations help in revealing the underlying physical phenomena governing the nanoindentation behaviour. This paper attempts to comparatively analyse and study the effects of crystallographic orientations of monocrystalline copper {(100), (110) and (111)} and critical grain size of polycrystalline copper on the nanoindentation response using MD simulations. The results obtained for indentation load vs. depth curve, hardness, dislocations, and elastic recovery were analysed for comparison. Cu(111) exhibited an average hardness of 12.62 GPa, which is 18.27% more than that of Cupoly. The pile-ups of 8 Å size were observed in Cupoly; and this was higher than any of copper system studied here. The dislocation extraction algorithm (DXA) analysis revealed that the total dislocations in Cu(111) was 34.23% and 153.8% lower than that of Cu(110) and Cupoly, respectively. Cu(111) comprised of highest Stair-rod dislocation along with LC and Hirth locks. Furthermore, a prismatic loop comprised of sessile dislocations also appeared in Cu(111). The elastic depth recovery rate for Cu(100) was 52.75%, 41.60% and 40.66% higher than that of Cu(110), Cu(111) and Cupoly, respectively. This study revealed that the nanoindentation based mechanical performances of monocrystalline copper systems, specifically Cu(111) were superior to any other copper systems.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0254-0584
Date of Acceptance: 8 December 2021
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2022 11:00
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/148139

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