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dc.contributor.authorJi, Weimingen_US
dc.contributor.authorWu, Mao Seeen_US
dc.identifier.citationJi, W. & Wu, M. S. (2022). Nanoscale origin of the crystalline-to-amorphous phase transformation and damage tolerance of Cantor alloys at cryogenic temperatures. Acta Materialia, 226, 117639-.
dc.description.abstractBased on recent experimental studies, crystalline-to-amorphous phase transformation has been proposed as a mechanism to enhance the damage tolerance of Cantor alloys at cryogenic temperatures. In this study, we provide atomistic insights, via molecular dynamics simulations, into the origin of the solid-state amorphization ahead of a crack tip, and report the deformation mechanisms contributing to cryogenic damage-tolerance. We show that the amorphization stems from the formation of multi-dislocation junctions due to the low stacking fault energy. This leads to high lattice resistance to dislocation glide and facilitates nucleation of amorphous nuclei. The deformation mechanisms in the amorphous/crystalline dual phase regions include high-density Shockley partial dislocations and multi-dislocation junctions in the crystalline region, as well as radiation-shaped shear bands and amorphous bridges in the amorphous region, which are rarely found in conventional alloys at low temperature. The amorphous bridges lead to crack shielding. Furthermore, altering the chemical composition changes the work-of-fracture and hence the damage tolerance. The Rice-criterion ductility (ratio between surface energy and unstable stacking fault energy) is an important factor affecting the degree of amorphization, which is useful for the mechanics-based design of Cantor alloys.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMinistry of Education (MOE)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singaporeen_US
dc.relationRG155/19 (S)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofActa Materialiaen_US
dc.rights© 2022 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectEngineering::Mechanical engineeringen_US
dc.titleNanoscale origin of the crystalline-to-amorphous phase transformation and damage tolerance of Cantor alloys at cryogenic temperaturesen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineeringen_US
dc.subject.keywordsCantor Alloysen_US
dc.subject.keywordsDamage Toleranceen_US
dc.description.acknowledgementThis research is supported by the Ministry of Education, Singapore, under its Academic Research Fund Tier 1, Project Number RG155/19 (S). The computational work for this article was performed using resources of the Singapore National Supercomputing centre under Project ID 12002312.en_US
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