Electron microscopy study of dislocation-free plastic deformation of crystalline metals

M. Kiritani, K. Yasunaga, Y. Matsukawa, M. Komatsu

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Plastic deformation of crystalline metals not involving dislocations is confirmed to occur during elongation to fracture of thin films, and the possibility of dislocation-free deformation during high-speed deformation of bulk samples is suggested. A general requirement for the occurrence of deformation by the new mechanism is extremely high internal stress that is close to ultimate stress, Current knowledge includes, in the case of thin films, confirmation of the absence of the operation of dislocations, formation of vacancy defects without dependence on temperature or deformation speed, and high internal stress exceeding 10 GPa measured from elastic strain. In the case of high-speed deformation of bulk samples, the findings include the transition of heterogeneous distribution of dislocations at low-speed deformation to random distribution at high-speed deformation, production of vacancy clusters at high density by high-speed deformation, and stress during high-speed deformation being estimated at several 10 GPa. The atomistic mechanism of the new mode of deformation is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventElectron Microscopy: Its Role in Materials Science - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2003 Mar 22003 Mar 6


OtherElectron Microscopy: Its Role in Materials Science
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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