Investigation of interaction between dislocation loop and coherent twin boundary in BCC Ta film during nanoindentation

Cheng Huang, Xianghe Peng, Bo Yang, Yinbo Zhao, Shayuan Weng, Tao Fu

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Abstract

In this work, the interaction between dislocation loop (DL) and coherent twin boundary (CTB) in a body-centered cubic (BCC) tantalum (Ta) film during nanoindentation was investigated with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The formation and propagation of <111> full DLs in the nanotwinned (nt) Ta film during the indentation was observed, and it was found that CTB can strongly affect the stress distribution in the Ta film, and thus change the motion and type of dislocations. There are three kinds of mechanisms for the interaction between DL and CTB in a twinned BCC Ta film: (i) dislocation absorption, (ii) dislocation desorption, and (iii) direct slip transmission. The nucleation of twin boundary dislocations and the formation of the steps in CTB were also observed during the indentation. The mechanisms presented in this work can provide atomic images for understanding the plastic deformation of BCC metals with mirror-symmetry grain boundary structures, and provide available information for the evaluation and design of high-performance nt BCC metallic thin film coatings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number375
JournalNanomaterials
Volume7
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Deformation mechanisms
  • Dislocation loop
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Nanoindentation
  • Nanotwinned Ta film

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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