A Review: Microstructural and Phase Evolution in Alloys during Extended Plastic Deformation

P. Bellon, R. S. Averback, F. Ren, N. Pant, Y. Ashkenazy

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Materials in service and during processing are often subjected to plastic deformation. For multi-phase metallic alloys, simple geometric models and atomistic simulations suggest that two distinctive regimes in these materials’ evolution during deformation exist. At low strains, evolutions are often dominated by the kinetic roughening of interfaces, which results from the superdiffusive transport of matter in sheared crystals. At high strains and temperatures where thermal diffusion is sluggish, on the other hand, shearing-induced forced atomic mixing dominates these evolutions, resulting in significantly enhanced solubility. Distinguishing these two regimes is shown to provide a convenient framework for rationalizing and analyzing recent experiments and simulations on wear of layered structures in the low strain-regime and nonequilibrium phase co-existence and self-organization in highly immiscible or reactive alloy systems in the high-strain regime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2212-2224
Number of pages13
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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