Energetics of residual dislocations associated with slip-twin and slip-GBs interactions

Michael D. Sangid, Tawhid Ezaz, Huseyin Sehitoglu

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During direct slip transmission of a dislocation through a twin or grain boundary, typically a residual dislocation remains in the boundary plane. Through atomistic simulations, we show systematic cases of slip transmission through various types of 〈1. 1. 0〉 tilts and 〈1. 1. 1〉 twists grain boundaries (GBs). Additionally, one specific type of GB, the coherent twin boundary (CTB), is viewed to investigate the effects of orientation and dislocation type on the slip transmission process. In every case, we measure the residual Burgers vector within the boundary and energy barrier for slip to transmit through the CTB or GB. There exists a direct correlation between the magnitude of the residual Burgers vector and the energy barrier for slip transmission. Hence, in cases of easy slip transmission (i.e. low energy barrier), a small residual dislocation is left in the GB; meanwhile in cases where it is difficult for slip to transmit past the CTB or GB (i.e. high energy barrier), a large residual Burgers vector remains within the boundary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
StatePublished - Apr 30 2012


  • Dislocation
  • Grain boundaries (GB)
  • Grain boundary energy
  • Molecular dynamics simulations (MD simulations)
  • Residual Burgers vectors
  • Twins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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