Intermittent dislocation density fluctuations in crystal plasticity from a phase-field crystal model

Jens M. Tarp, Luiza Angheluta, Joachim Mathiesen, Nigel Goldenfeld

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Abstract

Plastic deformation mediated by collective dislocation dynamics is investigated in the two-dimensional phase-field crystal model of sheared single crystals. We find that intermittent fluctuations in the dislocation population number accompany bursts in the plastic strain-rate fluctuations. Dislocation number fluctuations exhibit a power-law spectral density 1/f2 at high frequencies f. The probability distribution of number fluctuations becomes bimodal at low driving rates corresponding to a scenario where low density of defects alternates at irregular times with high populations of defects. We propose a simple stochastic model of dislocation reaction kinetics that is able to capture these statistical properties of the dislocation density fluctuations as a function of shear rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number265503
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume113
Issue number26
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 31 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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