Constitutive modeling of strain rate effects in nanocrystalline and ultrafine grained polycrystals

Ercan Gurses, Tamer S. El Sayed

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We present a variational two-phase constitutive model capable of capturing the enhanced rate sensitivity in nanocrystalline (nc) and ultrafine-grained (ufg) fcc metals. The nc/ufg-material consists of a grain interior phase and a grain boundary affected zone (GBAZ). The behavior of the GBAZ is described by a rate-dependent isotropic porous plasticity model, whereas a rate-independent crystal-plasticity model which accounts for the transition from partial dislocation to full dislocation mediated plasticity is employed for the grain interior. The scale bridging from a single grain to a polycrystal is done by a Taylor-type homogenization. It is shown that the enhanced rate sensitivity caused by the grain size refinement is successfully captured by the proposed model. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1610-1616
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 2011

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was fully funded by the KAUST baseline fund.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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