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Dislocation emission at ledges on cracks

  • S.J. Zhou (a1) and Robb Thomson (a1)


In this paper, we propose that, depending on their height, ledges on cracks can be efficient sources of dislocations at loadings well below the critical loading for homogeneous emission. Detailed 3-D elastic calculations are presented supporting this proposition. There are two configurations for emission: one which blunts the crack, and one we call a jogging configuration. By our calculations, the blunting configuration should be the more efficient source; however, jogging dislocations are more frequently observed, experimentally. We find that the ledge is only a finite source of dislocations, in the sense that the ledge height decreases as the dislocations are emitted. The atomic configuration at the ledge is composed of finite lengths of real dislocations, which is the reason why such dislocations can be emitted easier than homogeneously produced dislocations. The stresses at the ledge tip produce a cloud of bound dislocations near the ledge, pinned at the ledge ends, so that the ledge crack configuration becomes delocalized. Delocalization of the pileup dislocations in the jogging direction may explain why the jogging dislocations are more frequently seen. Implications for dislocation free zones and ductile transitions are discussed.



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Dislocation emission at ledges on cracks

  • S.J. Zhou (a1) and Robb Thomson (a1)


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