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Mapping dislocation densities resulting from severe plastic deformation using large strain machining

  • Sepideh Abolghasem (a1), Saurabh Basu (a2), Shashank Shekhar (a3) and M. Ravi Shankar (a4)


The multiplication of dislocations determines the trajectories of microstructure evolution during plastic deformation. It has been recognized that the dislocation storage and the deformation-driven subgrain formation are correlated—the principle of similitude, where the dislocation density (ρi) scales self-similarly with the subgrain size (δ): $\delta \sqrt {{\rho _{\rm{i}}}}$ ∼ constant. Here, the robustness of this concept in Cu is probed utilizing large strain machining across a swathe of severe shear deformation conditions—strains in the range 1–10 and strain-rates 10–103/s. Deformation strain, strain-rate, and temperature characterizations are juxtaposed with electron microscopy, and dislocation densities are measured by quantification of broadening of X-ray diffraction peaks of crystallographic planes. We parameterize the variation of dislocation density as a function of strain and a rate parameter R, a function of strain-rate, temperature, and material constants. We confirm the preservation of similitude between dislocation density and the subgrain structure across orders-of-magnitude of thermomechanical conditions.


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Mapping dislocation densities resulting from severe plastic deformation using large strain machining

  • Sepideh Abolghasem (a1), Saurabh Basu (a2), Shashank Shekhar (a3) and M. Ravi Shankar (a4)


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