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A model revealing grain boundary arrangement-dominated fatigue cracking behavior in nanoscale metallic multilayers

  • Fei Liang (a1) (a2), Dong Wang (a3), Xi Li (a1), Xue-Mei Luo (a1), Peter Schaaf (a3) and Guang-Ping Zhang (a1)...


In order to reveal the quantitative relationship between fatigue crack deflection path and cross-sectional grain boundary (GB) arrangement of metallic nanolayered composites (NLCs), a stochastic model was established based on the interface-dominant fatigue damage for the ultrafine-scale NLCs. The model indicates that the crack deflection length decreases with decreasing GB arrangement deviation and grain size of constituent layers. The observation and quantitative analysis of fatigue cracking behavior of the Cu/W multilayers with a layer thickness of 5 and 20 nm was conducted to verify the model.


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