Observation of a New Mechanism Balancing Hardening and Softening in Metals

Tianbo Yu, Niels Hansen, Xiaoxu Huang, Andy Godfrey

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    Plastic deformation of metals refines the microstructure and increases the strength through work hardening, but this effect of deformation is counterbalanced by dynamic recovery. After large strain, the microstructure typically shows a lamellar morphology, with finely spaced lamellar boundaries connected by triple junctions. Here, we report that mechanically assisted triple junction motion is an important contributor to dynamic recovery, leading to an almost steady state. Triple junction motion replaces two boundaries by one, while maintaining the structural morphology. The observation rationalizes both a decreasing work hardening rate and the approach to a dynamic equilibrium of structural refinement at large strains.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalMaterials Research Letters
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)160–165
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Microstructure
    • Plastic Deformation
    • Work Hardening
    • Dynamic Recovery
    • Triple Junction


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