Active slip-band separation and the energetics of slip in single crystals

Luca Deseri, David R. Owen

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This research supports recent efforts to provide an energetic approach to the prediction of stress-strain relations for single crystals undergoing single slip and to give precise formulations of experimentally observed connections between hardening of single crystals and separation of active slip-bands. Non-classical, structured deformations in the form of two-level shears permit the formulation of new measures of the active slip-band separation and of the number of lattice cells traversed during slip. A formula is obtained for the Helmholtz free energy per unit volume as a function of the shear without slip, the shear due to slip, and the relative separation of active slip-bands in a single crystal. This formula is the basis for a model, under preparation by the authors, of hardening of single crystals in single slip that is consistent with the Portevin-Le Chatelier effect and the existence of a critical resolved shear stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1411-1418
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Plasticity
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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