Meso-scale modeling the orientation and interface stability of Cu/Nb-layered composites by rolling

C. A. Bronkhorst, J. R. Mayeur, I. J. Beyerlein, H. M. Mourad, B. L. Hansen, N. A. Mara, J. S. Carpenter, R. J. McCabe, S. D. Sintay

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Metallic-based multilayered nanocomposites are recognized for their increased plastic flow resistance and indentation hardness, increased ductility, improved radiation damage resistance, improved electrical and magnetic properties, and enhanced fatigue failure resistance compared to conventional metallic materials. One of the ways in which these classes of materials are manufactured is through accumulated roll bonding where the material is produced by several rolling and heat-treatment steps during which the layer thickness is reduced through severe plastic deformation. A single rolling pass of the accumulated roll bonding process in which a Cu/Nb-layered composite with an initial average layer thickness of 24 μm subjected to a 50% height reduction is modeled. A single-crystal model based upon thermally activated dislocation motion is used. Nanohardness tests for both the Cu and Nb layers are used to help initialize the model for each of the two materials. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data of the heat-treated material is used to characterize the initial state of the composite and to produce 40 combined morphological and crystallographic numerical model realizations of the material. The results suggest very good agreement between the predicted and experimental textures for both the materials. Highly oriented microstructure develops during severe plastic rolling deformation of Cu/Nb nanocomposites. The deformation textures significantly deviate from those expected when rolling Cu or Nb alone, and the Cu/Nb interfaces do not correspond to those with the lowest possible formation energies. We study the interfacial stability of specific Cu/Nb bicrystal configurations under rolling conditions using a finite-element crystal plasticity model. Specifically, we examine how slip activity and lattice reorientation are affected by the kinematic constraint imposed by the interface. Our results show that for certain configurations the slip activity and lattice rotation of the individual crystallites display some sensitivity to the kinematic constraint, yet the overall stability of a given bicrystal can be predicted by the stability of the individual single-crystal orientations. Future work will account for the influence of the bimetal interface on the interface stability and development of enhanced properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-442
Number of pages12
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013

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This work was conducted under the Los Alamos National Laboratory Directed Research Program project 20110029DR. This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Los Alamos National Laboratory, an affirmative action equal opportunity employer, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, for the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396.


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