Role of interfaces in shock-induced plasticity in Cu/Nb nanolaminates

W. Z. Han, A. Misra, N. A. Mara, T. C. Germann, J. K. Baldwin, T. Shimada, S. N. Luo

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We investigate deformation of pure Cu, pure Nb and 30nm Cu/30nm Nb nanolaminates induced by high strain rate shock loading. Abundant dislocation activities are observed in shocked pure Cu and Nb. In addition, a few deformation twins are found in the shocked pure Cu. In contrast, in shocked Cu/Nb nanolaminates, abundant deformation twins are found in the Cu layers, but only dislocations in the Nb layers. High resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals that the deformation twins in the Cu layers preferentially nucleate from the Cu(112)//Nb(112) interface habit planes rather than the predominant Cu(111)//Nb(110) interface planes. Our comparative study on the shock-induced plastic deformation of the pure metals (Cu and Nb) and the Cu/Nb nanolaminates underscores the critical role of heterogeneous phase interfaces in the dynamic deformation of multilayer materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4172-4185
Number of pages14
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number32
StatePublished - Nov 11 2011

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Funding Information:
This work is sponsored by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) under Award No. 2008LANL1026.


  • Cu/Nb nanolaminate
  • Deformation twinning
  • Interfaces
  • Shock loading


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