The activation of deformation mechanisms for improved tensile properties in nanocrystalline aluminum

Sara I. Ahmed, K. Andre Mkhoyan, Khaled M. Youssef

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Scopus citations


We report tensile properties and TEM observations of in situ consolidated bulk nanocrystalline Al with an average grain size of 29 nm. The nanocrystalline Al is synthesized using a combination of cryogenic and room temperature ball milling. This nanocrystalline Al exhibits extremely high tensile strength, strain hardening rate, and ductility when compared with the conventional coarse-grained commercially pure Al. The tensile strength of this bulk nc Al is at least ten times higher than that of the coarse-grained Al with a total elongation of 10%. These results demonstrate the dependence of the extraordinary tensile properties on the grain size, dislocation activities in the large nanograins, and the deformation twinning controlled by partial dislocations and stacking faults in the nanograins with relatively small grain size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number139069
JournalMaterials Science & Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing
StatePublished - Mar 10 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was made possible by NPRP Grant no. NPRP9-180-2-094 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of the Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Elsevier B.V.


  • Aluminum
  • Dislocations
  • Nanocrystalline
  • Tensile properties
  • Twinning


Dive into the research topics of 'The activation of deformation mechanisms for improved tensile properties in nanocrystalline aluminum'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this