An atomistic perspective into the fracture behaviour of Fe-bicrystal

SS Pezeshki and M Silani and MS Talaei and S Ziaei-Rad, MOLECULAR SIMULATION, 46, 966-974 (2020).

DOI: 10.1080/08927022.2020.1795165

The interaction between the crack and the grain boundary has been investigated by molecular dynamics simulation. The focus of this research is to study fracture resistance of grain boundary in a three- dimensional pre-cracked Fe-bicrystal. The fracture resistance of Sigma 5 <100> 013 symmetric tilt grain boundary (STGB) has been compared with Sigma 5 <100> 012 STGB in terms of crack length-time curve, temperature per time diagram, and the stress-strain curve to understand the detailed mechanism of fracture in Fe-bicrystal. Crack delay time at the grain boundary is proposed as a parameter for comparing the fracture resistance of grain boundaries. The results show that the crack delay time at the grain boundary is inversely related to the grain boundary energy. Hence, crack delay time for S5 013 STGB with 986 mj/m(2) energy is more than Sigma 5012 STGB with 1098 mj/m(2) energy. The findings show that Sigma 5013 STGB resists more than Sigma 5012 STGB against crack propagation. The required stress, which is needed to overcome the grain boundary resistance and cause the crack penetration to the adjacent grain, has been calculated by using stress-strain curve. Modified BCC defect analysis algorithm and centrosymmetry parameter are also employed to analyze propagated defects and their interaction with the grain boundary.

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