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  • We investigate the influence of triaxial stressing on the growth of cavities on grain boundaries by the combined processes of plastic creep flow and grain boundary diffusion. The coupling arises from local accommodation of matter on the grain boundary near the cavity tip due to plastic creep deformability of the grains. This has the effect of shortening the diffusion path length on the grain boundary and increasing the cavity volumetric growth rate. An increase in triaxiality is found to accelerate the matter flux flowing from the cavity surfaces onto the grain boundaries and thus increase the cavity volumetric growth rate. This occurs at attainable levels of triaxiality. However, the enhancement in the triaxial stress state does not affect the effective diffusion path length very significantly. A simple formula for the volumetric growth rate of the cavity is suggested and it is found to give a good approximation to the numerically computed results. 1983.

published proceedings

  • Acta Metallurgica

author list (cited authors)

  • Sham, T., & Needleman, A.

publication date

  • January 1, 1983 11:11 AM