Discrete dislocation analysis of size effects in thin films Academic Article uri icon


  • A discrete dislocation plasticity analysis of plastic deformation in metal thin films was investigated. A two-dimensional plane-strain formulation with only edge dislocations was used in the calculation. The analysis showed that a hard boundary layer forms at the interface between the film and the substrate, which does not scale with the film thickness giving rise to a size effect.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Applied Physics

author list (cited authors)

  • Nicola, L., Van der Giessen, E., & Needleman, A

citation count

  • 129

complete list of authors

  • Nicola, Lucia||Van der Giessen, Erik||Needleman, Alan

publication date

  • May 2003