Effect of temperature on the transition in deformation modes in Mg single crystals Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • © 2019 Acta Materialia Inc. Here, an experimental study utilizing in-situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micro-compression testing and post-mortem transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging is presented to quantify the effect of temperature on the transition in deformation modes in twin-oriented Mg single crystals. Single crystal micropillars were fabricated using FIB milling, then tested by in-situ SEM micro-compression from 20 °C to 225 °C. It is observed that plasticity in the deformed Mg microcrystals at temperatures at and below 100 °C is governed by {101¯2} extension twinning. However, an anomalous increase of the flow stresses is observed at 100 °C, which is likely due to paucity of dislocation sources that are required to promote twin boundary migration. At 150 °C and above, extension twinning is suppressed and a continuous plastic flow and strain softening induced by prismatic dislocation mediated plasticity is observed. By comparing the current results with those from bulk scale studies for other hexagonal-closed-pack single crystals (e.g. titanium (Ti) and zirconium (Zr)), a general trend for the effect of temperature on the transition in deformation modes in HCP materials is proposed.

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Sim, G., Xie, K. Y., Hemker, K. J., & El-Awady, J. A.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • October 2019