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  1. Nanoscale waviness of low-angle grain boundaries.

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    Johnson, Craig L; Hÿtch, Martin J; Buseck, Peter R

    2004-12-28

    Low-angle grain boundaries (LAGBs) are ubiquitous in natural and man-made materials and profoundly affect many of their mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties. The properties of LAGBs are understood in terms of their constituent dislocations that accommodate the small misorientations between grains. Discrete dislocations result in a heterogeneous local structure along the boundary. In this article, we report the lattice rotation across a LAGB in olivine (Mg(1.8)Fe(0.2)SiO(4)) measured at the nanometer scale by using quantitative high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The analysis reveals a grain boundary that is corrugated. Elastic calculations show that this waviness is independent of the host material and thus a general feature of LAGBs. Based on our observations and analysis, we provide equations for the boundary position, local curvature, and the lattice rotation field for any LAGB. These results provide the basis for a reexamination of grain-boundary properties in materials such as high-temperature superconductors, nanocrystalline materials, and naturally deformed minerals. PMID:15608057

  2. Continuum framework for dislocation structure, energy and dynamics of dislocation arrays and low angle grain boundaries

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    Zhu, Xiaohong; Xiang, Yang

    2014-09-01

    We present a continuum framework for dislocation structure, energy and dynamics of dislocation arrays and low angle grain boundaries that are allowed to be nonplanar or nonequilibrium. In our continuum framework, we define a dislocation density potential function on the dislocation array surface or grain boundary to describe the orientation dependent continuous distribution of dislocations in a very simple and accurate way. The continuum formulations incorporate both the long-range dislocation interaction and the local dislocation line energy, and are derived from the discrete dislocation model. The continuum framework recovers the classical Read-Shockley energy formula when the long-range elastic fields of the low angle grain boundaries are canceled out. Applications of our continuum framework in this paper are focused on dislocation structures on static planar and nonplanar low angle grain boundaries and misfitting interfaces. We present two methods under our continuum framework for this purpose, including the method based on the Franks formula and the energy minimization method. We show that for any (planar or nonplanar) low angle grain boundary, the Franks formula holds if and only if the long-range stress field in the continuum model is canceled out, and it does not necessarily hold for a total energy minimum dislocation structure.

  3. Identification of sub-grains and low angle boundaries beyond the angular resolution of EBSD maps

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    Germain, L.; Kratsch, D.; Salib, M.; Gey, N.

    2014-12-15

    A new method called ALGrId (Anti-Leak GRain IDentification) is proposed for the detection of sub-grains beyond the relative angular resolution of Electron Backscatter Diffraction maps. It does not use any additional information such as Kikuchi Pattern Quality map nor need data filtering. It uses a modified Dijkstra algorithm which seeks the continuous set of boundaries having the highest average disorientation angle. - Highlights: • ALGrId is a new method to identify sub-grains and low angle boundaries in EBSD maps. • Unlike classical methods, ALGrId works even beyond the relative angular resolution. • If the orientation noise peaks at 0.7°, ALGrid detects 0.4°-boundaries correctly. • In the same example, the classical algorithm identifies 1.1°-boundaries only.

  4. Gap States at Low-Angle Grain Boundaries in Monolayer Tungsten Diselenide.

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    Huang, Yu Li; Ding, Zijing; Zhang, Wenjing; Chang, Yung-Huang; Shi, Yumeng; Li, Lain-Jong; Song, Zhibo; Zheng, Yu Jie; Chi, Dongzhi; Quek, Su Ying; Wee, Andrew T S

    2016-06-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have revealed many novel properties of interest to future device applications. In particular, the presence of grain boundaries (GBs) can significantly influence the material properties of 2D TMDs. However, direct characterization of the electronic properties of the GB defects at the atomic scale remains extremely challenging. In this study, we employ scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy to investigate the atomic and electronic structure of low-angle GBs of monolayer tungsten diselenide (WSe2) with misorientation angles of 3-6°. Butterfly features are observed along the GBs, with the periodicity depending on the misorientation angle. Density functional theory calculations show that these butterfly features correspond to gap states that arise in tetragonal dislocation cores and extend to distorted six-membered rings around the dislocation core. Understanding the nature of GB defects and their influence on transport and other device properties highlights the importance of defect engineering in future 2D device fabrication. PMID:27140667

  5. Depairing current density through a low-angle grain boundary in a superconducting film

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    Xue, Feng; Zhang, Zhaoxia; Zeng, Jun; Gou, Xiaofan

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, the effect of a grain boundary (GB) on the depairing current density of a high-temperature superconducting film is investigated. The modified effective free energy is proposed by considering the interaction of the superconducting condensate with the deformation of the superconductor due to the dislocations which constitute a grain boundary. After the elastic strain field of the dislocation is obtained, we analyzed the depress effect of the GB on the depairing current density of a superconducting film. The results are qualitatively agreement with the classic exponential relationship with the misorientation angles of the critical current density of high-temperature superconductors.

  6. Evaluation of vortex pinning across low angle grain boundary in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} film

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    Horide, Tomoya; Matsumoto, Kaname

    2012-09-10

    Vortex pinning potential across a 5 Degree-Sign tilt low angle grain boundary (GB) was evaluated by measuring angular dependences of critical current density in a bicrystal YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} film under the variable Lorentz force configuration. Trapping angles of the GB depend on directions in the GB plane (70 Degree-Sign -80 Degree-Sign and 15 Degree-Sign -45 Degree-Sign for the c-axis direction and the ab plane one, respectively), due to anisotropic pinning of GB dislocations. Pinning potential across a GB is as large as that of heavy ion irradiated columnar defects, indicating that density and distribution of GBs should be controlled to improve vortex pinning in coated conductors.

  7. Grain boundaries

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    Balluffi, R.W.; Bristowe, P.D.

    1991-01-01

    The present document is a progress report describing the work accomplished to date during the second year of our four-year grant (February 15, 1990--February 14, 1994) to study grain boundaries. The research was focused on the following three major efforts: Study of the atomic structure of grain boundaries by means of x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and computer modeling; study of short-circuit diffusion along grain boundaries; and development of a Thin-film Deposition/Bonding Apparatus for the manufacture of high purity bicrystals.

  8. TEM observations on grain boundaries in sintered silicon, part 1

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    Ast, D. G.; Foll, H.

    1978-01-01

    Grain boundaries in silicon with a predetermined orientation were prepared by the sintering of two single crystals. A combination of standard transmission electron microscopy and lattice imaging was used to investigate the structure of the boundaries produced. Low angle grain boundaries on (100) and (111) planes, and twin boundaries on (111) planes are discussed in detail.

  9. Dynamics of formation of low-angle tilt boundaries in metals and alloys at high loading rates

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    Gutkin, M. Yu.; Rzhavtsev, E. A.

    2015-12-01

    A computer model has been developed in which the process of formation of low-angle tilt boundaries and fragmentation of initial subgrains during shock loading of metals and alloys is clearly demonstrated by the of two-dimensional discrete dislocation-disclination dynamics method. The formation and evolution of such grains proceeds under the action of an external stress and the stress field of grain boundary disclinations distributed on the subgrain boundaries. With the D16 aluminum alloy as an example, three cases of fragmented structures formed in accordance with the initial configuration of the disclination ensemble have been considered for a dipole, quadrupole, and arbitrary octupole of wedge disclinations. It has been shown that, in all these cases, the formation of a stable fragmented structure requires a stress of ~0.5 GPa and time of 10 ns. The main results of computer simulation (the finite form of a fragmented structure, typical level of applied stress, and small fragmentation time) agree well with known experimental results on shock compression of the D16 aluminum alloy.

  10. Characterization of Creep-Damaged Grain Boundaries of Alloy 617

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    Zhang, Fan; Field, David P.

    2013-11-01

    Intergranular cracking and void nucleation occur over extended periods of time in alloy 617 when subjected to stress at high temperatures. Damage occurs inhomogeneously with some boundaries suffering failure, while others are seemingly immune to creep. Crack propagation associated with grain size, and grain boundary character was investigated to determine which types of grain boundaries are susceptible to damage and which are more resistant. Electron backscatter diffraction and a stereological approach to obtain the five-parameter grain boundary distribution were used to measure the proportions of each type of boundary in the initial and damaged structures. The samples were crept at 1273.15 K (1000 °C) at 25 MPa until fracture. It was found that in addition to low-angle and coherent twin boundaries, other low index boundary plane grain boundaries with twist character are relatively resistant to creep.

  11. Influence of SiC grain boundary character on fission product transport in irradiated TRISO fuel

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    Lillo, T. M.; van Rooyen, I. J.

    2016-05-01

    In this study, the fission product precipitates at silicon carbide grain boundaries from an irradiated TRISO particle were identified and correlated with the associated grain boundary characteristics. Precession electron diffraction in the transmission electron microscope provided the crystallographic information needed to identify grain boundary misorientation and boundary type (i.e., low angle, random high angle or coincident site lattice (CSL)-related). The silicon carbide layer was found to be composed mainly of twin boundaries and small fractions of random high angle and low angle grain boundaries. Most fission products were found at random, high-angle grain boundaries, with small fractions at low-angle and CSL-related grain boundaries. Palladium (Pd) was found at all types of grain boundaries while Pd-uranium and Pd-silver precipitates were only associated with CSL-related and random, high-angle grain boundaries. Precipitates containing only Ag were found only at random, high-angle grain boundaries, but not at low angle or CSL-related grain boundaries.

  12. Geometry and crystallographic configuration of grain boundaries

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    Eichler, Jan; Weikusat, Ilka; Kipfstuhl, Sepp; Binder, Tobias

    2015-04-01

    Ice cores provide a unique opportunity to study fundamental mechanisms which control the internal flow of ice sheets. Different kinds of deformation processes acting on the micro-scale are responsible for the viscoplastic behavior on large scale. Careful interpretation of microstructural features such as grain size, shape, lattice orientation and the occurrence of subgrain boundaries can help us to follow these processes and to improve our understanding of ice rheology. Polarized light microscopy experienced a quick development in the last decade. A new generation of automatic fabric analyzers enables to measure c-axis orientations in µm-resolution. This high amount and quality of fabric data motivates to apply digital-image-processing routines (DIP) for the recognition and quantification of microstructural patterns. Here we present a study on grain boundaries based on the acquisition of more than 700 fabric images recorded along the NEEM ice core (Greenland). Geometrical characteristics of grain boundaries are studied as well as their cross-sectional orientations in relation to the c-axis orientations of the corresponding adjacent grains. We could follow the evolution from the initial N-type and P-type low-angle boundaries (Weikusat et al., 2011) to high angle boundaries during rotation recrystallization. In agreement with some previous studies we confirm that the established three-stage-recrystallization model may be an oversimplification. According to our results, rotation recrystallization as well as grain boundary migration are actually present in all depths with varying intensities at NEEM. I. Weikusat, A. Miyamoto, S. H. Faria, S. Kipfstuhl, N. Azuma, and T. Hondoh: Subgrain boundaries in Antarctic ice quantified by X-ray Laue diffraction. J. Glaciol., 57(201):85-94, 2011. doi: 10013/epic.36402.

  13. Grain boundary motion and grain rotation in aluminum bicrystals: recent experiments and simulations

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    Molodov, D. A.; Barrales-Mora, L. A.; Brandenburg, J.-E.

    2015-08-01

    The results of experimental and computational efforts over recent years to study the motion of geometrically different grain boundaries and grain rotation under various driving forces are briefly reviewed. Novel in-situ measuring techniques based on orientation contrast imaging and applied simulation techniques are described. The experimental results obtained on specially grown aluminum bicrystals are presented and discussed. Particularly, the faceting and migration behavior of low angle grain boundaries under the curvature force is addressed. In contrast to the pure tilt boundaries, which remained flat/faceted and immobile during annealing at elevated temperatures, mixed tilt-twist boundaries readily assumed a curved shape and steadily moved under the capillary force. Computational analysis revealed that this behavior is due to the inclinational anisotropy of grain boundary energy, which in turn depends on boundary geometry. The shape evolution and shrinkage kinetics of cylindrical grains with different tilt and mixed boundaries were studied by molecular dynamics simulations. The mobility of low angle <100> boundaries with misorientation angles higher than 10°, obtained by both the experiments and simulations, was found not to differ from that of the high angle boundaries, but decreases essentially with further decrease of misorientation. The shape evolution of the embedded grains in simulations was found to relate directly to results of the energy computations. Further simulation results revealed that the shrinkage of grains with pure tilt boundaries is accompanied by grain rotation. In contrast, grains with the tilt-twist boundaries composed of dislocations with the mixed edge-screw character do not rotate during their shrinkage. Stress driven boundary migration in aluminium bicrystals was observed to be coupled to a tangential translation of the grains. The activation enthalpy of high angle boundary migration was found to vary non-monotonically with

  14. Grain Boundary Character Distribution of TLM Titanium Alloy During Deformation

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    Bai, X. F.; Zhao, Y. Q.; Jia, Z. Q.; Zhang, Y. S.; Li, B.

    2016-06-01

    The grain boundary character distribution of TLM titanium alloy (with a nominal chemical composition of Ti-3Zr-2Sn-3Mo-25Nb) was studied under the deformation condition with different strain rates and compression reductions. The experimental results showed that the evolution and character distribution of grain boundaries structure during deformation were both related to grain boundary coupling, sliding, migration, and the grain rotating in nature. In TLM titanium alloy, the type of grain boundaries under different deformation condition included high-angle boundaries, low-angle boundaries, and the CSL boundaries of Σ3, Σ13, Σ29, and Σ39. Under the strain rate of 1 s-1, the numbers of grain boundaries with misorientation angle of 3°, 30°, and 60° all decreased obviously with the increasing compression reduction to 4.5%, comparing to those obtained under the strain rate of 0.001 s-1. Under the strain rate of 1 s-1, the numbers of Σ29 boundaries greatly increased with the compression reductions of 3 to 4.5% comparing to those obtained under the strain rate of 0.001 s-1, and the numbers of Σ3 boundaries increased firstly and then stabilized with the compression reduction increasing from 0 to 4%, while the numbers of Σ39 boundaries decreased with the compression reduction increasing to 4.5%.

  15. Influence of anisotropic grain boundary properties on the evolution of grain boundary character distribution during grain growth—a 2D level set study

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    Hallberg, Håkan

    2014-12-01

    The present study elaborates on a 2D level set model of polycrystal microstructures that was recently established by adding the influence of anisotropic grain boundary energy and mobility on microstructure evolution. The new model is used to trace the evolution of grain boundary character distribution during grain growth. The employed level set formulation conveniently allows the grain boundary characteristics to be quantified in terms of coincidence site lattice (CSL) type per unit of grain boundary length, providing a measure of the distribution of such boundaries. In the model, both the mobility and energy of the grain boundaries are allowed to vary with misorientation. In addition, the influence of initial polycrystal texture is studied by comparing results obtained from a polycrystal with random initial texture against results from a polycrystal that initially has a cube texture. It is shown that the proposed level set formulation can readily incorporate anisotropic grain boundary properties and the simulation results further show that anisotropic grain boundary properties only have a minor influence on the evolution of CSL boundary distribution during grain growth. As anisotropic boundary properties are considered, the most prominent changes in the CSL distributions are an increase of general low-angle Σ1 boundaries as well as a more stable presence of Σ3 boundaries. The observations also hold for the case of an initially cube-textured polycrystal. The presence of this kind of texture has little influence over the evolution of the CSL distribution. Taking into consideration the anisotropy of grain boundary properties, grain growth alone does not seem to be sufficient to promote any significantly increased overall presence of CSL boundaries.

  16. Improve sensitization and corrosion resistance of an Al-Mg alloy by optimization of grain boundaries

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    Yan, Jianfeng; Heckman, Nathan M.; Velasco, Leonardo; Hodge, Andrea M.

    2016-05-01

    The sensitization and subsequent intergranular corrosion of Al-5.3 wt.% Mg alloy has been shown to be an important factor in stress corrosion cracking of Al-Mg alloys. Understanding sensitization requires the review of grain boundary character on the precipitation process which can assist in developing and designing alloys with improved corrosion resistance. This study shows that the degree of precipitation in Al-Mg alloy is dependent on grain boundary misorientation angle, adjacent grain boundary planes and grain boundary types. The results show that the misorientation angle is the most important factor influencing precipitation in grain boundaries of the Al-Mg alloy. Low angle grain boundaries (≤15°) have better immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. High angle grain boundaries (>15°) are vulnerable to grain boundary acid attack. Grain boundaries with adjacent plane orientations near to {100} have potential for immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. This work shows that low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) coincident site lattice (CSL) grain boundaries have thinner β precipitates. Modified nitric acid mass loss test and polarization test demonstrated that the global corrosion resistance of sputtered Al-Mg alloy is enhanced. This may be attributed to the increased fractions of low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) CSL grain boundaries after sputtering.

  17. Improve sensitization and corrosion resistance of an Al-Mg alloy by optimization of grain boundaries

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    Yan, Jianfeng; Heckman, Nathan M.; Velasco, Leonardo; Hodge, Andrea M.

    2016-01-01

    The sensitization and subsequent intergranular corrosion of Al-5.3 wt.% Mg alloy has been shown to be an important factor in stress corrosion cracking of Al-Mg alloys. Understanding sensitization requires the review of grain boundary character on the precipitation process which can assist in developing and designing alloys with improved corrosion resistance. This study shows that the degree of precipitation in Al-Mg alloy is dependent on grain boundary misorientation angle, adjacent grain boundary planes and grain boundary types. The results show that the misorientation angle is the most important factor influencing precipitation in grain boundaries of the Al-Mg alloy. Low angle grain boundaries (≤15°) have better immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. High angle grain boundaries (>15°) are vulnerable to grain boundary acid attack. Grain boundaries with adjacent plane orientations near to {100} have potential for immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. This work shows that low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) coincident site lattice (CSL) grain boundaries have thinner β precipitates. Modified nitric acid mass loss test and polarization test demonstrated that the global corrosion resistance of sputtered Al-Mg alloy is enhanced. This may be attributed to the increased fractions of low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) CSL grain boundaries after sputtering. PMID:27230299

  18. Improve sensitization and corrosion resistance of an Al-Mg alloy by optimization of grain boundaries.

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    Yan, Jianfeng; Heckman, Nathan M; Velasco, Leonardo; Hodge, Andrea M

    2016-01-01

    The sensitization and subsequent intergranular corrosion of Al-5.3 wt.% Mg alloy has been shown to be an important factor in stress corrosion cracking of Al-Mg alloys. Understanding sensitization requires the review of grain boundary character on the precipitation process which can assist in developing and designing alloys with improved corrosion resistance. This study shows that the degree of precipitation in Al-Mg alloy is dependent on grain boundary misorientation angle, adjacent grain boundary planes and grain boundary types. The results show that the misorientation angle is the most important factor influencing precipitation in grain boundaries of the Al-Mg alloy. Low angle grain boundaries (≤15°) have better immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. High angle grain boundaries (>15°) are vulnerable to grain boundary acid attack. Grain boundaries with adjacent plane orientations near to {100} have potential for immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. This work shows that low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) coincident site lattice (CSL) grain boundaries have thinner β precipitates. Modified nitric acid mass loss test and polarization test demonstrated that the global corrosion resistance of sputtered Al-Mg alloy is enhanced. This may be attributed to the increased fractions of low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) CSL grain boundaries after sputtering. PMID:27230299

  19. Special Grain Boundaries in Ultrafine-Grained Tungsten

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    Dudka, O. V.; Ksenofontov, V. A.; Sadanov, E. V.; Starchenko, I. V.; Mazilova, T. I.; Mikhailovskij, I. M.

    2016-07-01

    Field ion microscopy and computer simulation were used for the study of an atomic structure high-angle grain boundary in hard-drawn ultrafine-grained tungsten wire. These boundaries with special misorientations are beyond the scope of the coincident site lattice model. It was demonstrated that the special non-coincident grain boundaries are the plane-matching boundaries, and rigid-body displacements of adjacent nanograins are normal to the <110> misorientation axis. The vectors of rigid-body translations of grains are described by broad asymmetric statistical distribution. Mathematical modeling showed that special incommensurate boundaries with one grain oriented along the {211} plane have comparatively high cohesive energies. The grain-boundary dislocations ½<110> were revealed and studied at the line of local mismatch of {110} atomic planes of adjacent grains.

  20. Special Grain Boundaries in Ultrafine-Grained Tungsten.

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    Dudka, O V; Ksenofontov, V A; Sadanov, E V; Starchenko, I V; Mazilova, T I; Mikhailovskij, I M

    2016-12-01

    Field ion microscopy and computer simulation were used for the study of an atomic structure high-angle grain boundary in hard-drawn ultrafine-grained tungsten wire. These boundaries with special misorientations are beyond the scope of the coincident site lattice model. It was demonstrated that the special non-coincident grain boundaries are the plane-matching boundaries, and rigid-body displacements of adjacent nanograins are normal to the <110> misorientation axis. The vectors of rigid-body translations of grains are described by broad asymmetric statistical distribution. Mathematical modeling showed that special incommensurate boundaries with one grain oriented along the {211} plane have comparatively high cohesive energies. The grain-boundary dislocations ½<110> were revealed and studied at the line of local mismatch of {110} atomic planes of adjacent grains. PMID:27416905

  1. Grain boundary structure and solute segregation in titanium-doped sapphire bicrystals

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    Taylor, Seth T.

    2002-05-17

    Solute segregation to ceramic grain boundaries governs material processing and microstructure evolution, and can strongly influence material properties critical to engineering performance. Understanding the evolution and implications of grain boundary chemistry is a vital component in the greater effort to engineer ceramics with controlled microstructures. This study examines solute segregation to engineered grain boundaries in titanium-doped sapphire (Al2O3) bicrystals, and explores relationships between grain boundary structure and chemistry at the nanometer scale using spectroscopic and imaging techniques in the transmission electron microscope (TEM). Results demonstrate dramatic changes in solute segregation stemming from small fluctuations in grain boundary plane and structure. Titanium and silicon solute species exhibit strong tendencies to segregate to non-basal and basal grain boundary planes, respectively. Evidence suggests that grain boundary faceting occurs in low-angle twis t boundaries to accommodate nonequilibrium solute segregation related to slow specimen cooling rates, while faceting of tilt grain boundaries often occurs to expose special planes of the coincidence site lattice (CSL). Moreover, quantitative analysis of grain boundary chemistry indicates preferential segregation of charged defects to grain boundary dislocations. These results offer direct proof that static dislocations in ionic materials can assume a net charge, and emphasize the importance of interactions between charged point, line, and planar defects in ionic materials. Efforts to understand grain boundary chemistry in terms of space charge theory, elastic misfit and nonequilibrium segregation are discussed for the Al2O3 system.

  2. Characterizing twist grain boundaries in BCC Nb by molecular simulation: Structure and shear deformation

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    Liu, Zeng-Hui; Feng, Ya-Xin; Shang, Jia-Xiang

    2016-05-01

    Atomic scale modeling was used to study the structure, energy and shear behaviors of (110) twist grain boundaries (TWGBs) in body-centered cubic Nb. The relation between grain boundary energy (GBE) and the twist angle θ agrees well with the Read-Shockley equation in low-angle range. At higher angles, the GBEs show no distinct trend with the variation of the twist angle or the density of coincident lattice sites. All (110) twist boundaries can be classified into two types: low-angle grain boundaries (LAGBs) and high-angle grain boundaries (HAGBs). LAGBs contain a hexagonal dislocation network (HDN) which is composed of 1/2 [ 111 ], 1/2 [ 1 bar 1 bar 1 ] and [001] screw dislocations. HAGBs can be classified into three sub-types further: special boundaries with low Σ, boundaries in the vicinity of special boundaries with similar structures and ordinary HAGBs consisting of periodic patterns. Besides, a dependence of grain boundary shear response vs the twist angle over the entire twist angle range is obtained. Pure sliding behavior is found at all TWGBs. When θ < 12°, the flow stress of LAGBs is found to be correlated with the HDNs and decreases with the increasing twist angle. For ordinary HAGBs, the magnitude of flow stress is around 0.8-1.0 GPa and the twist angle has little effect on the anisotropy mobility. For special grain boundaries with low Σ, the boundary structures govern the GBEs and shear motion behavior significantly.

  3. Mechanical Behavior of Grain Boundary Engineered Copper

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    Carter, S B; Hodge, A M

    2006-08-08

    A grain boundary engineered copper sample previously characterized by Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) has been selected for nanoindentation tests. Given the fact that grain boundaries have thicknesses in the order of 1 micron or less, it is essential to use nanomechanics to test the properties of individual grain boundaries. The Hysitron nanoindenter was selected over the MTS nanoindenter due to its superior optical capabilities that aid the selection and identification of the areas to be tested. An area of 2mm by 2mm with an average grain size of 50 microns has been selected for the study. Given the EBSD mapping, grains and grain boundaries with similar orientations are tested and the hardness and modulus are compared. These results will give a relationship between the mechanical properties and the engineered grain boundaries. This will provide for the first time a correlation between grain boundary orientation and the mechanical behavior of the sample at the nanoscale.

  4. Computation of grain boundary stiffness and mobility from boundary fluctuations.

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    Hoyt, Jeffrey John; Foiles, Stephen Martin

    2005-06-01

    Grain boundary stiffness and mobility determine the kinetics of curvature-driven grain growth. Here the stiffness and mobility are computed using an analysis of fluctuations in the grain boundary position during molecular dynamics simulations. This work represents the first determination of grain boundary stiffness for a realistic three-dimensional system. The results indicate that the boundary stiffness for a given boundary plane has a strong dependence on the direction of the boundary distortion. The mobility deduced is comparable with that determined in previous computer simulation studies. The advantages and limitations of the fluctuation approach are discussed.

  5. Stability of grain boundary texture during isothermal grain growth in UO2 considering anisotropic grain boundary properties

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    Hallberg, Håkan; Zhu, Yaochan

    2015-10-01

    In the present study, mesoscale simulations of grain growth in UO2 are performed using a 2D level set representation of the polycrystal grain boundary network, employed in a finite element setting. Anisotropic grain boundary properties are considered by evaluating how grain boundary energy and mobility varies with local grain boundary character. This is achieved by considering different formulations of the anisotropy of grain boundary properties, for example in terms of coincidence site lattice (CSL) correspondence. Such modeling approaches allow tracing of the stability of a number of characteristic low-Σ boundaries in the material during grain growth. The present simulations indicate that anisotropic grain boundary properties have negligible influence on the grain growth rate. However, considering the evolution of grain boundary character distribution and the grain size distribution, it is found that neglecting anisotropic boundary properties will strongly bias predictions obtained from numerical simulations.

  6. Grain boundary segregation and intergranular failure

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    White, C.L.

    1980-01-01

    Trace elements and impurities often segregate strongly to grain boundaries in metals and alloys. Concentrations of these elements at grain boundaries are often 10/sup 3/ to 10/sup 5/ times as great as their overall concentration in the alloy. Because of such segregation, certain trace elements can exert a disproportionate influence on material properties. One frequently observed consequence of trace element segregation to grain boundaries is the occurrence of grain boundary failure and low ductility. Less well known are incidences of improved ductility and inhibition of grain boundary fracture resulting from trace element segregation to grain boundaries in certain systems. An overview of trace element segregation and intergranular failure in a variety of alloy systems as well as preliminary results from studies on Al 3% Li will be presented.

  7. Grain boundary diffusion in olivine (Invited)

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    Marquardt, K.; Dohmen, R.

    2013-12-01

    Olivine is the main constituent of Earth's upper mantle. The individual mineral grains are separated by grain boundaries that have very distinct properties compared to those of single crystals and strongly affect large-scale physical and chemical properties of rocks, e.g. viscosity, electrical conductivity and diffusivity. Knowledge on the grain boundary physical and chemical properties, their population and distribution in polycrystalline materials [1] is a prerequisite to understand and model bulk (rock) properties, including their role as pathways for element transport [2] and the potential of grain boundaries as storage sites for incompatible elements [3]. Studies on selected and well characterized single grain boundaries are needed for a detailed understanding of the influence of varying grain boundaries. For instance, the dependence of diffusion on the grain boundary structure (defined by the lattice misfit) and width in silicates is unknown [2, 4], but limited experimental studies in material sciences indicate major effects of grain boundary orientation on diffusion rates. We characterized the effect of grain boundary orientation and temperature on element diffusion in forsterite grain boundaries by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).The site specific TEM-foils were cut using the focused ion beam technique (FIB). To study diffusion we prepared amorphous thin-films of Ni2SiO4 composition perpendicular to the grain boundary using pulsed laser deposition. Annealing (800-1450°C) leads to crystallization of the thin-film and Ni-Mg inter-diffuse into the crystal volume and along the grain boundary. The inter-diffusion profiles were measured using energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry in the TEM, standardized using the Cliff-Lorimer equation and EMPA measurements. We obtain volume diffusion coefficients that are comparable to Ni-Mg inter-diffusion rates in forsterite determined in previous studies at comparable temperatures, with similar activation energies

  8. Superfluidity of grain boundaries and supersolid behavior.

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    Sasaki, S; Ishiguro, R; Caupin, F; Maris, H J; Balibar, S

    2006-08-25

    When two communicating vessels are filled to a different height with liquid, the two levels equilibrate because the liquid can flow. We have looked for such equilibration with solid (4)He. For crystals with no grain boundaries, we see no flow of mass, whereas for crystals containing several grain boundaries, we detect a mass flow. Our results suggest that the transport of mass is due to the superfluidity of grain boundaries. PMID:16873608

  9. Grain-boundary resistance in polycrystalline metals

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    Reiss, G.; Vancea, J.; Hoffmann, H.

    1986-05-01

    Grain boundaries are known to reduce significantly the electrical dc conductivity of polycrystalline metallic materials. In this paper, we give a quantum mechanical calculation of the grain-boundary resistance based on the transfer matrix approach. The results show an exponential decrease of the conductivity with respect to the number of grain boundaries per mean free path in accord with an empirical model proposed recently.

  10. Simulation of the Process of Grain-Boundary Melting in Aluminum

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    Weckman, A. V.; Demyanov, B. F.; Dragunov, A. S.

    2016-04-01

    An MD-simulation of the process of grain-boundary (GB) melting in aluminum is performed. General- and special-type GBs with the [100]-, [110]- and [111]-misorientations are investigated. It is shown that most GBs have lower melting temperatures than that of the single crystal. Grain-boundary melting occurs within the temperature interval from 0.75 Tmelt to 0.95 Tmelt. Low-angle boundaries and a special Σ11(113) boundary are found to be high-melting.

  11. Simulation of the Process of Grain-Boundary Melting in Aluminum

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    Weckman, A. V.; Demyanov, B. F.; Dragunov, A. S.

    2016-04-01

    An MD-simulation of the process of grain-boundary (GB) melting in aluminum is performed. General- and special-type GBs with the [100]-, [110]- and [111]-misorientations are investigated. It is shown that most GBs have lower melting temperatures than that of the single crystal. Grain-boundary melting occurs within the temperature interval from 0.75Tmelt to 0.95Tmelt. Low-angle boundaries and a special Σ11(113) boundary are found to be high-melting.

  12. Grain boundary curvature and grain growth kinetics with particle pinning

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    Shahandeh, Sina; Militzer, Matthias

    2013-08-01

    Second-phase particles are used extensively in design of polycrystalline materials to control the grain size. According to Zener's theory, a distribution of particles creates a pinning pressure on a moving grain boundary. As a result, a limiting grain size is observed, but the effect of pinning on the detail of grain growth kinetics is less known. The influence of the particles on the microstructure occurs in multiple length scales, established by particle radius and the grain size. In this article, we use a meso-scale phase-field model that simulates grain growth in the presence of a uniform pinning pressure. The curvature of the grain boundary network is measured to determine the driving pressure of grain growth in 2D and 3D systems. It was observed that the grain growth continues, even under conditions where the average driving pressure is smaller than the pinning pressure. The limiting grain size is reached when the maximum of driving pressure distribution in the structure is equal to the pinning pressure. This results in a limiting grain size, larger than the one predicted by conventional models, and further analysis shows consistency with experimental observations. A physical model is proposed for the kinetics of grain growth using parameters based on the curvature analysis of the grain boundaries. This model can describe the simulated grain growth kinetics.

  13. Characterization of grain boundaries in silicon

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    Cheng, L. J.; Shyu, C. M.; Stika, K. M.; Daud, T.; Crotty, G. T.

    1983-01-01

    Zero-bias conductance and capacitance measurements at various temperatures were used to study trapped charges and potential barrier height at the boundaries. Deep-level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) was applied to measure the density of states at the boundary. A study of photoconductivity of grain boundaries in p-type silicon demonstrated the applicability of the technique in the measurement of minority carrier recombination velocity at the grain boundary. Enhanced diffusion of phosphorus at grain boundaries in three cast polycrystalline photovoltaic materials was studied. Enhancements for the three were the same, indicating that the properties of boundaries are similar, although grown by different techniques. Grain boundaries capable of enhancing the diffusion were found always to have strong recombination activities; the phenomena could be related to dangling bonds at the boundaries. Evidence that incoherent second-order twins of (111)/(115) type are diffusion-active is presented.

  14. Segregation of Defects at Grain Boundaries.

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    Alsayed, Ahmed M.; Yodh, Arjun G.

    2007-03-01

    Interstitial impurity segregation at grain boundaries plays an important role in materials properties such as cohesion, grain growth kinetics, and transport. Unfortunately, direct measurement of grain boundary composition is difficult in bulk crystals and polycrystals. In this contribution we directly study impurity segregation at grain boundaries using a model colloidal crystal. The polycrystals are made of temperature-sensitive micron size NIPA microgel particles [1]. We add 100-200 nm fluorescent polystyrene particles to this system to model interstitial impurities. The impurities are then tracked using video microscopy close to and far from the grain boundaries. We find that impurities hop from one position to another and diffuse anisotropically when far from the grain boundaries, and they diffuse isotropically in the grain boundaries. Upon increasing the temperature, the packing volume fraction of NIPA particles decreases and grain boundaries start to melt. We also explored the effects of the segregated impurities on grain boundary melting. [1] A. M. Alsayed, M. F. Islam, J. Zhang, P. J. Collings, A. G. Yodh, Science 309, 1207 (2005). This work was supported by grants from NSF (DMR-0505048 and MRSEC DMR05-20020) and NASA (NAG8-2172).

  15. Detection of solute segregation at grain boundaries

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    Briceno-Valero, J.; Gronsky, R.

    1980-03-01

    Studies of grain boundary segregation in metallurgical systems are traditionally based upon the premise that grain boundaries are more likely sites for solute atoms than their surrounding grains. This idea is manifested in experimental studies which distinguish the solute concentration at boundaries from that of grain interiors using various spectroscopic techniques, including more recently, energy dispersive x-ray analysis in TEM/STEM instruments. A typical study consists of spot or line scans across a grain boundary plane in order to detect concentration gradients at the boundary region. It has also been pointed out that there are rather severe problems in quantitatively determining the absolute solute concentration within the grain boundary, and data correction schemes for this situation have been proposed. The present paper is concerned with an alternative study of grain boundary segregation where the distribution of solute atoms along the boundary plane (as opposed to that across the boundary plane) is sought. The interest here is to establish whether or not a relationship exists between the structural defect configuration of the boundary plane and site preference for solute segregation.

  16. Grain rotation mediated by grain boundary dislocations in nanocrystalline platinum

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    Wang, Lihua; Teng, Jiao; Liu, Pan; Hirata, Akihiko; Ma, En; Zhang, Ze; Chen, Mingwei; Han, Xiaodong

    2014-01-01

    Grain rotation is a well-known phenomenon during high (homologous) temperature deformation and recrystallization of polycrystalline materials. In recent years, grain rotation has also been proposed as a plasticity mechanism at low temperatures (for example, room temperature for metals), especially for nanocrystalline grains with diameter d less than ~15 nm. Here, in tensile-loaded Pt thin films under a high-resolution transmission electron microscope, we show that the plasticity mechanism transitions from cross-grain dislocation glide in larger grains (d>6 nm) to a mode of coordinated rotation of multiple grains for grains with d<6 nm. The mechanism underlying the grain rotation is dislocation climb at the grain boundary, rather than grain boundary sliding or diffusional creep. Our atomic-scale images demonstrate directly that the evolution of the misorientation angle between neighbouring grains can be quantitatively accounted for by the change of the Frank–Bilby dislocation content in the grain boundary. PMID:25030380

  17. Stabilizing nanostructures in metals using grain and twin boundary architectures

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    Lu, K.

    2016-05-01

    Forming alloys with impurity elements is a routine method for modifying the properties of metals. An alternative approach involves the incorporation of interfaces into the crystalline lattice to enhance the metal's properties without changing its chemical composition. The introduction of high-density interfaces in nanostructured materials results in greatly improved strength and hardness; however, interfaces at the nanoscale show low stability. In this Review, I discuss recent developments in the stabilization of nanostructured metals by modifying the architectures of their interfaces. The amount, structure and distribution of several types of interfaces, such as high- and low-angle grain boundaries and twin boundaries, are discussed. I survey several examples of materials with nanotwinned and nanolaminated structures, as well as with gradient nanostructures, describing the techniques used to produce such samples and tracing their exceptional performances back to the nanoscale architectures of their interfaces.

  18. The Role of Grain Boundary Energy on Grain Boundary Complexion Transitions

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    Bojarski, Stephanie A.; Rohrer, Gregory S.

    2014-09-01

    Grain boundary complexions are distinct equilibrium structures and compositions of a grain boundary and complexion transformations are transition from a metastable to an equilibrium complexion at a specific thermodynamic and geometric conditions. Previous work indicates that, in the case of doped alumina, a complexion transition that increased the mobility of transformed boundaries and resulted in abnormal grain growth also caused a decrease in the mean relative grain boundary energy as well as an increase in the anisotropy of the grain boundary character distribution (GBCD). The current work will investigate the hypothesis that the rates of complexion transitions that result in abnormal grain growth (AGG) depend on grain boundary character and energy. Furthermore, the current work expands upon this understanding and tests the hypothesis that it is possible to control when and where a complexion transition occurs by controlling the local grain boundary energy distribution.

  19. GIS-based detection of grain boundaries

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    Li, Yingkui; Onasch, Charles M.; Guo, Yonggui

    2008-04-01

    The recognition of grain boundaries in deformed rocks from images of thin-sections or polished slabs is an essential step in describing and quantifying various fabric elements and strain. However, many of the methods in use today require labor-intensive manual digitization of grain boundary information. Here, we propose an automated, GIS-based method to detect grain boundaries and construct a grain boundary database in which the shape, orientation, and spatial distribution of grains can be quantified and analyzed in a reproducible manner. The proposed method includes a series of operations and functions to identify grain boundaries and construct the grain boundary database. These processes are integrated into a GIS model using ArcGIS ModelBuilder; thus, little or no operator intervention is required to perform the entire analysis. The method was evaluated using thin section images taken from three sandstone samples. The results indicate that the proposed method can correctly identify >70% of grains recognized manually without any intervention and is especially suitable for analyses where large numbers of grains are required.

  20. Turbulent boundary layers along straight and curved long thin circular cylinders at low angles-of-incidence

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    Jordan, Stephen A.

    2016-05-01

    Long thin circular cylinders commonly serve as towed sonar tracking devices, where the radius-of-curvature along the longitudinal axis is quite low [ρr = O(10-4)]. Because no understanding presently exists about the direct impact of longitudinal curvature on the turbulent statistics, the long cylinder is simply viewed as a chain of straight segments at various (increasing then decreasing) small inclinations to the freestream direction. Realistically, even our statistical evidence along straight thin cylinders at low incidence angles is inadequate to build solid evidence towards forming reliable empirical models. In the present study, we address these shortcomings by executing Large-Eddy Simulations (LESs) of straight and longitudinally curved thin cylinders at low to moderate turbulent radius-based Reynolds numbers (500 ≤ Rea ≤ 3500) and small angles-of-incidence (α = 0° → 9°). Coupled with the previous experimental measurements and numerical results, the new expanded database (311 ≤ Rea ≤ 56 500) delivered sufficient means to propose power-law expressions for the longitudinal evolution of the skin friction, normal drag, and turbulent boundary layer (TBL) length scales. Surprisingly, the LES computations of the curved cylinders at analogous geometric and kinematic conditions as the straight cylinder showed similar character in terms of the longitudinal skin friction. Beyond incidence 1°-3° (upper end corresponds to the highest simulated Rea), the skin friction was directly proportional to the yaw angle and monotonically shifted downward with higher Rea. Conversely, the flow structure, normal drag, TBL length scales, Reynolds stresses, and the separation state of the transverse shear layers towards regular vortex shedding for the curved cylinder were highly dissimilar than the straight one at equivalent incidence angles.

  1. Molecular dynamics simulations of He bubble nucleation at grain boundaries

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    Yongfeng Zhang; Paul C Millett; Michael Tonks; Liangzhe Zhang; Bulent Biner

    2012-08-01

    The nucleation behavior of He bubbles in nano-grained body-centered-cubic (BCC) Mo is simulated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with a bicrystal model, focusing on the effect of grain boundary (GB) structure. Three types of GBs, the (100) twist S29, the ?110? symmetrical tilt (tilt angle of 10.1?), and the (112) twin boundaries, are studied as representatives of random GB, low angle GB with misfit dislocations, and special sigma boundaries. With the same amount of He, more He clusters form in nano-grained Mo with smaller average size compared to that in bulk. The effects of the GB structure originate from the excess volume in GBs. Trapping by excess volume results in reduction in mobility of He atoms, which enhances the nucleation with higher density of bubbles, and impedes the growth of He bubbles by absorption of mobile He atoms. Furthermore, the distribution of excess volume in GBs determines the distribution of He clusters. The effect of GBs becomes less pronounced with increasing vacancy concentration in the matrix.

  2. Study on grain boundary character and strain distribution of intergranular cracking in the CGHAZ of T23 steel

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    Jin, Y.J.; Lu, H. Yu, C.; Xu, J.J.

    2013-10-15

    Intergranular reheat cracking in the coarse-grained heat-affected zone of T23 steel was produced by strain to fracture tests on a Gleeble 3500 thermal–mechanical simulator. Then the grain boundary character, as well as the strain distribution after reheat crack propagation, was studied by electron backscatter diffraction technique. The results showed that incoherent Σ3 boundaries were seldom found on the prior austenite grain boundaries. Therefore, only the type of random high-angle boundaries played a crucial role in the intergranular cracking. Microstructurally cavities and small cracks were preferentially initiated from high-angle grain boundaries. Low-angle grain boundaries and high-angle ones with misorientation angles less than 15° were more resistant to the cracking. More importantly, the fraction of high-angle grain boundaries increased with the plastic strain induced by both temperature gradient and stress in the coarse-grained heat-affected zone, which contributed to the crack initiation and propagation. Furthermore, the strain distributions in the vicinity of cavities and cracks revealed the accommodation processes of plastic deformation during stress relaxation. It also reflected the strength differences between grain interior and grain boundary at different heat-treated temperatures, which had a large influence on the cracking mechanism. - Highlights: • The coincidence site lattice boundaries play little role in the reheat cracking. • Cavity and crack occur at high-angle grain boundaries rather than low-angle ones. • The strain leads low-angle grain boundaries to transform to high-angle ones. • Strain distribution differs for cavity and crack zones at different temperatures.

  3. Tilt grain boundaries in YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7-x thin films

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    Gao, Y.; Bai, G.; Chang, H.L.M.; Merkle, K.L.; Lam, D.J.

    1990-07-01

    Grain boundaries in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} superconductor thin films grown on (001) MgO by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) have been characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM). It was found that the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} thin films were highly textured with the c axes, or (001) orientation, nearly parallel between grains and perpendicular to the MgO substrate. A majority of the grain boundaries are low-angle boundaries with a tilt angle, {theta}, less than 15{degree}. The low-angle boundaries appear to be strongly faceted on an atomic scale in such a way that the boundary planes tend to be parallel to the (100), (010), or (110) lattice planes in one of the adjacent grains. Almost all of the lattice planes, except for a number of distorted regions along the boundaries, are continuous across the boundaries from one grain to another, accommodating the misorientation with a slight bending of the lattice planes. The small-angle boundaries are shown to consist of arrays of dislocations. A domain structure, formed by the interchange of a and b axes has been observed in large grains. The domain boundaries are strongly faceted with the (100) and (010) lattice planes parallel to the boundaries. These observations on the atomic structure of boundaries, are used to discuss the effect of grain boundaries on superconductor properties in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} thin films. 15 refs., 9 figs.

  4. The Influence of Grain Boundary Type upon Damage Evolution at Grain Boundary Interfaces

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    Perez-Bergquist, Alejandro G; Brandl, Christian; Escobedo, Juan P; Trujillo, Carl P; Cerreta, Ellen K; Gray III, George T; Germann, Timothy C

    2012-07-09

    In a prior work, it was found that grain boundary structure strongly influences damage evolution at grain boundaries in copper samples subjected to either shock compression or incipient spall. Here, several grain boundaries with different grain boundary structures, including a {Sigma}3 (10-1) boundary, are interrogated via conventional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) to investigate the effects of atomic-scale structural differences on grain boundary strength and mobility. Boundaries are studied both before and after shock compression at a peak shock stress of 10 GPa. Results of the TEM and HRTEM work are used in conjunction with MD modeling to propose a model for shock-induced damage evolution at grain boundary interfaces that is dependent upon coincidence.

  5. Grain boundary wetness of partially molten dunite

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    Mu, Shangshang; Faul, Ulrich H.

    2016-05-01

    Samples of Fo90 olivine and basaltic melt were annealed at a range of temperatures and a pressure of 1 GPa in a piston cylinder apparatus from 1 to 336 h. Post-run samples have melt contents from 0.3 to 6.8 % and mean grain sizes from 4.3 to 84.5 μm. Grain boundary wetness, a measure of the intergranular melt distribution, was determined by analyzing scanning electron microscope images with sufficiently high resolution to detect thin layers wetting grain boundaries, as well as small triple junctions. The measurements show that grain boundary wetness increases with increasing melt content to values well above those predicted by the idealized isotropic equilibrium model for a finite dihedral angle. Additionally, the melt geometry changes with grain size, with grain boundary wetness increasing with increasing grain size at fixed melt content. Grain boundary wetness and dihedral angle of samples annealed at a range of temperatures, but constant melt content does not depend on temperature. These observations emphasize that the dihedral angle alone is not adequate to characterize the melt distribution in partially molten rocks, as the idealized isotropic model does not account for the influence of grain growth. Diffusion creep viscosities calculated from the measured wetness reflect the grain size and melt content dependence. Accordingly, experimentally measured viscosities at small grain sizes underestimate the effect of melt to weaken partially molten rocks for coarser grain sizes. The presence of melt in the mantle may therefore enhance diffusion creep relative to dislocation creep.

  6. Enhanced diffusion of phosphorus at grain boundaries

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    Cheng, L. J.; Shyu, C. M.; Stika, K. M.; Daud, T.; Crotty, G. T.

    1982-01-01

    Enhanced diffusion of phosphorus at grain boundaries in cast polycrystalline photovoltaic materials (Wacker, HEM, and Semix) was studied. It was found that the enhancements for the three materials were the same, indicating that the properties of boundaries are similar, even though they were grown by different techniques. In addition, it was observed that grain boundaries capable of enhancing the diffusion always have strong recombination activities. Both phenomena could be related to dangling bonds existing at the boundaries. The present study gives the first evidence that incoherent second order twins of 111/115-plane type are diffusion-active.

  7. Grain boundary studies of high temperature superconducting materials using electron backscatter Kikuchi diffraction

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    Goyal, A.; Specht, E.D.; Wang, Z.L.; Kroeger, D.M.

    1996-12-31

    Grain Orientation and gain boundary misorientation distributions in high critical current density, high temperature superconductors were determined using electron backscatter Kikuchi diffraction. It is found that depending on the type of superconductor and the processing method used to fabricate it, there exist different scales of biaxial texture from no biaxial texture, local biaxial texture, to complete biaxial texture. Experimentally obtained grain boundary misorientation distributions (GBMDs) were found to be skewed significantly to low angles in comparison to what is expected on the basis of macroscopic texture alone, suggesting that minimization of energy may be a driving force during the processing of high critical current density materials. In addition, a higher than expected fraction of coincident-site lattice boundaries is observed. Examination of maps of grain boundary misorientations in spatially correlated gains, i.e. the grain boundary mesotexture, suggests the presence percolative paths of high critical current density. A combination of orientation measurements, theoretical modeling of GBMDs and modeling of percolative current flow through an assemblage of gain boundaries is performed to gain an insight into the important microstructural features dictating the transport properties of high temperature superconductors. It is found that maximization of low energy, in particular, low angle boundaries is essential for higher critical currents. The combination of experimental and analytical techniques employed are applicable to other materials where physical properties are dominated by interganular characteristics.

  8. Grain Boundary Chemistry in Mantle Rocks

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    Hiraga, T.; Anderson, I. M.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2002-12-01

    We show that the same elements segregate to olivine grain boundaries in both natural rocks and synthetic aggregates. We conclude that this chemical segregation is an energetically favorable phenomenon that will influence the physical and chemical properties of mantle rocks. Two natural samples with unaltered and tight grain boundaries were chosen. One is an ultramylonite from Balmuccia peridotite in the Ivrea Zone. The other is a basaltic rock with olivine phenocrysts from Kilauea, Hawaii. Two olivine phenocrysts often contact one another forming straight and long grain boundaries. Two synthetic aggregates, one composed of olivine + diopside and the other of olivine + anorthite, were synthesized. The diopside and anorthite powders were mechanically mixed with dried San Carlos olivine powder and subsequently isostatically hot-pressed inside an Fe jacket at 1373 K and 300 MPa in a gas-medium apparatus. Some of the hot-pressed samples were annealed at 1373 K and room pressure. Scanning-transmission electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (STEM/EDX) profiling was used to determine the chemical compositions of olivine grain boundaries. In this study, we used a Philips CM200 TEM/STEM equipped with a Schottky field emission gun (FEG) and operated at 200 kV to obtain a probe size (full width at half maximum) of 1.3-1.4 nm. The profiles across every grain boundary exhibited similar chemical features. The primary features are 1) significant Ca enrichment, 2) weak Si and Mg depletion, and 3) weak to significant Al and Ti enrichment. Both the enrichment and the depletion are restricted a zone <5 nm wide along the grain boundaries. The Ca concentration in the grain boundaries is positively correlated with that in the grains. Segregation can result from kinetic and thermodynamic effects. In nature, a decrease in the solubility of specific elements in the grains during cooling of a rock can cause segregation. However, the effect cannot explain the

  9. Grain boundary engineering and superstrength of nanocrystals

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    Glezer, A. M.; Stolyarov, V. L.; Tomchuk, A. A.; Shurygina, N. A.

    2016-01-01

    A new paradigm of hardening of nanocrystals is proposed based on the competing influence of various mechanisms of plastic deformation, i.e., dislocation sliding and grain-boundary slip. It has been confirmed using the results of computer modeling and the experimental data that the use of grain boundary engineering on the basis of the proposed ideas makes it possible to enhance substantially the strength of titaniumbased materials up to ultimate (theoretical) values.

  10. AB INITIO STUDY OF GRAIN BOUNDARY PROPERTIES OF TUNGSTEN ALLOYS

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    Setyawan, Wahyu; Kurtz, Richard J.

    2012-04-17

    Density functional theory was employed to investigate the grain boundary (GB) property of W-TM alloys (TM: fifth and sixth row transition metals). GB strengthening was found for Hf, Ta, Nb, Ru, Re, Os and Ir for 27{l_brace}525{r_brace} and to a lesser degree for 11{l_brace}323{r_brace}. Lower valence solutes strengthen the GB at certain substitutional sites, while higher valence elements enforce it at other positions. For 3{l_brace}112{r_brace}, the alloys exhibit reduced cleavage energies. Hence, allowing with TMs increases the GB cohesion more effectively for large-angle GBs whose cleavage energy is, in general, inherently lower than the low-angle ones. Electron density analysis elucidates the mechanism of charge addition or depletion of the GB bonding region upon TM substitution at various positions leading to stronger or weaker intergranular cohesion, respectively.

  11. Quantitatively Analyzing Strength Contribution vs Grain Boundary Scale Relation in Pure Titanium Subjected to Severe Plastic Deformation

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    Luo, Peng; Hu, Qiaodan; Wu, Xiaolin

    2016-05-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction was used to reveal high- and low-angle grain boundaries (HAGBs, with misorientation ≥15 deg, and LAGBs, <15 deg) in pure titanium (ASTM grade 2) subjected to equal channel angular pressing. Comprehensive paradigms were developed to present relations of yield strength vs HAGB grain diameter, and LAGB contribution vs LAGB linear intercept. Incorporating grain orientations (against loading axis) into the Hall-Petch relation, we quantitatively investigated the strength contributions by HAGBs and LAGBs, respectively.

  12. Grain boundary character distribution in nanocrystalline metals produced by different processing routes

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    Bober, David B.; Kumar, Mukal; Rupert, Timothy J.; Khalajhedayati, Amirhossein

    2015-12-28

    Nanocrystalline materials are defined by their fine grain size, but details of the grain boundary character distribution should also be important. Grain boundary character distributions are reported for ball-milled, sputter-deposited, and electrodeposited Ni and Ni-based alloys, all with average grain sizes of ~20 nm, to study the influence of processing route. The two deposited materials had nearly identical grain boundary character distributions, both marked by a Σ3 length percentage of 23 to 25 pct. In contrast, the ball-milled material had only 3 pct Σ3-type grain boundaries and a large fraction of low-angle boundaries (16 pct), with the remainder being predominantlymore » random high angle (73 pct). Furthermore, these grain boundary character measurements are connected to the physical events that control their respective processing routes. Consequences for material properties are also discussed with a focus on nanocrystalline corrosion. As a whole, the results presented here show that grain boundary character distribution, which has often been overlooked in nanocrystalline metals, can vary significantly and influence material properties in profound ways.« less

  13. Grain boundary character distribution in nanocrystalline metals produced by different processing routes

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    Bober, David B.; Kumar, Mukal; Rupert, Timothy J.; Khalajhedayati, Amirhossein

    2015-12-28

    Nanocrystalline materials are defined by their fine grain size, but details of the grain boundary character distribution should also be important. Grain boundary character distributions are reported for ball-milled, sputter-deposited, and electrodeposited Ni and Ni-based alloys, all with average grain sizes of ~20 nm, to study the influence of processing route. The two deposited materials had nearly identical grain boundary character distributions, both marked by a Σ3 length percentage of 23 to 25 pct. In contrast, the ball-milled material had only 3 pct Σ3-type grain boundaries and a large fraction of low-angle boundaries (16 pct), with the remainder being predominantly random high angle (73 pct). Furthermore, these grain boundary character measurements are connected to the physical events that control their respective processing routes. Consequences for material properties are also discussed with a focus on nanocrystalline corrosion. As a whole, the results presented here show that grain boundary character distribution, which has often been overlooked in nanocrystalline metals, can vary significantly and influence material properties in profound ways.

  14. Grain Boundary Character Distributions in Nanocrystalline Metals Produced by Different Processing Routes

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    Bober, David B.; Khalajhedayati, Amirhossein; Kumar, Mukul; Rupert, Timothy J.

    2016-03-01

    Nanocrystalline materials are defined by their fine grain size, but details of the grain boundary character distribution should also be important. Grain boundary character distributions are reported for ball-milled, sputter-deposited, and electrodeposited Ni and Ni-based alloys, all with average grain sizes of ~20 nm, to study the influence of processing route. The two deposited materials had nearly identical grain boundary character distributions, both marked by a Σ3 length percentage of 23 to 25 pct. In contrast, the ball-milled material had only 3 pct Σ3-type grain boundaries and a large fraction of low-angle boundaries (16 pct), with the remainder being predominantly random high angle (73 pct). These grain boundary character measurements are connected to the physical events that control their respective processing routes. Consequences for material properties are also discussed with a focus on nanocrystalline corrosion. As a whole, the results presented here show that grain boundary character distribution, which has often been overlooked in nanocrystalline metals, can vary significantly and influence material properties in profound ways.

  15. Do grain boundaries in nanophase metals slide?

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    Bringa, E M; Leveugle, E; Caro, A

    2006-10-27

    Nanophase metallic materials show a maximum in strength as grain size decreases to the nano scale, indicating a break down of the Hall-Petch relation. Grain boundary sliding, as a possible accommodation mechanisms, is often the picture that explain computer simulations results and real experiments. In a recent paper, Bringa et al. Science 309, 1838 (2005), we report on the observation of an ultra-hard behavior in nanophase Cu under shock loading, explained in terms of a reduction of grain boundary sliding under the influence of the shock pressure. In this work we perform a detailed study of the effects of hydrostatic pressure on nanophase Cu plasticity and find that it can be understood in terms of pressure dependent grain boundary sliding controlled by a Mohr-Coulomb law.

  16. Grain boundary migration: Atomistic simulation studies

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    Upmanyu, Moneesh

    Control of microstructural evolution is the goal of much of materials processing. Properties of grain boundaries and associated higher order defects determine fundamental microstructural parameters such as grain size/shape and texture, which in turn control an amalgam of material properties and applications. Microstructural evolution theories are based on certain assumptions, and attempts to experimentally validate them have not been promising, predominantly due to the presence of impurities. In this thesis, classical molecular dynamics simulation techniques are used to investigate boundary kinetics. Validity of the assumptions inherent in the theory of grain boundary migration is first ascertained. The U-shaped half-loop geometry is employed in a two-dimensional (triangular lattice) Lennard-Jones system to observe steady-state, curvature driven boundary migration. The classical linear relation between the migration rate and the driving force is recovered at low driving forces. Three-dimensional, highly parallelized simulations of <111> tilt grain boundaries in aluminum (EAM potentials) also confirm this result. The boundary mobility is found to have an Arrhenius dependence on temperature. However, the extracted activation energies of migration are significantly lower than those extracted in experiments, confirming the presence of impurities in the latter. Structurally similar boundaries are found to exhibit the compensation effect. Both boundary mobility and energy vary non-monotonically with the boundary misorientation, exhibiting maxima and minima for high symmetry (low Sigma) special misorientations, respectively. Using these anisotropic boundary properties in a Potts model reveals that the evolution of two-dimensional random textures is mostly controlled by boundary energy anisotropy, not the mobility anisotropy. Atomistic migration mechanism studies suggest that while single hops across the boundary are frequent, migration occurs primarily due to correlated

  17. Grain Boundary Character Distributions In Isostructural Materials

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    Ratanaphan, Sutatch

    Anisotropic grain boundary character distributions (GBCDs), which influence macroscopic materials properties, are thought to be controlled by the grain boundary energy anisotropy. Structurally, grain boundary could be viewed as two free surfaces joined together. Grain boundary energy could be simply defined by the total excess energy for creating two free surfaces minus the energy gained when new bonds are formed between these surfaces. This implies that different crystal structure should have different GBEDs and GBCDs. It was recently discovered that grain boundary energy distributions (GBED) in isostructural materials, a class of materials that share the same crystal structure, are directly related to one another. This suggests that GBCDs in isostructural materials might also be related in a similar way. To test this hypothesis, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was used to map grain orientations in Ag, Au, Cu, Fe, and Mo. The GBCDs were determined from the stereological interpretation of EBSD maps containing on the order of 100,000 grains. It was found that the GBCDs of face-centered cubic (FCC) metals are statistically correlated, while the GBCDs of body-centered cubic (BCC) Fe and Mo are not correlated to the GBCD of FCC metals. The degree of the correlations among the FCC metals is weaker if there are significant differences in grain shape or texture. For example, Ag has the weakest correlation to the other FCC materials and also has quantitatively different grain shapes and texture. The relationship between the populations and energies of grain boundaries was also studied. By comparing the GBCDs of Al, Au, Cu, and Ni to the energies of 388 grain boundaries previously calculated by the Embedded Atom Method (EAM), we observed a moderately inverse correlation between the relative areas of grain boundaries and their energies. Interestingly, there are strong inverse correlations between the energies and populations of the most common grain boundaries (Sigma

  18. Grain and grain boundary characters in surface layer of untreated and plasma nitrocarburized 18Ni maraging steel with nanocrystalline structure

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    Yan, M. F.; Wu, Y. Q.; Liu, R. L.

    2013-05-01

    The nanocrystallized 18Ni maraging steel was plasma nitrocarburized at 460 °C for 4 h in a mixture gas of N2, H2 and C2H5OH. The surface phase compositions of the specimens were analyzed using X-ray diffractometer. The grain shape and size, and grain boundaries in the subsurface layers of the samples were characterized by electron backscattering diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that the nitrocarburized layers are composed of α-Fe, γ‧-Fe4N and FeN0.049 phases. Most α-Fe and γ‧-Fe4N grains show in columnar shape. The major and minor axes of some α-Fe grains are elongated and shortened after nitrocarburizing, respectively. In the subsurface layers of the untreated and nitrocarburized specimens, the average areas of γ‧-Fe4N and α-Fe grains both with a dimension of nanometer are 0.395 μm2 and 0.397 μm2, respectively. The γ‧-Fe4N grain boundaries are mainly high angle boundaries with a very small fraction of low angle boundaries. Coincidence site lattice boundaries in the subsurface layer of the untreated specimen are composed mainly of Σ3, Σ11 and Σ13b, and their fraction decreases after nitrocarburizing.

  19. Colloidal crystal grain boundary formation and motion

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    Edwards, Tara D.; Yang, Yuguang; Beltran-Villegas, Daniel J.; Bevan, Michael A.

    2014-01-01

    The ability to assemble nano- and micro- sized colloidal components into highly ordered configurations is often cited as the basis for developing advanced materials. However, the dynamics of stochastic grain boundary formation and motion have not been quantified, which limits the ability to control and anneal polycrystallinity in colloidal based materials. Here we use optical microscopy, Brownian Dynamic simulations, and a new dynamic analysis to study grain boundary motion in quasi-2D colloidal bicrystals formed within inhomogeneous AC electric fields. We introduce “low-dimensional” models using reaction coordinates for condensation and global order that capture first passage times between critical configurations at each applied voltage. The resulting models reveal that equal sized domains at a maximum misorientation angle show relaxation dominated by friction limited grain boundary diffusion; and in contrast, asymmetrically sized domains with less misorientation display much faster grain boundary migration due to significant thermodynamic driving forces. By quantifying such dynamics vs. compression (voltage), kinetic bottlenecks associated with slow grain boundary relaxation are understood, which can be used to guide the temporal assembly of defect-free single domain colloidal crystals. PMID:25139760

  20. Atomic-scale quantification of grain boundary segregation in nanocrystalline material.

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    Herbig, M; Raabe, D; Li, Y J; Choi, P; Zaefferer, S; Goto, S

    2014-03-28

    Grain boundary segregation leads to nanoscale chemical variations that can alter a material's performance by orders of magnitude (e.g., embrittlement). To understand this phenomenon, a large number of grain boundaries must be characterized in terms of both their five crystallographic interface parameters and their atomic-scale chemical composition. We demonstrate how this can be achieved using an approach that combines the accuracy of structural characterization in transmission electron microscopy with the 3D chemical sensitivity of atom probe tomography. We find a linear trend between carbon segregation and the misorientation angle ω for low-angle grain boundaries in ferrite, which indicates that ω is the most influential crystallographic parameter in this regime. However, there are significant deviations from this linear trend indicating an additional strong influence of other crystallographic parameters (grain boundary plane, rotation axis). For high-angle grain boundaries, no general trend between carbon excess and ω is observed; i.e., the grain boundary plane and rotation axis have an even higher influence on the segregation behavior in this regime. Slight deviations from special grain boundary configurations are shown to lead to unexpectedly high levels of segregation. PMID:24724663

  1. Grain and subgrain boundaries in ultrafine-grained materials

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    Saxl, Ivan; Kalousova, Anna; Ilucova, Lucia; Sklenicka, Vaclav

    2009-10-15

    The attractive metallographic electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) method is used to describe the effect of the number N of passes on the subgrain and grain structures of pure aluminium and copper processed by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP). The remarkable feature of the aluminium structure is the lack of high angle boundaries after a low number (N = 2, 4) of passes and this remains preserved even after a relatively long annealing time. On the other hand, the boundary structure of copper is relatively stable and high angle boundaries always prevail.

  2. Lamellar diblock copolymer grain boundary morphology. 1. Twist boundary characterization

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    Gido, S.P.; Gunther, J.; Thomas, E.L. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Hoffman, D. . Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics)

    1993-08-16

    Grain boundary morphologies in poly(styrene-b-butadiene) lamellar diblock copolymers were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Two types of twist grain boundaries were observed in which microphase separation of the two blocks was maintained in the grain boundary region by intermaterial dividing surfaces that approximate classically known minimal surfaces. The geometry of these interfaces was demonstrated by comparing experimental TEM images with ray tracing computer simulations of the model surfaces as the projection direction was systematically varied in both the experimental and simulated images. The two morphologies observed were found to have intermaterial dividing surfaces that approximate either Scherk's first (doubly periodic) surface or a section of the right helicoid. The helicoid section boundary was observed at low twist angles, less than or equal to about 15. The Scherk surface family of boundary morphologies, which consists of a doubly periodic array of saddle surfaces, was found over the entire twist range from 0 to 90[degree]. As the twist angle approaches 0[degree] the Scherk surface grain boundary morphology is transformed into a single screw dislocation that has an intermaterial dividing surface with the geometry of a single helicoid. Direct TEM imaging of the detailed core structure of this screw dislocation is presented. These images demonstrate that in the lamellar diblock copolymer the screw dislocation core is nonsingular. This nonsingular core structure represents a radical departure from the singular core structures observed in classical studies of dislocations in atomic crystals.

  3. Five-parameter grain boundary analysis of a grain boundary-engineered austenitic stainless steel.

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    Jones, R; Randle, V; Engelberg, D; Marrow, T J

    2009-03-01

    Two different grain boundary engineering processing routes for type 304 austenitic stainless steel have been compared. The processing routes involve the application of a small level of strain (5%) through either cold rolling or uni-axial tensile straining followed by high-temperature annealing. Electron backscatter diffraction and orientation mapping have been used to measure the proportions of Sigma3(n) boundary types (in coincidence site lattice notation) and degree of random boundary break-up, in order to gain a measure of the success of the two types of grain boundary engineering treatments. The distribution of grain boundary plane crystallography has also been measured and analyzed in detail using the five-parameter stereological method. There were significant differences between the grain boundary population profiles depending on the type of deformation applied. PMID:19250462

  4. Advantageous grain boundaries in iron pnictide superconductors

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    Katase, Takayoshi; Ishimaru, Yoshihiro; Tsukamoto, Akira; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Kamiya, Toshio; Tanabe, Keiichi; Hosono, Hideo

    2011-01-01

    High critical temperature superconductors have zero power consumption and could be used to produce ideal electric power lines. The principal obstacle in fabricating superconducting wires and tapes is grain boundaries—the misalignment of crystalline orientations at grain boundaries, which is unavoidable for polycrystals, largely deteriorates critical current density. Here we report that high critical temperature iron pnictide superconductors have advantages over cuprates with respect to these grain boundary issues. The transport properties through well-defined bicrystal grain boundary junctions with various misorientation angles (θGB) were systematically investigated for cobalt-doped BaFe2As2 (BaFe2As2:Co) epitaxial films fabricated on bicrystal substrates. The critical current density through bicrystal grain boundary (JcBGB) remained high (>1 MA cm−2) and nearly constant up to a critical angle θc of ∼9°, which is substantially larger than the θc of ∼5° for YBa2Cu3O7–δ. Even at θGB>θc, the decay of JcBGB was much slower than that of YBa2Cu3O7–δ. PMID:21811238

  5. Misorientation-angle-dependent electrical transport across molybdenum disulfide grain boundaries.

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    Ly, Thuc Hue; Perello, David J; Zhao, Jiong; Deng, Qingming; Kim, Hyun; Han, Gang Hee; Chae, Sang Hoon; Jeong, Hye Yun; Lee, Young Hee

    2016-01-01

    Grain boundaries in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides have unique atomic defect structures and band dispersion relations that depend on the inter-domain misorientation angle. Here, we explore misorientation angle-dependent electrical transport at grain boundaries in monolayer MoS2 by correlating the atomic defect structures of measured devices analysed with transmission electron microscopy and first-principles calculations. Transmission electron microscopy indicates that grain boundaries are primarily composed of 5-7 dislocation cores with periodicity and additional complex defects formed at high angles, obeying the classical low-angle theory for angles <22°. The inter-domain mobility is minimized for angles <9° and increases nonlinearly by two orders of magnitude before saturating at ∼ 16 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) around misorientation angle ≈ 20°. This trend is explained via grain-boundary electrostatic barriers estimated from density functional calculations and experimental tunnelling barrier heights, which are ≈ 0.5 eV at low angles and ≈ 0.15 eV at high angles (≥ 20°). PMID:26813605

  6. Misorientation-angle-dependent electrical transport across molybdenum disulfide grain boundaries

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    Ly, Thuc Hue; Perello, David J.; Zhao, Jiong; Deng, Qingming; Kim, Hyun; Han, Gang Hee; Chae, Sang Hoon; Jeong, Hye Yun; Lee, Young Hee

    2016-01-01

    Grain boundaries in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides have unique atomic defect structures and band dispersion relations that depend on the inter-domain misorientation angle. Here, we explore misorientation angle-dependent electrical transport at grain boundaries in monolayer MoS2 by correlating the atomic defect structures of measured devices analysed with transmission electron microscopy and first-principles calculations. Transmission electron microscopy indicates that grain boundaries are primarily composed of 5-7 dislocation cores with periodicity and additional complex defects formed at high angles, obeying the classical low-angle theory for angles <22°. The inter-domain mobility is minimized for angles <9° and increases nonlinearly by two orders of magnitude before saturating at ~16 cm2 V-1 s-1 around misorientation angle~20°. This trend is explained via grain-boundary electrostatic barriers estimated from density functional calculations and experimental tunnelling barrier heights, which are ~0.5 eV at low angles and ~0.15 eV at high angles (>=20°).

  7. Misorientation-angle-dependent electrical transport across molybdenum disulfide grain boundaries

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    Ly, Thuc Hue; Perello, David J.; Zhao, Jiong; Deng, Qingming; Kim, Hyun; Han, Gang Hee; Chae, Sang Hoon; Jeong, Hye Yun; Lee, Young Hee

    2016-01-01

    Grain boundaries in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides have unique atomic defect structures and band dispersion relations that depend on the inter-domain misorientation angle. Here, we explore misorientation angle-dependent electrical transport at grain boundaries in monolayer MoS2 by correlating the atomic defect structures of measured devices analysed with transmission electron microscopy and first-principles calculations. Transmission electron microscopy indicates that grain boundaries are primarily composed of 5–7 dislocation cores with periodicity and additional complex defects formed at high angles, obeying the classical low-angle theory for angles <22°. The inter-domain mobility is minimized for angles <9° and increases nonlinearly by two orders of magnitude before saturating at ∼16 cm2 V−1 s−1 around misorientation angle≈20°. This trend is explained via grain-boundary electrostatic barriers estimated from density functional calculations and experimental tunnelling barrier heights, which are ≈0.5 eV at low angles and ≈0.15 eV at high angles (≥20°). PMID:26813605

  8. Grain boundary niobium carbides in Inconel 718

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    Gao, M.; Wei, R.P.

    1997-12-15

    A coordinated, multidisciplinary investigation was conducted to determine the mechanisms and rate controlling processes for environmentally assisted crack growth under sustained (static) loading in Inconel 718 at elevated temperatures. The results showed that oxygen had a significant influence on crack growth, increasing the crack growth rate, for example, by nearly four orders of magnitude at 973 K. Based on results from the companion surface chemical and metallurgical studies, it was suggested that the mechanism for crack growth enhancement by oxygen was the formation and fracture of a brittle niobium oxide (Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-type) film on the grain boundary surfaces. The Nb came principally from the oxidation and decomposition of NbC (or Nb-rich carbides) at the grain boundaries, and crack growth was controlled by the rate of oxidation and decomposition of these carbides. Because there was extensive oxidation of the primary NbC, these carbides were implicitly considered to be the primary source of Nb. Although these carbides were large and contained substantial amounts of Nb, they were too few and spaced too far apart to be of concern (averaging one NbC for two grain boundary facets and spaced about 25 {micro}m apart). To wit, whether the freed Nb could diffuse over such a large distance and be oxidized to support the postulated mechanism for crack growth? The presence of other Nb-rich carbides elsewhere on the grain boundaries, or other sources for Nb, therefore, needs to be re-examined and is the focus of this study. In this paper, the results of a study of grain boundary niobium carbides and their distribution in Inconel 718 are reported, and are discussed in terms of their contribution to crack growth.

  9. On the interaction of solutes with grain boundaries

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    Dingreville, Remi Philippe Michel; Berbenni, Stephane

    2015-11-01

    Solute segregation to grain boundaries is considered by modeling solute atoms as misfitting inclusions within a disclination structural unit model describing the grain boundary structure and its intrinsic stress field. The solute distribution around grain boundaries is described through Fermi–Dirac statistics of site occupancy. The susceptibility of hydrogen segregation to symmetric tilt grain boundaries is discussed in terms of the misorientation angle, the defect type characteristics at the grain boundary, temperature, and the prescribed bulk hydrogen fraction of occupied sites. Through this formalism, it is found that hydrogen trapping on grain boundaries clearly correlates with the grain boundary structure (i.e.more » type of structural unit composing the grain boundary), and the associated grain boundary misorientation. Specifically, for symmetric tilt grain boundaries about the [001] axis, grain boundaries composed of both B and C structural units show a lower segregation susceptibility than other grain boundaries. A direct correlation between the segregation susceptibility and the intrinsic net defect density is provided through the Frank–Bilby formalism. Moreover, the present formulation could prove to be a simple and useful model to identify classes of grain boundaries relevant to grain boundary engineering.« less

  10. On the interaction of solutes with grain boundaries

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    Dingreville, Remi Philippe Michel; Berbenni, Stephane

    2015-11-01

    Solute segregation to grain boundaries is considered by modeling solute atoms as misfitting inclusions within a disclination structural unit model describing the grain boundary structure and its intrinsic stress field. The solute distribution around grain boundaries is described through Fermi–Dirac statistics of site occupancy. The susceptibility of hydrogen segregation to symmetric tilt grain boundaries is discussed in terms of the misorientation angle, the defect type characteristics at the grain boundary, temperature, and the prescribed bulk hydrogen fraction of occupied sites. Through this formalism, it is found that hydrogen trapping on grain boundaries clearly correlates with the grain boundary structure (i.e. type of structural unit composing the grain boundary), and the associated grain boundary misorientation. Specifically, for symmetric tilt grain boundaries about the [001] axis, grain boundaries composed of both B and C structural units show a lower segregation susceptibility than other grain boundaries. A direct correlation between the segregation susceptibility and the intrinsic net defect density is provided through the Frank–Bilby formalism. Moreover, the present formulation could prove to be a simple and useful model to identify classes of grain boundaries relevant to grain boundary engineering.

  11. Pinning of Austenite Grain Boundaries by

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    Doğan, Ömer N.; Michal, G. M.; Kwon, H.-W.

    1992-08-01

    The growth behavior of austenite grains in the presence of A1N precipitates varies with the temperature and time of anneal. To study this behavior, two iron alloys, (in weight percent) a 0.1 carbon base chemistry with 0.03A1/0.01N and 0.09A1/0.04N, respectively, were annealed between 1000 °C and 1200 °C for times of up to 180 minutes. Using optical microscopy, as many as 1000 austenite grains per heat-treatment condition were measured. Conditions of sup- pressed, abnormal, and uniform grain growth were observed. Using an extraction replica tech- nique, the size, shape, and distribution of the A1N particles were determined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The largest grain boundary curvatures calculated, using the Hellman- Hillert pinning model, were in close agreement with independent calculations of curvatures using the grain size data. The largest grains in the lognormal size distribution of austenite grains were found to be the ones with the potential to grow to abnormally large sizes.

  12. Superfluidity of grain boundaries and supersolid behavior

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    Balibar, Sebastien

    2007-03-01

    We have found that, at the liquid-solid equilibrium pressure Pm, supersolid behavior is due to the superfluidity of grain boundaries in solid helium [1]. After describing this experiment and reviewing some of the related theoretical work [2], we discuss the possibility that , at larger pressure (P > Pm), grain boundaries could also explain the supersolid behavior which was observed with torsional oscillators [3-6]. [1] S. Sasaki, R. Ishiguro, F. Caupin, H.J. Maris, and S. Balibar, Science 313, 1098 (2006)[2] E. Burovski, E. Kozik, A. Kuklov, N. Prokof'ev, and B. Svistunov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 165301 (2005)[3] E. Kim and M.H. Chan, Nature 427, 225 (2004)[4] E. Kim and M.H. Chan, Science 305, 1941 (2004)[5] A.S.C. Rittner and J.D. Reppy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 165301 (2006)[6] K. Shirahama, Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 51, 302 (2006)

  13. Grain Boundaries In Thin Film Organic Semiconductors

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    Bougher, Cortney; Huston, Shawn; Lees, Eitan; Ward, Jeremy; Obaid, Abdul; Loth, Marsha; Anthony, John; Jurchescu, Oana; Conrad, Brad

    2012-02-01

    We utilize conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) and tunneling atomic force microscopy (TUNA) to characterize dynamics of electronic transport across fluorinated triethylsilylethynyl anthradithiophene (diF-TES ADT) grain boundaries. The crystallization of diF-TES ADT grown on SiO2 will be discussed and related to comparable molecules. The resulting voltage drop between individual crystals as a function of dopants will be discussed in terms of charge transport models and compared to current device work.

  14. Metal precipitation at grain boundaries in silicon: Dependence on grain boundary character and dislocation decoration

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    Buonassisi, T.; Istratov, A. A.; Pickett, M. D.; Marcus, M. A.; Ciszek, T. F.; Weber, E. R.

    2006-07-24

    Synchrotron-based analytical microprobe techniques, electron backscatter diffraction, and defect etching are combined to determine the dependence of metal silicide precipitate formation on grain boundary character and microstructure in multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si). Metal silicide precipitate decoration is observed to increase with decreasing atomic coincidence within the grain boundary plane (increasing {sigma} values). A few low-{sigma} boundaries contain anomalously high metal precipitate concentrations, concomitant with heavy dislocation decoration. These results provide direct experimental evidence that the degree of interaction between metals and structural defects in mc-Si can vary as a function of microstructure, with implications for mc-Si device performance and processing.

  15. Molecular Dynamics Study of Solute Pinning Effects on Grain Boundary Migration in the Aluminum Magnesium Alloy System

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    Rahman, Md. Jahidur; Zurob, Hatem S.; Hoyt, Jeffrey J.

    2016-04-01

    Molecular dynamics simulation, combined with the artificial driving force technique, has been used to study solute interactions with migrating grain boundaries, especially low angle boundaries, in the Al-Mg alloy system. The motion of [112] symmetric tilt boundaries was investigated employing two different approaches at 300 K (27 °C). In the first approach, where solute atoms are segregated and surround the intrinsic dislocations at the grain boundary, a strong solute pinning effect was observed at all misorientations and at different Mg concentrations. A minimum driving force is found to be required for overcoming the barrier produced by the segregated solute at the boundary and a high magnitude of threshold force was observed in all alloys examined. In the alternative approach, where solutes are distributed in a confined region away from the grain boundary, we find that the velocity-driving force behavior in the high driving pressure regime depends on solute concentration, consistent with a recent solute pinning model by Hersent et al. The distributed solute approach provided less pining effect on low angle grain boundary migration compared to that of segregated solutes. The relationship between the restraining force and the solute concentration was computed and, when fit to the Hersent et al. analysis, the solute pinning constant was found to be α = 35 ± 7 MPa for a 7.785 deg boundary in the Al-Mg binary system.

  16. Interaction of shear-coupled grain boundary motion with crack: Crack healing, grain boundary decohesion, and sub-grain formation

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    Aramfard, Mohammad; Deng, Chuang

    2016-02-01

    Stress-driven grain boundary motion is one of the main mechanisms responsible for microstructural evolution in polycrystalline metals during deformation. In this research, the interaction of shear-coupled grain boundary motion (SCGBM) in face-centered cubic metals with crack, which is a common type of structural defects in engineering materials, has been studied by using molecular dynamics simulations in simple bicrystal models. The influences of different parameters such as metal type, temperature, grain boundary structure, and crack geometry have been examined systematically. Three types of microstructural evolution have been identified under different circumstances, namely, crack healing, grain boundary decohesion, and sub-grain formation. The underlying atomistic mechanisms for each type of SCGBM-crack interaction, particularly grain boundary decohesion and crack healing, have also been examined. It is found that crack healing is generally favoured during the SCGBM-crack interaction at relatively high temperature in metals with relatively low stacking fault energy and grain boundary structure with relatively low misorientation angles. The results of this work may open up new opportunities for healing severely damaged materials.

  17. The Energy of Olivine Grain Boundaries Deduced from Grain Boundary Frequency Analyses

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    Marquardt, K.; Rohrer, G. S.

    2015-12-01

    The properties of grain boundaries strongly differ from those of the crystal lattice, and there is growing evidence that the presence of grain boundaries influence detected geophysical signals such as electrical conductivity and seismic velocities especially in aggregates with a LPO that favours the alignment of specific grain boundaries. However, neither the anisotropic frequency or energy distribution of grain boundary networks are understood in olivine dominated aggregates, neither with nor without LPO. We used electron backscatter diffraction, EBSD to detect the orientations of over 1.4x104 grains corresponding to roughly 5000mm length of grain boundary separating them. Subsequently we used a stereological approach to determine the grain boundary character distribution, GBCD, defined as the relative areas of grain boundaries of different types, distinguished by their five degrees of freedom (Rohrer, 2007). The grain boundary planes showed a preference for low index planes, which is in agreement with recent findings on other materials (e.g. MgO, TiO2, SrTiO3, MgAl2O4). However, our inferred surface energies are controversial with respect to previously simulated surface energies (Watson et al., 1997; de Leeuw et al., 2000; Gurmani et al., 2011). We find that the principal crystallographic planes have the lowest energies and that at 60° misorientation specific grain boundaries with common [100] axis of misorientation are favored compared to 60° misorientations about random axis of rotation. This seems to support the results of (Faul and Fitz Gerald, 1999), even though our data imply that 90°/[001] (100)(010) should be even less favorable for the propagation of melt films. These differences and similarities will be discussed with respect to the different methods and their limitations. References: Faul U. H. and Fitz Gerald J. D. (1999) Phys. Chem. Miner. 26, 187-197. Gurmani S. F. et al. (2011). J. Geophys. Res. 116, B12209. De Leeuw N. H. et al. (2000) Phys

  18. Experimental studies of the structure of grain boundaries

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    Sass, S.L.

    1993-04-01

    Goals are to understand factors affecting structure of grain boundaries in intermetallic compounds, understand how solute segregation affects grain boundary structure and causes embrittlement in Fe-base alloys, and explore control of grain boundary properties. Fe and boron-doped Ni[sub 3]Al and NiAl were studied. 7 figs, 1 tab, 18 refs.

  19. Experimental studies of the structure of grain boundaries. Progress report

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    Sass, S.L.

    1993-04-01

    Goals are to understand factors affecting structure of grain boundaries in intermetallic compounds, understand how solute segregation affects grain boundary structure and causes embrittlement in Fe-base alloys, and explore control of grain boundary properties. Fe and boron-doped Ni{sub 3}Al and NiAl were studied. 7 figs, 1 tab, 18 refs.

  20. In Situ Visualization of Birth and Annihilation of Grain Boundaries in an Au Nanocrystal

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    Zheng, He; Wang, Jianbo; Huang, Jian Yu; Cao, Ajing; Mao, Scott X.

    2012-11-01

    The formation and vanishing processes of a low angle grain boundary (GB) in nanosized Au during tension and release of stress, respectively, were obsvered by in situ high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The nucleation of perfect dislocations led to the formation of a 15° low angle GB inside an Au nanocrystal upon off-axial tensile loading (coupled uniaxial tensile and bending stress). Strikingly, the dislocations were completely annihilated accompanied with the disappearance of the GB after the removal of external stress, indicating that plastic bending is recoverable in the nanocrystal. The back force and surface stress played important roles in such a pseudoelastic behavior. This transient GB dynamics cannot be captured in ex situ experimental investigations. Such pseudoelastic bending deformation in nanosized crystals will have an important impact on the designing of nanomechanical devices with ultrahigh bending capability.

  1. Grain Boundary Traction Signatures: Quantitative Predictors of Dislocation Emission

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    Li, Ruizhi; Chew, Huck Beng

    2016-08-01

    We introduce the notion of continuum-equivalent traction fields as local quantitative descriptors of the grain boundary interface. These traction-based descriptors are capable of predicting the critical stresses to trigger dislocation emissions from ductile ⟨110 ⟩ symmetrical-tilt nickel grain boundaries. We show that Shockley partials are emitted when the grain boundary tractions, in combination with external tensile loading, generate a resolved shear stress to cause dislocation slip. The relationship between the local grain boundary tractions and the grain boundary energy is established.

  2. Grain Boundary Traction Signatures: Quantitative Predictors of Dislocation Emission.

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    Li, Ruizhi; Chew, Huck Beng

    2016-08-19

    We introduce the notion of continuum-equivalent traction fields as local quantitative descriptors of the grain boundary interface. These traction-based descriptors are capable of predicting the critical stresses to trigger dislocation emissions from ductile ⟨110⟩ symmetrical-tilt nickel grain boundaries. We show that Shockley partials are emitted when the grain boundary tractions, in combination with external tensile loading, generate a resolved shear stress to cause dislocation slip. The relationship between the local grain boundary tractions and the grain boundary energy is established. PMID:27588865

  3. GRAIN BOUNDARY STRENGTHENING PROPERTIES OF TUNGSTEN ALLOYS

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    Setyawan, Wahyu; Kurtz, Richard J.

    2012-10-10

    Density functional theory was employed to investigate grain boundary (GB) properties of W alloys. A range of substitutional solutes across the Periodic Table was investigated to understand the behavior of different electronic orbitals in changing the GB cleavage energy in the Σ27a[110]{525} GB. A number of transition metals were predicted to enhance the GB cohesion. This includes Ru, Re, Os, Ir, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ti, Hf, Ta and Nb. While lanthanides, s and p elements were tended to cause GB embrittlement.

  4. HREM of general and twist grain boundaries.

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    Merkle, K. L.; Thompson, L. J.

    1999-03-10

    The observation of atomic-scale structures of grain boundaries (GBs) via axial illumination HREM has been largely restricted to tilt GBs, due to the requirement that the electron beam be parallel to a low-index zone axis on both sides of the interface. This condition can be fulfilled for all tilt GBs with disorientation about a low-index direction. The information obtained through HREM studies in many materials has brought important insights concerning the atomic-scale structure of such boundaries. However, it is well known that tilt GBs occupy only an infinitesimally small fraction of the 5-dimensional phase space which describes the macroscopic geometry of all GBs. Therefore, although tilt GBs are very important due to their low energy, it would be useful to also study twist GBs and general GBs that contain twist and tilt components.

  5. Liquid Nucleation at Superheated Grain Boundaries

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    Frolov, T.; Mishin, Y.

    2011-04-01

    Grain boundaries with relatively low energies can be superheated above the melting temperature and eventually melt by heterogeneous nucleation of liquid droplets. We propose a thermodynamic model of this process based on the sharp-interface approximation with a disjoining potential. The distinct feature of the model is its ability to predict the shape and size of the critical nucleus by using a variational approach. The model reduces to the classical nucleation theory in the limit of large nuclei but is more general and remains valid for small nuclei. Contrary to the classical nucleation theory, the model predicts the existence of a critical temperature of superheating and offers a simple formula for its calculation. The model is tested against molecular dynamic simulations in which liquid nuclei at a superheated boundary were obtained by an adiabatic trapping procedure. The simulation results demonstrate a reassuring consistency with the model.

  6. Pre-precipitation phenomena at grain boundaries

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    Briceno-Valero, J.; Gronsky, R.

    1982-03-01

    A high spatial resolution study of the behavior of Zn solute in Al bicrystals has been conducted using x-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) in a TEM/STEM instrument. Specimens subjected to short annealing cycles are found to exhibit a periodic distribution of Zn along the grain boundary plane prior to the appearance of any evidence suggesting precipitation has occurred. The periodicity of the segregation event bears no exact relationship with the transition lattice models of boundary structure but its behavior as a function of misorientation angle does agree with the expected intervals of atomic relaxation in the O-lattice. High resolution images and convergent beam microdiffraction are used to confirm the structural characteristics of these solute-rich regions.

  7. Experimental observations of stress-driven grain boundary migration.

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    Rupert, T J; Gianola, D S; Gan, Y; Hemker, K J

    2009-12-18

    In crystalline materials, plastic deformation occurs by the motion of dislocations, and the regions between individual crystallites, called grain boundaries, act as obstacles to dislocation motion. Grain boundaries are widely envisaged to be mechanically static structures, but this report outlines an experimental investigation of stress-driven grain boundary migration manifested as grain growth in nanocrystalline aluminum thin films. Specimens fabricated with specially designed stress and strain concentrators are used to uncover the relative importance of these parameters on grain growth. In contrast to traditional descriptions of grain boundaries as stationary obstacles to dislocation-based plasticity, the results of this study indicate that shear stresses drive grain boundaries to move in a manner consistent with recent molecular dynamics simulations and theoretical predictions of coupled grain boundary migration. PMID:20019286

  8. The Hide-and-Seek of Grain Boundaries from Moiré Pattern Fringe of Two-Dimensional Graphene

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    Kim, Jung Hwa; Kim, Kwanpyo; Lee, Zonghoon

    2015-01-01

    Grain boundaries (GBs) commonly exist in crystalline materials and affect various properties of materials. The facile identification of GBs is one of the significant requirements for systematical study of polycrystalline materials including recently emerging two-dimensional materials. Previous observations of GBs have been performed by various tools including high resolution transmission electron microscopy. However, a method to easily identify GBs, especially in the case of low-angle GBs, has not yet been well established. In this paper, we choose graphene bilayers with a GB as a model system and investigate the effects of interlayer rotations to the identification of GBs. We provide a critical condition between adjacent moiré fringe spacings, which determines the possibility of GB recognition. In addition, for monolayer graphene with a grain boundary, we demonstrate that low-angle GBs can be distinguished easily by inducing moiré patterns deliberately with an artificial reference overlay. PMID:26216628

  9. The relationship between grain boundary structure, defect mobility, and grain boundary sink efficiency

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    Uberuaga, Blas Pedro; Vernon, Louis J.; Martinez, Enrique; Voter, Arthur F.

    2015-01-01

    Nanocrystalline materials have received great attention due to their potential for improved functionality and have been proposed for extreme environments where the interfaces are expected to promote radiation tolerance. However, the precise role of the interfaces in modifying defect behavior is unclear. Using long-time simulations methods, we determine the mobility of defects and defect clusters at grain boundaries in Cu. We find that mobilities vary significantly with boundary structure and cluster size, with larger clusters exhibiting reduced mobility, and that interface sink efficiency depends on the kinetics of defects within the interface via the in-boundary annihilation rate of defects. Thus, sink efficiency is a strong function of defect mobility, which depends on boundary structure, a property that evolves with time. Further, defect mobility at boundaries can be slower than in the bulk, which has general implications for the properties of polycrystalline materials. Finally, we correlate defect energetics with the volumes of atomic sites at the boundary. PMID:25766999

  10. The relationship between grain boundary structure, defect mobility, and grain boundary sink efficiency

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    Uberuaga, Blas Pedro; Vernon, Louis J.; Martinez, Enrique; Voter, Arthur F.

    2015-03-13

    Nanocrystalline materials have received great attention due to their potential for improved functionality and have been proposed for extreme environments where the interfaces are expected to promote radiation tolerance. However, the precise role of the interfaces in modifying defect behavior is unclear. Using long-time simulations methods, we determine the mobility of defects and defect clusters at grain boundaries in Cu. We find that mobilities vary significantly with boundary structure and cluster size, with larger clusters exhibiting reduced mobility, and that interface sink efficiency depends on the kinetics of defects within the interface via the in-boundary annihilation rate of defects. Thus, sink efficiency is a strong function of defect mobility, which depends on boundary structure, a property that evolves with time. Further, defect mobility at boundaries can be slower than in the bulk, which has general implications for the properties of polycrystalline materials. Finally, we correlate defect energetics with the volumes of atomic sites at the boundary.

  11. Mechanical Spectroscopy of Grain Boundaries: Insights into Grain and Phase Boundary Sliding (Invited)

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    Sundberg, M.

    2010-12-01

    Grain boundary sliding has been identified as an important contributor to plastic deformation of polycrystalline rocks. Grain boundary sliding commonly acts in kinetic series with some other, usually rate-limiting, step such as grain boundary diffusion or dislocation propagation. Consequently, the mechanical properties of grain and phase boundaries are not typically measurable during steady-state creep tests. In contrast, measurements of the intrinsic shear attenuation (QG-1 ) of a polycrystalline rock as a function of frequency and temperature hold the potential to provide direct measurements of the grain boundary viscosity. Reciprocating torsion tests can be complemented by small-strain transient creep tests that monitor the short-time transient mechanical response of a polycrystalline solid to an instantaneous increase in stress. To develop and test a viscoelastic model that can describe both time- and frequency-domain mechanical behavior and thus allow extrapolation of experimental results to natural conditions, we have conducted an experimental study of low-frequency (10-2.25grained (d~5μm) aggregates of olivine and orthopyroxene ranging in composition from 6-75 vol % opx. The attenuation spectra reveal “high-temperature background” behavior at low to moderate frequencies. At higher frequencies (f>10-0.5 Hz) the attenuation spectra reveal the onset of an apparent Debye peak in the attenuation spectra, likely due to elastically-accommodated grain boundary sliding. A modified Andrade viscoelastic model that incorporates both the high-temperature background and the Debye

  12. Consideration of Grain Size Distribution in the Diffusion of Fission Gas to Grain Boundaries

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    Paul C. Millett; Yongfeng Zhang; Michael R. Tonks; S. B. Biner

    2013-09-01

    We analyze the accumulation of fission gas on grain boundaries in a polycrystalline microstructure with a distribution of grain sizes. The diffusion equation is solved throughout the microstructure to evolve the gas concentration in space and time. Grain boundaries are treated as infinite sinks for the gas concentration, and we monitor the cumulative gas inventory on each grain boundary throughout time. We consider two important cases: first, a uniform initial distribution of gas concentration without gas production (correlating with post-irradiation annealing), and second, a constant gas production rate with no initial gas concentration (correlating with in-reactor conditions). The results show that a single-grain-size model, such as the Booth model, over predicts the gas accumulation on grain boundaries compared with a polycrystal with a grain size distribution. Also, a considerable degree of scatter, or variability, exists in the grain boundary gas accumulation when comparing all of the grain boundaries in the microstructure.

  13. Atomistic simulations of dislocation pileup: Grain boundaries interaction

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    Wang, Jian

    2015-05-27

    Here, using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we studied the dislocation pileup–grain boundary (GB) interactions. Two Σ11 asymmetrical tilt grain boundaries in Al are studied to explore the influence of orientation relationship and interface structure on dislocation activities at grain boundaries. To mimic the reality of a dislocation pileup in a coarse-grained polycrystalline, we optimized the dislocation population in MD simulations and developed a predict-correct method to create a dislocation pileup in MD simulations. MD simulations explored several kinetic processes of dislocations–GB reactions: grain boundary sliding, grain boundary migration, slip transmission, dislocation reflection, reconstruction of grain boundary, and the correlation of these kinetic processes with the available slip systems across the GB and atomic structures of the GB.

  14. Atomistic simulations of dislocation pileup: Grain boundaries interaction

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    Wang, Jian

    2015-05-27

    Here, using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we studied the dislocation pileup–grain boundary (GB) interactions. Two Σ11 asymmetrical tilt grain boundaries in Al are studied to explore the influence of orientation relationship and interface structure on dislocation activities at grain boundaries. To mimic the reality of a dislocation pileup in a coarse-grained polycrystalline, we optimized the dislocation population in MD simulations and developed a predict-correct method to create a dislocation pileup in MD simulations. MD simulations explored several kinetic processes of dislocations–GB reactions: grain boundary sliding, grain boundary migration, slip transmission, dislocation reflection, reconstruction of grain boundary, and the correlation ofmore » these kinetic processes with the available slip systems across the GB and atomic structures of the GB.« less

  15. Atomistic aspects of crack propagation along high angle grain boundaries

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    Farkas, D.

    1997-12-31

    The author presents atomistic simulations of the crack tip configuration near a high angle {Sigma} = 5 [001](210) symmetrical tilt grain boundary in NiAl. The simulations were carried out using molecular statics and embedded atom (EAM) potentials. The cracks are stabilized near a Griffith condition involving the cohesive energy of the grain boundary. The atomistic configurations of the tip region are different in the presence of the high angle grain boundary than in the bulk. Three different configurations of the grain boundary were studied corresponding to different local compositions. It was found that in ordered NiAl, cracks along symmetrical tilt boundaries show a more brittle behavior for Al rich boundaries than for Ni-rich boundaries. Lattice trapping effects in grain boundary fracture were found to be more significant than in the bulk.

  16. Randomized Grain Boundary Liquid Crystal Phase

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    Chen, D.; Wang, H.; Li, M.; Glaser, M.; Maclennan, J.; Clark, N.

    2012-02-01

    The formation of macroscopic, chiral domains, in the B4 and dark conglomerate phases, for example, is a feature of bent-core liquid crystals resulting from the interplay of chirality, molecular bend and molecular tilt. We report a new, chiral phase observed in a hockey stick-like liquid crystal molecule. This phase appears below a smectic A phase and cools to a crystal phase. TEM images of the free surface of the chiral phase show hundreds of randomly oriented smectic blocks several hundred nanometers in size, similar to those seen in the twist grain boundary (TGB) phase. However, in contrast to the TGB phase, these blocks are randomly oriented. The characteristic defects in this phase are revealed by freeze-fracture TEM images. We will show how these defects mediate the randomized orientation and discuss the intrinsic mechanism driving the formation of this phase. This work is supported by NSF MRSEC Grant DMR0820579 and NSF Grant DMR0606528.

  17. Atomically ordered solute segregation behaviour in an oxide grain boundary

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    Feng, Bin; Yokoi, Tatsuya; Kumamoto, Akihito; Yoshiya, Masato; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Shibata, Naoya

    2016-03-01

    Grain boundary segregation is a critical issue in materials science because it determines the properties of individual grain boundaries and thus governs the macroscopic properties of materials. Recent progress in electron microscopy has greatly improved our understanding of grain boundary segregation phenomena down to atomistic dimensions, but solute segregation is still extremely challenging to experimentally identify at the atomic scale. Here, we report direct observations of atomic-scale yttrium solute segregation behaviours in an yttria-stabilized-zirconia grain boundary using atomic-resolution energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis. We found that yttrium solute atoms preferentially segregate to specific atomic sites at the core of the grain boundary, forming a unique chemically-ordered structure across the grain boundary.

  18. Atomically ordered solute segregation behaviour in an oxide grain boundary

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    Feng, Bin; Yokoi, Tatsuya; Kumamoto, Akihito; Yoshiya, Masato; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Shibata, Naoya

    2016-01-01

    Grain boundary segregation is a critical issue in materials science because it determines the properties of individual grain boundaries and thus governs the macroscopic properties of materials. Recent progress in electron microscopy has greatly improved our understanding of grain boundary segregation phenomena down to atomistic dimensions, but solute segregation is still extremely challenging to experimentally identify at the atomic scale. Here, we report direct observations of atomic-scale yttrium solute segregation behaviours in an yttria-stabilized-zirconia grain boundary using atomic-resolution energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis. We found that yttrium solute atoms preferentially segregate to specific atomic sites at the core of the grain boundary, forming a unique chemically-ordered structure across the grain boundary. PMID:27004614

  19. Grain boundary and triple junction diffusion in nanocrystalline copper

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    Wegner, M. Leuthold, J.; Peterlechner, M.; Divinski, S. V.; Song, X.; Wilde, G.

    2014-09-07

    Grain boundary and triple junction diffusion in nanocrystalline Cu samples with grain sizes, 〈d〉, of ∼35 and ∼44 nm produced by spark plasma sintering were investigated by the radiotracer method using the {sup 63}Ni isotope. The measured diffusivities, D{sub eff}, are comparable with those determined previously for Ni grain boundary diffusion in well-annealed, high purity, coarse grained, polycrystalline copper, substantiating the absence of a grain size effect on the kinetic properties of grain boundaries in a nanocrystalline material at grain sizes d ≥ 35 nm. Simultaneously, the analysis predicts that if triple junction diffusion of Ni in Cu is enhanced with respect to the corresponding grain boundary diffusion rate, it is still less than 500⋅D{sub gb} within the temperature interval from 420 K to 470 K.

  20. Correlation between grain boundary misorientation and M{sub 23}C{sub 6} precipitation behaviors in a wrought Ni-based superalloy

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    Tang, Bin; Jiang, Li; Hu, Rui; Li, Qi

    2013-04-15

    The correlation between the grain boundary misorientation and the precipitation behaviors of intergranular M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides in a wrought Ni–Cr–W superalloy was investigated by using the electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) technique. It was observed that the grain boundaries with a misorientation angle less than 20°, as well as all coincidence site lattice (CSL) boundaries, are immune to precipitation of the M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides; in contrast, the random high-angle grain boundaries with a misorientation angle of 20°–40° provide preferential precipitation sites of the M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides at the random high-angle grain boundaries with a higher misorientation angle of 55°–60°/[2 2 3] turn to retard precipitation of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides owing to their nature like the Σ3 grain boundaries and retard the precipitation of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides. The low-angle and certain random grain boundary segments induced by twins were found to interrupt the precipitation of the M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides along the high-angle grain boundaries. - Highlights: ► The low angle grain boundaries and CSL boundaries are immune to precipitation. ► M23C6 precipitate preferentially at random grain boundaries within 20°–40°. ► Some certain random grain boundary segments interrupt M23C6 precipitation.

  1. Electronic Structure of a Disordered Grain Boundary in Graphene

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    Lambin, Ph.; Vancso, P.; Nemes-Incze, P.; Mark, G.; Biró, L. P.

    2013-05-01

    Grain boundaries are constitutional elements of graphene grown on a solid metallic surface by CVD. The electronic properties of computer models of grain boundaries in graphene have been investigated by tight-binding calculations and compared with available ab initio data and with recent experimental scanning tunneling spectroscopic measurements. It is shown that twofold coordinated atoms and non-hexagonal rings, both present in grain boundaries, give rise to specific features in the local density of states.

  2. Irradiation-induced grain growth and defect evolution in nanocrystalline zirconia with doped grain boundaries.

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    Dey, Sanchita; Mardinly, John; Wang, Yongqiang; Valdez, James A; Holesinger, Terry G; Uberuaga, Blas P; Ditto, Jeff J; Drazin, John W; Castro, Ricardo H R

    2016-06-22

    Grain boundaries are effective sinks for radiation-induced defects, ultimately impacting the radiation tolerance of nanocrystalline materials (dense materials with nanosized grains) against net defect accumulation. However, irradiation-induced grain growth leads to grain boundary area decrease, shortening potential benefits of nanostructures. A possible approach to mitigate this is the introduction of dopants to target a decrease in grain boundary mobility or a reduction in grain boundary energy to eliminate driving forces for grain growth (using similar strategies as to control thermal growth). Here we tested this concept in nanocrystalline zirconia doped with lanthanum. Although the dopant is observed to segregate to the grain boundaries, causing grain boundary energy decrease and promoting dragging forces for thermally activated boundary movement, irradiation induced grain growth could not be avoided under heavy ion irradiation, suggesting a different growth mechanism as compared to thermal growth. Furthermore, it is apparent that reducing the grain boundary energy reduced the effectiveness of the grain boundary as sinks, and the number of defects in the doped material is higher than in undoped (La-free) YSZ. PMID:27282392

  3. Imaging grain boundary scattering of graphene in real space

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    Ji, Shuai-Hua; Hannon, James B.; Tromp, Ruud M.; Subbiah, Chockalingam; Pasupathy, Abhay; Heinz, Tony F.; Ross, Frances M.

    2012-02-01

    Graphene grain boundaries are unavoidable defects in most growth methods, in particular chemical vapor deposition and thermal decomposition on the SiC(0001) surface. How electrons are scattered by those grain boundaries has not been experimentally demonstrated at the nanoscale. Here we report atomic-scale images of grain boundary scattering measured by scanning tunneling potentiometry (STP). Monolayer graphene sheets were synthesized on the SiC(0001) surface by thermal decomposition in a background of disilane, using low energy electron microscopy to monitor the graphene thickness during its formation. High resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) reveals graphene grain boundaries and various grain orientations, and STP shows variations in voltage across grains and terraces as current flows across the graphene layer. We have identified two types of grain boundary. One shows a trench structure in STM images; potential mapping shows prominent potential drops. These boundaries between grains appear to be weak links and the dominant scattering locations. The other type of boundary shows a continuous lattice between the grains, with periodic dislocations accommodating the grain misorientation. Potential mapping indicates much weaker scattering despite the grain misorientation. We will discuss transport in polycrystalline graphene based on these measurements.

  4. Influence of point defects on grain boundary diffusion in oxides

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    Stubican, V.S.

    1991-03-15

    The influence of point defects on grain boundary diffusion of Co ions in NiO was studied using polycrystalline films and bicrystals. Grain boundary diffusion was studied at 750 C at oxygen partial pressure. Two diffusion regions were found. At low oxygen pressures, extrinsic diffusion was observed. Above oxygen pressure of 10{sup {minus}7}, influence of intrinsic point defects was detected. It was determined that grain boundary diffusion was > 3 orders of magnitude faster than volume diffusion. However, it seems that grain boundary diffusion is influenced by the point defects in a similar way as the volume diffusion. 4 figs.

  5. Grain boundary oxidation and fatigue crack growth at elevated temperatures

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    Liu, H. W.; Oshida, Y.

    1986-01-01

    Fatigue crack growth rate at elevated temperatures can be accelerated by grain boundary oxidation. Grain boundary oxidation kinetics and the statistical distribution of grain boundary oxide penetration depth were studied. At a constant delta K-level and at a constant test temperature, fatigue crack growth rate, da/dN, is a function of cyclic frequency, nu. A fatigue crack growth model of intermittent micro-ruptures of grain boundary oxide is constructed. The model is consistent with the experimental observations that, in the low frequency region, da/dN is inversely proportional to nu, and fatigue crack growth is intergranular.

  6. Grain boundary structure effects on creep cavitation susceptibility

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    Zhao, J.; Adams, B.L.

    1985-01-01

    Grain boundary structure plays an important role in creep cavitation. A function called the misorientation distribution function (MDF) defined in Euler space has been used to statistically characterize the boundary structure of polycrystalline materials. The theoretical developmet of the MDF is presented here. Experimental results showed that ..sigma..3 and ..sigma..9 special boundaries occur with high frequency in 304 stainless steel and the data also suggested a possible directional dependence of the grain boundary structure.

  7. Global Goss grain growth and grain boundary characteristics in magnetostrictive Galfenol sheets

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    Na, S. M.; Flatau, A. B.

    2013-12-01

    Single Goss grains were globally grown in magnetostrictive Galfenol thin sheets via an abnormal grain growth (AGG) process. The sample behaves like single crystal Galfenol, exhibiting large magnetostriction along the <100> axes. Small variations in surface energy conditions, which were governed by different flow rates of 0.5% H2S gas in argon during annealing, had a significant impact of the development of AGG. AGG with a fully developed Goss (011) grain over 95% of the sample surface is very reproducible and feasible for a broad range of annealing conditions. In addition, the <100> orientation of the single-crystal-like Galfenol sheet aligns exactly with the rolling direction, and produces magnetostriction values of ˜300 ppm. AGG often produces isolated grains inside Goss grains due to anisotropic properties of grain boundaries. To better understand island formation mechanisms, grain orientation and grain boundary characteristics of island grains in Goss-oriented Galfenol thin sheets were also investigated. We examined samples annealed either under an argon atmosphere or under a sulfur atmosphere, and characterized the observed island grain boundaries in terms of grain misorientation angles. Trends in measured and simulated data on misorientation angles indicate that the presence of (001) island grain boundaries with angles higher than 45° can be explained by the high energy grain boundary (HEGB) model, whereas (111) boundaries with intermediate angles (20°-45°) cannot. The role of low energy coincident site lattice (CSL) boundaries on AGG in both annealing cases was found to be negligible.

  8. The relationship between grain boundary structure, defect mobility, and grain boundary sink efficiency

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    Uberuaga, Blas Pedro; Vernon, Louis J.; Martinez, Enrique; Voter, Arthur F.

    2015-03-13

    Nanocrystalline materials have received great attention due to their potential for improved functionality and have been proposed for extreme environments where the interfaces are expected to promote radiation tolerance. However, the precise role of the interfaces in modifying defect behavior is unclear. Using long-time simulations methods, we determine the mobility of defects and defect clusters at grain boundaries in Cu. We find that mobilities vary significantly with boundary structure and cluster size, with larger clusters exhibiting reduced mobility, and that interface sink efficiency depends on the kinetics of defects within the interface via the in-boundary annihilation rate of defects. Thus,more » sink efficiency is a strong function of defect mobility, which depends on boundary structure, a property that evolves with time. Further, defect mobility at boundaries can be slower than in the bulk, which has general implications for the properties of polycrystalline materials. Finally, we correlate defect energetics with the volumes of atomic sites at the boundary.« less

  9. Photoluminescence Imaging of Large-Grain CdTe for Grain Boundary Characterization

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    Johnston, Steve; Allende Motz, Alyssa; Reese, Matthew O.; Burst, James M.; Metzger, Wyatt K.

    2015-06-14

    In this work, we use photoluminescence (PL) imaging to characterize CdTe grain boundary recombination. We use a silicon megapixel camera and green (532 nm) laser diodes for excitation. A microscope objective lens system is used for high spatial resolution and a field of view down to 190 um x 190 um. PL images of large-grain (5 to 50 um) CdTe samples show grain boundary and grain interior features that vary with processing conditions. PL images of samples in the as-deposited state show distinct dark grain boundaries that suggest high excess carrier recombination. A CdCl2 treatment leads to PL images with very little distinction at the grain boundaries, which illustrates the grain boundary passivation properties. Other process conditions are also shown, along with comparisons of PL images to high spatial resolution time-resolved PL carrier lifetime maps.

  10. Irradiation Assisted Grain Boundary Segregation in Steels

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    Lu, Zheng; Faulkner, Roy G.

    2008-07-01

    The understanding of radiation-induced grain boundary segregation (RIS) has considerably improved over the past decade. New models have been introduced and much effort has been devoted to obtaining comprehensive information on segregation from the literature. Analytical techniques have also improved so that chemical analysis of layers 1 nm thick is almost routine. This invited paper will review the major methods used currently for RIS prediction: namely, Rate Theory, Inverse Kirkendall, and Solute Drag approaches. A summary is made of the available data on phosphorus RIS in reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels. This will be discussed in the light of the predictions of the various models in an effort to show which models are the most reliable and easy to use for forecasting P segregation behaviour in steels. A consequence of RIS in RPV steels is a radiation induced shift in the ductile to brittle transition temperature (DBTT). It will be shown how it is possible to relate radiation-induced P segregation levels to DBTT shift. Examples of this exercise will be given for RPV steels and for ferritic steels being considered for first wall fusion applications. Cr RIS in high alloy stainless steels and associated irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) will be briefly discussed. (authors)

  11. Grain boundary phase equilibria in metallic systems

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    Deymier, P.; Campos, V.; Evans, H.

    1987-08-01

    One of the primary objectives of this joint experimental/computational research program on grain boundaries in metals is to reconcile experiments and calculations. Both areas have been so often conducted separately for facility's sake that loss of coherency is the recurrent characteristic of research on internal interfaces. Progress has been made consistent with the original objectives of the proposal both in the theoretical and experimental areas. On the theoretical side, analytical expressions to generate density dependent interatomic potentials in simple metals have been elaborated. Extension of the constant stress molecular dynamics technique to these volume dependent potentials is under way. The molecular dynamics code has been revised to improve its performances on vectorial processors. On the experimental side, an Electron Beam Float-Zone Refiner has been designed and built. The floating zone method has been selected for the preparation of highly pure Al bicrystals as well as bicrystals doped with Mg. The apparatus is currently under testing. Actual simulation of bulk and defected metallic systems and preparation of Al bicrystals of controlled misorientation is anticipated for the near future.

  12. Grain-boundary migration in KCl bicrystals

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    Gibbon, C. F.

    1968-01-01

    Boundary migration in melt-grown bicrystals of KCl containing pure twist boundaries was investigated. The experiments involve the use of bicrystal specimens in the shape of right-triangular prisms with the boundary parallel to one side.

  13. The electronic structure of grain boundaries in Nb

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    Sowa, E.C.; Gonis, A. ); Zhang, X.G. )

    1990-11-01

    We present first-principles calculations of the electronic structure of Nb grain boundaries. These are the first such calculations for a bcc metal using the real-space multiple-scattering theory (RSMST). Local densities of states near a {Sigma}5 twist grain boundary are compared to those for bulk Nb. 5 refs., 1 fig.

  14. O(minus 2) grain boundary diffusion and grain growth in pure dense MgO

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    Kapadia, C. M.; Leipold, M. H.

    1973-01-01

    Grain growth behavior in fully dense compacts of MgO of very high purity was studied, and the results compared with other similar behaving materials. The activation energy for the intrinsic self-diffusion of Mg(2minus) is discussed along with the grain boundary diffusion of O(2minus). Grain boundary diffusion of O(2minus) is proposed as the controlling mechanism for grain growth.

  15. Oxidation behavior of grain boundary engineered alloy 690 in supercritical water environment

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    Xu, P.; Zhao, L. Y.; Sridharan, K.; Allen, T. R.

    2012-03-01

    Nickel-base alloy is an important structural material that is known for its exceptional high temperature oxidation resistance. Oxidation in this alloy at high temperatures occurs to a greater extent along the grain boundaries. Grain boundary engineering (GBE) was applied to modify the grain boundary characteristics of this alloy to affect its oxidation resistance. Specimens with both low level and high level cold works showed a high fraction of special grain boundaries, and were tested for supercritical water oxidation resistance at 500 °C and 24 MPa. Both GBE and as-received samples exhibited mass gain followed by mass loss during 10 weeks of exposure, but the normalized mass change was small and less than 0.12 mg/cm2. GBE samples showed better oxide layer retention compared to the as-received sample. XRD results indicate that nickel oxide, chromium oxide, and spinel oxide were the three main types of oxides that form on as-received and GBE alloy 690. Three distinct regions were identified on the oxidized surface: a flat region with oxide flakes aligning relatively parallel to the surface, a rough region with polygon-type oxide particles randomly distributed on the surface, and a region with aggregated oxide flakes perpendicular to the surface. The flat region of oxidation consisted of (1 1 1) orientated oxide spinel flakes formed on (1 1 1) oriented alloy 690 grains. The flat oxide region was thinner and showed better oxide adhesion compared to the rough region. Chromium oxidation was found only at random grain boundaries, leading to formation of thick Cr2O3 layer on the surface and chromium depletion underneath. None of this oxidation was found at low angle or special boundaries. The chromium oxidation was attributed to fast chromium diffusion through random boundaries and mechanically deformed regions such as scratches left after polishing. It is envisioned that the oxidation behavior of alloy 690 in supercritical water can be tailored by microstructure

  16. Role of Grain Boundaries and Microstructure on the Environment Assisted Cracking of Pipeline Steels

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    Arafin, Muhammad

    2011-12-01

    In this research, two common types of environment assisted cracking (EAC) of pipeline steels, namely the intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) and the hydrogen induced cracking (HIC), have been studied, and computer models have been developed to simulate the intergranular stress corrosion crack propagation behaviour in pipeline steel as well as to predict the intergranular fracture susceptibility, due to mechanical loading in non-corrosive environment, of polycrystalline materials. First, a new understanding of the IGSCC resistance of pipeline steel has been obtained by studying the grain boundary character and crystallographic orientation in both cracked and non-cracked pipeline steel samples using electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and X-ray texture measurements. It has been found that the low-angle and certain types of special boundaries, known as the coincident site lattice (CSL) boundaries (S5, S11, and S13b types), are crack-resistant while the random high angle boundaries are prone to cracking. However, it has been also observed that the grain boundaries associated with {110} and {111} neighbour grain orientations having <110> and <111> rotation axis, respectively, are crack-resistant, while the cracked boundaries are mainly linked to the {100} orientation with <100> rotation axis. Subsequently, a novel integrated modeling approach, combining Voronoi Algorithm, Markov Chain theory, and Monte Carlo simulations, has been developed in order to predict the IGSCC behaviour of pipeline steels. The model takes both the physical microstructural features, such as the grain shape and grain size distribution, as well as the grain boundary characters and their orientations with respect to the external stress axis into account. The predicted crack propagation behaviour has been found to be in excellent agreement with the experimental crack-propagation and arrest data in API X65 pipeline steel. In addition, a texture based grain boundary character

  17. Science at the interface : grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals.

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    Rodriguez, Mark Andrew; Follstaedt, David Martin; Knapp, James Arthur; Brewer, Luke N.; Holm, Elizabeth Ann; Foiles, Stephen Martin; Hattar, Khalid M.; Clark, Blythe B.; Olmsted, David L.; Medlin, Douglas L.

    2009-09-01

    Interfaces are a critical determinant of the full range of materials properties, especially at the nanoscale. Computational and experimental methods developed a comprehensive understanding of nanograin evolution based on a fundamental understanding of internal interfaces in nanocrystalline nickel. It has recently been shown that nanocrystals with a bi-modal grain-size distribution possess a unique combination of high-strength, ductility and wear-resistance. We performed a combined experimental and theoretical investigation of the structure and motion of internal interfaces in nanograined metal and the resulting grain evolution. The properties of grain boundaries are computed for an unprecedented range of boundaries. The presence of roughening transitions in grain boundaries is explored and related to dramatic changes in boundary mobility. Experimental observations show that abnormal grain growth in nanograined materials is unlike conventional scale material in both the level of defects and the formation of unfavored phases. Molecular dynamics simulations address the origins of some of these phenomena.

  18. Electronic and plasmonic phenomena at graphene grain boundaries

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    Fei, Z.; Rodin, A. S.; Gannett, W.; Dai, S.; Regan, W.; Wagner, M.; Liu, M. K.; McLeod, A. S.; Dominguez, G.; Thiemens, M.; Castro Neto, Antonio H.; Keilmann, F.; Zettl, A.; Hillenbrand, R.; Fogler, M. M.; Basov, D. N.

    2013-11-01

    Graphene, a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice of carbon atoms of great interest in (opto)electronics and plasmonics, can be obtained by means of diverse fabrication techniques, among which chemical vapour deposition (CVD) is one of the most promising for technological applications. The electronic and mechanical properties of CVD-grown graphene depend in large part on the characteristics of the grain boundaries. However, the physical properties of these grain boundaries remain challenging to characterize directly and conveniently. Here we show that it is possible to visualize and investigate the grain boundaries in CVD-grown graphene using an infrared nano-imaging technique. We harness surface plasmons that are reflected and scattered by the graphene grain boundaries, thus causing plasmon interference. By recording and analysing the interference patterns, we can map grain boundaries for a large-area CVD graphene film and probe the electronic properties of individual grain boundaries. Quantitative analysis reveals that grain boundaries form electronic barriers that obstruct both electrical transport and plasmon propagation. The effective width of these barriers (~10-20 nm) depends on the electronic screening and is on the order of the Fermi wavelength of graphene. These results uncover a microscopic mechanism that is responsible for the low electron mobility observed in CVD-grown graphene, and suggest the possibility of using electronic barriers to realize tunable plasmon reflectors and phase retarders in future graphene-based plasmonic circuits.

  19. Electronic and plasmonic phenomena at graphene grain boundaries.

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    Fei, Z; Rodin, A S; Gannett, W; Dai, S; Regan, W; Wagner, M; Liu, M K; McLeod, A S; Dominguez, G; Thiemens, M; Castro Neto, Antonio H; Keilmann, F; Zettl, A; Hillenbrand, R; Fogler, M M; Basov, D N

    2013-11-01

    Graphene, a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice of carbon atoms of great interest in (opto)electronics and plasmonics, can be obtained by means of diverse fabrication techniques, among which chemical vapour deposition (CVD) is one of the most promising for technological applications. The electronic and mechanical properties of CVD-grown graphene depend in large part on the characteristics of the grain boundaries. However, the physical properties of these grain boundaries remain challenging to characterize directly and conveniently. Here we show that it is possible to visualize and investigate the grain boundaries in CVD-grown graphene using an infrared nano-imaging technique. We harness surface plasmons that are reflected and scattered by the graphene grain boundaries, thus causing plasmon interference. By recording and analysing the interference patterns, we can map grain boundaries for a large-area CVD graphene film and probe the electronic properties of individual grain boundaries. Quantitative analysis reveals that grain boundaries form electronic barriers that obstruct both electrical transport and plasmon propagation. The effective width of these barriers (∼10-20 nm) depends on the electronic screening and is on the order of the Fermi wavelength of graphene. These results uncover a microscopic mechanism that is responsible for the low electron mobility observed in CVD-grown graphene, and suggest the possibility of using electronic barriers to realize tunable plasmon reflectors and phase retarders in future graphene-based plasmonic circuits. PMID:24122082

  20. YSZ thin films with minimized grain boundary resistivity.

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    Mills, Edmund M; Kleine-Boymann, Matthias; Janek, Juergen; Yang, Hao; Browning, Nigel D; Takamura, Yayoi; Kim, Sangtae

    2016-04-21

    In recent years, interface engineering of solid electrolytes has been explored to increase their ionic conductivity and improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells and other electrochemical power sources. It has been observed that the ionic conductivity of epitaxially grown thin films of some electrolytes is dramatically enhanced, which is often attributed to effects (e.g. strain-induced mobility changes) at the heterophase boundary with the substrate. Still largely unexplored is the possibility of manipulation of grain boundary resistivity in polycrystalline solid electrolyte films, clearly a limiting factor in their ionic conductivity. Here we report that the ionic conductivity of yttria stabilized zirconia thin films with nano-columnar grains grown on a MgO substrate nearly reaches that of the corresponding single crystal when the thickness of the films becomes less than roughly 8 nm (smaller by a factor of three at 500 °C). Using impedance spectroscopy, the grain boundary resistivity was probed as a function of film thickness. The resistivity of the grain boundaries near the film-substrate interface and film surface (within 4 nm of each) was almost entirely eliminated. This minimization of grain boundary resistivity is attributed to Mg(2+) diffusion from the MgO substrate into the YSZ grain boundaries, which is supported by time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements. We suggest grain boundary "design" as an attractive method to obtain highly conductive solid electrolyte thin films. PMID:27030391

  1. Grain boundaries. Progress report, February 15, 1991--October 15, 1991

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    Balluffi, R.W.; Bristowe, P.D.

    1991-12-31

    The present document is a progress report describing the work accomplished to date during the second year of our four-year grant (February 15, 1990--February 14, 1994) to study grain boundaries. The research was focused on the following three major efforts: Study of the atomic structure of grain boundaries by means of x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and computer modeling; study of short-circuit diffusion along grain boundaries; and development of a Thin-film Deposition/Bonding Apparatus for the manufacture of high purity bicrystals.

  2. Kapitza Resistance of the Grain Boundaries in Ceria

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    David Bai; Jian Gan; Aleksandr Chernatynskiy

    2014-06-01

    Thermal conductivity is one of the key performance metrics of the nuclear fuels. In electrical insulators, such as most ubiquitous nuclear fuel – UO2, thermal transport is due to phonons, or lattice waves. Their propagation is impeded by any lattice defect, such as impurities or vacancies, as well as larger microstructural features: grain boundaries, dislocations and pores/bubbles. Detailed description of the phonons interactions with these features is still lacking. In this work, we elucidate the dependence of the grain boundary thermal resistance, also known as a Kapitza resistance, on the type and misorientation angle of the grain boundary in model system of CeO2.

  3. Thermal transport across symmetric tilt grain boundaries in β-SiC: Effect of dopants and temperature

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    Goel, N.; Webb, E. B.; Rickman, J. M.; Oztekin, A.; Neti, S.

    2016-07-01

    The Kapitza resistance at a segregated, low-angle symmetric tilt grain boundary in β-SiC is investigated using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation. In particular, we assess the role of compositional and thermal disorder on the boundary resistance for various doping scenarios. By examining the local vibrational density of states, we identify a subset of modes that are significant for thermal transport in this system. This analysis is complemented by calculations of the projected density of states and a corresponding eigenmode analysis of the dynamical matrix that highlight important phonon polarizations and propagation directions. We also examine the dependence of the Kapitza resistance on temperature and dopant/matrix interaction strength, the latter parameter affecting grain-boundary structure and, hence, phonon scattering.

  4. Magnetization due to localized states on graphene grain boundary

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    Dutta, Sudipta; Wakabayashi, Katsunori

    2015-01-01

    Magnetism in graphene has been found to originate from various defects, e.g., vacancy, edge formation, add-atoms etc. Here, we discuss about an alternate route of achieving magnetism in graphene via grain boundary. During chemical vapor deposition of graphene, several graphene nucleation centers grow independently and face themselves with unusual bonding environment, giving rise to the formation of grain boundaries. We investigate the origin of magnetism in such grain boundaries within first-principles calculations, by letting two nucleation centers interact with each other at their interface. We observe formation of unprecedented point defect, consisting of fused three-membered and larger carbon rings, which induces net magnetization to graphene quantum dots. In case of periodic lattices, the appearance of array of point defects leads to the formation of magnetic grain boundaries. The net magnetization on these defects arises due to the deviation from bipartite characteristics of pristine graphene. We observe magnetic grain boundary induced dispersion less flat bands near Fermi energy, showing higher localization of electrons. These flat bands can be accessed via small doping, leading to enhanced magnetism. Moreover, the grain boundaries can induce asymmetric spin conduction behavior along the cross boundary direction. These properties can be exploited for sensor and spin-filtering applications. PMID:26145161

  5. Fission gas bubble percolation on crystallographically consistent grain boundary networks

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    Sabogal-Suárez, Daniel; David Alzate-Cardona, Juan; Restrepo-Parra, Elisabeth

    2016-07-01

    Fission gas release in nuclear fuels can be modeled in the framework of percolation theory, where each grain boundary is classified as open or closed to the release of the fission gas. In the present work, two-dimensional grain boundary networks were assembled both at random and in a crystallographically consistent manner resembling a general textured microstructure. In the crystallographically consistent networks, grain boundaries were classified according to its misorientation. The percolation behavior of the grain boundary networks was evaluated as a function of radial cracks and radial thermal gradients in the fuel pellet. Percolation thresholds tend to shift to the left with increasing length and number of cracks, especially in the presence of thermal gradients. In general, the topology and percolation behavior of the crystallographically consistent networks differs from those of the random network.

  6. Influence of Alloying upon Grain-Boundary Creep

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    Rhines, F N; Bond, W E; Kissel, M A

    1957-01-01

    Grain-boundary displacement, occurring in bicrystals during creep at elevated temperature (350 degrees c), has been measured as a function of the copper content (0.1 to 3 percent) in a series of aluminum-rich aluminum-copper solid-solution alloys. The minimums in stress and temperature, below which grain-boundary motion does not occur, increase regularly with the copper content as would be expected if recovery is necessary for movement. Otherwise, the effects, if any, of the copper solute upon grain-boundary displacement and its rate are too small for identification by the experimental technique employed. It was shown, additionally, that grain-boundary displacement appears regular and proceeds at a constant rate if observed parallel to the stress axis, whereas the motion is seen to occur in a sequence of surges and the rate to diminish with time if the observations are made perpendicular to the stress axis.

  7. Surface profilometer for examining grain-boundary grooves

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    Jech, R. E.; Ready, D. W.

    1969-01-01

    Surface profilometer, consisting primarily of commercially available components, measures surface topographical features accurately and precisely. It shows improvement over the interferometric technique in measurement of grain-boundary grooves formed during annealing on nickel-oxide bicrystals.

  8. Grain boundary characterization in an X750 alloy

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    Kevin Fisher; Sebastien Teysseyre; Emmanuelle Marquis

    2012-11-01

    Grain boundary chemistry in an X750 Ni alloy was analyzed by atom probe tomography in an effort to clarify the possible roles of elemental segregation and carbide presence on the stress corrosion cracking behavior of Ni alloys. Two types of cracks are observed: straight cracks along twin boundaries and wavy cracks at general boundaries. It was found that carbides (M23C6 and TiC) are present at both twin and general boundaries, with comparable B and P segregation for all types of grain boundaries. Twin boundaries intercept ?’ precipitates while the general boundaries wave around the ?’ and carbide precipitates. Near a crack tip, oxidation takes place on the periphery of carbide precipitate.

  9. Atomic-scale structure of grain boundaries: Correlations to grain boundary properties

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    Merkle, K.L.; Buckett, M.I.; Gao, Y.; Rozeveld, S.J.; Vuchic, B.L.; Wolf, D.

    1994-01-01

    It is generally believed that many properties of solid interfaces are ultimately determined by their structure and composition at the atomic level. We report here on work in two areas of grain boundary (GB) research in which structure-property correlations have been investigated recently. HREM observations in connection with computer modeling of GBs in fcc metals have given considerable insight into correlations between GB energy and atomic-scale GB structure. Efforts to understand and possibly control the supercurrent transport behavior across GBs in high-temperature superconductors require the combination of microstructure characterizations with investigations of electric transport properties. In both areas considerable progress is being made and has already lead to important insights concerning interfacial properties.

  10. Defect annihilation at grain boundaries in alpha-Fe

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    Di Chen; Wang, Jing; Chen, Tianyi; Shao, Lin

    2013-01-01

    Understanding radiation responses of Fe-based metals is essential to develop radiation tolerant steels for longer and safer life cycles in harsh reactor environments. Nanograined metals have been explored as self-healing materials due to point-defect recombination at grain boundaries. The fundamental defect-boundary interactions, however, are not yet well understood. We discover that the interactions are always mediated by formation and annealing of chain-like defects, which consist of alternately positioned interstitials and vacancies. These chain-like defects are closely correlated to the patterns of defect formation energy minima on the grain boundary, which depend on specific boundary configurations. Through chain-like defects, a point defect effectively translates large distances, to annihilate with its opposite, thus grain boundaries act as highly efficient defect sinks that cannot saturate under extreme radiation conditions. PMID:23519086

  11. Defect annihilation at grain boundaries in alpha-Fe.

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    Chen, Di; Wang, Jing; Chen, Tianyi; Shao, Lin

    2013-01-01

    Understanding radiation responses of Fe-based metals is essential to develop radiation tolerant steels for longer and safer life cycles in harsh reactor environments. Nanograined metals have been explored as self-healing materials due to point-defect recombination at grain boundaries. The fundamental defect-boundary interactions, however, are not yet well understood. We discover that the interactions are always mediated by formation and annealing of chain-like defects, which consist of alternately positioned interstitials and vacancies. These chain-like defects are closely correlated to the patterns of defect formation energy minima on the grain boundary, which depend on specific boundary configurations. Through chain-like defects, a point defect effectively translates large distances, to annihilate with its opposite, thus grain boundaries act as highly efficient defect sinks that cannot saturate under extreme radiation conditions. PMID:23519086

  12. Influence of point defects on grain boundary motion.

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    Foiles, Stephen Martin

    2010-09-01

    This work addresses the influence of point defects, in particular vacancies, on the motion of grain boundaries. If there is a non-equilibrium concentration of point defects in the vicinity of an interface, such as due to displacement cascades in a radiation environment, motion of the interface to sweep up the defects will lower the energy and provide a driving force for interface motion. Molecular dynamics simulations are employed to examine the process for the case of excess vacancy concentrations in the vicinity of two grain boundaries. It is observed that the efficacy of the presence of the point defects in inducing boundary motion depends on the balance of the mobility of the defects with the mobility of the interfaces. In addition, the extent to which grain boundaries are ideal sinks for vacancies is evaluated by considering the energy of boundaries before and after vacancy absorption.

  13. Discovering the Role of Grain Boundary Complexions in Materials

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    Harmer, Martin P.

    2015-03-19

    Grain boundaries are inherently an area of disorder in polycrystalline materials which define the transport and various other material properties. The relationship between the interfacial chemistry, structure and the material properties is not well understood. Among the various taxonomies for grain boundaries, Grain Boundary Complexion is a relatively new conceptual scheme that relates the structure and kinetic properties of grain boundaries. In this classification scheme, grain boundaries are considered to be distinct three dimensional (the thickness being considerably smaller as compared to the other two dimensions but nonetheless discernible) equilibrium thermodynamic phases abutted between two crystalline phases. The stability and structure of these interfacial phases are dictated by various thermodynamic variables such as temperature, stress (pressure), interfacial chemistry (chemical potential) and most importantly by the energies of the adjoining crystal surfaces. These phases are only stable within the constraint of the adjoining grains. Although these interfacial phases are not stable in bulk form, they can transform from one complexion to another as a function of various thermodynamic variables analogous to the behavior of bulk phases. Examples of different complexions have been reported in various publications. However, a systematic investigation exploring the existence of grain boundary complexions in material systems other than alumina remains to be done. Although the role of interfacial chemistry on grain boundary complexions in alumina has been addressed, a clear understanding of the underlying thermodynamics governing complexion formation is lacking. Finally, the effects of grain boundary complexions in bulk material properties are widely unknown. Factors above urge a thorough exploration of grain boundary complexions in a range of different materials systems The purpose of the current program is to verify the existence of grain boundary complexion

  14. The effects of grain size and grain boundary characteristics on the thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline diamond

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    Spiteri, David; Anaya, Julian; Kuball, Martin

    2016-02-01

    Molecular dynamics simulation was used to study the effects of each grain dimension and of grain boundary characteristics on the inter-grain thermal boundary resistance (TBR) and intragrain thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline diamond. The effect of the grain boundaries perpendicular to the heat flow was studied using a multiple slab configuration, which greatly reduced the artifacts associated with the heat source/sink. The TBR between the slabs was found to be more sensitive to the atomic arrangement at the boundary than to the tilt angle between the slabs. When the atomic arrangement at the interface was altered from the minimum energy configuration, the TBR increased by a factor of three, suggesting that a sub-optimal interface quality between the grains could play a large role in reducing the thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline diamond. The thermal conductivity between the boundaries was found to be similar to the bulk value, even when the boundaries were only 25 nm apart. The effect of grain boundaries parallel to the heat flow was found to have a large dependence on the microstructural details. Parallel boundaries which were 2 nm apart reduced the thermal conductivity of defect-free diamond by between one third and a factor of ten.

  15. Analysis of Grain Boundary Character in a Fine-Grained Nickel-Based Superalloy 718

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    Araujo, L. S.; dos Santos, D. S.; Godet, S.; Dille, J.; Pinto, A. L.; de Almeida, L. H.

    2014-11-01

    In the current work, sheets of superalloy 718 were processed via thermomechanical route by hot and cold rolling, followed by annealing below the δ phase solvus temperature and precipitation hardening to optimum strength. Grain boundary character distribution throughout the processing was mapped via EBSD and its evolution discussed. The results show that it is possible to process the alloy to a fine grain size obtaining concomitantly a considerably high proportion of special boundaries Σ3, Σ9, and Σ27. The precipitation of δ phase presented a strong grain refining role, without significantly impairing the twinning mechanism and, consequently, the Σ3, Σ9, and Σ27 boundary formations.

  16. Relationship between grain/interphase boundary energies and phase diagrams

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    Hiraga, T.; Matsuzaki, T.; Tsurekawa, S.; Watanabe, T.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2004-12-01

    We have examined the relationship between the type of phase diagram and relative grain boundary to interphase boundary energy in order to answer a long-term unsolved question: Why do crystals prefer different neighbors? For minerals as well as metals and ceramics, dihedral angles formed at triple grain junctions involving two different crystalline phases (A and B) are commonly <120° . Based on the interface tension balance equation 2cos(θ /2) = γ gb/γ int (Eq. 1) -- where \\theta is dihedral angle and γ is either grain or interphase boundary energy -- a value of θ <120° indicates that the interphase boundary energy is lower than of the grain boundary energy. Grain boundary energies of metals correlate linearly with latent heat of fusion and/or melting temperature. Systems composed of two crystalline phases often have a eutectic point at a lower temperature than the melting points of pure phases; accordingly, the latent heat of fusion is lower for the two-phase system than for the individual component phases. Therefore, we predict that the interphase boundary energy is lower than that of the grain boundaries in the case of a eutectic system; however, the opposite holds for monotectic systems. We examined grain boundary versus phase boundary energies for binary systems in which one phase is Ag and the other is Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Ge, or Si. The systems formed from Ag and any of the former three elements are monotectics, while the systems composed of Ag and any of the latter three elements are eutectics. To obtain binary polycrystalline materials, we sintered the powders of 5-10 μ m of Ag plus either Fe, Co, Ni or Cu at vacuum conditions. We also made amorphous ribbons of Ag-Si and Ag-Ge by the rapid rolling technique, which we then annealed for 10-15 h to cause crystallization and grain growth. After surface etching, we measured dihedral angles with a field emission SEM. Also, we used dihedral angle data for synthetic and natural mineral assemblages of quartz

  17. On the creep constrained diffusive cavitation of grain boundary facets

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    Tvergaard, Viggo

    CREEP rupture in a polycrystalline metal at a high temperature, by cavity growth on a number of grain boundary facets, is studied numerically. An axisymmetric model problem is analysed, in which a cavitating facet is represented as disk-shaped, and the model dimensions are taken to represent spacings between neighbouring cavitating facets. For the grains both power law creep and elastic deformations are taken into account, and the description of cavity growth is based on an approximate expression that incorporates the coupled influence of grain boundary diffusion and power law creep. The cases considered include creep-constrained cavity growth at low stresses, where the voids link up to form grain boundary cracks at relatively small overall strains, as well as the power law creep dominated behaviour at higher stress levels, where rupture occurs at large overall strains. The numerical results are compared with results based on various simplified analyses.

  18. Distributions of Grain Boundary Normals in the Laboratory Reference Frame

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    Glowinski, Krzysztof; Rohrer, Gregory S.

    2016-04-01

    Distributions of grain boundary normals with their components expressed in the laboratory reference frame are obtained for yttria and austenitic steel based on three-dimensional electron backscatter diffraction data. The distributions exhibit various extrema that are attributed to the inaccuracy of the boundary surface reconstruction and to the discrete nature of the orientation data. We provide interpretation of the distributions with particular emphasis put on indicating the sources of these artifacts. Moreover, we verify the negligible impact of these issues on grain boundary plane and character distributions.

  19. Distributions of Grain Boundary Normals in the Laboratory Reference Frame

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    Glowinski, Krzysztof; Rohrer, Gregory S.

    2016-06-01

    Distributions of grain boundary normals with their components expressed in the laboratory reference frame are obtained for yttria and austenitic steel based on three-dimensional electron backscatter diffraction data. The distributions exhibit various extrema that are attributed to the inaccuracy of the boundary surface reconstruction and to the discrete nature of the orientation data. We provide interpretation of the distributions with particular emphasis put on indicating the sources of these artifacts. Moreover, we verify the negligible impact of these issues on grain boundary plane and character distributions.

  20. Creep of quartz by dislocation and grain boundary processes

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    Fukuda, J. I.; Holyoke, C. W., III; Kronenberg, A. K.

    2015-12-01

    Wet polycrystalline quartz aggregates deformed at temperatures T of 600°-900°C and strain rates of 10-4-10-6 s-1 at a confining pressure Pc of 1.5 GPa exhibit plasticity at low T, governed by dislocation glide and limited recovery, and grain size-sensitive creep at high T, governed by diffusion and sliding at grain boundaries. Quartz aggregates were HIP-synthesized, subjecting natural milky quartz powder to T=900°C and Pc=1.5 GPa, and grain sizes (2 to 25 mm) were varied by annealing at these conditions for up to 10 days. Infrared absorption spectra exhibit a broad OH band at 3400 cm-1 due to molecular water inclusions with a calculated OH content (~4000 ppm, H/106Si) that is unchanged by deformation. Rate-stepping experiments reveal different stress-strain rate functions at different temperatures and grain sizes, which correspond to differing stress-temperature sensitivities. At 600-700°C and grain sizes of 5-10 mm, flow law parameters compare favorably with those for basal plasticity and dislocation creep of wet quartzites (effective stress exponents n of 3 to 6 and activation enthalpy H* ~150 kJ/mol). Deformed samples show undulatory extinction, limited recrystallization, and c-axis maxima parallel to the shortening direction. Similarly fine-grained samples deformed at 800°-900°C exhibit flow parameters n=1.3-2.0 and H*=135-200 kJ/mol corresponding to grain size-sensitive Newtonian creep. Deformed samples show some undulatory extinction and grain sizes change by recrystallization; however, grain boundary deformation processes are indicated by the low value of n. Our experimental results for grain size-sensitive creep can be compared with models of grain boundary diffusion and grain boundary sliding using measured rates of silicon grain boundary diffusion. While many quartz mylonites show microstructural and textural evidence for dislocation creep, results for grain size-sensitive creep may apply to very fine-grained (<10 mm) quartz mylonites.

  1. Grain boundary energy in 5 degrees of freedom space

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    2012-09-21

    GB5DOF is a program written in MatLab for computing excess energy of an arbitrary grain boundary defined by its 5 geometrical degrees of freedom. The program is written in the form of a single self-contained function callable from within commercially available MatLab software package. The function takes a geometric description of the boundary and material identity as input parameters and returns the predicted boundary energy.

  2. Control and characterization of individual grains and grain boundaries in graphene grown by chemical vapour deposition

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    Yu, Qingkai; Jauregui, Luis A.; Wu, Wei; Colby, Robert; Tian, Jifa; Su, Zhihua; Cao, Helin; Liu, Zhihong; Pandey, Deepak; Wei, Dongguang; Chung, Ting Fung; Peng, Peng; Guisinger, Nathan P.; Stach, Eric A.; Bao, Jiming; Pei, Shin-Shem; Chen, Yong P.

    2011-06-01

    The strong interest in graphene has motivated the scalable production of high-quality graphene and graphene devices. As the large-scale graphene films synthesized so far are typically polycrystalline, it is important to characterize and control grain boundaries, generally believed to degrade graphene quality. Here we study single-crystal graphene grains synthesized by ambient chemical vapour deposition on polycrystalline Cu, and show how individual boundaries between coalescing grains affect graphene’s electronic properties. The graphene grains show no definite epitaxial relationship with the Cu substrate, and can cross Cu grain boundaries. The edges of these grains are found to be predominantly parallel to zigzag directions. We show that grain boundaries give a significant Raman ‘D’ peak, impede electrical transport, and induce prominent weak localization indicative of intervalley scattering in graphene. Finally, we demonstrate an approach using pre-patterned growth seeds to control graphene nucleation, opening a route towards scalable fabrication of single-crystal graphene devices without grain boundaries.

  3. A Constitutive Equation for Grain Boundary Sliding: An Experimental Approach

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    Korla, Rajesh; Chokshi, Atul H.

    2014-02-01

    Although grain boundary sliding (GBS) has been recognized as an important process during high-temperature deformation in crystalline materials, there is paucity in experimental data for characterizing a constitutive equation for GBS. High-temperature tensile creep experiments were conducted, together with measurements of GBS at different strains, stresses, grain sizes, and temperatures. Experimental data obtained on a Mg AZ31 alloy demonstrate that, for the first time, dynamic recrystallization during creep does not alter the contribution of GBS to creep during high-temperature deformation. The experimentally observed invariance of the sliding contribution with strain was used together with the creep data for developing a constitutive equation for GBS in a manner similar to the standard creep equation. Using this new approach, it is demonstrated that the stress, grain size, and temperature dependence for creep and GBS are identical. This is rationalized by a model based on GBS controlled by dislocations, within grains or near-grain boundaries.

  4. Thermally driven grain boundary migration and melting in Cu

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    Li, Y. H.; Wang, L.; Li, B.; E, J. C.; Zhao, F. P.; Zhu, J.; Luo, S. N.

    2015-02-01

    With molecular dynamics simulations, we systematically investigate melting of a set of Σ3<110>70.53° tilt grain boundaries (GB) in Cu bicrystals, including coherent twin boundaries (CTBs), 12 asymmetric tilt grain boundaries (ATGBs), and symmetric incoherent twin boundaries (SITBs), in the order of increasing length weight of SITB or GB energy. ATGBs decompose into CTBs and SITBs, which migrate and coalesce as a result of internal stress relaxation. GBs can be superheated or premelted, and GB melting temperature decreases exponentially with increasing SITB weight, owing to the systematics in GB microstructure. GB melting nucleates at disordered CTB-SITB junctions, and grows along SITBs and then into grain interiors, with the solid-liquid interfaces preferentially aligned with {111}.

  5. Grain boundaries and grain size distributions in nanocrystalline diamond films derived from fullerene precursors

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    Csencsits, R.; Zuiker, C.D.; Gruen, D.M.; Krauss, A.R.

    1995-12-31

    Film growth from C{sub 60}/Ar mixtures results in very pure diamond. Diamond films grown using C{sub 60} as a carbon source have been shown to be nanocrystalline with average grain sizes of 15 nm and standard deviations of 13 nm. The measured grain size distribution for two separate films, each based on measurements of over 400 grains, were found to be very similar and well approximated by a gamma distribution. Unlike typical CVD grown diamond films, these nanocrystalline films do not exhibit columnar growth. From the measured grain size distributions, it is estimated that 2% of the carbon atoms are located in the grain boundaries. The structure of the carbon in the grain boundaries is not known, but the films survive extended wear tests and hold together when the substrate is removed, indicating that the grains are strongly bound. The grain boundary carbon may give rise to additional features in the Raman spectrum and result in absorption and scattering of light in the films. We also expect that the grain boundary carbon may affect film properties, such as electrical and thermal conductivity.

  6. Carbon on Quartz Grain Boundaries: Continuous Films versus Isolated Plates

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    Price, J. D.; Watson, E. B.; Wark, D. A.

    2003-12-01

    Piston-cylinder experiments on quartzites containing a small amount of carbon were conducted at 1.0-1.4 GPa and 850-1500° C in order to assess the microstructure of graphite along grain boundaries in deep crustal materials. In one series of experiments, polished 3mm diameter single-crystal quartz discs were coated with ˜50 to 150 nm of evaporated carbon or 500 to 1000 nm of alcohol-based carbon paint. Stacks of these were subjected to high P-T conditions for durations ranging from 5 minutes to 10 days. Observations from our earlier experiments suggested that the coatings become discontinuous with time at high temperature. However, more recent observations show that coated disc boundaries contain a dark, interconnected material: those subjected to lower temperatures and shorter durations exhibited continuous films; those run at higher temperatures for longer durations contained thicker, yet still interconnected dendrite and plate structures. In contrast, relatively fine-grained synthetic quartzites produced at similar conditions typically do not contain continuous films. Quartz powder with an initial grain size between 75-150 μ m, coated with 30-50 nm of evaporated carbon, was subjected to 850-1300° C for durations ranging from 1 hour to 6 days. Only very short runs at low temperatures contained irregular boundaries still darkened by a connected film; longer duration and higher temperature quartzites exhibited texturally-equilibrated quartz grains accompanied by isolated small opaque carbon plates located along grain corners, edges, and grain boundaries. Identical features are seen in additional quartzite materials constructed in graphite cylinders using uncoated powdered silica glass or smaller quartz crystals (<22 μ m) taken to 1000° C and 1.4 GPa for 14 days. The results suggest that carbon may remain as a connected surface, at least metastably, on silicate mineral boundaries in the absence of grain boundary movement. With grain growth, carbon diffuses

  7. The separation of grain and grain boundary impedance in thin yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) layers

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    Gerstl, M.; Navickas, E.; Friedbacher, G.; Kubel, F.; Ahrens, M.; Fleig, J.

    2011-01-01

    An improved electrode geometry is proposed to study thin ion conducting films by impedance spectroscopy. It is shown that long, thin, and closely spaced electrodes arranged interdigitally allow a separation of grain and grain boundary effects also in very thin films. This separation is shown to be successful for yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) layers thinner than 20 nm. In a series of experiments it is demonstrated that the extracted parameters correspond to the YSZ grain boundary and grain bulk resistances or to grain boundary and substrate capacitances. Results also show that our YSZ films produced by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) on sapphire substrates exhibit a bulk conductivity which is very close to that of macroscopic YSZ samples.

  8. The Mechanisms of Grain Boundaries - Slip Transmission, Migration, and Sliding

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    Briant, Clyde L.

    2005-03-02

    During the last eight years, we have worked on the general problems associated with grain boundaries in metals with DOE support. This final report summarizes the work that has been performed. At the start of this work, we took a much more atomistic approach to grain boundaries. However, as we performed this research it became clear that such approaches had the drawbacks listed above, and that we were not proceeding toward the more general understanding of grain boundaries that we have hoped to achieve. We then moved toward more macroscopic based experiments that we could use to understand the structure and motion of grain boundaries. From these we were able to begin deducing some of the most important results of this work and to provide information that can be used by others to understand the role of grain boundaries in materials. We thus present this report in a topical way and provide the experimental and theoretical underpinning that is needed at each point as we go forward.

  9. Pipe and grain boundary diffusion of He in UO2

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    Galvin, C. O.T.; Cooper, M. W. D.; Fossati, P. C. M.; Stanek, C. R.; Grimes, R. W.; Andersson, D. A.

    2016-08-18

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been conducted to study the effects of dislocations and grain boundaries on He diffusion inmore » $$\\text{U}{{\\text{O}}_{2}}$$ . Calculations were carried out for the {100}, {110} and {111} $$\\langle 1\\,1\\,0\\rangle $$ edge dislocations, the screw $$\\langle 1\\,1\\,0\\rangle $$ dislocation and Σ5, Σ13, Σ19 and Σ25 tilt grain boundaries. He diffusivity as a function of distance from the dislocation core and grain boundaries was investigated for the temperature range 2300–3000 K. An enhancement in diffusivity was predicted within 20 Å of the dislocations or grain boundaries. Further investigation showed that He diffusion in the edge dislocations follows anisotropic behaviour along the dislocation core, suggesting that pipe diffusion occurs. Here, an Arrhenius plot of He diffusivity against the inverse of temperature was also presented and the activation energy calculated for each structure, as a function of distance from the dislocation or grain boundary.« less

  10. Pipe and grain boundary diffusion of He in UO2.

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    Galvin, C O T; Cooper, M W D; Fossati, P C M; Stanek, C R; Grimes, R W; Andersson, D A

    2016-10-12

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been conducted to study the effects of dislocations and grain boundaries on He diffusion in [Formula: see text]. Calculations were carried out for the {1 0 0}, {1 1 0} and {1 1 1} [Formula: see text] edge dislocations, the screw [Formula: see text] dislocation and Σ5, Σ13, Σ19 and Σ25 tilt grain boundaries. He diffusivity as a function of distance from the dislocation core and grain boundaries was investigated for the temperature range 2300-3000 K. An enhancement in diffusivity was predicted within 20 Å of the dislocations or grain boundaries. Further investigation showed that He diffusion in the edge dislocations follows anisotropic behaviour along the dislocation core, suggesting that pipe diffusion occurs. An Arrhenius plot of He diffusivity against the inverse of temperature was also presented and the activation energy calculated for each structure, as a function of distance from the dislocation or grain boundary. PMID:27537341

  11. Step Coalescence by Collective Motion at an Incommensurate Grain Boundary.

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    Bowers, M L; Ophus, C; Gautam, A; Lançon, F; Dahmen, U

    2016-03-11

    Using extended time series scanning transmission electron microscopy, we investigate structural fluctuations at an incommensurate grain boundary in Au. Atomic-resolution imaging reveals the coalescence of two interfacial steps, or disconnections, of different height via coordinated motion of atoms along close-packed directions. Numerical simulations uncover a transition pathway that involves constriction and expansion of a characteristic stacking fault often associated with grain boundaries in face-centered cubic materials. It is found that local atomic fluctuations by enhanced point defect diffusion may play a critical role in initiating this transition. Our results offer new insights into the collective motion of atoms underlying the lateral advance of steps that control the migration of faceted grain boundaries. PMID:27015493

  12. Grain boundary segregation of boron in Inconel 718

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    Chen, W.; Chaturvedi, M.C.; Richards, N.L.

    1998-07-01

    The segregation behavior of boron at grain boundaries in two INCONEL 718+ based alloys with different B concentrations was studied. The alloys, one containing 11 ppm of B and the other 43 ppm, were homogenized at 1,200 C for 2 hours followed by water quenching and air cooling. A strong segregation of boron at grain boundaries was observed using secondary ion mass spectrometry after the heat treatment in both the alloys. The segregation was found mainly to be of nonequilibrium type. The homogenized samples were also annealed at 1050 C for various lengths of time. During annealing, boride particles were observed to first form at grain boundaries and then to dissolve on continued annealing at 1050 C. The mechanisms of segregation and desegregation of B are discussed.

  13. Grain boundary segregation of boron in INCONEL 718

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    Chen, W.; Chaturvedi, M. C.; Richards, N. L.; McMahon, G.

    1998-07-01

    The segregation behavior of boron at grain boundaries in two INCONEL 718+ based alloys with different B concentrations was studied. The alloys, one containing 11 ppm of B and the other 43 ppm, were homogenized at 1200 °C for 2 hours followed by water quenching and air cooling. A strong segregation of boron at grain boundaries was observed using secondary ion mass spectrometry after the heat treatment in both the alloys. The segregation was found mainly to be of nonequilibrium type. The homogenized samples were also annealed at 1050 °C for various lengths of time. During annealing, boride particles were observed to first form at grain boundaries and then to dissolve on continued annealing at 1050 °C. The mechanisms of segregation and desegregation of B are discussed.

  14. Characterization of deformation near grain boundaries in polycrystalline metals

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    Seal, James Robert

    Understanding and describing plastic deformation in polycrystalline materials is fundamentally challenging due to the complex atomic rearrangements that must occur at grain boundaries. These atomic rearrangements can have long-range and substantial impacts on a material's bulk behavior and material properties. Thus, there is a significant need to develop new techniques to study, correlate, and describe deformation accommodation at grain boundaries. Understanding how grain boundaries accommodate plastic deformation at the microscale will provide new insight into the evolution of heterogeneous deformation, stress concentration, and damage nucleation. A series of comprehensive experiments have been conducted in order to develop a quantitative and crystallographically based understanding of the relationships between deformation behavior, material microstructure, and slip transfer mechanisms across grain boundaries in polycrystalline materials. Slip transfer events in polycrystalline metals were investigated using novel analysis techniques in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The objective of these experiments was to correlate observations of slip transfer with a geometric parameter m', which can be used to identify and predict crystallographic arrangements that are better suited for slip transfer. An emphasis was placed on understanding how the parameter m' can be correlated with heterogeneities in local lattice orientations and local stresses near grain boundaries. A large population of slip transfer reactions across α/beta phase boundaries in Ti-5Al-2.5Sn were imaged by SEM and slip system activity was characterized using electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and slip trace analysis. Statistical correlations identified that slip transfer across the α/beta phase boundary was strongly influenced by slip plane alignment across the interface. Slip direction alignment was not strongly correlated to observations of slip transfer and the parameter m' was not useful

  15. Recovering Grain-Boundary Inclination Parameters through Oblique Double Sectioning

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    Homer, E. R.; Adams, B. L.; Wagoner, R. H.

    2007-07-01

    A method for the retrieval of grain-boundary inclination parameters of the grain-boundary character distribution (GBCD) by oblique double sectioning (ODS) is proposed. In this hybrid approach, grain-boundary inclination parameters are directly measured by double sectioning, while a statistically reliable sampling of the microstructure is achieved by oblique sectioning. The solution to the fundamental equations is posed in a manner similar to the recovery of the orientation distributions from sets of incomplete pole figures, using classical Fourier representations of the distribution functions. The ODS is validated by and compared to the L A /S V stereology through simulations and experimental implementation in a sample of 439 stainless steel. Simulations show that the grain-boundary normal distributions recovered by ODS and stereology are comparable, giving errors on the order of 10-2. Experimental implementation of ODS and the L A /S V stereology in alloy 439 stainless steel demonstrate additional practical limitations of the ODS methodology when applied to materials of large or uneven grain size.

  16. Crossover Fields in Grain-Boundary Flux Pinning in Magnesium Diboride Films with Columnar Grains

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    Kim, D. H.; Hwang, T. J.; Seong, W. K.; Kang, W. N.

    We studied temperature and magnetic-field dependence of grain boundary pinning effect in MgB2 films with columnar grains by measuring the angular dependence of the resistivity and the critical current density (Jc). MgB2 films grown by using a hybrid physical chemical vapor deposition method under appropriate conditions exhibit a peculiar columnar growth with their columns oriented along the c axis. The pinning effect by grain boundaries was manifested in the comparable or even higher Jc for magnetic fields (H) parallel to the c axis (H‖c) than that for fields parallel to the ab plane (H‖ab) below certain temperature-dependent crossover fields. The crossover field, Bcr, was around 1.6 T at 5 K and decreased to around 0.9 T at 30 K depending weakly on the sample characters, and Bcr lay well below the upper critical fields in the phase diagram. Above Bcr, Jc for H‖c decreased very rapidly. The vortex spacing at Bcr was closely correlated with the temperature dependence of the penetration depth, indicating that the degree of the vortex-vortex overlap is an important parameter to determine the number of vortices allowed per unit length of grain boundaries. Thus, Bcr was thought to demarcate the accommodation capability of flux lines by the grain boundaries, and a rapid decrease of Jc above Bcr was ascribed to flux motion of the less strongly pinned vortices located away from the grain boundaries.

  17. (Investigations of ultrasonic wave interactions with grain boundaries and grain imperfections)

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    The main objective of our research is to obtain a better understanding of ultrasonic wave interaction with interfaces in polycrystalline materials. This report discusses two recently developed experimental techniques: scanning acoustic microscope and optical point sensors. As for general wave propagation problems in anisotropic media, four major topics are discussed in separate sections. First, single boundaries between large bicrystals are considered. The reflection and transmission coefficients of such interfaces are calculated for imperfect boundary conditions by using the finite interface stiffness approach. Ultrasonic transmission through multiple-grain structures are investigated by computer simulation based on the statistical evaluation of repeated acoustical wave interactions with individual grain boundaries. The number of grains interacting with the propagating acoustical wave is considered to be high enough to approximate the wave-material interaction as scattering on elastic inhomogeneities. The grain scattering induced attenuation of Rayleigh waves is investigated in polycrystalline materials. 41 refs., 43 figs.

  18. Surface and grain boundary scattering in nanometric Cu thin films: A quantitative analysis including twin boundaries

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    Barmak, Katayun; Darbal, Amith; Ganesh, Kameswaran J.; Ferreira, Paulo J.; Rickman, Jeffrey M.; Sun, Tik; Yao, Bo; Warren, Andrew P.; Coffey, Kevin R.

    2014-11-01

    The relative contributions of various defects to the measured resistivity in nanocrystalline Cu were investigated, including a quantitative account of twin-boundary scattering. It has been difficult to quantitatively assess the impact twin boundary scattering has on the classical size effect of electrical resistivity, due to limitations in characterizing twin boundaries in nanocrystalline Cu. In this study, crystal orientation maps of nanocrystalline Cu films were obtained via precession-assisted electron diffraction in the transmission electron microscope. These orientation images were used to characterize grain boundaries and to measure the average grain size of a microstructure, with and without considering twin boundaries. The results of these studies indicate that the contribution from grain-boundary scattering is the dominant factor (as compared to surface scattering) leading to enhanced resistivity. The resistivity data can be well-described by the combined Fuchs–Sondheimer surface scattering model and Mayadas–Shatzkes grain-boundary scattering model using Matthiessen's rule with a surface specularity coefficient of p = 0.48 and a grain-boundary reflection coefficient of R = 0.26.

  19. Measurement and analysis of grain boundary grooving by volume diffusion

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    Hardy, S. C.; Mcfadden, G. B.; Coriell, S. R.; Voorhees, P. W.; Sekerka, R. F.

    1991-01-01

    Experimental measurements of isothermal grain boundary grooving by volume diffusion are carried out for Sn bicrystals in the Sn-Pb system near the eutectic temperature. The dimensions of the groove increase with a temporal exponent of 1/3, and measurement of the associated rate constant allows the determination of the product of the liquid diffusion coefficient D and the capillarity length Gamma associated with the interfacial free energy of the crystal-melt interface. The small-slope theory of Mullins is generalized to the entire range of dihedral angles by using a boundary integral formulation of the associated free boundary problem, and excellent agreement with experimental groove shapes is obtained. By using the diffusivity measured by Jordon and Hunt, the present measured values of Gamma are found to agree to within 5 percent with the values obtained from experiments by Gunduz and Hunt on grain boundary grooving in a temperature gradient.

  20. The effect of grain size, microcracking and grain boundary grooving on osteoblast attachment in hydroxyapatite

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    Smith, Ian Orland

    This research examined the effect of particle size, microcracking and grain-boundary grooving in hydroxyapatite (HA) ceramics on osteoblast (OB) attachment, with the overall goal of understanding the role of physical characteristics in optimized scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Bimodally porous HA scaffolds were fabricated by foaming and sintering either micron-scale or nano-scale HA powder, yielding two sets with average grain diameters of 8.6 +/- 1.9 mum and 588 +/- 55 nm, respectively. OBs were seeded onto these scaffolds and counted at 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 hours for attachment and 1, 3 and 5 days for proliferation using a hemacytometer. Results showed that OB attachment and proliferation was not significantly affected by the change in grain size and may depend more on the bimodal porosity of the implant. However, as our attempt to reduce the error in the hemacytometer counts was not fully successful, a more accurate method of counting the OBs, such as a quantifiable dye, must be used to verify this trend. While microcracks occur as a result of thermal processing of HA, these TEA-induced cracks are not easily controlled. For our studies we used Vickers-induced microcracks to quantify the effect of microcracking on OB attachment in HA. OB attachment was not significantly affected at one hour, but increased at four hours to 61% higher than on non-microcracked control specimens. This increase indicates that microcracking does have an effect on OB attachment and should be studied further, to assess its effect on OB proliferation and differentiation. It is not surprising that microcracks have a positive effect on OB attachment, as this mimics the natural process of bone remodeling. However, they are not likely to occur in nano-grained HA as a result of processing, as its small grain size falls below the known values of critical grain size for microcracking (GCR) in HA. Grain boundary grooving in dense HA is also investigated in this dissertation. OBs were seeded

  1. How dislocations and grain boundaries control wear at the nanoscale

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    Szlufarska, Izabela

    2012-02-01

    Ceramics show outstanding mechanical properties such as high strength and high hardness over a wide range of temperatures and are stable in harsh environments. However, the low fracture toughness of ceramics limits their practical utility for instance as wear-resistance coatings. There have been several reports of improving wear resistance of ceramics by reducing the grain sizes and/or the dimension of the cutting tools to the nanometer regime. Using SiC as a model covalent ceramic, we performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of wear for both single crystal and nanocrystalline material. We determined the role of dislocations and grain boundary sliding in improving wear resistance of SiC and we have quantified contributions from these mechanisms to friction and wear. We have discovered instabilities that control sliding of the amorphous-like highly disordered grain boundaries in SiC, in analogy to instabilities and deformation mechanisms that occur in bulk amorphous materials. In this talk we will also present our newly developed analytical model for plowing friction in nanoscale contacts, which model has been validated for both ceramics and metals. In order to isolate the contribution from grain boundary sliding to deformation of nanocrystalline materials, we have performed MD simulations of nanoindentation and uniaxial testing on ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD). We have shown that in the absence of dislocation plasticity, hardness and yield strength of nanocrystalline materials scale linearly with the grain boundary shear strength, where the latter property can be controlled by grain boundary doping. Our findings explain the experimental observations that hardness and elastic properties of UNCD decrease with an increasing H content.

  2. Graphene grain boundary resistivity revealed by scanning tunneling potentiometry

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    Durand, Corentin; Clark, Kendal W.; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Vlassiouk, Ivan V.; Li, An-Ping; Oak Ridge National Lab Team

    2014-03-01

    All large-scale graphene films contain extended topological defects dividing graphene into domains or grains. Here, we study grain boundary (GB) resistivity in CVD graphene on Cu subsequently transferred to a SiO2 substrate. By using a scanning tunneling potentiometry (STP) setup with a cryogenic four-probe STM, the spatial variation of the local electrochemical potential is resolved across individual GBs on a graphene surface in the presence of a current. The 2D distributions of electric field and conductivity were then numerically extracted by solving conduction equations. The derived conductivity of individual grains was compared to that measured with microscopic four-probe STM method to provide a model-independent determination of conductivity map for specific type of defect in graphene. The resistance of a GB is found to change with the width of the disordered transition region between adjacent grains. A quantitative modeling of boundary resistance reveals the increased electron Fermi wave vector within the boundary region, possibly due to boundary induced charge density variation.

  3. A mechanistic study of impurity segregation at silicon grain boundaries

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    Käshammer, Peter; Sinno, Talid

    2015-09-01

    The segregation behavior of carbon and oxygen atoms at various silicon grain boundaries was studied using a combination of atomistic simulation and analytical modeling. First, quasi-lattice Grand Canonical Monte Carlo simulations were used to compute segregation isotherms as a function of grain boundary type, impurity atom loading level, and temperature. Next, the atomistic results were employed to regress different analytical segregation models and extract thermodynamic and structural properties. The multilayer Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) isotherm was found to quantitatively capture all the simulation conditions probed in this work, while simpler, single layer models such as the Langmuir-McLean model did not. Some of the BET parameters, namely, the binding free energy of the first adsorption layer and the impurity holding capacity of each layer, were tested for correlation with various measures of grain boundary structure and/or mechanical properties. It was found that certain measures of the atomistic stress distribution correlate strongly with the first-layer binding free energy for substitutional carbon atoms, while common grain boundary identifiers such as sigma value and energy density are not useful in this regard. Preliminary analysis of the more complex case of interstitial oxygen segregation showed that similar measures based on atomistic stress also may be useful here, but more systematic correlative studies are needed to develop a comprehensive picture.

  4. A mechanistic study of impurity segregation at silicon grain boundaries

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    Käshammer, Peter; Sinno, Talid

    2015-09-07

    The segregation behavior of carbon and oxygen atoms at various silicon grain boundaries was studied using a combination of atomistic simulation and analytical modeling. First, quasi-lattice Grand Canonical Monte Carlo simulations were used to compute segregation isotherms as a function of grain boundary type, impurity atom loading level, and temperature. Next, the atomistic results were employed to regress different analytical segregation models and extract thermodynamic and structural properties. The multilayer Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) isotherm was found to quantitatively capture all the simulation conditions probed in this work, while simpler, single layer models such as the Langmuir-McLean model did not. Some of the BET parameters, namely, the binding free energy of the first adsorption layer and the impurity holding capacity of each layer, were tested for correlation with various measures of grain boundary structure and/or mechanical properties. It was found that certain measures of the atomistic stress distribution correlate strongly with the first-layer binding free energy for substitutional carbon atoms, while common grain boundary identifiers such as sigma value and energy density are not useful in this regard. Preliminary analysis of the more complex case of interstitial oxygen segregation showed that similar measures based on atomistic stress also may be useful here, but more systematic correlative studies are needed to develop a comprehensive picture.

  5. The Harrison Diffusion Kinetics Regimes in Solute Grain Boundary Diffusion

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    Belova, Irina; Fiedler, T; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Murch, Prof. Graeme

    2012-01-01

    Knowledge of the limits of the principal Harrison kinetics regimes (Type-A, B and C) for grain boundary diffusion is very important for the correct analysis of the depth profiles in a tracer diffusion experiment. These regimes for self-diffusion have been extensively studied in the past by making use of the phenomenological Lattice Monte Carlo (LMC) method with the result that the limits are now well established. The relationship of those self-diffusion limits to the corresponding ones for solute diffusion in the presence of solute segregation to the grain boundaries remains unclear. In the present study, the influence of solute segregation on the limits is investigated with the LMC method for the well-known parallel grain boundary slab model by showing the equivalence of two diffusion models. It is shown which diffusion parameters are useful for identifying the limits of the Harrison kinetics regimes for solute grain boundary diffusion. It is also shown how the measured segregation factor from the diffusion experiment in the Harrison Type-B kinetics regime may differ from the global segregation factor.

  6. The influence of vortex pinning and grain boundary structure on critical currents across grain boundaries in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}.

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    Miller, D. J.

    1998-10-27

    We have used studies of single grain boundaries in YBCO thin films and bulk bicrystals to study the influence of vortex pinning along a grain boundary on dissipation. The critical current density for transport across grain boundaries in thin films is typically more than an order of magnitude larger than that measured for transport across grain boundaries in bulk samples. For low disorientation angles, the difference in critical current density within the grains that form the boundary can contribute to the substantial differences in current density measured across the boundary. However, substantial differences exist in the critical current density across boundaries in thin film compared to bulk bicrystals even in the higher angle regime in which grain boundary dissipation dominates. The differences in critical current density in this regime can be understood on the basis of vortex pinning along the boundary.

  7. Orientation precision of electron backscatter diffraction measurements near grain boundaries.

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    Wright, Stuart I; Nowell, Matthew M; de Kloe, René; Chan, Lisa

    2014-06-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) has become a common technique for measuring crystallographic orientations at spatial resolutions on the order of tens of nanometers and at angular resolutions <0.1°. In a recent search of EBSD papers using Google Scholar™, 60% were found to address some aspect of deformation. Generally, deformation manifests itself in EBSD measurements by small local misorientations. An increase in the local misorientation is often observed near grain boundaries in deformed microstructures. This may be indicative of dislocation pile-up at the boundaries but could also be due to a loss of orientation precision in the EBSD measurements. When the electron beam is positioned at or near a grain boundary, the diffraction volume contains the crystal lattices from the two grains separated by the boundary. Thus, the resulting pattern will contain contributions from both lattices. Such mixed patterns can pose some challenge to the EBSD pattern band detection and indexing algorithms. Through analysis of experimental local misorientation data and simulated pattern mixing, this work shows that some of the rise in local misorientation is an artifact due to the mixed patterns at the boundary but that the rise due to physical phenomena is also observed. PMID:24576405

  8. Atomistic studies of grain boundaries in alloys and compounds

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    Vitek, V.

    1992-02-01

    In this research project we carry out theoretical, computer modeling, studies of the atomic structure of grain boundaries in binary alloys. Both ordered and disordered alloys are investigated. The goal is to analyze those structural, chemical and electronic features that distinguish alloys from pure metals and are responsible for remarkably different intergranular fracture behavior of alloys when compared with pure metals. The most important phenomenon is, of course, segregation and related structural changes in the boundary region. When studying segregation phenomena copper-bismuth is a very suitable model system since bismuth segregation occurs readily, leads to boundary faceting and thus to remarkable changes in the boundary structure, as well as to a very strong embrittlement. Our recent research concentrated on the investigation of the structure of {Sigma} = 3 (111)/(11{bar 1}) facets formed during segregation from boundaries which were originally curved.

  9. Grain boundary composition and intergranular fracture of steels. Volume 1: Detection of grain boundary segregation in steels

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    Bruemmer, S. M.; Charlot, L. A.; Thomas, M. T.; Jones, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    Several alternative techniques for the measurement of grain boundary composition in iron-base alloys were evaluated, including Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS), Analytical Electron Microscopy (AEM), and chemical/electrochemical etching. Potential problems in grain boundary composition measurements of CrMoV and NiCrMoV steels by AES were identified as a result of AES, high-resolution AES, and AEM characterization. Significant differences were identified in comparing peak height ratios on identical specimens using PHI 545, 560, and 595 systems. These differences were due to instrument parameters that are generally not known for any particular AES system. Localized ductile tearing regions and the presence of second phase particles on intergranular faces exposed by fracture led to significant point to point composition varitions. Phosphorus levels varied by more than 50% across individual grain boundary facets. Copper-tin intermetallics were observed by AEM in the CrMoV steel and nickel-tin intermetallics in the NiCrMoV steel. Much of the tin documented by AES at grain boundaries could be explained by the presence of these small intermetallic precipitates.

  10. Probing grain boundary sink strength at the nanoscale: Energetics and length scales of vacancy and interstitial absorption by grain boundaries in α-Fe

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    Tschopp, M. A.; Solanki, K. N.; Gao, F.; Sun, X.; Khaleel, M. A.; Horstemeyer, M. F.

    2012-02-01

    The energetics and length scales associated with the interaction between point defects (vacancies and self-interstitial atoms) and grain boundaries in bcc Fe was explored. Molecular statics simulations were used to generate a grain boundary structure database that contained ≈170 grain boundaries with varying tilt and twist character. Then, vacancy and self-interstitial atom formation energies were calculated at all potential grain boundary sites within 15 Å of the boundary. The present results provide detailed information about the interaction energies of vacancies and self-interstitial atoms with symmetric tilt grain boundaries in iron and the length scales involved with absorption of these point defects by grain boundaries. Both low- and high-angle grain boundaries were effective sinks for point defects, with a few low-Σ grain boundaries (e.g., the Σ3{112} twin boundary) that have properties different from the rest. The formation energies depend on both the local atomic structure and the distance from the boundary center. Additionally, the effect of grain boundary energy, disorientation angle, and Σ designation on the boundary sink strength was explored; the strongest correlation occurred between the grain boundary energy and the mean point defect formation energies. Based on point defect binding energies, interstitials have ≈80% more grain boundary sites per area and ≈300% greater site strength than vacancies. Last, the absorption length scale of point defects by grain boundaries is over a full lattice unit larger for interstitials than for vacancies (mean of 6-7 Å versus 10-11 Å for vacancies and interstitials, respectively).

  11. Probing grain boundary sink strength at the nanoscale: Energetics and length scales of vacancy and interstitial absorption by grain boundaries in α-Fe

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    Tschopp, Mark A.; Solanki, K. N.; Gao, Fei; Sun, Xin; Khaleel, Mohammad A.; Horstemeyer, Mark

    2012-02-10

    The energetics and length scales associated with the interaction between point defects (vacancies and self-interstitial atoms) and grain boundaries in bcc Fe was explored. Molecular statics simulations were used to generate a grain boundary structure database that contained {approx}170 grain boundaries with varying tilt and twist character. Then, vacancy and self-interstitial atom formation energies were calculated at all potential grain boundary sites within 15 {angstrom} of the boundary. The present results provide detailed information about the interaction energies of vacancies and self-interstitial atoms with symmetric tilt grain boundaries in iron and the length scales involved with absorption of these point defects by grain boundaries. Both low- and high-angle grain boundaries were effective sinks for point defects, with a few low-{Sigma} grain boundaries (e.g., the {Sigma}3{l_brace}112{r_brace} twin boundary) that have properties different from the rest. The formation energies depend on both the local atomic structure and the distance from the boundary center. Additionally, the effect of grain boundary energy, disorientation angle, and {Sigma} designation on the boundary sink strength was explored; the strongest correlation occurred between the grain boundary energy and the mean point defect formation energies. Based on point defect binding energies, interstitials have {approx}80% more grain boundary sites per area and {approx}300% greater site strength than vacancies. Last, the absorption length scale of point defects by grain boundaries is over a full lattice unit larger for interstitials than for vacancies (mean of 6-7 {angstrom} versus 10-11 {angstrom} for vacancies and interstitials, respectively).

  12. C-Cr segregation at grain boundary before the carbide nucleation in Alloy 690

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    Li Hui; Xia Shuang; Zhou Bangxin; Liu Wenqing

    2012-04-15

    The grain boundary segregation in Alloy 690 was investigated by atom probe tomography. B, C and Si segregated at the grain boundary. The high concentration regions for each segregation element form a set of straight arrays that are parallel to each other in the grain boundary plane. The concentration fluctuation has a periodicity of about 7 nm in the grain boundary plane. Before the Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} nucleation at grain boundaries, the C-Cr co-segregate on one side of the grain boundaries while not the exact grain boundary core regions have been detected. The reasons why grain boundary carbides have coherent orientation relationship only with one side of nearby grain which grain boundary is located at high index crystal plane were discussed. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Grain boundary segregation in Alloy 690 was investigated by atom probe tomography. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer B, C and Si segregate at the grain boundary. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Concentration of segregated atoms periodicity fluctuated in the grain boundary plane. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer C and Cr co-segregate on one side of the grain boundary before carbide nucleation.

  13. Large discrete resistance jump at grain boundary in copper nanowire

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    Li, An-Ping; Kim, Tae Hwan; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Nicholson, Don M; Evans III, Boyd Mccutchen; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Kenik, Edward A; Radhakrishnan, Balasubramaniam

    2010-01-01

    Copper is the current interconnect metal of choice in integrated circuits. As interconnect dimensions decrease, the resistivity of copper increases dramatically because of electron scattering from surfaces, impurities, and grain boundaries (GBs), and threatens to stymie continued device scaling. Lacking direct measurements of individual scattering sources, understanding of the relative importance of these scattering mechanisms has largely been relied on semi-empirical modeling. Here we present the first attempt to measure and calculate individual GB resistances in copper nanowires with a one-to-one correspondence to the GB structure. Four-probe scanning tunneling microscope measurements show discrete resistance jumps across high-angle random GBs and negligibly small resistances across coincidence boundaries. The latter is substantiated by first-principles calculations, while the former is consistent with the prediction of an intrinsic high resistance for random boundaries from a free-electron boundary scattering model. Such a big difference between these GBs provides vital information for nanoscale interconnect technology.

  14. On the structure of grain/interphase boundaries and interfaces

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    Gleiter, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    Summary Grain/interphase boundaries/interfaces of varying misorientations, free volume fractions, curvatures and irregularities are present in materials, both 3D and 2D, regardless of whether these materials are crystalline or amorphous/glassy. Therefore, a question arises about the central idea on which a general description of grain/interphase boundaries/interfaces can and should be based. It is suggested that a generalized model of a structural/basic unit (crystalline, non-crystalline or of any scale), which depends on the interatomic (including electronic) interactions, the spatial distribution of the atoms and electrons, the number of atoms and free volume fraction present in the structural/basic unit and the experimental conditions should serve the purpose. As the development of a quantitative model, which reflects the effects of all these variables is difficult, slightly defective material boundaries are often modeled by treating the entire boundary as planar and by using the concepts of crystallography. For highly disordered boundaries, a description in terms of a representative volume, made up of a non-crystalline basic unit or a combination of such units, which depend on interatomic (including electronic) interactions and forces, is advocated. The size, shape, free volume fraction and number of atoms in the representative volume could differ with material composition and experimental conditions. In the latter approach, it is assumed that all processes connected to a problem on hand is contained within this representative volume. The unresolved issues are identified. PMID:25383273

  15. Hierarchical thermoelectrics: crystal grain boundaries as scalable phonon scatterers

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    Selli, Daniele; Boulfelfel, Salah Eddine; Schapotschnikow, Philipp; Donadio, Davide; Leoni, Stefano

    2016-02-01

    Thermoelectric materials are strategically valuable for sustainable development, as they allow for the generation of electrical energy from wasted heat. In recent years several strategies have demonstrated some efficiency in improving thermoelectric properties. Dopants affect carrier concentration, while thermal conductivity can be influenced by alloying and nanostructuring. Features at the nanoscale positively contribute to scattering phonons, however those with long mean free paths remain difficult to alter. Here we use the concept of hierarchical nano-grains to demonstrate thermal conductivity reduction in rocksalt lead chalcogenides. We demonstrate that grains can be obtained by taking advantage of the reconstructions along the phase transition path that connects the rocksalt structure to its high-pressure form. Since grain features naturally change as a function of size, they impact thermal conductivity over different length scales. To understand this effect we use a combination of advanced molecular dynamics techniques to engineer grains and to evaluate thermal conductivity in PbSe. By affecting grain morphologies only, i.e. at constant chemistry, two distinct effects emerge: the lattice thermal conductivity is significantly lowered with respect to the perfect crystal, and its temperature dependence is markedly suppressed. This is due to an increased scattering of low-frequency phonons by grain boundaries over different size scales. Along this line we propose a viable process to produce hierarchical thermoelectric materials by applying pressure via a mechanical load or a shockwave as a novel paradigm for material design.

  16. Hierarchical thermoelectrics: crystal grain boundaries as scalable phonon scatterers.

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    Selli, Daniele; Boulfelfel, Salah Eddine; Schapotschnikow, Philipp; Donadio, Davide; Leoni, Stefano

    2016-02-14

    Thermoelectric materials are strategically valuable for sustainable development, as they allow for the generation of electrical energy from wasted heat. In recent years several strategies have demonstrated some efficiency in improving thermoelectric properties. Dopants affect carrier concentration, while thermal conductivity can be influenced by alloying and nanostructuring. Features at the nanoscale positively contribute to scattering phonons, however those with long mean free paths remain difficult to alter. Here we use the concept of hierarchical nano-grains to demonstrate thermal conductivity reduction in rocksalt lead chalcogenides. We demonstrate that grains can be obtained by taking advantage of the reconstructions along the phase transition path that connects the rocksalt structure to its high-pressure form. Since grain features naturally change as a function of size, they impact thermal conductivity over different length scales. To understand this effect we use a combination of advanced molecular dynamics techniques to engineer grains and to evaluate thermal conductivity in PbSe. By affecting grain morphologies only, i.e. at constant chemistry, two distinct effects emerge: the lattice thermal conductivity is significantly lowered with respect to the perfect crystal, and its temperature dependence is markedly suppressed. This is due to an increased scattering of low-frequency phonons by grain boundaries over different size scales. Along this line we propose a viable process to produce hierarchical thermoelectric materials by applying pressure via a mechanical load or a shockwave as a novel paradigm for material design. PMID:26815914

  17. Molecular dynamics simulation of impurities in nanocrystalline diamond grain boundaries

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    Sternberg, M.; Zapol, P.; Frauenheim, T.; Gruen, D. M.; Curtiss, L. A.

    2000-01-12

    Nanocrystalline diamond films grown on Si substrates at 800 C from hydrogen-poor plasmas have a number of highly desirable mechanical and electronic properties. Impurities were found by SIMS measurements to be uniformly distributed throughout the thickness of the films at a level of 10{sup 17}--10{sup 18} cm{sup {minus}3}. It is likely that the impurities are located at the grain boundaries, which play a crucial role in controlling important characteristics of the films, such as electrical conductivity and electron emission. Density-functional based tight-binding (DFTB) molecular dynamics simulations were performed for diamond light-energy high-angle (100) twist grain boundaries with impurities such as N, Si and H.

  18. First principles modeling of grain boundaries in CdTe

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    Chan, Maria K. Y.; Sen, Fatih; Buurma, Christopher; Paulauskas, Tadas; Sun, Ce; Kim, Moon; Klie, Robert

    The role of extended defects is of significant interest for semiconductors, especially photovoltaics since energy conversion efficiencies are often affected by such defects. In particular, grain boundaries in CdTe photovoltaics are enigmatic since the achievable efficiencies of CdTe photovoltaics are higher in polycrystalline devices as compared to single crystalline devices. Yet, despite recent advances, the efficiency of poly-CdTe devices are still substantially below the theoretical maximum. We carry out an atomistic-level study using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM), together with first principles density functional theory (DFT) modeling, in order to understand the properties of specific bicrystals, i.e. artificial grain boundaries, constructed using wafer bonding. We discuss examples of bicrystals, including some involving large scale DFT calculations, and trends in defect and electronic properties. This work was funded by DOE SunShot BRIDGE program.

  19. Structural Dependence of Grain Boundary Resistivity in Copper Nanowires

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    Evans III, Boyd Mccutchen; Kenik, Edward A; Kim, Tae Hwan; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Li, An-Ping; Meyer III, Harry M; Nicholson, Don M; Radhakrishnan, Bala; Zhang, Xiaoguang

    2011-01-01

    We report the direct measurement of individual grain boundary (GB) resistances and the critical role of GB structure in the increased resistivity in copper nanowires. By measuring both intra- and inter-grain resistance with a four-probe scanning tunneling microscope, large resistance jumps are revealed owing to successive scattering across high-angle random GBs, while the resistance changes at twin and other coincidence boundaries are negligibly small. The impurity distributions in the nanowires are characterized in correlating to the microstructures. The resistance of high symmetry coincidence GBs and the impurity contributions are then calculated using a first-principle method which confirms that the coincidence GBs have orders of magnitude smaller resistance than the high-angle random GBs.

  20. Nanoparticle-induced twist-grain boundary phase

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    Trček, Maja; Cordoyiannis, George; Tzitzios, Vassilios; Kralj, Samo; Nounesis, George; Lelidis, Ioannis; Kutnjak, Zdravko

    2014-09-01

    By means of high-resolution ac calorimetry and polarizing optical microscopy, it is demonstrated that surface-functionalized spherical CdSSe nanoparticles induce a twist-grain boundary phase when dispersed in a chiral liquid crystal. These nanoparticles can effectively stabilize the one-dimensional lattice of screw dislocations, thus establishing the twist-grain boundary order between the cholesteric and the smectic-A phases. A Landau-de Gennes-Ginzburg model is used to analyze the impact of nanoparticles on widening the temperature range of molecular organizations possessing a lattice of screw dislocations. We show that in addition to the defect-core-replacement mechanism, the saddle-splay elasticity may also play a significant role.

  1. Nanoparticle-induced twist-grain boundary phase.

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    Trček, Maja; Cordoyiannis, George; Tzitzios, Vassilios; Kralj, Samo; Nounesis, George; Lelidis, Ioannis; Kutnjak, Zdravko

    2014-09-01

    By means of high-resolution ac calorimetry and polarizing optical microscopy, it is demonstrated that surface-functionalized spherical CdSSe nanoparticles induce a twist-grain boundary phase when dispersed in a chiral liquid crystal. These nanoparticles can effectively stabilize the one-dimensional lattice of screw dislocations, thus establishing the twist-grain boundary order between the cholesteric and the smectic-A phases. A Landau-de Gennes-Ginzburg model is used to analyze the impact of nanoparticles on widening the temperature range of molecular organizations possessing a lattice of screw dislocations. We show that in addition to the defect-core-replacement mechanism, the saddle-splay elasticity may also play a significant role. PMID:25314459

  2. Grain Boundary Strengthening in High Mn Austenitic Steels

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    Kang, Jee-Hyun; Duan, Shanghong; Kim, Sung-Joon; Bleck, Wolfgang

    2016-05-01

    The Hall-Petch relationship is investigated to find the yield strengths of two high Mn austenitic steels. The Hall-Petch coefficient is found to depend on the overall C concentration and cooling rate, which suggests that the C concentration at the grain boundaries is an important factor. The pile-up model suggests that C raises the stress for the dislocation emission, while the ledge model predicts that C increases the density of ledges which act as dislocation sources.

  3. Structurally-Bonded Grain Boundary Water in Forsterite

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    Wang, L.

    2009-12-01

    Water storage capacity of nominally anhydrous olivine has been extensively investigated because of its numerous geophysical and geochemical implications for the Earth’s dynamic mantle. However, grain boundary as potential storage sites for water in the mantle has not been experimentally studied, in part because solubility experiments were always performed under water-saturated condition, rendering the examination of grain boundaries nearly impossible due to the presence of free water. In the present study we have conducted annealing experiments on forsterite at high pressure and temperature, and at water-undersaturated condition. Various materials were employed to buffer the silica activity and the oxygen fugacity. FTIR analyses were performed on both single crystal and polycrystalline olivine in doubly-polished thin section of each experimental charge. The results are as follows: (1) single crystal and polycrystalline olivine in the same charge always yielded similar IR pattern, indicating all absorption peaks are due to similar structurally-bonded water; (2) water content of periclase-buffered sample is at least one order of magnitude higher than those of enstatite-buffered and unbuffered samples; (3) under relatively reducing environment, water content of polycrystalline olivine is always higher than that of single crystal by at lease a factor of 5, regardless of silica activity buffering. It is therefore inferred that large amount of structurally-bonded water is stored at grain boundaries; (4) with decreasing oxygen fugacity, relative intensity of hydroxyl absorption peaks changes systematically, indicating a shift in dominant water incorporation mechanism in olivine. These results strongly suggest that grain boundaries could be significant storage sites for water in the Earth’s mantle, especially at locations where oxygen fugacity and silica activity are low.

  4. Intergranular degradation assessment via random grain boundary network analysis

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    Kumar, Mukul; Schwartz, Adam J.; King, Wayne E.

    2002-01-01

    A method is disclosed for determining the resistance of polycrystalline materials to intergranular degradation or failure (IGDF), by analyzing the random grain boundary network connectivity (RGBNC) microstructure. Analysis of the disruption of the RGBNC microstructure may be assess the effectiveness of materials processing in increasing IGDF resistance. Comparison of the RGBNC microstructures of materials exposed to extreme operating conditions to unexposed materials may be used to diagnose and predict possible onset of material failure due to

  5. Evidence for a minigap in YBCO grain boundary Josephson junctions.

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    Lucignano, P; Stornaiuolo, D; Tafuri, F; Altshuler, B L; Tagliacozzo, A

    2010-10-01

    Self-assembled YBaCuO diffusive grain boundary submicron Josephson junctions offer a realization of a special regime of the proximity effect, where normal state coherence prevails on the superconducting coherence in the barrier region. Resistance oscillations from the current-voltage characteristic encode mesoscopic information on the junction and more specifically on the minigap induced in the barrier. Their persistence at large voltages is evidence of the long lifetime of the antinodal (high energy) quasiparticles. PMID:21230860

  6. Denuded Zones, Diffusional Creep, and Grain Boundary Sliding

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    Wadsworth, J; Ruano, O A; Sherby, O D

    2001-06-27

    The appearance of denuded zones following low stress creep in particle-containing crystalline materials is both a microstructural prediction and observation often cited as irrefutable evidence for the Nabarro-Herring mechanism of diffusional creep. The denuded zones are predicted to be at grain boundaries that are orthogonal to the direction of the applied stress. Furthermore, their dimensions should account for the accumulated plastic flow. In the present paper, the evidence for such denuded zones is critically examined. These zones have been observed during creep of magnesium, aluminum, and nickel-base alloys. The investigation casts serious doubts on the apparently compelling evidence for the link between denuded zones and diffusional creep. Specifically, denuded zones are clearly observed under conditions that are explicitly not diffusional creep. Additionally, the denuded zones are often found in directions that are not orthogonal to the applied stress. Other mechanisms that can account for the observations of denuded zones are discussed. It is proposed that grain boundary sliding accommodated by slip is the rate-controlling process in the stress range where denuded zones have been observed. It is likely that the denuded zones are created by dissolution of precipitates at grain boundaries that are simultaneously sliding and migrating during creep.

  7. Ab initio investigation of grain boundary cohesion in Al alloys

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    Zhang, Shengjun; Kontsevoi, Oleg Y.; Freeman, A. J.; Olson, G. B.

    2010-03-01

    Strength and hardness of aluminum alloys can be substantially increased by alloying with Mg, Zn, Cu, Si, and other elements. The main drawback of Al alloys is their susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking, which is caused by alloying impurities segregated at grain boundaries. We investigated the embrittling and cohesion-enhancing effects of impurities on a σ5(012)[100] grain boundary in Al by means of the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FLAPW) method within the framework of the Rice-Wang thermodynamic model and within the ab initio tensile test approach. We calculated segregation energies, analyzed local atomic configurations, electronic structures and spatial charge density distributions around segregated impurities, and identified the roles of atomic size and the bonding behavior of the impurity with the surrounding Al atoms. The results show that He, H and Na are strong embrittlers, Zn is a weak embrittler, while Sc, B, Cu and Mg are cohesion enhancers. We further evaluated the effect of co-alloying with two or more elements on grain boundary strength. This work provides a fundamental basis for the design of high strength Al alloys.

  8. Ionic Segregation on Grain Boundaries in Thermally Grown Alumina Scales

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    Pint, Bruce A; Unocic, Kinga A

    2012-01-01

    This study first examined segregation behaviour in the alumina scale formed after 100 h at 1100 C on bare and MCrAlYHfSi-coated single-crystal superalloys with {approx}10 ppma La and Y. For the bare superalloy, Hf and Ti were detected on the grain boundaries of the inner columnar alumina layer. Increasing the oxidation temperature to 1200 C for 2 h did not change the segregation behavior. With the bond coating, both Y and Hf were segregated to the grain boundaries as expected. However, there was evidence of Ti-rich oxide particles near the gas interface suggesting that Ti diffused from the superalloy through the coating. To further understand these segregation observations with multiple dopants, other alumina-forming systems were examined. Alumina scale grain boundary co-segregation of Ti with Y is common for FeCrAl alloys. Co-segregation of Hf and Ti was observed in the scale formed on co-doped NiAl. No La segregation was detected in the scale formed on NiCrAl with only a 19 ppma La addition, however, the scale was adherent.

  9. Grain-boundary-induced melting in quenched polycrystalline monolayers

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    Deutschländer, Sven; Boitard, Charlotte; Maret, Georg; Keim, Peter

    2015-12-01

    Melting in two dimensions can successfully be explained with the Kosterlitz-Thouless-Halperin-Nelson-Young (KTHNY) scenario which describes the formation of the high-symmetry phase with the thermal activation of topological defects within an (ideally) infinite monodomain. With all state variables being well defined, it should hold also as freezing scenario where oppositely charged topological defects annihilate. The Kibble-Zurek mechanism, on the other hand, shows that spontaneous symmetry breaking alongside a continuous phase transition cannot support an infinite monodomain but leads to polycrystallinity. For any nonzero cooling rate, critical fluctuations will be frozen out in the vicinity of the transition temperature. This leads to domains with different director of the broken symmetry, separated by a defect structure, e.g., grain boundaries in crystalline systems. After instantaneously quenching a colloidal monolayer from a polycrystalline to the isotropic fluid state, we show that such grain boundaries increase the probability for the formation of dislocations. In addition, we determine the temporal decay of defect core energies during the first few Brownian times after the quench. Despite the fact that the KTHNY scenario describes a continuous phase transition and phase equilibrium does not exist, melting in polycrystalline samples starts at grain boundaries similar to first-order phase transitions.

  10. Segregation of solute elements at grain boundaries in an ultrafine grained Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy.

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    Sha, Gang; Yao, Lan; Liao, Xiaozhou; Ringer, Simon P; Chao Duan, Zhi; Langdon, Terence G

    2011-05-01

    The solute segregation at grain boundaries (GBs) of an ultrafine grained (UFG) Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy processed by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) at 200 °C was characterised using three-dimensional atom probe. Mg and Cu segregate strongly to the grain boundaries. In contrast, Zn does not always show clear segregation and may even show depletion near the grain boundaries. Trace element Si selectively segregates at some GBs. An increase in the number of ECAP passes leads to a decrease in the grain size but an increase in solute segregation at the boundaries. The significant segregation of alloying elements at the boundaries of ultrafine-grained alloys implies that less solutes will be available in the matrix for precipitation with a decrease in the average grain size. PMID:21159437

  11. Grain Boundary Character Distribution in the Heat-Affected Zone of Friction Stir-Processed AL 7075 T7

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    Basinger, J. A.; Adams, B. L.

    2007-06-01

    Current transmission electron microscopy (TEM) research (Cai et al., 2006) in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of friction stir-welded Al 7075 T7 finds a correlation between precipitate-free zone (PFZ) width and grain boundary (GB) geometry. Based on these correlations, this article makes a comparison of grain boundary character distributions (GBCDs) in the HAZ and the parent metal via multisection plane five-parameter stereology. The stereology is conducted in a convenient macroscopic coordinate frame, associated with the HAZ. Further comparisons between the two microstructures are conducted relative to two-dimensional (2-D) GB network connectivity, recovered from electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data in each section plane. It is shown that the relative fraction of GBs of misorientation character associated with smaller PFZ size is larger in the HAZ as compared to the parent material. A commensurate decrease in the connectivity (radius of gyration) of GBs of character conducive to larger PFZ size is also found in the HAZ, relative to the parent material. Distribution of inclinations changes as a function of GB geometry. Surface area per unit volume of low-angle random (LAR) misorientations increases in the HAZ, while high-angle random (HAR) and coincident site lattice (CSL) boundaries decrease. In the case of LAR and some CSL boundaries, a reorientation occurs in which macroscopic normals of these interfaces rotate.

  12. Diffusive-to-ballistic transition in grain boundary motion studied by atomistic simulations

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    Deng Chuang; Schuh, Christopher A.

    2011-12-01

    An adapted simulation method is used to systematically study grain boundary motion at velocities and driving forces across more than five orders of magnitude. This analysis reveals that grain boundary migration can occur in two modes, depending upon the temperature (T) and applied driving force (P). At low P and T, grain boundary motion is diffusional, exhibiting the kinetics of a thermally activated system controlled by grain boundary self-diffusion. At high P and T, grain boundary migration exhibits the characteristic kinetic scaling behavior of a ballistic process. A rather broad transition range in both P and T lies between the regimes of diffusive and ballistic grain boundary motion, and is charted here in detail. The recognition and delineation of these two distinct modes of grain boundary migration also leads to the suggestion that many prior atomistic simulations might have probed a different kinetic regime of grain boundary motion (ballistic) as compared to that revealed in most experimental studies (diffusional).

  13. Molecular dynamics simulations of He bubble nucleation at grain boundaries.

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    Zhang, Yongfeng; Millett, Paul C; Tonks, Michael; Zhang, Liangzhe; Biner, Bulent

    2012-08-01

    The nucleation behavior of He bubbles in single-crystal (sc) and nano-grain body-centered-cubic (bcc) Mo is simulated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, focusing on the effects of the grain boundary (GB) structure. In sc Mo, the nucleation behavior of He bubbles depends on irradiation conditions. He bubbles nucleate by either clustering of He atoms with pre-existing vacancies or self-interstitial-atom (SIA) punching without initial vacancies. In nano-grain Mo, strong precipitation of He at the GBs is observed, and the density, size and spatial distribution of He bubbles vary with the GB structure. The corresponding He bubble density is higher in nano-grain Mo than that in sc Mo and the average bubble size is smaller. In the GB plane, He bubbles distribute along the dislocation cores for GBs consisting of GB dislocations and randomly for those without distinguishable dislocation structures. The simulation results in nano-grain Mo are in agreement with previous experiments in metal nano-layers, and they are further explained by the effect of excess volume associated with the GBs. PMID:22722319

  14. Molecular dynamics simulations of He bubble nucleation at grain boundaries

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    Zhang, Yongfeng; Millett, Paul C.; Tonks, Michael; Zhang, Liangzhe; Biner, Bulent

    2012-08-01

    The nucleation behavior of He bubbles in single-crystal (sc) and nano-grain body-centered-cubic (bcc) Mo is simulated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, focusing on the effects of the grain boundary (GB) structure. In sc Mo, the nucleation behavior of He bubbles depends on irradiation conditions. He bubbles nucleate by either clustering of He atoms with pre-existing vacancies or self-interstitial-atom (SIA) punching without initial vacancies. In nano-grain Mo, strong precipitation of He at the GBs is observed, and the density, size and spatial distribution of He bubbles vary with the GB structure. The corresponding He bubble density is higher in nano-grain Mo than that in sc Mo and the average bubble size is smaller. In the GB plane, He bubbles distribute along the dislocation cores for GBs consisting of GB dislocations and randomly for those without distinguishable dislocation structures. The simulation results in nano-grain Mo are in agreement with previous experiments in metal nano-layers, and they are further explained by the effect of excess volume associated with the GBs.

  15. Spatial correlation of high-energy grain boundaries in two-dimensional simulated polycrystals

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    Clinton DeW. Van Siclen

    2007-02-01

    A polycrystal undergoes microstructural changes to reach a lower energy state. In particular, the system evolves so as to reduce the total grain boundary energy. A simple two-dimensional model of a polycrystal comprised of randomly oriented crystalline grains suggests that energy minimization reduces or eliminates any spatial correlation among high-energy grain boundaries. Thus grain boundary engineering not only reduces the density of high-energy boundaries, but it prevents their organization into a coarse, albeit discontinuous, network.

  16. Grain Boundary Wetting In The Stressed Rock Salt

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    Traskine, V.; Skvortsova, Z.; Barrallier, L.

    Safety assessment of underground salt-based waste disposal sites requires a detailed study of transport mechanisms in the salt around waste containers. Grain boundaries in dense polycrystalline aggregates are known to act as the main mass transfer path, provided that they form an interconnected network. A two-step model has been pro- posed (V.Traskine et al., Colloids and Surfaces A, 2000) allowing firstly to assess the grain boundary wetting (GBW) probability from the solid-liquid to solid-solid inter- face free energy ratio and from the scatter of the latter parameter among individual GBs, and then to estimate the percolation threshold for GBW (critical GBW proba- bility at which fluid inclusions would become interconnected in a polycrystal of any size). This approach, in spite of being simplified (the only driving force for GBW is assumed to be the minimization of interfacial energy), accounts well enough for a dra- matic change in physical and mechanical properties due to GBW observed in various solid-liquid couples. In this paper, we extend the above outlined model taking into account the role of mechanical stresses which are, reportedly, of a great importance in GBW. Experimental study has been made on disks of coarse-grained pore-free syn- thetic NaCl of a diameter of 18 mm and a thickness of 2 to 3 mm, immersed into the brine and submitted to the Brazilian test at increasing applied loads. The overall num- ber of wetted boundaries increases with rising load from about 30% for unstressed salt up to 60 to 70% for a load of 15 N. As it is known, the Brazilian test provides various combinations of shear and normal (mainly compressive) stress components. The anal- ysis of stress state on individual boundaries shows that the shear components enhance the GBW irrespectively to compressive components over practically the whole range of stress states studied. All the boundaries are wetted for shear stresses > 0.7 MPa or tensile stresses > 0.3 MPa. The compressive

  17. The Structure of Olivine Grain Boundaries Inferred from Transient and Steady State Deformation Experiments

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    Faul, U.; Jackson, I.

    2015-12-01

    A consensus has not been reached regarding the structure of general, high angle grain boundaries in olivine. Published high resolution transmission electron microscope images show either abutting lattice planes of the grains on either side of the boundary, or a distinct grain boundary region, about 1 nm wide, that is more disordered than the grain interiors. However, agreement exists that grain boundary region is enriched in olivine trace elements such as Ti, Ca and Al. These analytical methods can not resolve the thickness of this region. The properties of grain boundaries can be interrogated by experimentation, but the interpretation of the experimental results is tied to microphysical models. Models for diffusion creep predict a square grain size dependence for diffusion through grain interiors, and a cubic grain size dependence for diffusion along grain boundaries. Experimental observations for polycrystalline, Fe-bearing olivine are best fit with a cubic grain size dependence, indicating diffusion along grain boundaries. Similarly, models for small strain, transient creep predict that time-dependent, recoverable deformation involves diffusion along grain boundaries. For this process the models predict a linear grain size dependence. Forced torsional oscillation experiments can be employed to investigate the transient creep behaviour over a range of frequencies, temperatures and grain sizes. The observed grain size dependence for the same materials used for conventional, large strain deformation experiments is near linear, indicating diffusionally assisted grain boundary sliding. Both transient and steady state deformation therefore implicate diffusion along grain boundaries as the rate-controlling mechanism. Diffusion and viscous sliding along grain boundaries imply that they are a separate phase with a less ordered structure, consistent with their interpretation as a (narrow) region that is distinct from grain interiors. This region likely also accommodates

  18. Microstructural changes in Beta-silicon nitride grains upon crystallizing the grain-boundary glass

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    Lee, William E.; Hilmas, Gregory E.; Lange, F. F. (Editor)

    1991-01-01

    Crystallizing the grain boundary glass of a liquid phase sintered Si3N4 ceramic for 2 h or less at 1500 C led to formation of gamma Y2Si2O7. After 5 h at 1500 C, the gamma Y2Si2O7 had transformed to beta Y2Si2O7 with a concurrent dramatic increase in dislocation density within beta Si3N4 grains. Reasons for the increased dislocation density is discussed. Annealing for 20 h at 1500 C reduced dislocation densities to the levels found in as-sintered materials.

  19. Grain Boundary Structurally-Bonded Water in Olivine Aggregates

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    Wang, L.

    2008-12-01

    Water storage capacity of nominally anhydrous olivine has been extensively investigated because of its numerous geophysical and geochemical implications for the Earth's dynamic mantle. However, all previous experimental research has been concentrated on the water solubility in single crystals of olivine. Grain boundary as potential storage sites for water in the mantle has not been experimentally studied, in part because solubility experiments were always performed under water-saturated condition, rendering the examination of grain boundaries nearly impossible due to the presence of free water. In the present study we have conducted annealing experiments on forsterite at 5 - 6 GPa and 1200 °C and at water- undersaturated condition. Duration was typically 2 - 3 hours. A small amount of enstatite or periclase was added to the starting forsterite powder (including a few large olivine grains) to buffer the silica activity, while oxygen fugacity was controlled by using various capsule materials (Re, Fe, or BN). FTIR analyses were performed on both single crystal and polycrystalline olivine in doubly-polished thin section of each experimental charge. The results are as follows: (1) single crystal and polycrystalline olivine in the same charge always yielded similar IR pattern, indicating all absorption peaks are due to similar structurally-bonded water (i.e., hydroxyl); (2) water content of periclase-buffered (i.e., low silica activity) sample is at least one order of magnitude higher than those of enstatite-buffered and unbuffered (pure forsterite) samples; (3) under reducing environment (Fe or BN capsule), water content of polycrystalline olivine is always higher than that of single crystal by at lease a factor of 5, regardless of silica activity buffering. We therefore infer that large amount of structurally-bonded water is stored at grain boundaries; (4) with decreasing oxygen fugacity, IR spectra of olivine are increasingly dominated by an absorption peak centered

  20. Low-energy, Mobile Grain Boundaries in Magnesium.

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    Liu, Xiangli; Wang, Jian

    2016-01-01

    The strong basal texture that is commonly developed during the rolling of magnesium alloy and can even increase during annealing motivates atomic-level study of dislocation structures of both <0001> tilt and twist grain boundaries (GBs) in Magnesium. Both symmetrical tilt and twist GBs over the entire range of rotation angles θ between 0° and 60° are found to have an ordered atomic structure and can be described with grain boundary dislocation models. In particular, 30° tilt and twist GBs are corresponding to energy minima. The 30° tilt GB is characterized with an array of Shockley partial dislocations bp:-bp on every basal plane and the 30° twist GB is characterized with a stacking faulted structure. More interesting, molecular dynamics simulations explored that both 30° tilt and twist GBs are highly mobile associated with collective glide of Shockley partial dislocations. This could be responsible for the formation of the strong basal texture and a significant number of 30° misorientation GBs in Mg alloy during grain growth. PMID:26891595

  1. Physics of grain boundaries in polycrystalline photovoltaic semiconductors

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    Yan, Yanfa Yin, Wan-Jian; Wu, Yelong; Shi, Tingting; Paudel, Naba R.; Li, Chen; Poplawsky, Jonathan; Wang, Zhiwei; Moseley, John; Guthrey, Harvey; Moutinho, Helio; Al-Jassim, Mowafak M.; Pennycook, Stephen J.

    2015-03-21

    Thin-film solar cells based on polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) and CdTe photovoltaic semiconductors have reached remarkable laboratory efficiencies. It is surprising that these thin-film polycrystalline solar cells can reach such high efficiencies despite containing a high density of grain boundaries (GBs), which would seem likely to be nonradiative recombination centers for photo-generated carriers. In this paper, we review our atomistic theoretical understanding of the physics of grain boundaries in CIGS and CdTe absorbers. We show that intrinsic GBs with dislocation cores exhibit deep gap states in both CIGS and CdTe. However, in each solar cell device, the GBs can be chemically modified to improve their photovoltaic properties. In CIGS cells, GBs are found to be Cu-rich and contain O impurities. Density-functional theory calculations reveal that such chemical changes within GBs can remove most of the unwanted gap states. In CdTe cells, GBs are found to contain a high concentration of Cl atoms. Cl atoms donate electrons, creating n-type GBs between p-type CdTe grains, forming local p-n-p junctions along GBs. This leads to enhanced current collections. Therefore, chemical modification of GBs allows for high efficiency polycrystalline CIGS and CdTe thin-film solar cells.

  2. Low-energy, Mobile Grain Boundaries in Magnesium

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    Liu, Xiangli; Wang, Jian

    2016-01-01

    The strong basal texture that is commonly developed during the rolling of magnesium alloy and can even increase during annealing motivates atomic-level study of dislocation structures of both <0001> tilt and twist grain boundaries (GBs) in Magnesium. Both symmetrical tilt and twist GBs over the entire range of rotation angles θ between 0° and 60° are found to have an ordered atomic structure and can be described with grain boundary dislocation models. In particular, 30° tilt and twist GBs are corresponding to energy minima. The 30° tilt GB is characterized with an array of Shockley partial dislocations bp:-bp on every basal plane and the 30° twist GB is characterized with a stacking faulted structure. More interesting, molecular dynamics simulations explored that both 30° tilt and twist GBs are highly mobile associated with collective glide of Shockley partial dislocations. This could be responsible for the formation of the strong basal texture and a significant number of 30° misorientation GBs in Mg alloy during grain growth. PMID:26891595

  3. Low-energy, Mobile Grain Boundaries in Magnesium

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    Liu, Xiangli; Wang, Jian

    2016-02-01

    The strong basal texture that is commonly developed during the rolling of magnesium alloy and can even increase during annealing motivates atomic-level study of dislocation structures of both <0001> tilt and twist grain boundaries (GBs) in Magnesium. Both symmetrical tilt and twist GBs over the entire range of rotation angles θ between 0° and 60° are found to have an ordered atomic structure and can be described with grain boundary dislocation models. In particular, 30° tilt and twist GBs are corresponding to energy minima. The 30° tilt GB is characterized with an array of Shockley partial dislocations bp:-bp on every basal plane and the 30° twist GB is characterized with a stacking faulted structure. More interesting, molecular dynamics simulations explored that both 30° tilt and twist GBs are highly mobile associated with collective glide of Shockley partial dislocations. This could be responsible for the formation of the strong basal texture and a significant number of 30° misorientation GBs in Mg alloy during grain growth.

  4. Structural Dependence of Grain Boundary Resistance in Copper Nanowires

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    Kim, Tae Hwan; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Nicholson, Don M; Radhakrishnan, Bala; Radhakrishnan, Balasubramaniam; Evans III, Boyd Mccutchen; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Kenik, Edward A; Meyer III, Harry M; Li, An-Ping

    2011-01-01

    The current choice of the interconnect metal in integrated circuits is copper due to its higher electrical conductivity and improved electromigration reliability in comparison with aluminum. However, with reducing feature sizes, the resistance of copper interconnects (lines) increases dramatically. Greater resistance will result in higher energy use, more heat generation, more failure due to electromigration, and slower switching speeds. To keep pace with the projected planar transistor density, the first challenge is to identify the dominant factors that contribute to the high interconnect resistance. Here we directly measure individual grain boundary (GB) resistances in copper nanowires with a one-to-one correspondence to the GB structure. The specific resistivities of particular GBs are measured using four-probe scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to establish a direct link between GB structure and the resistance. High-angle random GBs contribute to a specific resistivity of about 25 10-12 cm2 for each boundary, while coincidence boundaries are significantly less-resistive than random boundaries. Thus, replacing random boundaries with coincidence ones would be a route to suppress the GB impact to the resistivity of polycrystalline conductors. Acknowledgement: The research was supported by the Division of Scientific User Facilities, U. S. Department of Energy.

  5. Directional grain growth from anisotropic kinetic roughening of grain boundaries in sheared colloidal crystals

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    Gokhale, Shreyas; Nagamanasa, K. Hima; Santhosh, V.; Sood, A. K.; Ganapathy, Rajesh

    2012-01-01

    The fabrication of functional materials via grain growth engineering implicitly relies on altering the mobilities of grain boundaries (GBs) by applying external fields. Although computer simulations have alluded to kinetic roughening as a potential mechanism for modifying GB mobilities, its implications for grain growth have remained largely unexplored owing to difficulties in bridging the widely separated length and time scales. Here, by imaging GB particle dynamics as well as grain network evolution under shear, we present direct evidence for kinetic roughening of GBs and unravel its connection to grain growth in driven colloidal polycrystals. The capillary fluctuation method allows us to quantitatively extract shear-dependent effective mobilities. Remarkably, our experiments reveal that for sufficiently large strains, GBs with normals parallel to shear undergo preferential kinetic roughening, resulting in anisotropic enhancement of effective mobilities and hence directional grain growth. Single-particle level analysis shows that the mobility anisotropy emerges from strain-induced directional enhancement of activated particle hops normal to the GB plane. We expect our results to influence materials fabrication strategies for atomic and block copolymeric polycrystals as well. PMID:23169661

  6. Grain boundaries and glasses: birds of a feather

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    Zhang, Hao; Srolovitz, David; Douglas, Jack; Warren, James

    2010-03-01

    Polycrystalline materials can be viewed as composites of crystalline ``grains'' separated from one another by thin ``amorphous'' grain boundary (GB) regions. While GBs have been exhaustively investigated at low temperatures (T), where these regions are relatively ordered, much less is known about them at higher T where they exhibit structural disorder, and where characterization methods are limited. The time and spatial scales accessible to molecular dynamics (MD) simulation are appropriate for investigating the dynamical and structural properties of GB at elevated T and we exploit MD to explore basic aspects of GB dynamics as a function of T. It has long been hypothesized, based on the processing characteristics of polycrystalline materials, that GBs have features in common with glass-forming liquids. We find remarkable support for this suggestion, as evidenced by string-like collective motion, transient caging of atom motion, and non-Arrhenius T dependence of GB mobility. Evidently, the frustration caused by the inability of atoms in the GB region to simultaneously order with respect to competing grains is responsible for this similarity. The paradigm that grains are encapsulated by a ``frustrated fluid'' provides a powerful conceptual model of polycrystalline materials.

  7. Multiscale Modeling of Grain-Boundary Fracture: Cohesive Zone Models Parameterized From Atomistic Simulations

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    Glaessgen, Edward H.; Saether, Erik; Phillips, Dawn R.; Yamakov, Vesselin

    2006-01-01

    A multiscale modeling strategy is developed to study grain boundary fracture in polycrystalline aluminum. Atomistic simulation is used to model fundamental nanoscale deformation and fracture mechanisms and to develop a constitutive relationship for separation along a grain boundary interface. The nanoscale constitutive relationship is then parameterized within a cohesive zone model to represent variations in grain boundary properties. These variations arise from the presence of vacancies, intersticies, and other defects in addition to deviations in grain boundary angle from the baseline configuration considered in the molecular dynamics simulation. The parameterized cohesive zone models are then used to model grain boundaries within finite element analyses of aluminum polycrystals.

  8. Attenuation of Seismic Waves by Grain Boundary Relaxation

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    Jackson, David D.

    1971-01-01

    Experimental observations of the attenuation of elastic waves in polycrystalline ceramics and rocks reveal an attenuation mechanism, called grain boundary relaxation, which is likely to be predominant cause of seismic attenuation in the earth's mantle. For this mechanism, the internal friction (the reciprocal of the “intrinsic Q” of the material) depends strongly upon frequency and is in good agreement with Walsh's theory of attenuation (J. Geophys. Res., 74, 4333, 1969) in partially melted rock. When Walsh's theory is extended to provide a model of the anelasticity of the earth, using the experimental values of physical parameters reported here, the results are in excellent agreement with seismic observations. PMID:16591937

  9. Elementary Mechanisms of Shear-Coupled Grain Boundary Migration

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    Rajabzadeh, A.; Mompiou, F.; Legros, M.; Combe, N.

    2013-06-01

    A detailed theoretical study of the elementary mechanisms occurring during the shear-coupled grain boundary (GB) migration at low temperature is performed focusing on both the energetic and structural characteristics. The migration of a Σ13(320) GB in a copper bicrystal in response to external shear displacements is simulated using a semiempirical potential. The minimum energy path of the shear-coupled GB migration is computed using the nudge elastic band method. The GB migration occurs through the nucleation and motion of GB steps identified as disconnections. Energy barriers for the GB and disconnection migrations are evaluated.

  10. Elementary mechanisms of shear-coupled grain boundary migration.

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    Rajabzadeh, A; Mompiou, F; Legros, M; Combe, N

    2013-06-28

    A detailed theoretical study of the elementary mechanisms occurring during the shear-coupled grain boundary (GB) migration at low temperature is performed focusing on both the energetic and structural characteristics. The migration of a Σ13(320) GB in a copper bicrystal in response to external shear displacements is simulated using a semiempirical potential. The minimum energy path of the shear-coupled GB migration is computed using the nudge elastic band method. The GB migration occurs through the nucleation and motion of GB steps identified as disconnections. Energy barriers for the GB and disconnection migrations are evaluated. PMID:23848899

  11. Flux pinning by grain boundaries in A15 superconductors

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    Welch, D.O.; Suenaga, M.; Snead, C.L. Jr.; Hatcher, R.D.

    1985-01-01

    The form of the scaling law for flux pinning by grain boundaries in A15-structure compounds, primarily in the case of Nb3Sn and its alloys, is discussed, and the effect of alloying and radiation damage on the pinning strength is compared with predictions of the electron-scattering theory of the elementary pinning force. In addition, some preliminary results of 2-dimensional computer simulations are discussed in relation to the observed effects of alloying on the form of the scaling law for Nb3Sn.

  12. Atomistic processes of grain boundary motion and annihilation in graphene

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    Lee, Gun-Do; Yoon, Euijoon; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2013-03-19

    The motion and annihilation of a grain boundary (GB) in graphene are investigated by tight-binding molecular dynamics (TBMD) simulation and ab initio local density approximation total energy calculation. A meandering structure of the GB is found to be energetically more favorable than other structures, in good agreement with experiment. It is observed in the TBMD simulation that evaporation of carbon dimers and sequential Stone?Wales transformations of carbon bonds lead to rapid motion and annihilation of the GB. The dimer erection and evaporation are found to proceed by formation of an adatom due to bond breaking. These results shed interesting light on the fabrication of high-quality graphene.

  13. AC conductivity scaling behavior in grain and grain boundary response regime of fast lithium ionic conductors

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    Mariappan, C. R.

    2014-05-01

    AC conductivity spectra of Li-analogues NASICON-type Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5P3O12 (LAGP), Li-Al-Ti-P-O (LATP) glass-ceramics and garnet-type Li7La2Ta2O13 (LLTO) ceramic are analyzed by universal power law and Summerfield scaling approaches. The activation energies and pre-exponential factors of total and grain conductivities are following the Meyer-Neldel (M-N) rule for NASICON-type materials. However, the garnet-type LLTO material deviates from the M-N rule line of NASICON-type materials. The frequency- and temperature-dependent conductivity spectra of LAGP and LLTO are superimposed by Summerfield scaling. The scaled conductivity curves of LATP are not superimposed at the grain boundary response region. The superimposed conductivity curves are observed at cross-over frequencies of grain boundary response region for LATP by incorporating the exp ( {{{ - (EAt - EAg )} {{{ - (EAt - EAg )} {kT}}} ) factor along with Summerfield scaling factors on the frequency axis, where EAt and EAg are the activation energies of total and grain conductivities, respectively.

  14. Grain boundaries and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline diamond films.

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    Busmann, H.-G.; Pageler, A.; Gruen, D. M.

    1999-08-06

    Phase-pure nanocrystalline diamond thin films grown from plasmas of a hydrogen-poor carbon argon gas mixture have been analyzed regarding their hardness and elastic moduli by means of a microindentor and a scanning acoustic microscope.The films are superhard and the moduli rival single crystal diamond. In addition, Raman spectroscopy with an excitation wavelength of 1064 nm shows a peak at 1438 l/cm and no peak above 1500 l/cm, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy a shake-up loss at 4.2 eV. This gives strong evidence for the existence of solitary double bonds in the films. The hardness and elasticity of the films then are explained by the assumption, that the solitary double bonds interconnect the nanocrystals in the films, leading to an intergrain boundary adhesion of similar strength as the intragrain diamond cohesion. The results are in good agreement with recent simulations of high-energy grain boundaries.

  15. The Relation Between Grain-Boundary Structure and Sliding Resistance

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    Hoagland, Richard G.; Kurtz, Richard J.

    2002-04-01

    During sliding, the grain boundary (GB) energy depends on the atomic structures produced during relative translation of the two grains. The variation of the GB energy within the two-dimensional boundary unit cell (BUC) constitutes the GB gamma surface. Maxima in the slope of the gamma surface determines the sliding resistance, i.e., the stress required to move the system over the lowest saddle points along a particular path within the BUC. In this paper we present the results of an atomistic study of the gamma surfaces for two types of boundaries in an fcc metal, a, Sigma 11<110>{131} is a low energy boundary and has a simple gamma surface with a single stable configuration located at the corners and center of the BUC. The resistance to sliding was determined by chain-of-states methods along four shear vectors connecting equivalent states within the BUC and is found to be very high in all cases. The asymmetric GB has a higher GB energy and its gamma surface is much more complex, with distinctly different structures appearing at various locations in the BUC. At certain locations more than one structure is found for the asymmetric GB. Although complex, a chain-of-states calculation along one path across the BUC suggests that the shear strength of this GB is also quite high. Extrinsic GB dislocations are found to lower the resistance to shear considerably, and, therefore, perform the same role in shear of GBs as do glide dislocations in slip of the lattice. The existence of multiple configurations has significant implications for the interaction of lattice dislocations with GBs, the core structure of GB dislocations, the temperature dependence of GB properties, and the GB sliding resistance, which we discuss.

  16. In Situ Observations of the Interaction of Liquid Lead Inclusions with Grain Boundaries in Aluminum.

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    Gabrisch; Dahmen; Johnson

    1998-05-01

    : The evolution of liquid lead (Pb) inclusions at grain boundaries in aluminum (Al) was investigated by direct in situ TEM observation in the temperature range from 330 degrees-643 degreesC. In agreement with earlier reports on quenched alloys, the characteristic contact angle of the lens-shaped grain boundary inclusions was found to be near 120 degrees. This angle remained approximately constant over the entire temperature range, ruling out the possibility of a wetting transition. Coarsening of grain boundary inclusions was observed to proceed mainly by Ostwald ripening, although coalescence could also be observed. Inclusions at grain boundaries, at triple junctions, and at the intersection of grain boundaries with the foil surfaces adopted characteristic shapes that were shown to be equilibrium forms. At the highest temperatures, the grain boundaries were observed to detach from the inclusions and the interaction of a migrating grain boundary with inclusions could be observed. PMID:9767666

  17. Atomistic Simulations of Grain Boundary Pinning in CuFe Alloys

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    Zepeda-Ruiz, L A; Gilmer, G H; Sadigh, B; Caro, J A; Oppelstrup, T

    2005-05-22

    The authors apply a hybrid Monte Carlo-molecular dynamics code to the study of grain boundary motion upon annealing of pure Cu and Cu with low concentrations of Fe. The hybrid simulations account for segregation and precipitation of the low solubility Fe, together with curvature driven grain boundary motion. Grain boundaries in two different systems, a {Sigma}7+U-shaped half-loop grain and a nanocrystalline sample, were found to be pinned in the presence of Fe concentrations exceeding 3%.

  18. Phenomena of solid state grain boundaries phase transition in technology

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    Minaev, Y. A.

    2015-03-01

    The results of study the phenomenon, discovered by author (1971), of the phase transition of grain boundary by the formation of two-dimensional liquid or quasi-liquid films have been done. The described phenomena of the first order phase transition (two-dimensional melting) at temperatures 0.6 - 0.9 TS0 (of the solid state melting point) is a fundamental property of solid crystalline materials, which has allowed to revise radically scientific representations about a solid state of substance. Using the mathematical tools of the film thermodynamics it has been obtained the generalized equation of Clausius - Clapeyron type for two-dimensional phase transition. The generalized equation has been used for calculating grain boundary phase transition temperature TSf of any metal, which value lies in the range of (0.55…0.86) TS0. Based on these works conclusions the develop strategies for effective forming of coatings (by thermo-chemical processing) on surface layers of functional alloys and hard metals have been made. The short overview of the results of some graded alloys characterization has been done.

  19. Multiferroic grain boundaries in oxygen-deficient ferroelectric lead titanate.

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    Shimada, Takahiro; Wang, Jie; Ueda, Taku; Uratani, Yoshitaka; Arisue, Kou; Mrovec, Matous; Elsässer, Christian; Kitamura, Takayuki

    2015-01-14

    Ultimately thin multiferroics arouse remarkable interest, motivated by the diverse utility of coexisting ferroelectric and (anti)ferromagnetic order parameters for novel functional device paradigms. However, the ferroic order is inevitably destroyed below a critical size of several nanometers. Here, we demonstrate a new path toward realization of atomically thin multiferroic monolayers while resolving a controversial origin for unexpected "dilute ferromagnetism" emerged in nanocrystals of nonmagnetic ferroelectrics PbTiO3. The state-of-the-art hybrid functional of Hartree-Fock and density functional theories successfully identifies the origin and underlying physics; oxygen vacancies interacting with grain boundaries (GBs) bring about (anti)ferromagnetism with localized spin moments at the neighboring Ti atoms. This is due to spin-polarized defect states with broken orbital symmetries at GBs. In addition, the energetics of oxygen vacancies indicates their self-assembling nature at GBs resulting in considerably high concentration, which convert the oxygen-deficient GBs into multiferroic monolayers due to their atomically thin interfacial structure. This synthetic concept that realizes multiferroic and multifunctional oxides in a monolayered geometry through the self-assembly of atomic defects and grain boundary engineering opens a new avenue for promising paradigms of novel functional devices. PMID:25485474

  20. Parameterized electronic description of carbon cohesion in iron grain boundaries.

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    Hatcher, Nicholas; Madsen, Georg K H; Drautz, Ralf

    2014-04-01

    We employ a recently developed iron-carbon orthogonal tight-binding model in calculations of carbon in iron grain boundaries. We use the model to evaluate the properties of carbon near and on the Σ5 (3 1 0)[0 0 1] symmetric tilt grain boundary (GB) in iron, and calculations show that a carbon atom lowers the GB energy by 0.29 eV/atom in accordance with DFT. Carbon segregation to the GB is analyzed, and we find an energy barrier of 0.92 eV for carbon to segregate to the carbon-free interface while segregation to a fully filled interface is disfavored. Local volume (via Voronoi tessellation), magnetic, and electronic effects are correlated with atomic energy changes, and we isolate two different mechanisms governing carbon's behavior in iron: a volumetric strain which increases the energy of carbon in interstitial α iron and a non-strained local bonding which stabilizes carbon at the GB. PMID:24651649

  1. Elastic properties of nanostructured materials with layered grain boundary structure

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    Karakasidis, T. E.; Charitidis, C. A.; Skarakis, D.; Chouliaras, F.

    2007-08-01

    Atomistic calculations of the elastic constants for a bulk nanostructured material that consists of a layered structure where alternating layers meet along high angle grain boundaries and where atoms interact via a Lennard-Jones potential are presented. The calculations of the elastic constants were performed in the frame of homogeneous deformations for a wide range of layer widths ranging from 2.24 up to 74.62 nm. The results showed that the relaxation of the atomic structure affects the elastic constants for the cases where more than 5% of atoms are located in the GB region. Also it was found that the way that external stresses are applied on the system affects the values of the obtained elastic properties, with the elastic constants related to the characteristic directions of the grain boundary being the most affected ones. The findings of this work are of interest for the fabrication methods of nanostructured materials, the measurement methods of their elastic properties as well as multiscale modeling schemes of nanostructured materials.

  2. Phenomena of solid state grain boundaries phase transition in technology

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    Minaev, Y. A.

    2015-03-30

    The results of study the phenomenon, discovered by author (1971), of the phase transition of grain boundary by the formation of two-dimensional liquid or quasi-liquid films have been done. The described phenomena of the first order phase transition (two-dimensional melting) at temperatures 0.6 – 0.9 T{sub S0} (of the solid state melting point) is a fundamental property of solid crystalline materials, which has allowed to revise radically scientific representations about a solid state of substance. Using the mathematical tools of the film thermodynamics it has been obtained the generalized equation of Clausius - Clapeyron type for two-dimensional phase transition. The generalized equation has been used for calculating grain boundary phase transition temperature T{sub Sf} of any metal, which value lies in the range of (0.55…0.86) T{sub S0}. Based on these works conclusions the develop strategies for effective forming of coatings (by thermo-chemical processing) on surface layers of functional alloys and hard metals have been made. The short overview of the results of some graded alloys characterization has been done.

  3. Simultaneous Modeling of Transient Creep and Grain Boundary Sliding

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    Cooper, R. F.; Sundberg, M.

    2009-12-01

    Grain boundary sliding (GBS) has been identified as an important contributor to the plastic deformation of polycrystalline solids. This phenomenon, whether accommodated by grain boundary diffusion or dislocation slip, has implications for rheological behavior and microstructural evolution during creep. Because GBS is not an independent deformation mechanism, but rather acts in kinetic series with some other (typically) rate-limiting process, direct investigation of the precise sliding mechanism(s) is difficult during conventional large-strain creep testing. Direct observations of grain boundary sliding can be obtained, however, by: (1) observing the mechanical response of a polycrystalline solid to an oscillating load as a function of frequency using the internal friction technique, and (2) studying the short duration transient response of a polycrystalline solid to a step-function change in stress. To this end, we have conducted an experimental study of low-frequency (10-2.25grained (d~5μm) aggregate of olivine and orthopyroxene (39 vol%). The attenuation spectra reveal “high-temperature background” behavior at low to moderate frequencies where attenuation diminishes smoothly and mildly with increasing frequency (QG-1 ~ f -0.3). At higher frequencies (f >10-0.5 Hz), the attenuation spectra reveal the onset of an apparent Debye peak in the attenuation spectra, likely due to elastically-accommodated GBS (GBS being rate-limiting). Previous experimental studies have demonstrated that the Andrade viscoelastic model can accurately predict both the transient creep response and

  4. Highly conductive grain boundaries in copper oxide thin films

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    Deuermeier, Jonas; Wardenga, Hans F.; Morasch, Jan; Siol, Sebastian; Nandy, Suman; Calmeiro, Tomás; Martins, Rodrigo; Klein, Andreas; Fortunato, Elvira

    2016-06-01

    High conductivity in the off-state and low field-effect mobility compared to bulk properties is widely observed in the p-type thin-film transistors of Cu2O, especially when processed at moderate temperature. This work presents results from in situ conductance measurements at thicknesses from sub-nm to around 250 nm with parallel X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. An enhanced conductivity at low thickness is explained by the occurrence of Cu(II), which is segregated in the grain boundary and locally causes a conductivity similar to CuO, although the surface of the thick film has Cu2O stoichiometry. Since grains grow with an increasing film thickness, the effect of an apparent oxygen excess is most pronounced in vicinity to the substrate interface. Electrical properties of Cu2O grains are at least partially short-circuited by this effect. The study focuses on properties inherent to copper oxide, although interface effects cannot be ruled out. This non-destructive, bottom-up analysis reveals phenomena which are commonly not observable after device fabrication, but clearly dominate electrical properties of polycrystalline thin films.

  5. Grain boundary mobility in anion doped MgO

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    Kapadia, C. M.; Leipold, M. H.

    1973-01-01

    Certain anions OH(-), F(-) and Gl(-) are shown to enhance grain growth in MgO. The magnitude of their effect decreases in the order in which the anions are listed and depends on their location (solid-solution, second phase) in the MgO lattice. As most anions exhibit relatively high vapor pressures at sintering temperatures, they retard densification and invariably promote residual porosity. The role of anions on grain growth rates was studied in relation to their effect on pore mobility and pore removal; the atomic process controlling the actual rates was determined from observed kinetics in conjunction with the microstructural features. With respect to controlling mechanisms, the effects of all anions are not the same. OH(-) and F(-) control behavior through creation of a defect structure and a grain boundary liquid phase while Cl(-) promotes matter transport within pores by evaporation-condensation. Studies on an additional anion, S to the minus 2nd power gave results which were no different from undoped MgO, possibly because of evaporative losses during hot pressing. Hence, the effect of sulphur is negligible or undetermined.

  6. A role of fractions of mobile grain boundaries in secondary recrystallization of Fe-Si steels

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    Rajmohan, N.; Szpunar, J.A.; Hayakawa, Y.

    1999-08-10

    Grain growth during annealing of polycrystalline materials is influenced by the type of grain boundaries a grain encounters as it grows. Simple computer experiments have been performed to ascertain which type of boundaries are responsible for the abnormal grain growth (AGG) in Fe-3% Si steels. In modeling abnormal grain growth, two different assumptions are used, the first one is that the coincidence site lattice (CSL) boundaries have high mobility and the second is that high energy boundaries are more mobile than other boundaries. The results of the computer experiments support the latter model for abnormal grain growth in Fe-3% Si steels. Finally, the importance of fractions of mobile grain boundaries on the development of Goss texture is discussed.

  7. 3D reconstruction of grains in polycrystalline materials using a tessellation model with curved grain boundaries

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    Šedivý, Ondřej; Brereton, Tim; Westhoff, Daniel; Polívka, Leoš; Beneš, Viktor; Schmidt, Volker; Jäger, Aleš

    2016-06-01

    A compact and tractable representation of the grain structure of a material is an extremely valuable tool when carrying out an empirical analysis of the material's microstructure. Tessellations have proven to be very good choices for such representations. Most widely used tessellation models have convex cells with planar boundaries. Recently, however, a new tessellation model - called the generalised balanced power diagram (GBPD) - has been developed that is very flexible and can incorporate features such as curved boundaries and non-convexity of cells. In order to use a GBPD to describe the grain structure observed in empirical image data, the parameters of the model must be chosen appropriately. This typically involves solving a difficult optimisation problem. In this paper, we describe a method for fitting GBPDs to tomographic image data. This method uses simulated annealing to solve a suitably chosen optimisation problem. We then apply this method to both artificial data and experimental 3D electron backscatter diffraction (3D EBSD) data obtained in order to study the properties of fine-grained materials with superplastic behaviour. The 3D EBSD data required new alignment and segmentation procedures, which we also briefly describe. Our numerical experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of the simulated annealing approach (compared to heuristic fitting methods) and show that GBPDs are able to describe the structures of polycrystalline materials very well.

  8. Long Lifetime Hole Traps at Grain Boundaries in CdTe Thin-Film Photovoltaics.

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    Mendis, B G; Gachet, D; Major, J D; Durose, K

    2015-11-20

    A novel time-resolved cathodoluminescence method, where a pulsed electron beam is generated via the photoelectric effect, is used to probe individual CdTe grain boundaries. Excitons have a short lifetime (≤100 ps) within the grains and are rapidly quenched at the grain boundary. However, a ~47 meV shallow acceptor, believed to be due to oxygen, can act as a long lifetime hole trap, even at the grain boundaries where their concentration is higher. This provides direct evidence supporting recent observations of hopping conduction across grain boundaries in highly doped CdTe at low temperature. PMID:26636877

  9. Long Lifetime Hole Traps at Grain Boundaries in CdTe Thin-Film Photovoltaics

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    Mendis, B. G.; Gachet, D.; Major, J. D.; Durose, K.

    2015-11-01

    A novel time-resolved cathodoluminescence method, where a pulsed electron beam is generated via the photoelectric effect, is used to probe individual CdTe grain boundaries. Excitons have a short lifetime (≤100 ps ) within the grains and are rapidly quenched at the grain boundary. However, a ˜47 meV shallow acceptor, believed to be due to oxygen, can act as a long lifetime hole trap, even at the grain boundaries where their concentration is higher. This provides direct evidence supporting recent observations of hopping conduction across grain boundaries in highly doped CdTe at low temperature.

  10. Modeling of stresses at grain boundaries with respect to occurrence of stress corrosion cracking

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    Kozaczek, K.J.; Sinharoy, A.; Ruud, C.O.; McIlree, A.R.

    1995-12-31

    The distributions of elastic stresses/strains in the grain boundary regions were studied by the analytical and the finite element models. The grain boundaries represent the sites where stress concentration occurs as a result of discontinuity of elastic properties across the grain boundary and the presence of second phase particles elastically different from the surrounding matrix grains. A quantitative analysis of those stresses for steels and nickel based alloys showed that the stress concentrations in the grain boundary regions are high enough to cause a local microplastic deformation even when the material is in the macroscopic elastic regime. The stress redistribution as a result of such a plastic deformation was discussed.

  11. Comparison of microstructure of superplastically deformed synthetic materials and ultramylonite: Coalescence of secondary mineral grains via grain boundary sliding

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    Hiraga, T.; Miyazaki, T.; Tasaka, M.; Yoshida, H.

    2011-12-01

    Using very fine-grained aggregates of forsterite containing ~10vol% secondary mineral phase such as periclase and enstatite, we have been able to demonstrate their superplascity, that is, achievement of more than a few 100 % tensile strain (Hiraga et al. 2010). Superplastic deformation is commonly considered to proceed via grain boundary sliding (GBS) which results in grain switching in the samples. Hiraga et al. (2010) succeeded in detecting the operation of GBS from observing the coalescence of grains of secondary phase in superplastically deformed samples. The secondary phase pins the motion of grain boundaries of the primary phase; however, the reduction of the number of the grains of secondary phase due to their coalescence allows grain growth of the primary phase. We analyzed the relationships between grain size of the primary and secondary phases, between strain and grain size, and between strain and the number of coalesced grains in the superplastically deformed samples. The results supports participation of all the grains of the primary phase in grain switching process indicating that the grain boundary sliding accommodates almost entire strain during the deformation. Mechanical properties of these materials such as their stress and grain size exponents of 1-2 do not conflict this conclusion. We applied the relationships obtained from analyzing superplastic materials to the microstructure of the natural samples, which has been considered to have deformed via grain boundary sliding, that is, ultramylonite. The microstructure of greenschist-grade ultramylonite reported by Fliervoet et al. (1997) was analyzed. Distributions of the mineral phases (i.e., quartz, plagioclase, K-feldspar and biotite) show distinct coalescence of the same mineral phases in the direction almost perpendicular to the foliation of the rock. The number of coalesced grains indicates that the strain that rock experienced is > 2. [reference] Hiraga et al. (2010) Nature 468, 1091

  12. Application of ab-initio Methods to Grain Boundaries and Point Defects for Poly-CdTe Solar Cells

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    Buurma, Christopher

    CdTe is a material well-suited to solar cell applications due to its 1.5 eV direct bandgap and high optical absorption. To meet energy demands, CdTe solar cells must be produced at a low-cost and with high throughput which often demands the use of non-ideal polycrystalline CdTe. As a result of careful process control, current thin-film poly-CdTe cells have been shown to be somewhat defect tolerant with proven industry success. Yet despite this success poly-CdTe cells are still far from their predicted Shockley-Queisser theoretical limits. The next generation cells must demonstrate higher open-circuit voltages, fill factors, and longer minority carrier lifetimes. Playing a major role in doping, defect migration, carrier recombination, and current transport are 2D extended defects both within grains and between grains as grain boundaries (GBs). A further understanding of these defects is needed which exhibit either high symmetry such as the CSL structures or those mixed or random GBs with low symmetry. Their corresponding formation and electronic behavior will be needed to develop methods to mitigate their effects and instead promote higher doping with less minority carrier recombination. Predictions and guidance on electronic and thermodynamic properties can be obtained from model atomic structures within the framework of ab-initio density-functional theory. Bulk point defect formation energies were determined for comparison to calculations of point defects along GB structures. Model atomic structures of GBs can also be created rapidly and over a wide parameter space using the Grain Boundary Genie code developed for this project. Commonly observed low-angle and special coincident grain boundaries structures were created and a subset relaxed to determine their local strain environment and interfacial energy with for comparison to STEM observations. Additionally, a series of random angle or 'mixed' grain boundaries were created and investigated corresponding to

  13. Dependence of grain boundary chemistry on the irradiation dose in low activation ferritics

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    Kimura, A.; Charlot, L. A.; Gelles, D. S.; Jones, R. H.

    1994-09-01

    Grain boundary chemistries in low activation 9%Cr-2%Mn-1%W and 12%Cr-6%Mn-1%W steels were measured by means of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) after irradiations in the FFTF/MOTA at 638 K up to doses of 10 and 25 dpa. In 12%Cr-6%Mn-1%W steel, grain boundary concentration of Si increased with an increase in the irradiation dose from 10 to 25 dpa. Segregation of Mn, however, appeared to saturate or even decreased with the increase. The average size of grain boundary precipitates was increased during the irradiation from 10 to 25 dpa. It is considered that beyond the 10 dpa irradiation, Mn-rich precipitates at grain boundaries absorb Mn atoms segregated at grain boundaries, resulting in the growth of grain boundary precipitates and the reduction of segregated Mn atoms in elemental form at grain boundaries. It is possible that Si atoms which may compete site with Mn atoms at grain boundaries begin to segregate at grain boundaries. In contrast, no significant change in grain boundary chemistry was recognized in 9%Cr-2%Mn-1%W alloy with the increase in irradiation dose from 10 to 25 dpa.

  14. Multiscale model of metal alloy oxidation at grain boundaries.

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    Sushko, Maria L; Alexandrov, Vitaly; Schreiber, Daniel K; Rosso, Kevin M; Bruemmer, Stephen M

    2015-06-01

    High temperature intergranular oxidation and corrosion of metal alloys is one of the primary causes of materials degradation in nuclear systems. In order to gain insights into grain boundary oxidation processes, a mesoscale metal alloy oxidation model is established by combining quantum Density Functional Theory (DFT) and mesoscopic Poisson-Nernst-Planck/classical DFT with predictions focused on Ni alloyed with either Cr or Al. Analysis of species and fluxes at steady-state conditions indicates that the oxidation process involves vacancy-mediated transport of Ni and the minor alloying element to the oxidation front and the formation of stable metal oxides. The simulations further demonstrate that the mechanism of oxidation for Ni-5Cr and Ni-4Al is qualitatively different. Intergranular oxidation of Ni-5Cr involves the selective oxidation of the minor element and not matrix Ni, due to slower diffusion of Ni relative to Cr in the alloy and due to the significantly smaller energy gain upon the formation of nickel oxide compared to that of Cr2O3. This essentially one-component oxidation process results in continuous oxide formation and a monotonic Cr vacancy distribution ahead of the oxidation front, peaking at alloy/oxide interface. In contrast, Ni and Al are both oxidized in Ni-4Al forming a mixed spinel NiAl2O4. Different diffusivities of Ni and Al give rise to a complex elemental distribution in the vicinity of the oxidation front. Slower diffusing Ni accumulates in the oxide and metal within 3 nm of the interface, while Al penetrates deeper into the oxide phase. Ni and Al are both depleted from the region 3-10 nm ahead of the oxidation front creating voids. The oxide microstructure is also different. Cr2O3 has a plate-like structure with 1.2-1.7 nm wide pores running along the grain boundary, while NiAl2O4 has 1.5 nm wide pores in the direction parallel to the grain boundary and 0.6 nm pores in the perpendicular direction providing an additional pathway for oxygen

  15. Multiscale model of metal alloy oxidation at grain boundaries

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    Sushko, Maria L.; Alexandrov, Vitaly; Schreiber, Daniel K.; Rosso, Kevin M.; Bruemmer, Stephen M.

    2015-06-01

    High temperature intergranular oxidation and corrosion of metal alloys is one of the primary causes of materials degradation in nuclear systems. In order to gain insights into grain boundary oxidation processes, a mesoscale metal alloy oxidation model is established by combining quantum Density Functional Theory (DFT) and mesoscopic Poisson-Nernst-Planck/classical DFT with predictions focused on Ni alloyed with either Cr or Al. Analysis of species and fluxes at steady-state conditions indicates that the oxidation process involves vacancy-mediated transport of Ni and the minor alloying element to the oxidation front and the formation of stable metal oxides. The simulations further demonstrate that the mechanism of oxidation for Ni-5Cr and Ni-4Al is qualitatively different. Intergranular oxidation of Ni-5Cr involves the selective oxidation of the minor element and not matrix Ni, due to slower diffusion of Ni relative to Cr in the alloy and due to the significantly smaller energy gain upon the formation of nickel oxide compared to that of Cr2O3. This essentially one-component oxidation process results in continuous oxide formation and a monotonic Cr vacancy distribution ahead of the oxidation front, peaking at alloy/oxide interface. In contrast, Ni and Al are both oxidized in Ni-4Al forming a mixed spinel NiAl2O4. Different diffusivities of Ni and Al give rise to a complex elemental distribution in the vicinity of the oxidation front. Slower diffusing Ni accumulates in the oxide and metal within 3 nm of the interface, while Al penetrates deeper into the oxide phase. Ni and Al are both depleted from the region 3-10 nm ahead of the oxidation front creating voids. The oxide microstructure is also different. Cr2O3 has a plate-like structure with 1.2-1.7 nm wide pores running along the grain boundary, while NiAl2O4 has 1.5 nm wide pores in the direction parallel to the grain boundary and 0.6 nm pores in the perpendicular direction providing an additional pathway for oxygen

  16. Grain boundary premelting and activated sintering in binary refractory alloys

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    Shi, Xiaomeng

    Quasi-liquid intergranular film (IGF) which has been widely observed in ceramic systems can persist into sub-solidus region whereby an analogy to Grain boundary (GB) premelting can be made. In this work, a grain boundary (GB) premelting/prewetting model in a metallic system was firstly built based on the Benedictus' model and computational thermodynamics, predicting that GB disordering can start at 60-85% of the bulk solidus temperatures in selected systems. This model quantitatively explains the long-standing mystery of subsolidus activated sintering in W-Pd, W-Ni, W-Co, W-Fe and W-Cu, and it has broad applications for understanding GB-controlled transport kinetics and physical properties. Furthermore, this study demonstrates the necessity of developing GB phase diagrams as a tool for materials design. Subsequently, Grain boundary (GB) wetting and prewetting in Ni-doped Mo are systematically evaluated via characterizing well-quenched specimens and thermodynamic modeling. In contrast to prior reports, the delta-NiMo phase does not wet Mo GBs in the solid state. In the solid-liquid two-phase region, the Ni-rich liquid wets Mo GBs completely. Furthermore, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy demonstrates that nanometer-thick quasi-liquid IGFs persist at GBs into the single-phase region where the bulk liquid phase is no longer stable; this is interpreted as a case of GB prewetting. An analytical thermodynamic model is developed and validated, and this model can be extended to other systems. Furthermore, the analytical model was refined based upon Beneditus' model with correction in determining interaction contribution of interfacial energy. A calculation-based GB phase diagram for Ni-Mo binary system was created and validated by comparing with GB diffusivities determined through a series of controlled sintering experiments. The dependence of GB diffusivity on doping level and temperature was examined and compared with model-predicted GB phase diagram. The

  17. Grain Boundary Diffusion of Sulfur in MgO

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    Watson, H. C.; Watson, E. B.

    2013-12-01

    From being a candidate light element in the Earth's core to recording biosignatures on the surface, sulfur is a minor, but critical, element throughout the Earth. A deeper understanding the behaviour of sulfur under a wide scope of Earth relevant conditions will provide insight into geochemical cycles and reservoirs from the crust to the core. Sulfur isotope ratios in particular may be used to record specific geochemical processes such as ongoing core/mantle interaction, as well as shallower processes including cycling between the atmosphere/hydrosphere and lithosphere. The mobility of sulfur under these conditions will affect the reliability of using observed signatures to distinguish past processes and events. Grain boundary diffusion has often been shown to be orders of magnitude more rapid than diffusion through the crystal lattice of many materials. This effect is particularly important in cases where the diffusant is incompatible in the crystal lattice, and thus resides predominantly on grain boundaries. This is the case for sulfur and many of the minerals that comprise the interior of the Earth. If S diffusion is fast enough, the retention of some pristine signatures could be compromised. In other cases fast diffusion may allow for detection of signatures at large distances from their original source, as suggested by [1]. Experiments have been conducted in a piston-cylinder device at 1GPa and temperatures ranging from 1100°C to 1500°C to determine the rate of S grain boundary diffusion in an MgO matrix. A source-sink method similar to that used by [1] was employed using either FeS or FeS2 as a source and Mo foil as a sink separated by up to 3mm of pure MgO polycrystalline matrix. The foil sink was analyzed by electron microprobe and laser ablation ICP-MS for S content. Preliminary results show substantial diffusion of S through the MgO matrix. The results from these experiments, potential applications, and relevant numerical simulations will be presented

  18. Multiscale model of metal alloy oxidation at grain boundaries

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    Sushko, Maria L.; Alexandrov, Vitali Y.; Schreiber, Daniel K.; Rosso, Kevin M.; Bruemmer, Stephen M.

    2015-06-07

    High temperature intergranular oxidation and corrosion of metal alloys is one of the primary causes of materials degradation in nuclear systems. In order to gain insights into grain boundary oxidation processes, a mesoscale metal alloy oxidation model at experimentally relevant length scales is established by combining quantum Density Functional Theory (DFT) and mesoscopic Poisson-Nernst-Planck/classical DFT with predictions focused on Ni alloyed with either Cr or Al. Analysis of species and fluxes at steady-state conditions indicates that the oxidation process involves vacancy-mediated transport of Ni and the minor alloying element to the oxidation front and the formation of stable metal oxides. The simulations further demonstrate that the mechanism of oxidation for Ni-5Cr and Ni-4Al is qualitatively different. Intergranular oxidation of Ni-5Cr involves the selective oxidation of the minor element and not matrix Ni, due to slower diffusion of Ni relative to Cr in the alloy and due to the significantly smaller energy gain upon the formation of nickel oxide compared to that of Cr2O3. This essentially one-component oxidation process results in continuous oxide formation and a monotonic Cr vacancy distribution ahead of the oxidation front, peaking at alloy/oxide interface. In contrast, Ni and Al are both oxidized in Ni-4Al forming a mixed spinel NiAl2O4. Different diffusivities of Ni and Al give rise to a complex elemental distribution in the vicinity of the oxidation front. Slower diffusing Ni accumulates in the oxide and metal within 3 nm of the interface, while Al penetrates deeper into the oxide phase. Ni and Al are both depleted from the region 3–10 nm ahead of the oxidation front creating voids. The oxide microstructure is also different. Cr2O3 has a plate-like structure with 1.2 - 1.7 nm wide pores running along the grain boundary, while NiAl2O4 has 1.5 nm wide pores in the direction parallel to the grain boundary and 0.6 nm pores in the perpendicular

  19. Multiscale model of metal alloy oxidation at grain boundaries

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    Sushko, Maria L. Alexandrov, Vitaly; Schreiber, Daniel K.; Rosso, Kevin M.; Bruemmer, Stephen M.

    2015-06-07

    High temperature intergranular oxidation and corrosion of metal alloys is one of the primary causes of materials degradation in nuclear systems. In order to gain insights into grain boundary oxidation processes, a mesoscale metal alloy oxidation model is established by combining quantum Density Functional Theory (DFT) and mesoscopic Poisson-Nernst-Planck/classical DFT with predictions focused on Ni alloyed with either Cr or Al. Analysis of species and fluxes at steady-state conditions indicates that the oxidation process involves vacancy-mediated transport of Ni and the minor alloying element to the oxidation front and the formation of stable metal oxides. The simulations further demonstrate that the mechanism of oxidation for Ni-5Cr and Ni-4Al is qualitatively different. Intergranular oxidation of Ni-5Cr involves the selective oxidation of the minor element and not matrix Ni, due to slower diffusion of Ni relative to Cr in the alloy and due to the significantly smaller energy gain upon the formation of nickel oxide compared to that of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. This essentially one-component oxidation process results in continuous oxide formation and a monotonic Cr vacancy distribution ahead of the oxidation front, peaking at alloy/oxide interface. In contrast, Ni and Al are both oxidized in Ni-4Al forming a mixed spinel NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Different diffusivities of Ni and Al give rise to a complex elemental distribution in the vicinity of the oxidation front. Slower diffusing Ni accumulates in the oxide and metal within 3 nm of the interface, while Al penetrates deeper into the oxide phase. Ni and Al are both depleted from the region 3–10 nm ahead of the oxidation front creating voids. The oxide microstructure is also different. Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} has a plate-like structure with 1.2–1.7 nm wide pores running along the grain boundary, while NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} has 1.5 nm wide pores in the direction parallel to the grain boundary and 0.6 nm pores in the perpendicular

  20. Grain Boundary Plane Orientation Fundamental Zones and Structure-Property Relationships

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    Homer, Eric R.; Patala, Srikanth; Priedeman, Jonathan L.

    2015-01-01

    Grain boundary plane orientation is a profoundly important determinant of character in polycrystalline materials that is not well understood. This work demonstrates how boundary plane orientation fundamental zones, which capture the natural crystallographic symmetries of a grain boundary, can be used to establish structure-property relationships. Using the fundamental zone representation, trends in computed energy, excess volume at the grain boundary, and temperature-dependent mobility naturally emerge and show a strong dependence on the boundary plane orientation. Analysis of common misorientation axes even suggests broader trends of grain boundary energy as a function of misorientation angle and plane orientation. Due to the strong structure-property relationships that naturally emerge from this work, boundary plane fundamental zones are expected to simplify analysis of both computational and experimental data. This standardized representation has the potential to significantly accelerate research in the topologically complex and vast five-dimensional phase space of grain boundaries. PMID:26498715

  1. Grain boundary plane orientation fundamental zones and structure-property relationships

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    Homer, Eric R.; Patala, Srikanth; Priedeman, Jonathan L.

    2015-10-26

    Grain boundary plane orientation is a profoundly important determinant of character in polycrystalline materials that is not well understood. This work demonstrates how boundary plane orientation fundamental zones, which capture the natural crystallographic symmetries of a grain boundary, can be used to establish structure-property relationships. Using the fundamental zone representation, trends in computed energy, excess volume at the grain boundary, and temperature-dependent mobility naturally emerge and show a strong dependence on the boundary plane orientation. Analysis of common misorientation axes even suggests broader trends of grain boundary energy as a function of misorientation angle and plane orientation. Due to themore » strong structure-property relationships that naturally emerge from this work, boundary plane fundamental zones are expected to simplify analysis of both computational and experimental data. This standardized representation has the potential to significantly accelerate research in the topologically complex and vast five-dimensional phase space of grain boundaries.« less

  2. Grain boundary plane orientation fundamental zones and structure-property relationships

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    Homer, Eric R.; Patala, Srikanth; Priedeman, Jonathan L.

    2015-10-26

    Grain boundary plane orientation is a profoundly important determinant of character in polycrystalline materials that is not well understood. This work demonstrates how boundary plane orientation fundamental zones, which capture the natural crystallographic symmetries of a grain boundary, can be used to establish structure-property relationships. Using the fundamental zone representation, trends in computed energy, excess volume at the grain boundary, and temperature-dependent mobility naturally emerge and show a strong dependence on the boundary plane orientation. Analysis of common misorientation axes even suggests broader trends of grain boundary energy as a function of misorientation angle and plane orientation. Due to the strong structure-property relationships that naturally emerge from this work, boundary plane fundamental zones are expected to simplify analysis of both computational and experimental data. This standardized representation has the potential to significantly accelerate research in the topologically complex and vast five-dimensional phase space of grain boundaries.

  3. Investigations on residual strains and the cathodoluminescence and electron beam induced current signal of grain boundaries in silicon

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    Nacke, M.; Allardt, M.; Hieckmann, E.; Weber, J.; Chekhonin, P.; Skrotzki, W.

    2014-04-28

    Cathodoluminescence (CL) and electron beam induced current (EBIC) measurements were used to investigate the optical behavior and electrical activity of grain boundaries (GBs) in coarsely grained silicon. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was applied for a comprehensive characterization of the structural properties of the high angle and low angle GBs (HAGBs and LAGBs) in the sample. It was found that not only the EBIC but also the panchromatic (pan) CL contrast of Σ3 HAGBs strongly depends on the hkl-type of the boundary plane. At room temperature coherent Σ3 GBs exhibit no significant contrast in the CL or EBIC images, whereas at low temperatures the pan-CL contrast is strong. For incoherent Σ3 GBs, a strong pan-CL and EBIC contrast was observed in the entire temperature range. Only on a LAGB (misorientation angle 4.5°) CL investigations at low temperatures revealed a line with peak position at about (0.82 ± 0.01) eV, usually related to the dislocation associated D1 transition. Cross-correlation EBSD was applied to analyze the strain fields of Σ3 HAGBs as well as of the LAGB. All the components of the local strain tensors were quantitatively determined. The relationship between the extension of the strain field at the LAGB and the spatial D1 intensity distribution is discussed.

  4. Effect of tube processing methods on the texture and grain boundary characteristics of 14YWT nanostructured ferritic alloys

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    Aydogan, E.; Pal, S.; Anderoglu, O.; Maloy, S. A.; Vogel, S. C.; Odette, G. R.; Lewandowski, J. J.; Hoelzer, D. T.; Anderson, I. E.; Rieken, J. R.

    2016-03-08

    In this paper, texture and microstructure of tubes and plates fabricated from a nanostructured ferritic alloy (14YWT), produced either by spray forming followed by hydrostatic extrusion (Process I) or hot extrusion and cross-rolling a plate followed by hydrostatic tube extrusion (Process II) have been characterized in terms of their effects on texture and grain boundary character. Hydrostatic extrusion results in a combination of plane strain and shear deformations which generate low intensity α- and γ-fiber components of {001}<110> and {111}<110> together with a weak ζ-fiber component of {011}<211> and {011}<011>. In contrast, multi-step plane strain deformation by hot extrusion andmore » cross-rolling of the plate leads to a strong texture component of {001}<110> together with a weaker {111}<112> component. Although the total strains are similar, shear dominated deformation leads to much lower texture indexes compared to plane strain deformations. Further, the texture intensity decreases after hydrostatic extrusion of the alloy plate formed by plane strain deformation, due to a lower number of activated slip systems during shear dominated deformation. Finally and notably, hot extruded and cross-rolled plate subjected to plane strain deformation to ~50% engineering strain creates only a modest population of low angle grain boundaries, compared to the much larger population observed following the combination of plane strain and shear deformation of ~44% engineering strain resulting from subsequent hydrostatic extrusion.« less

  5. Effects of grain size and grain boundary on critical current density of high T(sub c) superconducting oxides

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    Zhao, Y.; Zhang, Q. R.; Zhang, H.

    1990-01-01

    By means of adding impurity elements in high T sub c oxides, the effects were studied of grain size and grain boundary on the critical current density of the following systems: YBa2Cu3O(7-y) and Bi-Pr-Sr-Ca-Cu-O. In order to only change the microstructure instead of the superconductivity of the grains in the samples, the impurity elements were added into the systems in terms of the methods like this: (1) substituting Y with the lanthanide except Pr, Ce, and Tb in YBa2Cu3O(7-y) system to finning down grains in the samples, therefore, the effect can be investigated of the grain size on the critical current density of 1:2:3 compounds; (2) mixing the high T sub c oxides with the metal elements, such as Ag, according to the composition of (high T sub c oxide)1-xAgx to metallize the grain boundaries in the samples, studying the effect of the electric conductivity of the grain boundaries on the critical current density; (3) adding SiO2, PbO2, and SnO2 into the high T sub c oxide to form impurity phases in the grain boundaries, trying to find out the effects of the impurity phases or metalloid grain boundaries on the critical current density of the high T sub c superconductors. The experimental results indicate that in the case of of the presence of the metalloid grain boundaries finning down grains fails to enhance the j sub c, but restrains it strongly, the granular high T sub c superconductors with the small size grains coupled weakly is always the low j sub c system.

  6. The favourable large misorientation angle grain boundaries in graphene

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    Zhang, Xiuyun; Xu, Ziwei; Yuan, Qinghong; Xin, John; Ding, Feng

    2015-11-01

    A grain boundary (GB) in graphene is a linear defect between two specifically oriented graphene edges, whose title angles are denoted as θ1 and θ2, respectively. Here we present a systematic theoretical study on the structure and stability of GBs in graphene as a function of the misorientation angle, Φ = (θ1 - θ2) and the GB orientation in multi-crystalline graphene, which is denoted by Θ = (θ1 + θ2). It is surprising that although the number of disorders of the GB, i.e., the pentagon-heptagon pairs (5|7s), reaches the maximum at Φ ~ 30°, the GB formation energy versus the Φ curve reaches a local minimum. The subsequent M-shape of the Efvs. the Φ curve is due to the strong cancellation of the local strains around 5|7 pairs by the ``head-to-tail'' formation. This study successfully explains many previously observed experimental puzzles, such as the multimodal distribution of GBs and the abundance of GB misorientation angles of ~30°. Besides, this study also showed that the formation energy of GBs is less sensitive to Θ, although the twin boundaries are slightly more stable than others.A grain boundary (GB) in graphene is a linear defect between two specifically oriented graphene edges, whose title angles are denoted as θ1 and θ2, respectively. Here we present a systematic theoretical study on the structure and stability of GBs in graphene as a function of the misorientation angle, Φ = (θ1 - θ2) and the GB orientation in multi-crystalline graphene, which is denoted by Θ = (θ1 + θ2). It is surprising that although the number of disorders of the GB, i.e., the pentagon-heptagon pairs (5|7s), reaches the maximum at Φ ~ 30°, the GB formation energy versus the Φ curve reaches a local minimum. The subsequent M-shape of the Efvs. the Φ curve is due to the strong cancellation of the local strains around 5|7 pairs by the ``head-to-tail'' formation. This study successfully explains many previously observed experimental puzzles, such as the multimodal

  7. Calculated Resistances of Single Grain Boundaries in Copper

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    César, Mathieu; Liu, Dongping; Gall, Daniel; Guo, Hong

    2014-10-01

    The resistance of copper grain boundaries (GBs) is calculated systematically through a full atomistic quantum approach. A set of twin GBs, including the coherent twin GB, is generated by density functional theory (DFT) total energy relaxation starting from the coincidence site lattice (CSL) model. The atomic structure of the GBs is used to construct two-probe transport junctions for quantum-transport analysis by carrying out DFT within the Green's function formalism. The specific resistivity calculated for the coherent twin GB is found to be quantitatively consistent with the available experimental and theoretical data. The specific resistivity and reflection coefficient of other more complex GBs are predicted. The interfacial energy density and specific resistivity are both found to inversely relate with the planar density of coincidence sites. Comparison of our calculated specific resistivities and reflection coefficients with the corresponding GB-averaged experimental quantities shines light on the microstructure of the samples.

  8. Band-Gap Engineering of Carbon Nanotubes with Grain Boundaries

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Zhou, Yungang; Zhang, Yanwen; Gao, Fei

    2012-01-26

    Structure and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with grain boundaries (GBs) are investigated using density-functional calculations, where the GBs parallel and perpendicular to the tube axis are considered. Simulation results show that the GBs have a great effect on the electronic properties of the CNTs. For the GBs along the tube axis, the CNTs are narrow or zero band gap (<0.16 eV) materials, independent of the misorientation angle and diameter. For the GBs perpendicular to the tube axis, localized electronic states appear within the GBs regions, leading to a larger band gap of up to 0.6 eV. It is convenient to transport and localize the electrons and holes by engineering the GBs. These findings are of great significance for developing carbon-based nanomaterials and electronic devices.

  9. Band-Gap Engineering of Carbon Nanotubes with Grain Boundaries

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Zhou, Yungang; Zhang, Yanwen; Gao, Fei

    2011-01-01

    Structure and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with grain boundaries (GBs) are investigated using density-functional calculations, where the GBs parallel and perpendicular to the tube axis are considered. Simulation results show that the GBs have a great effect on the electronic properties of the CNTs. For the GBs along the tube axis, the CNTs are narrow or zero band gap (<0.16 eV) materials, independent of the misoritentaion angle and diameter. For the GBs perpendicular to the tube axis, localized electronic states appear within the GBs regions, leading to a larger band gap of up to 0.6 eV. It is convenient to transport and localize the electrons and holes by engineering the GBs. These findings are of great significance for developing carbon-based nanomaterials and electronic devices.

  10. Atomic structure of [110] tilt grain boundaries in FCC materials

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    Merkle, K.L.; Thompson, L.J.

    1997-04-01

    High-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) has been used to study the atomic-scale structure and localized relaxations at grain boundaries (GBs) in Au, Al, and MgO. The [110] tilt GBs play an important role in polycrystalline fcc metals since among all of the possible GB geometries this series of misorientations as a whole contains the lowest energies, including among others the two lowest energy GBs, the (111) and (113) twins. Therefore, studies of the atomic-scale structure of [110] tilt GBs in fcc metals and systematic investigations of their dependence on misorientation and GB plane is of considerable importance to materials science. [110] tilt GBs in ceramic oxides of the fcc structure are also of considerable interest, since in this misorientation range polar GBs exist, i.e. GBs in which crystallographic planes that are made up of complete layers of cations or anions can join to form a GB.