Decorrelated Dislocation Movement in the γ-Matrix Channels of a Ni-Based Superalloy: Experiment and Dislocation Dynamics Simulation
The mechanical behavior of the polycrystalline NR3 Ni-based superalloy has been investigated at the microscopic scale. The elementary deformation mechanisms have been analyzed using transmission electron microscope observations as well as in situ straining experiments. Under low stress and relatively low strain rate conditions, a large variety of shearing micromechanisms has been observed depending on the local microstructure and the local effective stress. The influence of the smallest precipitates on the creep behavior has been enlightened: they induce narrow channels which act as obstacle for the movement of the dislocations. In the case of the narrowest channel, the deformation can operate by the propagation of Shockley dislocations or else, by the only propagation of the leading partial resulting from the partial dislocation decorrelation. The occurrence of the observed micromechanisms has been quantitatively analyzed using a nodal dislocation dynamics simulation.
F. Pettinari-Sturmel et al., "Decorrelated Dislocation Movement in the γ-Matrix Channels of a Ni-Based Superalloy: Experiment and Dislocation Dynamics Simulation", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 278, pp. 13-18, 2011