Papers by Author: Ying Guang Liu

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Authors: Ying Guang Liu, Xiao Dong Mi, Song Feng Tian
Abstract: To research the effect of grain size on the fracture toughness of bimodal nanocrystalline (BNC) materials which are composed of nanocrystalline (NC) matrix and coarse grains, we have developed a theoretical model to study the critical stress intensity factor (which characterizes toughness) of BNC materials by considering a typical case where crack lies at the interface of two neighboring NC grains and the crack tip intersect at the grain boundary of the coarse grain, the cohesive zone size is assumed to be equal to the grain size d of the NC matrix. Blunting and propagating processes of the crack is controlled by a combined effect of dislocation and cohesive zone. Edge dislocations emit from the cohesive crack tip and make a shielding effect on the crack. It was found that the critical stress intensity factor increases with the increasing of grain size d of the NC matrix as well as the coarse grain size D. Moreover, the fracture toughness is relatively more sensitive to the coarse grain size rather than that of NC matrix.
Authors: Ying Guang Liu, Shi Bing Zhang, Zhong He Han, Xiao Yan Zhu
Abstract: Nanostructured Cu-Ag alloys with bimodal grain size distribution were prepared and their tensile deformation behaviors were studied. The alloys were processed by hot isostatic pressing of blends of nanoand micrometer-sized powder particles. The microstructure of the alloys consisted of nanograins with an average grain size of 40 nm and coarse-grains with an average grain size of 30 um. The bimodal structured alloy exhibited high tensile strengths 522 MPa and a large plastic strain to failure approximately 30%. Simultaneously, Their tensile stress-strain curves displayed a long work-hardening region, and their tensile ductility increased with increasing coarse-grained volume fraction. The high strength primarily results from the contribution of nanograins, while the enhanced ductility may be attributed to the improved strain hardening capability by the presence of coarse grains.
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