Suppression of Void Nucleation in High-Purity Aluminum via Dynamic Recrystallization

Philip J. Noell, Ryan B. Sills, Brad L. Boyce

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The process of ductile fracture in metals often begins with void nucleation at second-phase particles and inclusions. Previous studies of rupture in high-purity face-centered-cubic metals, primarily aluminum (Al), concluded that second-phase particles are necessary for cavitation. A recent study of tantalum (Ta), a body-centered-cubic metal, demonstrated that voids nucleate readily at deformation-induced dislocation boundaries. These same features form in Al during plastic deformation. This study investigates why void nucleation was not previously observed at dislocation boundaries in Al. We demonstrate that void nucleation is impeded in Al by room-temperature dynamic recrystallization (DRX), which erases these boundaries before voids can nucleate at them. If dislocation cells reform after DRX and before specimen separation by necking, voids nucleation is observed. These results indicate that dislocation substructures likely plays an important role in ductile rupture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-166
Number of pages13
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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