The evolution of deformation twinning microstructures in random face-centered cubic solid solutions
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-23, 19:44 authored by Ritesh Jagatramka, Junaid Ahmed, Matthew DalyMatthew Daly
The varied atomic arrangements in face-centered cubic (FCC) solid solutions introduce atomic-scale fluctuations to their energy landscapes that influence the operation of dislocation-mediated deformation mechanisms. These effects are particularly pronounced in concentrated systems, which are of considerable interest to the community. Here, we examine the effect of local fluctuations in planar fault energies on the evolution of deformation twinning microstructures in randomly arranged FCC solid solutions. Our approach leverages the kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) method to provide kinetically weighted predictions for competition between two processes: deformation twin nucleation and deformation twin thickening. The kinetic barriers underpinning each process are drawn from the statistics of planar fault energies, which are locally sampled using molecular statics methods. kMC results show an increase in the fault number densities of solid solutions relative to a homogenized reference, which is found to be driven by the fluctuations in planar fault energies. Based on kMC relations, an effective barrier model is derived to predict the competition between deformation twinning nucleation and thickening processes under a fluctuating planar fault energy landscape. A key result from this model is a measurement of the length-scale over which the influence of local fluctuations in planar fault energies diminish and nucleation/thickening-dominated behaviors converge to bulk predictions. More broadly, the tools developed in this study enable examination of the influence of chemistry and length-scale on the evolution of deformation twinning mechanisms in FCC solid solutions.