Micron-Scale Deformation: A Coupled In Situ Study of Strain Bursts and Acoustic Emission
István, Hegyi Ádám; Dusán, Ispánovity Péter; Knapek, Michal; Tüzes, Dániel; Máthis, Krisztián; Chmelík, František; Dankházi, Zoltán; Varga, Gábor; Groma, István
WoS ID: 000419002200002
Scopus ID: 85032229794
PubMed ID: 29037270
Plastic deformation of micron-scale crystalline materials differ considerably from bulk ones, because it is characterized by random strain bursts. To obtain a detailed picture about this stochastic phenomenon, micron sized pillars have been fabricated and compressed in the chamber of a SEM. An improved FIB fabrication method is proposed to get non-tapered micro-pillars with a maximum control over their shape. The in-situ compression device developed allows high accuracy sample positioning and force/displacement measurements with high data sampling rate. The collective avalanche-like motion of dislocations appears as stress drops on the stress-strain curve. To confirm that these stress drops are directly related to dislocation activity, and not to some other effect, an acoustic emission transducer has been mounted under the sample to record emitted acoustic activity during strain-controlled compression tests of Al-5\% Mg micro-pillars. The correlation between the stress drops and the acoustic emission signals indicates that indeed dislocation avalanches are responsible for the stochastic character of the deformation process.