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Yield stress anomalies in ordered alloys: a review of microstructural findings and related hypotheses

Materials Science and Engineering A
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DOI: 10.1016/s0921-5093(00)01662-2
  • Yield Stress Anomaly
  • Intermetallics
  • Cross-Slip
  • Dislocation Locking


Abstract In intermetallic alloys, the mechanical properties accompanying the yield stress anomaly show a large variety of facets that may differ from one family of alloys to the next. A condition generally fulfilled for a yield stress anomaly to take place is that the exhaustion rate competes strongly with the multiplication rate of mobile dislocations. There are, however, a number of differences as to the origin of exhaustion, that is, of the mechanism(s) for dislocation locking. This may indeed take place by transformation of a dislocation core by cross-slip, a well-known and quite commonly encountered example is that of Kear–Wilsdorf (KW) locks in various ordered structures. An alternative out-of-plane core structure is that of climb-dissociated dislocations. There are in addition situations where the dislocation core does not have the potential towards forming sessile configurations yet the alloy may behave anomaloulsy.

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