Elastoplastic transition in a metastable β-Titanium alloy, Timetal-18 - An in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction study

Jishnu J. Bhattacharyya, Sriramya Nair, Darren C. Pagan, Vahid Tari, Ricardo A. Lebensohn, Anthony D. Rollett, Sean R. Agnew

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The elastoplastic transition of a metastable β-Ti alloy, Timetal-18, is studied using in-situ high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction microscopy (HEDM). The measured evolutions of the complete elastic strain (and stress) tensor(s), resolved shear stress, lattice rotation and rotation of the stress state of the grains are compared with the predictions of the elasto-viscoplastic Micromechanical Analysis of Stress-Strain Inhomogeneities with fast Fourier transform (MASSIF) code instantiated with an experimentally measured microstructure which matched that of the sample. The preferred glide plane of dislocations with ½<111> Burgers vectors of the BCC alloy was explored. It was found that the polycrystalline stress-strain response could be equally well described by any of the candidate glide planes or combinations thereof (i.e., pencil glide). However, simulations involving slip on {112} planes yielded a marginally better description of the individual grain-level responses, as compared to the simulation involving only the {110} planes. The small (typically <1°) crystallographic reorientations that the grains undergo during the elastoplastic transition, are insufficient to permit discrimination between candidate slip modes. The resolved shear stress (RSS) distributions showed a sharp increase in skewness around macroscopic yield and it was found that the hardening during the elastoplastic transition is primarily due to intergranular interactions. Analysis of "hard"and "soft"grains suggests non-Schmid effects may be present, even in these low strain rate, room temperature experiments. Finally, examination of the individual responses revealed "strain softening"in some of the grains. Intragranular heterogeneity in the orientation and stress state are highlighted as important areas for future investigations, which may reveal answers to unresolved questions in this research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102947
JournalInternational journal of plasticity
StatePublished - Apr 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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