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The Effect of Interfacial Free Energies on the Stability of Microlaminates



A C. Lewis, A B. Mann, D V. Heerden, Daniel Josell, Timothy P. Weihs


Laminated composites with polycrystalline layers typically break down at high temperatures through grain boundary grooving and the pinch-off of individual layers. Such materials, when exposed to high temperatures, develop grooves where grain boundaries meet the interfaces between layers. The depths of the grooves are controlled by the ratios of grain boundary and interfacial free energies, gamma(subgb)/gamma(subint). Depending on the dimensions of the grains, these grooves can extend through the entire layer, causing pinch-off of the grain boundary. This pinch-off destroys the layering and eventually leads to a gross coarsening of the microstructure. Because microstructural stability of microlaminates is a necessary tool. An existing model of this capillarity-driven breakdown requires the interfacial free energies, gamma(subgb) and gamma(subint), as input parameters. Both biaxial and uniaxial zero creep tests have been used in conjunction with transmission electron microscopy to measure these interfacial energies in Ag/Ni and Nb/Nb(sub5)Si(sub3) microlaminates.
Conference Proceedings


interfaces, multilayer, stability


Lewis, A. , Mann, A. , Heerden, D. , Josell, D. and Weihs, T. (2021), The Effect of Interfacial Free Energies on the Stability of Microlaminates, Conference Proceedings (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created October 12, 2021