High-strain-rate nanoindentation behavior of fine-grained magnesium alloys

TitleHigh-strain-rate nanoindentation behavior of fine-grained magnesium alloys
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSomekawa, H, Schuh, CA
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Pagination1295 - 1302
Date Published2012/05//

The effects of temperature and alloying elements on deformation in the high-strain-rate regime were investigated by testing fine-grained magnesium alloys with an average grain size of 2 similar to 3 mu m by a nanoindentation technique. The dynamic hardness measurements aligned well with existing quasistatic data, together spanning a wide range of strain rates, 10(-3) similar to 150/s. The high-rate hardness was influenced by various alloying elements (Al, Li, Y and Zn) to different degrees, consistent with expectations based on solid solution strengthening. Transmission electron microscopy observations of the indented region revealed no evidence for deformation twins for any alloying elements, despite the high strain-rate. The activation energy for deformation in the present alloys was found to be 85 similar to 300 kJ/mol within the temperature range of 298 similar to 373 K, corresponding to a dominant deformation mechanism of dislocation glide.