A framework for modeling creep in pure metals
Authors: Brehm, Holger; Daehn, Glenn
Source: Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, Volume 33, Number 2, February 2002 , pp. 363-371(9)
Abstract:The process of creep in pure metals is modeled as the cooperative interaction of three phenomena: the thermally activated, force-dependent release of dislocation segments from obstacles; the substructural refinement of the microstructure due to plastic deformation; and the diffusion-controlled coarsening of the substructure. Key parameters are given as approximate generic values which can be varied. It is shown that for a wide range of parameters, the model reproduces the key features of the creep of pure metals: a steady-state stress exponent near 5 is recovered, and the key microstructural-length scale is related by a power law close to the reciprocal of stress (this dependence is not a strong function of temperature at a given stress). In addition, the activation energy of steady-state creep is nearly that of self-diffusion. Thus, the model reproduces the well-known phenomenology of puremetal steady-state creep. However, the present model is based on separate microstructural phenomena, which can be independently refined and studied.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2002-02-01