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1.Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Maździarz M., Atomistic and mean-field estimates of effective stiffness tensor of nanocrystalline copper, International Journal of Engineering Science, ISSN: 0020-7225, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2018.04.004, Vol.129, pp.47-62, 2018
Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Maździarz M., Atomistic and mean-field estimates of effective stiffness tensor of nanocrystalline copper, International Journal of Engineering Science, ISSN: 0020-7225, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2018.04.004, Vol.129, pp.47-62, 2018

Abstract:
The full elasticity tensor for nano-crystalline copper is derived in molecular simulations by performing numerical tests for a set of generated samples of the polycrystalline material. The results are analysed with respect to the anisotropy degree of the overall stiffness tensor resulting from the limited number of grain orientations and their spatial distribution. The dependence of the overall bulk and shear moduli of an isotropized polycrystal on the average grain diameter is analysed. It is found that while the shear modulus decreases with grain size, the bulk modulus shows negligible dependence on the grain diameter and is close to the bulk modulus of a single crystal. A closed-form mean-field model of effective elastic properties for a bulk nano-grained polycrystal with cubic grains, i.e. made of a material with cubic symmetry, is formulated. In the model all parameters are based on the data for a single crystal and on the averaged grain size without any need for additional fitting. It is shown that the proposed model provides predictions of satisfactory qualitative and quantitative agreement with atomistic simulations.

Keywords:
Molecular statics, Elasticity, Polycrystal, Effective medium, Nano-crystalline copper

2.Rydzek G., Pakdel A., Witecka A., Shri D.N.A., Gaudière F., Nicolosi V., Mokarian-Tabari P., Schaaf P., Boulmedais F., Ariga K., pH-Responsive Saloplastics Based on Weak Polyelectrolytes: From Molecular Processes to Material Scale Properties, Macromolecules, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00609, Vol.51, No.12, pp.4424-4434, 2018
Rydzek G., Pakdel A., Witecka A., Shri D.N.A., Gaudière F., Nicolosi V., Mokarian-Tabari P., Schaaf P., Boulmedais F., Ariga K., pH-Responsive Saloplastics Based on Weak Polyelectrolytes: From Molecular Processes to Material Scale Properties, Macromolecules, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00609, Vol.51, No.12, pp.4424-4434, 2018

Abstract:
Compact polyelectrolyte complexes (COPECs), also named saloplastics, represent a new class of material with high fracture strain and self-healing properties. Here, COPECs based on poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) were prepared by centrifugation at pH 7. The influence of postassembly pH changes was monitored chemically by ATR-FTIR, ICP, DSC, and TGA, morphologically by SEM, and mechanically by strain to break measurements. Postassembly pH stimuli misbalanced the charge ratio in COPECs, impacting their concentration in counterions, cross-link density, and polymer chain mobility. At the material level, changes were observed in the porosity, composition, water content, and mechanical properties of COPECs. The cross-link density was a prominent factor governing the saloplastic’s composition and water content. However, the porosity and mechanical properties were driven by several factors including salt-induced plasticization and conformational changes of polyelectrolytes. This work illustrates how multiple-scale consequences arise from a single change in the environment of COPECs, providing insights for future design of stimuli-responsive materials.

3.Tůma K., Stupkiewicz S., Petryk H., Rate-independent dissipation in phase-field modelling of displacive transformations, JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICS AND PHYSICS OF SOLIDS, ISSN: 0022-5096, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2018.02.007, Vol.114, pp.117-142, 2018
Tůma K., Stupkiewicz S., Petryk H., Rate-independent dissipation in phase-field modelling of displacive transformations, JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICS AND PHYSICS OF SOLIDS, ISSN: 0022-5096, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2018.02.007, Vol.114, pp.117-142, 2018

Abstract:
In this paper, rate-independent dissipation is introduced into the phase-field framework for modelling of displacive transformations, such as martensitic phase transformation and twinning. The finite-strain phase-field model developed recently by the present authors is here extended beyond the limitations of purely viscous dissipation. The variational formulation, in which the evolution problem is formulated as a constrained minimization problem for a global rate-potential, is enhanced by including a mixed-type dissipation potential that combines viscous and rate-independent contributions. Effective computational treatment of the resulting incremental problem of non-smooth optimization is developed by employing the augmented Lagrangian method. It is demonstrated that a single Lagrange multiplier field suffices to handle the dissipation potential vertex and simultaneously to enforce physical constraints on the order parameter. In this way, the initially non-smooth problem of evolution is converted into a smooth stationarity problem. The model is implemented in a finite-element code and applied to solve two- and three-dimensional boundary value problems representative for shape memory alloys

Keywords:
Phase-field method, Microstructure, Martensite, Twinning, Non-smooth optimization

4.Pieczyska E.A., Maj M., Golasiński K., Staszczak M., Furuta T., Kuramoto S., Thermomechanical Studies of Yielding and Strain Localization Phenomena of Gum Metal under Tension, Materials, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma11040567, Vol.11, No.567, pp.1-13, 2018
Pieczyska E.A., Maj M., Golasiński K., Staszczak M., Furuta T., Kuramoto S., Thermomechanical Studies of Yielding and Strain Localization Phenomena of Gum Metal under Tension, Materials, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma11040567, Vol.11, No.567, pp.1-13, 2018

Abstract:
This paper presents results of investigation of multifunctional -Ti alloy Gum Metal subjected to tension at various strain rates. Digital image correlation was used to determine strain distributions and stress-strain curves, while infrared camera allowed for us to obtain the related temperature characteristics of the specimen during deformation. The mechanical curves completed by the temperature changes were applied to analyze the subsequent stages of the alloy loading. Elastic limit, recoverable strain, and development of the strain localization were studied. It was found that the maximal drop in temperature, which corresponds to the yield limit of solid materials, was referred to a significantly lower strain value in the case of Gum Metal in contrast to its large recoverable strain. The temperature increase proves a dissipative character of the process and is related to presence of w and a” phases induced during the alloy fabrication and their exothermic phase transformations activated under loading. During plastic deformation, both the strain and temperature distributions demonstrate that strain localization for higher strain rates starts nucleating just after the yield limit leading to specimen necking and rupture. Macroscopically, it is exhibited as softening of the stress-strain curve in contrast to the strain hardening observed at lower strain rates.

Keywords:
gum metal, yield limit, thermomechanical coupling, infrared thermography, digital image correlation, strain localization

5.Jarząbek D.M., The impact of weak interfacial bonding strength on mechanical properties of metal matrix - ceramic reinforced composites, COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, ISSN: 0263-8223, DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.06.071, Vol.201, pp.352-362, 2018
Jarząbek D.M., The impact of weak interfacial bonding strength on mechanical properties of metal matrix - ceramic reinforced composites, COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, ISSN: 0263-8223, DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.06.071, Vol.201, pp.352-362, 2018

Abstract:
In this work the influence of weak interface between particles and matrix on mechanical properties of metal matrix – ceramic reinforced composites is studied. Firstly, the samples made of coelectrodeposited Ni-SiC composites with 10% of SiC with poor interface bonding have been prepared. Furthermore, the tensile tests of samples have been performed. The determined Young’s modulus was equal to 67 ± 8 GPa and the ultimate tensile strength to 230 ± 15 MPa. It is assumed that the very weak interface is the reason for the poor mechanical properties of the created material. In order to confirm the assumption and get the necessary parameters for the numerical model, the measurements of the normal and shear interfacial bonding strength of the interface have been performed. The measured normal interfacial bonding strength is equal to 0.1 ± 0.03 MPa and the interfacial shear strength is equal to 4.9 ± 0.2 MPa. The experimental results have been confirmed qualitatively by the computer simulations. Representative Volume Element has been created and modelled by the Finite Element Method with cohesive zone elements. The computer simulations result in the Young’s modulus values from 119 GPa up to 126 GPa.

Keywords:
Interfacial bonding strength, Metal matrix composites, Tensile strength, Silicon carbide, Electrodeposited nickel, Cohesive elements

6.Suchorzewski J., Korol E., Tejchman J., Mróz Z., Experimental study of shear strength and failure mechanisms in RC beams scaled along height or length, ENGINEERING STRUCTURES, ISSN: 0141-0296, DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.12.003, Vol.157, pp.203-223, 2018
Suchorzewski J., Korol E., Tejchman J., Mróz Z., Experimental study of shear strength and failure mechanisms in RC beams scaled along height or length, ENGINEERING STRUCTURES, ISSN: 0141-0296, DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.12.003, Vol.157, pp.203-223, 2018

Abstract:
The paper presents results of laboratory experiments carried out on longitudinally reinforced concrete beams subjected to four-point bending. Beams of separately varying height and length were analyzed to investigate the size effect on nominal strength and post-critical brittleness. Beams were scaled in the height direction in the first test series and in the length direction in the second series. Due to lack of geometrical similarity, different failure mechanisms were exhibited. Load-deflection diagrams and crack paths were registered during experiments. The digital image correlation technique was applied to visualize strain localization on the concrete surface. The crack opening and crack slip displacements were also measured. The beam response was characterized by two non-dimensional parameters ηa = a/D and ηb = b/D defined as the ratios of shear and bending spans to the beam depth D assumed as the size parameter and the reinforcement position parameter ηc = c′/D. Two major failure mechanisms were observed: flexural failure in the central beam zone combined with plastic yielding of the reinforcement and the diagonal shear crack failure in external shear zones. Two distinct modes of shear failure can be specified depending on the dominance of crack opening or crack closure contact zones. Two different effective stresses associated with failure mechanisms were defined to specify the beam strength’s dependence on ηa, ηb, ηc and D. Some analytical formulae specifying the critical shear stress dependence on ηa, ηc and strengths ratio of reinforcement and concrete were presented at the end of paper and compared with experimental data.

Keywords:
Concrete beams, Longitudinal reinforcement, Four-point bending, Failure modes, Height or length variation, Size effect

7.Bigoni D., Bordignon N., Piccolroaz A., Stupkiewicz S., Bifurcation of elastic solids with sliding interfaces, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES, ISSN: 1364-5021, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2017.0681, Vol.474, pp.20170681-1-21, 2018
Bigoni D., Bordignon N., Piccolroaz A., Stupkiewicz S., Bifurcation of elastic solids with sliding interfaces, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES, ISSN: 1364-5021, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2017.0681, Vol.474, pp.20170681-1-21, 2018

Abstract:
Lubricated sliding contact between soft solids is an interesting topic in biomechanics and for the design of small-scale engineering devices. As a model of this mechanical set-up, two elastic nonlinear solids are considered jointed through a frictionless and bilateral surface, so that continuity of the normal component of the Cauchy traction holds across the surface, but the tangential component is null. Moreover, the displacement can develop only in a way that the bodies in contact do neither detach, nor overlap. Surprisingly, this finite strain problem has not been correctly formulated until now, so this formulation is the objective of the present paper. The incremental equations are shown to be non-trivial and different from previously (and erroneously) employed conditions. In particular, an exclusion condition for bifurcation is derived to show that previous formulations based on frictionless contact or ‘spring-type’ interfacial conditions are not able to predict bifurcations in tension, while experiments—one of which, ad hoc designed, is reported—show that these bifurcations are a reality and become possible when the correct sliding interface model is used. The presented results introduce a methodology for the determination of bifurcations and instabilities occurring during lubricated sliding between soft bodies in contact

Keywords:
frictionless contact, large strains, nonlinear elasticity

8.Maj J., Basista M., Węglewski W., Bochenek K., Strojny-Nędza A., Naplocha K., Panzner T., Tatarkova M., Fiori F., Effect of microstructure on mechanical properties and residual stresses in interpenetrating aluminum-alumina composites fabricated by squeeze casting, MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, ISSN: 0921-5093, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2017.12.091, Vol.715, pp.154-162, 2018
Maj J., Basista M., Węglewski W., Bochenek K., Strojny-Nędza A., Naplocha K., Panzner T., Tatarkova M., Fiori F., Effect of microstructure on mechanical properties and residual stresses in interpenetrating aluminum-alumina composites fabricated by squeeze casting, MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, ISSN: 0921-5093, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2017.12.091, Vol.715, pp.154-162, 2018

Abstract:
Aluminum-alumina composites with interpenetrating network structure are interesting structural materials due to their high resistance to elevated temperature and frictional wear, good heat conductivity, enhanced mechanical strength and fracture toughness. In this paper aluminum-alumina bulk composites and FGMs are manufactured by pressure infiltration of porous alumina preforms with molten aluminium alloy (EN AC-44200). Influence of the interpenetrating microstructure on the macroscopic bending strength, fracture toughness, hardness and heat conduction is examined. Special focus is on processing-induced thermal residual stresses in aluminium-alumina composites due to their potentially detrimental effects on material performance in structural elements under in-service conditions. The residual stresses are measured experimentally in the ceramic phase by neutron diffraction and simulated numerically using a micro-CT based Finite Element model, which takes into account the actual interpenetrating microstructure of the composite. The model predictions for two different volume fractions of alumina agree fairly well with the neutron diffraction measurements

Keywords:
A. stress measurements, X-ray analysis, finite element analysis, B. composites, C. casting methods

9.Pakdel A., Witecka A., Rydzek G., Shri D.N.A., Nicolosi V., A comprehensive analysis of extrusion behavior, microstructural evolution, and mechanical properties of 6063 Al–B4C composites produced by semisolid stir casting, MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, ISSN: 0921-5093, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2018.02.080, Vol.721, pp.28-37, 2018
Pakdel A., Witecka A., Rydzek G., Shri D.N.A., Nicolosi V., A comprehensive analysis of extrusion behavior, microstructural evolution, and mechanical properties of 6063 Al–B4C composites produced by semisolid stir casting, MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, ISSN: 0921-5093, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2018.02.080, Vol.721, pp.28-37, 2018

Abstract:
In this study, composites of aluminum alloy 6063 reinforced with 10 wt% boron carbide microparticles were successfully fabricated by a combination of spark plasma sintering and stir casting methods, followed by hot extrusion. A systematic study on the relationship between extrusion process variables (i.e. extrusion ratio, temperature, and punch speed) and porosity, particle refinement, particle distribution and consequently tensile properties and fracture behavior of the composites was performed. Extensive electron microscopy analysis and tensile testing of the composites revealed a multifactoral interdependency of microstructural evolution and mechanical properties on the extrusion process variables. For example, while increasing the extrusion ratio at higher temperatures led to moderate particle refinement, better densification of the composites, and improvement in mechanical properties, concurrent particle fragmentation and microvoid formation around the particles at lower temperatures had opposing effects on the mechanical behavior. We show that the dependency of mechanical properties on all such microstructural factors makes it difficult to predict optimum extrusion conditions in aluminum matrix composites. That is, unlike the common approach, extruding the composites at higher temperatures and achieving more reduction in area may not necessarily lead to the most favorable mechanical properties.

Keywords:
Aluminum matrix composite, Hot extrusion, Mechanical behavior, Microstructure, Spark plasma sintering, Stir casting

10.Vakis A.I., Yastrebov V.A., Scheibert J., Nicola L., Dini D., Minfray C., Almqvist A., Paggi M., Lee S., Limbert G., Molinari J.F., Anciaux G., Aghababaei R., Echeverri Restrepo S., Papangelo A., Cammarata A., Nicolini P., Putignano C., Carbone G., Stupkiewicz S., Lengiewicz J., Costagliola G., Bosia F., Guarino R., Pugno N.M., Müser M.H., Ciavarella M., Modeling and simulation in tribology across scales: An overview, TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, ISSN: 0301-679X, DOI: 10.1016/j.triboint.2018.02.005, Vol.125, pp.169-199, 2018
Vakis A.I., Yastrebov V.A., Scheibert J., Nicola L., Dini D., Minfray C., Almqvist A., Paggi M., Lee S., Limbert G., Molinari J.F., Anciaux G., Aghababaei R., Echeverri Restrepo S., Papangelo A., Cammarata A., Nicolini P., Putignano C., Carbone G., Stupkiewicz S., Lengiewicz J., Costagliola G., Bosia F., Guarino R., Pugno N.M., Müser M.H., Ciavarella M., Modeling and simulation in tribology across scales: An overview, TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, ISSN: 0301-679X, DOI: 10.1016/j.triboint.2018.02.005, Vol.125, pp.169-199, 2018

Abstract:
This review summarizes recent advances in the area of tribology based on the outcome of a Lorentz Center workshop surveying various physical, chemical and mechanical phenomena across scales. Among the main themes discussed were those of rough surface representations, the breakdown of continuum theories at the nano- and microscales, as well as multiscale and multiphysics aspects for analytical and computational models relevant to applications spanning a variety of sectors, from automotive to biotribology and nanotechnology. Significant effort is still required to account for complementary nonlinear effects of plasticity, adhesion, friction, wear, lubrication and surface chemistry in tribological models. For each topic, we propose some research directions.

Keywords:
Tribology, Multiscale modeling, Multiphysics modeling, Roughness, Contact, Friction, Adhesion, Wear, Lubrication, Tribochemistry

11.Balevičius R., Mróz Z., Modeling of combined slip and finite sliding at spherical grain contacts, GRANULAR MATTER, ISSN: 1434-5021, DOI: 10.1007/s10035-017-0778-6, Vol.10, pp.1-27, 2018
Balevičius R., Mróz Z., Modeling of combined slip and finite sliding at spherical grain contacts, GRANULAR MATTER, ISSN: 1434-5021, DOI: 10.1007/s10035-017-0778-6, Vol.10, pp.1-27, 2018

Abstract:
The present paper is aimed at developing the analytical description of the interaction of two contacting spheres for several classes of slip and sliding trajectories, typical in the experimental testing. The analysis accounts for memory effects in the slip regime and configurational effects in the sliding regime, expressed in terms of an active loading surface and memory surfaces within the space of contact forces. Analytical relations for contact response are derived for linear and piecewise-linear motion trajectories of the sphere. The problem of multiple contact interaction of the sphere moving over the regularly packed granular bed is also considered analytically. It is demonstrated that the dual contact activation-separation processes occur within the combined slip–sliding modes, essentially affecting the distribution of contact tractions. The results obtained are relevant for the class of contact problems requiring analysis of interaction of slip and sliding displacements, in particular in testing grain contact interaction aimed at specification of elastic, frictional and wear parameters.

Keywords:
Sphere–sphere contact, Memory rules, Slip and sliding, Displacement and force control, Monotonic and reciprocal sliding, Friction, Granular bed

12.Krajewski M., Brzozka K., Tokarczyk M., Kowalski G., Lewinska S., Slawska-Waniewska A., Lin W.S., Lin H.M., Impact of thermal oxidation on chemical composition and magnetic properties of iron nanoparticles, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, ISSN: 0304-8853, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2018.03.047, Vol.458, pp.346-354, 2018
Krajewski M., Brzozka K., Tokarczyk M., Kowalski G., Lewinska S., Slawska-Waniewska A., Lin W.S., Lin H.M., Impact of thermal oxidation on chemical composition and magnetic properties of iron nanoparticles, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, ISSN: 0304-8853, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2018.03.047, Vol.458, pp.346-354, 2018

Abstract:
The main objective of this work is to study the influence of thermal oxidation on the chemical composition and magnetic properties of iron nanoparticles which were manufactured in a simple chemical reduction of Fe3+ ions coming from iron salt with sodium borohydride. The annealing processing was performed in an argon atmosphere containing the traces of oxygen to avoid spontaneous oxidation of iron at temperatures ranging from 200 °C to 800 °C. The chemical composition and magnetic properties of as-prepared and thermally-treated nanoparticles were determined by means of X-ray diffractometry, Raman spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry. Due to the magnetic interactions, the investigated iron nanoparticles tended to create the dense aggregates which were difficult to split even at low temperatures. This caused that there was no empty space between them, which led to their partial sintering at elevated temperatures. These features hindered their precise morphological observations using the electron microscopy techniques. The obtained results show that the annealing process up to 800 °C resulted in a progressive change in the chemical composition of as-prepared iron nanoparticles which was associated with their oxidation. As a consequence, their magnetic properties also depended on the annealing temperature. For instance, considering the values of saturation magnetization, its highest value was recorded for the as-prepared nanoparticles at 1 T and it equals 149 emu/g, while the saturation point for nanoparticles treated at 600 °C and higher temperatures was not reached even at the magnetic field of about 5 T. Moreover, a significant enhancement of coercivity was observed for the iron nanoparticles annealed over 600 °C.

Keywords:
Chemical composition, Chemical reduction, Iron nanoparticle, Magnetic properties, Oxidation

13.Mucha M., Wcisło B., Pamin J., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Instabilities in membrane tension: Parametric study for large strain thermoplasticity, ARCHIVES OF CIVIL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1644-9665, DOI: 10.1016/j.acme.2018.01.008, Vol.18, No.4, pp.1055-1067, 2018
Mucha M., Wcisło B., Pamin J., Kowalczyk-Gajewska K., Instabilities in membrane tension: Parametric study for large strain thermoplasticity, ARCHIVES OF CIVIL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1644-9665, DOI: 10.1016/j.acme.2018.01.008, Vol.18, No.4, pp.1055-1067, 2018

Abstract:
This paper deals with the numerical analysis of localized deformation for a rectangular plate in membrane tension, modelled with large strain thermoplasticity. The aim is to determine the influence of selected factors on the localization phenomena, which can result from geometrical, material, and thermal softening. Two types of boundary conditions are considered: plane stress and plane strain, as well as two yield functions, Huber–Mises–Hencky and Burzyński–Drucker–Prager, with selected values of friction angle. First, isothermal conditions are considered and next, a conductive case with thermal softening is studied. Moreover, three types of plastic behaviour are analysed: strain hardening (with different values of hardening modulus), ideal plasticity, and strain softening. Numerical tests, performed using AceGen/FEM packages, are carried out for the rectangular plate under tension with an imperfection, using three finite element discretizations. The results for plane strain in the isothermal model show that with the decrease of linear hardening modulus, we can observe stronger mesh sensitivity, while for plane stress, mesh sensitivity is visible for all cases. Furthermore, for the thermomechanical model the results also depend on the mesh density due to insufficient heat conduction regularization

Keywords:
Thermoplasticity, Large strains, Strain localization, Parametric study

14.Jóźwik I., Strojny-Nędza A., Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Kurpaska Ł., Nosewicz S., High resolution SEM characterization of nano-precipitates in ODS steels, MICROSCOPY RESEARCH AND TECHNIQUE, ISSN: 1059-910X, DOI: 10.1002/jemt.23004, Vol.81, No.5, pp.502-508, 2018
Jóźwik I., Strojny-Nędza A., Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Kurpaska Ł., Nosewicz S., High resolution SEM characterization of nano-precipitates in ODS steels, MICROSCOPY RESEARCH AND TECHNIQUE, ISSN: 1059-910X, DOI: 10.1002/jemt.23004, Vol.81, No.5, pp.502-508, 2018

Abstract:
The performance of the present-day scanning electron microscopy (SEM) extends far beyond delivering electronic images of the surface topography. Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steel is on of the most promising materials for the future nuclear fusion reactor because of its good radiation resistance, and higher operation temperature up to 750°C. The microstructure of ODS should not exceed tens of nm, therefore there is a strong need in a fast and reliable technique for their characterization. In this work, the results of low-kV SEM characterization of nanoprecipitates formed in the ODS matrix are presented. Application of highly sensitive photo-diode BSE detector in SEM imaging allowed for the registration of single nm-sized precipitates in the vicinity of the ODS alloys. The composition of the precipitates has been confirmed by TEM-EDS.

Keywords:
ODS steels, scanning electron microscopy, spark plasma sintering