Shear localization and size-dependent strength of YCd6 quasicrystal approximant at the micrometer length scale

Gyuho Song, Tai Kong, Keith J. Dusoe, Paul C. Canfield, Seok Woo Lee

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Abstract

Mechanical properties of materials are strongly dependent of their atomic arrangement as well as the sample dimension, particularly at the micrometer length scale. In this study, we investigated the small-scale mechanical properties of single-crystalline YCd6, which is a rational approximant of the icosahedral Y-Cd quasicrystal. In situ microcompression tests revealed that shear localization always occurs on {101} planes, but the shear direction is not constrained to any particular crystallographic directions. Furthermore, the yield strengths show the size dependence with a power law exponent of 0.4. Shear localization on {101} planes and size-dependent yield strength are explained in terms of a large interplanar spacing between {101} planes and the energetics of shear localization process, respectively. The mechanical behavior of the icosahedral Y-Cd quasicrystal is also compared to understand the influence of translational symmetry on the shear localization process in both YCd6 and Y-Cd quasicrystal micropillars. The results of this study will provide an important insight in a fundamental understanding of shear localization process in novel complex intermetallic compounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6980-6990
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Volume53
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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