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Hydrogen-accelerated spontaneous microcracking in high-strength aluminium alloys

Tsuru, Tomohito; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; Yamaguchi, Masatake; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Ebihara, Kenichi; Bendo, A.*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Toda, Hiroyuki*

Scientific Reports (Internet), 10, p.1998_1 - 1998_8, 2020/04

Age-hardening has been one and only process to achieve high strength aluminum alloys since unlike iron and titanium, pure aluminum does not have other solid phases during heat treatment. Highly-concentrated precipitations play therefore dominant role in mechanical properties and hydrogen embrittlement of aluminium alloys. It has been considered that the coherent interface between matrix and precipitation does not contribute to the crack initiation and embrittlement due to its coherency. Here, we discovered the origin of unprecedented quasi-cleavage fracture mode. Hydrogen partitioning at various defect sites is investigated comprehensively combined with experiment, theory and first-principles calculations. We demonstrate that despite low excess free volume, the aluminum-precipitation interface is more preferable trap site than void and grain boundary. The cohesivity of the interface deteriorates significantly with increasing occupancy while hydrogen atoms are trapped stably up to extremely high occupancy equivalent to spontaneous cleavage.

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Alloy design for improvement of ductility and toughness in magnesium alloy; First-principles-calculation approaches

Tsuru, Tomohito

Keikinzoku, 70(2), p.73 - 81, 2020/02

Elements strategy becomes important to investigate alternative materials of rare metals. I have dedicated to establish a new approach based on computational methods. In the present paper, I propose two approaches based on first-principles and theory of dislocations. These methods are introduced to magnesium alloys.

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Anomalous solution softening by unique energy balance mediated by kink mechanism in tungsten-rhenium alloys

Tsuru, Tomohito; Wakeda, Masato*; Suzudo, Tomoaki; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Ogata, Shigenobu*

Journal of Applied Physics, 127(2), p.025101_1 - 025101_9, 2020/01

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Physics, Applied)

We explored softening/strengthening behavior in various solute in W matrix by density functional theory (DFT) calculations combined with solid solution model. As a result of DFT calculations for various solute, a clear trend was observed in the interaction energy between a solute and a screw dislocation, which has predominant influence on solid solution behavior. The predictions based on the solid solution model with DFT can reasonably reproduce the complicated softening/strengthening as a function of temperature and solute concentration. We conclude that this specific balance is the origin of macroscopic solid solution softening.

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An Unreported precipitate orientation relationship in Al-Zn-Mg based alloys

Bendo, A.*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Lervik, A.*; Tsuru, Tomohito; Nishimura, Katsuhiko*; Nunomura, Norio*; Holmestad, R.*; Marioara, C. D.*; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; Toda, Hiroyuki*; et al.

Materials Characterization, 158, p.109958_1 - 109958_7, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Characterization of precipitates in Al-Zn-Mg alloys, using a combination of electron diffraction, bright field transmission electron microscopy and atomic scale scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging revealed the presence of an unreported $$eta$$$$_{13}$$ orientation relationship between the $$eta$$-MgZn$$_2$$ phase and the Al lattice with the following orientation relationship (0001)$$eta$$ $$||$$ (120)$$_{rm Al}$$ and ($$2bar{1}bar{1}0$$)$$eta$$ $$||$$ (001)$$_{rm Al}$$, plate on (120)$$_{rm Al}$$. The precipitate interfaces were observed and analyzed along two projections 90$$^{circ}$$ to one-another. The precipitate coarsening was through the common thickening ledge mechanism. The ledges were significantly stepped along one lateral direction. An interface relaxation model using density functional theory was carried out to explain the precipitate behavior.

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First-principles modeling for dislocation motion of HEA alloys

Tsuru, Tomohito; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Yuge, Koretaka*; Aoyagi, Yoshiteru*; Shimokawa, Tomotsugu*; Kubo, Momoji*; Ogata, Shigenobu*

Proceedings of 4th International Symposium on Atomistic and Multiscale Modeling of Mechanics and Multiphysics (ISAM-4) (Internet), p.59 - 62, 2019/08

High entropy alloys (HEAs) are chemically complex single- or multi-phase alloys with crystal structures. There are no major components but five or more elements are included with near equiatomic fraction. In such a situation, deformation behavior can no longer be described by conventional solid solution strengthening model. Some HEAs, indeed, show higher strengthening behavior and anomalous slip. However, the mechanisms of these features have yet to be understood. In the present study, we investigate the core structure of dislocations in BCC-HEAs using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We found that core structure of a screw dislocation is identified as is the case with common BCC metals. On the other hand, dislocation motion should be different from pure BCC metals because of chemical and configurational disorder around dislocation core. We confirmed the specific feature of dislocation motion in HEAs by two-dimensional Peierls potential surface.

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Mechanism of hardening and damage initiation in oxygen embrittlement of body-centred-cubic niobium

Yang, P.-J.*; Li, Q.-J.*; Tsuru, Tomohito; Ogata, Shigenobu*; Zhang, J.-W.*; Sheng, H.-W.*; Shan, Z.-W.*; Sha, G.*; Han, W.-Z.*; Li, J.*; et al.

Acta Materialia, 168, p.331 - 342, 2019/04

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:6.76(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Body-centred-cubic metallic materials, such as niobium (Nb) and other refractory metals, are prone to embrittlement due to low levels of oxygen solutes. The mechanisms responsible for the oxygen-induced rampant hardening and damage are unclear. Here we illustrate that screw dislocations moving through a random repulsive force field imposed by impurity oxygen interstitials readily form cross-kinks and emit excess vacancies in Nb. The vacancies bind strongly with oxygen and screw dislocation in a three-body fashion, rendering dislocation motion difficult and hence pronounced dislocation storage and hardening. This leads to unusually high strain hardening rates and fast breeding of nano-cavities that underlie damage and failure.

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Optimization of mechanical properties in aluminum alloys $$via$$ hydrogen partitioning control

Toda, Hiroyuki*; Yamaguchi, Masatake; Matsuda, Kenji*; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; Hirayama, Kyosuke*; Su, H.*; Fujiwara, Hiro*; Ebihara, Kenichi; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Tsuru, Tomohito; et al.

Tetsu To Hagane, 105(2), p.240 - 253, 2019/02

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering)

no abstracts in English

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First-principles calculation of multiple hydrogen segregation along aluminum grain boundaries

Yamaguchi, Masatake; Ebihara, Kenichi; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Tsuru, Tomohito; Matsuda, Kenji*; Toda, Hiroyuki*

Computational Materials Science, 156, p.368 - 375, 2019/01

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:25.11(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

The segregation of multiple hydrogen atoms along aluminum (Al) grain boundaries (GBs) and fracture surfaces (FSs) was investigated through first-principles calculations considering the characteristics of GBs. The results indicate that hydrogen segregation is difficult along low-energy GBs. The segregation energy of multiple hydrogen atoms along GBs and FSs and the cohesive energy was obtained for three types of high-energy Al GBs. With increasing hydrogen segregation along the GBs, the cohesive energy of the GB decreases and approaches zero with no decrease in GB segregation energy. The GB cohesive energy decreases in parallel with the volume expansion of the region of low electron density along the GB.

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Surface energy reduction by dissociative hydrogen adsorption on inner surface of pore in aluminum

Yamaguchi, Masatake; Tsuru, Tomohito; Ebihara, Kenichi; Itakura, Mitsuhiro

Keikinzoku, 68(11), p.588 - 595, 2018/11

no abstracts in English

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Interpretation of thermal desorption spectra of hydrogen from aluminum using numerical simulation

Ebihara, Kenichi; Yamaguchi, Masatake; Tsuru, Tomohito; Itakura, Mitsuhiro

Keikinzoku, 68(11), p.596 - 602, 2018/11

Hydrogen embrittlement (HE) is considered as one cause of stress corrosion cracking. HE is a serious problem in the development of high strength aluminum alloy as with steels. For understanding HE, it is inevitable to know hydrogen trapping states in the alloys and it can be identified using thermal desorption spectrometry of H. In this study, we numerically simulated thermal desorption spectra of hydrogen in aluminum for a cylindrical and a plate specimens and interpreted the desorption peaks included in them on the basis of the trap site concentration and the trap energy. As a result, we found that the peak at the lowest-temperature side can result from grain boundaries and confirmed that the reported interpretation for other peaks is reasonable. We also obtained the result showing the possibility that the trap site concentration of defects changes during heating the specimens. This result may give a suggestion for the interpretation of temperature desorption spectra of steels.

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Microstructure evolution in a hydrogen charged and aged Al-Zn-Mg alloy

Bendo, A.*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Lee, S.*; Nishimura, Katsuhiko*; Toda, Hiroyuki*; Shimizu, Kazuyuki*; Tsuru, Tomohito; Yamaguchi, Masatake

Materialia, 3, p.50 - 56, 2018/11

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First-principles calculations of interaction between solutes and dislocations in tungsten

Tsuru, Tomohito; Suzudo, Tomoaki

Nuclear Materials and Energy (Internet), 16, p.221 - 225, 2018/08

Changes in mechanical properties due to transmutation products (Re and Os) in W alloys is a central issue for plasma-facing materials in fusion reactors. We implemented density function theory calculations to investigate the effect of Re, Os, and other 5d solutes on dislocation core structure and motion associated with plastic deformation. Ir, Pt, Au, and Hg solutes show strong attractive interactions with screw dislocations, causing solution strengthening by the pinning mechanism. On the other hand, Hf, Ta, and Re cause softening by facilitating dislocation motion around solutes. This prediction corresponds well with the experimental observation of softening behavior in W-Re alloys.

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First-principles study of solvent-solute mixed dumbbells in body-centered-cubic tungsten crystals

Suzudo, Tomoaki; Tsuru, Tomohito; Hasegawa, Akira*

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 505, p.15 - 21, 2018/07

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:48.87(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Tungsten (W) is considered as a promising candidate for plasma-facing materials for future nuclear fusion devices, and selecting optimal alloying constituents is a critical issue to improve radiation resistance of the W alloys as well as to improve their mechanical properties. We conducted in the current study a series of first-principles calculations for investigating solvent-solute mixed dumbbells in W crystals. The results suggested that titanium (Ti), vanadium (V), and chromium (Cr) are favorable as solutes for W alloys from irradiation-effect perspectives because these elements are expected to promote vacancy-interstitial recombination without causing radiation-induced precipitation that reduces ductility of irradiated materials.

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Interfacial segregation and fracture in Mg-based binary alloys; Experimental and first-principles perspective

Tsuru, Tomohito; Somekawa, Hidetoshi*; Chrzan, D. C.*

Acta Materialia, 151, p.78 - 86, 2018/06

 Times Cited Count:17 Percentile:6.4(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

We investigated the effect of solute elements on interfacial segregation and fracture in Mg alloys by experiments and first-principles density functional theory calculations in conjunction with interfacial fracture mechanics. Based on the assumption of brittle fracture in Mg alloys, the interfacial separation caused by segregated solutes in Mg can be efficiently described by the energy-based criterion of fracture, which is in good agreement with the fracture toughness obtained by experimental tests of Mg-M binary alloys. The electronic interaction, that is, the change in the electronic state between the interface and surface, mainly influences the ideal work of separation regardless of the type of interface. We found that IIIB ($$d^{1}$$) and IVB ($$d^{2}$$) solutes, such as Zr, show distinctive hybridization between the p band of Mg and the d band of the solute, which characterizes the strong fracture toughness of Zr-doped Mg alloys in both the calculations and experiments.

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First-principles study of hydrogen segregation at the MgZn$$_{2}$$ precipitate in Al-Mg-Zn alloys

Tsuru, Tomohito; Yamaguchi, Masatake; Ebihara, Kenichi; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Shiihara, Yoshinori*; Matsuda, Kenji*; Toda, Hiroyuki*

Computational Materials Science, 148, p.301 - 306, 2018/06

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:28.09(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Hydrogen embrittlement susceptibility of high strength 7xxx series Al alloys has been recognized as the critical issues in the practical use of Al alloys. Focusing on the interface between MgZn$$_{2}$$ precipitates and an Al matrix, which is considered as one of the important segregation sites in these alloys, we investigated the stable $$eta$$-MgZn$$_{2}$$-Al interface, and the possible hydrogen trap sites in MgZn$$_{2}$$ and at the $$eta$$-MgZn$$_{2}$$-Al interface via first-principles calculation. Most of the interstitial sites inside the MgZn$$_{2}$$ crystal were not possible trap sites because their energy is relatively higher than that of other trap sites. The trap energy of the most favorable site at the $$eta$$-MgZn$$_{2}$$-Al is approximately -0.3 eV/H, which is more stable that of the interstitial site at the grain boundary. The interface between MgZn$$_{2}$$ and Al is likely to be a possible trap site in Al alloys.

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Effect of alloying elements on grain boundary sliding in magnesium binary alloys; Experimental and numerical studies

Somekawa, Hidetoshi*; Tsuru, Tomohito

Materials Science & Engineering A, 708, p.267 - 273, 2017/12

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:19.42(Nanoscience & Nanotechnology)

The effect of alloying elements on grain boundary sliding was systematically investigated using several binary magnesium alloys via both experimental and numerical methods. The alloying element clearly affected damping properties related to grain boundary sliding, as measured by nanoindentation tests. The properties, such as damping capacity and strain rate sensitivity, apparently depended on grain boundary characteristics, i.e., the grain boundary energy. By increasing and decreasing the grain boundary energy, the alloying element was found to play a role in enhancing and suppressing grain boundary sliding, respectively. First-principles calculations revealed that lithium element had a weak bonding to magnesium due to a few operation of electric orbit. On the other hand, rare-earth elements exhibited relatively strong bonding to magnesium, because of electron interactions with the first nearest neighbor site, and tended to prevent grain boundary sliding.

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Effect of crystal orientation on incipient plasticity during nanoindentation of magnesium

Somekawa, Hidetoshi*; Tsuru, Tomohito; Singh, A.*; Miura, Seiji*; Schuh, C. A.*

Acta Materialia, 139, p.21 - 29, 2017/10

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:33.99(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

The effect of crystal orientation on incipient plasticity during nanoindentation was investigated by experiments and molecular statics simulation. Pop-in behavior is a result of dislocation activity, and is therefore influenced by crystal orientation. Experimental results using single crystals indicated that indentations on the basal plane had higher pop-in loads and larger pop-in displacements than those on the prismatic plane, an effect also captured by molecular statics simulation. The difference can be traced to the types of activated dislocations, with not only basal but also pyramidal dislocations active for indentations on the basal plane, but only basal dislocations triggered at the first pop-in on the prismatic plane.

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Origin of tension-compression asymmetry in ultrafine-grained fcc metals

Tsuru, Tomohito

Physical Review Materials (Internet), 1(3), p.033604_1 - 033604_5, 2017/08

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:83.09(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

A new mechanism of anomalous tension/compression (T/C) asymmetry in ultrafine-grained (UFG) metals is proposed using large-scale atomistic simulations and dislocation theory. Unlike coarse-grained metals, UFG Al exhibits remarkable T/C asymmetry of the yield stress. The atomistic simulations reveal that the yield event is not related to intragranular dislocations but caused by dislocation nucleation from the grain boundaries (GBs). The dislocation core structure associated with the stacking fault energy in Al is strongly affected by the external stress compared with Cu; specifically, high tensile stress stabilizes the dissociation into partial dislocations. These dislocations are more likely to be nucleated from GBs and form deformation twins from an energetic viewpoint. The new mechanism, which is completely different from well-known mechanisms for nanocrystalline and amorphous metals, is unique to high-strength UFG metals and can explain the difference in T/C asymmetry between UFG Cu and Al.

Journal Articles

Lattice softening in body-centered-cubic lithium-magnesium alloys

Winter, I. S.*; Tsuru, Tomohito; Chrzan, D. C.*

Physical Review Materials (Internet), 1(3), p.033606_1 - 033606_9, 2017/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

A first-principles investigation of the influence of lattice softening on lithium-magnesium alloys near the body-centered-cubic (bcc)/hexagonal close-packed (hcp) transition composition is presented. Results show that lithium-magnesium alloys display a softening of the shear modulus $$C_{11}-C_{12}$$, and an acoustic phonon branch between the $$Gamma$$ and $$N$$ high symmetry points, as the composition approaches the stability limit for the bcc phase. This softening is accompanied by an increase in the size of the dislocation core region. Ideal tensile strength calculations predict that ordered phases of lithium-magnesium alloys are intrinsically brittle. Methods to make the alloys more ductile are discussed, and the propensity for these alloys to display gum-metal-like behavior is assessed.

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Chemical misfit origin of solute strengthening in iron alloys

Wakeda, Masato*; Tsuru, Tomohito; Koyama, Masanori*; Ozaki, Taisuke*; Sawada, Hideaki*; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Ogata, Shigenobu*

Acta Materialia, 131, p.445 - 456, 2017/06

 Times Cited Count:11 Percentile:24.13(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Most of the solute species show a significant interaction with the dislocation core, while only several solute species among them, such as Si, P, and Cu, significantly lower the Peierls potential of the screw dislocation motion. A first-principles interaction energy with the "Easy-core" structure excellently correlates with the change in the $$gamma$$-surface caused by solute atoms (i.e., chemical misfit). We show the availability of the interaction energy to predict the effect of each species on macroscopic critical resolved shear stress (CRSS) of the dilute Fe alloy. The CRSS at low and high temperature for various alloys basically agree with experiment CRSS. These results provide a novel understanding of the interaction between a screw dislocation and solute species from the first-principles.

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