Bauschinger effect in unpassivated freestanding nanoscale metal films

Jagannathan Rajagopalan, Jong H. Han, M. Taher A. Saif

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We show experimentally that unpassivated freestanding nanoscale metal films, subjected to uniaxial tension, show substantial Bauschinger effect (BE) during unloading, even at large overall tensile stresses. Aluminum films (thickness 200-400 nm, grain size ≈200 nm) show BE at stresses as high as 150 MPa and their plastic strain after unloading is often less than 50% of the expected value. In gold, BE is relatively smaller. Possible mechanisms for BE in unpassivated thin metal films are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)734-737
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Bauschinger effect
  • Plastic deformation
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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