Grain orientation effects on dynamic strength of FCC multicrystals at low shock pressures: A hydrodynamic instability study

Pedro Peralta, E. Loomis, Y. Chen, A. Brown, R. McDonald, K. Krishnan, H. Lim

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Variability in local dynamic plasticity due to material anisotropy in polycrystalline metals is likely to be important on damage nucleation and growth at low pressures. Hydrodynamic instabilities could be used to study these plasticity effects by correlating measured changes in perturbation amplitudes at free surfaces to local plastic behaviour and grain orientation, but amplitude changes are typically too small to be measured reliably at low pressures using conventional diagnostics. Correlations between strength at low shock pressures and grain orientation were studied in copper (grain size ∼ 800 m) using the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability with a square-wave surface perturbation (wavelength = 150 m, amplitude = 5 m), shocked at 2.7 GPa using symmetric plate impacts. A Plexiglas window was pressed against the peaks of the perturbation, keeping valleys as free surfaces. This produced perturbation amplitude changes much larger than those predicted without the window. Amplitude reductions from 64 to 88% were measured in recovered samples and grains oriented close to 〈0 0 1〉 parallel to the shock had the largest final amplitude, whereas grains with shocks directions close to 〈1 0 1〉 had the lowest. Finite element simulations were performed with elastic-perfectly plastic models to estimate yield strengths leading lead to those final amplitudes. Anisotropic elasticity and these yield strengths were used to calculate the resolved shear stresses at yielding for the two orientations. Results are compared with reports on orientation dependence of dynamic yielding in Cu single crystals and the higher values obtained suggest that strength estimations via hydrodynamic instabilities are sensitive to strain hardening and strain rate effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalPhilosophical Magazine Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • anisotropy
  • plasticity
  • shock

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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