Cohesive law describing crack growth at iron/precipitate interfaces

Astrid Elzas, Barend Thijsse

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Single dislocations and dislocation pile-ups at crystalline interfaces cause stress concentrations. This can lead to decohesion of the interfaces under tensile loading. To describe this decohesion quantitatively, a cohesive law for planar crack growth at iron/precipitate interfaces is developed. This cohesive law is based on a universal description of the adhesive energy for different interfaces. Only a single scaling factor c must be applied to convert the prediction based on this universal adhesive energy into the actual traction-separation behaviour during crack growth. This scaling factor takes into account the atomic strain and relaxations. The cohesive law derived here can be implemented in a Discrete Dislocation Plasticity framework to describe crack growth at a larger scale. The method presented in this paper for the derivation of a cohesive law can be applied to other material combinations showing brittle crack growth as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-224
JournalComputational Materials Science
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Cohesive zone modelling
  • Crack growth
  • Dislocation pile-up
  • Iron/precipitate interface
  • Molecular dynamics

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