Aug 16, 2006
No…not that kind of model!
“The formation and evolution of dislocation cell structures (patterning) is one of the most important aspects of the deformation process in ductile metals,” according to Lyle Levine and colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the University of Southern California. Metallurgists already know that this patterning process arises as clusters of dislocations interact with each other while recent diffraction-resolved studies have shown that the process is initiated by crystal lattice breakup. However, predicting exactly how a metal will behave under stress remains an unresolved problem. Now, Levine and his colleagues have turned to a twenty-year old model to help them out.