HIGH-CYCLE FATIGUE IN THE TEM: NANOCRYSTALLINE METALS [Keynote]
Brad BoyceGrand Ballroom B
In-situ TEM high-cycle fatigue experiments on electron transparent thin films of nanocrystalline Pt and Cu have revealed not only microstructural-sensitive crack propagation, but also unexpected microstructural-scale crack healing. Based on the experimental observations, atomistic modeling, and continuum-scale microstructural modeling, the mechanism appears to be crack flank cold welding facilitated by local compressive microstructural stresses and/or grain boundary migration. While these observations are specific to pure nanocrystalline metal thin films under a high-vacuum environment, there are potentially much broader ramifications. The existing observations can be used to help rationalize suppressed fatigue crack propagation rates in vacuum, subsurface, or under contact-inducing mixed-mode stresses; and even the precipitous decline in propagation rates near the fatigue threshold.