Strength Effects in Micropillars of a Dispersion Strengthened Superalloy

Authors

  • Baptiste Girault,

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    1. INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Functional Surfaces Group, and Saarland University Campus D2 2, 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
    • INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Functional Surfaces Group, and Saarland University Campus D2 2, 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany.
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  • Andreas S. Schneider,

    1. INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Functional Surfaces Group, and Saarland University Campus D2 2, 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
    2. Max Planck Institute for Metals Research Heisenbergstr. 3, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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  • Carl P. Frick,

    1. Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming Department 3295 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071, USA
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  • Eduard Arzt

    1. INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Functional Surfaces Group, and Saarland University Campus D2 2, 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
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  • The authors would like to acknowledge J. Schmauch, Saarland University for EBSD measurements, discussions with K.-P. Schmitt, INM, and the assistance of Christof Schwenk, Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart, and Birgit Heiland, INM for SEM sample surface preparation.

Abstract

The present paper investigates the uniaxial compression behavior of highly alloyed, focused ion beam (FIB) manufactured micropillars, ranging from 200 up to 4000 nm in diameter. The material used was the Ni-based oxide-dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloy Inconel MA6000. Stress–strain curves show a change in slip behavior comparable to those observed in pure fcc metals. Contrary to pure Ni pillar experiments, high critical resolved shear stress (CRSS) values were found independent of pillar diameter. This suggests that the deformation behavior is primarily controlled by the internal obstacle spacing, overwhelming any pillar-size-dependent mechanisms such as dislocation source action or starvation.

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