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D. J. Dunstan Critical Thickness Theory Applied to Micromechanical Testing Advanced Engineering Materials 14

Article first published online: 2 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adem.201200017

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Critical thickness theory for the plastic deformation of small volumes is applied to the size effect observed in common micromechanical testing methods. The theory predicts an underlying strength inversely proportional to the size, above which other strengthening mechanisms may operate up to the conventional theoretical strength. Experiments designed to test these predictions are described.

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