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Physics & Astronomy Colloquium – Dr. Vikas Prakash

Webster Physical Science Building, Pullman, WA 99163
Webster Rm 17
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About the event

The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites all to a colloquium featuring Dr. Vikas Prakash, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Prakash will present their talk, “Dynamic Deformation of Polycrystalline Metals at Temperatures Approaching their Melt”, Tuesday, March 10 at 4:10 p.m. in Webster 17.

Meet for refreshments before the lecture at 3:45 – 4:10 p.m. in the foyer on floor G above the lecture hall.

Abstract: Plastic deformation of metals at large strains and high strain rates, studied extensively for nearly fifty years, has recently attracted renewed interest because of the discovery of strong effects at very high strain rates and elevated temperatures, and because of the importance of these effects for dynamic damage mechanisms.  At high loading rates, the mobility of dislocations can shift from thermal activation to the viscous-drag regime. Furthermore, in crystalline hexagonal closed packed (hcp) solids, inelastic deformation can be accommodated through both dislocation slip and deformation twinning.  Understanding the contributions of these mechanisms to the deformation of polycrystalline pure metals in the ultra-high strain rate and elevated temperature regimes is limited by the lack of reliable experimental data.

To address the above issues, experimental developments were undertaken to examine thin metal foil specimens heated to temperatures in excess of 1000oC prior to impact, thereby extending the capability of combined compression-and-shear plate-impact experiments to elevated temperatures. Using these new capabilities, including heterodyne interferometric methods for particle velocity measurements, compression and combined compression-and-shear plate-impact experiments were conducted on polycrystalline Al and Mg samples to investigate their dynamic shearing resistance at strain-rates >105 s-1, temperatures in excess of 600˚C, and shear strains approaching 100%. The characterization of the plastic deformation of Al and Mg (Tm= 660oC for Al, and Tm= 650oC for Mg) at elevated temperatures and very high strains rates is particularly valuable because of its usefulness in understanding the shearing resistance of fcc and hcp metals at high plastic strains as they approach their melt.