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Stress field interaction during propagation of adjacent tensile twinning nuclei in magnesium

  • Zhe Li
  • Ben Xu
  • Qi Sun
  • Qiu-Lin Li
  • Wei LiuEmail author


The shear stress field proximity to the twinning and prismatic/basal interfaces of {\( \overline{1} \)012} tensile twins is shown by molecular dynamics simulations. The stress field interacts and influences the twinning growth mode in the subsequent deformation process, which is simulated by changing the relative positions of the nuclei. An asymmetrical growth mode appears, in which the growth of one twin is predominant over the other when they are oriented at 45° to each other. This growth mode is sensitive to the simulation temperature and strain rate and can be attributed to the interaction of the stress field proximity to the prismatic/basal interfaces and twinning planes.


Twinning Twin–twin interaction Stress field Molecular dynamics Magnesium 



This study was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51301094).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant, China Nuclear Power Engineering Co., LtdShenzhenChina
  3. 3.Joint Laboratory of Nuclear Materials and Service Safety, Graduate School at ShenzhenTsinghua UniversityShenzhenChina

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