Quasicontinuum simulation of nanoindentation of nickel film
A large-scale atom simulation of nanoindentation into a thin nickel film using the quasicontinuum method was performed. The initial stages of the plasticity deformation of nickel were studied. Several useful results were obtained as follows: (1) The response of the load versus indentation depth — on the load versus indentation depth curve, besides the straight parts corresponding to the elastic property of nickel, the sudden drop of the load occurred several times; (2) The phenomena of dislocation nucleation — the dislocation nucleation took place when the load descended, which makes it clear that dislocation nucleation causes the drop of the load; (3) The mechanism of the dislocation emission — the Peierls-Nabarro dislocation model and a powerful criterion were used to analyze the dislocation emission. And the computational value was in good agreement with the predict value; (4) The density of geometrically necessary dislocations. A simple model was used to obtain the density of geometrically necessary dislocations beneath the indenter. Furthermore, the influence of the boundary conditions on the simulation results was discussed.
Key wordsquasicontinuum method nanoindentation dislocation nucleation density of geometrically necessary dislocation
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