Deformation mechanisms in tensile fracture of Al foils containing Si precipitates

Y. Satoh, T. Yoshiie, H. Mori, M. Kiritani

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Recently, Kiritani et al. proposed a new mechanism of plastic deformation without involving dislocations in tensile fracture of metal foils. The paper reports transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of tensile fracture of Al containing hard precipitates (Si) that are considered to act as obstacles to dislocation motion. In sawtooth-shaped thin-foils formed at the fracture tip ('sawtooth portion'), tensile strain was as high as 103, but only a few dislocations were pinned to precipitates. Instead, voids were formed at precipitate/matrix interface, elongated in the direction of tension, and broke up into several smaller voids, due to stress concentration around hard precipitates. The thicker area of the specimen ('base portion'), where tensile strain was 30, did not contain voids but showed a dislocation cell structure. In tensile fracture of pre-thinned specimen, voids were formed in the sawtooth portion, despite the tensile strain also being 30. These results suggest that the sawtooth portion is formed by a new mechanism that does not involve dislocations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-52
Number of pages9
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Al alloy
  • Crack
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture
  • Precipitate
  • Void

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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