MULTI-SCALE MODELING AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF DEFORMATION TWINNING IN HEXAGONAL CLOSE-PACKED MATERIALS
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Zirconium and its alloys have been extensively used in both heavy and light water nuclear reactors. Like other Hexagonal Close-Packed (HCP) materials, e.g. magnesium, zirconium alloys develop different textures during manufacturing process which result in highly anisotropic materials with different responses under different loading conditions. Slip and twinning are two major deformation mechanisms during plastic deformation of zirconium. This dissertation uses various experimental techniques and a crystal plasticity scheme in the finite element framework to study deformation mechanisms in HCP materials with an emphasis on twinning in Zircaloy-2. The current study is presented as a manuscript format dissertation comprised of four manuscript chapters. After a literature review in Chapter 2, Chapter 3 reports steps in developing a crystal plasticity finite element user material subroutine for modeling deformation in Zircaloy-2 at room temperature. It is shown in Chapter 3 that the developed rate dependent equations are capable of capturing evolution of key features, e.g., texture, lattice strains, and twin volume fractions, during deformation by twinning and slip. Chapter 4 reports various assumptions and approaches in modeling twinning where results are compared against neutron diffraction measurements from the literature. It is shown in Chapter 4 that the predominant twin reorientation scheme can explain texture development more precisely than the other schemes discussed. Chapter 5 and 6 are two connected chapters where in the first one the formation of twins is studied statistically and in the second one, local inception and propagation of twins is studied. Numerical results of these two chapters are compared with 2D electron backscattered diffraction measurements, both carried out by the author and from the literature. Results from these two connected chapters emphasize the important role of grain boundary geometry and stress concentration sites on twin nucleation and growth. The four manuscript chapters are followed by summarizing conclusions and suggestions for future work in Chapter 7.