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Variety of scaling behaviors in nanocrystalline plasticity


We address the question of why larger, high-symmetry crystals are mostly weak, ductile, and statistically subcritical, while smaller crystals with the same symmetry are strong, brittle and supercritical. We link it to another question of why intermittent elasto-plastic deformation of submicron crystals features highly unusual size sensitivity of scaling exponents. We use a minimal integer-valued automaton model of crystal plasticity to show that with growing variance of quenched disorder, which can serve in this case as a proxy for increasing size, submicron crystals undergo a crossover from spin-glass marginality to criticality characterizing the second order brittle-to-ductile (BD) transition. We argue that this crossover is behind the nonuniversality of scaling exponents observed in physical and numerical experiments. The nonuniversality emerges only if the quenched disorder is elastically incompatible, and it disappears if the disorder is compatible.
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hal-02989705 , version 1 (05-11-2020)



Peng Zhang, Oguz Umut Salman, Jérôme Weiss, Lev Truskinovsky. Variety of scaling behaviors in nanocrystalline plasticity. Physical Review E , 2020, 102, ⟨10.1103/physreve.102.023006⟩. ⟨hal-02989705⟩
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