Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 47–54 | Cite as

Dynamic Micro-Strain Analysis of Ultrafine-Grained Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Using Digital Image Correlation

  • Yuzheng Zhang
  • Troy D. Topping
  • Enrique J. Lavernia
  • Steven R. Nutt
Symposium: Deformation, Damage, and Fracture of Light Metals and Alloys


Tensile tests were performed in situ on an ultrafine-grained (UFG) Al-Mg alloy using a micro-tensile module in a scanning electron microscope. The micro-strain evolution was tracked and measured using digital image correlation (DIC). A fine random speckle pattern was required to achieve high resolution and accuracy of strain measurement using DIC. To produce the speckle pattern, a patterning method was developed using electron beam lithography to deposit a gold speckle pattern. The nanoscale feature size of this gold pattern (45 nm) was useful for identifying the micro-strain among individual grains of the UFG Al-Mg alloy. Microstructural aspects of the UFG Al-Mg alloy were revealed by analysis of electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) patterns. Finally, the effect of the UFG Al-Mg alloy microstructure on the nanoscale deformation mechanism was investigated by combining EBSD and DIC data in a contour map. This combined technique provides a method for direct measurement of micro-strain and is potentially useful for deformation studies of a wide range of nanostructured materials.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuzheng Zhang
    • 1
  • Troy D. Topping
    • 2
  • Enrique J. Lavernia
    • 2
  • Steven R. Nutt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials ScienceUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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