Plastic Response of Thin Films Due to Thermal Cycling

  • Lucia Nicola
  • Erik Van der Giessen
  • Alan Needleman
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Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 114)


Discrete dislocation simulations of thin films on semi-infinite substrates under cyclic thermal loading are presented. The thin film is modelled as a two-dimensional single crystal under plane strain conditions. Dislocations of edge character can be generated from initially present sources and glide in the film on a given set of slip systems. At each time step of the simulation, the stress field in the film is calculated through the solution of a boundary value problem, taking into account the long-range stress contribution of the current dislocation structure. The numerical results show a clear size effect in the plastic behaviour of two films with thicknesses of 0.25µm and 0.5µm. The mechanical response of the two films during the cyclic thermal loading is analysed, with an emphasis on the evolution of the dislocation structure.


Thin films thermal cycling discrete dislocation plasticity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucia Nicola
    • 1
  • Erik Van der Giessen
    • 1
  • Alan Needleman
    • 2
  1. 1.The Netherlands Institute for Metals Research/Dept. of Applied PhysicsUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Division of EngineeringBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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