Alex Selimov

Coarse-grained atomistic modeling of dislocations and generalized crystal plasticity
Authors: Alex Selimov, Kevin Chu, and David L. McDowell

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Recent developments in generalized continuum modeling methods ranging from coarse-grained atomistics to micromorphic theory offer potential to make more intimate physical contact with dislocation field problems framed at length scales on the order of microns. We explore a range of discrete dynamical and continuum mechanics approaches to crystal plasticity that are relevant to modeling behavior of populations of dislocations. Predictive atomistic and coarse-grained atomistic models are limited in terms of length and time scales that can be accessed; examples of the latter are discussed in terms of interactions of multiple dislocations in heterogeneous systems. Generalized continuum models alleviate restrictions to a significant extent in modeling larger scales of dislocation configurations and reactions, and are useful to consider effects of dislocation configuration on strength at characteristic length scales of sub-micron and above; these models require a combination of bottomup models and top-down experimental information to inform parameters and model form. The concurrent atomistic-continuum (CAC) method is extended to model complex multicomponent alloy systems using an average atom approach. Examples of CAC are presented, along with potential to assist in informing parameters of a recently developed micropolar crystal plasticity model based on a set of sub-micron dislocation field problems. Prospects for further developments are discussed.