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In situ study of granular micromechanics in semi-solid carbon steels

Fonseca, J., O'Sullivan, C., Nagira, T. , Yasuda, H. & Gourlay, C. M. (2013). In situ study of granular micromechanics in semi-solid carbon steels. Acta Materialia, 61(11), pp. 4169-4179. doi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2013.03.043


The granular micromechanics of semi-solid steel at ∼80% solid are studied by synchrotron radiography. A particulate soil mechanics approach to image analysis shows that deformation occurs by the translation and rotation of quasi-rigid grains under the action of contact forces, and that the changes in directional fabric and grain–grain contacts occur by mechanisms similar to those of highly compacted soils including “locked sands”. Grain-scale phenomena are then linked to the macroscopic displacement and strain fields and it is shown that shear-induced dilation is a fundamental response at both the grain and macro scales. Based on this, recommendations are made on future rheology experiments.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Acta Materialia. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Acta Materialia, Volume 61, Issue 11, June 2013, Pages 4169–4179
Publisher Keywords: Casting, Solidification, Synchrotron radiation, Granular materials, Soil mechanics
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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