Effect of Particle Size Distribution on Strength of Precipitation-Hardened Alloys


Aging of precipitation hardened alloys results in particle coarsening, which in turn affects the strength. In this study, the effect of particle size distribution on the strength of precipitation-hardened alloys was considered. To better represent real alloys, the particle radii were distributed using the Wagner and Lifshitz and Slyozov (WLS) particle size distribution theory. The dislocation motion was simulated for a range of mean radii and the critical resolved shear stress (CRSS) was calculated in each case. Results were also obtained by simulating the dislocation motion through the same system but with the glide plane populated by equal strength particles, which represent mean radii for each of the aging times. The CRSS value with the WLS particle distribution tends to decrease for lower radii than it does for the mean radius approach. The general trend of the simulation results compares well with the analytical values obtained using the equation for particle shearing and the Orowan equation.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Second Department

Materials Science and Engineering


National Science Foundation (U.S.)
University of Missouri Research Board

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Computer simulation; Particle size analysis; Probability density function; Shear stress; Critical resolved shear stress; Precipitation hardened alloys; Age hardening

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Publication Date

01 Sep 2004