Special Issue "Crystal Plasticity Modeling and Simulation"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystalline Metals and Alloys".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 345

Special Issue Editors

School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610207, China
Interests: crystal plasticity finite element method; high entropy alloys; heterostructured materials; dislocation mechanism; mechanical behavior; microstructure design
Department of Materials, Imperial College London, London, UK
Interests: micromechanics; crystal plasticity; discrete dislocation plasticity
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310000, China
Interests: alloy design and behavior; structural materials under extreme conditions; multiscale mechanical behaviors; physical metallurgy; metal and alloys; single crystals; plasticity
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Crystal plasticity (CP) modeling has emerged as a versatile and powerful tool. It describes the mechanical behavior of polycrystalline materials from the perspective of single-crystal deformation response. By this, the design of novel materials could be accelerated because the microstructure–property relations in crystalline materials are revealed rapidly. In recent years, implementing CP models to the finite element method (FEM) and fast Fourier transform (FFT) provides the visualization of microscale heterogeneous deformation states. CPFEM and CPFFT simulations can serve as effective approaches for micromechanical virtual experiments. In engineering, the CPFEM method is commonly used to predict the fatigue life of aerospace, vessel and nuclear equipment components.

Nowadays, there are three important trends in CP modeling and simulation:

  • Considering multiple plastic mechanisms (TWIP, TRIP, GB migration, etc.) to describe the deformation behavior of high entropy alloys and ultra-fine-grained alloys;
  • Coupling with phase-field or strain-gradient theory to accurately simulate nonlocal processes, such as crack propagation, twin growth, etc.;
  • High-performance multiscale numerical frameworks for modeling multiphysics (heat, force, electricity and magnetism) CP phenomena.

Solving these currently open questions requires substantial effort. A reliable CP simulation can only be performed by having well-established knowledge of crystallography, dislocation theory, continuum mechanics, numerical algorithms and code programming.

This Special Issue is especially dedicated to the latest research providing new insights and practical findings in crystal plasticity modeling and simulation. Potential papers include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  1. Dislocation mechanism-based crystal plasticity modeling;
  2. Coupled phase field-crystal plasticity simulation;
  3. Strain gradient crystal plasticity theory;
  4. Crystal plasticity simulations for damage, fracture and fatigue;
  5. Machine learning approaches in crystal plasticity;
  6. Visco-plastic self-consistent (VPSC) crystal plasticity modeling.

Dr. Xiaochong Lu
Dr. Yilun Xu
Prof. Dr. Hongbin Bei
Guest Editors

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  • dislocation theory
  • TWIP and TRIP mechanisms
  • strength and ductility
  • texture evolution
  • lattice structure
  • plastic forming process
  • multiscale simulation
  • nonlocal crystal plasticity
  • grain reconstruction from EBSD data
  • microstructure optimization

Published Papers

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