Mechanics of dislocation pile-ups : a unification of scaling regimes

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This paper unravels the problem of an idealised pile-up of n infinite, equi-spaced walls of edge dislocations at equilibrium. We define a dimensionless parameter that depends on the geometric, constitutive and loading parameters of the problem, and we identify five different scaling regimes corresponding to different values of that parameter for large n. For each of the cases we perform a rigorous micro-to-meso upscaling, and we obtain five expressions for the mesoscopic (continuum) internal stress. We recover some expressions for the internal stress that are already in use in the mechanical community, as well as some new models. The results in this paper offer a unifying approach to such models, since they can be viewed as the outcome of the same discrete dislocation setup, for different values of the dimensionless parameter (i.e., for different local dislocations arrangements). In addition, the rigorous nature of the upscaling removes the need for ad hoc assumptions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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