Geometric aspects of the ideal shear resistance in simple crystal lattices

V. V. Bulatov, W. Cai, R. Baran, K. Kang

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We present and analyze results of a large series of atomistic calculations of crystal resistance to shearing along rational planes of different orientations. The data computed for bcc and fcc crystals suggests that the interplanar spacing, d, is not a pertinent scaling parameter for the ideal shear resistance and that instead, plane orientation angle, θ, is a more appropriate predictor of the resistance variations among crystal planes in the same crystallographic zone. By counting the interatomic bonds reaching across the shear plane, we obtain interpolation functions that accurately match the computed resistances in the whole range of plane orientations. Entirely defined by the lattice symmetries and geometry, the interpolation functions are universal for a given crystallographic class of materials. Within a given class, material specificity of the shear resistance is accounted for with just a few scaling parameters entering the interpolation functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3847-3859
Number of pages13
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number25-26
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sept 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was performed under the auspices of the US Department of Energy by the University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract No. W-7405-Eng-48. This work was supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences US Department of Energy and the NNSA ASC Program. VVB wishes to express his gratitude to W. G. Wolfer for fruitful discussions, encouragement and help. The authors also wish to thank B. Sadigh and G. H. Gilmer for their interest and useful suggestions.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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