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Title: Stress-dependent grain size evolution of nanocrystalline Ni-W and its impact on friction behavior

The friction behavior of ultra-nanocrystalline Ni-W coatings was investigated. A critical stress threshold was identified below which friction remained low, and above which a time-dependent evolution toward higher friction behavior occurred. Founded on established plasticity models we propose a correlation between surface grain size and applied stress that can be used to predict the critical stress separating the two friction regimes. Lastly, this interpretation of plasticity models suggests that macro-scale low and high friction regimes are respectively associated with the nano-scale mechanisms of grain boundary and dislocation-mediated plasticity.
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1359-6462; PII: S1359646216301804
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scripta Materialia
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 123; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1359-6462
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE nanocrystalline metal; wear; friction; plastic deformation; microstructural evolution