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Tough Interface Tailored Nanostructured Metals

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Project "TOUGHIT" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LEOBEN
postcode: 8700

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Total cost 1˙960˙985 €
 EC max contribution 1˙960˙985 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-05-01   to  2023-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN AT (LEOBEN) coordinator 1˙960˙985.00


 Project objective

The ideal structural material should excel in strength and toughness. Strength describes the capability of a defect free component to carry load during operation, while toughness defines the load-bearing capability and ductility in the presence of a crack. For an energy-efficient and safe design, both quantities should be simultaneously high. Unfortunately, they are mutually exclusive, rendering their combination a Holy Grail in materials science. The reason for this incompatibility is rooted in the inverse strength-ductility paradigm. Focussing on metals, the strength is enhanced via microstructure refinement to the nanometer scale, but ductility and damage tolerance simultaneously drop dramatically. Safety-related or highly stressed components are thus made from rather soft metals, indicating tremendous economic impact conceivable. The objective of this project is to design new bulk materials that uniquely combine high strength and toughness. Severe plastic deformation will be employed to create novel nanostructured bulk metals and nanocomposites, utilizing atomistically informed alloy and interface design to promote plastic deformation. The largely unknown nanoscale processes that limit fracture toughness of nanostructured materials will for the first time be directly identified by quantitative nanomechanical fracture experiments performed in-situ in high resolution electron microscopes. Correlation of these unique insights with ab-initio calculations and energy-based elastic-plastic fracture mechanics computations will guide paths for further improvement of the fracture resistance. By combining a versatile synthesis technique with highly advanced in-situ nanomechanical testing permitting unique atomistic-level insights into nanoscale fracture processes and a scale-bridging modelling approach, new mechanism-based strategies to tailor innovative nanostructured metals and composites with unprecedented strength and toughness will be established.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 O. Renk, V. Maier-Kiener, I. Issa, J.H. Li, D. Kiener, R. Pippan
Anneal hardening and elevated temperature strain rate sensitivity of nanostructured metals: Their relation to intergranular dislocation accommodation
published pages: 409-419, ISSN: 1359-6454, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2018.12.002
Acta Materialia 165 2019-12-17
2019 D. Kiener, R. Fritz, M. Alfreider, A. Leitner, R. Pippan, V. Maier-Kiener
Rate limiting deformation mechanisms of bcc metals in confined volumes
published pages: 687-701, ISSN: 1359-6454, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2019.01.020
Acta Materialia 166 2019-12-17
2018 R. Pippan, S. Wurster, D. Kiener
Fracture mechanics of micro samples: Fundamental considerations
published pages: 252-267, ISSN: 0264-1275, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2018.09.004
Materials & Design 159 2019-12-17
2018 Michael Wurmshuber, David Frazer, Andrea Bachmaier, Yongqiang Wang, Peter Hosemann, Daniel Kiener
Impact of interfaces on the radiation response and underlying defect recovery mechanisms in nanostructured Cu-Fe-Ag
published pages: 1148-1157, ISSN: 0264-1275, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2018.11.007
Materials & Design 160 2019-12-17
2019 Y.Q. Wang, R. Fritz, D. Kiener, J.Y. Zhang, G. Liu, O. Kolednik, R. Pippan, J. Sun
Fracture behavior and deformation mechanisms in nanolaminated crystalline/amorphous micro-cantilevers
published pages: 73-83, ISSN: 1359-6454, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2019.09.002
Acta Materialia 180 2019-12-17

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