Slip band characteristics in the presence of grain boundaries in nickel-based superalloy

Ryan Sperry, David T Fullwood, Allan Harte, Joao Quinta da Fonseca, Eric R Homer, Robert H Wagoner

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Shear strain profiles along slip bands in a modified Rolls-Royce nickel superalloy (RR1000) were analyzed for a tensile sample deformed by 2%. The strain increased with distance away from a grain boundary (GB), with maximum shear strain towards the center of the grain, indicating that dislocation nucleation generally occurred in the grain interior. The strain gradients in the neighborhood of the GBs were quantified and generally correlated with rotation about the active slip system line direction. This leads to an ability to determine the active slip system in these regions. The dislocation spacing and pileup stresses were inferred. The dislocation spacing closely follows an Eshelby analytical solution for a single ended pileup of dislocations under an applied stress. The distribution of pileup stress values for GBs of a given misorientation angle follows a log-normal distribution, with no correlation between the pileup stress and the GB misorientation angle. Furthermore, there is no observed correlation between various transmissivity factors and slip band pileup stress. Hence it appears that the obstacle strength of any of the observed GBs is adequate to facilitate the dislocation pileups present in the slip bands. However, slip band transmission does correlate with transmissivity factors, with the current study focusing on the Luster and Morris m’-factor. Observation of strain profiles of transmitted bands indicate dislocation nucleation locations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Materialia
Early online date6 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • slip band
  • slip transmission
  • dislocation theory
  • digital image correlation
  • Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)


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