Size effect on the shear damage under low stress triaxiality in micro-scaled plastic deformation of metallic materials

Jilai Wang, Chuanzheng Li, Yi Wan, Chengpeng Zhang, Jiaqi Ran, M. W. Fu

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Micro-forming is one of the major micro-manufacturing methods with promising application potentials, in which the damage response and fracture behavior need to be insightfully addressed. Among all the damage criteria to predict fracture, GTN model is a widely-used one and able to predict void-dominated fracture in micro-scale deformation. However, it is not very applicable under low stress triaxiality and shear-dominated condition. An in-depth understanding of shear damage and its potential size effect are crucial to explore the micro-scaled damage and fracture mechanisms. This research characterizes the size effect on flow stress via employing a combined constitutive model, and an approach for applying a phenomenological shear damage evolution law to the GTN-Thomason model via considering the size effect is developed. The prediction of micro-scaled fracture in a wide stress triaxiality range is thus enabled. Through simulation and experiment, the proposed model is validated and verified. In addition, stress state parameters including stress triaxiality, Lode parameter, and weight function, are also discussed, and the two damage parameters are analyzed quantificationally to reveal different fracture mechanisms occurring in different stress states and grain sizes. The research thus facilitates the physical insight and in-depth understanding of the size effect on damage evolution and fracture formation in micro-scaled plastic deformation of materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109107
JournalMaterials and Design
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Fracture mechanism
  • GTN model
  • Micro-scaled deformation
  • Shear damage
  • Size effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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