Modelling the Portevin-Le Chatelier effects in aluminium alloys

Saeed Tamimi, A. Andrade-Campos, J. Pinho-da-Cruz

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Plastic deformation processes are among the most demanding processes in manufacturing causing different microstructure feature in materials. A number of various dislocation patterns can be induced by plastic strain under different conditions. A serrated yielding/jerky flow in some dilute alloys like aluminium-magnesium alloys during plastic deformation is a well-known phenomenon under certain regimes of strain rate and temperature reported in a significant number of works. The serrated features in these materials are so-called the Portevin-Le Chatelier effects. The occurrence of these undesirable effects is due to the interaction between solute atoms and mobile dislocation during the plastic deformation which is known as dynamic strain ageing. There are a significant number of theoretical and numerical investigations that have been focused on describing the serrated behaviour of these materials during plastic deformation. Hence, the fundamental objective of this paper is a general review of different constitutive modelling in regards with this feature. The typical material models and new constitutive models describing this feature are presented. In addition, applications of the models are provided indicating their advantages and disadvantages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-78
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Issue number(3-4)
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2015


  • Portevin-Le Chatelier effects
  • dynamic strain ageing
  • constitutive modelling
  • aluminium-magnesium alloys
  • plastic deformation
  • microstructure
  • serrated behaviours
  • serrated behaviors


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