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Biographical Memoir of Zay Jeffries by W.D. Nix

I have written a National Academy of Sciences biographical memoir of Zay Jeffries, one of the great American metallurgists of the 20th century.  I am posting the link to the NAS website here with the thought that some readers of iMechanica might be interested in the piece.  Some will be interested to learn that Jeffries came very close to discovering dislocations some 18 years before the great papers of Taylor, Orowan and Polyanyi in 1934.


Partial Dislocation Tutorial for FCC Metals

It is well known thatdislocations in FCC metals are composed of partial dislocations separated bystacking faults.  When consideringthe reactions of dislocations with each other, such as in DD simulations, it is necessary to determine therelative positions of the partials in order to correctly describe theconfigurations that are created in the reactions.  Here we describe a geometric method for correctly determiningthe relative positions of the partials. The results we obtain can also be found by applying an axiom, or rule,given in the book by Hirth and Lothe. At the end of this tutorial we

A Model for Superplasticity not Controlled By Grain Boundary Sliding

It is commonly assumed that grain boundary sliding can control plastic deformation in fine grained crystalline solids.  Superplasticity is often considered to be controlled by grain boundary sliding, for example.  I have never accepted that view, though my own opinion is very much at odds with the commonly accepted picture.  When I was asked to write a paper in honor of Professor F.R.N. Nabarro's 90th birthday (Prof.

Mechanical Properties of Thin Films (class notes for a graduate class at Stanford University)

The attached file is a set of class notes developed by W.D. Nix of Stanford University and used in a graduate course on Mechanical Properties of Thin Films. These notes have been used in the graduate course MSE 353 since the late 1980's. That course has been taught every year or so since that time. The notes were last updated in January of 2005. The reader will see a note to the effect that many of the figures and illustrations in the file have been taken from the work of students and colleagues at Stanford without proper attribution.

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