Dislocations can provide short circuit diffusion paths for atoms resulting in a dislocation climb motion referred to as self-climb. A variational principle is presented for the analysis of problems in which fast dislocation core diffusion is the dominant mechanism for material redistribution. The linear element based self-climb model, developed in our previous work  Liu, Cocks and Tarleton (2020 J. Mech. Phys. Solids 135 103783), is significantly accelerated here, by employing a new finite element discretisation method. The speed-up in computation enables us to use the self-climb model as an effective numerical technique to simulate emergent dislocation behaviour involving both self-climb and glide. The formation of prismatic loops from the break-up of different types of edge dislocation dipoles are investigated based on this new method. We demonstrate that edge dipoles sequentially pinch-off prismatic loops, rather than spontaneously breaking-up into a string of loops, to rapidly decrease the total dislocation energy.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Modelling and simulation in materials science and engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Jun 2020|
- Core diffusion
- Pipe diffusion
- Variational principle
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