AbstractThe popularity of crystal plasticity finite element method (CPFEM) models is increasing due to their ability to predict the mechanical response of crystalline materials such as metals and metal alloys more accurately than traditional continuum mechanics models. Two main challenges faced by engineers and researchers while using CPFEM models are the need for large computational resources and the difficulty in calibrating a large number of material parameters. In this paper, a CPFEM code is developed to include the twinning induced grain reorientation and subsequent crystallographic slip in these grains. Developed code is incorporated in a large-scale, parallelized nonlinear solver WARP3D. A sensitivity analysis with respect to 22 material parameters was then conducted using single crystal and polycrystal Zircaloy RVE. Loading was applied along five different crystallographic orientations for single crystal RVE and along three directions namely, rolling (RD), transverse (TD), and normal (ND) direction for polycrystal RVE. Results obtained from the sensitivity analysis were used for the calibration of material parameters for Zircaloy. Finally, developed code along with calibrated material parameters was used to investigate the effect of the hydride phase formation in Zircaloy which is a typical case observed for nuclear applications. It was found that the volume fraction of the hydride phase has a significant impact on the mechanical properties of Zircaloy.
Published: November 8, 2023