Micropillar compression study on the deformation behavior of electrodeposited Ni-Mo films

Jeno Gubicza, Garima Kapoor, Dávid Ugi, László Péter, János L. Lábár, György Radnóczi

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The influence of Mo addition on the compression behavior of Ni films was studied by micropillar deformation tests. Thus, films with low (0.4 at. %) and high (5.3 at. %) Mo contents were processed by electrodeposition and tested by micropillar compression up to the plastic strain of about 0.26. The microstructures of the films before and after compression were studied by transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the as-deposited sample with high Mo concentration has a much lower grain size (~26 nm) than that for the layer with low Mo content (~240 nm). In addition, the density of lattice defects such as dislocations and twin faults was considerably higher for the specimen containing a larger amount of Mo. These differences resulted in a four-times higher yield strength for the latter sample. The Ni film with low Mo concentration showed a normal strain hardening while the sample having high Mo content exhibited a continuous softening after a short hardening period. The strain softening was attributed to detwinning during deformation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number205
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Detwinning
  • Micropillar compression
  • Ni-Mo films
  • Strain-softening
  • Twins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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