Quantitative treatment of the creep of metals by dislocation and rate-process theories

Nowick, A S Machlin, E S

An equation for the steady-state rate of creep has been derived by applying the theory of dislocations to the creep of pure metals. The form of this equation is in agreement with empirical equations describing creep rates. The theory was also used to predict the dependence of steady-state rate of creep on physical constants of the material and good agreement was obtained with data in the literature for pure annealed metals. The rate of creep was found to decrease with increasing modulus of rigidity. This relation suggest that one of the requirements for a heat-resisting alloy is that its matrix be a metal that has a high modulus of rigidity and therefore a high modulus of elasticity.

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