Simultaneous determination of mean pressure and deviatoric stress based on numerical tensor analysis: A case study for polycrystalline x-ray diffraction of gold enclosed in a methanol-ethanol mixture

Akira Yoneda, A. Kubo

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It is known that the {100} and {111} planes of cubic crystals subjected to uniaxial deviatoric stress conditions have strain responses that are free from the effect of lattice preferred orientation. By utilizing this special character, one can unambiguously and simultaneously determine the mean pressure and deviatoric stress from polycrystalline diffraction data of the cubic sample. Here we introduce a numerical tensor calculation method based on the generalized Hooke's law to simultaneously determine the hydrostatic component of the stress (mean pressure) and deviatoric stress in the sample. The feasibility of this method has been tested by examining the experimental data of the Au pressure marker enclosed in a diamond anvil cell using a pressure medium of methanol-ethanol mixture. The results demonstrated that the magnitude of the deviatoric stress is ∼0.07GPa at the mean pressure of 10.5GPa, which is consistent with previous results of Au strength under high pressure. Our results also showed that even a small deviatoric stress (∼0.07GPa) could yield a ∼0.3GPa mean pressure error at ∼10GPa.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS06
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - Jun 28 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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