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Lüders bands, also known as "slip bands" or "stretcher-strain marks," are localized bands of plastic deformation in metals experiencing tensile stresses, common to low-carbon steels and certain Al-Mg alloys.[1] First reported by Guillaume Piobert and W. Lüders, the mechanism that stimulates their appearance is known as "dynamic strain aging," or the inhibition of dislocation motion by interstitial atoms (in steels, typically carbon and nitrogen), around which "atmospheres" or "zones" naturally congregate.

Figure 1: Measured strain distribution of a tensile test (shape memory alloy) during loading and unloading shows moving Lüders bands. The measurement was performed with a LIMESS Digital image correlation system.

As internal stresses tend to be highest at the shoulders of tensile test specimens, band formation is favored in those areas. However, the formation of Lüders bands depends primarily on the microscopic (i.e. average grain size and crystal structure, if applicable) and macroscopic geometries of the material. For example, a tensile-tested steel bar with a square cross-section tends to develop comparatively more bands than would a bar of identical composition having a circular cross-section.[2]

The formation of a Lüders band is preceded by a yield point and a drop in the flow stress. Then the band appears as a localized event of a single band between plastically deformed and undeformed material that moves with the constant cross head velocity. The Lüders Band usually starts at one end of the specimen and propagates toward the other end.[3] The visible front on the material usually makes a well-defined angle typically 50–55° from the specimen axis as it moves down the sample.[4] During the propagation of the band the nominal stress–strain curve is flat.[3] After the band has passed through the material the deformation proceeds uniformly with positive strain hardening. Sometimes Lüders band transition into the Portevin–Le Chatelier effect while changing the temperature or strain rate, this implies these are related phenomena [3] Lüders bands are known as a strain softening instability.[4]

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  • Richard W. Hertzberg, Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials, 4th Edition, pp. 29–30 ISBN 0-471-01214-9
  1. ^ Intergranular strain and texture in steel Luders bands Roxana Hutanua, Lynann Claphama, and R.B. Rogge; Acta Materialia, Volume 53, Issue 12, July 2005, Pages 3517-3524
  2. ^ Macroscopic aspects of Lüders band deformation in mild steel V.S. Ananthan†, and E.O. Hall; Acta Metallurgica et Materialia, Volume 39, Issue 12, December 1991, Pages 3153-3160
  3. ^ a b c Mesarovic, Sinisa(1995) “Dynamic Strain Aging and Plastic Instabilities.” Mech. Phys. Solids 43:671-700
  4. ^ a b Ananthakrishna, G. (2007)“Current theoretical approaches to the collective behaviour of dislocations”. Physics Reports 440:113-259