Theses and Dissertations


Yangqing Dou

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Liu, Yucheng

Committee Member

Horstemeyer, Mark F.

Committee Member

Chen, Lei

Committee Member

Hammi, Youssef

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


The objective of this dissertation centers on gaining a better understanding of the structure - property - performance relations of nickel and copper through the advanced multiscale theoretical framework and integrated computational methods. The goal of this dissertation also includes to combine material science and computational mechanics to acquire a transformative understanding of how the different crystal orientations, size scales, and penetration velocities affect plastic deformation and damage behavior of metallic materials during high strain rate (> 103s-1) processes. A multiscale computational framework for understanding plasticity and shearing mechanisms of metallic materials during the high rate process was developed, which for the first time reveals micromechanical insights on how different crystal orientations, size scales, and penetration velocities affect the atomistic simulations which render structure property information for plasticity, shearing and damage mechanisms. The contributions of this dissertation include: (1) Comprehensive understanding of the plasticity and shearing mechanisms between the nickel penetrator and copper target under high strain rates (2) Development of a multiscale study of a nickel penetrator striking a copper plate by employing macroscale simulations and atomistic simulations to better understand the micromechanisms. (3) An essential description of how different crystal orientations, size scales, and strain rates affect the plasticity and shearing mechanisms.