Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Gullett, Philip

Committee Member

Marin, Esteban

Committee Member

Horstemeyer, Mark

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


This study focuses on molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, coupled with a discrete mathematical framework, and crystal plasticity (CP) simulations to investigate micro void nucleation and the plastic spin. The origin and historical use of the plastic spin are discussed with particular attention to quantifying the plastic spin at the atomistic scale. Two types of MD simulations are employed: (a) aluminum single crystals undergoing simple shear and (b) aluminum triple junctions (TJ) with varying grain orientations and textures undergoing uniaxial tension. The high-angle grain boundary simulations nucleate micro voids at or around the TJ and the determinant of the deformation gradient shows the ability to predict such events. Crystal plasticity simulations are used to explore the stress-state of the aluminum TJ from uniaxial tension at a higher length scale with results indicating a direct correlation between CP stress-states and the location of micro void nucleation in the MD simulations.