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Peierls Stress

Peierls stress is the force first discovered by Rudolph Peierls and modified by David Nabarro needed to move a dislocation within a plane of atoms in the unit cell. The magnitude varies periodically as the dislocation moves within the plane. Peierls stress depends on the size and width of a dislocation and the distance between planes. Because of this, Peierls stress decreases with increasing distance between atomic planes. Yet since the distance between planes increases with planar density, slip of the dislocation is preferred on closely packed planes.

Peierls-Nabarro Stress Proportionality:

τPN {G*e^{(\frac{-2*{\pi}*W}{b})}}


W = \frac{a}{(1-v)}= the dislocation width
G = Shear Modulus
ν = Poisson's ratio
b = Interatomic Spacing
a = Interplanar Spacing

The Peierls Stress and Yield Strength Temperature Sensitivity

The Peierls Stress also relates to the temperature sensitivity of the yield strength of a material because it too depends on both short range atomic order and atomic bond strength. As temperature increases, the vibration of atoms increases and thus both peierls stress and yield strength decrease as a result of weaker atomic bond strength at high temperatures.


  • Hertzberg, Richard W. Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials 4th Edition
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