I examined a thesis a couple of year sago on work in this area - based on
some Russian work where apparently they significantly reduce the flow stress
of steel during rolling by passing massive DC currents through it. The
Russkies thought the effect might be due to electron-wind enhanced
dislocation motion - me, I reckon it's simply Joule heating. Unfortunately I
can't remember any names !
There are also well-documented effects of electric fields and currents
affecting dislocation motion and flow stress in ionic and compound
semiconductor crystals. Also Russian work, mostly. They did some pretty
esoteric stuff before the 1990's.
The Russians seem to have a history of seraching for external fields
that change behavior and structure of matter.
In the mid 1960's I read early translations of this kind of work in
quite a few kinds of materials. WOnderful stuff..... that nobody else
ever seemed to manage to duplicate.
I've forgotten the details but Russian work in the 1980's suggested
major changes in the properties of polymers in high magnetic fields.
I met a government lab worker who had worked on trying to verify this
Russian work for three or four years..... and was at the ends of his
rope. Pretty testy individual.
Polytechforum.com is a website by engineers for engineers. It is not affiliated with any of manufacturers or vendors discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.