When ultrafine-grained (UFG) samples are deformed plastically, it is necessary to consider the role of grain boundaries even at the micrometer scale in sample size. We report here the occurrence of intensive grain boundary sliding (GBS) at room temperature in micro-pillars of a UFG aluminum alloy having an unusually high strain rate sensitivity. A consequence of this GBS is that the intermittent flow with detrimental strain avalanches characterizing micro-sized conventional crystals is not present in UFG materials, thereby illustrating a potential for effectively applying these UFG materials in micro-devices.
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