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Spinodal decomposition in polycrystalline alloys

Ramanarayan, H and Abinandanan, TA (2003) Spinodal decomposition in polycrystalline alloys. In: Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 318 (1-2). pp. 213-219.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0378-4371(02)01415-2

Abstract

We have used a phase field model (a continuum equivalent of the Potts model) for studying spinodal decomposition (SD) in polycrystalline alloys. We show that the evolution of the microstructure is governed largely by the difference in the grain boundary energies y(gb) of A-rich alpha and B-rich beta phases.When gamma(gb)(alpha)< y(gb)(beta)the decomposition process is initiated with the fort-nation of an alpha layer (band) at the grain boundary, and of a beta layer on either side of it. In small grains, the grain is filled with two or three of these alternating alpha and beta bands. In large grains, on the other hand, the microstructure exhibits a combination of GB-initiated bands and bicontinuous alpha and beta regions in the grain interior produced by normal SD. During this decomposition process, grain growth is suppressed completely due to the pinning effect of the A-rich layer at the grain boundaries.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science B.V
Keywords: Spinodal decomposition;Grain boundary;Phase field model.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 09:00
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2012 08:23
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/17369

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