Incorporating diffuse-interface nuclei in phase-field simulations

Tae Wook Heo, Lei Zhang, Qiang Du, Long Qing Chen

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We propose a computational framework for incorporating diffuse-interface critical nuclei in phase-field simulations. Using a structural transformation as an example, we first generate a table of diffuse-interface critical nuclei. We then incorporate them in phase-field simulations through the explicit nucleation algorithm. The temporal growth kinetics of the introduced nuclei is obtained by numerically solving the Allen-Cahn equation. The results are analyzed by comparing to the phase transformation kinetics using the classical nucleation and normal growth theory and the Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-11
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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