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The dynamics of interfaces during coarsening in solid–liquid systems


Fife, J L; Gibbs, J W; Gulsoy, E B; Park, C-L; Thornton, K; Voorhees, P W (2014). The dynamics of interfaces during coarsening in solid–liquid systems. Acta Materialia, 70:66-78.

Abstract

The isothermal coarsening of dendritic Al–Cu microstructures is examined using time-resolved, in situ synchrotron-based X-ray tomographic microscopy. By obtaining the data at the coarsening temperature (in situ) with speeds that are on the order of or faster than the ongoing evolution of the microstructure (time-resolved, 4-D), we examine the dynamic morphological evolution of the solid–liquid interfaces in two solid volume fractions; as such, the relationship between the velocity of the evolving interface and characteristics that define the morphology of the interface is determined. We find that, while there is a correlation between velocity and mean curvature of the interface, there is a significant dispersion in the velocities for a given value of mean curvature. In addition, the Gaussian curvature plays a role in determining the interface velocity even though it has no effect on the chemical potential at the interface. We find that there are many interface patches of various morphologies and size scales that are not evolving during the coarsening process. At higher solid volume fractions and longer coarsening times, more of the structure is active in the coarsening process, and there is an increase in localized diffusional interactions.

Abstract

The isothermal coarsening of dendritic Al–Cu microstructures is examined using time-resolved, in situ synchrotron-based X-ray tomographic microscopy. By obtaining the data at the coarsening temperature (in situ) with speeds that are on the order of or faster than the ongoing evolution of the microstructure (time-resolved, 4-D), we examine the dynamic morphological evolution of the solid–liquid interfaces in two solid volume fractions; as such, the relationship between the velocity of the evolving interface and characteristics that define the morphology of the interface is determined. We find that, while there is a correlation between velocity and mean curvature of the interface, there is a significant dispersion in the velocities for a given value of mean curvature. In addition, the Gaussian curvature plays a role in determining the interface velocity even though it has no effect on the chemical potential at the interface. We find that there are many interface patches of various morphologies and size scales that are not evolving during the coarsening process. At higher solid volume fractions and longer coarsening times, more of the structure is active in the coarsening process, and there is an increase in localized diffusional interactions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:17 Feb 2016 07:26
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 11:16
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1359-6454
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2014.01.024

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