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Phase-Field Modeling of Equilibrium Precipitate Shapes Under the Influence of Coherency Stresses

Bhadak, Bhalchandra and Sankarasubramanian, R and Choudhury, Abhik (2018) Phase-Field Modeling of Equilibrium Precipitate Shapes Under the Influence of Coherency Stresses. In: METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS A-PHYSICAL METALLURGY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE, 49A (11). pp. 5705-5726.


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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11661-018-4835-5


Coherency misfit stresses and their related anisotropies are known to influence the equilibrium shapes of precipitates. Additionally, mechanical properties of the alloys are also dependent on the shapes of the precipitates. Therefore, in order to investigate the mechanical response of a material which undergoes precipitation during heat treatment, it is important to derive the range of precipitate shapes that evolve. In this regard, several studies have been conducted in the past using sharp-interface approaches where the influence of elastic energy anisotropy on the precipitate shapes has been investigated. In this paper, we propose a diffuse interface approach which allows us to minimize grid-anisotropy-related issues applicable to sharp-interface methods. In this context, we introduce a novel phase-field method where we minimize the functional consisting of the elastic and surface energy contributions while preserving the precipitate volume. Using this technique, we reproduce the shape bifurcation diagrams for the cases of pure dilatational misfit that have been studied previously using sharp-interface methods and then extend them to include interfacial energy anisotropy with different anisotropy strengths which has not been a part of previous sharp-interface models. While we restrict ourselves to cubic anisotropies in both elastic and interfacial energies in this study, the model is generic enough to handle any combination of anisotropies in both the bulk and interfacial terms. Further, we have examined the influence of asymmetry in dilatational misfit strains along with interfacial energy anisotropy on precipitate morphologies. (C)The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International 2018.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2018 15:03
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2018 15:03
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/60924

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