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Phase field study of precipitate rafting under a uniaxial stress

Gururajana, MP and Abinandanan, TA (2007) Phase field study of precipitate rafting under a uniaxial stress. In: Acta Materialia, 55 (15). pp. 5015-5026.

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We examine rafting of two-phase microstructures under a uniaxial applied stress, a process in which a mismatch in elastic moduli (elastic inhomogeneity) plays a central role. For this purpose, we have used a phase field model of an elastically inhomogeneous alloy; elastic stress and strain fields are calculated using a method adapted from the homogenization literature. We have characterized the efficiency of the resulting iterative algorithm based on Fourier transforms. Our simulations of rafting in two-dimensional systems show that rafting (unidirectionally elongated microstructures) is promoted when the precipitate phase is softer than the matrix and when the applied stress has the same sign as the eigenstrain. They also show that migration (for both hard and soft precipitates) and coalescence (for soft precipitates) have significant contributions to rafting.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Acta Materialia
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Phase field modelling;Microstructure;Homogenization; Rafting;Elastic stress effects.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2012 08:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/15105

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