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On the spurious increase in particle volume fraction during coarsening simulations

Abinandanan, TA (1995) On the spurious increase in particle volume fraction during coarsening simulations. In: Philosophical Magazine Letters, 71 (4). pp. 229-235.

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The problem of spurious increase in volume fraction of second-phase particles during computer simulations of coarsening is examined. The origin of this problem is traced to the use of too long a time step (used for numerical integration of growth rates with respect to time) which leads to small particles with large negative growth rates shrinking to negative radii at the end of the time step. Such a shrinkage to negative sizes has the effect of pumping solute into the system. It is therefore suggested that the length of the time step be chosen in accordance with the size of the smallest particle present in the system. It is shown that spurious increase in particle Volume has a significant effect on the particle size distributions in the scaling regime (making them broader and more skewed in the Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner model). Its effect on coarsening kinetics, however, is found to be small.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Philosophical Magazine Letters
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Taylor and Francis Group.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 24 May 2011 07:08
Last Modified: 24 May 2011 07:08
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/37820

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