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A Molecular Dynamics Study of Nucleation and Grain Growth of Novel Al-15Mg2Si-4.5Si Composite During Rapid Cooling Based Semi Solid Slurry Preparation

Mukherjee, I and Das, P (2023) A Molecular Dynamics Study of Nucleation and Grain Growth of Novel Al-15Mg2Si-4.5Si Composite During Rapid Cooling Based Semi Solid Slurry Preparation. [Book Chapter]

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4028/p-za0DwV


Owing to their several attractive features such as high hardness, high elastic modulus, light weight, high strength to weight ratio, high thermal conductivity, and high temperature strength, composites from Al-Mg2Si family offers promise towards deployment in several industries such as automobile, aerospace, marine, defence and electronic. The present molecular dynamics (employing LAMMPS) based simulation study is one of the first attempt to investigate the nucleation and grain growth mechanisms of Mg2Si phase at atomic level in case of novel Al-15Mg2Si-4.5Si composite, during semi-solid processing. Modified embedded atom method (MEAM) potential has been used to study the atomic interactions in the composite. Reaching the melt state at 1000 K, the temperature of the system is first decreased from 1000 K to 853 K and then the system is held at 853 K for 100 ps. The simulations are performed with three different cooling rates. With lowering of temperature, randomly distributed Mg and Si atoms form atomic clusters at arbitrary locations within the system, which is the nucleation stage for Mg2Si phase formation. Cluster size, radial distribution function has been used to investigate the structural evolution of Mg-Si clusters. Cooling rate significantly influences the grain size as well as the grain growth kinetics. The information about the thermodynamic state of the system has been revealed by extracting the values of internal energy, enthalpy, specific heat. during the slurry preparation and isothermal holding stages. The growth mechanism of Mg2Si nucleus has been characterized from the temporal variation of (Mg + Si) atoms taking part in the cluster formation. Power-law variation is observed in the cooling stage whereas a linear variation is observed in the isothermal stage. © 2023 Trans Tech Publications Ltd, Switzerland.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publication: Solid State Phenomena
Publisher: Trans Tech Publications Ltd
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Trans Tech Publications Ltd.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2023 11:07
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2023 11:07
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/83227

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