Questioning Gibbs, anisotropy in phase field models and solidification under magnetic fields

March 1, 2009

A few papers of interest — to be published in Acta and Scripta:

[1] A unique state of solid matter: Stochastic spinodal modulations in the Au-50Ni transition above 600K

A Perovic et al

Our observation of the spinodal modulations in gold-50 at% nickel (Au-50Ni) transformed at high temperatures (above 600K) contradicts non-stochastic Cahn theory with its \approx500 degree modulation suppression. These modulations are stochastic because simultaneous increase in amplitude and wavelength by diffusion cannot be synchronized. The present theory is framed as a 2nd order differential uphill/downhill diffusion process and has an increasing time-dependent wave number and amplitude favouring Hillert’s one dimensional (1D) prior formulation within the stochastic association of wavelength and amplitude.

[2] Phase-field model study of the effect of interface anisotropy on the crystal morphological evolution of cubic metals

R S Qin and H K D H Bhadeshia

An expression is proposed for the anisotropy of interfacial energy of cubic metals, based on the symmetry of the crystal structure. The associated coefficients can be determined experimentally or assessed using computational methods. Calculations demonstrate an average relative error of <3% in comparison with the embedded-atom data for face-centred cubic metals. For body-centred-cubic metals, the errors are around 7% due to discrepancies at the {3 3 2} and {4 3 3} planes. The coefficients for the {1 0 0}, {1 1 0}, {1 1 1} and {2 1 0} planes are well behaved and can be used to simulate the consequences of interfacial anisotropy. The results have been applied in three-dimensional phase-field modelling of the evolution of crystal shapes, and the outcomes have been compared favourably with equilibrium shapes expected from Wulff’s theorem.

[3] Investigation of thermoelectric magnetic convection and its effect on solidification structure during directional solidification under a low axial magnetic field

X Li et al

Thermoelectric magnetic convection (TEMC) at the scale of both the sample (L = 3 mm) and the cell/dendrite (L = 100 μm) was numerically and experimentally examined during the directional solidification of Al–Cu alloy under an axial magnetic field (Bless-than-or-equals, slant1T). Numerical results show that TEMC on the sample scale increases to a maximum when B is of the order of 0.1 T, and then decreases as B increases further. However, at the cellular/dendritic scale, TEMC continues to increase with increasing magnetic field intensity up to a field of 1 T. Experimental results show that application of the magnetic field caused changes in the macroscopic interface shape and the cellular/dendritic morphology (i.e. formation of a protruding interface, decrease in the cellular spacing, and a cellular–dendritic transition). Changes in the macroscopic interface shape and the cellular/dendritic morphology under the magnetic field are in good agreement with the computed velocities of TEMC at the scales of the macroscopic interface and cell/dendrite, respectively. This means that changes in the interface shape and the cellular morphology under a lower magnetic field should be attributed respectively to TEMC on the sample scale and the cell/dendrite scale. Further, by investigating the effect of TEMC on the cellular morphology, it has been proved experimentally that the convection will reduce the cellular spacing and cause a cellular–dendritic transition.

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