Some papers from Acta

August 27, 2009

[1] An attempt to correct the quasichemical model

M Hillert et al

[2] Continuum simulations of the formation of Kirkendall-effect-induced hollow cylinders in a binary substitutional alloy

H-C Yu et al

[3] Spatial correlation in grain misorientation distribution

B Beausir et al

[4] Effect of second-phase particle morphology on grain growth kinetics

K Chang et al

[5] Stress-driven migration of symmetrical left angle bracket1 0 0right-pointing angle bracket tilt grain boundaries in Al bicrystals

T Gorkaya et al

[6] Low-angle grain boundary migration in the presence of extrinsic dislocations

A T Lim et al

[7] Thin film epitaxy and structure property correlations for non-polar ZnO films

P Pant et al

Few interesting reads

August 5, 2009

From the latest PNAS:
[1] The elastic modulus, percolation, and disaggregation of strongly interacting, intersecting antiplane cracks

P M Davis and L Knopoff

We study the modulus of a medium containing a varying density of nonintersecting and intersecting antiplane cracks. The modulus of nonintersecting, strongly interacting, 2D antiplane cracks obeys a mean-field theory for which the mean field on a crack inserted in a random ensemble is the applied stress. The result of a self-consistent calculation in the nonintersecting case predicts zero modulus at finite packing, which is physically impossible. Differential self-consistent theories avoid the zero modulus problem, but give results that are more compliant than those of both mean-field theory and computer simulations. For problems in which antiplane cracks are allowed to intersect and form crack clusters or larger effective cracks, percolation at finite packing is expected when the shear modulus vanishes. At low packing factor, the modulus follows the dilute, mean-field curve, but with increased packing, mutual interactions cause the modulus to be less than the mean-field result and to vanish at the percolation threshold. The “nodes-links-blobs” model predicts a power-law approach to the percolation threshold at a critical packing factor of p c = 4.426. We conclude that a power-law variation of modulus with packing, with exponent 1.3 drawn tangentially to the mean-field nonintersecting relation and passing through the percolation threshold, can be expected to be a good approximation. The approximation is shown to be consistent with simulations of intersecting rectangular cracks at all packing densities through to the percolation value for this geometry, p c = 0.4072.

From the latest issue of Phil. Mag.:

[1] Enhancement on the faceted growth and the coarsening of the MnBi primary phase during the directional solidification under a high magnetic field

X Li et al

The effect of a high magnetic field on the morphology of the MnBi primary phase during the directional solidification has been investigated experimentally and the results show that an application of a high magnetic field has enhanced the faceted growth and the coarsening of the MnBi primary phase. This may be attributed to the effect of a high magnetic field on the diffusion of the solute Mn and the growth anisotropy of the MnBi crystal.

[2] A new counter-example to Kelvin’s conjecture on minimal surfaces

R Gabbrielli

A new counter-example to Kelvin’s conjecture on minimal surfaces has been found. The conjecture stated that the minimal surface area partition of space into cells of equal volume was a tiling by truncated octahedra with slightly curved faces (K). Weaire and Phelan found a counter-example whose periodic unit includes two different tiles, a dodecahedron and a polyhedron with 14 faces (WP). Successively, Sullivan showed the existence of an infinite number of partitions by polyhedra having only pentagonal and hexagonal faces that included WP, the so-called tetrahedrally close packed structures (TCP). A part of this domain contains structures with lower surface area than K. Here, we present a new partition with lower surface area than K, the first periodic foam containing in the same structure quadrilateral, pentagonal and hexagonal faces, in ratios that are very close to those experimentally found in real foams by Matzke. This and other new partitions have been generated via topological modifications of the Voronoi diagram of spatially periodic sets of points obtained as local maxima of the stationary solution of the 3D Swift-Hohenberg partial differential equation in a triply periodic boundary, with pseudorandom initial conditions. The motivation for this work is to show the efficacy of the adopted method in producing new counter-examples to Kelvin’s conjecture, and ultimately its potential in discovering a periodic partition with lower surface area than the Weaire-Phelan foam. The method seems tailored for the problem examined, especially when compared to methods that imply the minimization of a potential between points, where a criterion for neighboring points needs to be defined. The existence of partitions having a lower surface area than K and an average number of faces greater than the maximum value allowed by the TCP domain of 13.5 suggests the presence of other partitions in this range.

[3] The cross-slip energy unresolved

G Schoeck

Recent progress in dislocation dynamics modeling of work hardening has reawakened the interest in cross-slip, which can lead to dynamic recovery in fcc crystals. It is pointed out that neither continuum theory nor atomic modeling at present are able to reliably derive the reaction path and the activation energy of cross-slip. Classical continuum theory with the concept of Volterra dislocations fails, because during the nucleation process the effective Burgers vectors of the partials are not conserved and the specific atomic misfit energy changes. Atomistic modeling fails, because the ad hoc potentials used at present are unable to reliably predict the energies for atomic displacements far from equilibrium. It is, however, possible to derive the stress conditions necessary in order that cross-slip can spread. An important contribution to the driving force results from the ‘Escaig stress’ acting on the edge components of the partials forming a dissociated screw dislocation and changing their separation. Contrary to the widely held assumption, the driving force is however independent of whether the dislocation in the cross-slip plane will be expanded or compressed.

Some recent papers from scripta:

[1] Kinetics and size effect of grain rotations in nanocrystals with rounded triple junctions

F Yang and W Yang

A kinetic model is developed to quantify the rate of grain rotations driven by either grain boundary energy or stress. The critical roles of triple junctions and grain shape are emphasized. The size effects for the rotation rate are analyzed. As the grain size decreases, the model predicts shifts in the dominating driving forces and dissipation mechanisms.

[2] Direct non-destructive observation of bulk nucleation in 30% deformed aluminum

S S West et al

A 30% deformed aluminum sample was mapped non-destructively using Three-Dimensional X-ray Diffraction (3DXRD) before and after annealing to nucleation of recrystallization. Nuclei appeared in the bulk of the sample. Their positions and volumes were determined, and the crystallographic orientations were compared with the orientations of the deformed grains. It was found that nuclei with new orientations can form and their orientations have been related to the dislocation structure in the deformed grains.

[3] Dynamic abnormal grain growth: A new method to produce single crystals

J Ciulik and E M Taleff

Dynamic abnormal grain growth (DAGG) is a newly discovered phenomenon which can be used to produce large single crystals from polycrystalline material in the solid state at temperatures above approximately half the melting temperature. The unique aspect of DAGG, compared to previously understood abnormal grain growth phenomena, is the requirement of plastic straining for initiation and propagation of abnormal grain growth. Our findings demonstrate that DAGG can be used to produce large single crystals of molybdenum in the solid state.

[4] Evaluation of the liquid-solid interfacial energy from crystallization kinetic data

J Torrens-Serra et al

The kinetic data obtained from the analysis of experimental measurements of nanocrystallization in Fe65Nb10B25 metallic glass are used to successfully estimate the molten alloy viscosity, Fe23B6 crystallization driving force and solid-liquid interface energy in the framework of the classical theory of nucleation and growth. We use a Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman law for the viscosity and linear temperature dependence for the crystallization driving force and interfacial energy. A negative temperature coefficient for the crystal-melt interfacial energy is obtained. Both the thermal stability and the glass forming ability of this alloy are discussed.

[5] Experimental study of the miscibility gap and calculation of the spinodal curves of the Au–Pt system

X N Xu et al

The miscibility gap (MG) of the Au–Pt binary system in the temperature range 600–1050 °C has been experimentally determined by the diffusion couple technique. The results show that the determined MG deviates from the currently accepted one, which shifts to the Au-rich side of the Au–Pt system. Based on the present experimental data, the Au–Pt system has been thermodynamically reassessed, with the result that the critical point of the miscibility gap is not, vert, similar1200 °C at 56 at.% Pt, in contrast to the currently accepted 1260 °C at 61 at.% Pt. The chemical and coherent spinodals of the Au–Pt system have been thus calculated.

[6] Estimation of dislocation density in bainitic microstructures using high-resolution dilatometry

C Garcio-Mateo et al

It is possible by means of high-resolution dilatometry, together with a model based on isotropic dilatation and atomic volumes, to estimate the dislocation density introduced in the microstructure as a consequence of the isothermal decomposition of austenite into bainitic ferrite. The relatively high dislocation density associated with this microstructure is attributed to the fact that the shape deformation accompanying this displacive transformation is accommodated by plastic relaxation.

[7] Magnetic phase transition and magneto-optical properties in epitaxial FeRh0.95Pt0.05 (0 0 1) single-crystal thin film

W Lu et al

This paper reports an investigation of the structure, magnetic phase transition and magneto-optical properties of FeRh0.95Pt0.05 thin film. A first-order magnetic phase transition occurs at a temperature around 180 °C, accompanied by a lattice expansion in the c-axis. The effect of substitution on the phase transition in ordered FeRh-based alloy systems is discussed. The nucleation and growth mechanism of the phase transition is quite similar to that of the crystallization of solids. In addition, the Kerr rotation spectrum was also studied.