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The Effects of Inhomogeneous Elasticity and Dislocation on Thermodynamics and the Kinetics of the Spinodal Decomposition of a Fe-Cr System: A Phase-Field Study

Department of Nuclear Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin-city 17104, Korea
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Metals 2020, 10(9), 1209; https://doi.org/10.3390/met10091209
Received: 7 August 2020 / Revised: 7 September 2020 / Accepted: 8 September 2020 / Published: 9 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modeling and Microstructure Evolution of Solid State Materials)
The effects of inhomogeneous elasticity and dislocation on the microstructure evolution of α precipitate in a Fe-Cr system was investigated using a Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry (CALPHAD)-type free energy incorporated phase-field method. In order to simulate the precipitation behavior by phase-field modeling in consideration of inhomogeneous elasticity, a Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) framework was used, which makes it easy to use powerful numerical means such as parallel computing and finite element method (FEM) solver. The effect of inhomogeneous elasticity due to the compositional inhomogeneity or the presence of dislocations affects the thermodynamic properties of the system was investigated, such as the lowest Cr concentration at which spinodal decomposition occurs. The effect of inhomogeneous elasticity on phase separation kinetics is also studied. Finally, we analyzed how inhomogeneous elasticity caused by compositional fluctuation or dislocation affects microstructure characteristics such as ratio between maximum precipitate size with respect to the average on early stage and later stage, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: spinodal decomposition; phase-field method; MOOSE framework spinodal decomposition; phase-field method; MOOSE framework
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Shin, W.; Lee, J.; Chang, K. The Effects of Inhomogeneous Elasticity and Dislocation on Thermodynamics and the Kinetics of the Spinodal Decomposition of a Fe-Cr System: A Phase-Field Study. Metals 2020, 10, 1209.

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