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Phase Field Modelling Allotropic Transformation of Solid Solution

Yaochan Zhu1, 2, *, Hua Qiu1, Håkan Hallberg3
1 Xi’an Aeronautical Polytechnic Institute, Xi’an, 710089, China.
2 State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, 710072, China.
3 Solid Mechanics, Lund University, 22100, Lund, Sweden.
* Corresponding Author: Yaochan Zhu. Email: .


Based on multiphase field conception and integrated with the idea of vectorvalued phase field, a phase field model for typical allotropic transformation of solid solution is proposed. The model takes the non-uniform distribution of grain boundaries of parent phase and crystal orientation into account in proper way, as being illustrated by the simulation of austenite to ferrite transformation in low carbon steel. It is found that the misorientation dependent grain boundary mobility shows strong influence on the formation of ferrite morphology comparing with the weak effect exerted by misorientation dependent grain boundary energy. The evolution of various types of grain boundaries are quantitatively characterized in terms of its respective grain boundary energy dissipation. The simulated ferrite fraction agrees well with the expectation from phase diagram, which verifies this model.


Phase field, allotropic transformation, grain boundary, misorientation.
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