Effects of elastic strain energy and interfacial stress on the equilibrium morphology of misfit particles in heterogeneous solids

Xujun Zhao, Ravindra Duddu, Stéphane P A Bordas, Jianmin Qu

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This paper presents an efficient sharp interface model to study the morphological transformations of misfit particles in phase separated alloys. Both the elastic anisotropy and interfacial energy are considered. The geometry of the material interface is implicitly described by the level set method so that the complex morphological transformation of microstructures can be accurately captured. A smoothed extended finite element method is adopted to evaluate the elastic field without requiring remeshing. The equilibrium morphologies of particles are shown to depend on the elastic anisotropy, interfacial energy as well as the particle size. Various morphological transformations, such as shape changes from spheres to cuboids, directional aligned platelets and particle splitting, are observed. The simulated results are in good agreement with experimental observations. The proposed model provides a useful tool in understanding the morphological transformation of precipitates, which will facilitate the analysis and design of metallic alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1433-1445
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


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