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Virtual Kinetics of Materials Laboratory: Spinodal Decomposition 3D

By Michael Waters1, R. Edwin García2

1. University of Michigan 2. Purdue University

Simulates the Time-Dependent Segregation of Two Chemical Components

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Version 0.1.1 - published on 18 Aug 2008

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Virtual Kinetics of Materials Laboratory : Spinodal Decomposition 3D applies the classic Cahn-Hilliard equation to simulate the time-dependent segregation of two chemical components in three dimensions. Default values are physical but arbitrary. The presented model is based on the phase field method (see cited literature below). NOTE: The present release does not display results in real time. GIF animation is not enabled.

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Michael Waters
R. Edwin García


Cahn J.W. On spinodal decomposition. Acta Metall 1961;9: 795–801.

Cahn JW, Hilliard JE. Free energy of a nonuniform system. I. Interfacial free energy. J Chem Phys 1958;28:258–67.

Cahn JW. Free energy of a nonuniform system. II. Thermodynamic basis. J Chem Phys 1959;30:1121–4.

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  • Michael Waters; R. Edwin García (2008), "Virtual Kinetics of Materials Laboratory: Spinodal Decomposition 3D," (DOI: 10.4231/D3SQ8QH3D).

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