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Virtual Kinetics of Materials Laboratory : Spinodal Decomposition

By Michael Waters1, Alex Bartol2, R. Edwin García2

1. University of Michigan 2. Purdue University

Applies the Classic Cahn-Hilliard Equation to Simulate the Chemical Segregation of Two Phases (2D)

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Version 0.1.2 - published on 27 Apr 2015

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Virtual Kinetics of Materials Laboratory : Spinodal Decomposition simulates the time-dependent segregation of two chemical components and its subsequent coarsening. The resultant microstructure obeys the well-known lever rule. The default values are physical but arbitrary. The presented model is based on the phase field method (see cited literature below).

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Michael Waters And 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; Alex Bartol; R. Edwin García (2015), "Virtual Kinetics of Materials Laboratory : Spinodal Decomposition," (DOI: 10.4231/D37H1DN5R).

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