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Virtual Kinetics of Materials Laboratory : Polycrystalline Growth and Coarsening

By Michael Waters1, R. Edwin García2, Alex Bartol2

1. University of Michigan 2. Purdue University

Simulates Growth, Impingement, and Coarsening of a Two Dimensional Polycrystal

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Version 0.2.1 - published on 27 Apr 2015

doi:10.4231/D3028PF0Z cite this

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Virtual Kinetics of Materials Laboratory : Polycrystalline Growth and Coarsening simulates the growth, impingement, and then coarsening of a random distribution of crystallographically oriented nuclei. The user can control every aspect of the model such as the nuclei radius, the size of the simulation cell, and whether the grains are homogeneously dispersed or only on one wall of the simulation. . Default values are physical but arbitrary. The presented model is based on the phase field method (see cited literature below) and the example shown in the FiPy manual.

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Michael Waters
R. Edwin García


Wheeler, Daniel, Jonathan E. Guyer, and James A. Warren. FiPy : User's Guide. 12 Feb. 2007. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

James A. Warren, Ryo Kobayashi, Alexander E. Lobkovsky, and W. Craig Carter, “Extending Phase
Field Models of Solidification to Polycrystalline Materials”. Acta Materialia, 51(20), (2003) 6035–6058,
URL 43, 112, 115

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  • Michael Waters; R. Edwin García; Alex Bartol (2015), "Virtual Kinetics of Materials Laboratory : Polycrystalline Growth and Coarsening," (DOI: 10.4231/D3028PF0Z).

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