University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Fall 1996 Seminar Series

Computations of Microstructure

Professor Charles R. Collins

University University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee


A defining feature of many modern materials is their ability to form a microstructure in response to external stimuli. An example of this is the fine-scale bands called twinning which occurs in the shape memory alloys. One approach to studying these structures is to model the energy density of the material with a multi-well potential, with the wells representing the various components forming the microstructure. Then energy minimizing configurations are studied to determine properties of the microstructure.

In this talk, I will describe a computational approach to determining these energy minimizing configurations and I will present the results of large-scale computations which exhibit realistic microstructures.

Friday, November 15, 1996
209 Akerman Hall
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments served after each seminar in 227 AKERMAN HALL .
Disability accommodations provided upon request.
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