University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Fall 2000 Seminar Series

The Dynamics of Ostwald Ripening in Elastically Stressed Solids

Professor Peter Voorhees

Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University


Phase separation in crystalline solids is almost always accompanied by long ranged elastic stress. These stresses, which result from a difference in lattice parameter between the particle and matrix can give rise to qualitatively new phenomena as compared those in a stress-free system, such as changes in particle shape with increasing particle size, particle migration and alignment, and inverse coarsening wherein small particles grow at the expense of large particles. At issue is the manner in which these local phenomena influence the dynamics of ensemble-averaged quantities. We have investigated the dynamics of Ostwald ripening in elastically stressed crystalline solids through large-scale numerical simulations. Using the insight provided by the simulations, a theory for the dynamics of late-stage phase separation in elastically anisotropic homogeneous solids is developed. Both the theory and simulations show that for the systems considered elastic stress does not alter the exponent of the temporal power law for the average particle size but does effect the amplitude of the power law in a manner that is only a function of the symmetry of the particle morphology. The effect of interparticle elastic interactions on particle morphology and spatial correlations will also be discussed.

Friday, December 8, 2000
209 Akerman Hall
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Refreshments served after the seminar in 227 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
Contact Kristal Belisle, at (612) 625-8000.