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An analytical model with interaction between species for growth and dissolution of precipitates

Abstract : An analytical model for growth in a semi-infinite matrix with cross-diffusion between species is presented. Application is given for precipitation of the-phase in the-matrix during isothermal holding at 600 °C in the Ni – 7.56 at.% Al – 8.56 at.% Cr alloy. The exact time-dependent solutions for the solute profiles and the growth kinetics are validated with a numerical front-tracking simulation. The simulation of cross diffusion terms in a multicomponent alloy is thus demonstrated. Extension of the analytical solution is given for growth in a matrix of finite size. The driving force is then based on a mathematical estimation of the far-field composition. The Gibbs-Thomson effect is also accounted for to consider the effect of curvature on the equilibrium tie-lines. Comparison of analytical solution with the numerical front-tracking simulation shows excellent agreement. Results also point out the detrimental approximation of using the average composition of the matrix for computing the driving force as well as the limitation of the solution proposed by Chen et al. [Acta Mater. 56 (2008) 1890]. A detailed discussion is finally given on the origin of oscillations observed for the time evolution of the precipitate radius which alternates between growth and dissolution regimes, pointing out the combined role of solute fluxes and tie-lines compositions at the precipitate/matrix interface.
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Gildas Guillemot, Charles-André Gandin. An analytical model with interaction between species for growth and dissolution of precipitates. Acta Materialia, Elsevier, 2017, 134, pp.375 - 393. ⟨10.1016/j.actamat.2017.04.035⟩. ⟨hal-01552398⟩



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