Europhys. Lett.
Volume 66, Number 5, June 2004
Page(s) 687 - 693
Section Condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties
Published online 01 May 2004
Europhys. Lett., 66 (5) , pp. 687-693 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-10249-1

A microscale model for strain-induced phase transformations and chemical reactions under high pressure

V. I. Levitas

Texas Tech University, Center for Mechanochemistry and Synthesis of New Materials Department of Mechanical Engineering - Lubbock, TX, USA

(Received 4 November 2003; accepted in final form 29 March 2004)

A simple strain-controlled kinetic equation for strain-induced phase transformations and chemical reactions is thermodynamically derived. This model is applied to explain various mechanochemical phenomena observed under compression and shear of materials in diamond or Bridgman anvils. In particular, it explains zero-pressure hysteresis and the appearance of new phases, especially strong phases, which were not obtained without shear. Also an explanation was obtained as to why a nonreacting matrix with a yield stress higher (lower) than that for reagents significantly accelerates (slows down) the reactions. Some methods to characterize and control strain-induced transformations and reactions are suggested.

64.60.-i - General studies of phase transitions.
64.70.Kb - Solid-solid transitions.

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