Volume 78, Number 1, April 2007
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||19 March 2007|
Interface reorientation during coherent phase transformations
Texas Tech University, Mechanical Engineering Department - Lubbock, TX 79409, USA
2 Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory - Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
Accepted: 21 February 2007
The universal thermodynamic driving force for coherent plane interface reorientation (IR) during first-order phase transformations (PT) in solids is derived. The relation between the rates of IR and interface propagation (IP) and the corresponding driving forces are derived for combined athermal and drag interface friction. The coupled evolution of IR and IP during cubic-tetragonal and tetragonal-orthorhombic PTs under three-dimensional loading is studied. An instability in the interface orientation is shown to have the features of a first-order PT.
PACS: 64.60.-i – General studies of phase transitions
© Europhysics Letters Association, 2007
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