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An entropy based theory of the grain boundary character distribution

: Barmak, Katayun; Eggeling, Eva; Emelianenko, Maria; Epshteyn, Yekaterina; Kinderlehrer, David; Sharp, Richard; Ta'asan, Shlomo


Discrete and continuous dynamical systems : DCDS 30 (2011), Nr.2, S.427-454
ISSN: 1078-0947
ISSN: 1553-5231
Fraunhofer IGD ()
Fraunhofer Austria ()
coarsening; networks; textures; simulation and modeling; large scale simulation

Cellular networks are ubiquitous in nature. They exhibit behavior on many different length and time scales and are generally metastable. Most technologically useful materials are polycrystalline microstructures composed of a myriad of small monocrystalline grains separated by grain boundaries. The energetics and connectivity of the grain boundary network plays a crucial role in determining the properties of a material across a wide range of scales. A central problem in materials science is to develop technologies capable of producing an arrangement of grains-a texture-appropriate for a desired set of material properties. Here we discuss the role of energy in texture development, measured by a character distribution. We derive an entropy based theory based on mass transport and a Kantorovich-Rubinstein-Wasserstein metric to suggest that, to first approximation, this distribution behaves like the solution to a Fokker-Planck Equation.