Tamás Pusztai - Phase-field modelling of directional eutectic melting

  • 17 June 2022
  • 14:00
  • SCH.0.01

Presented by Tamás Pusztai (Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Budapest, Hungary)

The melting of 2D lamellar and 3D rod eutectic structures was studied by analytic considerations and multi-phase-field simulations. A binary model eutectic system was investigated in a standard directional solidification setup. Switching from solidification to melting was realised by inverting the pulling speed of the sample. It was found that melting occurs with a nearly flat interface if the average composition of the initial solid structure is equal to the eutectic composition. If the volume fraction of the solid phases is changed and the average composition becomes off-eutectic, then the melting positions of the phases decouple. Besides the steady states, we could observe two kinds of instabilities in the regime of non-planar melting both in 2D and 3D. By increasing the lamellar spacing, oscillations may appear around the trijunction and along the phase boundaries. By decreasing the lamellar spacing and increasing the pulling speed, the lamellae/rods of the phase that protrude deeper in the melt become thinner and may eventually break up to a series of small spherical particles before melting completely.

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