Phase field methods

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This chapter reviews the principles and applications of the phase field (PF) technique for modeling phase transformations and microstructural evolution, with an emphasis on solid-solid transformations. Conventional PF models (PFMs), which rely on phenomenological thermodynamic and kinetic descriptions, are first presented and selected examples are discussed. Recent efforts toward the derivation of quantitative PFMs are then summarized. Lastly, applications of the PF method to phenomena induced by irradiation are reviewed, including the dynamical stabilization of compositional patterns and void lattices, the disordering of ordered precipitates, and the buildup on nonequilibrium segregation on defect clusters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComprehensive Nuclear Materials
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780080560335
StatePublished - 2012


  • Ballistic mixing
  • Diffusive transformations
  • Displacive transformations
  • Irradiation-induced precipitation
  • Irradiation-induced segregation
  • Phase field
  • Point-defect clustering
  • Primary recoil spectrum
  • Quantitative phase field
  • Self-organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)

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