Phase Field Methods

Pascal Bellon, Ludovic Thuinet

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This article reviews the principles and applications of the phase field technique for modeling phase transformations and microstructural evolutions, with an emphasis on solid-solid transformations. Conventional phase field models, which rely on phenomenological thermodynamic and kinetic descriptions, are first presented and examples of application are discussed. Then, applications of the phase field method to phenomena induced by irradiation are reviewed, including radiation-enhanced and radiation-induced segregation and precipitation on sinks such as grain boundaries, dislocation and dislocation loops, the dynamical stabilization of compositional patterns and void lattices and the disordering of ordered precipitates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComprehensive Nuclear Materials
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9780081028650
ISBN (Print)9780081028667
StatePublished - Jul 22 2020


  • Ballistic mixing
  • Diffusive transformations
  • Dislocation loops
  • 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

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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