Crystal nucleation and growth in binary phase-field theory

László Gránásy, Tamás Börzsönyi, Tamás Pusztai

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Nucleation and growth in unary and binary systems is investigated in the framework of the phase-field theory. Evaluating the model parameters from the interfacial free energy and interface thickness, a quantitative agreement is found with computer simulations and experiments on the ice-water system. The critical undercoolings predicted for a simple binary system are close to experiment. Phase-field simulations for isotropic and anisotropic systems show that due to the interacting diffusion fields the Avrami-Kolmogorov exponent varies with transformed fraction and initial concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1813-1817
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2002


  • A1. Nucleation
  • A1. Phase-field theory
  • A1. Solidification
  • B1. Alloys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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