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Atomic Motion During the Migration of General [001] Tilt Grain Boundaries in Ni



Hao Zhang, David J. Srolovitz, Jack F. Douglas, James A. Warren


We generalize a previous study of the atomic motions governing grain boundary migration to consider arbitrary misorientations of [001] tilt boundaries. Our examination of the nature of atomic motions employed three statistical measures: the non-Gaussian parameter, the 'dynamic entropy', and the van Hove correlation function. These metrics were previously shown to provide a useful characterization of atomic motions both in glass-forming liquids and strained polycrystalline materials. As before, we find highly cooperative, string-like motion of atoms, but the grain boundary migration itself is a longer time scale process in which atoms move across the grain boundary. These observations are consistent with our previous results for Sigma 5 [001] tilt boundaries. It is evident from our work that the grain boundary structure and misorientation have a significant influence on the rate of grain boundary migration.
Acta Materialia


grain boundaries, migration, simulation


Zhang, H. , Srolovitz, D. , Douglas, J. and Warren, J. (2007), Atomic Motion During the Migration of General [001] Tilt Grain Boundaries in Ni, Acta Materialia (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created August 23, 2007, Updated October 12, 2021