A new approach predicting the evolution of laminated nanostructures - Martensite in NiTi as an example

Manuel Petersmann, Thomas Antretter, Thomas Waitz, Franz Dieter Fischer

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A model for laminated nanostructures, combining classical energy minimization with full-field finite element (FE) calculations in a computationally fullyautomated manner, is set up and used to quantitatively analyse the interaction of grains via self-accommodation of their transformation strains. The well established B2 to B19' martensitic phase transformation in nanocrystalline NiTi is treated as an exemplary case to demonstrate our new framework. A systematic search for an optimal energy minimizing transformation path is employed within a full-field model, including crystallographic transformation strains and fully anisotropic elastic constants, by using the Python scripting language. The microstructure is updated based on previous calculation results. The underlying incremental free energy minimization criterion naturally reproduces the transformation kinetics. The sequence of grains subjected to transformation as well as the selection of martensitic variants within the grains are obtained yielding the evolution of the total interface energy as well as the strain energy, dominating our approach.
Original languageEnglish
Article number035004
Number of pages17
JournalModelling and simulation in materials science and engineering
Issue numberFebruary
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2017

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