In the present work, the effect of a pre-existing nanovoid on martensitic phase transformation (PT) is investigated using the phase field approach. The nanovoid is created as a solution of the coupled Cahn–Hilliard and elasticity equations. The coupled Ginzburg–Landau and elasticity equations are solved to capture the martensitic nanostructure. The above systems of equations are solved using the finite element method and COMSOL code. The austenite (A)–martensite (M) interface propagation is investigated without the nanovoid and with it for different nanovoid misfit strains and different temperatures. With the nanovoid, the evolution of the moving interface is changed even before it reaches the nanovoid surface due to the nanovoid stress concentration. It is also found that for small misfit strains, pre-transformation occurs near the nanovoid. For larger misfit strains, martensite nucleates and grows near the nanovoid surface and coalesces with the moving interface. The nanovoid shows a promotive effect on the PT with an increase in the rate of transformation, which is discussed based on the transformation work distribution. The effect of the nanovoid is more pronounced on a curved interface. The nanovoid-induced martensitic growth is mainly dependent on the transformation strain tensor. Examples for different transformation strains are presented where a stable non-complete transformed sample with no void becomes unstable in the presence of the nanovoid. The presented model and results will help to develop an interaction model between nanovoids and multiphase structures at the nanoscale.

The effect of a pre-existing nanovoid on martensite formation and interface propagation: a phase field study

Barchiesi E.;Ciallella A.
2020

Abstract

In the present work, the effect of a pre-existing nanovoid on martensitic phase transformation (PT) is investigated using the phase field approach. The nanovoid is created as a solution of the coupled Cahn–Hilliard and elasticity equations. The coupled Ginzburg–Landau and elasticity equations are solved to capture the martensitic nanostructure. The above systems of equations are solved using the finite element method and COMSOL code. The austenite (A)–martensite (M) interface propagation is investigated without the nanovoid and with it for different nanovoid misfit strains and different temperatures. With the nanovoid, the evolution of the moving interface is changed even before it reaches the nanovoid surface due to the nanovoid stress concentration. It is also found that for small misfit strains, pre-transformation occurs near the nanovoid. For larger misfit strains, martensite nucleates and grows near the nanovoid surface and coalesces with the moving interface. The nanovoid shows a promotive effect on the PT with an increase in the rate of transformation, which is discussed based on the transformation work distribution. The effect of the nanovoid is more pronounced on a curved interface. The nanovoid-induced martensitic growth is mainly dependent on the transformation strain tensor. Examples for different transformation strains are presented where a stable non-complete transformed sample with no void becomes unstable in the presence of the nanovoid. The presented model and results will help to develop an interaction model between nanovoids and multiphase structures at the nanoscale.
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