Modeling the effect of surface energy on stressed grain growth in cubic polycrystalline bodies

M. Jamshidian, P. Thamburaja, Timon Rabczuk

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A recently-developed constitutive theory of stressed grain growth is augmented to include the effect of excess surface energy via a surface effect state variable. The new constitutive theory is implemented into a coupled finite-element and phase-field computational framework. Through three-dimensional simulations, the new constitutive model is shown to be capable of predicting the experimental data of the annealing-induced texture transition in polycrystalline copper thin films of different thicknesses attached to a polyimide substrate. Our simulations show that the grain growth driving force arising from the through-film thickness grain boundary curvature plays a prominent role in such a transitional behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-213
Number of pages5
JournalScripta Materialia
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Computer simulations
  • Constitutive theory
  • Grain growth
  • Phase-field
  • Surface energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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