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# The effect of k E and k δ on the barrierless formation and disappearance of the IM. The stationary minimum values of ϒ, i.e., ϒ min , are plotted at θ = θ 21 e = 432(kelvin) and a 0 = 0.01, for different k δ , for a model without interfacial stresses (a) and with interfacial stresses (b).

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A phase-field approach for phase transformations (PTs) between three different phases at nonequilibrium temperatures is developed. It includes advanced mechanics, thermodynamically consistent interfacial stresses, and interface interactions. A thermodynamic Landau-Ginzburg potential developed in terms of polar order parameters satisfies the desired...

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... results of simulations in Fig. 4 reveal a much more sophisticated picture, which strongly depends on the scale parameter k d , which is meaningless in the sharp interface approach. For small k d = 0.3, the stationary nanostructure is independent of the initial condition. With increasing k E , the degree of melting (disordering) continuously increases; with decreasing ...

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... larger k d , two new features appear in Fig. 4: (a) two different nanostructures appear depending on whether the initial state is the SS or SMS interface, with clear hysteresis in k E , and (b) there is a significant jump in U min between these nano- structures when one of them ceases to ...

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... Hyperspherical phase-field models for rapid solidification neglecting the surface energy inhomogeneities have recently been developed for diffusionless processes neglecting elasticity [12], with elasticity [13][14][15], and with elasticity and surface tension [16] that satisfy all stability conditions for a three-phase system. Multiphase-field models have been developed and utilized to study the microstructure of printed Inconel 718 alloy [17] and solute trapping behavior during rapid solidification [18]. ...

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... This technique avoids applying boundary conditions at an interface that is mathematically difficult and computationally expensive. Instead, it uses additional internal variables, called order parameters, to model the interfaces and microstructure of the material (Ref [11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]. The method captures intermediate phases and applies to particles with a size comparable to the solid-melt interface width. ...

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... Two different PFAs to the IM were developed using two order parameters: one describing solid-solid PT and another one for melting, see Fig. 20(c) for approach in [277,351,353,354] and Fig. 20(f) for approach in [282], as well as Sections 16.2.3 and 16.2.5 for details. ...

... and 16.2.5 for details. Also, papers [277,352,353] include coupling with elasticity and [354] include interfacial stresses. Internal elastic stresses promote the existence and persistence of the IM . ...

... Such a theory possesses two characteristic nanoscale parameters: widths of the crack surface δ c and the A − M interface width δ p . Then the dimensionless scale parameterδ = δ c /δ p significantly affects PT and fracture, similar to other PFAs with two scale parameters, see Section 11.6 and [268,269], Section 12 and [277,282,351,353,354], as well as review [251]. It was found that the lower surface energy of M than that of A (i.e.,γ = γ M /γ A < 1) promotes nucleation of M at the crack tip, its stabilization at the crack surface as a nanolayer ("wetting" by martensite), as well as nucleation of the pre-martensite or M at the crack surfaces, even in the pseudoelastic regime, when stress release near the crack surface has to lead to the reverse PT (Fig. 28). ...

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... Two different PFAs to the IM were developed using two order parameters: one describing solid-solid PT and another one for melting, see Fig. 20(c) for approach in [277,351,353,354] and Fig. 20(f) for approach in [282], as well as Sections 16.2.3 and 16.2.5 for details. ...

... and 16.2.5 for details. Also, papers [277,352,353] include coupling with elasticity and [354] include interfacial stresses. Internal elastic stresses promote the existence and persistence of the IM . ...

... Such a theory possesses two characteristic nanoscale parameters: widths of the crack surface δ c and the A − M interface width δ p . Then the dimensionless scale parameterδ = δ c /δ p significantly affects PT and fracture, similar to other PFAs with two scale parameters, see Section 11.6 and [268,269], Section 12 and [277,282,351,353,354], as well as review [251]. It was found that the lower surface energy of M than that of A (i.e.,γ = γ M /γ A < 1) promotes nucleation of M at the crack tip, its stabilization at the crack surface as a nanolayer ("wetting" by martensite), as well as nucleation of the pre-martensite or M at the crack surfaces, even in the pseudoelastic regime, when stress release near the crack surface has to lead to the reverse PT (Fig. 28). ...

Review of selected fundamental topics on the interaction between phase transformations, fracture, and other structural changes in inelastic materials is presented. It mostly focuses on the concepts developed in the author's group over last three decades and numerous papers that affected us. It includes a general thermodynamic and kinetic theories with sharp interfaces and within phase field approach. Numerous analytical (even at large strains) and numerical solutions illustrate the main features of the developed theories and their application to the real phenomena. Coherent, semicoherent, and noncoherent interfaces, as well as interfaces with decohesion and with intermediate liquid (disordered) phase are discussed. Importance of the surface- and scale-induced phenomena on interaction between phase transformation with fracture and dislocations as well as inheritance of dislocations and plastic strains is demonstrated. Some nontrivial phenomena, like solid-solid phase transformations via intermediate (virtual) melt, virtual melting as a new mechanism of plastic deformation and stress relaxation under high strain rate loading, and phase transformations and chemical reactions induced by plastic shear under high pressure are discussed and modeled.

... Such a theory possesses two characteristic nanoscale parameters: widths of the crack surface δ c and the A − M interface width δ p . Then the dimensionless scale parameterδ = δ c /δ p significantly affects PT and fracture, similar to other PFAs with two scale parameters, see Section 10 and [208,209], and [217,222,275,277], as well as review [193]. It was found that the lower surface energy of M than that of A (i.e., γ = γ M /γ A < 1) promotes nucleation of M at the crack tip, its stabilization at the crack surface as a nanolayer ("wetting" by martensite), as well as nucleation of the pre-martensite or M at the crack surfaces, even in the pseudoelastic regime, when stress release near the crack surface has to lead to the reverse PT (Fig. 15). ...

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Coherent, semicoherent, and noncoherent interfaces, as well as interfaces with decohesion and with intermediate liquid (disordered) phase are discussed. Importance of the surface- and scale-induced phenomena on interaction between
phase transformation with fracture and dislocations as well as inheritance of dislocations and plastic strains is demonstrated. Some nontrivial phenomena are discussed and modeled.

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