Grain Growth in the Melt

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This chapter introduces the phenomenon of grain growth in melt. To understand the kinetics of phase transformation from a liquid phase to a solid phase from a macroscopic viewpoint, the Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation will be explained first. Next, a general expression of the growth rate of crystal grain in melt growth and the growth mechanism of a faceted dendrite, which is often observed in the growth of a multicrystalline Si ingot, will be described. Finally, the grain growth phenomenon that occurs during unidirectional growth will be introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFundamentals
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780444593764
ISBN (Print)9780444563699
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Faceted dendrite growth
  • Growth rate of crystal
  • Kinetics of phase transformation
  • Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami theory
  • Silicon


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