Numerical research of solidification dynamics with anisotropy and thermal fluctuations

Przemysław Smakulski, Jun Ishimoto, Sławomir Pietrowicz

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The influence of thermal fluctuations and anisotropy on the solidification process of a pure component is analyzed. It helps to understand the unstable freezing process where complicated structures such as dendrites could be formed due to a supercooling event reached during the cooling of the biological material. The study consists of mathematical modeling, validation with an analytical solution, and shows the influence of thermal noises on phase front dynamics. The analysis has been modeled in the framework of the Phase Field Method with Cahn-Hilliard formulation of a free energy functional [1]. The phase front is described by the Eulerian approach of fluid fields and formulated as a Phase Field scalar variable (order parameter) with a predefined, diffused boundary thickness. The results describe an influence scale onto directional phase front propagation dynamics, and how significant are stochastic thermal noises in micro-scale freezing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number05028
JournalMATEC Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 27
Event11th International Conference on Computational Heat, Mass and Momentum Transfer, ICCHMT 2018 - Cracow, Poland
Duration: 2018 May 212018 May 24


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