Study of self-reinforcement phenomenon in silicon nitride by Monte-Carlo simulation

Y. Okamoto, N. Hirosaki, H. Matsubara

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A grain growth model based on the results of Monte-Carlo simulations is proposed for silicon nitride. The model was derived from the Potts model; in addition, principal characteristics of silicon nitride such as presence of liquid phase and anisotropy of grain growth were introduced. Employing this model, microstructure development of silicon nitride was investigated. Under certain simulation conditions, several grains grew in preference to other grains, and consequently, a self-reinforced microstructure was produced similar to that of actual silicon nitride. In particular, liquid phase fraction was found to be dominant factor affecting microstructure development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-88
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: 1998 Apr 131998 Apr 17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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