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Title: Convection Effects During Bulk Transparent Alloy Solidification in DECLIC-DSI and Phase-Field Simulations in Diffusive Conditions

In order to study the dynamical formation and evolution of cellular and dendritic arrays under diffusive growth conditions, three-dimensional (3D) directional solidification experiments were conducted in microgravity on a model transparent alloy onboard the International Space Station using the Directional Solidification Insert in the DEvice for the study of Critical LIquids and Crystallization. Selected experiments were repeated on Earth under gravity-driven fluid flow to evidence convection effects. Both radial and axial macrosegregation resulting from convection are observed in ground experiments, and primary spacings measured on Earth and microgravity experiments are noticeably different. The microgravity experiments provide unique benchmark data for numerical simulations of spatially extended pattern formation under diffusive growth conditions. The results of 3D phase-field simulations highlight the importance of accurately modeling thermal conditions that strongly influence the front recoil of the interface and the selection of the primary spacing. The modeling predictions are in good quantitative agreements with the microgravity experiments.
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  1. Aix-Marseille Univ., and CNRS/IN2P3, Marseille (France). Inst. of Microelectronic Materials and NanoSciences of Provence (IM2NP)
  2. Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA (United States). Dept. of Physics and Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Complex Systems
  3. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  4. Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1047-4838
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; NNX12AK54G; NNX16AB54G
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
JOM. Journal of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 69; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1047-4838
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program; National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) (France); National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)
Country of Publication:
United States
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