Phase-field simulation of recrystallization based on the unified subgrain growth theory

Yoshihiro Suwa*, Yoshiyuki Saito, Hidehiro Onodera

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The effects of the microstructural inhomogeneities created in the deformed state on recrystallization kinetics have been investigated by using phase-field (PF) simulations. Numerical simulations of static recrystallization have been performed in two-dimensional polycrystalline structures by coupling the unified subgrain growth theory with PF methodology. Simple assumptions based on experimental observations have been utilized for preparing the initial microstructures. The following results have been obtained: (1) The transition from continuous to discontinuous recrystallization is successfully reproduced by simulations in which the inter-subgrain misorientation, 〈 θ 〉, varies and the initial mean subgrain radius, 〈 R0 〉, and the total number of pre-existing grains, N, are kept constant. (2) For discontinuous recrystallization, the initiation occurred faster and the termination time reduced with a decrease in 〈 R0 〉. (3) We have confirmed that a significant increase in the fraction of high-angle grain boundaries suppressed the discontinuous recrystallization. (4) We have proposed microstructural entropy as an indicator of the discontinuity of recrystallization based on the subgrain size distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-295
Number of pages10
JournalComputational Materials Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec


  • Bulging
  • Computer simulation
  • Continuous Recrystallization
  • Discontinuous recrystallization
  • Phase-field modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry
  • General Computer Science
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mechanics of Materials


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