TopicM: Modelling and Simulation
During suitable thermal and mechanical treatments a rearrangement of atoms occur in crystalline materials in order to eventually obtain the desired microstructures for functionally oriented materials. It is thus a precondition for the systematic, purposive design of new materials to understand the principles controlling the microstructural changes (e.g. phase transformations, grain growth and Ostwald ripening) in various materials. To this aim both key experiments and simulations based on a consistent theory are required to extend the knowledge about the dissipative processes that occur in the materials. It is the goal of this symposium to attract scientists to show their recent experimental results and advanced theoretical concepts and modeling approaches related to the evolution of the microstructure. Experimental results from both bulk techniques, e.g. dilatometry, differential scanning calorimetry and / or surface techniques, e.g. X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, high temperature laser scanning confocal microscopy are highly welcome. The theoretical contributions may range from local equilibrium sharp interface modeling to ab-initio predictions of phenomena related to processes at interfaces.
The symposium wants to provide a platform for discussing the evolution of the microstructure by combining several computational and experimental methods and providing new information for materials design and application in the perspective of physicists, material scientists, metallurgists and engineers.