Explicit temperature coupling in phase-field crystal models of solidification

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We present a phase-field crystal model for solidification that accounts for thermal transport and a temperature-dependent lattice parameter. Elasticity effects are characterized through the continuous elastic field computed from the microscopic density field. We showcase the model capabilities via selected numerical investigations which focus on the prototypical growth of two-dimensional crystals from the melt, resulting in faceted shapes and dendrites. This work sets the grounds for a comprehensive mesoscale model of solidification including thermal expansion.


Original languageEnglish
Article number074004
Number of pages18
JournalModelling and simulation in materials science and engineering
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

External IDs

WOS 000851296400001
ORCID /0000-0002-4217-0951/work/142237450



  • crystal growth, heat flux, phase-field crystal, solidification, thermal expansion, DENDRITIC GROWTH, INCLUSION, SIMULATIONS, ELASTIC FIELD