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Virtual experimental toolbox for 3D/4D recrystallization

Project description

New toolbox could shed light on the recrystallisation mechanism in materials

Microstructural characterisation techniques are advancing, but they are still limited in their ability to explain the complex behaviour of recrystallisation. The latter refers to the process in which deformed grains of the crystal structure are replaced by stress-free grains. Three-dimensional (3D) quantification could help reveal whether unexpected local grain boundary migration is associated with local variations in the deformed microstructure. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the VETRex4D project aims to prove that a virtual experimental toolbox for 3D/4D recrystallisation could provide more insight into this relationship. For the first time, this toolbox will couple quantitative phase-field simulations with 4D X-ray microscopy experimental data.


Although microstructural characterization techniques are advancing, they are still inadequate to explain the complex behavior of recrystallization: Unexpected local grain boundary migration may relate to local variations in the deformation microstructure, but 3D quantification is needed. Newer studies suggest that residual stress may affect the boundary migration, but consensus is lacking. Additive manufacturing is becoming popular. Here the formation of pores/voids are observed but their effect on boundary migration is totally unexplored. Various processes and materials parameters are coupled and acting simultaneously, their individual effects cannot be separated experimentally. A novel paradigm is required to quantify the above-mentioned new and critical aspects with the larger longer-term goal to improve properties and design novel materials.

I want to show that a virtual experimental toolbox for 3D/4D recrystallization is the way forward to remove the bottleneck. In this toolbox, for the first time ever, quantitative phase-field simulations will be directly coupled with 4D X-ray Microscopy (4DXRM) experimental data. The necessary steps to achieve my goals:
1) Develop expertise in 4DXRM and learn to design the critical experimental studies (supervisor is expert).
2) Develop quantitative 3D phase-field models to capture complex behavior of recrystallization and implementation it in MOOSE Framework software for large-scale simulations (PI is expert)
3) Coupling of 4DXRM data with MOOSE Framework (in collaboration).

The vision is that the newly developed virtual experimental toolbox can be used by experimentalists and scientists in industry with minimal training.

This fellowship is going to make me a unique expert in the field of phase-field model development and experienced in 4DXRM characterization, which will make me employable at leading European research institutions.



Net EU contribution
€ 207 312,00
Anker engelunds vej 101
2800 Kongens lyngby

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Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00