Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 41, Issue 23, pp 7691–7695 | Cite as

Grain boundary order-disorder transitions

  • Ming TangEmail author
  • W. Craig Carter
  • Rowland M. Cannon


The conditions for grain boundary (GB) structural transitions are determined from a diffuse interface model that incorporates structural disorder and crystallographic orientation. A graphical construction and numerical calculations illustrate the existence of a first-order GB order–disorder transition below the bulk melting point. When thermodynamic conditions permit their existence, disordered GB structures tend to be stable at higher temperatures and are perfectly wet by liquid at the melting point, while ordered grain boundaries are meta-stable against preferential melting. We calculate GB phase diagrams which are analogous to those for liquid–vapor phase transitions.


Grain Boundary Excess Free Energy Disorder Transition Coexistence Curve Spinodal Line 



Discussions with Yet-Ming Chiang and Jian Luo are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming Tang
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. Craig Carter
    • 1
  • Rowland M. Cannon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA

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