Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 41, Issue 23, pp 7730–7740 | Cite as

Kinematics, dynamics, and microstructural effects of grain boundary junctions

  • G. GottsteinEmail author
  • D. A. Molodov
  • L. S. Shvindlerman


The impact of grain boundary junctions on the coarsening of grain boundary networks is reviewed. The various kinds of junctions are introduced, the dynamic steady state configurations are defined, and their equation of motion is derived. It is shown that a limited junction mobility can effectively hinder grain growth, in particular in fine grained materials. The theory is substantiated by computer simulations and supported by experimental results. We propose to utilize Grain Boundary Junction Engineering as an effective tool for microstructure control.


Boundary System Triple Junction Boundary Motion Triple Line Boundary Mobility 



Financial assistance from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Grant Go/335/10) is gratefully acknowledged. The cooperation was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Grant 436 RUS 113/714/0-1(R)) and the Russian Foundation of Fundamental Research (Grant DFG-RRFI 05-02-04017).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Gottstein
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. A. Molodov
    • 1
  • L. S. Shvindlerman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Metallkunde und MetallphysikRWTH AachenAachenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Solid State PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesChernogolovka, Moscow Distr.Russia

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