PanSolidification: Solidification simulation view documentationsThe solidiﬁcation behavior of an alloy is determined by its solidiﬁcation path, which describes the phase formation sequence during solidiﬁcation. Solidiﬁcation path of an alloy was usually simulated by two approximate models, equilibrium (lever-rule) and non-equilibrium (Scheil-Gulliver) models. In the lever-rule, complete mixing is assumed in both liquid and solid, which represents an equilibrium case. In the Scheil-Gulliver model, it assumes complete mixing in the liquid, but no diffusion in the solid. While these two models are simple and straightforward, the practical solidification process is much more complicated. To predict the final as-cast microstructure, elemental diffusion in the solid often needs to be considered. PanSolidification module needs a combined thermodynamic and mobility database to perform a meaningful simulation for a material system in question. Please refer to Databases for more information.
The PanSolidification module is designed for the simulation of solidification behavior of multicomponent alloys under a variety of conditions with different cooling rates. It is an extension of the Scheil model taking into consideration of back diffusion in the solid, secondary dendrite arm coarsening, and the formation of eutectic structure. It is seamlessly integrated with the user-friendly Pandat Graphical User Interface (PanGUI) as well as thermodynamic calculation engine, PanEngine. The implementation of PanEngine guarantees reliable input data, such as chemical potential, phase equilibrium and mobility. Below figure shows an overall architecture of the PanSolidification module. This module can predict the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS), microsegregation, types and amounts of non-equilibrium phases in the solidiﬁcation microstructure of multi-component alloys by incorporating back diffusion in the solidiﬁed primary phase, as well as the undercooling and dendrite arm coarsening during solidiﬁcation.
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