On Landau theory and symmetric energy landscapes for phase transitions
Martensitic phase transformations, Landau theory, energy function, orbit space, geometric modelling The aim of this presentation is to develop a general approach for modelling the global complex energy landscapes of phase transitions. For the sake of clarity and brevity the exposition is restricted to martensitic phase transition (i.e., diffusionless phase transitions in crystalline solids). The methods, however, are more broadly applicable. Explicit energy functions are derived for the cubicto-tetragonal phase transition, where data is fitted for InTl. Another example is given for the cubic-to-monoclinic transition in CuZnAl. The resulting energies are defined globally, in a piecewise manner. We use splines that are twice continuously differentiable to ensure sufficient smoothness. The modular (piecewise) technique advocated here allows for modelling elastic moduli, energy barriers and other characteristics independently of each other.
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