J. Phys. IV France
Volume 112, October 2003
Page(s) 85 - 91

J. Phys. IV France
112 (2003) 85
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2003841

Computational modeling of martensite: Emerging new paradigms

A. Saxena1, T. Lookman1, A.R. Bishop1 and S.R. Shenoy2

1  Theoretical Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, U.S.A.
2  Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, 34100 Trieste, ltaly

We present a brief review of spatial variations of the order parameter (e.g. strain, shuffle, etc.) in materials undergoing transitions such as ferroelastic martensites, shape memory alloys and magnetoelastics. We emphasize the usefulness of strain tensor and elastic compatibility constraint in providing key physical insights as well as a full description (including microstructure) of these materials. We outline applications of these ideas, in conjunction with recent experiments and computer simulations, in understanding strain textures such as twinning and transformation precursors.

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