Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 1562–1576 | Cite as

Grain boundary structure–property model inference using polycrystals: the overdetermined case

  • Christian Kurniawan
  • Sterling Baird
  • David T. Fullwood
  • Eric R. Homer
  • Oliver K. JohnsonEmail author
Computation & theory


Efforts to construct predictive grain boundary (GB) structure–property models have historically relied on property measurements or calculations made on bicrystals. Experimental bicrystals can be difficult or expensive to fabricate, and computational constraints limit atomistic bicrystal simulations to high-symmetry GBs (i.e., those with small enough GB periodicity). Although the use of bicrystal property data to construct GB structure–property models is more direct, in many experimental situations the only type of data available may be measurements of the effective properties of polycrystals. In this work, we investigate the possibility of inferring GB structure–property models from measurements of the homogenized effective properties of polycrystals when the form of the structure–property model is unknown. We present an idealized case study in which GB structure–property models for diffusivity are inferred from noisy simulation results of two-dimensional microstructures, under the assumption that the number of polycrystal measurements available is larger than the number of parameters in the inferred model. We also demonstrate how uncertainty quantification for the inferred structure–property models is easily performed within this framework.



The material presented here is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1610077. We thank Jarrod M. Lund and Tyler R. Critchfield for their assistance in developing the Monte Carlo code to assign grain orientations for the two-dimensional polycrystal templates. We would also like to show our gratitude for the guidance and insights from David Page and Akash Amalaraj during the course of this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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