On the Theory of Grain Boundary Motion

  • K. Lücke
  • R. Rixen
  • F. W. Rosenbaum


In order to predict the exact mechanism of grain boundary motion one has to know the atomistic structure of the grain boundary. Although some progress in the understanding of grain boundary structure has been made in recent years, a generally accepted model which is widely applicable is not yet available. In the present paper several alternatives will be treated. First, models will be considered where the boundary is assumed to consist of a distorted zone having a large width compared to the atomic distance. Here thermodynamic formulas can be applied. Secondly, grain boundaries are assumed to have a width of only atomistic dimensions. Here, in particular, the ledge model will be considered. Special emphasis will be given to the impurity drag model and to the orientation dependence of grain boundary motion which is considered largely responsible for the formation of recrystallization textures. Finally a general comparison between theoretical predictions and the various experimental observations of grain boundary motion will be made.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Lücke
    • 1
  • R. Rixen
    • 1
  • F. W. Rosenbaum
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Allgemeine Metallkunde und MetallphysikTechnische HochschuleAachenGermany

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