Propagation of a Front by Kink Motion

From a Discrete Model to a Continuum Model
  • Rohan Abeyaratne
  • Srikanth Vedantam
Conference paper
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 66)


There are numerous problems in which an interface propagates through a body as it is loaded, where, when a material particle crosses this moving interface, it transforms from a metastable state to a more stable state. Examples of this include twin boundary and phase boundary motion in solids. Typically, such an interface propagates in a direction normal to itself at a speed, which in continuum theory, is determined by a kinetic law. The kinetic law is viewed as providing a continuum-scale description of the micromechanical processes underlying the front motion. In this paper we use a simple mechanical analog to illustrate how the kinetic law can be calculated by modeling the microscale mechanisms.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rohan Abeyaratne
    • 1
  • Srikanth Vedantam
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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