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Size And Mechanics Effects In Surface-Induced Melting Of Nanoparticles, Valery I. Levitas, Kamran Samani Jan 2011

Size And Mechanics Effects In Surface-Induced Melting Of Nanoparticles, Valery I. Levitas, Kamran Samani

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Various melting-related phenomena (like surface melting, size dependence of melting temperature, melting of few nm-size particles and overheating at a very fast heating rate) are of great fundamental and applied interest, although the corresponding theory is still lacking. Here we develop an advanced phase-field theory of melting coupled to mechanics, which resolves numerous existing contradictions and allowed us to reveal exciting features of melting problems. The necessity of introducing an unexpected concept, namely, coherent solid-melt interface with uniaxial transformation strain, is demonstrated. A crossover in temperature dependence of interface energy for radii below 20 nm is found. Surface-induced premelting and ...