Materials/Microstructure modelling: Analytics & Benchmarks
Modern materials development methods require the incorporation of advanced materials modelling and simulation techniques. Computer-aided design of innovative materials through combined material simulations, operating on different scales and involving multiple physical influences, enables accelerated design of materials that are specialized for individual processes and applications. In particular, numerical methods based on the phase-field method have become indispensable and extremely versatile tools in materials science and physics. The method typically operates at the mesoscopic length scale and provides important information about morphological changes in materials by mapping interfacial motions of physically separated regions. Diffuse interface parameterization can be used to model the temporal and spatial evolution of an arbitrarily complex multi-phase, multi-component and polycrystalline microstructure in materials without the need for additional assumptions about shape or mutual distribution. An outstanding feature of the phase-field method is the ability to consider different physical driving forces for interfacial motion due to diffusive, electrochemical, mechanical, etc. processes. In addition, large-scale numerical simulations can be performed by numerically solving the coupled multiphysics differential equations on high performance computers. Because of this versatility, phase-field methods are used in various communities in materials science and physics.
Together with the working group ''Phase Field Modelling'' of the expert committee ''Materials Modelling, Simulation and Data'' of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) and the MaTeLiS Focus Field "Virtual Materials Design and Digitalization" of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Institute for Applied Materials - Microstructure Modelling and Simulation (IAM-MMS) is organizing a scientific conference on the topic "Materials/Microstructure modelling: Analytics & Benchmarks" in Karlsruhe, Germany on October 5 and 6. Networking between the different communities that work with the phase-field method, identifying methodological commonalities and discussing phase-field related modelling issues in a collaborative and transparent way are the main objectives of the event. In parallel with the first meeting, we are organizing a special issue of the journal Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering entitled Phase Field Modelling: Analysis & Benchmarks.
Registration, abstract submission and other information will follow soon. Please contact the conference office if you have any urgent questions.