Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory
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P. Bella - M. Goldman

Nucleation barriers at corners for a cubic-to-tetragonal phase transformation

created by goldman on 22 Nov 2013
modified on 03 Apr 2014



Inserted: 22 nov 2013
Last Updated: 3 apr 2014

Journal: Proc. Roy. Soc. Edimburgh
Year: 2013


We are interested in the energetic cost of a martensitic inclusion of volume $V$ in austenite for the cubic-to-tetragonal phase transformation. In contrast with the work of Kn\"upfer, Kohn, Otto: Comm. Pure Appl. Math. 66 (2013), no. 6, 867--904, we consider domain with a corner and obtain a better scaling law for the minimal energy ($E_{min} \sim \min(V^{2/3},V^{7/9})$). Our predictions are in a good agreement with physical experiments where nucleation of martensite is usually observed near the corners of the specimen.


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