Molecular Dynamics Study of Bulk Properties of Polycrystalline NiTi
J Lee and YC Shin, METALS, 11, 1237 (2021).
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were carried out to study the bulk polycrystalline properties of NiTi. Thermally driven phase transitions of NiTi between martensite and austenitewere simulated using single crystalline simulation domains. With external stress boundary conditions, MD simulation successfully predicted experimentally observed phase transformation temperatures of bulk polycrystalline. Elastic characteristics of NiTi martensite were simulated using polycrystalline simulation domains that consist of realistic disorientations and grain boundary structures. The existence of grain disorientation and grain boundary lowered the potential energy of the simulation domain, which led to more realistic elastic modulus prediction. Analysis of simulation domains that predicted realistic bulk polycrystalline properties showed that the major difference between single crystalline and polycrystalline structures is atomic stress distribution.
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