Microstructures of constrained shape memory alloy nanowires under thermal effects
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In this paper, martensitic transformations in constrained Fe-Pd nanowires are studied using a mesoscopic model analyzed in detail numerically in our earlier papers. The dynamics of squareto-rectangular transformation is modeled by using the modified Ginzburg-Landau theory. The simulations are performed accounting for the thermal effects using the coupled equations of non-linear thermoelasticity. Up to date, these effects have typically been neglected in modeling microstructures at the scales of interest considered here. Nanowires of length 2000 nm and widths ranging from 200 nm to 50 nm are simulated to study the effect of size on the microstructure evolution. There exists a critical width below which the size effect is prominent. We present a series of numerical results demonstrating this phenomenon. We also have carried out the study of variations in values of bulk, shear, and Landau constants to understand the difference in evolved microstructure in the coupled and uncoupled physics. Copyright © 2010 by ASME.