A kinetic treatment of glass formation VII: Transient nucleation in non-isothermal crystallization during cooling

H. Yinnon, D. R. Uhlmann

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The analysis of crystallization statistics has been modified to allow for time-dependent (transient) nucleation. To establish its accuracy, the numerical analysis has been applied to isothermal crystallization kinetics and shown to yield crystallization versus time curves which compare very closely with curves calculated analytically with or without the inclusion of transient nucleation. The numerical analysis including transient has been used to calculate the critical cooling rates for glass formation in anorthite and o-terphenyl considering (1) only homogeneous nucleation and (2) homogeneous nucleation + heterogeneous nucleation for 107 heterogeneities cm-3 with contact angles between 40° and 100°. It has been shown that inclusion of time-dependent nucleation in the calculations does not change the critical cooling rates for glass formation calculated assuming steady-state homogeneous nucleation in both materials. The critical cooling rate in anorthite calculated including steady-state heterogeneous nucleation was found to be decreased only slightly by the inclusion of time-dependent nucleation; while the critical cooling rates calculated for o-terphenyl were not change at all by the inclusion of time-dependent nncleation. The lack of an effect of time-dependent nucleation on the critical cooling rates calculated assuming only homogeneous nucleation is explained by the relatively small transient times on the high temperature side of the nucleation peak (a temperature range which has an overwhelming effect on the overall crystallization process because of the relatively high crystal growth rates in this range). Although the critical cooling rates associated with heterogeneous nucleation are large, the nucleation here takes place at relatively small undercooling where the transient times are relatively small. Thus, transient nucleation causes only a temporary delay in the over all crystallization, and its effect on the critical cooling rate is small.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-202
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1982
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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