2010 Volume 50 Issue 8 Pages 1158-1164
Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to give an estimate on the solid–liquid interfacial properties of bcc iron, namely the kinetic coefficients and solid–liquid interfacial energy. The kinetic coefficients for different orientations were estimated from the propagation velocity of planar solid–liquid interfaces. The anisotropy of kinetic coefficients, μ, was confirmed to be μ(100)>μ(110), which is similar to the literatures using other interatomic potentials. Moreover, growing and shrinking behavior of the freestanding spherical crystal and semi-spherical crystal on the substrate in the undercooled liquid was examined. There is a critical temperature dividing shrink or growth of both the freestanding spherical crystal and semi-spherical crystal on the substrate. The solid–liquid interfacial energy was then estimated from Gibbs–Thomson relation in the critical temperature as a function of the inverse of crystal radius.