2003 Volume 44 Issue 11 Pages 2239-2244
A theoretical relationship is derived between the kinetics of normal grain growth and the size distribution of small grains. When the distribution of the normalized grain size r is proportional to rm around r=0 in a steady state, the grain growth exponent n is revealed to be m+1. The same relationship is also derived from the analysis of the mean field model for particle growth. The validity of this relationship is confirmed from the consistence with existing grain-growth models and numerical simulations. Experimental consistence is observed for the size distribution on sectional surface. It is found that a log-normal function is not a steady-state size distribution for normal grain growth with n=2, even though it may approximate experimental size distributions. The obtained relationship is also shown to be applicable to particle coarsening by Ostwald-ripening.