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Stereology of Nanomaterials

Krzysztof J. Kurzydlowski 

Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering (InMat), Wołoska 141, Warszawa 02-507, Poland


Stereological approach to geometry of grains in nano-crystals

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of
Technology, 02-507 Warszawa, Woloska 141

Nano-polycrystalline materials exhibit distinctly different mechanical
and physical properties. These specific properties to large extent are
related to the high density of the grain boundaries in nano-sized
crystalline aggregates. A proper quantification of this effect
requires precise description of the size and shape of nano-grains in
nano-polycrystals. Such a description can be obtained by modern
methods of stereology and computer aided image analysis. The paper
shows how these methods can be applied to estimate the mean volume of
grains and the density of the grain boundaries. Grain size homogeneity
can also be measured and the variation in the grains elongation.
Examples are given how these parameters can further be used to reveal
changes taking place during processing of nano-grained materials and
to model their plastic deformation.

Key words
Nano-crystals, grain size and shape, image analysis, stereology


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Presentation: oral at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2002, by Krzysztof J. Kurzydlowski
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2002

Submitted: 2003-02-16 17:33
Revised:   2009-06-08 12:55