Competitive roles of elastic and magnetic interactions in twin boundary behaviors of magnetic shape memory alloys

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Domain microstructure evolutions under applied magnetic field in magnetic shape memory alloys are investigated by phase field micromagnetic microelastic modeling. The computer simulations reveal respective roles of elastic interaction, magnetic interaction, and their competition in the coupled magnetic and elastic domain processes. It is observed that different relative strengths of elastic interaction with respect to magnetic interaction lead to different domain evolution pathways and different twin boundary behaviors, including field-induced twin boundary displacement, deformation, and annihilation. Distinct twin boundary behaviors driven by magnetic field from that driven by mechanical stress are discussed. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.

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Applied Physics Letters