In this paper, we describe initial results of an ongoing research activity involving materials scientists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and physicists from academia, industry and a national laboratory. The present work aims to develop a set of integrated computational tools to predict the relationships among chemistry, microstructure and mechanical properties of multicomponent materials systems. It contains a prototype grid-enabled package for multicomponent materials design with efficient information exchange between structure scales and effective algorithms and parallel computing schemes within individual simulation/modeling stages. As part of our multicomponent materials design framework, this paper reports the materials simulation segment in developing materials design knowledgebase, which involves four major computational steps: (1) Atomic-scale first-principles calculations to predict thermodynamic properties, lattice parameters, and kinetic data of unary, binary and ternary compounds and solutions phases; (2) CALPHAD data optimization approach to compute thermodynamic properties, lattice parameters, and kinetic data of multicomponent systems; (3) Multicomponent phase-field approach to predict the evolution of microstructures in one to three dimensions (1-3D); and (4) Finite element analysis to generate the mechanical response from the simulated microstructure. These four stages are to be integrated with advanced discretization and parallel algorithms and a software architecture for distributed computing systems.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Computer Science Applications
- Computational Theory and Mathematics