Measurement of interfacial evolution in three dimensions

D. J. Rowenhorst*, P. W. Voorhees

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The experimental measurement of the evolution of interfaces in three dimensions is reviewed, concentrating on the evolution of polycrystalline and solid-liquid systems, including growth and coarsening in dendritic systems and evolution during liquid-phase sintering. Both ex situ destructive techniques and in situ nondestructive techniques are considered. The importance of making three-dimensional measurements that can be quantified and unambiguously compared with theory is discussed, showing that these measurements provide a direct validation of theory and critical initial conditions for simulations. ©

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-124
Number of pages20
JournalAnnual Review of Materials Research
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Dendritic coarsening
  • Grain growth
  • Serial sectioning
  • X-ray tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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