Three-dimensional characterization of dendritic microstructures

J. Alkemper*, Peter W Voorhees

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The first complete characterization of a dendritic micro structure is presented. The dendrite morphology is obtained via a novel serial-sectioning process that allows the three-dimensional micro structure of opaque materials to be determined in a routine manner. Using the reconstructed dendrite we determine the spatial distribution of the mean and Gaussian curvature as well as the probability density distributions of these curvatures. These measurements yield many insights into the local processes that shape these topologically complex structures that are vital in setting many material properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)897-902
Number of pages6
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 14 2001


  • Coarsening
  • Dendrite
  • Diffusion
  • Phase transformations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys

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