Thermodynamic Basis of Phase Transformations
Many of the models that are discussed in this book rely on the knowledge of thermodynamic quantities, such as solution enthalpies, chemical potentials, driving forces, equilibrium mole fractions of components, etc. These quantities are needed as model input parameters and they are often not readily available in experimental form when dealing with special or complex systems. However, in the last decades, suitable theoretical models have been developed to assess and collect thermodynamic and kinetic data and store them in the form of standardized databases. Thus, essential input data for modeling and simulation of microstructure evolution is accessible on the computer.