GIAN Course on Basics and Applications of Phase Field Modeling in Materials Science

5 – 9 December 2016
Department of Materials Engineering
Indian Institute of Science

Prof. Mathis Plapp (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France) will lead a team of instructors in teaching this course. Prof. Abhik N. Choudhury (IISc) is the course coordinator.

Course details are elaborated below in the following sequence:

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Quick Facts


Credits 1

The participants who complete the course will get a certificate from the Centre for Continuing Education at IISc. Students from IISc will have this course listed in their transcripts.

Participants 35 (with a maximum of 20 students)
You should attend if
  • You are a PG student studying physics, maths, metallurgy, materials science, mechanical, chemical, civil engineering and interested to know and learn about the phase-field method and its applications
  • You are working in an industry that is interested in the application of the phase-field method in their research and development.
  • You are a scientist in an R&D laboratory and use phase-field modeling or are interested to learn about it.
  • You are a research scholar or faculty in an academic institution and want to explore the phase-field method.
Registration fee Rs. 1,000 for Students

Rs. 5,000 for Faculty and Researchers from Public Sector Labs

Rs. 10,000 for Industry Participants

US $ 200 for Participants from Abroad

The above fee is towards participation in the course, the course material, computer use for tutorials and assignments, and laboratory equipment usage charges.

Mode of payment: Demand draft in favor of “Registrar, Indian Institute of Science” payable at Bangalore. The demand draft is to be sent to the Course Coordinator at the address given below.

Participants may avail on-campus accommodation on payment basis.

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Overview and Objectives

Phase-field modeling has become a potent method for getting insights into aspects of pattern formation (micro-structural evolution) during materials processing. Over the past three decades it has been utilized for investigating reactions like solidification, precipitation, grain growth, electrochemical reactions, spinodal decomposition, deformation induced phase transformations, ferro-electric and ferro-magnetic domain formation. The method has also got wider applicability in problems having complicated geometrical morphological evolution such as failure processes involving fracture and corrosion.

In this Course, which will have the format of a workshop, a series of lectures is planned which detail the historical evolution of the method with emphasis on the thermodynamic fundamentals behind the formulation of the different phase-field models. During the workshop, the participants will not only get a thorough understanding of the model formulation, but also hands-on experience on the computational implementation of the models and interpretation of the results. The aim is to reach a state of understanding among the participants wherein, they would be able to appreciate future developments of the method, as well as develop phase-field modeling solutions for their own problems that they encounter during their research. The developed lecture and tutorial series, will also be utilized for future demonstrations during regular lecture courses in the department and also academic sessions elsewhere.

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Teaching Faculty

Prof. Dr. Mathis Plapp is the Director of the Condensed Matter Physics (PMC) group in Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. He is interested in the spontaneous emergence of complex structures during growth far from equilibrium. Some of his principal fields of interests include, phase-separation, pattern formation during dendritic solidification as well as self-organizing structural formation such as eutectic solidification, dendritic aggregate formation during electrochemical deposition, spiral growth during molecular beam epitaxy etc. The goal of his research lies in investigation of pattern-formation in simple systems and thereby gain an understanding of the control mechanisms in processing techniques for the development of newer
materials and processes.

Prof. Abhik Choudhury is in the Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science. He works on the phase field modeling of varied materials phenomena ranging from solidification, electrochemistry and solid-state phase transformations.

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Course Coordinator

  • Prof. Abhik Choudhury (IISc)

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How to apply?

Course participants need to follow these three steps:

  1. Registration at GIAN Portal at this page, which says, “Registration to the portal is [a] one time affair and will be valid for lifetime of GIAN. Once registered in the portal, an applicant will be able to apply for any number of GIAN courses as and when necessary. One time Non-refundable fee of Rs. 500/- is to be charged for this service.”
  2. Still at the GIAN portal, you should choose (or, sign up for) this course; note that this is possible only after the first step.
  3. Payment of the Course Fee by checque (drawn in favour of “The Registrar, Indian Institute of Science”) on or before 20 November 2016. Please mail your cheque to the GIAN Secretariat.

    Please mention your full name and GIAN registration details.

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Ms. N. Bharathi
GIAN Secretariat
Department of Materials Engineering
Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru 560 012

Phone: +91 80 2293 2908