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Definition of the adjective Spinodal

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  1. [chemistry] Describing the transformation of a system of two or more components in a metastable phase into two stable phases


Spinodal: In thermodynamics, the limit of local stability with respect to small fluctuations is clearly defined by the condition that the second derivative of Gibbs free energy is zero. The locus of these points is known as the spinodal curve. For compositions within this curve, infinitesimally small fluctuations in composition and density will lead to phase separation via spinodal decomposition. Outside of the curve, the solution will be at least metastable with respect to fluctuations. In other words, outside of the spinodal curve some careful process may obtain a single phase system. Inside of it, only processes far from thermodynamic equilibrium, such as physical vapor deposition, will allow to prepare single phase compositions. The local points of coexisting compositions, defined by the common tangent construction, are known as binodal curve, which denotes the minimum-energy equilibrium state of the system. Increasing temperature results in a decreasing difference between mixing entropy and mixing enthalpy, thus, the coexisting compositions come closer. The binodal curve forms the bases for the miscibility gap in a phase diagram.

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Google previewComplex Inorganic Solids (2007)

Structural, Stability, and Magnetic Properties of Alloys by Patrice E. A. Turchi, Antonios Gonis, Krishna Rajan, Annemarie Meike

composition: If the second derivative at the given composition is negative, then phase separation should happen spontaneously and is called spinodal decomposition, the line in the phase diagram where d'g/dc =0 being termed a spinodal.

Google previewAnalysis, Modeling and Simulation of Multiscale Problems (2006)

by Alexander Mielke

The early stage of the separation process, where different phases, characterized by the respective concentrations of the alloy components, appear is called spinodal decomposition. The Cahn-Hilliard model [ CH58] ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Materials Science (2002)

Structure and Characterization of Polycrystalline Materials by Vladimir Novikov

spinodal In a phase diagram, locus corresponding to the inflection points on the curve of the free energy of solid solution, G, vs. its composition, c, at different temperatures. Under the locus the second derivative ∂2G/∂ c 2 is ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Chemistry (2016)

by Richard Rennie, Jonathan Law

spinodal curve A curve that separates a metastable region from an unstable region in the coexistence region of a binary fluid. Above the spinodal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry: Applications (2001)

by Nicholas D. Spencer, John H. Moore

The broken curve is the spinodal. It is not always possible to describe the variations of AGmix(</>A. T) with / depending only on temperature. For some systems, the dependence of x on the volume fraction must be considered too. However, the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Polymer Blends, Volume 3 (2016)

Structure by Avraam I. Isayev

The spinodal curve separates metastable and unstable (unconditionally two- phase) regions, where the curvature of the free energy versus composition graph changes from positive to negative and the second derivative of ΔGmix is zero.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Polymer Blends, Volume 1 (2016)

Fundamentals by Avraam I. Isayev

Bulk spinodal decomposition in TMPC/PS [TMPC = poly(tetramethyl-Bisphenol-A -polycarbonate)] films was also studied by Cabral et al. [151] using AFM. These authors were able to show that the topography observed by AFM is related to the ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Chemical Engineering (2015)

by Muhammad Rashid Usman

Spinodal curve: In a three-component (ternary) phase diagram, the two-phase region or demixing zone is bounded by a series of composition points called as binodal curve. The mixtures inside a binodal curve usually, but not always, separate ...

Google previewDictionary of Colloid and Surface Science (1989)

by Paul Becher

spinodal ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Magnetic and Superconducting Materials (2005)

by K.H.J. Buschow

This particular microstructure can be attained by a heat treatment leading to the so-called spinodal decomposition of the alloy, which is described briefly below. For more details the reader is referred to the review by McCaig and Clegg (1987).

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