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Geometrical grounds of mean field solutions for normal grain growth
The classical mean field approach for normal grain growth in polycrystalline materials is revisited. We re-drive and study possible self-similar solutions and show that the grain size distribution can be determined only by the geometry of neighbouring grains for any given configuration. In three dimensions, it is shown that a single index ⟨r⟩²⁄⟨r²⟩ can represent the geometrical characteristic of grains and has a one-to-one relationship with the mean field parameter γ. We reinvestigate the results of our recent phase-field study in the light of new analytical results and found a value γ≈3.5–3.2 for the stable regime.