A computational framework for material design
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A computational framework is proposed that enables the integration of experimental and computational data, a variety of user-selected models, and a computer algorithm to direct a design optimization. To demonstrate this framework a sample design of a ternary Ni-Al-Cr alloy with a high work-to-necking ratio is presented. This design example illustrates how CALPHAD phase-based, composition and temperature dependent phase equilibria calculations and precipitation models are coupled with models for elastic and plastic deformation to calculate the stress-strain curves. A genetic algorithm then directs the search within a specific set of composition and processing constrains for the ideal composition and processing profile to optimize the mechanical properties. The initial demonstration of the framework provides a potential solution to initiate the material design process in a large space of composition and processing conditions. This framework can also be used in similar material systems or adapted for other material classes.