Fluid dynamics in crystal growth: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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Fluid dynamics are important in processes that grow large crystals from a liquid phase. This paper presents a primer on fluid mechanics and convection, followed by a discussion of the physics and scaling of flows in such processes. Specific examples of fluid flows in crystal growth systems are presented and classified according to their impact on outcomes, good or bad. Turbulence in crystal growth is discussed within the limited extent of our understanding, which is incomplete, or ugly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-301
Number of pages16
JournalProgress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author would like to acknowledge the support of many organizations, including current funding by the United States DHS , DOD , DOE , NASA , and NSF . The content of this paper does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the United States Government, and no official endorsement should be inferred. The author would also like to acknowledge B. Vartak, J. Peterson, and A. Yeckel for specific content presented here, M. Divecha and K. Wang for feedback on this paper, and all of the author's graduate students who have provided stimulus for expanding his understanding; however, all opinions and biases expressed in this paper are the author's own.

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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd


  • convection
  • crystal growth
  • fluid mechanics
  • instabilities
  • segregation

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