Free Energy Minimization by Simulated Annealing with Applications to Lithospheric Slabs and Mantle Plumes

@inproceedings{Bina2000FreeEM,
title={Free Energy Minimization by Simulated Annealing with Applications to Lithospheric Slabs and Mantle Plumes},
author={Craig R. Bina},
year={2000}
}

An optimization algorithm based upon the method of simulated annealing is of utility in calculating equilibrium phase assemblages as functions of pressure, temperature, and chemical composition. Operating by analogy to the statistical mechanics of the chemical system, it is applicable both to problems of strict chemical equilibrium and to problems involving metastability. The method reproduces known phase diagrams and illustrates the expected thermal deflection of phase transitions in thermal… CONTINUE READING