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Textures and Microstructures
Volume 21 (1993), Issue 4, Pages 233-250

Coordinate Free Tensorial Representation of the Orientation Distribution Function With Harmonic Polynomials

1Council of Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-2157, USA
2Department of Mathematics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-2155, USA
3Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602, USA

Accepted 20 April 1993

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The crystallite orientation distribution function (CODF) is reviewed in terms of classical spherical function representation and more recent coordinate free tensorial representation (CFTR). A CFTR is a Fourier expansion wherein the coefficients are tensors in the three-dimensional space. The equivalence between homogeneous harmonic polynomials of degree k and symmetric and traceless tensors of rank k allows a realization of these tensors by the method of harmonic polynomials. Such a method provides for the rapid assembly of a tensorial representation from microstructural orientation measurement data. The coefficients are determined to twenty-first order and expanded in the form of a crystallite orientation distribution function, and compared with previous calculations.