i found the diploma work which i was thinking of (www.tfd.chalmers.se/
~lada/postscript_files/lic-thesis-margarita.pdf) ... and the related phd-work, which, unfortunately, isn´t available at present (hv.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:315677
speaking of phd-works,... my major task will be the combination of OF and some kind of PF-Model or CA approach to solve for the grainsize and growing crystals during solidification.
if you find smth. related on your way through the web please let my know.