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Ab-initio study of phase stability, elastic and thermodynamic properties of AlY alloy under pressure

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Abstract Using the particle swarm optimization algorithm combined with first-principles methods, we explore the diagram of AlY alloy up to 250 GPa. It is found that AlDy phase, rather than the experimentally observed B2 phase, is the most stable structure at 0 K and 0-20 GPa. However, our results show that B2 phase can exist as a stable phase at 20-27.6 GPa. At higher pressure, four new high-pressure phases with Cmcm-I, Cmcm-II, I4/mmm and P4/nmm structure are identified for the first time. The hardness, elastic and thermodynamic properties of the newly found phases are investigated and compared with B2 phase. The calculated hardness of AlDy, Cmcm-I, Cmcm-II, I4/mmm and P4/nmm phases is in the range of 7-9 GPa, higher than that of B2 phase. In addition, it is found that AlDy phase is a brittle material at 0 GPa, which changes to a ductile material above 12 GPa. Except for AlDy phase, all the other AlY compounds exhibit completely ductile behavior under pressure. Compared with the other phases, B2 phase is found to have the best ductility and the largest elastic anisotropy over the whole pressure investigated. Moreover, all AlY intermetallics exhibit a nearly elastic isotropy in compressibility but a comparatively large elastic anisotropy in shear. The structural stability, electronic structure, bulk and shear modulus, Debye temperature as well as sound velocities of AlY alloy under pressure are also deeply discussed.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Zhou, D., Su, T., Song, H., Lu, C., Zhong, Z., Lu, Z., & Pu, C. (2015). Ab-initio study of phase stability, elastic and thermodynamic properties of AlY alloy under pressure. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 648, 67-74. doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2015.06.243

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84936754748

Start Page


  • 67

End Page


  • 74

Volume


  • 648

Abstract


  • Abstract Using the particle swarm optimization algorithm combined with first-principles methods, we explore the diagram of AlY alloy up to 250 GPa. It is found that AlDy phase, rather than the experimentally observed B2 phase, is the most stable structure at 0 K and 0-20 GPa. However, our results show that B2 phase can exist as a stable phase at 20-27.6 GPa. At higher pressure, four new high-pressure phases with Cmcm-I, Cmcm-II, I4/mmm and P4/nmm structure are identified for the first time. The hardness, elastic and thermodynamic properties of the newly found phases are investigated and compared with B2 phase. The calculated hardness of AlDy, Cmcm-I, Cmcm-II, I4/mmm and P4/nmm phases is in the range of 7-9 GPa, higher than that of B2 phase. In addition, it is found that AlDy phase is a brittle material at 0 GPa, which changes to a ductile material above 12 GPa. Except for AlDy phase, all the other AlY compounds exhibit completely ductile behavior under pressure. Compared with the other phases, B2 phase is found to have the best ductility and the largest elastic anisotropy over the whole pressure investigated. Moreover, all AlY intermetallics exhibit a nearly elastic isotropy in compressibility but a comparatively large elastic anisotropy in shear. The structural stability, electronic structure, bulk and shear modulus, Debye temperature as well as sound velocities of AlY alloy under pressure are also deeply discussed.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Zhou, D., Su, T., Song, H., Lu, C., Zhong, Z., Lu, Z., & Pu, C. (2015). Ab-initio study of phase stability, elastic and thermodynamic properties of AlY alloy under pressure. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 648, 67-74. doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2015.06.243

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84936754748

Start Page


  • 67

End Page


  • 74

Volume


  • 648