MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS OF LEAD AND LITHIUM IN LIQUID PHASE

A Fraile and S Cuesta-Lopez and JM Perlado, FUSION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 61, 77-82 (2012).

Pb17Li is today a reference breeder material in diverse fusion R&D programs worldwide. Extracting dynamic and structural properties of liquid LiPb mixtures via molecular dynamics simulations, represent a crucial step for multiscale modeling efforts in order to understand the suitability of this compound for Attire Nuclear Fusion technologies. At present a Li-Pb cross potential is not available in the literature. Here we present our first results on the validation of two semi-empirical potentials for Li and Pb in liquid phase. Our results represent the establishment of a solid base as a previous but crucial step to implement a LiPb cross potential. Structural and thermodynamical analyses confirm that the implemented potentials for Li and Pb are realistic to simulate both elements in the liquid phase.

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